P = Politics. To have our own black political party that represents our interests is something that is long overdue. The two party system in the U.S. has done nothing to benefit poor black communities yet and still they solicit these poor communities for their votes and give them nothing in return once they get into office. We need to start our own party, and make sure all of our votes go to our own party. The time for begging other groups to do the right thing by us is long over. We have more than enough skilled, black, politicians to create our own party with a platform.
L = Land. Tangible assets are very important, especially as a bargaining tool, but even more so land ownership is more important today than it’s ever been. We can stop the onslaught of gentrification by land purchases and ownership. It also sets a blue print for our children on the importance of ownership and specifically land ownership.
E = Economics. We are the biggest consumers on earth, and as a group we are very powerful. However individually we are very poor. We have mastered the art of making others wealthy and rich but we have failed when it comes to supporting one anther and allowing wealth to circulate in our communities. This trend has to change in order for us to be competitive on a global scale and to be able to leave our children wealth for their futures so that they can build upon it and leave wealth for their children and grandchildren.
E = Education. I’m a big advocate of homeschooling and more charter school enrollment for our children. The school to prison pipeline is a real phenomena that plagues many of our black children today and quite frankly, looking at it in realistic terms, the public schools have failed our black children drastically. We must look for other avenues to make sure that our children get the quality education that they deserve, being taught in safe environments, by teachers/instructors that have their best interests at heart. Our children are the future and we must start treating them as such.
S = Spirituality. At the core or foundation of being is that spiritual element that is imperative not only for our survival, our living, but also for our success. Notice I didn’t mention religion, because many times religion divides us. As a matter of fact when you look at it’s origins it’s designed to divide us as a people and it has succeeded at it’s job. Our job is to get back to that spiritual essence that our ancestors in Ancient Egypt, Kemit, and Timbuktu adhered to. Which is why they ruled for so long with so many dynasties as their legacy.