"[F]or us both to agree that there needs to be some BLACK INSTITUTIONAL INTEGRITY that prevents so much of OUR CONSCIOUSNESS to be encased into a system that ultimately IS NOT OUR OWN."Black Diaspora
I don't disagree. Ron Miller alluded to this as well. I stated there that my concerns center on the "form" of that "system" that we ultimately create for ourselves.Constructive Feedback
The vagaries of politics--Right or Left--set up barriers to the development of an agreed-upon form and heightens the conflict around the process.
We have no collection of values, ideals, or beliefs around which we can all coalesce.
One of my goals has been to bridge this divide of conflicting values. To say to black liberals and black conservatives, we needn't be at odds one with the other.
We may approach the problem from differing directions, but we have the same objective--a black people who can stand foursquare with anyone, look them straight in the eye, and announce their greatness.
"Despite having a CLEAR dominating ideology, and party loyalty that dominates ALL INSTITUTIONS in Black America - YOU would rather talk about:Black Diaspora:
* Black Republicans* Black Conservatives* George Bush"
You miss my point entirely. I don't care about politics, or where on the political spectrum you reside, or anyone resides.
I care about people. I care about politics only to the degree that it impacts the lives of the powerless, and those who suffer the most because of it.
The Construct To Base A New Level Of Discussion Over
Here is a diagram that I made last year as an attempt to express the need for an INSTITUTIONAL CONSTRUCT within the Black Community that compelled our people to NOT become the essence of American politics but to retain a consciousness that is protected from it. "It" being the "Malcolm X Political Football Game" - where "The Black Struggle" becomes essentially a "Democratic Party Struggle". (I would say Republican without any hesitation but the fact is that Blacks are monopoly majority Democrats. )
The diagram above details the need for the Black community to be CONSCIOUS about itself, its present condition, where it ultimately wants to go and, most importantly about the COMPETENCIES of the people within to operate as the main driver for this uplift.
It tells about a common goal that a people seek to achieve for their community. It defines the need to first define the "domains" that this goal spans and the need to compartmentalize this reality, applying the unique techniques that are necessary in each of these domains to ultimately achieve the desired end.
The example of achieving a higher level of average education for the Black community is used.
There are elements within the "Political Domain" that are necessary to be addressed:
- Educational Policies on curriculum, funding priorities, school accreditation
- School Districting
- Selling the majority of the ADULTS on the benefits to be achieved from lifting the average educational attainment upwards by 2 standard deviations
- Telling them THE PART THAT THEY MUST PLAY for this end to be achieved
- Develop the GOVERNING STRUCTURE by which ALL WHO SEEK TO EAT THE FRUIT of this effort MUST DO for the collective to be successful
- Specification of the process of how to handle those who are exceptions, choosing to not do their part - as well as the people who chose not to participate at all in the first place
The final domain was the "Spiritual Domain"
(You don't need to be a Christian or a Muslim to make use of the the 'Spiritual Domain' column. This is merely the "spirit" that we have, which we presently draw upon from a multitude of areas - "our ancestors", "our common struggle", etc")
- This is where the vision to go where the present circumstances don't make it seem possible
- This is where a person accepts certain things that are beyond his control
- This is also where a people shed the INFERIORITIES that they have been conditioned to assume as the trust
What should we call Black people who feel their interests similarly threatened by staying put but never choosing to FIGHT THE LOCAL SYSTEM so that it might change from USING our people into DEVELOPING our people?