The Root.com: Why African Americans Should Care About Social Security - E.R. Shipp
Over the past few weeks I have noticed how references to "The Tea Party" is now being used by "Progressives Who Are Democrats Who Are Black". Prior to the past 2 years of electoral politics we would have been warned: "The Klan is regrouping". Today "The Tea Party" is used as the reference that all Black people understand the deeper meaning. Even though the "Street Pirates" are far more proficient at assaulting and killing Black people and confiscating our instructional time in public schools - not even a reference to them carries the same chilling effect among many Black people.
I just read the article above by E.R. Shipp telling of the threat that "Social Security" is under.................from the Tea Party. It appears that they wish to "change it as we know it" and that it is up to all Black people of conscious to stop them.
When I make note of "The Cost Of The Struggle Disposition" this is the type of thinking that I am speaking of.
If you read Ms Shipp's article you will see her admit that there is a problem with Social Security because the ratio between people putting money in and those receiving benefits out has fallen to an all time low. You will not see a comprehensive reference by which the productivity streaming out of the Black community can be increased or an alternate funding pool created - to ensure that the social safety net for the Black people that she is most concerned about is more permanently secured.
Mark my word - the decades of 2010 and 2020 will be the decades where the "National Pools Of Fiscal Obfuscation Get Tapped Dry". We already knew that the year 2017 would mark the fateful year in which large numbers of Baby Boomers start retiring, thus stressing the system. At the time of me learning this (back in 2006) those prognosticators were not aware of the financial meltdown of 2008.
Simply put - if Social Security's problem was that there are too few people adding to it - then a 9.x% unemployment rate will surely add to the imbalance.
In the state of Georgia at present there is a big battle over the "Hope Scholarship". A pool of money at the state level, paid into by state lottery proceeds was to provide free college education to all Georgia residents. As the money flow outward topped estimates the state legislature added academic performance mandates for receiving funding. Some people saw the requirement of a two tiered 3.0 & 3.7 GPA requirement as a need to "rise to the challenge". Others saw these higher standards as a barrier which will ensure that fewer minority students will receive educational assistance. (Note a 3.7 GPA gets you 90% tuition coverage, a 3.0 a reduced amount. Below 3.0 and you get nothing).
Those who theorize with the notion of "Disparate Impact" have no choice but to assign Black students to the "academic ghetto" of the "Less Than 3.0 GPA" students - this even before they set foot on campus for the first time. They will argue that since statistics of the past show that our people have lower average GPAs that this is a "regressive tax". Blacks disproportionately play the lottery and now "White kids" will receive the benefit of the "Hope Scholarships" to pay for their education. With this in mind the STRUGGLE will be fought.
If you pay attention to this fateful consciousness that infests our community - you will note that in as much as they have resigned themselves to their inferior status - there will also not be any comprehensive and effective effort to lay out the terms to the Black students and have them always aware of the mission that is before them as they go on campus and the consequences that will be suffered economically if they fail to "Keep Their Eyes On The Prize".
After failing to invoke these key "Human Resource Management Practices" for 5 years of the lives of these key individuals - the Black Establishment will no doubt pull out a chart from "United For A Fair Economy" or "Economic Policy Institute" which shows that Black people's income is only 57% of Whites. Racism will be claimed to be the "hidden hand" that has caused this gap. Not one soul will bother to consider the squandered opportunities. The fact that expectations for a higher GPA are not PUNITIVE but instead they mandate that the student "drop some baggage" and only carry the essentials during their walk.
If it is true that the "White student comes to college more prepared" and thus this new standard "forwards racism from the past into the present" then this alone is even further justification for Public School Reform. This underscores the point that the politicking as seen recently around the Washington DC Public Schools have COSTS.
Reconnecting With Our Permanent Interests
The purpose of our quest for "Quality Education" is to allow our young people to matriculate into the positions of "professional service providers" for our community. Their skills applied to our community will collectively lift the average "standard of living" up to a desired level. This is done as they spread throughout the community and service the particular needs that are present. Its just that simple people.
The popular mindset that our people have adopted which says that it is a matter of "social justice" that we LAY CLAIM to being made "IN RECEIPT OF" these services that the society offers has created more damage in our consciousness than it can be proven that we have received benefit from this disposition.
I challenge E.R. Shipp to form a mental image of that pot of money in the Social Security Trust Fund and translate the need for our "store house" to be built up BECAUSE a "full store" can offer security to those who in need and then change her focus to the SUPPLY SIDE of the equation rather than defending the DEMAND & DISTRIBUTION - so that we get our "fair share".
The struggle to produce bounty for the masses would take care much of our present problems.