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Yvette Carnell: 5 Reasons Why the African-American Community is (Still) Failing

by Yvette Carnell

If you think the African-American community is a c*t above the rest, then don’t read this. You won’t like it. But if you have this sinking feeling in your stomach, a nagging intuitive tug telling  you that the African American community’s progress has stalled, then baby, this one’s for you. Here are the real problems facing the African American community,  most of which no one’s willing to talk about.

1. We don’t like each other.black_church1

It’s true. Face it. Black people don’t like each other, at least not enough to do business with one another or support each other in any meaningful or consistent way. “But we were each other’s rock during the Civil Rights movement” you say. Yeah. That was a long time ago. Think we still have that strong Jim Crow bond?

Here’s a little test: Send an email to 20 of your closest friends and family members telling them you’re starting a business and are looking to raise $1,000 from each of them, and watch them run.

Everybody loves supporting black business until it actually costs them something. When your black enterprise costs other black people money, then all bets are off. Excuses like-  “It’s a recession”, “You’re in my prayers,” and “Isn’t there venture capital for this sort of thing?”  - will begin to roll off their selfish tongues like water.  But they all got the new iPhone 5s. Trust.

And after you’re finished with that, throw on a hip hop song, and tell me how many verses it takes you to get to the part where the  black rapper spits about bustin’ a cap into another black man’s head. Don’t worry… I’ll wait.

2. We’re too d@mn sensitive

We need collective therapy. Don’t believe me? Click on any article where a white person is being accused of racism, and read all the rants from black people in the comments section. You’ll quickly note how many blacks are  just frothing at the mouth, all because some random white  knucklehead said something racist.

God forbid anyone says anything  which could be considered disrespectful of Obama, because then all h*ll breaks loose. Point being, we’re too racially aroused, which allows other people to enrage us at the mere mention of anything which could be perceived as racist. And so leaders, both black and white, keep manipulating and distracting us with fake controversies that don’t matter, in hopes  that we’ll lose sight of what actually does matter.  And you know what? It works every time. We’re predictable as h*ll.

I read Ted Nugent’s racist rants because it’s funny to watch someone so stupid make an azz of himself on Twitter. But he doesn’t upset me, and why should he, when nothing he does or says impacts my life? But most black people lose their sh*t over a white rocker who can’t possibly have an IQ over 70. Makes zero sense.

3. We can’t handle the truth

Some of you are reading this right now thinking, “who is she to tell me what I should be doing, what does she know?”  I know that the unemployment rate for African Africans is double that of whites, and higher than Asians and … wait for it… Latinos. The folks who just crossed the Mexican border are kicking our azzes, what does that tell you?

No, it’s not all our fault, and we could use some substantive policy solutions from Washington D.C., but Capitol Hill doesn’t give a sh*t about us. Barack Obama doesn’t give a sh*t about us. We were not brought to these American shores with an expectation that we’d actually survive. That is our legacy. And when Paco and Jose are doing better in America than we are, we have a problem, and there’s no explaining that away. We can’t do everything, but we can do a heck of a lot better if we’re willing to face the truth.

4. We Don’t Dream Big

We’re so happy surviving, keeping the rent paid and the kids fed, that we have no idea what it means to actually thrive. Ask five random black people how they’re doing, and I guarantee you that at least two of them will answer with a heavy sigh, and then add,  “I’m makin’ it” or some equivalent of that phrase.  Makin’ it is all some of us do. It’s all many of us focus on. But what is there beyond makin’ it? Can’t we ever venture into the territory of big dreams, dreams so big that they make us quiver inside? Are we so defeated that we’re afraid of ever dreaming again?

5. We’re Christians

If your religion is making you more amiable, more successful, and more accepting of others, then keep it. It’s good for you. But if  your religion is the reason for your stupid decisions, like continuing to flock to a church where the “Bishop” is accused of having s*x with boys, or has been charged with embezzlement or securities fraud, then you should quit your church, and maybe even your religion.

If your religion has you focused on something which never impacts your everyday life, like gay marriage, but ignores crime and poverty in the African-American community, then maybe you’re not smart enough for religion. Maybe you should just try to be a good person on your own. Start small.

If your church has you aligned with right wingers, then that’s a clear sign that you’re failing at Christianity. If your religion had you lined up at Chick-fil-A to buy salt saturated chicken sandwiches, then you should quit religion. You’re too gullible.

All I’m saying is that Christianity has a sad legacy of convincing African-Americans  that they are to be rewarded for their  long-suffering, so while others get their rewards here and now, we wait for d***h.  And while others actually take action to help themselves and their community, we offer empty prayers. That’s not #winning. That was a trick of slavemasters, one we still traffic in, to our own detriment.

UPDATE:  It seems that my article sparked a good deal of conversation. Good. I keep it going by responding to some of the comments here. 

Yvette Carnell is a former Capitol Hill and campaign staffer turned writer. She is currently an editor and contributor to Yourblackworld. You can reach Yvette via Twitter @YvetteDC or on Facebook.

