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Blacks must lay foundation for independence movement

August 2, 2005

BY JEREMY I. LEVITT

African Americans are as politically homeless today as they were in the early 20th century. The "bank" of black leadership is broke!

African Americans need a new paradigm of political engagement that is independent, uncompromising and not for sale. The "black vote" should be competed for by all in the political marketplace. Black consumer wealth ($660 billion per year) should be leveraged strategically so national and international market forces are forced to compete for it. African Americans, not others, must control the value of their political and economic stock so they can more effectively tackle important issues affecting black existence.

African Americans need an "independent paradigmatic approach" that is based on and seeks to preserve their conservative traditions, values, experiences; their heritage of economic independence; their struggle against all forms of injustice, particularly white supremacy and its antecedents; and their cultural distinctiveness, faith-based traditions and custom of community loyalty and national patriotism.

Various studies on African-American social mores seem to conclude that any new paradigm of political engagement should rest on the following basic principles:

1. God is at the center of existence, and revering him in the public and private spheres is a natural right and a part of black culture.

2. Honor and respect the ancestral legacy of fighting against racial injustice and intolerance.

3. Conserve black family values and safeguard the benevolence of heterosexual human relations and the sanctity of marriage between a natural man and natural woman while abhorring discrimination against homosexuals, who are a vital part of the black community. African-Americans must shun unsafe sex, abortion, divorce and negligent parenting, and promote abstinence as the most effective way to avoid unwanted pregnancies and sexually transmitted diseases.

4. Sustain education as a cultural imperative and post-secondary education as mandatory.

5. Patriotically uphold a principled legacy of safeguarding local communities and the national interest from tyranny and terrorism.

6. Preserve African-American mores of self-sufficiency, personal accountability, civic responsibility and duty and volunteerism.

7. Purge racism, xenophobia, sexism and homophobia from black social and political culture and combat the global pathology of violence against women and girls.

8. Take control of the free-market system and fight for equal opportunity and access because they ensure continuity in wealth and development among African Americans.

9. Remain vigilant that federally sanctioned reparations are essential to address the U.S. legacy of white supremacy, de jure segregation and the racial disenfranchisement of blacks. Affirmative action policies that consider race as one of many interdependent factors in according preference serve a public good.

10. Support a just U.S. foreign policy that is informed by African-American traditions of representing the global political, economic, social and cultural rights of poor people, particularly in Africa, and submit that the United States is not an empire and that global primacy connotes inherent moral responsibility.

11. Advocate for a just criminal justice system. Individual responsibility, accountability and opportunity are the greatest weapons against crime. Support the death penalty and harsher sentences for violent and sexual crimes against women and children.

12. Campaign against the racist and systematic attacks on black identity and imagery and the stereotyping and dehumanization of persons of African descent by the media and corporate America.

13. Recognize the importance of states' rights with limitations on foreign affairs and civil and political rights when they conflict with federal law.

14. Appeal for flat taxes and the abolishment of capital gains taxes.

15. Support universal access to health care; disease prevention and eradication (particularly HIV/AIDS, sickle cell anemia and cancer) should be a national priority.

16. Favor traditional and market-driven Social Security approaches.

17. Acknowledge people have an inherent God-given responsibility to preserve the natural environment.

African-Americans need a 21st century Niagara Movement that offers a new paradigm to remedy the vestiges of a legacy of tragedy.

Jeremy I. Levitt, formerly assistant professor of law at DePaul University College of Law, is assistant professor of law at Florida International University College of Law.

© MBM

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I wouldn't consider some of the points laid out as being strictly a conservative agenda for instance:

universal access to health care

just criminal justice system

post secondary education being mandatory

Conserve black family values and safeguard the benevolence of heterosexual human relations and the sanctity of marriage between a natural man and natural woman while abhorring discrimination against homosexuals, who are a vital part of the black community. African-Americans must shun unsafe sex, abortion, divorce and negligent parenting, and promote abstinence as the most effective way to avoid unwanted pregnancies and sexually transmitted diseases.

