The Facts About Welfare by Gary A. Johnson
By Gary A. Johnson, Black Men In America.com Staff
Posted March 12, 2016
I was in the check-out line in the grocery store today. Let me set the scene. Friday evening during the 5:00 pm hour. In my view, there were not enough Cashier’s so the lines were long. There was a young black woman in front of me with an infant baby and a full cart of groceries. (I can hear some of you yelling at me now: “C’mon Gary, what does their race have to do with anything? You always see things through a racial prism). That is correct. Read the entire story and then decide if you want to put me on blast).
The check out process was slowed because the young woman was using a several vouchers. The Cashier had to stop periodically and process the vouchers one at a time after scanning certain items. Some of the scanned items had to be removed because they could not be purchased with a particular voucher. At one point our line did not move for minutes because of this voucher activity. There were two middle age black women behind me who were pissed! They starting making comments that could be heard by anyone within a 25-foot radius. This is some of what I heard from the two women in line behind me: “What the hell is the hold up?” “Looks like she got some vouchers.” “Damn, how long is it going to take to process this welfare queen?” “You see that purse? “That doesn’t look like welfare to me.” “I wonder how many more kids she has at home.” “I bet she’s driving a nice car.” “Those people are always gaming the system.”
Wow! I ignored the first couple of statements hoping they ladies would either stop talking or at least lower their voice. That didn’t happen. I was trying to figure out a way to add some calm to this situation without causing an incident. The last thing I needed on a Friday afternoon was a scuffle in the grocery store with three women over welfare.
The young woman heard the comments. She appeared to be upset that she could not get the Cashier to process the vouchers faster. The cashier had to scan the items and then insert the voucher into a machine and then the woman had to sign her name on the back of the voucher. None of this was electronic. This process was repeated five times. At one point the young woman turned to me and said, “I’m sorry.” I smiled and replied loudly, “Handle your business young lady, I’m not in a hurry.” I stared at the baby and was reminded that I have a granddaughter around the same age. That’s when I decided to strike up a conversation with the woman. I asked if that was her daughter. She replied, “Yes,” (with pride). I told her that her daughter was a “cutie pie” and very well-behaved. That young woman is somebody’s daughter or granddaughter. She’s someone who matters to someone.
The two women behind me were still sighing out loud and making comments about how the line is not moving because of this woman and her vouchers. For the record, at no point did I think the two women behind me were “bad people.” I thought they were grossly misinformed about the facts about people who receive welfare benefits.
Many people feel ashamed and scrutinized because of the myths and stereotypes that exist about people on welfare. Need-based assistance in the U.S. — such as Women, Infants and Children (WIC), the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, or food stamps) and Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) — is often subject to public scrutiny, causing those who receive it to feel shame. These stereotypes are so strong and have been around for so long that even black people have bought into them. These statements are not based on the facts.
Last year Gene Alday, a Republican member of the Mississippi state legislature, apologized for telling a reporter that all the African-Americans in his hometown of Walls, Mississippi, are unemployed and on food stamps. “I come from a town where all the blacks are getting food stamps and what I call ‘welfare crazy checks,'” Alday said to a reporter for The Clarion-Ledger, a Mississippi newspaper. “They don’t work.”
Let’s look at the data and analyze the FACTS.
Nationally, most of the people who receive benefits from the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program are white. According to 2013 data from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, which administers the program, 40.2 percent of SNAP recipients are white, 25.7 percent are black, 10.3 percent are Hispanic, 2.1 percent are Asian and 1.2 percent are Native American.
The SNAP program is one of the nation’s largest welfare programs. The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) recently reported that the program has gone from 17 million recipients in 2000 to almost 47 million last year. Earlier this year, it was reported that one in five children in the U.S. now relies on food stamps for at least some meals each day.
About 7 months ago, more than 30 people were arrested for food stamp fraud in the North Country of Brushton, NY. All of the people arrested were white. Investigators reported that people used their food stamps to get food or alcohol at the Old Time Butcher Block store in Brushton.
Let me highlight what I believe are several common myths about welfare recipients and introduce some facts and data that I think will help us all gain a better understanding of the program.
Myth #1: Welfare recipients are often characterized as lazy, simply waiting for the next month’s benefits.
