What's Happening In Your World
by Dr. Julianne Malveaux How will African American people improve our situation in 2013? Right now, we have higher unemployment than any other population in our nation, less wealth, higher school dropout rates, and more crime in our communities.  Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. once said that African American communities had twice the number of negatives and half the number of positives in our country.  While the numbers may have shifted somewhat, it is still true that we are more likely to experience negative consequences (teen pregnancy, incarceration, crime) and less likely to experience positives (college graduation, high net worth). Those of us who focus on public policy will look at past discrimination and ways it manifests itself in the present.  We will look at the way race-neutral public policy has a racial impact (for example, changing the terms of the Parent Plus loan hits wealth-poor, credit-challenged black families disproportionately).  We will suggest ways to close gaps, some of which may include ways that government investment, such as job creation and job training, can help close these gaps.  And we will be right. Whether or not we fall off the fiscal cliff (negotiations are taking place even as I write this), the focus on the level of debt our nation faces suggests that tax reform will reduce tax deductions, some in ways that may increase income inequality, and that spending cuts are imminent.   Many of these cuts will be in social programs and educational spending.  Again, some of these cuts will widen, not narrow, the wealth and income gaps. What does this mean for Black America in 2013? Pretend that it is Groundhog Day, if you saw the movie.  The protagonist wakes up every day to the same day when everything happens the same way.  If you keep doing what you have been doing, you'll keep getting what you've been getting.  For Black American this means that if we keep looking external without looking internal, not much will change for black people. Yes, it will change for some of us.  Those who are educated, middle class, well networked and disciplined are likely to find significant opportunities in our stagnant economy because even stagnant economies churn and create new opportunities.  But it won't change much for those who are less educated, working class, unnetworked and undisciplined, or some combination thereof.   Education, networks, and discipline can be fixed.  But few have an interest in fixing these things in Black America except for Black Americans.  So what are we going to do? Susan Taylor has been a passionate advocate of mentorship in the African American community.  She began the work when she Editor-in-Chief at Essence Magazine and left the magazine to expand her reach in that area.  She continues to advocate mentorship and to teach us how to be mentors.  Her work supports education, networking and discipline. Similarly, in Southeast Washington, DC, Cora Masters Barry leads the Recreation Wish List Committee and works with the Southeast Tennis and Learning Center to nurture more than 150 young people (full disclosure - I am treasurer of the Wish List Board) year-round.  Students are trained in physical fitness through tennis, and are encouraged in their academics through learning.  Most board members have hands on relationships with our young people, who are held to the highest standards.  Again, this work supports education, networking and discipline. Most historically black colleges do the same thing, bringing corporate partners to campuses and exposing students to the many ways they can access employment opportunities.  In many cases, the entire campus offers students engaged mentorship.  Education, networking and discipline. When people tell the story of the American Dream, they talk about the many ways that hard work will help someone transcend class.  They talk about hard work.  People, who earn the minimum wage, work hard.  People who make ends meet on public assistance, work hard.  It's not just about hard work.  It's about hard work and the hook up. A corporate leader who is a wonderful friend once said that she could use her position to hook up women and African Americans who needed a hand up.  She also indicated that the hook up could help individuals, but we also, and always, need a hook in to public policy decisions that affect our nation. That means we need a seat around every table where public policy is being made, whether on issues of race, or on issues that seem race-neutral.  We should be talking about the deficit, about tax reform, about government spending.  We should be talking about international affairs, about world areas of conflict, about our fluctuating currency.  As long as we live in this flawed nation, all issues are Black issues. Even with the hook in, we need to offer the hook up.  That means embracing or mentoring a child.  That means providing an opportunity to someone who is unemployed.  That means supporting education through contributions to colleges, but also by providing help to individuals.  It's the same hymnbook we've been singing from for more than a century.  Now we need to sing with more energy. Things won't change in Black America unless some of us do.  We need to both hook in and hook up! 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Julianne Malveaux Tells Black People to Hook In and Hook Up in 2013

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by Dr. Julianne Malveaux

How will African American people improve our situation in 2013? Right now, we have higher unemployment than any other population in our nation, less wealth, higher school dropout rates, and more crime in our communities.  Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. once said that African American communities had twice the number of negatives and half the number of positives in our country.  While the numbers may have shifted somewhat, it is still true that we are more likely to experience negative consequences (teen pregnancy, incarceration, crime) and less likely to experience positives (college graduation, high net worth).

