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PowerNomics : The National Plan to Empower Black America Hardcover – February, 2001
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About the Author
Dr. Anderson headed two economic development corporations in Florida and was appointed by President Jimmy Carter as Assistant Secretary of the U.S. Department of Commerce and the head of the Coastal Plains Regional Commission. In that position he worked with governors in the southeast states to develop and fund economic development projects, including seafood. He was Coordinator of Education for the State of Florida under Governor Reubin Askew during integration and has held a number of high-level positions in national and state politics. He is also President of The Harvest Institute, a black research, education and advocacy organization. He is imminently qualified to offer a plan to empower Black America.
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I began with reading black history studying ancient african civilizations and traditions. When I found out about Ancient Kemit and Kush and the African connection to the Hebrews I honestly believed that the major problem we had in this country was lack of self-knowledge. Even though I still beleive that to be a major issue, I know now that the force that keeps us down is ignorance of a different type. It is the ignorance of how a Democratic Capitalist system truly works that keeps us at the bottom. It was and is the ignorance of our past and present leaders who push and promote intergration when it's obvious it has failed us. And finally it is each and every black individuals ignorance when he moves out of a black community when they become middle class, diluting our voting and economic base. But now i have no excuses I now know what is going on around me. If you want to know buy this book.
Dr. Anderson is also quite accurate in stating that Blacks will be 'a permenant, dependent underclass' if we do not begin to aggregate our resources (finanical, educational, social, etc.)
He also brings to light the sad fact of how this society is FIGHTING to marginalize and minimalize Blacks as much as possible, to keep us the better 'ignorant, docile consumer'
Moreover, how other minorities (Asians, Indians, and Arabs) seek economic opportunities in Black neighborhoods, often leaving a large 'vacumming sound' in their wake having exploited Blacks for the money that we do have.
A MUST READ FOR ALL BLACK AMERICANS!!
This book should be studied and implemented into practice AT EVERY level within EVERY ORGANIZATION that is for the empowerment of our people.
Once again Dr. Claud Anderson has taken a revolutionary step in resolving issues. Blacks are victims of a traumatic experience Slavery, and continue to be victims of an overwhelming disease- White supremacy. We need all the solutions that we can get, and these solutions have proven to me, to be a necessary guide that I will implement within my own community.
White america has always put their modus operandi in our face; this is our society, these are our rules, do the best you can with what we decide to give you; don't bother me while I make my money. If you do, the police will handle you.
Here is Black americas' call to focus on what should have been the legacy of civil rights - economic empowerment.
1)Pool Black resources; allow the Black dollar to "bounce" a number of times in the Black community before it exits. He uses other ethnic groups that don't by from Black businesses nor hire Black employees as an example of how they pool retain the power of their money.
2)The original intent of Affirmative action programs were initiated to undo the social/economic inequalities created by chattel slavery; creating a permanent underclass. After the various programs were introduce, other "minorities" who have not received the structural inequalities to the extent of African americans, and who were considered white when immigrating to the US edged out the AA and monies. This effectively put them on the bottom of receiving programs that were initially intended for them.
3)African Americans/Blacks must look out for Blacks and not be afraid to requires quid pro quo of politicians for their vote like every other constituency except according to Anderson, Blacks; they are just happy to vote.
4)Refuse to treat any other group better than they treat you as a group.
I agree with Dr. Anderson on most things, but a few things to mention where I think he missed it in Powernomics. 1)His critique of Booker T Washington, seems misplaced. Washington, advocated for exactly what Powernomics proclaims; entrepreneurship and economic development. He was Garvey's mentor, though not directly, inspiring him to come to the US. The historical Booker T. would have been better than the gossip Booker T. of what people thought of him.Read more ›
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I had to stop reading this book at bedtime. I'd get through one paragraph, get angry and couldn't get any sleep.Published 8 days ago by Stephen
AWESOME BOOK!!!!! Dr. Claud Anderson is ON POINT w/ this BOOK. I recommend to everyone black.Published 3 months ago by Don Uno