Fact: 73% of people receiving public benefits are members of working families. Even though welfare recipients are in the labor force, they aren’t earning enough money to support a family and provide food for their children and pay bills, such as rent and utilities.
Myth #2: Welfare recipients are mostly people of color.
Fact: 40% of SNAP recipients are white, making white people the largest racial group on food stamps. When it comes to TANF recipients, approximately 30% are white, 30% are Latino and 30% are black, with several other racial groups making up the remaining 10% of recipients.
Myth #3: Undocumented populations are stealing welfare benefits from citizens.
Fact: Undocumented populations are ineligible for all welfare programs, except emergency medical care. “It’s illegal to afford public benefits of the TANF or food stamp variety to undocumented immigrants … who have not been in this country for a situated amount of time as legal residents. For example, food stamps are only available to immigrants with legal status who have lived in the country for five years, are receiving disability-related assistance or are under 18 years old. Some programs also allow states to make their own guidelines for immigrant populations, leading to disparities in assistance from state to state.
Myth #4: People are getting rich off of welfare.
Fact: No one is getting rich off of welfare. Welfare benefits are modest. The average benefit of the SNAP program, formerly known as Food Stamps is $1.50 per meal. Can you adequately feed yourself on that small amount of money? Similar to SNAP, most other government assistance programs seek to provide only the barest minimum amount of help that an individual or family needs to survive.
Myth #5: Welfare doesn’t work.
Fact: Government assistance is extremely effective at helping people get out of—and stay out of—poverty. In 2013, food stamps helped lessen the burden of poverty for 4.8 million people.
Many people fall on hard times and receive welfare benefits until their situation improves. Some of those people are decorated war veterans, educators and hard working people who don’t earn enough money to support their families. Government assistance in the form of childcare resources have helped a single mother or father keep their family together during an illness. None of us knows when life will throw us a pitch that we can’t hit and we may need help from the government. Any one of us may need to rely on welfare at some point in our lives. Some people on welfare are hard-working and talented people who fell on hard times through no fault of their own. Realizing this is just one important step to building empathy and understanding for those who are less fortunate than us. I am blessed beyond measure. I am thankful for those blessings and do not take them for granted. The reality is that there are millions of people who truly need these government programs to help them get back on their feet. And you never know—someday, we might be one of “those people.”
Gary A. Johnson is the Founder of Gary A. Johnson Company & Associates, LLC, a management training and consulting company. The company manages a variety of Internet and digital media enterprises including Black Men In America.com, one of the most popular web sites on the Internet, Black Men In America.com Dating and the Black Men In America.com Syndicated Blog. In addition, the company manages Homework Help Page.com, an educational resource site for children, college students and parents.
10 Worst Mistakes People Make After Retirement
March 5, 2016
“I’ve worked years for my money…now it’s time for money to work for me.” – Gary Johnson
Thanks to our new contributor Mr. Free Spirit, all of us at Black Men In America.com have a heightened sense of awareness about what it takes to live a “good life” after you retire. Money mistakes are a common learning experience from which we can all grow, but when you are already in your retirement phase, the results can be a little more catastrophic. It’s much easier to recover from mistakes when you are younger but retirees are depending on that nest egg and their ability to replenish savings is greatly diminished.
I listed the 10 Worst Mistakes People Make After Retirement. If you want more detail pertaining to a particular “mistake” simply click on the link to read more information:
- Not Changing Lifestyle After Retirement
- Failing to Move to More Conservative Investments
- Applying for Social Security Too Early
- Spending Too Much Money Too Soon
- Failure To Be Aware Of Frauds and Scams
- Cashing Out Pension Too Soon
- Not Being Effective Tax-Wise During Retirement
- Supporting Adult Working Children
- Being House-Rich but Cash-Poor
- Not Staying Active Socially and Physically
I also discovered a Senior Living Archives that you might find helpful. Between this archives section and our archives of Mr. Free Spirit you have a pool of relevant articles and tips on how to prepare for your retirement, maximize the quality of your life and how to get the most out of your money.
Here are a few articles worth reading.
Do you have any retirement related comments, advice or stories? If so, scroll down to the bottom of the page and share them in our “Comments” section.
