GDN’s New ECONOMIC EQUITY Section: Solving Economic Equity Challenges Faced by Black Peopleby Peter Grear December 18, 2017
Economic equity is the 400-year old quest of Blacks in America. In its coverage of this issue, GDN will refer to the historical treatments of this enduring issue and current strategies aimed at a solution. Linked to the fight for economic equity for Black people has always been the issue of full access to the ballot.
Although there were efforts to attain equity by Blacks in America from 1619-1865, they were constrained by the evil institution of slavery and thereby doomed to failure. The “Doctrine of Exclusion” is the instrument that has defined the nearly 400-year attitude of the majority race toward the economic equity of Black Americans like no other.
In 1634 the Council for the Maryland Colony passed an edict that stated: “Neither the existing black population, their descendants, nor any other blacks shall be permitted to enjoy the fruits of White society.” The doctrine was written to ensure that Blacks would remain a “subordinate, non-competitive, non-compensated workforce,” this public edict later became more commonly known as “The Doctrine of Exclusion.”
To understand the economic equity challenges faced by Black people from immediately after the Civil War until well in to the 20th century, it is essential that we read and understand three giants in Black empowerment, W.E.B. Dubois (The Souls of Black Folk), Booker T. Washington (Up From Slavery) and Carter G. Woodson (Miseducation of the Negro). Their thoughts and writings on the future of formerly enslaved people are essential to Blacks quest for economic equity today.
Several years ago, Earl Graves (Black Enterprise), indicted Black Leaders for failing to create individual and community wealth. During the last, nearly 60 years of the Civil Rights Movement, Black voters have empowered many political leaders by electing them to office, but what wasn’t done was to establish an accountability mechanism to ensure that Black voters were rewarded with opportunities for individual and community wealth creation.
Today, GDN’s Economic Equity, is covering historical thought and contemporary efforts to solve the age-old riddle of economic inequality in Black communities. GDN’s has several dedicated eNews products, “Headline News eNews,” “Voter Engagement Project eNews,” “Books/Videos of Knowledge eNews,” and “Economic Equity eNews.” All of the dedicated eNews products should be consumed together to better understand the various challenges that Black communities face.