I hate urban intra-racial crime and violence. I am distressed by multiple homicides in the Russell and Shawnee neighborhoods in Louisville, Kentucky, and the headline stories that pop-up on network news and social media across America. I am highly concerned about the nihilism and disconnectedness of some young Black men.
I was participating in another 'net discussion with some peers, and something came up. When the mafia was at its peak of criminal activity, were Italian-Americans a criminal population? The Irish? Jewish people?
It has been a running point of mine for the last few months that if you want to stop the killing, you have to stop the killers. Instead of putting focus on the 1-2% violent criminal minority of young males, law-enforcement in the role of overseers stop-and-frisk and zero-tolerate 98% of the total population of Black and brown males...all in the name of supposedly suppressing and try to get the tiny violent criminal minority.
And it is tiny. An act of violence casts an effect of sorrow - and FEAR - in a far greater proportion than the individual act itself. We allow those who are our direct enemies to assume without challenge, and unfortunately, too many of us accept the narrative, that the majority of young Black and Hispanic males SHOULD be profiled, for...well, just because...statistics!
A blogger colleague refers to it as a "war-on for morons." With such policies in effect, it is a revenue-generating self-fulfilling prophecy that grinds more of our young men into the gears of a system of plunder, pulling them in the "just-us" system for trifling, low-level offenses which gets them incarcerated and corrupted by the hardcore violent population in prisons...which also happens to disproportionally disenfranchise Black and brown men from employment and the vote. A compounded problem where Black folk are literally robbed of treasure and possibility.
This is why I no longer refer to this thing as "black on black crime." I cannot, when I know better, repeat racist conservative tropes. I certainly wasn't calling Italian Americans a criminal race after watching Goodfellas, Casino and The Sopranos.
For entrepreneurs, the biggest part of the job title is creating solutions. How well an entrepreneur understand the art of creating solutions will determine how far they make it and succeed. If the project is software development, business development, marketing campaign, politics, fundraising or professional and personal growth, knowing the art of creating solutions will separate real cats from the lightweights.
In this article, we want to show the brothas and sistas how to create applied solutions to their hustle. One of the things in the African-American community I personally want young cats to observe is how these Black leaders do not focus on creating solutions but just running their mouth. The 3rd Strategic Institute and Dream and Hustle – we focus on solutions and what we always bring to the table and that's why cats respect me and my crew more than these Black leaders and Black business magazines.
Creating a solution is a phase in the development process after you decide what you want to do and right before you begin any real work on your hustle. Solution planning is the most critical part of your hustle and your hustle will either succeed or fail based on how well you define the solution approach. We were not taught solution patterns and practices in the inner city public schools because educators obviously did not want us creating solutions in America or in our personal lives as well as solutions for our community.
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Your mind has to prepare for the mission to do for self, our people, our community and our future. This means you have to align how you live, how you think and how you act upon reaching your goals that lies before you to accomplish. In this article, we want to help brothas and sistas understand how we are going to work towards creating economic empowerment, quality of life and wellness for African-Americans in the 21st century global economy.
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