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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 cut 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 death.  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.

 

 

 

 

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  8. 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 hell no they don’t give a crap 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

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

  10. 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.

  11. PLAIN TRUTH ,ALLAH AKBAR !!!!!!

  12. Please join us in the Progressive Black Thinkers group on Facebook where we discuss these issues all the time and express many of the same sentiments. https://www.facebook.com/groups/progressiveblackthinkers/

  13. Sad, but some truth within this message. The whole in the border is purposely set. There are jobs there to apply for but many fail to place effort before pride. There is a pattern in effect that aids a false security, one that people utilize as a crutch and remain weak. Take subsidized housing; The requirements allows a dependent a paralyzing stability. The only way to get in is to be within the poverty allotments, to maintain this housing you must meet the governmental guidelines in order to have a place to call home (security).

    Welfare, this is another form of false security, something as appealing as a "Foodstamps" gives yet another security pattern that starvation is not a worry/concern. They also know that many have financial habits such as drugs, alcohol, cigs etc, this is why a limited amount of cash currency is granted, not enough to save, but just enough to get by. The more you settle, the more support and rewarding the comfort of relying on this system aids your needs. This paralyze's hope and can displace a dream. Yes there are many out there who wouldn't front seed money to help another of the same race because after all, we don't need each other for another underground Rail road RIGHT? Wrong, the rail road we now need to aid one another to and fro is above grounds and we walk them everyday, settling for what's given and not what should be earned. No Government will subsidize or Grant/funds for the education that will aid our rights, abilities, goals etc.

    If you plant a seed, feed it all the wrong things, beat its branches as it grows your result would reveal an ugly truth. The time you could take to give it what it needs, support when it leans in the wrong direction you would have structured something that only time could take away (all). I say because our seeds have eyes, moreover a developing brain that not only sees all, but wants to learn all. As our seeds grow, they branch/spread out to be what we see wrong everyday. Yes, work can be daunting , so if they had the latest "Blab-ops" game , its okay, because at least their happy right? The Public schools are governed to teach a sometimes over crowded classroom, feed them, keep them for several hours and evaluate them accordingly. You can graduate a public school just by attendance alone. For the parent/s who lives within this poverty line, keeps the Subsidized housing and don't care to apply that "Effort" mentioned earlier this is just a luxuries daycare resort 5 days a week. If you want to see it stop, start helping, a meeting of of the minds is step in one direction many should take. My part in this not only limits me to the children of my family, its anyone I can help within my journey. I don't talk about these things much because I'm too busy doing them until death parts me from it.

  14. Tyshayna Rayelle Louis

    TfWere too busy fighting amongst ourselves to excel as a race. light skin vs darkskin? who the hell cares, we need to unify. also, we ridicule our people for acting too "white". Wtf?

  15. You could not have said it better than this. Thank you Yvette!!

  16. Afrikkkans just will never learn from the past….Everyone learns from the past but us…..but then again….when you are a people that worship another persons god…..afraid to open your own business….and afraid of education…..then of course we have fallen behind every other people in the word…NO VISION….NO PROGRESS!

  17. girl you are correct, keep up the good work cause we need this to told and heard. Thank you

  18. Now, that's how you drive the nail in the coffin.

  19. When it comes to judging Christianity & African Americans you need to ask only one question. Did Jesus come free the slaves? And if you think yes, explain Jim Crow. What, he didn't free the slaves? Christianity doesn't care about black people.

  20. I am soooo happy Yvette wrote this article. We need an army of truth-tellers in our community who will help us outgrow the slave mentality. Way to go Yvette Carnell.

  21. I Totally agree with you! maybe if we stop defining ourselves as " AFRIcan AmERica" AND Start looking at ourselves as Afrikan> Meritians maybe then we will gain knowledge of self and become one the way our Ancesters were, and then maybe can and start helping each other.

  22. On #5 – Christianity has poisoned the black intellect for too long now…..no god, no devil, no heaven, no hell. Why base your worldview and life on an entity as contradictory as the one in the bible?

  23. In response to Yvettes comments on blacks supporting black businesses. I was at one time a landlord. Most of my tennants were black and some were Latino. None were white. My housing was in a small community. I kept my properties clean and always passed city coding laws. Was very respectful of my renters and addressed any of their concerns promptly. I did this for ten years and was very successful. My people realized that my properties were very decent. My question to myself was: Would I live in those very same apts? Yes because I fashioned them after my very own home. I wanted my tennants to live the way I did. That way I wouldn't have a problem renting them out. I pride myself today b/c I have always had compassion.

  24. Nyoka Pedist-Tibideaux

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

  25. These are all true descriptions of our people but the fact remains is that there are few if any "African-American" communities. There are plenty of African-American consumption zones but they are not communities.

    The truth of the matter is every real community is built from the ground up. It is not a place where you ended up because you were chasing white people or the government decided to locate public housing in that area.

  26. Anthony Williams

    YEAP…pretty accurate

  27. 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.

    • 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.

  28. 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.

  29. 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 dead and asleep people!

  30. That was beautiful. If you disagree I ask that you prove her wrong.

  31. THOSE THAT WERE BLESSED ENOUGH TOO! GET! FORGOT FROM WHERE THEY CAME; THEY ONLY SEE TRICKETS AND THINGS (NOT I PULL U UP WITH ME) TOO THE YOUNG MEN IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD! SO! SELFISH!

