Here’s a sneak peek at Chapter 1: Racism, Monopolies and Inappropriate Behavior in PowerNomics: The National Plan to Empower Black America by Dr. Claud Anderson.
Alice: Which road do I take?
Cheshire Cat: Where do you want to go?
Alice: I don’t know!
Cheshire Cat: Then it doesn’t matter which road you take!
— Lewis Carroll, Alice in Wonderland
“As the Cheshire Cat said to Alice, who was lost in a Wonderland fantasy, it doesn’t matter much which road you take if you don’t know where you are going. It is time for Black America to take a good hard look at where they have come from and where they are going. Are they moving forward or standing still? After centuries of participating in protest marches, race riots and demonstrations, and pushing for integration and passage of an endless number of civil rights laws, Black Americans are increasingly sensing that something is wrong. They question whether or not they are on the right road.”
PowerNomics: The National Plan to Empower Black America is a five-year plan to make Black America a prosperous and empowered race that is self-sufficient and competitive as a group by the year 2005. In this book, Dr. Anderson obliterates the myths and illusions of black progress and brings together data and information from many different sources to construct a framework for solutions to the dilemma of Black America.
In PowerNomics: The National Plan, Dr. Anderson proposes new principles, strategies and concepts that show blacks a new way to see, think, and behave in race matters. The new mindset prepares blacks to take strategic steps to create a new reality for their race. It offers guidance to others who support blacks self-sufficiency. In this book, Dr. Anderson offers insightful analysis and action steps Blacks can take to redesign core areas of life—Education, Economics, Politics and Religion—to better benefit their race. The action steps in each area require new empowerment tools that Dr. Anderson presents – a new group vision and a new culture of empowerment – tools designed to counter, if not break many of the racial monopolies in society. Vertical integration and Industrializing black communities are other major concepts and strategies that he presents in the book. He places a great deal of importance on building industries in black communities that are constructed upon group competitive advantages. At the same time he announced the release of PowerNomics: The National Plan, he also announced that he has established several models of the strategies he proposes in the book. PowerNomics: The Plan, is infused with Dr. Anderson’s trademark creative thinking and answers questions such as:
- Why are blacks the only group that equates success with working in a White corporation, government or the entertainment industry?
- How did power and wealth – businesses, resources, privileges, income and control of all levels of government get so disproportionately distributed into the hands of White society?
- Industrialization brings many economic benefits to the geographic locations where it occurs. Why has Black America never been industrialized and how can it be done? – Why do visible blacks and black leaders avoid blackness, identifying the focus of their work instead for people of color, minorities, women, gays, the poor, Hispanics, and other immigrant groups?
- What enables a constant stream of immigrant groups to politically, economically and socially dominate blacks? – In politics, how is it that blacks can be monolithic and loyal political supporters yet their group receives no quid pro quo benefits?
In his first book, Black Labor, White Wealth, Dr. Anderson examined history and showed how racism has locked and boxed blacks into a near permanent underclass. Picking up where Black Labor, White Wealth left off, PowerNomics: The National Plan is the missing link between the historical analysis of problems facing blacks and the strategies needed to correct those problems.
Dr. Anderson’s books are a phenomenon in the publishing industry. His work is distinguished because he has turned books that are serious, non-fiction, and heavy on Black history, into best-sellers. PowerNomics: The National Plan continues that pattern. It is an astounding work.
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