How Do We Become Self-Sustained?

When assessing the current state of Black people in America it presents a simple scenario with a complexity of ways to achieve a self-sustaining, self-directing community. The simple answer to what ails the community is that we do not control our economics, politics, or education within our boundaries where we reside. We have become totally dependent on the power structure of white supremacy for all of our needs. Since they have our dependency they have asserted control over the key mechanisms within our living spaces such as the politics, resources, and most notably the local law enforcement agencies that patrol our streets and more recently have been acting on their own accord without much reprimand or consequence for their malevolent behavior amongst the members of those neighborhoods.

The answer to all of this is that we begin to aggregate our resources, our monies and our efforts to become an insulated community. Though the answers seem simple enough getting there is the most complicated part; hence, if it were easy we would already be doing it and this piece would be in review of the progress that had been made up to this point. Now, there are many layers of this onion to peel and I promise you, there will be tears involved.

Many of today’s Black business minds believe that we need to create a new Black Wall Street in order to begin the process of restoring that Black community with business and services that will work within the principles of group economics, championed by Dr. Claud Anderson, with the economy growing due to a circulation of the dollar within these businesses bringing us back to the Black Boom Town eras of Rosewood, Durham, Wilmington, and last but not least, Tulsa, Oklahoma. While sound in principle the logistics to make this happen at this present time is not logical because of several factors.

  1. These were segregated communities where Blacks were not allowed to spend their money in white neighborhoods so in a sense, this was forced group economics that our elders and ancestors partook in which allowed for the circulation of capital to take place unimpeded.
  2. As a community, we are horrible business people, not a slight, but a truthful look as to how we as Black people conduct our businesses. We create businesses for an immediate profit and not for longevity. We do not research our fields of interests before we invest and we have the wrong idea about what networking is. We look to profit off of every situation instead of building relationships and building a clientele. This is why most businesses are out of business within their first year. That’s not just the Black community, but since our concern is to build up the Black community I believe it is important to mention that last point.
  3. Another point is that as a people, Black people hate taking advice from other Black people and aversely we hate to share helpful tips with one another instead, we will assist and share with outsiders, because we do not want for any of our own to get ahead of where we are.
  4. And most importantly, Black people everywhere in the world have been socially engineered to believe everything white is better. So trying to convince Black people to wake up from that conditioning will take years of deprogramming, while trying to counterbalance the current conditioning that is underway today. The propaganda is powerful and the think tanks that white supremacy relies on works around the clock to employ the mechanisms that maintains their structural dominance.

If we are to change the conditions of our situations then we must change the way we handle our business. We must do it collectively, because singularity will not protect any of us and we will never control markets that way. For too long, we have been divided as a people and the socio-economic conditions of Black people have been suffering a slow and painful death. Only through a collective conscious effort can we restore the communities that we live in and build for a future of self-sustainability. Here are some ways that it can be accomplished:

  1. We must develop a standard code of operation where we work collectively on race specific goals such as supporting Black businesses whenever possible and to hold those businesses accountable for aggregation of the profits into Black producers and resources as far down the line as humanly possible.
  2. We must stop allowing outsiders to invade the places we live with their products, stores and merchandise. In other words, unless we own the corner store, the corner store does not get our business, period!
  3. We must stop being consumed with being consumers of material items. We set the trends worldwide so let’s set one where we are not addicted to designer clothes and footwear so that our children will not have to aspire to those things as signs of affection.
  4. We must be disciplined in the first two action plans, because we do not have the benefit of having a native country to enforce policies to guarantee our freedoms here in America so we have to become that country utilizing our economic fortitude to do so.

These are but a few of the things that we need to address in order to become a self-sustaining community, but the most important part is that we need to understand that we can do this and that we do not need the permission of white supremacy to do so.