  32. Christopher Jones

    Why do some of you have a problem with point # 5? Our Ancestors had their own spritual beliefs. Slaves were forced to accept Christianity via tourture and death. Yes some slaves willingly wanted to be taught Christianity, but the whites that taught them deemed themselves "superior" to slaves who in thier eyes were ignorant half-humans who didn't know anything about anything.

    The same individuals responsible for the torture, rape, death, and enslavement of black slaves are the same ones who's lives, actions, and thought processes are in stark contrast to what's in the "bible" (riddle me that one) To be so bold and glaringly arrogant and teach slaves about 'God" an how he created everyone an loves everyone, thus everyone should love everyone, but yet SLAVERY! Stop it!

    Christianity was then an still is today put fourth as a way of keeping control of people. Humanity was in its infancy stage back then, we are big boys an girls now. All grown up, there is no need whatsoever to still believe in primitive foolishness taught be white people who declared it their "GOD GIVEN RIGHT TO OWN SLAVES".

    You black folks who consider yourselves Christians great, be what you feel you got to be, but remember YOUR acestors were KILLED because they were NOT christians. Here we are in 2013 with oh so many christians, why not pay some homage to your slain ancestors and STOP following Christianity, ya know go back to the way we originally were.

  33. How can you say one of our biggest problems is that we don't like each other and then insult Black Christians?

  34. 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!

  35. Well, Yvette…you have finally said what many of us black thinkers have been saying and thinking for years. All 5 of your reasons are reflective of what was said by Malcolm X – but we have been too busy glorifying what he said about Europeans and The West. Black people love when white people are blamed for black problems. It takes the heat off of us. Why not accept the TRUTH that you have shared, and learn from it. No…some of us will get offended…stop reading your commentary…and demonize you as a Trader to Your Race or tag you as a Hater of Self. Why? Because you have shared and expressed what many BEFORE us have shared? I have expressed your exact words for years…not that I am some important person. However, not many of us listen. People like you will lose friends and family members possibly because of this article. It should be posted everywhere. Forwarded…cut and pasted. It should be on EVERY malt liquor/abort your babies billboard that we allow to go up in black communities. We are the root of our demise. We are. We have a black president…and man that I do believe cares – and we dishonor his presidency by believing in him solely because he is black. What about his positions on matters? And, this damn Christianity.. Thanks for including this one as one of the Big Five! Christianity has harmed us more than slavery! It is the basis of our pathetic ass religious and spiritual ignorance! The basis of it has many of us believing in a WHITE Jesus…a white Santa…a white everything. We love everyone else but ourselves, and we foolishly allow this wasteful religion to control us. We still waiting on the Great By and By. We refuse to recognize and utilize the heaven we have here on earth. Waiting to die but not one black person is willing to die…I deplore Christianity – and that comes from a seminarian…a man who holds a masters of divinity. I went in to come a preacher and came out believer in the HARM Christianity has and still causes. But, when it is all said and done we will perish. And, THANKS for sharing the Big Five that will ultimately destroy the Black Race, especially us African Americans! Again, thanks! I am off to print copies of your commentary. I plan to stand on the block and pass 200 copies out to blacks. SMH!

  36. Well, Yvette…you have finally said what many of us black thinkers have been saying and thinking for years. All 5 of your reasons are reflective of what was said by Malcolm X – but we have been too busy glorifying what he said about Europeans and The West. Black people love when white people are blamed for black problems. It takes the heat off of us. Why not accept the TRUTH that you have shared, and learn from it. No…some of us will get offended…stop reading your commentary…and demonize you as a Trader to Your Race or tag you as a Hater of Self. Why? Because you have shared and expressed what many BEFORE us have shared? I have expressed your exact words for years…not that I am some important person. However, not many of us listen. People like you will lose friends and family members possibly because of this article. It should be posted everywhere. Forwarded…cut and pasted. It should be on EVERY malt liquor/abort your babies billboard that we allow to go up in black communities. We are the root of our demise. We are. We have a black president…and man that I do believe cares – and we dishonor his presidency by believing in him solely because he is black. What about his positions on matters? And, this damn Christianity.. Thanks for including this one as one of the Big Five! Christianity has harmed us more than slavery! It is the basis of our pathetic ass religious and spiritual ignorance! The basis of it has many of us believing in a WHITE Jesus…a white Santa…a white everything. We love everyone else but ourselves, and we foolishly allow this wasteful religion to control us. We still waiting on the Great By and By. We refuse to recognize and utilize the heaven we have here on earth. Waiting to die but not one black person is willing to die…I deplore Christianity – and that comes from a seminarian…a man who holds a masters of divinity. I went in to come a preacher and came out believer in the HARM Christianity has and still causes. But, when it is all said and done we will perish. And, THANKS for sharing the Big Five that will ultimately destroy the Black Race, especially us African Americans! Again, thanks! I am off to print copies of your commentary. I plan to stand on the block and pass 200 copies out to blacks. SMH!

  37. "… and The truth shall set you free".

  38. "… and The truth shall set you free".

  39. 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

  40. white power god damit am gona go coon hunting.

  41. El'Malik Abdul Muhammed

    GREAT ARTICLE; now let's see how many Black people read it and not get mad? my favorite reason listed is #3 WE CAN'T HANDLE TRUTH, enough said!

