We Shall Not Be Shutdown

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The shutdown of America’s government by the Republican party was dangerous to the US and potentially the world economy for more than just economic reasons. It was a showing by Tea Party activists who “have been called neo-Klansmen and knuckle-dragging hillbillies” and their billionaire backers, that they were willing to destroy the global economic system to keep a Black President from succeeding. Even after he had gone threw the procedures (set up by the US government) to pass a law that provides healthcare to every American citizen, the Affordable Care Act or Obamacare.
Chidanand Rajghatta, a reporter for the Times of India writes in an article: In many ways, the current shutdown is part of a proxy fight between deeply conservative white lawmakers who see the Obama administration’s agenda as favoring blacks and minorities versus liberal legislators trying to set right historical and contemporary imbalances, the small cabal of Tea Party lawmakers represent a mostly-white constituency in Middle America that resents against any government role — such as the mandatory enforcement of health insurance through Obamacare — in their life.
The Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare, is an achievement that has never been done before in American history and a major accomplishment for America’s first recognized Black President. I say recognized because the ascendancy of Senator Barack Obama to become the first Black President has been debated. There have been various rumors floating around that the United States had black presidents. Several have written on this subject, including: Joel Augustus Rogers, The Five Negro Presidents; Auset Bakhufu, The Six Black Presidents – Black Blood: White Masks; and Leroy Vaughn, Black People and Their Place in History. Although most writers talk about five presidents, Bakhufu adds Dwight D. Eisenhower as the sixth.
Having said that, the Republican shutdown was more than an economic threat. It was a threat that the Tea Party, Republican, regressive, confederates in America were and are willing to terrorize America and the world, in order to prevent a Black Man from succeeding. Because President Obama’s success sends a message to Black People and people of color everywhere that they can rise to the top of any government or industry. A belief that threatens the end of American Europeans domination over the world. Something that those in charge are grasping to maintain: the continued exploitation by the 1% who control the worlds economy.
But the shutdown seems to have had the opposite effect on the worlds opinion of American power.
Nicholas Kitchen, a political scientist at the London School of Economics, said the shutdown had tarnished the reputation of the U.S.
“In showing itself to be unable to even run its own affairs competently the U.S. in some sense surrenders claims to global leadership,” he said. “It’s difficult to tell other people how to run their affairs when you can’t keep your own house in order.”
Chinese State-run news agency Xinhua  published an English-language commentary calling for “a de-Americanised world”.
It called for “the introduction of a new international reserve currency” to replace the US dollar, “so that the international community could permanently stay away from the spillover of the intensifying domestic political turmoil in the United States”.
Developing and emerging economies should have a greater say in financial institutions such as the IMF and World Bank, it added.
A newspaper in Africa, The South African News said: You can say what you like about our government – and please do – but they would never, ever turn off the lights on themselves and deliver 50 million South Africans into the world without a national tier of representation for the entirely avoidable reason of their own failure to agree on a budget.

The overriding attempt by the Koch Brother backed Americans for Prosperity, (an organization founded by David H. Koch) and the Tea Party to do what the Klan was created to do, keep Black People in our place, must not be allowed to damage our thrust as a people to become successful like President Obama and others from our community who have become leaders on the worlds stage. Our community in general and our children in particular must continue to follow the lead of our President and get a good education and use that knowledge to build businesses and lead institutions that will uplift our people and the world. We can not let anyone bring closure to our struggle that has taken us from the bottom of slave ships to the White House. Our faith in the Creator has brought us this far and we will not let our struggle to become prosperous as a people be shutdown by anyone. 
Kefing Moor

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The Importance of Mentorship