 

 

 

 

220 Responses to Yvette Carnell: 5 Reasons Why the African-American Community is (Still) Failing

  1. Gabrielle Reply

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  2. Lead forward Reply

    October 18, 2013 at 1:24 am

    I agree with her if you look around the black man is slowly fading away after while there will be no more an they are failing as a community an as a strong race the Latinos an the Indians are making quite truth of that we’re do they open there stores at yeap you guessed it black neighborhoods who’s jobs are being taking away blacks by the Latinos they come here an get big beautiful homes nice cars an turn there nose up at our race an what’s the black community doing about it not a thing still trying to sell dope when they do finally open there eyes it’s gonna be to late walking around with there pants hanging off there buts the black race has fallen the couple of blacks that are doing good are they reaching back to help h**l no they don’t give a c**p about us they toss us to the side like undies that need cleaning an yes were at war at war with our selves an this county could care less about it

  3. Lore Reply

    June 25, 2013 at 10:05 pm

    Black people don’t even like themselves. Its real and it’s sad.

  4. sawitcoming Reply

    January 22, 2013 at 2:27 pm

    First of all I get sick and tired about hearing everything that is wrong about Black America. F*ck yeah, we have some issues. We have a huge underclass, unemployment rate and many of us are still locked up in the slave mentality that we’re dumb, worthless and ugly and white is right, black get back. There’s no denying that. But failing? Co’mon, now.

    After 400 years of enslavement and Jim Crow, and in the face of continued discrimination, however covert, I would say we are doing better than expected. We are not perfect, but we are hardly failing.

    In fact, we at no other point in our history in America have had it so good. Let’s stop dwelling on our negatives and start amplifying our successes. We need to build on what’s right so we can continue to work on what’s wrong.

  5. Aziz Muhammad Reply

    January 16, 2013 at 7:18 am

    PLAIN TRUTH ,ALLAH AKBAR !!!!!!

  6. Nyoka Pedist-Tibideaux Reply

    January 6, 2013 at 5:46 am

    (LOL) Toss a little pooh ALWAYS works wonders don’t it girlfriend? That’s some swell critiquing Yvette Carnell, as always.

  7. Rich Jordan Reply

    January 5, 2013 at 11:22 pm

    The reason the black community is (still) failing is because people are STILL writing articles like this. People were so anxious to agree with her list and contribute numbers 6- 100. Like she said “we don’t like each other.” Look at the title of her article, this does not seem like black empowerment or enlightenment. Honesty I agree with many of her points but a strength based perspective is what we need. There are many reasons why the black community has not reached its potential. Though why not focused on what is working for us or what has worked for other ethnic groups.

    • sawitcoming Reply

      January 22, 2013 at 2:30 pm

      I hear you, brother. And, as I wrote previously, we have not failed nor are we currently failing. That’s just BS. After everything we’ve been through as a people in the country we are an unqualified SUCCESS. Do we have work to do? Absolutely. But we’ll never get anywhere dwelling on the wrong.

  8. Cecelia Reply

    January 5, 2013 at 9:40 pm

    There are so many different “types” of Black people, I do not dare lump us all into these negative stereotypic categories. This is not reality.

  9. Dana Reply

    January 5, 2013 at 4:43 pm

    I agree totally with all 5 pts. I think #5 should be #1!! Religion has been the cause of our destruction every since Europeans presented it to our people. If you can control a creative peoples mind than you can determine their destiny. I made a conscious decision not to follow any religion anymore several years ago. We have got to wake up from the hyponotic spell of which religion binds us! Thanks for writing this article, now lets start waking up our d**d and asleep people!

  10. bahati sobukwe Reply

    January 5, 2013 at 8:14 am

    If we want a serious critique of blacks, their progress, and solutions, purchase Dr. Claud Anderson’s book on the search for power and economic justice. His book is ‘Black Labor/ White Wealth’. In this book is the knowledge and solutions we need.

    I and many others could write a litany of black people’s problems, but we need to know the whys and solutions, this book has that and more. We need an understanding and how to move forward.

    And yes, one day we are going to realize that our religion is not working for us! The proof is in the pudding, as they say. We have churches on every corner in urban areas, some big and bright, but what are they doing for their communities? What have they changed? What are they teaching our people?
    But, then I jest, if they are teaching anything it is for the rewards of the next life. This is what they taught slaves to look forward to –the next life. and we are still teaching that concept–we are the ‘children’ of God and to look forward to the after life. We will get ours in the by and by. Enough, already. it’s time that we studied religion and the genesis of our Christian religion. The truth will set us free!

  11. Ken G Reply

    January 5, 2013 at 2:56 am

    I agree with everything you said/ wrote, Black People are doomed unless we grow up as a people. We worry too much about what white people think. The Black Women too involved with women’s lib it ridiculas she’s destroying her family over a white women’s organization pathetic

  12. Michael L. Lofton Reply

    January 3, 2013 at 3:30 am

    http://ireport.cnn.com/docs/DOC-905181

    Indeed, Reverend Clenard Childress

    -Lynching is for Amateurs……

    “Planned Parenthood is the largest abortion provider in America. 78% of their clinics are in minority communities. Blacks make up 12% of the population, but 35% of the abortions in America. Are we being targeted? Isn’t that g******e? We are the only minority in America that is on the decline in population. If the current trend continues, by 2038 the black vote will be insignificant. Did you know that the founder of Planned Parenthood, Margaret Sanger, was a devout racist who created the Negro Project designed to sterilize unknowing black women and others she deemed as undesirables of society? The founder of Planned Parenthood said, “Colored people are like human weeds and are to be exterminated.” Is her vision being fulfilled today?”

