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Standing on Integrity Verses Economic
Do You Have Freedom
from Economic Terrorism?
|There comes a time when
professional integrity is at stake: does one then embrace one's
materialistic trappings or does one find the tenacity to stand on one's
personal conviction. Today's professionals desperately need to
stand on integrity to bring about social justice and equality to the
clientele they serve.
Are you providing yourself the economic foundation you'll need
when your principals & values come into question?
Ask Yourself If You
Fit Into The Scenario as Follows
number one threat preventing black professionals from standing on integrity,
honesty and truthfulness is economic terrorism:
I define economic terrorism as follows:
“Economic terrorism is defined as the perceived/verbalized or
written threat of loss of income. It
can also come in the form of the perception or anticipation of a ruined or
derailed career, and/or the destruction of one’s reputation or
credibility.” Economic terrorism has the same psychological and emotional
effect as racial profiling, it’s an affront against human rights, economic
rights, and professional training. A
legacy of terror and fear grips the minds of the professional, embedded in
the psyche. Look at those
gifted, talented, committed, professionally trained and culturally competent
Blacks just collecting a check and waiting to retire.
Are we content with just getting paid?
Did we pursue our degrees to become order takers or administrators?
Economic terrorism denies the ideas, talents, and wisdom of individuals who
are silenced and/or parked in their jobs.
I have met many black professionals who paid a professional price
when they had the courage to say, “This strategy will not work, or that
strategy has failed.” But
other Black professionals who watch on the sidelines as our brothers and
sisters who take a stand are subjected to economic terrorism have to live
with their decision(s). Economic
terror is when we are compelled not to join the ranks of those who are right
because we fear for our own paycheck.
I believe it is our destiny as black professionals to challenge the practice
of economic terrorism, because to many gifted brothers and sisters are being
silenced and ruined because healthy and fair dissent or opposition is being
oppressed; we need these creative people to fulfill their destiny.
The black community needs our leadership and wisdom, as well as the
white community does we all will win if we lead.
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The year 2065 will mark the one-hundredth anniversary of Black
people's full inclusion in democracy. Will
it find us still fighting individuals who practice economic terrorism or
will we develop on a larger scale our own schools, social agencies, private
practices, clinics, and recreation centers to develop the human spirit?
In order for civil, social and economic justice to prevail in America every
generation of Black people has had to pick up the cross of oppression and
carry it. Well it’s our turn now to
follow in that long tradition called resistance.
I had no role in removing the actual chains from my flesh, but God
sent Nat Turner, Harriet Tubman, Frederick Douglas and William Monroe
Trotter. I had no role in
eliminating brothers and sisters from being lynched, but God sent the
brothers and sisters who joined and fought along with the NAACP.
And finally I had no role to play in 1967, at The National Convention
of Social Workers when a group of Black social workers walked out to form
what has become the National Association of Black Social Workers. Why did these people take such measures?
Black people's needs were not being met, and it’s up to
professionals like us to improve the living conditions for all of our
In the field of human and social services, a leadership and power structure
has developed that is just the opposite of the population these sectors
service. Most of our clientele
(approximately 85 %) are Black and Brown, yet the individuals with authority
and power are primarily middle class white suburbanites.
The results of an elite suburban "authority" setting the
agenda for education, prevention and/or interventions with inner-city youths
have had dismal to mediocre results at best.
Surely those individuals currently in positions of
"authority" do not posses the gift.