‘Economic freedom’ should be rallying cry

James Clingman | 2/17/2014, 9:38 a.m.
Because the Negro does not own and control retail establishments in his own community, he is unable to stabilize his ...
James Clingman

Economic freedom is the clarion call in years past and now. Many have propagated that message and we have yet to heed it in a collective manner since we lost our minds over politics in 1965. Economic freedom means setting our own standards, and not having to meet those set by others. Economic freedom means the ability and willingness, and dare I say eagerness, to create jobs for our children.

Economic freedom means that we have multiple streams of income that can, of course, empower us individually and then empower us collectively. Economic freedom means producing, manufacturing and distributing; it means owning natural resources to whatever extent possible and vertically integrating our businesses.

Economic freedom, as Claud Anderson advocates, means aggregating our dollars and utilizing them to our own advantage rather than someone else’s. Economic freedom means what Pastor Jonathan Weaver and the Collective Empowerment Group are doing: leveraging the large number of church members and their spending capacity, and obtaining reciprocity from the marketplace. Economic freedom means, as S.B. Fuller and Malcolm X said, “Control.”

Currently, Black folks for the most part are out of control and/or under control. We cannot be economically free under those circumstances.

“No people can be free who themselves do not constitute an essential part of the ruling element of the country in which they live. The liberty of no man is secure who controls not his own destiny. For people to be free they must necessarily be their own rulers,” stated Martin Delaney in The Political destiny of the Colored race on the American continent.

Jim Clingman is an adjunct professor at the University of Cincinnati and can be reached through his website, http://www.blackonomics.com.