What Comes First, The Chicken or The Egg When It Comes To Black Businesses?

What I mean is that when it comes to creating more black businesses, what must comes first, the businesses or the consumers. It’s a tough one to answer. Lets think about it like this, if for some reason, you already have the egg, which would be the black consumers, then all you would have to do is wait until the egg hatch a chick, which would be black businesses and walla.

But it’s not that simple.

Black businesses complain that black consumers don’t support them. Black consumers complain that there are not enough black businesses to meet their needs and, they are right. If they need a loaf of bread, a quart of milk or a pair of socks, they won’t be purchasing these things from black businesses.

So should black entrepreneurs step up to the plate. Absolutely! The market is there but it’s spending billions somewhere else.

But do black businesses support black businesses? The answer is no. They are business people but they are also consumers and I bet if you were to take a tally you will find that the bulk of the income that they bring in is spent with other people, not black businesses.

So, Houston we have a problem. How do we fix it. Our future and the future of our children depends on it.

Education or Not

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It is amazing how many people get on the band wagon when the school budget is cut.  It is the teachers and educators who want to make sure they can keep their jobs and the parents who think that the cut will lead to their child not learning.  Absurd!

System Been Failing For Decades

It’s no surprise to anyone that the system had been failing Black children for decades. Every year since the 1960’s, the system has been failing.  In the mist of this failure, the school district budget goes up, teachers and administrators get raises, better health plans and unbelievable pension plans.

The question I’d like to ask is, what industry could continue to exist if they continue to produce an inferior product year after year after year.


Yet the School District of Philadelphia along with school districts across the country in Black school districts have done just that.

And. what’s even more amazing is that they were able to accomplish this with thousands of Black teacher, principals, superintendents, administrators and Black public officials standing by watching.

A stronger thought is that they were complicit.

So, What Are My Thoughts?

Well, first the system was designed to fail Black kids.  Who want a bunch of Black kids becoming educated and competing with other kids for jobs.  Are you kidding.

Give Back To The Communities, Right

“Give Back To The Community”

First, this is one of the most common statements made by blacks that just don’t make any sense to me. Secondly many people who make this statement are usually making it for the opposite reason, ” to take out of the neighborhood as much as I can.

I don’t even know where this statement came from. All you hear are 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, quote “We Need To Give Back To The Community”. Nothing original or anything that makes any sense at all.  Nothing concrete!

The real issue is that many Blacks are not interested in giving back to the community. Many are 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 ridiculous statement about giving back, many couldn’t even provide a really solid answer. And worse, 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 the world 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 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, worse health conditions and, should I go on 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 the North Philadelphia region collecting offerings and tithes from tens of thousands of blacks. The men and women who lead these churches didn’t put one single dime back into the community to really improve the people lives in those communities. 

How do I know?

Well 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, using that money to move out of the communities into white communities.

Not only were they not “giving back” they were giving forward. When they moved to white neighborhoods, they shop at their stores, put clothes in their cleaners, auto repair shops and so on. 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 whites have held for so long. 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.

You remember the Jefferson, “Moving On Up” sitcom.george-jefferson3951

So other people moved in with business and started serving those people and they 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 with investments
have created a real estate market of houses 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 participated in and watched them decline to a rot and we lost them.

And this is a quote that leaders in the churches and blacks who support churches should be aware, “that God takes away from you that which you don’t take care”!

And this applies also to the secular world!

Al Roche