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Too much consuming, not producing

Published 5:37pm Saturday, January 25, 2014

To the editor:

As the month of February approaches, we as a nation celebrate black history.

We honor and commemorate great leaders such as Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., George Washington Carver, Rosa Parks, Langston Hughes, Arthur Ashe and countless others.

But the period running through February and into March is also seen as Black Consumer Month. Big businesses around the world spend their advertising dollars to attract the eyes of black consumers. During February, you will see many items with lower prices and signs that shout, “Sale!”

But why does this take place in February? It’s simple: tax refunds.

In “Big Spenders, Small Investors: Blacks Have Little to Show for Hard-Earned Dollars,” a September article by Stacy M. Brown on the Washington Informer.com website, Brown writes, “If black America counted as an independent country, its wealth would rank 11th in the world. However, African Americans continue to squander their vast spending power, relegating blacks to economic slavery instead of financial freedom, according to several consumer reports detailing the use of cash in the black community.”

“Each year,” Brown continues, “African Americans spend more than $47 billion on Lincoln automobiles, $3.7 billion on alcohol, $2.5 billion on Toyotas, $2 billion on athletic shoes, and $600 million each year on McDonald’s and other fast foods, according to Target Market News Inc., a Chicago-based marketing research group.”

So ponder this for a moment: Is it possible that in the month we celebrate African American leaders and producers of wealth and freedom that we have become the greatest followers and consumers?

A change must come.

Domenick Epps

Suffolk

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    well I see no denying or debunking of any of my comments from Mrs. Epps she has learned well and is not looking to solve the problems that face not just the black society and culture of today or of the future, and society as a whole until like her teachers al jesse, Barrack or is it Barry, Maxine, Hank, Shelia Charlie and the peacock networks start becoming a part of the solution and not a part of the problem then maybe the black culture in general will want to change to being ( Part of the solution to the problem) its base of democratic enforced slavery of governing which history shows that it has been the democratic way to govern , rule, and control the black man
    The history of Democrats against the black man has been a heinous long drawn out act!. The Republicans have given more to advance the black people than they have been lead to believe…. they should reflect this month on the positive acts to bring back their conscience of pride and dignity to it’s highest level. Let those thoughts be their guide to a better society, a society that we as a society can be proud of and stand tall with our fellow Americans.it’s true the Republican party had strong values. for many years but have lost some along the way to be politically correct and in fear of being called racist or living with white guilt, which brings me to this point I as a white man I am damn sick and tired of being blamed for the actions of white men in conjunction with the help of black slave traders for their actions of almost two hundred years ago by blacks who wont take responsibility for their actions of today.
    This is the way we as a family are attempting to teach our bi racially mixed 4 beautiful grand children ages 6-15 3 girls and one boy, and to be honest I’m glad Mrs Epps you are retired but I see some of the by product of your legacy mam,and are enrolled in school in Texas and have been since a so called guidance teacher in the SPS who happened to be black told my oldest grand daughter, I quote “young lady you need to decide If your’e going to be black or white.” As I stated before I am not attacking your character, your good name, nor you’re integrity just questioning your core values and seeing how the federal government is pushing its newest form of radical government controlled style based education called core values that lowers the benchmarks again. That perhaps is because the program is more geared to I believe your thinking and core values system. Again why are blacks so scared of black conservatives? I guess you don’t or wont address that but will my other commentary and expect to be called a racist as well in 1. 2. 3. by you Mrs Epps or by another black. I miss my Mrs Lucille Williams, I miss the COACH too, he was a fine man to learn from and listen to. you think he was a Conservative? I damn sure do.

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    In honor of Black History Month? Will Eric holder not prosecute these non producing Black yoots with a hate crime because its Black history month? Will barrack Obama speak out and say one of the attackers could be his mythical son?

    http://therightscoop.com/horrible-86-year-old-alabama-man-beaten-stabbed-nearly-to-death-by-3-black-teens.

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    come on I asked why February was picked as the month to celebrate black history and one of the most respected teachers in the black community could not provide a legitimate response ,but is always ready to be out spoken on any topic wher race is a part or plays into the topic, shes almost an activistist or is that now called a community organizer so it makes it more politically correct in sounding but still maintaining its original core value race and racisim? Shes good but not that good in fact I have the most respect for honesty.its a part of character. let me see if I can help the lady out if iam wrong then shes the teacher then she should correct me. I think seeking knowledge is a good thing and I prefer to learn the truth and what is factual not assumed to be.

    Mrs Epps i’ll take why February is called black history month for $1,0000.00..
    Because February marks the birthdays of both Abraham Lincoln (02/12/1809) and Frederick Douglass (02/unknown/1818) [escaped slave turned African-American social reformer, orator, writer and statesman].

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    Mrs Epps closed out in her signature by saying ‘change must come. How about Its Time to say thank you to the American Taxpayer for the decades of our generous cash support in fighting the “war on poverty”.Our fair share, so to speak. 40 Trillion so far “thank you very much”
    But wait I must ask Are we allowed to use “black” for a month?I can’t keep up with this racist crap anymore.