  42. GREAT ARTICLE; now let's see how many Black people read it and not get mad? my favorite reason listed is #3 WE CAN'T HANDLE TRUTH, enough said!

  43. Michael L. Lofton

    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 genocide? 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.

  44. Michael L. Lofton

    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 genocide? 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.

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

    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 genocide? 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.

  46. Michael L. Lofton

    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.

  47. Michael L. Lofton

    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.

  48. Michael L. Lofton

    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.

  49. 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!

  50. Omg!!! Thank u…..thank u, thank u…I have been saying all of this far too long…u know the one…"u Crazy"! They been saying…yes sit with an unobjective eye n do an assessment….this is an amazing assessment.
    Very clear and concise.
    No we do like each in a committed, disciplined, willing to sacrifice way…for the long term collective good!!!
    Yes, religion has black folks all the way gone….assessment…it's pathos…emotional appeal…, to afraid of beyond the pale horse…aww…but our oppressor covered that…by making sure we believed that we were terrorized of BLASPEMY!!!! Haha! For examining and test out reality…y would our oppressor actually give us tools that would actually help us be independent thinkers….
    Thank u again sister….i will be passing this along…
    But I know faithful christian black folks, who's lives speak nothing of the basic principles of Christianity….no backbiting…
    No jealousy n hating…coveting!
    Do good to all man…even when he is shotting ur community black me under a hail of 50 bullets!!!(facetious)
    Pay untl Ceasar that which is Ceasar…worship in spirit…
    The truth is there of they knew how to interpret it..n apply…but not for the shear purpose of the lambs being led to slaughter by hallow ministers n priest…smh!!!
    Tho I will continue to let my light shine…as a peace seeker yet still applying tactics that if implemented collectively would unleash out power!!!!
    Namaste! Yvette

    • The religious disclaimer is," if what one used works, whatever it may be….use it…!
      The examination is that as "conservative looking as many appear, their religious vehicle brings very change in their behavior, in application. I have experience with some of the most argumentative, hostile religious people ever!

    • Religion has been at the helm of many wars and killings throughout our known history. It was the tool used to enslave a people!
      The most high in the universe is undeniable but in most peoples application, honor for him is not present!

    • Buying black!!! Disclaimer- when I am proved excellent customer service at black business as I have experienced in many cases in Atlanta! I am happy To buy black. It is a deterrent when businesses try to hustle customers by price gauging…and providing horrible attendants and representatives…and assessment…

    • We don't truly like each other..disclaimer- not all, but many- also relative to the work of the church. Most parishioners live near and work near the churches they attend. Those communities have no sense of cohesion. How is this possible- I wonder what r leaders teaching their congregations? Elitist mentality- of attendees of mega churches- it quickly becomes – those ghetto people talk-those parishioners r not active in those communities-they are overly critical of those"still lost"!
      As Christian theory says,he married to the back slider".
      He without sin casts the first stones- and their sin cups are thoroughly filled in secret….
      Jealousy, backbiting, competitiveness to the point of prideful obsession- which is however against Christian tenets——-assessment!

    • Disclaimer No Grand Thinkers- 1) some
      2) many black folks do have grand aspirations, just generally have no way or game plan To facilitate those aspirations!
      3) some are derailed and lost with the red tape set forth by the powers that be-black people as a whole do not have access to an endless supply of capital/for venture set backs/OJT incidents and keeping the bills paid….assessment!

  51. It's all about the money or in our case the lack of it, how much money was made on slave labor? What did we inherit form slavery, besides the Word nigga, why where we never offered Reparations like the Jews or the Japanese or the Indians. Looks like Mexicans are getting reparations for losing their part of this country. Black people don't share anything, we look out for number one, yeah we helped each other when we all had nothing, but the first black college grad didn't want to teach other blacks. Blacks oppressing other blacks. Willie Lynch at it's finest.. DAMN

    True story: When my cousin and I got our Class A CDL license 30 years ago I ask our family to invest in a tractor trailer, my cousin and I would drive for them and the truck would be paid off in 2 years or less, my family which has two Doctors some nurses, several teachers a preacher and two professors, they all laughed because after all I had been to prison, my cousin has a speech impediment so we were denied by our own family. Why come we don't see reparations as a way for us to grow and rebuild our race and our communities. We wouldn't have to ask for a loan to start a biz, we have the minds to start our own businesses , we don't have the money. We are the best at anything and everything we're allowed to do, we don't have the MONEY to put our ideas in motion. It's all about the MONEY. You don't have to have a college degree to make it. Another 11 billion is being given to the military for more plans, trillions are being sent over-seas to help other countries, Money is going to anything that isn't related to the advancement of blacks. Period..

    How did the prison system become a stock to be traded on the stock market? SLAVERY 101

  52. This was some heavy shit but absolutely true

  53. Negativity doesn't play out well in the human soul. The barrage of criticism and insults leveled at the African-American community in mainstream media is abusive; and to have your own race do it to you, on a national level, is insanity. Why not write an article on 5 ways the black community can heal, receive strength, peace and an entrepreneurial spirit; or, 5 ways the Black man can improve his quality of life and overcome depression; or, 5 ways black youth can have longevity.

    Enough is enough, if black people don’t like each other, we can change and learn God’s kind of love. If black people are too sensitive, we can learn to think before we speak. If we can’t handle the truth, perhaps we need to reassess what truth really is and stop letting people tell us who we are. If we don’t dream big enough, let’s encourage one another to do so.

