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What Black America Can Learn from Communist China

What Can Black America Learn from Communist China?
Build Businesses and Prosper
By Robert N. Taylor

When it comes to China, the numbers are truly astounding. The Asian giant has the fastest growing economy in the world - averaging roughly 10 percent growth per year for the past 25 years. By way of contrast, if we in the United States grow by just three percent, our economists consider that good news.

In fact, China is growing so rapidly that it expects to build a city the size of New York City each year for the next twenty years. According to the World Bank, more than 600 million people have been pulled out of poverty over the past quarter century. For example, 53 percent of Chinese lived in poverty in 1981. By 2001, the poverty rate had dropped to just 8 percent.

Meanwhile, just in case you have been wondering where a nearly bankrupt America gets the money to fight needless wars and bailout banks and the automobile industry; the answer is China. The communist rulers of China are among the world’s biggest buyers of U.S. Treasury bonds and other debt instruments. Before our current economic crisis is over, we will easily owe the Chinese over one trillion dollars.

In sharp contrast to an advancing China is Black America. According to the Census Bureau (2007 figures), African Americans have the lowest median household income in the nation. Even native Alaskans (the people we normally call Eskimos) have a higher median household income than we do. The reason for the income gap is our lack of business ownership.

According to the Small Business Administration, Blacks have the lowest “business density” (number of businesses owned per 1,000 persons) in the nation. This means we can only grow economically if some other racial group engages in profit-making enterprise and then decides to hire us. Simply put, we are slaves to entrepreneurship of others.

China is the global economic power it is today because roughly 30 years ago, a short, chain-smoking, resilient revolutionary named Deng Xiaoping battled his way to leadership of the Communist Party and declared it was time to break with the old ways of doing things. He told a country where wealth was viewed as an evil that “To be rich is good.”

Deng broke with the stifling Stalinist ideology of Communist Party founder Mao Tse-tung and told his people dependence on government had to end and that they had to build profit-making enterprises in order to lift China’s then 800 million (now 1.3 billion) people out of poverty. Freed (or more appropriately “forced”) to think in new, enterprising ways the Chinese responded by building an economic powerhouse that is currently projected to overtake the U.S. by 2050 or sooner.

This is what we must do. Our lower classes are too dependent on welfare and handouts. Our middle classes are too dependent on “good” government jobs and our rich are little more than over paid entertainers and athletes who are intellectually incapable of providing economic leadership and only help the poor when it is to their tax advantage.

We have entered a post-Civil Rights period and must now struggle for Silver Rights. It must be an economic betterment struggle not targeted primarily at more government handouts but instead at building and growing businesses. Enterprise is the way to the future.

If we fail to build and grow businesses, it will make no difference who sits in the White House. We will remain dependent, first fired, disrespected and living barely above poverty.

[Robert Taylor welcomes comments to his commentaries. He is editor of the National Black News Journal. Leave your comments at or visit his insightful and life improving website at .]

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Comment by Robert Taylor on January 22, 2009 at 10:29am
I agree with you. A dominant problem among too many of us is some type of mentally twisted desire to be "accepted" by the white man. Saying this is not to preach hate but to acknowledge a fact. This is part of the old way of thinking which must be broken. Currently, too many of us would prefer to "integrate" a white owned business than to build one of our own.

Comment by Mickel Hendrix aka Nat Turner on January 21, 2009 at 8:40pm

well, the first thang that we can learn and need to dearly understand is that before china reached the economic prosperity that it is at at present, the chinese people had to free themselves of japanese imperialism, which came at the price of bloodshed. there leader was a lil man name chairman mao, who got his people to understand that just pleading to the japanese after so long had reached its limits, because the japanese made peaceful change impossible. therefore, he moved his people first on a revolutionary philosophy which bred a revolutionary fervor and culture, which was far from the abstract civil rights negroism that was led by dr. king.

without a chinese revolution, one that was unfortunately bloody, there would be present and envied china. without the inevitability of dying for a free china, one that was based on communistic principles adopted from vladimir lenin of the soviet union, there would be no present and successful china. and so chairman mao got his people to believe in themselves, all six hundred million of them, and coined the expression that freedom comes through the barrel of a shotgun.

but niggas wanna skip over that part of learning from china. they wanna leap frog clean over that part of a bloody fight for freedom, which led to china's sovereignty. in fact, they don't even wanna acknowledge that part of china's history, especially the negroes who continue to hold the white man in high esteem, who continue to grovel at the white man's feet, who so patheticly debase their afrikan selves, in exchange for being a white man in black skin. we can see the cart before the horse. we can see calm before the storm. we can see dollars before sense, expect apples from the trees without planting the seeds that produce the trees. we can read the jet magazine, essence, and so forth, but we afraid to read and/or abstain from reading chairmao's guerilla warfare or his red book. and we ask what can we learn from communist china?

the truth is brutal!


Comment by Prophetees Leerma on January 8, 2009 at 2:02am
Powerful message. This message hits the nail on the head. I currently I am developing nonprofit Corporation to help your youth educationally and with their life learning skills. I will have to share this information with them so that they know that they must become EMPLOYERS by 2050 or sooner.

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