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  1. 1

    Linda Harding

    Well, entrepreneurship and Black business is the key. We certainly can’t expect the government to right the wrongs. We are our only hope.

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    artforjustice

    If US banks aren’t providing Black businesses the capital they need to create jobs and White/General Market businesses have no requirements to recruit, hire and promote Black Men; where do we begin to turn around this destructive trend? Does Government have any role to play? If not, will China, Venezuela and various African countries be allowed to lend directly to Black American businesses as European and Asian banks and governments are allowed to subsidize white owned businesses?

  3. 3

    Down but not out

    Reply to Lind H:
    Is “the government” some alien entity that does not belong to the people? If the people don’t reclaim the government, then the business boys on Wall Street will gladly take it. Heck, they’ll even give themselves a form of social assistance – trillions of dollars worth.

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    Larry Coleman

    This lack of work is a major contributor to drug culture’s alternative “work oppotunities”, crime, incarceration, death, violence, fear, family destruction, crumbling schools, churches. Money derived from work “answereth all things!”

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    legallybkchisis

    This is quite disheartening as an AA female with 6 AA brothers. We must change this NOW! What will the future be like for our sons?!

  6. 6

    Emile

    @Linda Harding: I absolutely agreed with your statements. There is no other alternative to this situation other than seeking out opportunities for Black men by establishing niche businesses across a number of business sectors. Many Black men are very skilled and possess outstanding business acumen in many areas, regardless of the negative coverage of the mainstream media. Waiting on politicians to finally come around to “our” reality is not going to happen any time soon.

    @artforjustice: Your statements also ring true, for if this is actually a global economy as often cited, then Black businesses and entrepreneurs should waste no time in seeking alternative and more practical means of business financing. Although racism is a global reality, I doubt that it would be as bad abroad as here in the United States. The debilitating effects of the current recession is a reality shared across the globe. Building solid business relationships are all about moving forward, and not in the current fashion as exemplified by regressive American business leaders. Lastly, Black businesses and entrepreneurs should never underestimate, undervalue or marginalize their potential for successful ventures. If there are no opportunities here in the U.S., then we should be realistic by seeking and developing them abroad.

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    vetri

    Fundamental problem is high fertility rate among poor Black women.
    Having 3+ children with different men makes problem much worse.
    Proper education and husband-wife shared family finance alone can heal the problem.
    Unless above this happen, no government help makes sense.

    If you look at child poverty in Milwauke metro, Whites got just 4% because they have children only if child’s quality of life is guaranteed.
    In other hand, Black chidren poverty rate is 35%. The reason is many black women tend to have as many children as possible so that they can earn more money through welfare.

    Blacks are in trouble because of their own actions!

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    admin

    @vetri No, that’s not the fundamental problem. The fundamental issue identified is the “long term, structural decline in Black male employment”. In the Milwaukee area it decreased from 73.4% in 1970 to 44.7% by 2010; whereas for white males they enjoyed 85.9% employment in 1970 and in 2010 they relished in 77.4% employment. This doesn’t align with your assertion “Blacks are in trouble because of their own actions!” The data from the Census over 40 years also does not support your ridiculous statement that Black women want to “earn more money through welfare”. There’s a stronger correlation of “non violent drug offenses” and the mass incarceration of Black males as the new Jim Crow. This is a crisis for all America and you can be assured some Blacks are working on real solutions.

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    Binstead Gibson

    The hiring of illegal workers is playing a major part in this situation.
    Notice that many companies hire illegal workers insttead of black workers that do the job the way it is supposed to be done.
    They literally try to run out black workers, and the ones they hire they are harassed, underpaid, overworked, regulated to lesser paying jobs and lower pay.
    And many times the illegal workers do everything but work, and are defended by the employers!
    Time to take care of our own.

  10. 10

    RM

    Dr. Levine is a professor out of UW-Milwaukee, not UW-Madison.

  11. 11

    Simon Templar

    @vetri: Citing racist stereotypes attacking regarding Black women is wrong and racist. Your an enemy to Black women and Black people. SCRAM!

  12. 12

    admin

    Thanks Mary..duly noted and corrected.

  13. 13

    Linda Harding

    @artforjustice Global interaction may prove to be an exciting surprisingly lucrative option. Many merchants overseas care solely about the color of money, not skin and aren’t reluctant to do business with Black people. When the mind is not preoccupied with combatting racism it is amazing what can be accomplished.

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    Phillip

    We as a community need to learn to keep the dollar bill within the community that. We live in and support our local businesses that are owned by people from our community, grocery stores,dry cleaners, beauty supply stores, barber/beauty salons, convience stores, pharmacies, family medical practices, etc….these are all types of businesses that should be within all communities and can sustain success within the neighborhoods that conduct business. Stop allowing people who dont live in your community make money from you but not support or live amongst you.

