Freedom ain’t free: The revolution must be financed

James Clingman | 1/27/2014, 8:45 a.m.
When it comes to gaining true freedom, the words and actions of our most revered Black authentic leaders emphasized economic ...
James Clingman

So, the message here is something we have been saying for a long time, “To have economic empowerment, we must have consciousness and capital.” While there are a relative few “conscious capitalists” among our people, we still need many more, and there are ways and means to reach that ideal. As for me, I have joined with a close friend and business associate, Nathaniel Chism, founder of PowernomicsNetwork.com, of course from Claud Anderson’s book, Powernomics, to obtain more capital. As a result, I am looking to partner with just three more individuals who are serious about the fact that we must have capital in order to finance our individual and collective freedom – and willing to do something about it.

Currently, we are financing our own oppression. We must start financing our own freedom by moving beyond the empty rhetoric, the futile marches, and the useless anger offered as solutions by a few of our “leaders.” Black folks need real power, and being financially independent is all the power necessary to be free. Yes, our revolution must be financed and we must work to become individually empowered to achieve that goal. We like to quote, “Freedom ain’t free” and “Nobody frees a slave; a slave must free himself.” It’s way past time we put some action behind those quotes.

Jim Clingman, founder of the Greater Cincinnati African American Chamber of Commerce, is the nation’s most prolific writer on economic empowerment for Black people. He is an adjunct professor at the University of Cincinnati and can be reached through his website, http://www.blackonomics.com.