Originally Posted by Muhammad Cipher:
What we can learn from this video, that type of work and other non capitalist examples is that There is an another way of conducting business, that is perfectly viable, successful and healthier for the community, regardless of where or who adopts it. Much of the rejection, and object isn't based on empirical findings (the data actually shows these forms yield better results from quality of product to quality of life) but a cultural and ideological fear of even considering breaking from Capitalism---something other cultures do NOT have.
Mannnnn ... M.C. ... I was right there with you .... all the way to this ending here!! We almost made it! But here is where I think thing go a little differently!!
I do understand and agree with EVERYTHING you've said up to the part I've placed in bold .. but, I would offer this as a secondary possibility ...
That it is, indeed, a case (strong) case of a lack of knowledge and education ... due to the fact that 1) as you say ... Black people (and no other people, for that matter) are TAUGHT any better than that .. in American colleges or universities!! Capitalism .. (and those ugly side affects which you described Black people get when they 'get into business' like "them"... IS the "American Way."
So that's how it's taught ... and that's how it's learned. But ... American education isn't the ONLY education in the world!! Knowledge is out there for the learning. And anybody who wants to know more .. can.
#2) Black people do what White people do because - again - they haven't been taught to do anything else/different!! BUT ... IMO, we are very adaptive/creative/interpretive ... AND, if TAUGHT "another way" to do things, could and would be receptive to any kind of successful implementation of such a different way!!
If Black people were in the process - and mindset - of educating our OWN children in schools with curriculums centered around their successful development ... then perhaps more of our cultural, more "traditional ways" of doing things could/would be taught to them so that they are made aware that there is "something different" to even try.
Third ... like it or not ... "capitalism" is SUCCESSFUL and HIGHLY PROFITABLE .... for those that are able to capitalize on it!! you can make a lot of money in the "capitalist" system. And Black folks ain't no fools ... they want to do what works!! What makes money!! Which, I think, is a major factor of what makes capitalism so attractive to those of us with their own businesses or looking to be highly successful entrepreneurs.
However ... first, there aren't a whole lot of Black people who OWN those types of mega-m/billion dollar businesses. The big factories ... the big manufacturers .. the big distributors ... the banks ... the venture capitalist firms .. the big companies that employ thousands of people at a time ... and pack up and leave for China .... Black people don't own those companies. They own the ones that make just enough to stay profitable ... until the ones that do pack up and move to China cause them to go bankrupt and ultimately fail.
But second ... what you're describing can just as easily be a description for greed. Crabs in a barrel. Because most Black people with any real - REAL - money didn't earn it as a business owner. They came into it in other ways. And REFUSE to give some of it back by helping others lower down the line or giving opportunities to others. They get it. And they keep it. And then use it for yet another "American Dream" tradition of spending it on frivolous, material, financially-depreciating "things."
If more Black people KNEW about "alternatives" such as these .. I have no doubt there are entrepreneurial spirits among us that couldn't initiate the concept successfully. But the problem is ... Black people ... and especially our young ... are not TAUGHT anything about the concept of OWNING businesses. Nothing they/we are taught - not in schools, not in the homes, not in the churches ... by any ADULTS as a means of being "passed down knowledge" ... about things like money, wealth, business ownership, establishing careers. And Why? Because our parents and grandparents don't know anything about those things to be able to PASS IT DOWN to younger generations!!!
"Being like White people" - or "American" - is what/all we know because the memories and knowledge of our ancestors brought here was forever wiped from the generational memory of us as a people forever!! The lessons of (tribal) community and unity died with them that were killed for trying to maintain it.
But if there's anything that we're not "like white people" about, it's serious consideration, preparation, education and dedication to owning and starting a business. Because for too long it was knowledge we were not allowed to have ... and now, being given the opportunity to learn, too many of us simply won't do what it takes to do so. LEARN about it. Write a business plan. Pick a viable enterprise. Do ALL the math. Hook up with (serious) PARTNERS who can develop the business in ways you might not.
It takes more than just wishing about it. And these days you don't even have to go to school for that. You can teach yourself almost anything you want to know sitting in front of a computer online.
But the problem is ... you gotta WANT to know. And you HAVE to put in the EFFORT to learn. From there ... the rest is gravy.