October 22, 2014 § Leave a comment
It’s about that time again!
We are two weeks away from midterm elections, the time of the year you root for the biennial horse-race. Voters and pundits alike clamor over which ruler is the best; and politicians make their normal promises and campaign gaits. Here in Dallas, known as the Blue Island in the Red Sea, Congresswoman EBJ will keep her position as she faces no Republican opponent and no serious Democratic opposition.
Recently I was afforded the opportunity to view a photo of Wendy Davis, the Democrat on the governor’s ticket against the attorney general Greg Abbot, attending the traditional, annual rivalry of HBCU schools Prairie View vs. Grambling State. In the photo, State Senator Royce West trailed behind her, like a lost dog bugging his owner’s neighbor, or another way to view it, like a guard dog defending the owner’s legitimacy–whatever one views of the situation, he certainly made a bad sight worse.
This photo reminded me of the upcoming horse-race. It also reminded me of the sad fact African-Americans get so worked up over politics and normally elevate politicians to a god-like status, a fitting status for those who view the State as God. No other ethnicity group–Japanese, Chinese, Korean, Nigerians, Arabians, etc.–get so worked up over politics or rally in the streets like AA’s. Likewise, the aforementioned groups political representation in offices is no match for AA’s who are in every position imaginable, including and up to this country’s president.
Besides the fact African-American history is unique, AA’s love befriending “minority initiatives” which group them with other so-called minority groups, and AA’s are left holding the bag. Instead of using the extremely unique experience to their advantage, AA’s are just happy to be apart of something.
How can AA’s be politically effective as less than 15% of the country’s population (25% in Dallas)? They can’t, and are left, as one can easily see, appealing to others for sympathy and to the State for favors or handouts, however one prefers to label the relationship. As Dr. Claud Anderson said, voting does absolutely nothing and 50 years after the Civil Rights Act of 1964, AA’s are on the bottom of every social, economic and political indicator.
Davis, a Harvard graduate, sported a PVAMU jersey and shook the hands, waved and smiled at the jubilant, starry eyed college students excited to be in a politician’s presence. Alas, I wonder, if she even worked the stadium, from one end of the bleacher to the other, during the halftime. Before or after Battle of the Bands?
(Please spare me the truth and allow my imagination to wander. Also, I would have included the picture but it’s not for those with weak stomachs.)
Does Davis normally attend such AA’s attractions? Is she a collector of HBCU jerseys? Is she an undercover Panther fan? Was the PVAMU jersey newly purchased or apart of her hidden HBCU memorabilia? What was West promised in return for his role?
If you’ve never read Minds Alike, you should know I don’t trust politicians, especially ones who explicitly appease a particular group they are not apart of. Mitt Romney comes to mind and his snake-like features, from his flexibility and flip-flopping to sneaky, disingenuine smile, makes me uncomfortable and disgusted, almost as much as I am by an actual snake. But my beef isn’t with politicians–charisma, deception, perceived empathy, working the crowd is their job, bread and butter–my beef is with AA’s.
AA’s as a whole are extremely politically naive (and politically ignorant to be honest) and are willing, indeed look forward to, support whomever the Democratic Party chooses. All it takes for AA’s is for the candidate to be accompanied with a black face, wear a jersey, have a black spouse or play a saxophone. In exchange of status and prestige (think of the newly-college graduate hoping to be apart of the “inside”), AA’s jump at the chance to be politically involved, even to their own detriment.
Her policies are another issue and Davis doesn’t offer anything new as a liberal, Democrat. More college grants, increased minimum wage, honor Obamacare, Medicaid expansion–other than less standardized testing and supporting medical marijuana, Davis policies are bad for AA’s and the state as a whole.
One of the worst features of her (mainly the Democratic Party’s because Davis stance on this issue is mixed) platform for AA’s is the leniency of immigration. Hispanics are largely the majority in Dallas (for example, Hispanics have made up over 50% of DISD student body for some years); this extra labor force will worsen AA’s bind (especially the low-skilled) in the job market against Hispanics who are likely willing to work for less, though minimum wage laws has mostly taken away this advantage. Hispanic communities (emphasis on communities, as opposed to neighborhoods) have been sprouting up in Dallas, and along with their communities are religious infrastructure, respect and celebration of culture, and an economic base supported by their own. Lastly, the irony of it is, it is not difficult to find Hispanic-owned business in an AA neighborhoods.
Hispanics are not the only ethnic group to enjoy this situation in Dallas.
This is not to say I am opposed to immigration, for, in fact, I am support of immigration. But AA’s are the only group who doesn’t see the world as it is. AA’s are targeted as a group. For this reason if none other, AA’s must put their own efforts–not immigration, LGBT causes, so-equal gender pay, “diversity”, Native Americans, etc.–as priority.
