This is a "raw" response to this post. Real life calls and I don't know when I can get back around to this, so I'll put it out there and let the chip fall where they may.
Points to hit:
Organization racial uplift fails because such organizations don't scale and they are too abstract to be practical.
- Programs targeted towards education are too abstract?
- Helping people in prison turn their lives around too abstract?
- Teaching young men to be good fathers, too abstract?
The first is that I come from Los Angeles, a big city where people with big mouths try to make big organizations. I haven't seen it work much better than a good church, and well that's already done. In a smaller city, I think there might be a more pressing need and a greater commitment to make strong love out of weak links.
- Obama made a mistake spouting off on Gates with a situation you don't know and you do the same about areas that aren't LA?
- Or maybe it's the organizations which you have come in contact with.
Secondly, the objective progress of black Americans means that on average the organizational ability latent on the black communities is greater than it was when I was a young black man. So the chances of an honest effort ending up okeydoke is smaller today than it was 20, 30 years ago.
If you are middle class, the chances that you are going to lift poor people into the middle class are slim. Especially in times like this when times are hard and messianic politicians are taxing you back down into the ditch. If you're rich, the chances are better. What I'm saying is that if you've got a 50k job, it's likely that the time you spend trying to get somebody with a 20k job into a 35k job might often come at the expense of you getting a 75k job. So volunteer your time very carefully, because it's the man with the 150k job who has the time to recognize the ways and means of the rich that paves the greater path. And if you don't believe that, then why aren't you moving to Cuba, comrade? But then again, that's just all about money.
- Many of the "racial uplift" groups aren't about lifting the poor to middle class but giving people the tools to make better decisions and/or helping people improve the stock in their lives. After that the goal is the improved decisions improve their lives.
- Isn't the goal of job training providing a person the opportunity to learn a new skill which will allow them to feed themselves and their families? What's wrong with that?
- Parental training. If you see some of the poor excuse for parenting that is happening now, and realize that poor parenting may lead to societal dysfunctional people, what's the beef?
- Educational tutoring
- So what if a person making 50K "prevents" themselves from making 75K with their efforts? The people doing the work are making a decision and it's not yours or anyone else business to tell them their decision is wrong because it may retard their economic progress.
- A false decision is laid out here
The people this hurts the most are those who have not experienced the ways and means of power, because they see the game but they can't tell where the game ends and the realness begins. I think that especially counts for young black men who are not in close proximity to the ways and means of social power in the mainstream. When the mainstream carries power over you and your boss is gaming rather than authentically civil, then you will instinctively reject. You'd be right, but you sacrifice your own promotion. People who come up like that carry the dual consciousness, it destroys confidence in self and society.
- Civility is taught and if the parents aren't teaching, because the bonds have been broken in some manner, who the hell are you to deride the efforts to mend some bonds?
So my advice to everyone is the same. Read Carter and know that civil people with integrity are out there, dispersed and often unavailable, trying to express something better than a game face and working with integrity to earn the trust they deserve. That's the civilized world I'm living in, person to person in America, because I don't have time for anything else.
- Fine, your choice, no time, cool. But who the hell are you to deride those who take the time to make the choice?
- Following your comments, AUTENTIC GOD FEARING pastors, men and women of God who preach, teach, and spread the Word of Jesus Christ, would not do so, or at least that's what I get from your hackery.
Maybe he's thinking things through and putting thoughts out as they become "solidified" or so he thinks, initially. Or maybe he is, as has been written, a "conservative" and is approaching things from that perspective instead of "organically" where your beliefs come from your core and then you identify an ideology into which you "neatly fit."