By Terrance Amen
Nationwide — If protesting solved the major problems in our community, we wouldn’t be protesting the same things we’ve protested for over 100 years. Yes, protesting draws attention to a situation and there may be some positive changes that come from the protest, but the underlining problems still exist that put us in a position to be harmed by people outside our community.
The real solution to many of the problems in our community lies with us and until we realize this, those problems will continue. We all know about the disgusting video showing the murder of Brother George Floyd, but what about the many others that weren’t videoed. If you think about this, in a lot of these cases, not all, the main problem was lack of money, which makes us as a community have to do things we wouldn’t have to do if we had our own financial resources.
The major problem as I see it is spending a trillion dollars every year outside our community. This is and will always be the major problem for our community. That trillion dollars we spend every year outside our community could be used to create or recreate our institutions like banks, insurance companies, clinics and hospitals, major TV and movie production companies, supermarkets, schools, businesses, and anything else we need to rely on our own community for our livelihood. We celebrate our greatest leaders every year, but refuse to do what they all said, which is to do for self. I believe fear is the major cause. We have athletes and entertainers who are scared to come together, in order to create our own leagues and major production companies. But they aren’t the only ones. They’re just a microcosm of our community.
As a community, we have the same problem. We’re afraid of losing our jobs and positions when in a lot of cases, we’re the reason these businesses we work for exist. If our so-called leaders, athletes, and entertainers would come together, in order to form companies, this would give us as a community an opportunity to invest and own them. This would create a winning solution for our whole community. Not knowing our value is another reason why we don’t have our own. But everyone outside our community knows our value, which is why they’re still making trillions off us. Unfortunately, we’re still on the plantation, we just get paid, rather than working for free. But the owners are still reaping the bulk of the money we produce. The solution is there and will always be there when we overcome our fears, which is not real and know our worth as a community. I have a saying, it doesn’t take a lot of money from the individual to solve the major problems in our community, but it does take a lot of unity. Once we realize this, the major problems in our community will be solved.