by Gloria Dulan-Wilson
The following is in response to an article I received from the BLACK STAR PROJECT about our Philanthropists being “clueless.” It’s not on my blog – just sharing it with you – would like some feedback. Agree, disagree, alternative “facts” (LOL), ideas, concepts, etc whatever hits your psyche that you think might be brought to bear on this problem would really be appreciated.
Either we face the fact that we are our own salvation, and come up with the ways and means by which we begin to consolidate our meager incomes to begin building massive income – or we can continue along this line of complaint. Having just attended the Rev. Jesse Jackson’s Rainbow PUSH Wall Street Project last week, I can also attest to the fact that there we are still on the late show when it comes to wealth building and accumulation. And don’t think that Rev. Jackson hasn’t been trying to wake us up to this fact, because for more than 20 years he’s been doing just that. And, to his credit, some have actually grasped the concepts and have begun to get on board.
This is his Twentieth Anniversary of the WALL STREET PROJECT – the next, and perhaps most important, level of civil rights. However, there are some fundamental things things that must be grasped in order to deal with the sophisticated level he is leading us to. Our parents had it when were kids – putting money in the piggy bank, no matter how small, and taking it to deposit it into the regular bank when it got full.
The habit of saving was only one way – from that taking it and investing it into a growth fund would have been the next step, hand we not been so hung up on conspicuous consumption. Not going to give a full blown lecture here; just wanna say that we need to begin to reapply some old fashioned methods like paying ourselves first, learning how to invest a portion of our earnings in a growth fund; and revisiting and learning to resurrect the lessons taught us by the great MARCUS GARVEY – and if you don’t think they work, you don’t know your history. They worked so well, 12 million Black people prospered; they worked so well they were able to buy homes, build schools, employ each other, buy three ships, and land in Africa. They worked so well they scared the beejeebers out of the white folks –
This is the 21st century. Our ancestors are watching in shame as we rehash the same old same old same old same old – like a dog chasing its tail. They gave us the dadgum blue print – stop grousing and use it. I was an account executive for the Black United Fund of New York. By small, simple, ongoing payroll deduction donations we raised $111,000,000 a year to do good things for BLACK PEOPLE – our motto was THE HELPING HAND THAT IS YOUR OWN. (NOTE: Today white folks have taken it and now call it “crowd funding”)
The way is there – tell your philanthropists to learn Philanthropy from an AFROCENTRIC standpoint – not a eurocentric one. We continually follow the path of white folks while people of other color, races, nationalities are figuring it out and making it work for themselves.
We can do this.
Don’t Just Wake up!
But be Awake, Alert, Aware & Active!
Stay Blessed &
bullet Columnist Gloria Dulan-Wilson Is a veteran New York City Journalist. Her experiences, perspective & sense of history are an invaluable combination. “check out my blog:” www.gloria-dulan-wilson.blogspot.com