    If being a Christian is a problem for anyone of us, I guarantee it's because we have not planted the Word of God in our hearts, had our minds renewed or cultivated a relationship with the Lord Jesus Christ. Chances are you have been snared by the culture of the local church (churchianity), and are missing the will of God for your life.

    I happen to love my race and our history as a people. We are neither superior to anyone, nor are we inferior to anyone. Do we need to grow and get better at living, and loving in this world, yes we do, all of humanity does. History tells me we are a great people, and with God there are more great accomplishments that newer generations can and are achieving. That is the truth and what I choose to believe. Let’s choose to want better and do better in 2013.

    • Kristina Nelson OsoWright

      Like the way you but it I feel the same I am so tired of hearing blacks putting down blacks inside and out the church …I'm with you if we going to build a community we have to come out the neighborhood and unite so that we can commune together and build our personal and physical infrastructure.
      We have the power to change things but don't let me get it twisted because God will show himself strong in us,
      I just finished writing about the wind is shifting so, you need to get with your brother instead of against them,
      I realize unemployment is high crime rate is high in our neighborhoods as well as others but mark my word the win is shifting there's a new atmosphere about to take place does that mean everything going to be peachy no but you will understand your destiny more…no more shackle by your heavy burden beneath but onward march into the world-wind of victory in everything we seek..church as we know it shall be no more, its not about the pews or whatever they said above about the preachers it should never be about a man but a personal relationship with God, man will lead you astray all the time, it's not his intent to but it happens and God is not the author of confusion so he will reveal himself as he has in many cases, yet that man who may have done some deceptive things his soul shall we not dam to hell, you just got through saying do unto them what we do to one another …when the truth is they need forgiveness as we ourselves/
      girl I can go on and about what was said so appreciate your comment.

  54. 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.

  55. I was with you until number 5. Your opinion on that is narrow-minded. You shouldn't put African-American Christians in the same box. We are not all right-winged, gay-bashing, and inactive in our communities.

    • About number 5, Christianity has always played an important/powerful role in the black community. Omg this woman has clearly forgotten about slaves who held prayer meetings. Slaves who prayed to who? No one other than Jehovah-Jireh. Millions of slaves depended on God to bring them out of slavery. Abraham Lincoln didn't bring us out of slavery. It was God, who answered the prayers of the slaves. So tell me how was that a trick of the slave master when we are out of slavery by the grace of God? Majority of Negro spirituals were based on Christianity. Christianity is actually what kept the slaves together and at peace through their adversities . Now she can't judge all Christians based on someone else's shortcomings. That is not right and I don't appreciate that. Like Leslie said, we are all not gay-bashers and inactive in our community. Most of us are actually trying to restore our broken community.

  56. Black people just need to wake up and accept the truth. 1. We don't like each other is the truth. For some odd reason, some blacks get jealous of other blacks who are successful or working to be successful. We should support blacks who want to be successful and encourage blacks to work hard to be successful. We rather kill each other than build each other up. So sad, yet it is still true to this day. 3. Is on point. A LOT OF BLACKS HATE THE TRUTH AND DO NOT LIKE TO TALK NOR ADDRESS ISSUES IN THE BLACK COMMUNITY. What was said about Obama is so true too, but blacks will not accept the truth. Obama really does not care about us. A lot of black have even fooled themselves into believing he is the first Black President…correction he is biracial. OBAMA IS NOT THE FIRST BLACK PRESIDENT. HE IS NOT EVEN BLACK! 4. Is on point too. Some blacks don't dream big. Some blacks don't even teach their kids to dream big. A lot of black kids specifically males, are not taught to dream big and believe their future is limited to being a basketball , football player or rapper. I will not speak on #5. Number 5 is too controversial. Other than that, great points.

    • Another thing, Blacks are in denial. Some days I feel like the black community will never change. I am done talking about self-hatred, denial, separation, and the new form of slavery that is taken place within the black community. It is pointless. Too blacks have blinded themselves. It is so sad. I can imagine our ancestors turning over in their graves.

  57. Black people just need to wake up accept the truth. 1. We don't like each other is the truth. For some odd reason, some blacks get jealous of other blacks who are successful or working to be successful. We should support blacks who want to be successful and encourage blacks to work hard to be successful. We rather kill each other than build each other up. So sad, yet it is still true to this day. 3. Is on point. A LOT OF BLACKS HATE THE TRUTH AND DO NOT LIKE TO TALK NOR ADDRESS ISSUES IN THE BLACK COMMUNITY. What was said about Obama is so true too, but blacks will not accept the truth. Obama really does not care about us. A lot of black have even fooled themselves into believing he is the first Black President…correction he is biracial. OBAMA IS NOT THE FIRST BLACK PRESIDENT. HE IS NOT EVEN BLACK! 4. Is on point too. Some blacks don't dream big. Some blacks don't even teach their kids to dream big. A lot of black kids specifically males, are not taught to dream big and believe their future is limited to being a basketball , football player or rapper. I will not speak on #5. Number 5 is too controversial. Other than that, great points.

  58. 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 beat each other up over what WE don’t do. Is that the definition of self-hating?

  59. I know you are speaking the truth, but know one want to hear the TRUTH. I live this life everyday. The word is, " it you cant say anything nice don't say anything." I get in trouble everyday. I will die telling the truth!

