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The Self-Gratification Route

As a master of this way of thinking, I know only too well the effects of this (self gratification) for all you amateur and professional astrologists amongst you its a Capricorn trait. The way in which things are happening in the US, and more imminent to me in the UK is striking. There are similar problems without the killings blatantly by the police (though it happens in police custody in the UK).

The problem with the UK is West Indians came over and only wanted to be here as a short term measure rather than a medium/long term strategy. This suited those born between 1915 and 1945, who have either sold up and returned to the West Indies or retired. Though those born after this time say 1945 – 1955, we’re not educated in the verse of financial education. They have a lot of money or savings but some did not carry on the family business or attempted to create businesses but they failed and just returned to working normally, rather than try again to create a business.

The problem this creates, is our own products are sold by other races who are not black or don’t identify with being black. This is compared to the small number of black owned businesses, who have to charge more and are undercut by these non-black businesses selling Black products. This means we don’t own many businesses and have less social cohesion with a lack of funds in our communities, a culture if expecting too much from the government. This means, as some prominent activists for black economic community development have said we are a reactionary people rather than a people who can sit down and plan.

The aim (in the UK, at least) should be on having our own businesses, through the use of knowledge and expertise within our communities. I see a lot of children born in the 1970’s and 1980’s born are qualified in the knowledge economy, but use it to solely create economic wealth. Conversely, I feel this knowledge would be better used for economic gain and the development of their communities, through business ownership and the creation of jobs. If only we used the knowledge to create businesses and social structures rather than to build up another’s economy. Less Asian’s would be selling in the black community and more blacks would be selling to each other, full stop.

Asians are naturally seen as neither friend or foe to black people, rather as another race but they treat us with contempt. So this leads me to think why not look at the way they treat us as a way of increasing our hold on our local economy and give our youth part time work in holidays or as students or apprenticeships rather than burdening a government, where we are not a priority we should create our own jobs.

I look at this from a regeneration point of view, do we need to join a knowledge economy, the answer would be yes and no, yes in terms of creating a world class economy where we can trade with Africa and other countries but no as the Eurocentric knowledge economy gives much training only to attract companies and business who only hire a few (if at all any) of the local residents.

The black community works like the knowledge economy, we have businesses who set up in our community, but do not directly invest in the community, rather we provide money (through purchasing) to the businesses, who spend the money outside of the community and hire their own residents rather than local residents. Our community has been a free market for 20 years, benefiting other races but us at the expense of us, but it’s time we as blacks become protectionist. This means we should protect our interests by buying buildings supporting setting up businesses and employ our own and trade with those who are in our best interests. This is not easy to begin with as we would need a cohesion, teamwork ethic, if we can work as a team with people who we don’t like. We as a people have a shared objective, we will be left behind if we don’t pick up and if we are to be prominent and self sufficient then we should put aside our differences and work together (at least in business and community partnerships, not be best friends etc), we just need to support each other not cut each other down, myself included as I’m not above any of this which I am talking about.

Direct foreign investment (where a country or community receives outside investment as is proven does no domestic good for no one it just has benefits for the multinational company/ business who is not part of the country/community, which they have been invited to reinvigorate. Like in the 50’s, 60’s and early 70’s let’s get protectionist and rebuild with what we have, and not look to integrate economically until we are sustainable at least.

Black Physical Regeneration

Back when I was studying my regeneration certificate I studied a module in physical regeneration. This was an opportunity for me to see how regeneration of towns and cities could take place in regards to the physical environment. I discuss this, now in the context of black people, whether you are here (UK) or abroad. The point I wish to make is clearly we have black areas which are sometimes said to be unclean in regards to the streets and the buildings, especially shops. The regular quoted point is that there is a mentality of if one building is cleaned the. The neighbours will then clean the outside of their building or paint it. This includes cleaning the Path in front of your house to install/contribute towards a sense of pride in the community.

This can also extend to the purchasing of buildings, since doing this course I have seen a number of buildings, which if I had access to funding, I would turn into a building that promotes economic and social activity within the local community. In the UK black people are now very reliant on the state to provide funding and resources, as oppose to an avenue to providing additional funding to what we can raise as a community. This is because we A. don’t trust each other to group our money together and B. we take a Eurocentric view on wanting to see where our taxes go and want it to work for us.

There is an alternative which our (mainly) West Indian descendants did, which was to pool our money together and buy (by a pardnor or Suso system). Back then it was houses but how about buying a old building and renting it out to black businesses at a low cost to make a small profit but also to be responsible for building maintenance and ensuring customer service standards are kept up to date. The maintenance of buildings and businesses is importance for a local sense of pride and cohesion.

In one class, the lecturer had said that the sense of a local area can be gained by looking at the state of the buildings, if they are occupied or not. There is much agreement to this as if there are many boarded up buildings. In the black community, this can only encourage squatting and delinquency, when a community group could combine funds and purchase the building.

There are initiatives in American black communities of black people purchasing buildings and leading them back to our own at favourable rates. This when analysed is more beneficial than gentrification occurring when the middle classes start to move in after property moguls buy the properties at a cheap price attract hipster then the area becomes expensive to live in. This is a choice we have at least in the areas not gentrified, yet.

Hello, again!

Hi there,

its been a while since I spoke, I have added a couple of new pages, these are under the educational tab on the menu and they are homeschooling  and Financial Education. These two pages are important in relation to social upliftment, social inclusion and economic development.

As a black person, I feel that the black community in the world, who are Diasporas, do not make the most of the financial capital which we posses. We generally use our social capital very well, but when it comes to retaining the money in our communities we tend to spend it elsewhere rather than supporting our own communities.

Some will say what I am saying is racist, though I deny this as I am using my regeneration and economic development experience and knowledge. Over the years I have gathered that in order for a community to develop there must be a bottom up effort from the members of that community to really tackle the heart of the communities problems.

My view is that there is a need for more small and medium black owned businesses in order for there to be some sustainable success within our communities. It’s impossible to live in another country and not contribute towards it.

The aim I envisage would be a 70:30 ratio in buying from your own community and buying outside, with the 70% of purchases being bought inside your community as a start, as we know our consumer needs, whilst the mainstream is not clear on this.

I have added the home school information as I am more and more convinced that black people cannot be educated successfully to our needs in the mainstream system. For example, I feel had I have stayed at home I would have remained a top student instead of falling down the order and only picking myself up at the age of 16 when I realised I needed to be socially mobile.

The need for home school and financial education fall hand in hand as black parents may run a business, and be able to pass financial information to their children on how to run a business, learn about life, be more confident with literacy, numeracy and science, and learn how to make sound financial investments, which will enable them to make a real impact in relation to the development of our own communities.

Besides a child only needs to learn for a few hours 1:1 as opposed to several hours in a class of 30 or 40 children, as children in private schools tend to have a greater quality of education if they have more time 1:1 with the teacher.

I hope you find this information useful and I’ll be speaking again very soon.

If your black, then please buy black and support your own as it will assist in your own economic, social and environmental survival more than you think

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