    The Democratic Party is indeed the Premier Party of Jim Crow, and our own elected black leaders, one of multiple sellout black leaders (Malcolm X…AKA…..Malcolm Little made this clear too) being President Barack Obama, are better at destroying the black community than all of the Jim Crow Laws of the Klan era Segregationists combined.

  13. Michael L. Lofton Reply

    January 3, 2013 at 3:29 am

    Indeed, Reverend Clenard Childress

    -Lynching is for Amateurs……

    http://blackgenocide.org/planned.html

    “Planned Parenthood is the largest abortion provider in America. 78% of their clinics are in minority communities. Blacks make up 12% of the population, but 35% of the abortions in America. Are we being targeted? Isn’t that g******e? We are the only minority in America that is on the decline in population. If the current trend continues, by 2038 the black vote will be insignificant. Did you know that the founder of Planned Parenthood, Margaret Sanger, was a devout racist who created the Negro Project designed to sterilize unknowing black women and others she deemed as undesirables of society? The founder of Planned Parenthood said, “Colored people are like human weeds and are to be exterminated.” Is her vision being fulfilled today?”

    The Democratic Party is indeed the Premier Party of Jim Crow, and our own elected black leaders, one of multiple sellout black leaders (Malcolm X…AKA…..Malcolm Little made this clear too) being President Barack Obama, are better at destroying the black community than all of the Jim Crow Laws of the Klan era Segregationists combined.

  14. Michael L. Lofton Reply

    January 2, 2013 at 3:12 pm

    President Barack Obama and the Obama Administration are making use of the 14th Amendment to promote Amnesty and the Dream Act for millions aliens and his or her anchor babies.

    http://ireport.cnn.com/docs/DOC-806435

    The 13th and 14th Amendment, the U.S. Constitution is reserved for citizens and legal immigrants and not illegal aliens and anchor babies.

    YouTube: “President Obamas statement on bypassing Congress and issuing an Executive Order for Amnesty”.

    President Obama and the Obama Administration step up to the plate to serve illegal aliens via passing the “Dream Act”, individuals who are not entitled to any form of political representation by any elected official, be it the President of the U.S. , to any local Mayor, or City Councilperson….

    …President Obama, the Obama Administration, the Congressional Black Caucus,…AKA…..the Congressional Black Clueless, other elected officials affiliated with the Democratic Party and Republican Party’s who should be impeached, recalled, and/or voted out of office for being so inept, treasonous, disgraceful, perverted, foolish, un-American, and a total disgrace to the essence of what it means to be an elected official or public servant.

  15. Michael L. Lofton Reply

    January 2, 2013 at 3:09 pm

    President Barack Obama and the Obama Administration are making use of the 14th Amendment to promote Amnesty and the Dream Act for millions aliens and his or her anchor babies.

    http://ireport.cnn.com/docs/DOC-887762

    The 13th and 14th Amendment, the U.S. Constitution is reserved for citizens and legal immigrants and not illegal aliens and anchor babies.

    YouTube: “President Obamas statement on bypassing Congress and issuing an Executive Order for Amnesty”.

    President Obama and the Obama Administration step up to the plate to serve illegal aliens via passing the “Dream Act”, individuals who are not entitled to any form of political representation by any elected official, be it the President of the U.S. , to any local Mayor, or City Councilperson…..

    …..President Obama, the Obama Administration, the Congressional Black Caucus,….AKA….the Congressional Black Clueless, other elected officials affiliated with the Democratic Party and Republican Party’s who should be impeached, recalled, and/or voted out of office for being so inept, treasonous, disgraceful, perverted, foolish, un-American, and a total disgrace to the essence of what it means to be an elected official or public servant.

  16. Michael L. Lofton Reply

    January 2, 2013 at 3:03 pm

    RE: “President Obama: ‘There Wasn’t Enough Support or Time’ For a Better Fiscal Cliff Deal” by BlackWorldToday

    ……and U.S. born blacks would be the least likely to survive should a real financial cliff/1930 Depression take place because be it today, or the past, our own elected black leaders refuse to competently uphold the “oath of office”, the Constitution, a respective State Constitution to serve law abiding U.S. born descendants of slavery egregiously by the atrocities of government.

    …..illegal aliens from around the planet, who will benefit from the “Dream Act” and other un-Constitutional back dealing legislation stand a better chance of surviving a real financial cliff/1930 Depression, than the majority of U.S. born descendants of slavery.

    President Barack Obama and the Obama Administration are making use of the 14th Amendment to promote Amnesty and the Dream Act for millions aliens and his or her anchor babies.

    The 13th and 14th Amendment, the U.S. Constitution is reserved for citizens and legal immigrants and not illegal aliens and anchor babies.

    YouTube: “President Obamas statement on bypassing Congress and issuing an Executive Order for Amnesty”.

    President Obama and the Obama Administration step up to the plate to serve illegal aliens via passing the “Dream Act”, individuals who are not entitled to any form of political representation by any elected official, be it the President of the U.S. , to any local Mayor, or City Councilperson….

    ……..President Obama, the Obama Administration, the Congressional Black Caucus,……AKA…..the Congressional Black Clueless, other elected officials affiliated with the Democratic Party and Republican Party’s who should be impeached, recalled, and/or voted out of office for being so inept, treasonous, disgraceful, perverted, foolish, un-American, and a total disgrace to the essence of what it means to be an elected official or public servant.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dUEl8WYDDus

    YouTube: “Interview with Terry Anderson, Part 1” Uploaded by crowdifornia.

