Sunday, September 11, 2016

Black Communities Cannot Fix Their Own Problems When the Rest of Us Are Part of the Problem

To this meme, “Failure to fix this problem is what’s really un-American . . .” Donald Trump supporters, white supremacist, and a good portion of the Republican Party, essentially say they believe it's up to the black community to fix their problems.

They are blind to the fact that black communities cannot fix their own problems when the rest of us are part of the problem.

A belief that black people need to fix their own problems is clearly a white capitalist and white supremacist point of view. It’s biased, and a selfish attitude of I have mine, you need to get yours.

Capitalism, our cherished economic system, is a system of exploitation that produces only winners and losers. It’s void of equality, void of humanity, and was built on the systematic exploitation of black people.

Capitalism causes social stratification, and systemic racism. The result are biases that hinder all people of color, poor people, and all who don’t belong to the moneyed class from prospering. Our founders were rich, well-healed moneyed people. The author of United States Declaration of Independence, Thomas Jefferson, was a well-healed slave owner. So, it’s no wonder why these inequities are entrenched in all our social institutions, relations we have with each other, and in our policies, practices, ideas, and how we behave.

Capitalism unequally provides resources, rights, and power to moneyed white people and denies it to people of color, as well to the rest of us. It’s not black people who need to fix the problem it’s all of us because it has an effect on all of us.

Moreover, black people should not have to demand that they be treated as equal human beings. Every one of us has a responsibility to treat each other equally.

Those same people—Trump supporters, Republicans, and white supremacist—say that President Barrack has set the civil rights movement back. They believe as Trump does: “. . . here you have a black president who's done very poorly for the African Americans of this country.”

They are completely blind to the fact that President Barrack Obama is the first black President of the United States. He was also elected for two consecutive terms. Just this fact alone is a huge step forward for the civil rights movement. And, as President Obama has said, and many others have said, he represents all Americans, not any particular group of Americans.

The President of the United States is the most influential member in government. But it’s wrong to blame all the ills of the country on any President. He is limited to what he can do by the U.S. Constitution. Most of government’s powers lie in the other two branches of government:  The Senate and House of Representatives, and the Supreme Court and lower Courts. The Executive branch includes the President and about 5 million employees. The President administers the Executive branch, makes recommendations to Congress, and with his signature is responsible for the execution and enforcement of legislation created by Congress.

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