  60. 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.

  61. 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 balls 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.

  62. 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 balls 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.

  63. 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 balls 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.

  64. 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 balls 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.

  65. Excellent article. Number five needs to be typed in all caps though.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZOgoqVcQX7I

  66. Excellent article. Number five needs to be typed in all caps though.

  67. 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).

  68. I actually agree with this article, especially the last part and I'm a deacon. We have to do better with our faith and not fall behind it. Jesus wasn't happy with just "making it." He was radical in His thinking and willing to challenge the status quo. That's where we need to be as Christians too. That's the only way Christianity was meant to be. If we loved our brother like we loved ourselves, then the black community would stop failing.

  69. Preach sister, I thought I was the only one to feel that way. And to your point regarding church. I have been a Baptist preacher for almost 20 years now and my eyes are wide open to the game. Unfortunately the vast majority do not realize that the "church" thing is a game. Now mind you I did not say Jesus or the acknowledgement of God is a game but the church in it's current iteration is a game. I know these past few sentences will be castigated by many but as the Old Testament scripture says: "The sins of the Father shall be handed down until the daughters unto 7 generations (some paraphrasing to be sure but the gist of the message is right).

  70. Leontyne Clay Peck

    Good points…

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

  72. You gonna piss some people off but I love it!!!!

  73. YVETTE… U SOUND MORE THAN HALF CRAZY! PROPAGANDA!

  74. 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.

  75. There are over 85,000 Black churches in America and it has generated over 300 Billion dollars (tax free) since the 1980s. In my hometown of Memphis, there are over 3,000 black churches…….Nuff Said.

  76. 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!

  77. 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!

  78. what they need to do is go to this comunitys and start taking down these niggaz that be on the corner selling dope shooting and killing each other niggaz in front of the liquor store and that shit that's the issue there's a lot of trash as people in them comunities.

  79. Spike lee and Katt Williams. Two midgets help.

  80. Reason #5 is a good explanation of how Christianity is used to black's disadvantage. Religion still requires some "critical thinking" on our part, not just taking everything literally. We do better when we understand the things we can control from what we"can't" control.

  81. 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 Whore” 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.

  82. 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.

    **************************************

    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.”
    ***********************************************

    “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.”

  83. 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 violate 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.

    • 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.

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

  85. 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.

  86. Enlightened Blackman

    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 hell 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 shit”) 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 hell 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”. ;)

    • 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

  87. 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.

  88. 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.

  89. Yvette, this is why I support you. This is why the black community is not getting any better and I thank you for speaking out about it.

  90. 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.

  91. Actually, the number one reason is everybody got a effin opinion and ain't doing anything. Can spend 18 comments making comments and ish but nothing of substance or about any action…yall talk too much!

    • Nashawn Anderson Miles

      And your comment was helpful?

    • Alfreeda Appling

      I so agree with you Ed Dunn. Colored folks these days just like to critique the efforts made by others.They can find much fault, but offer a solution…not so much. Hence why we are where we are.

  92. black do not have any land in America we are landless blacks…land create jobs' that create these sit on your as jobs…..black do not grow any food in massive production for long term…..blacks do not make any products that have any value to real world living….live growing food…do have enuff land for it….build housing…do not product wood.. and do not know how to use it to make plywood…or stud's…because you got to got into the steel milling…to cut the wood into the size….then you got to dry the wood with kiln's….this is just for the house build…then you got to have it in lager quality for all the people…ok it concrete' now many black know how to make concrete…steel mill is needed…..you why black are failing….{no steel mills…no concrete companies….no oil companies….and wood….} and the books are their but who read these kinds of books…..books on industrial power….and the bad thing about this' it already made…and we are right here with it all….every piece of education….it nothing like tearing it part and putting it back together…and blue-print out in detail…..every car, train, plane, houses, every electronic product in at the black finger tips….and out of all of them "unorganized" I got mine you get yours…

  93. black do not have any land in America we are landless blacks…land create jobs' that create these sit on your as jobs…..black do not grow any food in massive production for long term…..blacks do not make any products that have any value to real world living….live growing food…do have enuff land for it….build housing…do not product wood.. and do not know how to use it to make plywood…or stud's…because you got to got into the steel milling…to cut the wood into the size….then you got to dry the wood with kiln's….this is just for the house build…then you got to have it in lager quality for all the people…ok it concete' now many black know how to make concrete…steel mill is needed…..you why black are failing….{no steel mills…no concrete companies….no oil companies….and wood….} and the books are their but who read these kinds of books…..books on industrial power….and the bad thing about this' it already made…and we are right here with it all….every piece of education….it nothing like tearing it part and putting it back together…and blue-print out in detail…..every car, train, plane, houses, every electronic product in at the black finger tips….and out of all of them "unorganized" I got mine you get yours…

  94. #truth

  95. 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

  96. Christianity is one of the best ways to cripple a people, especially a gullible group of people. I would say Christianity is the biggest pyramid scheme on the plane: The father, the son, the holy ghost.

  97. I totally agree with with points 1-4. Number 5 is not because we are Christians, it's because we choose to attend lousy churches that have crooked leaders over the congregation. Most of these so called pastors, bishops, etc. don't teach or really know the Word of God. They are teaching false doctrine. Since church is such a huge part of black people's culture many of these so-called leaders, bishops and pastors take advantage of our ignorance. I've finally found the LIGHT…I don't attend or want to attend anyone's church anymore.