I simply picked those four as evidence that some of the ideas laid out are issues that are important to our community but they are not ideas that conservatives spend a hugh time talking about or buying ownership into.
It is easy to say WHAT needs to be done. Saying HOW it will be done and implementing it is the hard part. I see why MBM asked that question. BlkCons offer the greatest of rhetoric in terms of black progress. Their shortcomings are a) they do not get past a basic level of analysis and dialogue and b) they support political actions and people who are adverse to black people while espousing the same rhetoric that is contradictory to the outcomes they support...I still think they long for jim crow where we were cohesive, but staying away from all the resources and programs in this country that others did/still do. It is like their deference to whites not only consists of not speaking out against wrongs done to black people, but also not seeing blacks as equals when it comes to utilizing whatever is available to us...like everyone else does for themselves.....
Can we all agree that the label "conservative" has a certain amount of baggage within the Black community despite it actually being a term that has many contexts?

Maybe this label needs to be retired from consideration AS WE FOCUS ON WHAT WE AGREE ARE COMMONLY HELD GOALS? This word gives some folks who are seeking a battle rather than a solution a means of driving their crowbar into the attempted FOCUS.

These points are not "liberal or conservative" they are COMMON SENSE.
Bullschit CF....SOCIAL Conservatism denotes belief in family, God and most traditional values that are supposedly grounded in morality.

POLITICAL CONservatism denotes the racist whites and loyal blacks of the right-wing philosophy that strive to promote political actions that are detremental to blacks and people of color in general. I mean think about it, you promote all of that "bootstrap" talk just like the others, but you have no answer to why you speak out against AA...which has helped many many blacks in their ascension in this society. I am coming to the conclusion that blkCons want to marginalize black people politically and socially in this country (for whatever reason-i.e., Clarence Thomas) while putting a black face on such doctrines for whites in order for it to no be labeled racist. For some untold reason blkCONS do not like to stand up to whites or hold them accountable for any of their actions....now if this is supposed to be MY country also and I am an EQUAL, why would I not fight for the concept of full equality and speak from the premise of backing down everytime a black person says they want to fight the fight for equality. If I did not know any better, I swear blkCons long for jim crow when we were marginalized and "knew our place". I truly believe they will sacrifice the greater good in order to appease whites....and that is why they cannot explain why they support bans on affirmative action in congruence with the white people who claim a nigger took their spot in college or on a job.....when you still have whites being admitted with lower scores than them or the black they are complaining about. i expect whites to go mum on this obvious disparity...but a black person? In spite of the declining numbers, they still cannot fix their mouths to say they supported something that was adverse to blacks....because there is no logical reason for a black person to do so......and that is why I will never see them as having one iota of credibility...and just talk to them to let them see how and why that schit they talk is not registering with black folks. But I am starting to notice even more common patterns amongst them...as the right-wingers steal billions from social programs in drummed up lies of a war...and still do not prosecute the NO-BID companies when they are caught with fraudulent transactions...these negroes like you-know-who will keep their slave azzes quiet...but rail on the black community like they all have tails because some jive azz preacher stoile collection money out the church plate.....between this and their emphasis on small service-sector businesses in the COMMUNITY instead of GLOBALLY...shows me how small-minded these negroes are and how the white man has snuffed any BIG ambition they were ever going to have.....I guess that is why these same negroes have a problem with blacks getting in harvard and UC Schools with lower scoring whites...simply fucking amazing........


I wish some motherf-ckers did think they were smart enough to take adverse actions against me and then gloss those actions over with some rhetoric to act as if they did not know what the consequences of their actions were.....or that i'm too dumb to recognize it myself
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Despite the fact that, research has shown that the DP does not deter crime?


It does prevent the person who KILLED YOUR LOVED ONE from killing anyone elses. The dead person didn't have the benefit of a trial.

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(And for the record YES I do support the Death Penalty. I thing that it should be used when there is a clear cut case of murder and there is adequate evidence to prove it.

