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Progress Follows Empowerment
For black progress to occur, there must be a fundamental redistribution of wealth and poverty in America. They are burdened by too much planned impoverishment. Blacks cannot amass power from their individual holdings of wealth until they organize and develop a plan that will attract and retain wealth within black communities. Nearly every black community suffers from historical deprivation, low income levels and the flight of black capital and disposable income to white suburbs. The income that does remain in black communities, usually between two and five percent, is insufficient to maintain public services, support businesses, stimulate employment opportunities. It cannot support a political structure dedicated to advancing black interests nor garner respect from competitive racial or ethnic groups.
The Importance of Power for Black People

Without increased wealth and political power, blacks cannot correct the multitude of social ills that have become embedded in the fabric of their communities. Nor can they acquire the power they need through a shared power arrangement with the dominant white society. The dominant society will not permit blacks to use the power within white institutions to improve social and economic conditions with white institutions to improve social and economic conditions within black communities, especially since whites as a group generally have neither the interest nor incentive for correcting the conditions. Consequently, blacks must develop their own group and institutional powers then remedy the inequalities that have been historically imposed upon them.
– from Black Labor, White Wealth : The Search for Power and Economic Justice by Claud Anderson