Well, below are a few sections that stood out to me... didn't get a chance to delve deeply into his solutions yet but I'm going to buy his book today. I'll post more when I get a chance
| ThoughtCouture wrote:|
i don't feel like googling. can you touch briefly on a few of the solutions he offers?
"Until black America collectively aspires to acquire its own power to alter its marginal conditions, it is highly unlikely that they will ever obtain power. A plan for self-empowerment must begin with realistic analysis of blacks' assets and lead to the development of strategies to maximize their fullest potential.
True empowerment would give blacks new tools and strengths to deal with the power imbalances that today promote racism in the court system, educational institutions as well as government and private corporate sectors. These entities have no accountability to blacks, even though they exert tremendous power over blacks. They are repositories of the cultural power to whites. They have not changed through the centuries, thus, they still safe-guard the culture, heritage and social values of the original European settlers."
"Blacks have made little relative progress from slavery to today because we still have not acquired the necessary sources of power to create positive change in our marginal conditions. People who use their individual means to build collective wealth and power understand that there is strength in numbers. Blacks have yet to recognize or act upon this truth. The black vote alone will not ensure blacks a respectable status or new role in America. The vote must be backed by a national plan of public policies specifically designed to help blacks achieve economic self-sufficiency and self-empowerment."
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Dr. Claud on the "dead letter" of Civil Rights legislation
"The equal protection clause was written into the Constitution as part of the 14th Amendment in 1868. But it wasn't until 1954 that this language was interpreted to make it unconstitutional to overtly and explicitly discriminate against blacks.
The court interpreted the 13th, 14th and 15th Amendments broadly and applied them to many situations unrelated to blacks. By the turn of the century, the court used the new Constitutional amendments primarily to protect the wealth of major corporations. In 1886, the Supreme Court used the 14th Amendment on equal protection and due process to abolish 230 state laws that regulated corporations. Corporate legal counselors argued that corporations were "persons" and their money was property protected by the due process clause of the 14th Amendment.
Of the 14th Amendment cases brought before the Supreme Court between 1890 and 1901, only 19 dealt with blacks, versus 288 with corporations. The court showed favor to the corporations, but it ruled against blacks in all 19 cases. The court refused to hear the majority of cases involving blacks who were openly disenfranchised, exploited, terrorized and lynched by the powerful and the wealthy. Between 1882 and 1892, approximately 2,600 blacks were lynched."
Edited by Alias_Avi - Mar 12 2014 at 1:41pm