Those of us who focus on public policy will look at past discrimination and ways it manifests itself in the present.  We will look at the way race-neutral public policy has a racial impact (for example, changing the terms of the Parent Plus loan hits wealth-poor, credit-challenged black families disproportionately).  We will suggest ways to close gaps, some of which may include ways that government investment, such as job creation and job training, can help close these gaps.  And we will be right.

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  1. Until we stopped spending a trillion dollars of our hard-earned money, in every community but our own, there’ll be no hookup to hook in. Click on my name for the solution.

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  2. NO! BLACK PEOPLE AS A WHOLE MUST FIX THE BLACK UNEMPLOYMENT….FIRST STEP GIVE BACK ALL THE MATERIAL THING THAT YOU HAVE TWO OF….STOP BUYING EVERY THING FOR ONE YEARS..WE KNOW YOU GOT TO PAY RENT AND BY FOOD….BUT EVERY THING ELSE….TAKE THAT MONEY AND PUT IT IN AGRICULTURE ONLY FIRST…".WHAT IS A RESTAURANT" IT CHICKEN, COW, TURKEY….AND ALL KIND OF PLANT'S….SO CHICKEN FARMS, COW FARM, FISH FARMS, TURKEY FARMS,….AND EVERY PLANT'S THERE IS LIKE WHEAT, CORN, POTATO, SOY, PEAS AND BEANS,….EVERY BLACK YARDS SHOULD BE GROWING SOME KIND OF FOOD AT ALL TIME….AND WE NEED THE PEOPLE THAT PICK AND PROCESS….AND PACKAGE….THIS BY IT SELF WITH THE TOTAL GOOD COMMUNICATE WITH GOOD PEOPLE HOPING TO CHANGE THESE FOOLS MINE AND REBRAINWASH THEM….FOR WORK INSTEAD OF SELLING DRUGS….BUILD "SMALL STEEL MILLS"…..AND EVERYBODY MAKE THE SAME MONEY…10,000 DOLLARS A YEARS….1,000 FOR TAXS, 500.00 FOR INSURANCE WITH OUR INSURANCE COMPANY….AND BUILD INSURANCE COMPANIES…OF ALL KIND..AUTO…LIFE…BUT YOU GOT TO GET THE BLACK PEOPLE INVOLED…..STOP LETTING THESE WHITE PEOPLE BRAINWASH US OUT OF OUR COMMUNITY….AND BUILD A SIMPLE HOUSE BUT SAFE…..OK WE KNOW ABOUT THE DRUGS…SO IT TIME TO GET EXTREME SERIOUS ABOUT THIS…IT A WAY WE CAN TELL ON THESE CLOWN' BUT ONLY TELL THE BLACK POLICE OFFICER AND START TO WORK WITH BLACK POLICE….BUT AT THE SAME TIME THE JOBS GOT TO BE THEIR…THE WHITE PEOPLE OF THE SKULL AND BONES OUT OF YALE UNIVERSITY THAT CONTROL ALL THESE JOBS HAVE SAID THEY ARE NOT GOING TO GIVE BLACKS ANY JOBS…THEY ARE GOING TO GIVE THE JOBS TO ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS FROM MEXICO..WHY? THEY ARE CONTROL THE MEXICAN OIL WELL'S IN THE GULF…OBAMA WORK FOR THE WALKERS AND THE BUSH FAMILY….AND THEY WORK FOR THE MELLON FAMILY AND THEY ALL WORK FOR THE ROCKFELLER FAMILY.

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