“Inclusion” is obviously a hot topic.
It’s being actively discussed among Blacks in Technology.
Inclusion is also picking back up very slightly across the broader United States, since 2012.
And for good reason.
- There’s a 100% gap in unemployment by race.
- …caused by a 100% gap in income by race.
- …which contributes to a 68 fold (6700%) gap in wealth by race.
- And so this all contributes to a 400% gap in student loan default rates by race (1992 cohort).
- Which has become an issue of national economic security, considering student loans are America’s largest asset (pg 89 of the US Financial Report).
Is it possible that inclusion should not be the prioritized solution?
We’re beginning to question, if the solution should be to continue making an appeal to America to “include” Black Americans.
How many more tens of millions of Black Americans must live and die waiting for the day they’ll be included?
Alternately, is the solution to create a medium through which Americans may choose to invest into Black Americans, even from a distance?
Can structures be built to facilitate America easily finding people from low wealth families who are descendants of slaves with in-demand skills, to direct investments of cash so they may afford minimum life expenses to USE their skills while they continue to remain excluded from places of work?
We’re interested in exploring the viability of these economic development models.
‘Equal but separate’ was the law of the land for the first 60 years of the 20th century, after Plessy vs Ferguson in the late 19th century.
And in spite of ‘Jim Crow’ laws during that 60 year period of time, black wealth catapulted during those years, and the wealth gap by race was reduced significantly.
This was mostly achieved through the Great Migration of Black people from the South to the North. As well, from a base of earning nothing on labor provided to ‘planters’, massive percent gains in wealth would be expected.
But those gains have long since been muted.
Since the 1960’s through today, the wealth gap between Blacks and Whites in this country has only widened. This wealth gap has widened DESPITE
- decreased lynchings,
- decreased bombings of black churches and homes,
- decreased mob attacks,
- affirmative action legislation,
- removal of poll taxes that disproportionately impacted black Americans, and
- other seemingly progressive laws…
Arguably, America has to consider the viability of alternate economic development models, with respect to the harsh reality that the moral code of our country has not fully evolved to ensure that no person who wants to work for fair wages is left behind.
It is becoming a glaring and obvious reality that [white] America is still not ready for true ‘inclusion’ of black Americans in the workplace.
Can black America afford to keep waiting for the moral code of white America to kick in as a safety net – particularly as their sentiments on racial equality are in such stark contrast to the sentiments of the underserved ethnic group?
At what point is it unaffordable to just pray and wait?
Has America at-large, considered the consequences of continued wage and wealth gaps, on a variety of sociological measures – ranging from (but certainly not limited to) health disparities to civil unrest?
What will you do, if the day of full ‘inclusion’ never actually comes?
You are invited to make a personal commitment with us to prompt positive changes – without dependency on ‘inclusion’.
The day of full inclusion may never come.
Choose to run your own economic development program independently, today.