The silent majority is a phrase President Richard Milhouse Nixon coined. He used this phrase to describe what he called 'The Silent Majority of Americans that supported the Vietnam war unlike the Americans that were protesting and marching against the war. Well history proved Nixon to be wrong but there are times when the majority is silent, that is to say when the few are louder than the many.
I believe there is a silent majority of African Americans that know there is something seriously wrong with the status and progress of a large number of fellow Black Americans. A 50% percent dropout rate among black males in some cities and a 50% population of prison are a few of the depressing stats concerning this segment of the black population. What is the root cause of these issues?
Is it the policies of white racists whom continue to discriminate against blacks or is it the Asian and Arab merchants that drain most of the resources out of black communities, leaving no other option but crime as a means of providing for themselves? Or is it this fast changing world that has moved the opportunity of African Americans to places like China and India ?
Well, I believe that me and a silent majority of African Americans do not believe that the problem of the Black Community are due to white racism or foreign merchants or the world becoming a global market place.
I believe that most of Black Americans wounds are self inflected.
There is a very small yet loud group of black politicians and TV personalities that continue to blame everyone else but Black Americans for Black Americans' problems. By not asking Black Americans to look at self for help they support a culture of hand outs and excuses. President Obama can't solve the above stated problems, neither can all the well meaning white folks in the world. The answer to black young men dropping out of school is a family issue with a family answer. Families make communities. So if the family unit is damaged, the community will be damaged. If blacks want to own businesses then we must stop being a people whom prefer to shop instead of save. Black Americans are not poor in general we just spend money in foolish ways.
These issues I have brought up are somewhat complex and deserve much more discussion. But I hope I have helped start the discussion. 'We are the help we have been waiting for." See http://www.bigbossbooks.com
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