Source: The Financial World.com
Couple counting money — Image by © Jose Luis Pelaez Inc/Blend Image/Blend Images/Corbis
Publicly Shaming Your Kid With A Bad Haircut: Good or Bad?
By Black Men In America.com Staff (Posted February 20, 2015)
Is giving your kid a “George Jefferson” or “Benjamin Button” old man haircut good a deterrent to bad behavior or psychologically damaging? Atlanta Barber Russell Frederick says he tested the unique disciplinary technique on his own son, Rushawn, last fall, and his grades “dramatically skyrocketed” after his old-man haircut. Three days a week, parents can take their misbehaving kids to A-1 Kutz and ask for the “Benjamin Button Special,” which Russell Frederick and his team of barbers are offering — free of charge — to parents who want to try a novel form of discipline.
But you don’t have to be bad to get a free haircut. Frederick runs a family-friendly establishment. Kids can play free video games onsite and top students who bring their honor roll report cards get free haircuts.
As for the potential negative impact such shaming tactics could have on a child’s long-term emotional development, Frederick isn’t convinced. “We’re raising a soft generation,” he said. “You can’t whoop them, then you wonder why these kids [are] running out here … getting shot by the police. Everybody sees that incident and says it starts at home. Well, how can it start at home when you won’t even let these parents discipline their kids and raise their kids properly?”
What do you think? Is this good or bad for young black boys?
Portions of this report came from The Washington Post and Creative Loafing of Atlanta.
How Do Black People Spend Their Money?
Originally posted on November 5, 2010. Updated December 31, 2014.
As we look at the year in review, this article has been the most read and commented article for 4 years running. Once I learned that this was the most popular and discussed article on the website, two questions immediately came to my mind:
- What does that say about the topic in terms of being relevant to our site visitors?
- Has anything changed?
How black people spend their money has been a hotly debated topic not only on this site, but in our office, at social events and in beauty and barber shops across America.
We’ve updated our original post with some information from an article written in September 2013, by Stacy M. Brown posted on the Washington Informer.com website titled, “Big Spenders, Small Investors: Blacks Have Little to Show for Hard-Earned Dollars.” In that article, Ms. Brown writes, “If black America counted as an independent country, its wealth would rank 11th in the world. However, African Americans continue to squander their vast spending power, relegating blacks to economic slavery instead of financial freedom, according to several consumer reports detailing the use of cash in the black community.”
We also incorporated 2014 data from the Nielsen Company. If history is any indication of future behavior, this updated article will be hotly debated in 2015. Let’s hope that we can make some progress in this area and close the wealth gap.
Happy New Year!
Gary Johnson, Founder & Publisher – Black Men In America.com
According to a recent study by the Nielsen Company, African Americans will have $1.1 trillion in collective buying power by 2015 (increasing to about $1.3 trillion by 2017), making black spending more relevant than ever as a consumer group.
According to Nielsen:
- Blacks are more aggressive consumers of media and they shop more frequently.
- Blacks watch more television (37%), make more shopping trips (eight), purchase more ethnic beauty and grooming products (nine times more), read more financial magazines (28%) and spend more than twice the time at personal hosted websites than any other group.
- Blacks make an average of 156 shopping trips per year, compared with 146 for the total market. Favoring smaller retail outlets, blacks shop more frequently at drug stores, convenience stores, and Dollar stores.
- Beauty supply stores are also popular within the black community, as they typically carry an abundance of ethnic hair and beauty aids reside that cater specifically to the unique needs of black hair textures.
While the numbers indicate that Black folks are an important part of the buying public, companies spend just three-percent (3%) of their advertising budgets marketing to black consumers. According to Cheryl Pearson McNeil, a Vice President at Nielsen, “The Black population is young, hip and highly influential. We are growing 64 percent faster than the general market,” she explains.
However, Noel King, a reporter for NPR’s Marketplace, cautions companies against trying to reach Black consumers without knowing our needs. “If you want to market to those groups, then you should know what particular group buys your stuff,” says King. “Blacks tend to spend more on electronics, utilities, groceries, footwear. They spend a lot less on new cars, alcohol, entertainment, health care, and pensions.”
