From Master Builders To Beggars

By: Howard Williams
February 23rd 2018

Over time African American males have lost the master building and artisan skills our ancestors were gifted with. Yet the African American community will not stop this from happening. The African American community will not even support the qualified craftsmen in the community that are willing to pass on their skills and what it takes to become masters in the skilled trades to the next generation.

Systematically, from within our own community African Americans have been lead to believe it is either college or nothing for our children. I do not want my child working with their hands. It’s demeaning. This type of thinking has forced some of our children into no other options for success. But at the same time we complain that the cost of having a qualified skilled craftsman repair, fix or remodel our homes or property is too much.

I want everyone to think about this for a minute. We would rather pay someone from outside our community, money that we complain is too much for what they are doing because we do not value or respect their skills until we have to pay for it. We would rather all of our children go to a college or university that they may or may not graduate from with no other option.

Booker T Washington vs W.E.B. Du Bois. Intellectualism vs Entrepreneurship And How It Has Affected The Way Black America Thinks About The Skilled Trades and Self Sufficiency Today.

Let us go back and review the debate between Booker T. Washington and W.E.B. Du Bois. It doesn’t matter on which side of the debate you come down on, they both had valid arguments for the time. One focusing on intellectualism and the other focusing on entrepreneurship.

However, over the past 50 years African Americans have drifted completely to the side of W.E.B. Dubois. Intellectualism. Not understanding that there must always be a balance in the way a community moves forward together.

Believing that only changing the laws would be the answer to African American salvation did not take into account the dynamic of money and power. The African American community has no money, therefor it has no power. And whoever has the power makes the laws.

By not incorporating the argument of Booker T. Washington. Entrepreneurship as part of the long term strategy has left the African American community vulnerable. As we are finding out today. Laws are being changed by the stroke of a pen ( Executive Orders ).

The African American community cannot educate, feed or house itself. The African American community owns nothing!!! Until that is clear to everyone in the African American Community nothing will ever change.

Please support The National Skilled Trades Network (NSTN) Today.

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