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An Open Letter to Black Clergy

August 10, 2014


Dear Clergy,

In 1967, Martin Luther King, Jr. made these remarks at a convention of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference.

One day, one night, a juror came to Jesus and he wanted to know what he could do to be saved. Jesus didn't get bogged down on the kind of isolated approach of what you shouldn't do. Jesus didn't say, ‘Now Nicodemus, you must stop lying.’ He didn't say, ‘Nicodemus, now you must not commit adultery.’ He didn't say, ‘Now Nicodemus, you must stop cheating if you are doing that.’ He didn't say, ‘Nicodemus, you must stop drinking liquor if you are doing that excessively.’ He said something altogether different, because Jesus realized something basic: that if a man will lie, he will steal. And if a man will steal, he will kill. So instead of just getting bogged down on one thing, Jesus looked at him and said, ‘Nicodemus, you must be born again.’ In other words, ‘Your whole structure [emphasis added] must be changed.’ Read more...

Business Incubator Set to Open

Great opportunity for entrepreneurs with vision

DAYTON, OH – July 16, 2014 – The Umoja Commerce and Trade Association, which is a division of the Black Man's Think Tank, is set to manage a small business incubator in west Dayton. The project is a partnership between UCTA and DOIT (Development Operations Initiative Team). The incubator is located at 5499 W. 3rd St., Dayton, OH 45417. Read more...

The Absurd Notion of Black Buying Power

and the Folly of Black Advertisers

By Marlon Aldridge, Sr.

“African-American’s Buying Power Projected to be $1.1 Trillion By 2015” (Black Enterprise)

Lately Black advertisers, especially those affiliated with the National Newspaper Publishers Association, report or commission studies about Black buying power. This is a manipulative practice (e.g., propaganda) used by Black advertisers in an attempt to convince big retail executives to spend advertising dollars with them because they supposedly have access and nuance understanding of the Black consumer market. My thought is this. In trying to manipulate big retailers, Black advertisers are unknowingly perpetuating negative perceptions they have of Blacks anyway (e.g., Blacks are poor because they spend all their money). Propaganda is the most efficient and productive method used by “power” groups to control “out of power” groups (e.g., American ethnic groups, especially Blacks). Imagine exerting very little effort to get a group of people to think negatively about themselves without them perceiving that you are doing so. Nothing else gets the job done better. Here’s another assessment of the subtle message propagated by the media and Black advertisers. Read more

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