Establishing A Legacy of Wealth: Part 1

We must work on taking the poverty out of the people

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Ryan Mack 

Ryan Mack

African Americans have been extremely disadvantaged because of the conditions in which we first arrived to this country. Immigrants came to this land with their cultures intact and strong self-esteem, both of which can result in a strong entrepreneurial spirit. Slaves, in contrast, were broken down and reduced emotionally, as well as physically.  For a long time, blacks were denied the opportunities to be employers or employees. We were required to be slaves.

Even after slavery, we continued to be oppressed and were not given an equitable opportunity to move ahead. For example, soon after the invention of the radio, the government which owned the rights to distribute this new product, decided to disseminate the rights of broadcast to the public.  These became our first radio stations.  The long exclusive list was comprised of the most affluent in society, and of course none were African American.  Furthermore, when television was invented, these same owners (and others like them), were given the same opportunities.  Situations similar to these have left many families with strong legacies of wealth that stretch back to the days of America’s founding fathers.

No, we haven’t had the best of times since arriving to this country.  It is also true that we continue to face many forms of degradation and discrimination.  However, even with the strife that we have endured, we are at a point where we need to take accountability for our own actions.  In many ways, we continue to be the cause of the inhibition of our own growth.

And as they heard these things he added and spake a parable, because he was nigh to Jerusalem, and because they thought that the kingdom of God should immediately appear.  He said therefore, A certain nobleman went into a far country to receive for himself a kingdom, and to return.  And he called his ten servants and delivered them ten pounds, and said unto them, Occupy till I come. (LUKE 19:11-13)

While others may interpret this differently, to me this verse means that a certain King of Kings, while he is away receiving his kingdom of Heaven, has given each of us an allotment.  He expects us to demonstrate responsibility for this gift, until his return. If you were to read further into this passage through Verse 27, you will see that he did return. He then took full account of what each one of his faithful servants had done with his allotment.

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  • By the way: Are you going to construct a list (by zip code) of black-owned businesses. God Bless America and freedom of choice. I am certain that those claiming that this is racist do not understand that racism usually requires that harm is being done..just because money are going to black-owned businesses that otherwise may go to white or publicly-owned (stocks are traded) businesses does not constitute harm to the white-owned businesses.

  • Sorry: message was intended for the Empowermet Experiment…John Aderson/Maggie Anderson.

  • Correll

    as a black man, i know my failures and successes are directly correlated to the decisions i make. i have long forgot about slavery, the nay sayers, and the like because i am too focused on moving forward. long gone are the days when i could see only past my nose. my head has since been in the sky. it is so much out here for me. it is so much i can do. nothing can hold me back. i will teach my sons and daughters this (when i get some). i suggest we move in that direction.

    Very Respectfully…

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  • Andrew

    I like the input that he gives from the Bible because it is more in there than we know. When the Israelites left Egypt they had a great portion of wealth and were able to obtain more.

  • Andrew

    I also think we should teach that enteprenuership is not a bad thing.When you know what others want and can provide it…

  • I notice that you quote scripture. I thought that the human race is what God is concerned with. I understand your message, but this is a message of the world. If you are truly a disciple of Christ then we need to be discussing how to build wealth in His Kingdom and not only concentrating on one race. Jesus said that His mother, brother etc. is whoever does His Father’s will. This message is too dead. We need to be evangelizing the balcks who are not in the Spirit of Unity to Jesus, not to segregation again. How about “The Community of Believers. By the way, I am a black woman, raised in the ‘hood of Detroit, MI. Just wanted to encourage you to bring a message of human unity, not segregation/stereoptype. God Bless You
    “Out of the abundance of the heart…the mouth speaks”

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