As Black men, it appears we won’t fully understand the gravity of our mistakes until we are divested of all our riches and wealth, “by the masses.” That’s right, so-called Black royalty [the proverbial purple and Black overtones] will effectively end if Black men don’t pull together and start making some tough investment decisions, like investing heavily in themselves, mainly their education, businesses, and cultural ideas.
What’s more disconcerting is that it’s not hard to target Black riches, Black wealth, and the means from which it derives. For example, the coronavirus/COVID-19 has already begun leveraging its threat against Black riches and wealth by sending shockwaves throughout the sports industry, particularly in that talent pools from colleges across our nation [see this article] are being suppressed due to social distancing, or new policies put into place by federal, state, and local governments to help stem the disease. Currently, two major pillars sustain Black riches and wealth; they are sports and entertainment. Technology and renewable-energy could serve as two additional pillars to help improve Black culture’s economic strength overall. The message here is that we must invest relentlessly in that which matters to the preservation of Black culture.
As a reminder, the media has not been too friendly to “Black men and boys.” We have a right to censure the media as we see fit, as long as our tactics don’t break the law. Hence the brilliant, unorthodox idea, “All things STUPID about the news.”
Final note: As to how media so often portray Black men and boys, we don’t need to appear soft to be loving, we need to be loving while looking strong. Man-up!
Something else may interest you, “The Economic State of Black America in 2020“