Despite our collective buying power, statical data reflects that much of that money is spent outside of the Black community and not with Black-owned businesses.
Compare these numbers about “dollar circulation” reported by the NAACP:
“Currently, a dollar circulates in Asian communities for a month, in Jewish communities approximately 20 days and white communities 17 days. How long does a dollar circulate in the Black community? 6 hours! Black American buying power is at 1.1 Trillion; and yet only 2 cents of every dollar black spend in this country goes to black owned businesses.”
If the “dollar circulation” data does not get your attention, consider the following information from an article written by financial expert Ryan Mack:
55 percent of African Americans are unbanked or under-banked meaning they do not have a bank account or the appropriate bank account (Federal Deposit Corporation Survey)
- “About a quarter of all Hispanic (24 percent) and black (24 percent) households in 2009 had no assets other than a vehicle, compared with just 6 percent of white households. These percentages are little changed from 2005.” (Pew Research)
- “The median amount Black households reported saving on a monthly basis is $189, compared to $367 among White households…. [This is] the first time in a decade that African-American households have reported saving less than $200 per month.” (Ariel Investments 2010 Black Investor Survey)
- “Blacks on the average are six times more likely than Whites to buy a Mercedes, and the average income of a Black who buys a Jaguar is about one-third less than that of a White purchaser of the luxury vehicle.” Earl Graves, Black Enterprise Magazine
- Although Blacks make up 13-percent of the U.S. population, just seven-percent (7%) of small business are owned by Blacks. Access to capital, clientele, and other resources hinder many Black folks from starting business, despite a long history of entrepreneurship.
- African Americans consistently outpace the total market population in overall growth, smart phone ownership, television viewing and annual shopping trips according to the new study, “Resilient, Receptive and Relevant: The African-American Consumer 2013 Report,” a collaborative effort by the Nielsen Company in New York and the National Newspaper Publishers Association (NNPA), located in Northwest Washington, D.C.
- Black buying power continues to increase, rising from its current $1.1 trillion level to a forecasted $1.3 trillion by 2017.
- Despite the strong economic outlook, Blacks continue to spend most of their money outside of the Black community and, according to Nielsen and NNPA, advertisers have repeatedly slighted the black media, spending only three percent, or $2.24 billion, of the $75 billion spent with all media last year.
- Each year, Blacks spend more than $47 billion on Lincoln automobiles, $3.7 billion on alcohol, $2.5 billion on Toyotas, $2 billion on athletic shoes, and $600 million each year on McDonald’s and other fast foods, according to Target Market News Inc., a Chicago-based marketing research group.
- Blacks also spend wildly to keep up their appearances. The black hair care and cosmetics industry counts as a $9 billion a year business, but while African Americans are spending the most, they are profiting the least, said officials from the Black Owned Beauty Supply Association (BOBSA) in Palo Alto, Calif. Beauty product lines designed for African Americans were once 100 percent owned and operated by blacks, today other ethnic groups control more than 70 percent of the market.
- The current homeownership rate reveals that 73.5 percent of whites own homes while approximately 43.9 percent of Blacks are homeowners, according to the Harvard Joint Center for Housing Studies State of the Nation report for 2013.
- Sixty percent of Blacks have less than $50,000 saved in company retirement plans and only 23 percent have more than $100,000.
The loyalty blacks have to their church also has proven costly, said officials at Faith Communities Today, a nonprofit based in Hartford, Conn. A 2013 study revealed that Black churches have collected more than $420 billion in tithes and donations nationwide since 1980, an average of $252 million a week.
“What people fail to see and understand is that, the church pastors aren’t waiting for miracles to fund their lifestyles, they don’t have to pray, day in and day out, to make their ends meet,” said Northwest resident and author, Byron Woulard. They are getting rich off God, not from God,” he said. Woulard, whose books include, the 2011, “Pawn Queen,” noted that the money spent tithing could buy as many as 93,333 homes valued at $150,000; pay for tuition up to $15,000 a year for 933,333 college students, and feed every homeless American for a year. “It’s the best hustle on the planet. If you don’t get it here on earth, you’ll get it when you die and go to heaven,” Woulard said. “And, it just so happens that not one person in the history of this planet has died, went to heaven, and come back to tell everyone that it’s true.”
