First, this is one of the most common statements made by blacks, that just doesn’t make any sense to me at all. Secondly, many people who make this statement are usually making it for the opposite reason, ” to take out of the neighborhood as much as they can”.
I don’t even know where this statement came from. It seem like another cliche we used for every problem we encounter in our society. All you can hear from black politicians, community leaders, black business owners and a list of other characters, when presented with something to say about our terrible condition or plight, this is their most used quote “We Need To Give Back To The Community”. Nothing original, creative or current at all. Nothing concrete!
I think that the real issue is that many Blacks are not interested in giving back to the community. As a matter of fact, many have been desperately trying to get out of these communities, others are trying to get something out of these communities and the rest just have plan apathy for these communities.
If there were ever a real commitment to giving back to the communities, god knows these communities would not still today suffer the worst statistics on every level in every category that has to do with a better life.
But The Question
The question you should ask yourself is “what is giving back”? If you were to ask any person who makes this statement about giving back, many couldn’t even provide a really solid answer. And worse of all, if you were to ask them what were they actually doing concretely to give back to these communities, you would come upon dead silence.
The fact is that “this giving back” term is not used by any other group, but us, when it comes to our community. Why? Because no other group other than blacks are preyed upon and used up by every single group in this country, including our own people.
Yep, that’s right.
In all of this “Giving Back”, ( Which does not exist by the way ), what is the net affect of all of this giving back?
There should be some evidence! Any evidence! Do you watch CSI.
These communities have the worse schools, worse housing, dirtiest neighborhoods, highest crime rate, lowest paying jobs, highest poverty rate and worse health conditions than any other communities. And with more black politicians ( black mayors, black council members, black legislators, community leaders ) black principals, teachers, administrators, black business owners, black lawyers and don’t forget the thousands of black churches that dot all over these communities and so many other so called black leaders in this city talking about giving back, where is the give back.
Again, where is the evidence?
Don’t you think that if anyone, and I mean anyone who were actually interested in “giving back” and have “given back” where it counts to these communities, our conditions in our neighborhoods would not be as hopeless.
The churches failed us the most!
At one time, there were literally hundreds of churches in various Philadelphia regions collecting offerings and tithes from tens of thousands of blacks. The men and women who lead these churches didn’t see fit to put one single dime back into the community they served to really improve the lives of people in those communities.
How do I know?
Well, put your glasses on and look at the decades decline of the communities these churches were in. As they watch the slowly decay of the very communities around them, they, nor their members saw fit to invest in the communities. Why? Because the pastors and the members who could actually invest were only interested in taking what money they could give back to the communities out of the communities by their actions. They were interested only in moving out of the community and taking their money to their new communities.
Not only were they not “giving back” they were giving forward. When they moved to their new neighborhoods, they shop at their stores, put clothes in their cleaners, auto repair shops and supported many businesses in the communities where they moved. Now they still could have given back to the communities, but something else had occurred. They developed the same attitudes toward those people left in those communities as others have held for so long against them. Oh they don’t want to work, they don’t know how to act and so on became the blabbering from so many blacks who thought they had moved up.
So what happened next is that other people moved their businesses into these communities and started providing services and products to those people. As this process expanded this new group of business owners began to take even more out of the communities, while blacks who had moved out felt vindicated.
This is our own mess, our own making that we can only blame ourselves for. Those communities that we abandoned have found new investments from other people and as a result of this, many houses that we had abandon are now selling for six figures and a business climate that is thriving.
This could have been us! But instead of taking care of these areas, we walked away and watch them decline to a rot. Now we sit and watch others come into these same communities and start the process of rebuilding them.
Billions in real estate that we abandon and billions in businesses that we never started.
This is a quote that the people who attend church and church leaders should be aware of, “God takes away from you that which you don’t take care of”!
And this applies also to the secular world!