  17. Sha Reply

    December 31, 2012 at 8:35 am

    All I can say is WOW! Excellent M(r)s Carnell! You spat the REALNESS! And I enjoyed many of the follow up comments. Seems to be a sign of a minute glimmer of hope in the Black community, even if it’s locally on this forum.

    @ Lee: your commentary is duly noted but this site is called “Your Black World”. #no interlopers!

  18. Drake Scott Reply

    December 27, 2012 at 11:03 am

    There are about 5 reponses among the thread of responses that rest upon any tangible historical, political, economic and/or institutional truths. Truths are absolute and require no opinion or commentary just presentation.

    Rule of Physics: “Everything physical on this earth is relative to time and time is absolute”. Any standing class of Black people relative to to any standing class of White people, at any given point in time regardless of educational attainment, marketable skills, how hard you work and what you’ve accomplished will possess on average a net wealth that is statistically 5 times less than White people. And that is because Black people are not considered and thus treated as “Equals”, period. For those of you who are highly educated, possess marketable skills, and relative to all other Black folks have a good job/successful business and thus are under the illusion that you’ve have made it in a “White Power Structure” construct; you must become astutely aware of America’s structured caste systems of economic inequality. From structured wage inequality to the resultant wealth inequality that truth and that truth alone (which rings true from Johnson/Winfrey to the Black fry cook at McDonalds), calls for yardsticks of measurements for Black people’s collective and sustained economic, self-determination to be compared to White people’s collective economic standing at any given point in time, of which when all impacting factors are equal, the economic standings should be equal at any given point in time.

    In 2012 there were 25 white males on Forbes’ 400 Wealthiest in America, all without a college degree and 20 of the 25 (all 25 possess 4-5 times the wealth of Oprah)have made their fortunes in less than a generation.

    For over the last 400-years, Black Americans pegged on any rung of the ladder of prosperity, relative to White Americans at in given point in time of American History, we’ve always been pegged on the lowest rungs of economic prosperity after garnering twice the education and working three times as hard. This is why we must collectively, set aside our uninformed emotions and open our minds to serious and excellent points of view made by the likes of Yvette Carnell.

    • PetefromDetroit Reply

      December 28, 2012 at 1:33 pm

      Yep.

  19. Albanydad Reply

    December 26, 2012 at 4:38 pm

    We have struggled with this for decades. Lincoln Emancipation Proclamation promised freedom, but it did not guarantee citizenship or equality. The reconstruction laws enacted after the Civil War outlawed slavery. The lack of enforcement of laws intended to grant due process in the courts, citizenship and voting rights meant a failure to provide economic opportunity for the freed people. Many stayed on former plantations to work as sharecroppers because they had no where else to go. In the 1960′s laws were put in place but in the 2010′s we stil struggle. Instead of celebrating those that accomplish despite the odds we b**t each other up over what WE don’t do. Is that the definition of self-hating?

  20. nana63 Reply

    December 26, 2012 at 3:03 pm

    a sign of the times. the “true religion” is $200 jeans that look like “farming” clothes(overalls with big patch pockets). something that “followers” proudly wear.

  21. Sista42 Reply

    December 26, 2012 at 2:40 pm

    I just made a comment on another topic which falls right alongside this topic:

    Bob Johnson to President Obama: ‘Black Joblessness Needs to be Tackled Head-On’

    Pretty much all of the above makes so much sense, SADLY. We are like crabs in a barrel my grandmother used to say, pulling each other down. Why is the million dollar question given how many of us are thriving. Choices is what it b***s down to in my opinion. I long for the day the Jim Crow unity returns as least we would be standing for something rather than falling/failing for and at everything when it comes to comparing against other minority groups.

  22. Sista42 Reply

    December 26, 2012 at 2:40 pm

    I just made a comment on another topic which falls right alongside this topic:

    Bob Johnson to President Obama: ‘Black Joblessness Needs to be Tackled Head-On’

    Pretty much all of the above makes so much sense, SADLY. We are like crabs in a barrel my grandmother used to say, pulling each other down. Why is the million dollar question given how many of us are thriving. Choices is what it b***s down to in my opinion. I long for the day the Jim Crow unity returns as least we would be standing for something rather than falling/failing for and at everything when it comes to comparing against other minority groups.

  23. Sista42 Reply

    December 26, 2012 at 2:40 pm

    I just made a comment on another topic which falls right alongside this topic:

    Bob Johnson to President Obama: ‘Black Joblessness Needs to be Tackled Head-On’

    Pretty much all of the above makes so much sense, SADLY. We are like crabs in a barrel my grandmother used to say, pulling each other down. Why is the million dollar question given how many of us are thriving. Choices is what it b***s down to in my opinion. I long for the day the Jim Crow unity returns as least we would be standing for something rather than falling/failing for and at everything when it comes to comparing against other minority groups.

  24. Sista42 Reply

    December 26, 2012 at 2:39 pm

    I just made a comment on another topic which falls right alongside this topic:

    Bob Johnson to President Obama: ‘Black Joblessness Needs to be Tackled Head-On’

    Pretty much all of the above makes so much sense, SADLY. We are like crabs in a barrel my grandmother used to say, pulling each other down. Why is the million dollar question given how many of us are thriving. Choices is what it b***s down to in my opinion. I long for the day the Jim Crow unity returns as least we would be standing for something rather than falling/failing for and at everything when it comes to comparing against other minority groups.