According to Dr. Boyce Watkins, a Scholar in Residence in Entrepreneurship and Innovation at Syracuse University in New York, also known as “the people’s scholar,” “We don’t use money to invest or produce,” said Watkins, 42.” When we get our tax refund, we go straight to the store.”
The 17th annual report on “The Buying Power of Black America” also includes a dollar-by-dollar breakdown of the Black economy.
Copies of “The Buying Power of Black America” can be purchased from Target Market News for $99.00 for the hard copy version and $65.00 for the digital version. For more information call 312-408-1881, or click here to purchase online.
Below is our original article posted in November 2010. Have their been any improvements? You be the judge.
With $836 Billion in Total Earning Power, only $321 Million Spent on Books while $7.4 Billion Spent on Hair and Personal Care Products and Services
New ‘Buying Power’ report shows black consumers spend as economy improves
New 16th edition shows expenditures rise to $507 billion
(November 1, 2010) African-American consumers are cautiously increasing their spending in some key product categories, even as they continue to make adjustments in a slowly growing economy. The finding comes from the soon to be issued 16th annual edition of “The Buying Power of Black America” report.
In 2009, black households spent an estimated $507 billion in 27 product and services categories. That’s an increase of 16.6% over the $435 billion spent in 2008. African-Americans’ total earned income for 2009 is estimated at $836 billion.
The report, which is published annually by Target Market News, also contains data that reflect the economic hardships all consumers are facing. There were significant declines in categories — like food and apparel — that have routinely shown growth in black consumers’ spending from year-to-year.
“These latest shifts in spending habits are vital for marketers to understand,” said Ken Smikle, president of Target Market News and editor of the report, “because they represent both opportunities and challenges in the competition for the billions of dollars spent by African-American households. Expenditures between 2007 and 2008 were statistically flat, so black consumers are now making purchases they have long delayed. At the same time, they re-prioritizing their budgets, and spending more on things that add value to their homes and add to the quality of life.”
The median household income for African-Americans dropped by 1.4% in 2009, but because of students going out on their own, and couples that started their lives together, the number of black households grew 4.2%. This increase meant that many household items showed big gains. For example, purchases of appliances rose by 33%, consumer electronics increased 33%, household furnishings climbed 28%, and housewares went up by 37%.
Estimated Expenditures by Black Households – 2009
|Apparel Products and Services||$29.3 billion|
|Beverages (Alcoholic)||3.0 billion|
|Beverages (Non-Alcoholic)||2.8 billion|
|Cars and Trucks – New & Used||29.1 billion|
|Consumer Electronics||6.1 billion|
|Entertainment and Leisure||3.1 billion|
|Health Care||23.6 billion|
|Households Furnishings & Equipment||16.5 billion|
|Housing and Related Charges||203.8 billion|
|Personal and Professional Services||4.1 billion|
|Personal Care Products and Services||7.4 billion|
|Sports and Recreational Equipment||995 million|
|Telephone Services||18.6 billion|
|Tobacco Products||3.3 billion|
|Toys, Games and Pets||3.5 billion|
|Travel, Transportation and Lodging||6.0 billion|
Source: Target Market News,
“The Buying Power of Black American – 2010”
“The Buying Power of Black America” is one of the nation’s most quoted sources of information on African-American consumer spending. It is used by hundreds of Fortune 1000 corporations, leading advertising agencies, major media companies and research firms.
The report is an analysis of consumer expenditure (CE) data compiled annually by the U.S. Department of Commerce. The CE data is compiled from more than 3,000 black households nationally through dairies and interviews. This information is also used for, among things, computing the Consumer Price Index.
The report provides updated information in five sections:
– Black Income Data
– Purchases in the Top 30 Black Cities
– Expenditure Trends in 26 Product & Services Categories
– The 100-Plus Index of Black vs. White Expenditures
– Demographic Data on the Black Population
Portions of this article came from Clutch Mag online.
Wealth Inequality By Race Has Widened Since 2007
By Black Men In America.com Staff
For many middle-class Americans, wealth is tied to the value of their homes. When the housing market crashed in 2007, the value of Americans’ assets took a beating across racial groups. Yet in the recovery, blacks have not bounced back as well as whites.