(Please also note that some of the main people talking about the excessive spending on the "Prison Industrial Complex" also want to give life imprisonment instead of the death penality. YES it is true that death penality court costs are higher than that of a life sentence. Some of this is due to the excessive appeals on the most outrageous technicalities that should have never seen he light of day.

I heard a report the other day from the perspective of the VICITIM OF THE CRIME'S FAMILY. Each time the KILLER of their loved one is up for parole THEY are notified and they are reminded of this pain of losing a loved one when they testify before the parole board.

Just keep in mind folks - while it is TRUE that many Black defendants get a raw deal in the legal system it is also true that MANY ARE GUILTY of killing ANOTHER BLACK PERSON since all races are more likely to kill within their own race than outside. For ever Black killer there is a family of loved one's grieving over their loss and LOOKING FOR JUSTICE in memory of their own.
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It does prevent the person who KILLED YOUR LOVED ONE from killing anyone elses. The dead person didn't have the benefit of a trial.


And no mention on the racial embalance on how the DP is applied???

I am actually in favor of the DP C-Feed (just not in the USA)...

America has a racial problem that is so bad, that the DP cannot be used until American solves it's racial problem..
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Maybe this label needs to be retired from consideration AS WE FOCUS ON WHAT WE AGREE ARE COMMONLY HELD GOALS?
CF... State the GOALS/OBJECTIVES you see as desireable and/or necessary and, please, strip the of all your ideological, CONservative, anti-BLPF rhetoric and BAGGAGE.

As for me, first and foremost, the primacy and imperative of Black/African-centered Educational Academy. It seems we agree on this...

A Black Leadership ELECTORAL process.
If your New Management idea is more than just fluff... It seems we agree on that too...

With that, some type of Age-Grade, Leadership Grooming process as to avoid, in as much as possible, periods when there are inexplicable Leadership Crisis or Voids in the most responsive leadership.

Before I say anything else, I place the Black Academy in the center of all we aspire. To me it is crucial and useful towards the teaching, reinforcing and managing the ECONOMIC BEHAVIOR we expect or need. Can be instructive as an incubator towards those COLLECTIVE ends, etc.

IMO, there is something to be said for the condition(s) Segregation imposed on us. IMO, we have been DIS-integrated from each other. IMO, any serious attempt to overcome the issues/problems we have must first figure out how to RE-Integrate us with ourselves in ways that are organic, natural and just the plain old instutional arrangements that are the most convenient for us.

IMO, we must make it easy to do business, economically or otherwise, with ourselves.

Now, I'm the first one to acknowledge this is easier said than done. So I echo KEVIN's thoughts. It is the HOW that's the hard part. Nonetheless, I have long since held that how we define and articulate said "goals" implicate the depth and extent to which we are willing to go and, by definition, dictate how conceptualize said "goals".

So, IMO, some of us DON'T have the same goal in mind.
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It does prevent the person who KILLED YOUR LOVED ONE from killing anyone elses. The dead person didn't have the benefit of a trial.


And no mention on the racial embalance on how the DP is applied???

I am actually in favor of the DP C-Feed (just not in the USA)...

America has a racial problem that is so bad, that the DP cannot be used until American solves it's racial problem..



Hell..he supports other things detremental to blacks he cannot or will not explain why....so seeing some negroes fry is not too much different....it is consistent with taking the
f-ked up punitive stance on an issue that affects black people......at this point, it is what I expect from some......they strive to be the best in that respect.........
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Originally posted by MBM:
A life sentence without parole does that better and cheaper.


Could you explain the "cheaper" part to me? Confused I'm not understanding the savings.

A life sentence also carries the right to appeal just as the DP does, doesn't it? If so, then the only other entitlement I can think of is that you wouldn't get to go through the parole board process ... and that could save having to pay them as much. But then, keeping him alive for the rest of his life would mean feeding, clothing and providing medical care for him. So, that's probably more than a PB member's salary! So what is the reasoning given behind saying that it is cheaper?
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Originally posted by Constructive Feedback:

Can we all agree that the label "conservative" has a certain amount of baggage within the Black community despite it actually being a term that has many contexts?