  25. AlbanySumner Reply

    December 26, 2012 at 1:24 pm

    Same old recycled B.S. about how Black folk fail because we don’t (fill in the blank) as one people. What people DO bond strictly on race, ethnic background or country of origin? Everyone else considers economic or social class, education or physical attributes when forming bonds. Why is there always a call for as diverse a people as there has ever been (some born in Africa, some here, some by way of Central/South America, Europe and Asian countries) with some Native American sprinkled in. Why is the diversity in ONE people always called a negative attribute? The pull of the Afro American percentage within each of us is supposed to be strong? Maybe the answer is, it is not always. New comers from India and Asia that have dark complexions don’t consider themselves Black. (They knew which group to identify with).

  26. Elem Reply

    December 25, 2012 at 10:36 pm

    This is the best post I have read on Your Black World.

  27. Nehemiah III Reply

    December 25, 2012 at 5:26 pm

    Yvette has made some good points, but some of these comments are a little off point. We need to stop blaming everyone else and just look to our selves. No respect for education, not being able to trust one another, worshiping false idols ( entertainers ), ( I’m telling you how much money I make and spend cause you da fool that keeps buying my
    sh%t), going WAY overboard with religion, and hating on each other.

    What happens to a lot of black business? They don’t last cause friends and families want goods and services for free and then get mad at you if they don’t get what they want. Do you think whites with money care about whites who don’t? Then you don’t talk to white people. Look at what we do when we come into a lump sum. What is the first thing black people buy? Come on, do i have to write it, buy a car or truck. We can’t work together, I have African friends, do you think they respect us?, when they see us as having squandered those same opportunities they took advantage of.

    I had opportunities the past 30 years and didn’t do anything, now I’m on the right track and will semi retire in 5 years at 56. So I put myself in the same boat as other Black Americans cause it bothers me when Africans come here get a degree and become my doctors at the VA Hospitals. Just think about those blacks who’ve made it, rarely do they stay in the neighbourhood cause that makes them a target.

    Until we change as a people, we WILL be left behind.

  28. Smith Reply

    December 25, 2012 at 11:17 am

    And, she’s back. It’s about time Yvette. Nobody does it better when you’re on your game and you’re back. Yeah, I think you’ve been off your game a bit of late by going way too personal with some of your comments that seem like over-the-top-attacks. However, this is on the money. This is so good I’ve got to forward it to some of my people. Thanks!

  29. Smith Reply

    December 25, 2012 at 11:16 am

    And, she’s back. It’s about time Yvette. Nobody does it better when you’re on your game and you’re back. Yeah, I think you’ve been off your game a bit of late by going way too personal with some of your comments that seem like over-the-top-attacks. However, this is on the money. This is so good I’ve got to forward it to some of my people. Thanks!

  30. Michael L. Lofton Reply

    December 25, 2012 at 2:46 am

    Re: “Yvette Carnell: 5 Reasons Why the African-American Community is (Still) Failing” by by Yvette Carnell

    -by Yvette Carnell

    ……there are reasons that are more serious than any of the reasons you have mentioned……

    8. Treasonous acts perpetrated by our own elected black leaders, lawyers, social workers, probation officers, foster care providers, reverends, other university educated individuals which has contributed to the demise of law abiding U.S. born blacks who are descendants of slavery.

    http://ireport.cnn.com/docs/DOC-901677

    CNN I-Report: “Each holiday season, an ex-foster child searches for her siblings”, adds credence to my foster care experience, where no good black social workers and black foster parents played musical chairs with all of my brothers, sisters, and I, for profit!”

    “Each holiday season, an ex-foster child searches for her siblings”by Garrett Therolf, LA Times, December 24, 2012,adds credence to my foster care experience, where no good black social workers, black foster parents, and/or other unethical public servants/government employees, played musical chairs with all of my brothers, sisters, and I, for profit, to conceal our location from my parents, and to keep anyone of us from locating our parents.

    CNN i-Report: “The Republican Party is Not Responsible for the Demise of the Black Community” uploaded by mll1127/TheTruth53

    CNN i-Report: “THE INNER CITY IS PART OF THIS REPUBLIC, IN NAME ONLY!” uploaded by Esther30/TheTruth53

    CNN i-Report: “Foster Care and the Department of Children’s Services and my experience” uploaded by deadwiler56/TheTruth53

    The difference, between Meredith Kensington’sexperience and the Lofton family’s breaking up U.S. born descendant of slavery black families for profit foster care experience, in Los Angeles County, is that both of my parents are university educated, and neither my Father or Mother, lost any parental rights. My Father now deceased, Leon E. Lofton, Jr., is an honorably discharged disabled combat infantry soldier “purple heart recipient” of WWII, earned and paid for his university education before being “drafted”. “. Furthermore, neither my parents, other siblings (brothers or sisters) have ever been found to be criminal, insane, or unfit in any court jurisdiction.