Black home ownership rates in the U.S. have historically been lower than white home ownership rates for a variety of reasons, but primarily due to a long history of racist housing policies that legal reforms have not entirely erased. During the housing boom of the last decade, blacks were more likely to get stuck with high-cost sub prime mortgage loans than whites. In the crash, blacks were more likely to lose their homes than whites.
Leaving aside race and ethnicity, the net worth of American families overall — the difference between the values of their assets and liabilities — held steady during the economic recovery. The typical household had a net worth of $81,400 in 2013, according to the Fed’s survey — almost the same as what it was in 2010, when the median net worth of U.S. households was $82,300 (values expressed in 2013 dollars).
The stability in household wealth follows a dramatic drop during the Great Recession. From 2007 to 2010, the median net worth of American families decreased by 39.4%, from $135,700 to $82,300. Rapidly plunging house prices and a stock market crash were the immediate contributors to this shellacking.
Our analysis of Federal Reserve data does reveal a stark divide in the experiences of white, black and Hispanic households during the economic recovery. From 2010 to 2013, the median wealth of non-Hispanic white households increased from $138,600 to $141,900, or by 2.4%.
12 THINGS THE NEGRO MUST DO
By Nannie Helen Burroughs
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The 12 Things The Negro Must Do For Himself was a booklet sold in the early 1900’s. The retail price for this booklet was 10 cents. We learned about the book from Black Men In America.com Founder and Publisher, Gary Johnson’s grandmother who gave him her original copy of the book which was in mint condition. The book sold for 10 cents.
Many attempts have been made to find the booklet. As far as we know it is out of print. There is a wealth of information about Nannie Helen Burroughs on the Internet. To learn more about her, check your favorite search engine and share the knowledge. A good site to visit is www.nhburroughsinfo.org.
Posted by Black Men In America.com Founder & Publisher Gary Johnson from the original book by Ms. Burroughs. (Circa Early 1900’s)
1. The Negro Must Learn To Put First Things First. The First Things Are: Education; Development of Character Traits; A Trade and Home Ownership.
The Negro puts too much of his earning in clothes, in food, in show and in having what he calls “a good time.” The Dr. Kelly Miller said, “The Negro buys what he WANTS and begs for what he Needs.” Too true!
2. The Negro Must Stop Expecting God and White Folk To Do For Him What He Can Do For Himself.
It is the “Divine Plan” that the strong shall help the weak, but even God does not do for man what man can do for himself. The Negro will have to do exactly what Jesus told the man (in John 5:8) to do–Carry his own load–“Take up your bed and walk.”
3. The Negro Must Keep Himself, His Children And His Home Clean And Make The Surroundings In Which He Lives Comfortable and Attractive.
He must learn to “run his community up”–not down. We can segregate by law, we integrate only by living. Civilization is not a matter of race, it is a matter of standards. Believe it or not–some day, some race is going to outdo the Anglo-Saxon, completely. It can be the Negro race, if the Negro gets sense enough. Civilization goes up and down that way.
4. The Negro Must Learn To Dress More Appropriately For Work And For Leisure.
Knowing what to wear–how to wear it–when to wear it and where to wear it, are earmarks of common sense, culture and also an index to character.
5. The Negro Must Make His Religion An Everyday Practice And Not Just A Sunday-Go-To-Meeting Emotional Affair.
6. The Negro Must Highly Resolve To Wipe Out Mass Ignorance.
The leaders of the race must teach and inspire the masses to become eager and determined to improve mentally, morally and spiritually, and to meet the basic requirements of good citizenship.
We should initiate an intensive literacy campaign in America, as well as in Africa. Ignorance–satisfied ignorance–is a millstone about the neck of the race. It is democracy’s greatest burden.
Social integration is a relationship attained as a result of the cultivation of kindred social ideals, interests and standards.
It is a blending process that requires time, understanding and kindred purposes to achieve. Likes alone and not laws can do it.
7. The Negro Must Stop Charging His Failures Up To His “Color” And To White People’s Attitude.
The truth of the matter is that good service and conduct will make senseless race prejudice fade like mist before the rising sun.
