Topics covered in Part 1 of this presentation were:
1) Slavery and the destruction of cultural identity; and
2) Selective extermination
Part 2 continues with Economic oppression and Break-up of the black family:
3) Economic oppression . Traditionally, black people in the American workforce have been the last to be hired, the least likely to be promoted, and the first to be fired. And, until recently, start-up capital, mortgage loans, and other lines of credit, when extended to African Americans, came with interest rates much higher than the rates paid by whites. Stock and bond investment opportunities remain largely ignored in the black community due to a lack of education in financial matters.
These factors over the years have combined to keep generations of black Americans in an economic rut. And just as we are starting to see improvements in certain areas of the financial arena, a new challenge has emerged: the loss of jobs formerly held by black people to undocumented immigrants.
People desperate enough to work for significantly less compensation are steadily replacing the men and women that helped create the black middle class with wages earned in construction, maintenance, and the service industry. And judging by the seemingly unstoppable flow of unskilled laborers into the United States, the trend appears to be irreversible.
So where do we go from here? Should we wait for others to improve our economic situation, or should we take control of our own destiny? The only viable option for black people in America, if we truly want a brighter future, is to pool our available resources in the interest of creating our own corporations and jobs.
This can be accomplished if wealthy black celebrities and athletes would be willing to come out of isolation and help lay the foundation for a black industrial and financial empire. Collectively, we have the resources. Individually, we must develop the will to move forward. And by the grace of God, we will succeed.
4) Break-up of the black family. The American system of welfare, as it existed prior to the welfare reform movement, was one of the worst things that could have ever happened to black people.
In simple terms, the system rewarded black women for having babies as long as they agreed to live separately from the men in their lives. This condition for “staying on the county” put many black mothers in the position of having to choose between welfare benefits and the fathers of their children.
Unfortunately, countless black men, especially those with employment challenges, were told to “hit the road.” The situation was made considerably worse when the mandatory one-year residency requirement for welfare assistance was reduced to just three days. The result was a massive migration of poverty-stricken mothers with fatherless children from rural areas into the poorer sections of major cities, where they were guaranteed food and shelter indefinitely.
To get a bigger welfare check, the only two things a woman had to do were: a) have more illegitimate children; and b) make sure there was no male role model living in the household.
Predictably, many of the daughters of these women followed in their mothers’ footsteps, becoming welfare recipients themselves. And the sons, like their fathers, walked away from their own children.
The repercussions of this insane government program have been devastating to the black community: a culture of dependency, high crime rates, low self-esteem, and a lingering legacy of hostility between African American men and women that has contributed to the break-up of too many black families.
And the influx of poor people into traditional black neighborhoods, beginning in the late 1960s, had another lasting, often overlooked, negative effect. It encouraged black middle class flight.
As the disadvantaged newcomers poured into the inner cities across the country, many upwardly mobile African Americans, newly emancipated by equal housing provisions of the Civil Rights Act, abandoned black neighborhoods in droves and relocated to white areas. This loss of resources and leadership at a critical time accelerated the decline of the black community and dealt a severe blow to black unity.
In assessing the total impact of the welfare system on black people in America, it becomes clear that the government’s “free money” has come at a very high price: the break-up of individual black families and the displacement of the larger family of community.
But we do not have to accept this sad state of affairs as a permanent condition. If we are ever going to turn the situation around, we must begin by instilling in our children one of the most important values of our ancestors: don’t bring babies into the world until you are married and prepared to make sacrifices to raise them.
Strong families are the foundation upon which empires are built.
And when you do establish a family, take care to create and maintain the type of environment in your home that is worthy of God’s protection.
(To be continued in the third of three segments. The next installment will cover Insufficient Transfer of Assets and Development of a Culture of Mediocrity.)
This presentation is an excerpt from Extinguishing the Flames of Hell.
© Paul Howard Nicholas