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Writer/blogger for The Root, Lawrence D. Bobo, used the term “The Worry” to describe the anxiety of Black Americans feel about their economic status today.

The Story

Bobo describes “The Worry” as the aprehension the growing Black middle class has about the current economic situation and it’s detrimental affects on the Black community. I cannot think of a more accurate term for the silent purgatory of emotion that many Black Americans are feeling right now. However, Bobo and I part ways on the details of “the worry.”

Bobo suggests that the Black middle class (he defines middle class as individuals with an income that is 2-4 times the poverty level) is afraid for the largest part of the Black community which makes up the “poor” “underclass” of American society. Perhaps this is true. I would not be so quick to believe that the Black middle class has concerns about the majority of the community (who are not “middle class”).

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The Problem

What I do believe is “the worry” is not just about the poor, it’s about the economic fragility of the entire Black community (minus the one Black billionaire and 19 millionaires). As the recession lingers, no one will go untouched. Even the Black middle class is feeling the affects. For some it may only go as deep as their concern for their children who are facing a much lower platform from which to build their station in life.

Many Black professionals that I knew who had for the beginning of the recession maintained a better than average status began feeling the effects of the recession near the end of 2012. Business owners I knew found the capital and funding for their businesses frozen, first time homeowners found their real estate deals faltering just before completion, and highly educated and skilled professionals found themselves in the unemployment line.

This is devastating on a number of levels. On the one hand it can no longer be fantasized that only the useless, uneducated, unmarketable, and unambitious are suffering. Black people everywhere have to acknowledge that the recession is not just a proverbial separating of the wheat from the tare, we are in a national crisis and Black Americans (for no other reason than their initial remedial economic background) will feel the affects more than most.

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The Point

It is at this time, more than ever, that the Black community must design for anti-fragility that can be taught to our children or as a nationality we will lose much of the progress we achieved in the last few decades.

I’m not sayin; I’m just sayin,

An Angry Black Man

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Comments
  1. tiffanycaesar says:

    “Black community must design for anti-fragility…” I totally agree with you. I was just at a workshop that discussed the disparity amongst African Americans. We have a long way to go, the recession is just another day in the neighborhood for those of us that are familiar with poverty…We have to step outside the box, and use the pyramid minds to reconstruct our nation, our people, our race…Because the current system that are designed to help us are nothing but a #failure…

  2. tiffanycaesar says:

    Pyramid Mind is a term I use to emphasize the greatness in the African race. The pyramids were made centuries ago by black hands and still today they exhibit the beauty and caliber of the ancient of days-it is still a wonder on how these blocks of intelligence were created with such precision without the machinery and technology we have today…I say it is hidden in the black DNA…Pyramid Minds…we are an incredible race…though I believe our people tend to forget and operate under the lower faculties of life.

    Race related work:
    Negromachy: Are you Afraid to Walk In The Hood?
    https://osagedr.wordpress.com/2013/03/12/negromachy-are-you-afraid-to-walk-in-the-hood/

  3. tiffanycaesar says:

    I would like to post this on my website…but I am unsure how you would like me to call you…What name can I write for teh author? Website: http://osagedior.weebly.com/

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