I agree with this statement, and CF's contextual qualification.

The word "conservative" carries a lot of baggage in a lot of places, but he made allowences for the positive connotations of the word by saying it is a "term that has many contexts".
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Originally posted by Kevin41:
SOCIAL Conservatism has no baggage but POLITICAL conservatism does in the black community...again the former is based on a value system and the latter is based on punitive politics detrimental to black people...in many ways.........


Yes, but how many people take the time to understand the difference between social and political conservatism. Usually the word "conservative" elicts a strong reaction that does not slow down for explanation between social and political reasons.
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Originally posted by James Wesley Chester:

Is there any item in the list that is bad simply on its merit?



Yes, IMO there is.

Number 14.

Side with the RebubliCONS and their 25 year assault on the Capital Gains Tax? Not me! Since when is Capital Gains not income? How many working class people do you know who reported CG on your income taxes last year? How many of the wealthiest people in the U.S. do you think had to report CG?

So why should we care since most of us don't have any CG to report?

Well, the elimination of the Capital Gains Tax means a loss of Federal Government Revenue. That loss is going to be accounted for in one of two ways:

1. Raise or impose other taxes. But the RepubliCONS raise taxes? No way! They've done just the opposite for their wealthy supporters over the last four years. Impose some new tax? Maybe, but you know it's going to be one that effects the working class, not the wealthier classes.

2. Cut government expenditures. Great idea! But where? With the RepubliCONS, it's not going to be defense. They have all that property and wealth to protect. Pork belly politics? Nah, no way. Both the Repubs and the Dems are in on this one together. Those Billions in farms subsidies for not growing anything aren't going away.

Social programs for children, for the needy, for minorities, for the poor, for the aged? Perfect!! Just perfect.

Delay: "We'll cut funding for social programs!"

Bush: "Alrightttt! I knew there was a solution! Let's rename the "No Child Left Behind" program to "Behind is Relative, And It's Up to Your Relatives To Help" Let's do that with all the programs for the poor. Just perfect!"

So, what is next in the rich-man's bag of tricks? The RepubliCONS have already succeeded in practically eliminating the inheritance tax laws. Now a lot of wealthy kids who have never done a damn thing in their lives and never will do a damn thing in there lives will get a lot of money.

And worse, much, much worse is that, as generations pass, all that money concentrates a tremendous amount of power in the hands of small group of people. So much for Democracy. European countries know this from their 1500 year history with it their inheritance taxes are steep.

Well, all of us with $3 million or more will still have to pay inheritance tax on anything over that, but not to worry. I think it's slated to go away altogether in 2007. 2008??

So what IS next in the rich man's bag of tricks. Interest income? Rental Income?

But you know damn well wages and salaries, the working mans bread and butter, will always be considered taxable income

Nice try. It adds just a touch of Republican Conservative flavor to the agenda, a little Black Conservative appeal.

Is it of interest to Black Americans? Right! It's a constant topic of discussion on this BB.
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Originally posted by James Wesley Chester:

Is there any item in the list that is bad simply on its merit?




Number 16.

Isn't this exactly what Dubya wants to do? Again, nice RebubliCON touch.

And quality euphemism - "market-driven approaches". Wouldn't it have been more honest to say "private investment accounts"?

How many working class people do you think understand or even WANT to understand the financial markets? No, their too busy raising families or caring for elderly parents or just living and enjoying life.

So who's going to be the big winner with "private investment accounts". Yah, all those financial planners and stock brokers you'll need to tell you to buy some stock or mutual fund that they are getting a major kickback on. Investment advisors, market analysts and all the rest of the CONS who are salivating, just waiting for something like this. And you know, that even though they're suppose to be representing your interests, they'll really be representing theirs.

And it's already been tried:

UK - Financial disaster number 1.
Chile - Financial disaster number 2.
Argentina - Financial disaster number 3.
Sweden - Financial disaster number 4.
Canada - semi Financial disaster number 5.
Mexico - Financial disaster number 6.

But you don't need a private retirement account or financial planner to tell you the single most effective thing you can do for yourself for retirement...right now! And it doesn't cost a cent.