    YouTube: “Diane Watson – Race Baiting Political w***e” uploaded by TheWatchdog

    It would not be surprising to me to learn that the initial break-up of Meredith Kensington’s immediate family started in a jurisdiction where past or present elected black leaders (Congresswoman Maxine “Kerosene” Waters, Congresswoman Karen Bass, former CongresswomanDiane Watson, former Congressman Merv “illegal immigrant” Dymally, former Congressman Julian Dixon, 2nd District LA County Supervisor Mark Ridley Thomas, former 2nd District LA County Supervisor Yvonne “Brentwood” Burke, 10th District LA City Councilman Herb Wesson, 9th District LA City Councilwoman Jan Perry, 8th District LA City Councilman and former LA City Police Chief Bernard Parks, etc., etc.) affiliated with the Democratic Party, are large and in charge.

    “According to court records reviewed by The Times, social workers suspected her foster family was committing fraud. The parents had 10 foster children and successfully sought for each of them to be qualified for the highest payment rates, saying they all had difficult special needs. “The foster mother is estimated to be receiving about $130,000 per year in foster payments” tax free, social workers told the court. Kensington said, “The foster parents told me they would give me Jordans [basketball shoes] if I acted crazy with the doctor, and I’m ashamed to say I did it.”

    Breaking up black families for profit which occurred during slavery, and was supposed to have ended after slavery was abolished, has been kept alive by the greed and sleaze of the black middleclass and/or other individuals who choose to be unethical and criminal in breaking up U.S. born descendant of slavery families for profit………

    Why The Black Caucus Looks The Other Way On Immigration-By Joe Guzzardi on May 9, 2003.

    YouTube: “Interview with Terry Anderson, Part 1” Uploaded by crowdifornia on Jun 10, 2009

    YouTube: “Interview with Terry Anderson, Part 2” Uploaded by crowdifornia on Jun 10, 2009

    …….all while President Barack Obama, the Congressional Black Caucus, and/or other elected black leaders promote the Dream Act/Amnesty, and gainful employment opportunities for criminal illegal aliens to help illegal alien adult parents and his or her anchor baby siblings, to keep illegal alien families together.

  31. Michael L. Lofton Reply

    December 25, 2012 at 2:34 am

    Re: “Yvette Carnell: 5 Reasons Why the African-American Community is (Still) Failing” by by Yvette Carnell

    -by Yvette Carnell

    …..there are reasons that are more serious than any of the reasons you have mentioned…….

    7. “Taxation without Competent Representation”, competent representation being a necessity for survival in the United States of America.

    With all the criminal acts perpetrated against the law abiding U.S. born blacks by the criminal actions of police officers, other public servants, it just makes no sense that the black community continues to remain in poverty.

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    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u_kNc4dabPA

    YouTube: “120108 antonovich oath of office”

    Uploaded byjoycemediainc on Dec 1, 2008
    Oath of Office: “I, (President, Supreme Court Justice, Congressperson, Assemblyman, County Board of Supervisor’s Member, Mayor, City Councilperson, Judge, ), during such times as I hold the office, I, do solemnly swear that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States (the Constitution of the State of California, Maryland, Illinois, etc., etc.), against all enemies foreign (terrorist enemies of the U.S., illegal immigrants, un-American or un-Constitutional anything and everything, etc.) and domestic (treasonous individuals or organizations, any Police Chief who condones this and the Police Chief’s rogue police officers, unethical or criminal elected officials or public servants, illegal aliens or his or her advocates, un-American anything and everything), and that I will bear true faith and allegiance, to the Constitution of the United States , (State Constitution), and that I take this obligation freely, without any mental reservation or purpose of evasion, and that I will faithfully discharge the duties upon which I am about to enter.”
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    “There are cases where an individual has been wrongfully treated by his government and about the only way, unless the individual resorts tocourt, and even in some cases the courts are not able to give proper relief, the only area or avenue open to the individual is through his representative. When you find a bona fide error has been made, I suggest that you make a maximum effort to remedy it. This I feel is a vital and important function of those of us in the House of Representatives”.
    Authors: Donald G. Tacheron and Morris Udall, from the book entitled, “The Job of the Congressman”, pages 65 and 66.
    (The above excerpt “The Job of the Congressman” holds true for any elected office holder, and/or U.S. Citizen.)

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    Article VI, USC: This Constitution, and the Laws of the United States which shall be made in Pursuance thereof; and all treaties made, or which shall be made, under the authority of the United States, shall be the supreme Law of the Land; and the Judges in every State shall be bound thereby, any Thing in the Constitution or Laws of any State to the Contrary not withstanding.

    “….Senators and Representatives before mentioned, and Members of several State legislatures (all elected officials), and all executive and judicial Officers of the United States and of the several states, Shall be bound by oath of affirmation, to support this Constitution.

    14th Amendment, USC, Section 1: “No State shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges or immunities of citizens of the United States; nor shall any State deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws.”

  32. Michael L. Lofton Reply

    December 25, 2012 at 2:29 am

    Re: “Yvette Carnell: 5 Reasons Why the African-American Community is (Still) Failing” by by Yvette Carnell

    -by Yvette Carnell

    …..there are reasons that are more serious than any of the reasons you have mentioned……

    6. Our own elected black leaders and other so-called university educated professionals are truly inept, and do not competently serve U.S. born blacks.

    http://ireport.cnn.com/docs/DOC-900269

    President Barack Obama, multiple members of the Congressional Black Caucus, other elected black leaders at the State and Local branches of government, U.S Supreme Court Clarence Thomas, etc., etc., have contempt for the sworn oath of office, the Constitution, the rule of law, and the United States of America.

