White Writer Says “They (Black People) Are Still Our Slaves”…Is He Right?

CBS’ Dee Lee recieved a letter almost 10 years ago from an [unnamed] white author who had a mouthful to say about African Americans and Finance. Though these may not be Dee Lee’s personal views, she decided to read this aloud on her radio show. Here’s how the transcript of the letter reads:

Dee Lee, CFP
Harvard Financial Educators

Dee Lee

THEY ARE STILL OUR SLAVES We can continue to reap profits from the
Blacks without the effort of physical slavery Look at the current
methods of containment that they use on themselves: IGNORANCE, GREED,
and SELFISHNESS.

Their IGNORANCE is the primary weapon of containment. A great man once
said, “The best way to hide something from Black people is to put it in a book.” We now live in the Information Age. They have gained the opportunity to read any book on any subject through the efforts of their fight for freedom, yet they refuse to read. There are numerous books readily available at Borders, Barnes & Noble, and Amazon.com, not to mention their own Black Bookstores that provide solid blueprints to reach economic equality (which should have been their fight all along),
but few read consistently, if at all.

GREED is another powerful weapon of containment. Blacks, since the abolition of slavery, have had large amounts of money at their disposal. Last year they spent 10 billion dollars during Christmas, out of their 450 billion dollars in total yearly income (2.22%).

Any of us can use them as our target market, for any business venture we care to dream up, no matter how outlandish, they will buy into it. Being ! primarily a consumer people, they function totally by greed. They continually want more, with little thought for saving or investing.

They would rather buy some new sneaker than invest in starting a business. Some even neglect their children to have the latest Tommy or FUBU, And they still think that having a Mercedes, and a big house gives them
“Status” or that they have achieved their Dream.

They are fools! The vast majority of their people are still in poverty
because their greed holds them back from collectively making better
communities.

With the help of BET, and the rest of their black media that often
broadcasts destructive images into their own homes, we will continue to
see huge profits like those of Tommy and Nike. (Tommy Hilfiger has even
jeered them, saying he doesn’t want their money, and look at how the
fools spend more with him than ever before!). They’ll continue to show
off to each other while we build solid communities with the profits
from our businesses that we market to them.

SELFISHNESS, ingrained in their minds through slavery, is one of the
major ways we can continue to contain them. One of their own, Dubois
said that there was an innate division in their culture. A “Talented
Tenth” he called it. He was correct in his deduction that there are
segments of their culture that has achieved some “form” of success.
However, that segment missed the fullness of his work. They didn’t read
that the “Talented Tenth” was then responsible to aid The Non-Talented
Ninety Percent in achieving a better life. Instead, that segment has
created another class, a Buppie class that looks down on their people
or aids them in a condescending manner. They will never achieve what we
have. Their selfishness does not allow them to be able to work together
on any project or endeavor of substance. When they do get together,
their selfishness lets their egos get in the way of their goal. Their so-called help organizations seem to only want to promote their name without making any real change in their community.

They are content to sit in conferences and conventions in our hotels,
and talk about what they will do, while they award plaques to the best
speakers, not to the best doers. Is there no end to their selfishness?
They steadfastly refuse to see that TOGETHER EACH ACHIEVES MORE (TEAM)

They do not understand that they are no better than each other because
of what they own, as a matter of fact, most of those Buppies are but
one or two pay checks away from poverty. All of which is under the
control of our pens in our offices and our rooms.

Yes, we will continue to contain them as long as they refuse to re ad,
continue to buy anything they want, and keep thinking they are “helping”
their communities by paying dues to organizations which do little other
than hold lavish conventions in our! hotels . By the way, don’t worry
about any of them reading this letter, remember, ‘THEY DON’T READ!!!!
transcript via http://edgemagazinesite.com/edge-discussion-white-writer-says-still-slaves-right/#

Thinking on where African Americans are today, do you agree with any of what he said? I’m not talking about the TONE in which wrote the letter, but its actual CONTENT.

Do we have more work to do? Will there ever be a time where African Americans country/world wide will be equal in terms of economic and socioeconomic status?

Can we incite our youth to foster a love for reading and educate themselves more on launching businesses, etc?

Share your comments below!

-Joc

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One response to “White Writer Says “They (Black People) Are Still Our Slaves”…Is He Right?

  1. I do not believe the content of this letter. I believe that African Americans have come a long way from where we started. There are affluent black people everywhere now a days, the media just does not promote them or their accomplishments as they do caucasians. We are entrepreneurs, singers/models/actors/actresses, moguls, CEOs, bankers, writers, businessmen/women, the list goes on. But what do we see and hear about in the media about African Americans? We see the “Real housewives”/ignorant reality tv, blacks doing wrong on the news, stealing, beating, and whatever else negative that you could think of. Caucasians, Hispanics, and other races are guilty of all of the above as well, but they are viewed as individual cases. When Caucasians go on serial killings or commit mass murders they were just “sick” they didn’t shame the whole race. A muslim (religion, i know, not race) does the same thing and he is a terrorist (black or arabic mainly). Yes black people are overly flashy with their outward appearance, but anyone could be guilty of that. As far as the reading thing that really upsets me… reading is a past time. Yes everyone should want to educate themselves, but you can’t knock someone for not wanting to read every book or magazine about politics, its all about interests… What about the low-class white people who “don’t read” they have a one-up on black people who “don’t read” just because of their race? Our society is so media driven that people read articles like this and its gold. They don’t self reflect or research, they read it, internalize it and feel ashamed, angered, hurt, happy, or whatever feeling it evokes… but will this article really inspire anyone to change or take a stand?

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