Malcolm X says that building black business protects from racism

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In this speech, Malcolm X talks about black business. Malcolm says that black children must be taught the importance of supporting black business.   He also says that black people must be taught about the importance of going into business for themselves.

By opening businesses of our own, Malcolm reminds black people that we would then have the ability to create employment for ourselves. He says that once you can create employment in the place where you live, you don’t have to spend your time begging others to give you a job.

“Any time you have to rely upon your enemy for a job, you’re in bad shape,” Malcolm says.

So, the operative question is this: Are black people hearing this message or are we falling for the temptation to think that working for a white person is the key to our economic salvation? If you go to work for a white person and that person discriminates against you, did you do everything in your power to protect yourself from discrimination?

Let’s see things for what they really are.  It’s difficult to go work for someone else and expect to be able to modify the environment within which you’re working. They make the rules, it’s their show.  So, for anyone to believe that they can obtain the same freedoms by working for another person that they can have by working for themselves might be considered delusional.

But entrepreneurship is not a strong part of black culture.  It might be time to bring that back.

It’s going to start by what we teach our children.

Malcolm has something to say about this. Watch the video below and give us your thoughts. What’s it going to take to convince black people and black youth to support black businesses?



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11 Comment

  1. As long as we think his ice is colder we will continue to suffer at his hands. The worst trickery ever was desegregation. Why ? The reality is it never took place. Instead we deserted our own infrastructure for his and then the real financial racism started . In a word. Support black businesses . Where none exists create one. Stop giving your money to those who disrespect and hate you

  2. So true. I fully agree!

  3. We have to support black businesses and create our own businesses! This is most definitely the key. We have to become owners of businesses in wide numbers and business minded owners in large numbers to bolster our lives. Our children have to be taught to support black businesses, however, too many have not been taught this and buy from white businesses because they think they have better products. This has to change now.

  4. Course black folks need to have their own business ,also need black folks to support black business also.

  5. The truth is its own proof!

  6. All of my siblings were taught this as children…like my father would always tell us…NEVER LET ANYONE TELL YOU HOW MUCH YOU ARE WORTH OR HOW MUCH MONEY YOU CAN MAKE! This may explain why none of us really worked for anyone. If we did, we used that temp job as a stepping stone towards our own businesses.

  7. One thing that has to change is Black businesses have to find an way to conduct affordable prices for our people and competitive prices with the competition

  8. Back business? Hmm. In 1960, according to the US census, there were only 34,400 black owned businesses in the whole USA. Black business activity generated less than .0023 of total US tax revenue from business activities. And, last but not least, black businesses employed less than 1000 people in 1960. HERE, PEOPLE, you can see why the black man got on his knees and begged another people for integration. The black man produced virtually nothing within his own group. The other group produced it all.

    The, in 1964, the black man got his cherished integration. Oh how he begged for it…marched for it…did civil disobedience for it…threatened if he didn’t get it…BY WHAT EVER MEANS NECESSARY…

    JUMP to 2010. Blacks businesses are said to number over 1.5 million. But the devil is in the details. Blacks employ only 960,000 people in the US. That’s less than .073 of the total work force. In other words, despite all the gov’t gratuities, despite all the gov’t, and private [white] affirmative action programs, still blacks cannot provide for their own people. Blacks are STILL like a little baby attached to mommy’s umbilical cord (mommy being the white people). And when you take the cord out..what happens? DETROIT

    BOTTOM LINE: Black males are non-occupational ranking males. They will NEVER produce industries, tax bases, corporations, enough business activities to sustain their own numbers. WHITE PEOPLE MUST GET OUT OF THIS FORCED INTEGRATION SYSTEM WITH THE BLACK RACE. Blacks are just using them – like they always have – to be fed, housed, clothed…provided for like one provides for a baby… Blacks need a homeland in america…NOW

  9. The Need to Know who you are

    The Need to Know who you are

    In order to oppress a race or ethnic group and condition them to hate themselves, you must steal their identity by removing their history and culture from the text book and everything else that they study; and make them believe that their ancestors were weak, made no contributions to civilization, were unintelligent and unworthy of studying.

    When a race or ethnic group is deprived of its history and culture it results in identity confusion. As part of the humanities, history helps us understand what it means to be a human being. The story of the human past has helped most individuals and ethnic groups to realize, accept, appreciate, love and have pride in their identity.

    No ethnic group or race of people that is confused about its history, culture or ethnic identity is successful or can ever become successful as a group. Historically, many attempts have been made by African people in this country to mobilize politically, socially and economically – but attempts to mobilize without the historical and cultural foundation has and will continue to fail the masses of African people because there can be no collective effort without a collective identity. When it comes to identity theft and its impact on people of African descent, America is the biggest and most influential criminal in the history of the world.

    Who are we Said the young and impressionable child of African descent?
    In reality, each of us is our past, in most cases just an improved version. That improved version can only come about if we study our history.

    History is a recording and explanation of past events, successes and mistakes. One very important reason history is recorded is so that people don’t make the same mistakes over and over. People who don’t know their history make the same mistakes over and over. Studying the past allows and gives you the opportunity to learn, create, correct, improve and master any subject, situation or product.

    History is the story of how people lived and developed what they did and said, how they solved their problems and what ideas and customs they developed. The study of history is the study of change over periods of time. In order to improve those changes, emphasis must be placed on not only the changes, but how and why those changes occurred. History is best qualified to tell you how and why those changes occurred and how to further improve them

    Through the study of history we get an understanding or a better understanding that the present comes from and is improved by the knowledge and events from the past which is a continuous process of interaction between the present and the past. That interaction prepares you for and shapes your future.

    History, if ever truthfully conveyed will have a profound impact on children of African descent born in America. It will tell them not only how we got in this condition, but also, how to rid our communities of those conditions we suffer currently.

    The teaching of African history is part of a broader effort to revitalize and strengthen our community. The African community must see, understand and stop the psychological damage – the unending hurt that is being done daily to our children.

    We firmly believe that a proper education starts with knowledge of self. Race esteem is built through cultural awareness and that awareness begins with history. That awareness generates pride, self confidence and race esteem. Race esteem is the foundation of self esteem and without race esteem, self esteem is temporary and achieved only through material gain, status or position.

    The history, knowledge and contributions that the African continent gave to civilization will provide the student of African descent with a sense of historical achievements that they can emulate and build on. It provides a foundation on which our children can build their confidence, creativity and successes. Without the knowledge of their history and culture, there is no foundation to build on.

    Jerome C. Avery

  10. Owning our own businesses is the first step towards creating and fostering our own economic and political legacy. I think we
    e need to resurrect the pride of family business, where the progress of the family is link to the progress of the family business. And once the business stays strong the family will stay strong and vice versa.

  11. I like this post, enjoyed this one thanks for posting .

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