Saturday, October 15, 2005

Million More Movement is About Empowerment...

Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakan says that he hopes today's gathering in DC will help remind America about the racial and economic disparities highlighted by Hurricane Katrina. This historic event, commerating the 10th anniversary of the Million Man March, will be carried live by C-Span.

When I worked with the anti-poverty program more than three decades ago we used to say that the most important thing we could do was help poor people to help themselves. That was our mantra. I still believe that empowering disadvantaged people to help themselves is a most important goal.

And this may be Farrakan's most important contribution to the black community.

The Million Man March was a great success in that it helped many black men accept responsibility for their own social and economic welfare. Hopefully, the gathering in DC today will produce similar results.


I just read this opinion piece on the Steve Gilliard's blog. The article titled, That Was a Short War on Poverty, war written by E.J. Dionne Jr. and published on the Washington Post yesterday. Read the article and you'll know why I consider some of the Republicans in the House to be mean fuckers.