Akin to Black men’s prominence in the NBA and NFL, White men and Asian men [including South Asians], for the most part, are the dominant races and ethnic groups on the world’s business fronts.
Now, how many Black men can you count on both hands that either a White man or Asian man might admire, in that they’d have relatively the same level of genius, aptitude, education, and or intellectual facility as a Bernard Arnault, Bill Gates, Elon Musk, Jack Ma, Jeff Bezos, Larry Page, Li Xiting, Mark Zuckerberg or Mukesh Ambani?
I’m not discrediting women for their achievements as we know they are enormous too, but we have to weigh the facts as they are, and it’s White men and Asian men who are the dominant figures across global business markets. Black men, we have to come to terms with this phenomenon and ask ourselves, why has this phenomenon been the comparative reality for decades?
The NBA and NFL rely heavily on one’s skills and talents, wherein the global business community has a power structure that takes a more subjective approach to whom will be successful and who will not be, and that has to change for both the benefit of cultural innovations and humanity.
Starting with governments and corporations — racism, various biases, and obstructive behaviors from within the global business community continue to be an obstacle for Black men, undermining the kinds of success rates achieved by Black men’s White and Asian counterparts.
Some important reflection points:
Back in 2002, I founded LeafsOfTalent.com, Inc., an online employer/job seeker matchmaking venture. In 2008, the company’s business plan scored in the top 5 percent of 100,000 companies surveyed and earned itself a “gold badge” from the online venture surveying “resource,” “Venture Worthy.” Had LeafsOfTalent been awarded the $100,000,000.00 [USD] it needed to launch its remarkable mobile and in-house employment assistant services, who knows how large the company would be today. Instead, the company was rejected and denied adequate funding from venture capital firms, angel investors, commercial banks, corporations, governments [despite its owner being a veteran], family offices, foundations, and individual sources. Servicing ideas that were supposedly ahead of their time, one of the company’s interviewing trade secrets, are widely employed by many businesses today. Fast-forward to 2021, and an Indian college dropout named Ritesh Agarwal, with little computer coding skills and business experience, since 2013, has raised $660,000,000.00 [USD] for his “homes and living spaces” venture, Oyo. See where I’m going with this, Black men. These sort of inspiring stories occurs more often than we think.
Question For Black Men: Where is the unity and loyalty to each other?
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