A million reasons to change … a movement for whosoever will
JAMES CLINGMAN | 1/26/2015, 11:53 a.m.
(NNPA) – Exactly what is there in 1 million Black folks united in their will and purpose? What is in 1 million brothers and sisters who are tired of the same old rhetoric, the same old leaders and the same old ways of dealing with political and economic empowerment? What’s in a group of 1 million Blacks who are unapologetic about their identity? What’s in such a group that, collectively and cooperatively, is willing to sacrifice some of its members’ time, talent and treasure for the uplift of Black people in this country?
Considering our relative position within the political system, is it rational to believe that 1 million like-minded Black voters could affect positive change by leveraging their votes to obtain concessions from candidates prior to and after an election? What would be the result of 1 million Black independent-thinking voters deciding to register as “no party affiliation” rather than as Dems, Repubs or any other formal political party? What if we followed through on Theodore Johnson’s article on The Root.com titled, Black America Needs Its Own President?
Is it reasonable to think that 1 million conscious Black consumers would have the power to affect the bottom line of corporations to the point of getting those companies to take public positions in support of justice for Black people? Could those 1 million consumers ultimately obtain reciprocity in the marketplace by leveraging and redirecting a greater portion of their dollars to their own businesses?
Many questions to answer, yes, but those questions point to choices; they will suggest to some of us, first, that Black people would never declare themselves independent of the Democrat Party and that Black people will never cooperate in support of one another economically. But to others of us those questions raise attractive alternatives to what we are doing now; they suggest very strongly that we can be more self-determined via simple but powerful tactics that impact the two systems that run this nation and the world.
Recognizing that everyone will not want to walk the road toward economic and political transition (after all, everyone did not want to go with Harriet Tubman), there are no “marching orders” being trumpeted by the group that is shouldering the responsibility of bringing together 1 million conscious Black voters and consumers. This is a “whosoever will, let him come” movement.
The movement is simply called, “One Million Conscious Black Voters and Contributors.” To the skeptics out there who think Black folks are too individualistic to come together in such a large number, that 1 million Black folks will not cooperate, that we have too many schisms among us, and we will not trust one another, we say, “Not so.”
The key word in the name of the group is “conscious.” Even further, there is no need to pressure anyone to join. I know there are 1 million conscious Blacks in America (about 2 percent) who will join this movement without being prodded, which eliminates our need to cajole, persuade or spend a lot of time trying to convince them of why they should. If we can’t find two in every hundred among us, the result would be analogous to Abraham failing to find a few righteous men in Sodom and Gomorrah.