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Mentorship is an important part of developing the next generation in our community. We need experienced Brother’s and Sister’s who can be trusted to train and counsel our youth to become the entrepreneurs, politicians, business people, professionals and skilled laborers of tomorrow. Many of our leaders who come from our community go on to great heights, but very little of their skill and knowledge is being transferred to the youth left behind in the ghetto.
One way or another, our youth will be mentored by someone or something. The street life, where people who have given up on “the system” hang out and join gangs because they don’t have a job or business to take care of themselves and their families, is mentoring a lot of our youth to become parasites in the community rather than producers. Praying on those of us in the neighborhood who have a little something that we’ve managed to build up. Winding up in jail or dead, wasting their God given potential to be great and useful to their people. Becoming modern day slaves, working for free in the prison industrial complex.
With the attacks on our school systems by a right wing community that seeks to privatize them and make them businesses rather than educational institutions that give our youth the necessary skills to be self sufficient, the streets have become one of the major mentors of our youth, filling the void left by a failing educational system that lacks the tools and resources to produce productive citizens.
To counter that behavior, we have plenty of people who come out of our communities who can train our youth with the skills they need to become self sufficient.  Just look at the number of our youth on college campuses, local business owners and professionals that we have produced who can be mentors for our youth. Susan Taylor, former editor of Essence Magazine, talks about the importance of mentorship in an insightful op-ed, “It’s Up To Us To Restore A Generation,” it is essential that older generations take the time to affirm, listen to, and help guide today’s youth.
From Open Society:
“This is another fact that grips me: When the call goes out for mentors, white women and men respond first, and black women and men respond last. It is my mission, and the mandate of the organization I founded while still chief editor at Essence magazine to replace these dream-crushing statistics that are our children’s realities, with the ones our ancestors sacrificed their lives for—and by that sacrifice, demanded that we, too, ensure the following generations’ wellness”.
As a people, we’ve got to do a better job of luring our people back to our communities who can provide the type of mentoring that can help us break this cycle of powerlessness, where all of our institutions and businesses are run by people outside of our community. Our skilled Brother’s and Sister’s also need to have a commitment to give back to those who are in the position that they were once in. The single mom or a struggling family that can use some guidance for their children in the right direction should seek out mentors in the neighborhood who can and will spend time with a youngster and teach them the ropes. Showing them not only how to build a business or a career, but how to be a good person, who is committed to being self sufficient and a family man or woman. Which is the foundation of a strong community.
I was listening to a young Brother in Chicago who mentors youth in automobile restoration. He told the story of how one of his mentee’s who he inspired to go to one of the top auto restoration schools in the country, wound up completing school and got a job with Mercedes Benz making $70,000.
He left Mercedes Benz and came back to Chicago and got a job at a high school teaching other young Brother’s and Sister’s how to do what he had learned. When his mentor asked him why did he leave Mercedes Benz, the mentee said he came back to his community (making half of his Mercedes Benz salary), because he wanted to be like his mentor and become a mentor to other children from his neighborhood.
This is how we build self determination. By learning all we can from mentors in our communities, getting the skills we need to express our passion and applying that knowledge to build self sufficient communities throughout the African Diaspora. Mentorship, where each one teach’s one is a powerful and necessary tool we can use to turn blighted Black Business Districts into powerful Pan African Business Districts throughout the African Diaspora. This is the type of fuel we need to provide the economic boost we need to restore ourselves to the prosperous people God intends for us to be.

By Kefing Moor

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Surviving The Shut Down

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The government shutdown that’s currently underway will cost the still-struggling U.S economy billions of dollars and government workers will loose pay because the shut down will cause them to be off their jobs.
Economists say the impact will come not just from those lost wages, but also from related businesses cutting back or halting their operations. That will lead to a pullback in spending by employees of affected companies. So if you’re a small business owner who’s struggling to build your business, then the struggle continues.
President Obama says that “what’s maddening is this is all totally voluntary. It’s totally unnecessary.” Rachel Maddow, a talk show host at MSNBC say’s “What is happening is what Republicans want to do. This is what they promised to do. This tactic…is an end in and of itself, and that is why there’s no talking them out of it. Elect Republicans and they will burn the place down.”
Of course shut downs and burn downs are nothing new in our community. The door has been closed on us sense we hit these shores in terms of having full access to this nations institutions. Yet, through all of the doors being closed in our faces, we’ve still managed to survive and in many cases thrive as a people. Many of our ancestors left the plantation with just the cloths on their backs, but went on to establish families, communities with their own businesses,  and political power. So surviving shut downs have been a way of life for many of us.
The right wing Tea Party Republican Confederates who want to shut down the government are ideological descendants of those who have been trying to shut us down for centuries. On the plantation we were shut down  with the implementation of the Slave codes, which were laws established to demonstrate legal sanctions over the black population. According to the slave codes, teaching a slave to read or write was illegal, although it often took place as children taught each other. Today, these right wingers are dead set on keeping their modern day version of the Slave Codes alive by preventing a Black President from scoring any political points with his Affordable Care Act (ObamaCare). This has been their mission from the beginning of President Obama’s election to the office as announced in this video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W-A09a_gHJc.
As a community we’ve survived the Slave Trade, the Plantation, the Slave Codes, Jim Crow and now we must come together to survive not just the shutdown, but the right wing Tealiban  Republiclan Regressive Confederacy’s attack on the 99% of Americans who work everyday to keep their families, communities and the nation moving. Now is the time for us to come together and not fly apart if we are to keep the engine running. Even though there may be a government shut down, we must continue to keep ours eyes on the prize to build our businesses and institutions that support our way of life.
The church’s, our politicians, factory workers, professionals, all of us must use this shut down as a catalyst to keep the village open. This shutdown is a prime example why we need to establish the ability to control and define our own destiny by owning the institutions that serve our community. With the power to do so, we can fight against a shut down of any kind because we’ll control the resources that provide food, shelter, security and the necessities of life without having to depend on others to do it for us.

By Kefing Moor

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