I recently came across a video Taleeb Starkes on YouTube entitled The Top 5 Issues Facing Black America. He makes some great points and some with which I disagree. That’s fine. That last sentence of his video is what really stuck with me. His video ends by admitting racism exists, but he states that waiting until there are no more racists will mean waiting and making excuses forever.
This is a complex view point as it almost trivializes the difficult history of African Americans. However, it does address a larger point. In the fight to improve the condition of African Americans, there are two fronts.
We want to deconstruct the systemic barriers that prevent African-Americans from realizing success and prosperity. Simultaneously, African-Americans need to proactively take advantage of every opportunity to improve their individual and collective circumstances. The important word here is “simultaneously”.
This is where the conversation often breaks down. Many African-Americans want to erase racism first and in the meantime define it as an impasse to success. The majority wants a mulligan on historical wrongs committed by their forefathers that they benefit from today.
There is an immediate solution for all parties involved and I wrote about my reparations plan in great detail. I also recently discussed it on Marc Sims podcast Just A Few Questions. In the final analysis African-Americans have two choices: wait to be given something or take it. If the second option doesn’t seem clear, listen to the podcast and/or read my plan.
In the final analysis African-Americans have two choices: wait to be given something or take it. If the second option doesn’t seem clear, listen to the podcast and/or read my plan.
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