Recently, front runner and candidate for 20th ward Alderman, committeeman Kevin Bailey appeared on WVON's millennial Thrudays round table hosted by Mark Wallace and co-host Enoch Muhammad. Though the show hit on a few different points, it primarily revolved around the Host Mark Wallace's initial inquiry to the the panel; How do we get black Chicago more engaged in the political process. He drew a comparison from the civil rights movement of the 60s and today where it seemed they were able to do more with less. They could craft small digestible messages that exposed injustices, and get that message around the country and many times the globe, without hashtags or Twitter. They seemed to be able too mobilize and organize groups of people to like or dislike the actions of organizations and or individuals to the point where the mobilization would catch on all around the country, without Facebook. Why were the able to do more with less. A few suggestions were made as to what could be done to ignite and re-engage black Chicago to the level of the 1960s or at least to the days of Harold Washington. But one of the panelist made a suggestion and gave an analysis that stood out.
In the real estate industry, its said that the most important thing is location, location, location. The suggestion that stood out was, that the thing that keep our parents and grand parents engaged in the political process was education, education, education. They were educated in that they knew who they were. They knew they were an economically poor, socially mistreated people, who were made poor, and were being mistreated by the state. They knew that the system of white supremacy was solidified and allowed to be codified by the state via a system of laws, policies, and ordinances designed to keep ADOS (American Descendants of chattel Slaves) aka black communities poor and mistreated, while white communities were allowed to build grow and thrive. In other words, they knew that their problem was political and the solution would be political as well. Therefore, they made it their business to address the problem at it is root. Politically/Civically. They got engaged in the political process, demanded the changing of the laws, policies, and ordinances, that were subjugating and keeping them poor, while introducing and championing those that would protect and prosper their community. Lets take a page out of the civil rights generations book and educate our selves, friends and family's on who we are, and maybe it could serve to help re-ignite our political wills and imaginations. Here are a few things should know as a group;
- we have a median net worth of $1700.00 and projected to be $0.00 by 2050, while whites is 165K and climbing.
- the single ADOS women is worth $5.00, while the single white woman is worth 40k.
- the median household income for white Chicago is 75K vs 30K for black Chicago. And in certain places in the 20th ward
ie, Englewood, Back of the yards, Woodlawn, etc, its as low as 15K
- we suffer from occupation racism to the point where we only occupy about 13 occupations in the country.
These few stats scratch the surface of the economic collapse and economic genocide that's looming over those of us who are descendants of American chattel Slaves.The panelist also pointed out that when Americas white population had massive poverty of 30%+, decadence, and crime caused by said poverty (the Great Depression), America pulled out all the stops. The New Deal, the Fair Deal, FHA, so on and so forth. These laws and policies pulled a poverty stricken white community into the middle class. Largely excluded from these same large net, community lifting policies were descendants of slaves. Committeeman Kevin Bailey said; "where is the new deal for the black community, what is equity for the black community, what is the value of the economic exclusion we've lived under generation after generation" Politicians who understand this data and verbalize legislative remedy is the type of representation the 20th ward needs.
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