Bob Johnson reflections on a Black strategy moving forward

JAMES CLINGMAN | 12/26/2016, 1:12 p.m.
One of the post-election highlights for me was the meeting between Donald Trump and Bob Johnson.
James Clingman

There was so much we discussed, and Johnson’s responses, insights and directions are just what we need to do NOW. We cannot afford to wait, to analyze, to meet, to hold a convention or continue to theorize the future and lament the past. We can shape our future; we can determine our destiny simply by doing what not only Johnson said but what many of our elders have said over the years. We simply need to ACT.

My entire Q and A with Johnson will be published soon, but I wanted to let my readers know about it now so that we can start moving immediately to leverage our dollars and our votes against the two systems that run this nation and the world: Economics and Politics. The OMCCBCV has already planned to kick off one part of that strategy in February 2017. Stay tuned.

Please watch for my entire interview with Johnson and start planning for major changes in the way we play politics and the way we use our economic clout to build a strong foundation for our children and grandchildren. What Johnson shared with me is not esoteric or proprietary, and it’s certainly not new. However, sometimes with our people, the same message can come from different sources and depending on the messenger our people will follow it. I am grateful that Johnson chose to speak out on these issues. More to come.

Jim Clingman, founder of the Greater Cincinnati African American Chamber of Commerce, is the author of Black Dollar$ Matter: Teach Your Dollars How to Make More Sense. He can be reached through his website, http://www.blackonomics.com.