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    Devin Robinson

    This article was right on time! Websites like these bring relief to the ailments blacks encounter on a daily basis by providing the truth that we would often never know. As far as black women having babies to get more money from government? That’s a ridiculous remark. Poor people have a right to have babies like everyone else. What you are mentioning is a symptom/effect, not the problem/cause. The men who leave the mothers behind to raise these babies have just as much responsibility. So don’t blame the mothers. It is a deeper issue that leads to the misfortune of babies with one mother. And let’s not turn a blind eye, much of oppression of blacks lie in our new Jim Crow (unemployment, incarceration, illiteracy-bad school conditions) towards the black community.

  16. 16

    Duane Portee

    Research and read Dr. Claud Anderson’s Powernomics.

  17. 17

    Enoch Mubarak

    AFRICAN AMERICANS ARE THE WORST.

    African Americans have given up on reading, and African American politicians dare to support a sitting black U.S. president out of fear of being called a ni@#er lover by white politicians.

    The New York Times refers to Barack Obama as the last black politician. White journalist asks each other out loud, “What’s going with progression, evolution and rehabilitation in the black community”?

    The reply is nothing happening in the black community. There is no movement of progression, evolution and rehabilitation in the black community.

    Unless a African American is speaking out loud complaining about the first black president then it is like Christmas Eve in the black community whereas….

    “all throughout the house, no creatures were stirring, not even a mouse. The black folks cowered on the plantation with despair hoping soon that the white people will be there.”

    By and by someone told the African Americans that reading books is the way to freedom, prosperity, life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness but the African Americans replied from their actions that…

    ”If waiting for the white people to come is wrong then I don’t want to be right because ain’t no book gonna save me!”

    …And so the white people came

    White people came and joined the African Americans in their civil rights struggle. White people did not have to support the African American struggle but they had respect for blacks that had the courage to stand up for the ideals, symbolism and dignity of the Red, Green and Black flag.

    White people came to Africa to help with the black struggle. White people came into the inner city neighborhoods and schools to help teach African American children.

    The white people came and built housing to keep African Americans in their communities. The white people came and built banks so that African Americans can save money ………but the African Americans will have none of it.

    Instead of civil rights, schools, Affordable housing, bank loans and libraries African Americans want President Obama to find or create for them a job or opportunity. African Americans want unlimited unemployment extensions and affordable housing only in white areas.

    African Americans want banks to make it easy and affordable through no interest charity loans to be able to shop in the white areas and eat in white restaurants.

    African Americas protest and keep their children out of African American schools because they want to raise and educate their children alongside white people’s children.

    It is not enough that the white people came into the African American inner city neighborhoods and areas bringing with them the avenues of opportunity for African Americans to do for self.

    Doing for self means supporting their own black businesses and reading how to books. African Americans treat reading books like weapons of mass destruction and supporting black business is a waste of time because African Americans don’t read enough to know the infinite benefits of supporting their own enterprises.

    ….so the African Americans wait for the white people to come again.

    The white people came again but this time they showed up with high powered rifles to shoot and kill any black person trying to escape uptown during the Katrina hurricane.

    The white people came on cruise ships to Haiti during the earthquake to swim, have sex, sip wine, eat caviar and drink champagne from their lavish cruise ships as they watched, pointed and rejoiced at the black dead bodies laying crushed, decapitated, mangled and twisted in the streets of Haiti.

    The white people came back into the inner city neighborhoods and areas to shut down your schools, cut off your welfare and suspend private funding

    The white people came and left taking with them their magnanimous gestures of African American opportunities and on the way out they let the Spanish players in.

    … and the Spanish players don’t take prisoners.

    The Spanish players as of this writing have the African Americans surrounded and engulfed as they cut off and deplete the African Americans residual resources of land, food and water.

    The African Americans sit idly by on the 21st century plantation watching their own destruction, demise, elimination, defeat and extinction hoping in their hearts that it will only happen to the other African American family and not them.

    When African Americans are asked about their condition and as long as African Americans refuse to open up and read a book then..….

    ….It is all Barack Obama’s fault.

    DEAR AFRICAN AMERICANS
    Reading is your only way to freedom and Undercover Smart is the book YOU MUST read.

    Read Undercover Smart and the life you save will be your own.

    http://store.mubarakinter-prizes.com/undercs.html

    Sincerely, Enoch Mubarak
    President/CEO Mubarak Inter-prizes
    http://www.mubarakinter-prizes.com

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