    There are truly possible and legal ways to acquire assets from the affluent, a business owner, other individuals, private and public entities who or that v*****e the Constitutional rights of U.S. citizens and legal immigrants, that could be used for the benefit of the disenfranchised, but this requires respect for the Constitution, the “oath of office”, the rule of law, and “tort practice expertise”

    ……qualities that the Harvard Graduate President Obama, Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, multiple members of the Congressional Black Caucus, other elected black leaders at the State, County, and City jurisdictions of government, fail to uphold as mandated by law and sworn under oath as elected officials or public servants.

    • cambie Reply

      December 25, 2012 at 11:16 am

      I agree with Yvette. She was on the money on all points. I especially agreed with the 5th point. I am happy to see that I am not the only one who wants to know where the people who follow the likes of Eddie Long and others despite their serious misdeeds. We take the scripture “who is without fault,” to a ridiculous extreme. We forget that one of the men who was trying to stone the woman had just slept with her. When something is wrong we must speak up. Eddie Long’s church should be out of business. Our people send resources to these pulpit pimps that they can ill afford.Never buy securities from anyone but a brokerage firm. A minister has no business selling his members investments.

      Another issue with us is that our families are a mess. Most of our children are born to single mothers. We cannot thrive under these circumstances. No one can fix this situation but us. We have to understand than this is hurting us badly.

      Obama is the president of the entire nation. Black folk who thin that he can do something special for black folk are wrong. What we need is the freedom to pursue our dreams. We can do that. All need is a vision.

  33. nmaat433 Reply

    December 24, 2012 at 11:38 pm

    @Greg–you make some excellent points! Continued success to you.

  34. GREG L Reply

    December 24, 2012 at 8:59 pm

    Interesting article which I mostly agree with, but I have one comment on business. I’m a professional in business (I own a small CPA firm) and have been doing this for the past 29 years. I owe my success in business almost entirely to the support I’ve had from the African-American community. The idea that black people will not support black business is a myth that we are laboring under. However, let me be clear here also–black folks are not going to do business with you simply because you’re black; some might be willing to give you a chance, but the bottom line is that they expect you as a business person to give them the same sort of service that they’d get anywhere else. Since we as black business people frequently have an issue with this, it is necessary for the aspiring entrepreneur to bend over backwards and offer a superior product or service. This is merely a business principle. You don’t have a “civil right” to have someone, even black people, “give you” business. You’ve got to work hard to earn it; plain and simple. If you do that, you’ll not only get black folks’ business, but everyone else’s as well. That has also been my experience. The central question in business is the value question. Are you bringing value by solving someone’s problem? If you can do that, you’re going to have business–if you can’t you won’t. So the question really isn’t whether black folks support black business–the question is do you have something of value that black folks or anyone else wants? Business has nothing to do with “civil rights” or “blacks folks supporting black folks because you’re black”. However, if you able to earn their support, you effectively create stakeholders in your own success.

    Similarly, I’m not going to simply give someone $ 1,000 to support something unless they have a solid strategic money making plan. Half the time, our idea about business is some multi-level marketing scheme or some half baked proposal that you know is going to lose your money and theirs. But rather than concede that the business plan was either weak or non-existent, there’s resentment because “black folks don’t want to support them” when the deal was that they didn’t have anything that you could support.

    There’s a theme when it come to why conditions exist as they do in the African-American community. It is frequently a function of us not being ready. Some of this too is related to the question of where the Dubois’ talented tenth are at. Generally, they’re functionaries–often frustrated by racism in corporate America—who are separated from the community. Because our most talented and educated are effectively building up someone else’s thing, the question becomes who is left to run the businesses and the politics on the home front? The answer is that our “second” and “third” string are attempting to do that and that alone accounts for much of the failure in black business, politics and the community in general. You see, everyone perceives their success as being outside of the community and while we’re pursuing that, other folks are making incursions right on our back yard, economically and politically, and making out like a fat rat in a cheese factory. Our strategic positioning on all fronts is wanting.

    I’m one of the talented tenth that got the education and training and came back home. I believe this accounts for my business success with the support of black people. However, I’ve found that whites and others are open to doing business with black folks–under pretty much the same conditions that black folks will do business with you—you’ve got to produce. In that lies the key for our development economically and politically. What is it that we wish to produce for ourselves and our community? Once that question is raised, a litmus test readily forms and it becomes very easy to discard anything that doesn’t lead to that.

  35. Enlightened Blackman Reply

    December 24, 2012 at 7:57 pm

    Yes indeed this article is spot on. Africans here in America needs to wake up to the false reality being served up with a cherry on top. All this time in America and we still in the same fcking boat we always been in and this is no coincidence. In a matter of fact it’s like this way for Africans worldwide. The problem with us is we don’t know who the h**l we are. I’ve learned 60% of our true identity and let me tell you it’s like a ton weight lifted off your shoulders.

    Everything about America is a lie, White Supremacy is the culprit and until we realize that we will continue the same self-hating, oppressor loving behavior we been practicing for 500 years. I mean seriously, “How can we expect anyone to respect us when we don’t respect ourselves.” The only thing White supremacy respect is guns, money, power and numbers.

    So what are the solutions? First we must separate ourselves from everything European! (Halloween, Christmas, 4th July, Columbus Day, etc.) Second stop spending your hard earned money on nonsense, useless gadgets, and entertainment .(I-Pads, phones, Jordan shoes, TV’s in every room, ect”stupid s**t”) Last but not least we need to realize that if things do not significantly improve for Africans Americans within 3years, we need to seriously consider Pan-Africanism. I have a 8 year goal to be out of debt and save enough money to get the h**l out the states and go back home to Africa.