God never intended that a man’s color shall be anything other than a badge of distinction. It is high time that all races were learning that fact. The Negro must first QUALIFY for whatever position he wants. Purpose, initiative, ingenuity and industry are the keys that all men use to get what they want. The Negro will have to do the same. He must make himself a workman who is too skilled not to be wanted, and too DEPENDABLE not to be on the job, according to promise or plan. He will never become a vital factor in industry until he learns to put into his work the vitalizing force of initiative, skill and dependability. He has gone “RIGHTS” mad and “DUTY” dumb.
8. The Negro Must Overcome His Bad Job Habits.
He must make a brand new reputation for himself in the world of labor. His bad job habits are absenteeism, funerals to attend, or a little business to look after. The Negro runs an off and on business. He also has a bad reputation for conduct on the job–such as petty quarrelling with other help, incessant loud talking about nothing; loafing, carelessness, due to lack of job pride; insolence, gum chewing and–too often–liquor drinking. Just plain bad job habits!
9. He Must Improve His Conduct In Public Places.
Taken as a whole, he is entirely too loud and too ill-mannered.
There is much talk about wiping out racial segregation and also much talk about achieving integration.
Segregation is a physical arrangement by which people are separated in various services.
It is definitely up to the Negro to wipe out the apparent justification or excuse for segregation.
The only effective way to do it is to clean up and keep clean. By practice, cleanliness will become a habit and habit becomes character.
10. The Negro Must Learn How To Operate Business For People–Not For Negro People, Only.
To do business, he will have to remove all typical “earmarks,” business principles; measure up to accepted standards and meet stimulating competition, graciously–in fact, he must learn to welcome competition.
11. The Average So-Called Educated Negro Will Have To Come Down Out Of The Air. He Is Too Inflated Over Nothing. He Needs An Experience Similar To The One That Ezekiel Had–(Ezekiel 3:14-19). And He Must Do What Ezekiel Did
Otherwise, through indifference, as to the plight of the masses, the Negro, who thinks that he has escaped, will lose his own soul. It will do all leaders good to read Hebrew 13:3, and the first Thirty-seven Chapters of Ezekiel.
A race transformation itself through its own leaders and its sensible “common people.” A race rises on its own wings, or is held down by its own weight. True leaders are never “things apart from the people.” They are the masses. They simply got to the front ahead of them. Their only business at the front is to inspire to masses by hard work and noble example and challenge them to “Come on!” Dante stated a fact when he said, “Show the people the light and they will find the way!”
There must arise within the Negro race a leadership that is not out hunting bargains for itself. A noble example is found in the men and women of the Negro race, who, in the early days, laid down their lives for the people. Their invaluable contributions have not been appraised by the “latter-day leaders.” In many cases, their names would never be recorded, among the unsung heroes of the world, but for the fact that white friends have written them there.
“Lord, God of Hosts, Be with us yet.”
The Negro of today does not realize that, but, for these exhibits A’s, that certainly show the innate possibilities of members of their own race, white people would not have been moved to make such princely investments in lives and money, as they have made, for the establishment of schools and for the on-going of the race.
12. The Negro Must Stop Forgetting His Friends. “Remember.”
Read Deuteronomy 24:18. Deuteronomy rings the big bell of gratitude. Why? Because an ingrate is an abomination in the sight of God. God is constantly telling us that “I the Lord thy God delivered you”–through human instrumentalities.
The American Negro has had and still has friends–in the North and in the South. These friends not only pray, speak, write, influence others, but make unbelievable, unpublished sacrifices and contributions for the advancement of the race–for their brothers in bonds.
The noblest thing that the Negro can do is to so live and labor that these benefactors will not have given in vain. The Negro must make his heart warm with gratitude, his lips sweet with thanks and his heart and mind resolute with purpose to justify the sacrifices and stand on his feet and go forward–“God is no respector of persons. In every nation, he that feareth him and worketh righteousness is” sure to win out. Get to work! That’s the answer to everything that hurts us. We talk too much about nothing instead of redeeming the time by working.
In spite of race prejudice, America is brim full of opportunities. Go after them!
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