My personal view is that economic power is the base of the pyramid for AA empowerment and freedom. Without this, AA’s complaints to politicians, business and society as a whole will fall on deaf ears. Politicians don’t listen to poor people without organization or ownership of industries; corporations generally better respond to economic boycotts–not protests; and without an economic infrastructure, AA’s will find themselves “trapped out of a real life monopoly game.” Since AA’s wealth and income don’t compete with mainstream society–and yet maintain a strikingly large political representation–a sort of real life independent, parallel universe must be created.
This alternative is not the oft-heard calls for socialism or socialism-lite. New Black–no, not Pharrell Williams or Raven Symone’s idea–nothing short of a New Black Wall St. is necessary for the advancement of AA’s.
August 11, 2014 § Leave a comment
This one goes to the entrepreneurs making million dollar deals on their cracked screen iPhone while it is prompting you to connect to wifi for an update. Yup, this one goes out to you, too, college student who found their Android calendar far more useful than a menstrual cycle reminder or gym day.
While people blow themselves to pieces in other parts of the world and politicians laugh it over
beer coke and golf, it is we who continue focusing on that side project, or more specifically that business endeavor that will (hopefully) set us apart from the other suckers and their adjoined-at-the-hip 9 to 5 contractual obligations. I, like you, am not much interested in the monotony of normal daily life; and I for sure don’t like not being the captain of my time.
What I mean is, sitting in a cubicle everyday or missing my sister’s wedding because of work (eeh. “work.” even the word itself is uninviting) is not an acceptable way of life, even for a short while. I am now 23 years old but think I have tried that side of for a long enough time. My older friends laugh and tell me I am still young and have not “done it,” that is, run the rat race, for a respectable time. I ignore the advice and I ignore the path majority of my class graduates took, and set out for my own challenging path.
I’ve tried the office, nice paying job schedule. How can I fit in travelling the world with such a schedule? I can’t attend whiskey tasting festivals if I choose that path. Running with the bulls–how can I do that when I have to be at work by 9 am!? I can’t. And I don’t want to depend on my marriage-ruined boss to accept my off time request. I don’t want to wake up everyday unsure if I will have my job for another week. I’ve tried it and I am over it.
Nowadays, nothing is more exciting than hearing about another entrepreneur’s ideas, their current, profitable project, or discussing how technology breaks molds. For example, recently a client and I discussed how technology allows Uber to challenge the crony capitalist Taxi-City racket and Tesla’s doing away with the car dealership model.
(Both companies are at war with the State and it’s corporate welfare buddies, and that alone makes me a fan.)
But it’s not only that! Uber is an incredible and convenient (capitalist!!!) love child of transportation and technology. Technology has made it damn-near inexcusable for anyone to not have started their own business, granted they are interested in doing so. It allows the little guys to break the stale, mold and enter a market that was otherwise more difficult to enter.
Working for oneself, and ultimately having employees under oneself, brings a freedom and fulfillment like nothing else can. Uncertainty, risk, self-awareness, bankruptcy–all of these words describes the day to day realities of entrepreneurs. Unlike the regular Joe, though, the entrepreneur doesn’t shy away from these obstacles; neither does he walk head first into them but he treads carefully and cautiously, and through it, to the next highest obstacle. He understands the danger of breaking away and accepts the potential consequences as the cost for not playing it safe.
This goes out to the student on the verge of gaining his bachelor’s in computer science, developing an app to better deal with medical coding and billing, the fitness trainer collaborating with others trainers to rent out that gym, the lone, studio musician, and the housewife taking her catering or janitorial business brain child to new heights.
Whatever it is you do, I hope you keep eyes on the prize and succeed.
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July 22, 2014 § 2 Comments
The main issue with immigration is the same issue with other government edicts. A group of suited men and women come together and declare it illegal to cross a line over a piece of land they don’t own. Who put them in charge? « Read the rest of this entry »
June 30, 2014 § Leave a comment
Recently I have been engaged in other activities that have evidently taken time away from Minds Alike. In addition, I didn’t follow the news enough in May and June to comment on current events. I supposed not much has changed, though. « Read the rest of this entry »
May 6, 2014 § Leave a comment
As a first generation American whose parents and older brother was born in Nigeria, current events in Nigeria and Africa in general have a somewhat immediate effect on me. Nigerian-Americans are fond of saying “Nigeria is so corrupt,” as if Nigeria has a monopoly on corruption. That is neither here nor there. « Read the rest of this entry »
April 21, 2014 § Leave a comment
According to every major poll, Americans are not interested in meddling in Europe and can’t locate Europe, much less Ukraine, on a map. No one with a clear mind understands why the government is so interested in this conflict, considering no one has threatened America, they aren’t a threat to any national security or the Constitution, and impose no effect on internal politics. In contrast, if the guys who pull the strings (more on that later) decide to inject themselves in the conflict, their actions threaten America, the national security and violate the Constitution. As a libertarian, I hate using collective terms when referring to the country but I will today: intervening in Ukraine is not in our, that is, the regular Joe, interest. It is clearly in whoever is controlling the executive branch’s interest and clearly President Obama isn’t calling the shots. They have no interests in the public welfare (there I go again); they only have interests in furthering themselves and their globalist agenda. « Read the rest of this entry »