    I have come to the conclusion this is a morally bankrupt and failed state. America is through. All of you reading this have been warned. Let the” EXODUS BEGIN”. ;)

    • David C Beach Reply

      December 26, 2012 at 9:34 pm

      I am tired of being blamed for everything that happens on earth. All I have ever done is work and provide for my family.
      My wife ran off with a black guy leaving me to carry the load. They had a kid and he’s nowhere to be found.
      I don’t like Obama because he is a communist, and seems to hate European Americans.
      I’m just tired of the BS

  36. doug mcnair Reply

    December 24, 2012 at 7:42 pm

    It’s always easy to criticize Black people about any and everything. While Yvette Carnell wrote a brilliant piece about the five reasons why our race, the Black Family, is failing, so what? It’s like 100 million other brilliant articles criticizing us. All those criticisms haven’t changed us or our status in America.

    The truth is, we still have the same problems we’ve always had. Ever since we were free from slavery. Poverty, education, housing,crime, health etc., you name the problem, we still have it. But what’s often overlooked is that our race, the Black Family, has progressed in spite of those problems.

    We are better educated and more prosperous than we’ve ever been. Don’t take my word for it. Check the numbers for yourself. If more than 65% of us can succeed in spite of all the “Black” problems,what could we do if we united to solve our own problems?

    I’m convinced after 74 years on this wonderful earth that until we develop our own religion, one that values us as Black people rather than Christians or Muslims who happen to be Black, we will never be united.

  37. doug mcnair Reply

    December 24, 2012 at 7:42 pm

    It’s always easy to criticize Black people about any and everything. While Yvette Carnell wrote a brilliant piece about the five reasons why our race, the Black Family, is failing, so what? It’s like 100 million other brilliant articles criticizing us. All those criticisms haven’t changed us or our status in America.

    The truth is, we still have the same problems we’ve always had. Ever since we were free from slavery. Poverty, education, housing,crime, health etc., you name the problem, we still have it. But what’s often overlooked is that our race, the Black Family, has progressed in spite of those problems.

    We are better educated and more prosperous than we’ve ever been. Don’t take my word for it. Check the numbers for yourself. If more than 65% of us can succeed in spite of all the “Black” problems,what could we do if we united to solve our own problems?

    I’m convinced after 74 years on this wonderful earth that until we develop our own religion, one that values us as Black people rather than Christians or Muslims who happen to be Black, we will never be united.

  38. nmaat433 Reply

    December 24, 2012 at 5:51 pm

    What alternate reality do some live in where blacks can be seen as lazy when they did all the work yet white society became rich primarily off 250 years of UNEARNED $ from black labor? If ANYBODY is a lazy, NI66er, it’s whites. US history if rife with them making $$ from theft or cooptation of someone else’s ingenuity and labor. GTFOHWTB.

  39. gregory taylor Reply

    December 24, 2012 at 2:08 pm

    American Africans have OD on The Dream and are suffering from emotional commotional protest psychosis. While at the same time in the deepest form of denial. -gregory taylor

  40. Nyoka Pedist-Tibideaux Reply

    December 24, 2012 at 12:25 pm

    B(LOL) How YOU doing Yvette Carnell?
    So, I can count on that $1000 (cashier’s…let’s be real) -heck from you any day now so I can fulfill my wildest dream, right? Oh, you better make that $2000, I got big BIG dreams. Personally, I don’t have any issues with Paco and Maria, h**l I Can’t tear up a pot of chicken & (brown, know what say; white is alright but brown will keep you around) rice. Just as long as they pay their fair share than I be cool with it. As for that half-breed, jive-takin’, lazy-a*s MF in the White House; (tsk) straight up Affirmative Act c**n all the way. He probably is poking his oldest daughter anyway. h**l, he will have us ALL sportin’ (free) burkas and rockin’ a (free) iPad this time around. I say; privatize ALL them prisons, make ‘Right To Work’ and ‘Stand Your Ground’ law in ALL them 50 states and there will be no unemployement issuses in that urban-America community and “we” won’t even have to think about raising taxes, on anyone. h**l, who needs them jim crow laws, right?

    And to think our kinfolks couldn’t see the benefits in capitalism. Them lazy, stinkin’, brainless savages, the lot of them.

  41. nmaat433 Reply

    December 24, 2012 at 12:12 pm

    You are so right about not supporting black businesses. You’d think that Black Wall Street and thriving black businesses never existed if you look around currently. And #5, is true as the day is long but most black people will NEVER consider alternative views on their religion. But to me, it’s a no-brainer. Black people are some of the most faithful and praying-ness followers of ‘Christ’, yet the world over we are getting screwed coming and going. And the Anti-Christ who ‘gave’ you the religion is the one doing the s******g…so what does that say about either Christ or the religion you are following?

    • PetefromDetroit Reply

      December 28, 2012 at 1:42 pm

      Thanks Ms. Tubman… Excuse me, Ms Carnell.
      How much more of this “truth serum” do you have? Use it up I ask respectfully.
      Just think how well off and well informed we would be if we spoke truth to power as a consensus instead of just a few “hater” and “crabs” like you? One.

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