Why Writer Randolph Is Wrong About Black Business

The writer Randolph opens his argument with these paragraphs:

“While entrepreneurship is a viable answer to the economic woes in any community, not everyone of color is capable of starting a viable business of their own.


“Blacks need to start, manage & operate our their businesses” is the common refrain from those outside and within our communities as an solution to unemployment, the working poor and the poverty crisis in black communities. However, this is not a viable blanket solution for all Black America.”

The wording is superb! I enjoy a good game of “duck, duck, goose” myself. What I always want those of the Asylum to understand is intention. What is the intent of the act? Those of the Asylum, (well, since there are so many asylums popping up these days, I suppose I better start being specific), those of the Owl’s Asylum understand that before there is physical, there is mental. There is an intelligent design. Now, we of the Owl’s Asylum also understand that intelligent design takes many forms;has a tendency to follow certain rules and laws, so we need not entertain our theoretical differences here. However, the writer Randolph wrote these lines with an intent and a purpose. What is it? Can we solve for it with the information we have here? Do you mind Owl trying?

The writer Randolph informs us that not every person of color can start a viable business. Two qualifications and a generalization killer. “Not all” the writer Randolph proclaims. Why not just say,”not all people are capable of starting a viable business”? I mean, that would be true, correct? Can I presume that the writer Randolph is addressing a black audience, so he wants to make sure to speak directly to black people? So, since the writer Randolph is addressing the Black audience, and we are going to assume that a writer of writer Randolph’s expertise knows that he is writing for a particular audience, we need to ask ourselves, “Why?”. Why is writer Randolph telling a community that has more economic woes than most something that is pretty common sense? It is not that I disagree with the statement, I just want to know why Writer Randolph is making it. Why is Writer Randolph promoting the idea that “all” blacks can’t start a viable business? “All” Blacks can’t dance at a certain standard either, but I don’t have to make a public announcement about it. So, I ask, why is Writer Randolph making this public announcement? Who does it help? Who does it hurt?

The Writer Randolph furthers his position with an attack. He begins to address those that promote the notion of self-sufficiency by labeling their mantra a “blanket solution”. Now, true indeed, as my brother might say, every person in the Black community shouldn’t own a business. And, true indeed, if one were to present the idea of owning a business as the panacea of all that ills the Black community, I would take issue with that. However, why is the Writer Randolph making subtle attacks on those that are issuing forth a mantra of Black self-determination? Is the Writer Randolph protecting the idealistic Black with overambitious dreams from himself? Should he be? Is the Writer Randolph attempting to provide the visionary, the entrepreneurial Black in the Black community some sort of psychological defense mechanism that will ensure that the Black business person will have a more lucrative financial future beyond their present condition? Can the Writer Randolph ensure that even the Writer Randolph will always have a secure financial position?