  98. People’s success, reactions & lifestyles are more than 75% of the time predicated on their environment; upbringing & we don’t want to admit it but family heritage/history as well. YES! There are some people that grew up poor that are successful now, but for every one that did there are about 70 or more that did not.
    But let’s not talk about the poor ones, how about the ones that had the opportunity, resources and money to be more successful, but could not break some of the other characteristics listed above? NO I’m not talking about the one that choose the street life, nor the one that even choose to be rebellious to his/her parents, what about the good kid that can’t seem to break the curse of again some of them characteristics.
    Conditioning is everything, it’s like playing basketball, you have to condition your body for the season, no matter what type of shape you’re in, if you’re not conditioned you can hurt yourself! …you ever heard reading to your child while they are little makes the chances of them being successful education wise better? How about MAKING your child read? (not just telling them to). It’s very difficult to up hold these principles when they were not instilled in you when you was 4!
    People don’t want to take responsibility anymore for the way their child turned out because they feel as if their child had the opportunity to do their best and or succeed on their own to whatever level you/they figure success is!
    It’s very difficult to break traditions, & habits, how many poor people have we seen or heard of win the lottery and somehow a few years later they are broke, we hear and see ALL of the great athletics in all the professional sports, but the only ones we really hear about are the successful ones who made, and the successful ones who failed, what about the other 90% of athletics?
    I have met plenty of people that wants to and even have a desire to do better in their lifestyle, finance’s, home, car, etc… but some people and just can’t break the chains of the tradition that holds them from it… it’s very unfortunate & frustrating because I find myself with some frustrations in myself and I KNOW my mind set is much more high than my life style!
    I look at the Bush family, first president George Bush, people should understand he come from a family of politicians with political ties, resources and money and he someday became president, and then his son George W. who was a troubled kid that drank, smoked and who knows what else was a college student when Saddam’ tried to kill his father! He was going down the wrong path but made up in his mind he would take advantage of the opportunity to become president and Kill that man! AND HE DID! I say that to say even when you’re going the wrong way sometime those characteristics catch up with you weather good or bad!
    Check family history and how the raising went with 10 of your very successful friends and 10 none so successful ones! I guarantee you find where 75% of them carry it and living it, the other 25% are the lucky one either they reversed it and became successful, or reversed it and did not! Lol
    Miss. Carnell article is on Point all 5 Reasons….
    1. We don’t like each other, because we are too busy trying to be better than each other, and it’s no excuse but we unconsciously do it even when we don’t mean to or want to, because our beings and mindset have been set from day one to be that way! And guess what in most cases they were unconsciously set!
    2. We are too sensitive, plain and simple we do need to get over it!
    3. We can’t handle the truth, ….some people read 2 lines of the article that Miss. Carnell wrote and did even bother to finish it, but will sit and watch these dumb reality shows for hours on in… and we not even going to talk about the ones that read the title and didn’t even bother!
    4. WE DON’T DREAM BIG! …this is the worst of our being right now, I always tell my friends and family, if you’re looking for a new car, leave your house to buy a Lexus, that will make buying a Buick easier! …it’s all about mind set, we don’t think further from where are we, we want it but the mind set on the majority of us is so under from being and having more, that the rich raise the price on the not so good quality so we can continue to think we have something! (that goes across the board).
    5. We’re Christians, as I get older I am starting to feel and be more insulted but where man has taken Christianity!, I have these feeling that when I reach God he going to tell me, “Clyde I didn’t say all that!”… what Miss. Carnell was saying confirms things I been thinking for the past 3-4 years, and I am a firm believer you must learn apply and believe for yourself! That’s #Winning

    • @clyde namaste!
      Yes good question ?? The paradigm is so that the powers that be, they have a file cabinet….anyone can be filed of their is a manilla folder for ur TYPE, good black kids….the powers that be don't recognize the degrees of blackness…smh…hard reality…but the good ones should have a place right within our. Community…we should be validating them….I will say this…. Don't stop pressing on to the good ones…there is still "chance" Jay Z high school drop out worth more than 600 million as of 2009…I won't call who he was a good one…I would ca that sweet young gifted child that scored 1200 on the SAT n school official tapped his mother on the shoulder…they were unattached n unresponsive…Now that's a good one that would have deserved to make it thru the cracks….keep the faith n keep working one it!!!! Peace

  99. Nyoka Pedist-Tibideaux

    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, hell 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-ass MF in the White House; (tsk) straight up Affirmative Act coon all the way. He probably is poking his oldest daughter anyway. Hell, 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. Hell, 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.

  100. 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 screwing…so what does that say about either Christ or the religion you are following?

    • 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.

  101. Very true

  102. you should have added this to #5: If your church has you worshipping a blond hair blue eyed Jesus then leave it immediately!

  103. I agree with this list (accept 3 & 5) but never the less it is truth! Black people have to come up with the policies to submit to Washington. The Think Tanks are the ones coming up with actually policies no President or congress alone comes up with policies for any group.

    • How can you not agree with #3?

    • "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." –I don't agree with this part. That is pure conjecture there.

