There have been times in the 20-year history of the National Black Chamber of Commerce that we had to put on our agenda a major lawsuit.
There are very few things that are as vile and predatory than cheating young Black students out of a decent education.
In my travels I have met many outstanding warriors. The late Arthur A. Fletcher and Parren J. Mitchell have cultivated the nation’s landscape in terms of economic empowerment.
Like a typical American city, Indianapolis was a venue of mass discrimination against Black-owned construction business. I had been working since 1989 to change that.
Beyond the Rhetoric
It has been a long and rocky ride down the economic slope for the Motor City. The first time I moved to Detroit was 1974.
In the past there were so many hangings, beatings, shootings and bombings. They went without justice being applied. During the past few decades we have shown national outrage from Emmett Till, Mississippi civil rights workers shootings, Rodney King, etc. and now we have the heartbreaking death of little Trayvon Martin.
You can also call this piece “The Tale of Two Presidents.” The contrast between the attitudes of China’s President Xi Jinping and our President Barack Obama is absolutely shocking. President Xi is straight up about business.
It is now five years since the great financial crisis of 2008, which saw housing markets plummet, the stock market swoon, and millions of Americans lose their jobs in the wake of the recession that ensued.
The latest session of the U.S. Supreme Court (SCOTUS) had the interest of Black Americans like never before. On the line were two key components that brought African Americans into full citizenship, affirmative action and voting rights.
We are very disturbed that elected officials as well as civil rights organizations have this cordial relationship with construction unions. Construction unions have consistently discriminated against Black workers and contractors.