Carl Jones_Bio PictureUpon obtaining his Master’s Degree in Social Studies-Citizenship, Carl Tone Jones worked vigorously in the Philadelphia Public School system. As a professor, he also teaches courses in the area of community leadership. An accomplished lecturer, writer and public speaker, Jones has become a beacon of hope within the community as he strives to continue his focus concerning the improvement of the socio-economic conditions of the African born Americans as well as descendants of the African Diaspora. He continues to work with at-risk youths helping them to develop and utilize critical thinking skills through his workshops and lectures.

Jones is also the host of the BlogTalkRadio show From the Front Porch With Professor Carl Tone Jones, on the Initiative Radio Network. It airs Fridays at 6:30PM EST. To learn more, email or connect with him online:



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  1. June 23, 2015 at 11:07 am — Reply

    As a white outsider, I have two points and a question regarding the underlying principle of this piece:

    1) why would ignoring 85% of your domestic market share make you stronger?
    I get that if Black businesses, and Black people, in general do not support each other, the white European mentality, In America and in Europe, has had a horrible track record of supporting Black businesses in any fashion except exploitative and an unequal playing field manner, but to insulate yourself into a closed off community is to shrink the pie, not grow it.
    2) Black businesses are not terrible. Sure SOME Black businesses put up with foolishness, with “CPT” with all manner of unprofessional behavior, but what you might not know, these things are rampant in mainstream or “white businesses.” small black businesses has been amazing at taking nothing or very little in the way of capital, and sometimes even training or experience and making a go of it. (By the way, in White World, CPT is called, “That’s just Joe…” and Joe is usually an uncle, or cousin, or somehow connected so he cant easily be fired. There is a common problem among ALL minorities to trash themselves when, in fact, “Us PERFECT White people” do exactly the same crap, only we are entitled to it, because of “who we are.”
    Which brings to my last question, where do you get the documentation to say that black businesses have terrible habits? and where do you find that isolation ever made a community better, stronger or richer?

    Lastly, i do “know my place” I am not Black, i do not have much experience of the “Black Experience” but i would suggest the reader take the good, take their notion that if the Black community does work together and support each other, they will do better, but start that support by acknowledging as Churchill said about the brave British Soldiers, “Never have so few done so much with so little!” Build on that, dont tear it down. And never stopping looking over the fence. The mainstream marketplace is more open to minority businesses than ever! Work with the white people who arent stupid, avoid the stupid people no matter their color, and Succeed!

    • Carl A. Jones
      June 23, 2015 at 11:38 pm — Reply

      Thank you for your response. When I say for Black people to use group economics as a way to improve our economic conditions it doesn’t mean that we turn down dollars from outside of the community, it means we take all of the money in and keep it there as long as we can before that dollar leaves our clutches.

      Also, I agree that many other ethnicities and races exhibit poor business practices however the Black community has less of a safety net to work with when our businesses go under.

      Overall you make some valid points so once again I appreciate your response.

  2. June 23, 2015 at 8:45 pm — Reply

    There is definitely a lot of truth in this post! Well written!

    It is so true that we as black people often don’t want to help each other, even though our culture is one that has traditionally emphasized family/community bonds. That’s where a lot of our strength lies.

    One thing that I would add that I think we should focus on is on doing quality work with whatever we’ve put our hands to do. Unfortunately, we often (but not always) take shortcuts and deliver a work product that is sub-par. We fail to go the extra mile…we make the brownie, but we fail to make it look good and to add the ice cream and cherry on the side, if you catch my drift.

    The only thing I am a little cautious of is the concept of becoming an “insulated” community. While I do believe that drawing closer together is crucial for us, I feel like insulation implies isolation, and as citizens of our country, I feel there is a way to draw closer and become better as a black people without isolating ourselves from everyone.

    That said, great article. I will share it.

    • Carl A. Jones
      June 23, 2015 at 11:43 pm — Reply

      Thanks for your response. When I say insulate it’s not to be confused with isolate. To insulate our communities really means to be able to protect it in various ways whether it means to create an economic and/or a voting block to ensure that our businesses, homes and most of all our families are protected from any of many societal abuses. In other words, where we live is not the issue as long as we look to serve and protect the community that we are trying to build.



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