    • @D, this is certainly one of the ways we need help… However Washington will not really recognize our request….(demands) unless we put on the pressure by taking the wheel and driving our excepted -1 trillion $ 2015 Neilsen Projection, n guiding it!
      That's just what it is! Any thing we get as what we have been getting have been peace meals compared to the reform we need…

    • @D, this is certainly one of the ways we need help… However Washington will not really recognize our request….(demands) unless we put on the pressure by taking the wheel and driving our excepted -1 trillion $ 2015 Neilsen Projection, n guiding it!
      That's just what it is! Any thing we get as what we have been getting have been peace meals compared to the reform we need…

  104. btw chick fil a wasnt so muxh about religion as a xohesive unified national support for EVERYONES first amendment rights including Dan Cathy Christians and other politically incorrect but tax paying citizens. imagine what such unity could do for blacks!!

  105. well i thought she was reading my mind til number 5. In fact no.5 is indicative if the greatest problem in the Black Community weve allowed ourselves to take on the ways of the (God-less and arrogantly self proclaimed god) oppressor by rejecting the faith of our ancestors and becoming so educated we are stupid. no. 5. should be were Democrats and vote consistently for policies that ceipple our advancement. so yeah right on 1 – 4; sadly 5 discredits the whole thing for me because it demonstrates another problem we get pieces of the puzzle right and are on the rigt track then the devik throws in a "but did God REALLY say?" or a "just worship me and i'll give you ALL this" and we veer off the right track onto perpetual poverty ignorance and self hatred. yes were n a sad state however a TRUE RELATIONSHIP with and knowlege of Yeshua, Jesus Christ is the foundation starting point and answer to ALL the Black communities problems.

  106. I know I am not going to be liked but in my opinion, blacks ( and whites ) are not real good at the AIM game but excel in the BLAME game. We like to go stand on the street corner all day long and and then blame others for why we are there. What are we doing? Waiting on the happy land bus to take us to a better place? Guess what? It is not coming! Jump off the corner and aim for heaven together and you'll get your share of Earth as a desert!

    • @lee U spoke the truth! I echoe ur sentiment…who did what and when and the various effects of the journey…we all know..moving forward…after the Assessement….the recourse is??????
      Black don't want to do the work….
      White r still saving face because no ones wants to step out n start the action…
      No Lee the bus is not coming….:smh!

  107. The main reason the Black community is failing is the same reason it has always been failing: We keep adhering to the fictional belief that race "Blackness" means we all have the same interests, which we don't. The Black poor and working class in America have vested their leadership through a tragic "brokerage" politics, in which Black Elites claim to "speak" for their community, when in reality those elites use their illusory status as "representatives" to secure a bigger piece of the pie for themselves, and a closer seat at the table with those that have abused those same Black poor and working class people. "Brokerage" politics as a leadership model is something almost exclusive to the Black community and totally bankrupt in utility. The Black poor and working class need to organize around their own issues and concerns and completely dismiss the vapid and useless Black middle class and Black elite. Adolph Reed, Jr. discusses this in detail. The Civil Rights movement was nothing but a Black middle class power grab for a bigger hunk of American capitalism. It was not revolutionary it was reformist. The U.S. State department in the mid 20th century stated that segregation in America was an obstacle to U.S. foreign policy interests in the third world. Even the fiction of "civil rights unity" was a contrived play for class inclusion by the Black elite. It posed no real threat to the status quo, it actually helped perpetuate it worse treatment for the Black poor and laboring classes.

    • Hi, Pascal. Love your name and your analysis, but the second of these up to a point only. I think that you over-generalise slightly, as, for what it's worth, SOME of the ostensible goals of the civil rights movement were achieved, even if mainly for the black middle classes only, and that without the campaign, the status quo would have held sway. My second point is that I think that Yvette's trenchant analysis (bar the again too-wide-sweeping point 5) misses any pointers as to what Yvette would like to see happen in the way of resolution.

      I think that any resolution of these issues necessarily has to be multi-faceted, as the "black community" itself is disparate. Let us have male mentors, supplementary schooling, "encounter" trips for young African Americans (especially males) to African countries, 'grameen' type micro-credit initiatives amongst diasporan communities, etc. The bottom line for me, however, is that we never will be a homogeneous whole, and so while Yvette's analysis might speak to the mores of a particular group of African Americans, its (partial) sterility derives not only from its lack of positive proposals for change, but from its necessarily limited focus.

    • To add to that I would also suggest that African Americans need Think Thanks and policy makers. The NAACP/National Urban League are not those groups as they have proven to be useless.

      The gays, Latino's, women and other interests have specific groups of people crafting policies, presenting and selling them to congress and their constituents.

      What we have suffered from is a bunch of academics, people playing off the civil rights era (i.e. Cornel West, Al Sharpton, Jesse Jackson etc.) and commentators who have no experience and no qualifications to actually craft policies!

      What we have though is a bunch of people who get on TV, write op-ed pieces in blogs, news papers and magazines complaining about what "someone else" is or is not doing for us.

      So when the writer says:

      "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."

      This is indicative of the problem. Because, these so-called black agendas that the so-called 'black leaders' come up with are nothing but broad issues, that are not specific; with no specific solutions to the problems. It is just, "here are our issues, now you solve it!"

      That ain't gonna get us nowhere as a community.

      Furthermore, you have to be able to delineate between what specific issues that need to be addressed on a local, state and federal level. And you have to actually have solutions for those issues that politicians can work with.

      Now I was raised by two parents who told me never to come to them with the problem, but to come to them with the solution. That caused me to learn how to use critical thinking skills, compare and contrast different equations and the outcomes of each equation to come to an ultimate solution.