If you have a 401B, 401K, or 403K retirement plan were you work and you can afford it, MAX IT OUT EACH YEAR! Or, at least MAX IT OUT TO THE BEST OF YOUR ABILITY.

If you are one of the lucky workers who still have even a partial money-match program where you work, oh, please, please, please, MAX IT OUT to the best of your ability every year.

If you don't have any kind of retirement plan and you are 20-40 years old or maybe 45, start a Roth IRA. If you are over that age, start a traditional IRA or maybe a Roth and MAX IT OUT and do some catch-up which you're allowed to do if you haven't started one before.

You don't need to pay an investment counselor or need a private retirement account to do any of this. You can do it yourself with a simple trip to the benefits office.

And we won't have to pay for another level of Federal government to administer "private retirement accounts", either, which will probably turn-out to be yet another RepubliCON fiasco.

So, number 16, not good. Slick RepubliCON touch, though. "Market-driven approaches".
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14. Appeal for flat taxes and the abolishment of capital gains taxes.---Levitt via MBM

Yes, IMO there is.

Number 14.

Side with the Rebublicans and their 25 year assault on the Capital Gains Tax? Not me! Since when is Capital Gains not income? How many working class people do you know who reported CG on your income taxes last year? How many of the wealthest people in the U.S. do you think had to report CG?---Popcorn

I agree.

I also agree that such an item is a page out of the Republican Party agenda.

I also agree with all of your 'items of opposition'.

This is not an item to benefit African America no matter how it is construed.


PEACE

Jim Chester
Number 16.

Isn't this exactly what Dubya wants to do? Again, nice Rebublican touch.

And quality euphemism - "market-driven approaches". Wouldn't it have been more honest to say "private investment accounts"?---Popcorn

I agree.

I do believe this is a money-grab move. As I have said before, 6% of of the Social Security is a huge piece of money.

And 6% of that is STILL humungous money.

Social Security is a mandatory system to provide assurance for those either cannot or will not provide for themselves. It saves society from a huge close out bubble payment for the population.

But more importantly, it saves people from being absolutely indigent.


PEACE

Jim Chester
5. Patriotically uphold a principled legacy of safeguarding local communities and the national interest from tyranny and terrorism.---Levitt

I think the 'tyranny and terrorism' must apply FIRST to those practices against African American-American communities.


17. Acknowledge people have an inherent God-given responsibility to preserve the natural environment.---Levitt

I also have a problem with this item.

While there is a basic truth here, it cannot be 'at any cost.'

We do have an obligatory stewardship for the environmental it is in the interest of self-preservation to do this.

Secondary to that is to exercise that stewardship to the level that assures the quality of life while enabling quality improvement of that quality of life.

I would also add the item of establishing a clear, and unique identity for Americans of unknown African ancestry;

Namely African Americans for African America.


PEACE

Jim Chester
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Originally posted by James Wesley Chester:

5. Patriotically uphold a principled legacy of safeguarding local communities and the national interest from tyranny and terrorism.---Levitt

I think the 'tyranny and terrorism' must apply FIRST to those practices against African American-American communities.



JWC,

I absolutely agree with you on this one. Also, the "national interest from tyranny and terrorism" is much too broad. It needs to be refined.

But as you implied, we need to apply it to our own country first. When we're "clean", then we can start looking at others.
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Originally posted by James Wesley Chester:
Number 16.

Isn't this exactly what Dubya wants to do? Again, nice Rebublican touch.

And quality euphemism - "market-driven approaches". Wouldn't it have been more honest to say "private investment accounts"?---Popcorn

I agree.

I do believe this is a money-grab move. As I have said before, 6% of of the Social Security is a huge piece of money.

And 6% of that is STILL humungous money.

Social Security is a mandatory system to provide assurance for those either cannot or will not provide for themselves. It saves society from a huge close out bubble payment for the population.

But more importantly, it saves people from being absolutely indigent.


PEACE

Jim Chester


This says it much more succinctly then I did.
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