Monday, January 20, 2014

Sovereignty: A New Year’s resolution for Black America

Traditionally, a New Year’s resolution is a declaration that something tangible or measurable will be rendered to enhance the quality of one’s life or living standards. However, as we approach 2014 without a clear collective resolution, the quality of life for Blacks living in the United States is disturbing, disappointing and unacceptable.

According to, the poverty rate for the estimated 44,456,009 Blacks living in the United States in 2012 was 28.1 percent, which is an increase from 25.5 percent since 2005, where, for the most part, Black families are living on $2 a day or less. The Pew Research Center, in a 2011 study titled “Wealth Gaps Rise to Record Highs Between Whites, Blacks, Hispanics 20-to-1,” illustrates that from 2005 to 2009, Black households lost 53 percent of their wealth and, as a result, our assets were 5 percent that of whites. Moreover, indicates that Blacks in the United States have an unemployment rate that nearly doubles the overall population where the income/wealth disparities and poverty/incarceration rates of Blacks are calamitous under a biracial president.

By the way, according to J.A. Rogers in “The Five Negro Presidents” and Dr. Auset Bakhufu in “The Six Black Presidents,” President Barack Obama is not the first “Black” president of the United States of America. Nevertheless, recently, Obama granted clemency to 14 drug dealers (eight were granted commutations and six were pardoned) who destroyed Black families and communities. Obama has yet to pardon or grant a commutation to Black political prisoners who have empowered Black families and communities. Furthermore, this biracial president has yet to improve the quality of life for African-Americans.

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