      But here is the zinger, the writer states that Obama does not give a Sh-t about black people, but fails to mention that if you are to take her at her word (which I don't) then the same thing applies to the Congressional Black Caucasus.

      I'm sure no here can name a single policy the CBC has put forth to help the African American community (town halls, forums and putting together reports does not count).

      So if we are to move forward then we are going to think like a corporation. And we are also going to have to accept that all African Americans are not going to agree on everything and that that does not make one less black or "not down for the cause." Because people have different means of achieving an end.

    • Re: Pascal Robert, will def subscribe. On Point! Would like to add that Blacks rally around a common cause. They are not a 'community' neither are they a 'people'. They have environmental and cultural as well as social commonalities that give them a sense of belonging, but as an original people, they are destined to remain individually separate.

    • @Pascal Robert
      Thank you. I am highly cynical when someone assumes that ALL African Americans form a monolithic community.

      I also question the validity of reasons attributed to the failure of this mythical community. African Americans apparently fail because they do not personally underwrite various African American business ventures? I and other African Americans suppose to write big checks to people we most likely do not know, based on the color of their skin and the supposed grandeur of their business dreams.

      No.

      Like many other African Americans, I may financially support entrepreneurs who have displayed business savvy and creativity. I may support entrepreneurs who have managed to build a modestly successful business and who need a little help to take it to the next level. Quite frankly, I assume those entrepreneurs are smart to know that they should seek large checks from those least able to give. Or at least if you try, they need to demonstrate how helping their business dreams is good for your potential investors. Vague rants about Martin Luther King, Rosa Parks, and that mythical monolithic African American community will not do.

    • @Pascal Robert
      Thank you. I am highly cynical when someone assumes that ALL African Americans form a monolithic community.

      I also question the validity of reasons attributed to the failure of this mythical community. African Americans apparently fail because they do not personally underwrite various African American business ventures? I and other African American suppose to write big checks to people we most likely do not know, based on the color of their skin and the supposed grandeur of their business dreams.

      No.

      Like many other African Americans, I may financially support entrepreneurs who have displayed business savvy and creativity. I may support entrepreneurs who have managed to build a modestly successful business and who need a little help to take it to the next level. Quite frankly, I assume those entrepreneurs are smart to know that they should NOT seek large checks from those least able to give. Or at least if you try, they need to demonstrate how helping their business dreams is good for your potential investors. Vague rants about Martin Luther King, Rosa Parks, and that mythical monolithic African American community will not do.

    • valid response. i certainly agree with many points from this article. i believe that there is a great percentage of black american's that have no clue of issues that affect us a people. so, wake up call is needed for many. beyond that, you are right…. plan of action; solutions.

    • @Kwesi
      Namaste! I believe the article to be the 1st step.
      Analysis…no need to offer solutions in an analysis…n sorry for all people of Christian faith or some variation…
      All too often specifically within black communities…the current state of the church…it has lost Its ability to do what it did during slavery…
      Be a place where information was passed,
      Be a place where support was..
      Collect the unified vibration….n placed it up on high…
      With a spiritual compass decoding and extracting the true God presence will not happen despite the feel pill many get on Sundays…sorry bro this is a great discussion
      That's my offering…truth as I am seeing it alive everyday…no blind folds…unobjectively…

    • @pascal the "talented 10th" yes I often have difficulty seeing(currently) what they do to forward Black agenda…
      U hit the nail on the head…limelight and speaking engagement Appear to be the order of the day…if folks would have been around for Brotha Malcolm the sisters article wouldn't be unsettling…he said all that n then down with solutions…no
      One followed n many criticized…
      Mainstream society accepted Brother MLK's presentation over Brotha Malcolm's!!!

    • Thanks for the historical insight Pascal Robert. I've read some of Adolph Reed, Jr's and other writers' critical analysis and commentary on this dynamic in the modern civil rights stage of black liberation struggles. Do you have any other suggestions in terms of thinkers/political historians/organizers etc that further clarify this historical critique? Thanks.

  108. I wholeheartedly agree except for some statements in #5. I understand your reasoning though. Great piece Yvette Carnell!

  109. Its the truth….

  110. YVETTE CARNELL you have done it again. TRUTH ON ALL POINTS!

  111. I was with you until #5…not all churches and Christians are like that…other than that, you are spot on!

  112. Yao Lawrence Cunniningham-Bey

    Well said!

  113. Yessssss! I effen love you Yvette! Finally someone has told it like it needed to be said! I agree with all 5 points.

    • Yeah but the blind Bible thumpers are going to disregard it as usual while white America keeps using religion as a political strategy to control the rest of the world.

    • No the "Bible-thumpers won't disregard it. I am one of those and although I disagree with parts of #5, I understand her reasoning!
      #stopstereotyping

    • This is not a stereotype but a fact in that we have over 85,000 Black churches are the majority are all but worthless in the empowerment of Black people…….300 Billion dollars have been generated since the 80s (tax free) and what do the community look like where most reside?

    • Religion is not the problem in the Black community but the lack of spirituality (Actual Christian Living) if we studied the Bible ourselves we would know the bible never advocated you sitting around waiting on God, but actually getting out and DOING something after you have prayed! Thank God for an understanding, if not I might be weak enough to think Yvette's point #5 is worth considering!

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