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    Maybe the question is why did the powers in charge and who were they pick the shortest month of the year to celebrate Black History?

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    MRS EPPS, WITHOUT HAVING AN EXCHANGE OF YOU SAY I SAY AND WITH ALL DUE RESPECT MAM YOU SEEM TO QUESTION AND STATE AT THE SAME TIME THE POWER OF THE BLACK CONSUMER. BUT THINK AND WANT BLACKS SHOULD BE. ARE YOU SAYING THEY MUST EARN THAT OR THEY ARE INTITLED TO BE AMONG THE LEADERS OF PRODUCERS OF SERVICES AND PRODUCTS BECAUSE OF THEIR CONSUMER DOLLARS. WELL MRS EPPS ITS TIME THAT YOU AND MILLIONS OF OTHER BLACKS UNDERSTAND THAT UNICORNS WHO SPEW MAGIC DUST AND LIVE AT THE ENDS OF RAINBOWS ARE JUST LIKE THE TOOTH FAIRY, THE EASTER BUNNY, AND SANTA CLAUS BLACK OR WHITE DONT EXIST.

    WHY ARE BLACKS SO SCARED OF CONSERVATIVE BLACK AMERICANS AND I MEAN AMERICANS WHO HAPPEN TO BE BIRTH AMERICANS, WHO PUT THE COUNTRY FIRST AND NOT A SKIN COLOR. EXAMPLES BEING LT. COL ALLEN WEST, REP. STEVE SCOTT OF SOUTH CAROLINA CONDI RICE DR BEN CARSON FROM THE POLITICAL SPECTRUM AND THEN THE GENUIS OF GENTLEMAN WHO ARE EXPERTS IN NUMEROUS AREAS OR FIELDS OF EXPERTISE TO RUN ONE OF THE WORLDS LARGEST PUBLIC CORPORATIONS. IN WHICH ALL AMERICANS HAVE STOCK IN. BUSINESS LEADERS, ECONOMISTS AND HUMAN RIGHTS INCLUDING CIVIL RIGHTS ACTIVIST MR THOMAS SOWELL WALTER WILLIAMS MARCUSLLOYD. THE PRESENT OCCUPIER OF THE RESIDENCE FOUND AT 1600 PA. AVE. ISTHE MOST ANTI AMERICA, THE MOST ANTI CAPILTALISTIC ANTI BUSINESS MINDED OR PROMOTER OF AMERICAN BUSINESS GOODS AND SERVICES THIS COUNTRY AND ITS PEOPLE HAVE EVER ELECTED INS\CLUDING AMERICAN JOBS FOR ANY SEGMENT OF AMRICAN SOCIETY..HOW HAS THIS MAN AND HIS ILK IN CONGRESS ACTUALLY DONE ANYTHING THAT HAS BEEN A
    POSITIVE FOR BLACKS.DURING HIS FIRST TENURE, IF I WERE A FOLLOWERE OF MARGRET SANGER AND THE POLICIES OF THE DEMOCRATIC PARTY FROM THE END OF THE WAR BETWEEN THE STATES TO TODAY IS THAT I WOULD HAVE BEEN LIVING ONE OF THE BIGGEST LIES EVER TOLD AND SOLD TO THE BLACKS OF AMERICA IS THE DEMOCRATIC RACE BAITED LIE. AND THE LIAR OF TODAY BARRACK OBAMA. OH FOR THE POSITIVE POINT AND PLESE REMEMBER I SAID IF., THAT POSITIVE BEING BIRTCONTROL. VIA ABORTIONMILLS FUNDED AND MANDATED BY LAW..OBAMA CARE.
    BUT IN THE OVERALL PICTURE AS FOUND IN EVERY HUMAN NO MATTER OUR SKIN COLOR. WE ALL HAVE FAULTS AND VICES. BLACKS LOOK I BELIEVE AT OBAMA AND THINK THAT WITH ALL HIS FAULTS AND VICES HIS VIRTUES OUT WEIGH THEM AND IT PREDICATED ON JUST ONE THING RACE.

    MRS EPPS THE USE OF CAPITALS MAM ISNT TO BE THOUGHT OF AS HOLLERING OR SCREAMING MAM. I USE THEM AS A TOOL TO OFFSET A HANDICAP LOSS OF SIGHT CAUSED BY A MEDICAL CONDITION.
    I also researched the lady you referenced Stacy M. Brown provided no facts to back up her claims.I”ll give her The benefit of the doubt. Do you,mam think she can ne held to this quote? What the whole of the country really needs to fight poverty are streamlined regulations, less red tape, fewer taxes, less prohibitive labor laws, less government spending, and less national debt at the macro level.

    William Reed is publisher of “Who’s Who in Black Corporate America” and available for projects via the BaileyGroup.org. Based on what I have read of her work Mrs Epps,she is no Bill Reed these words were spoken by the above named Black Conservative American. Let me leave you and others with this thought Mrs Epps. Conservatives deal with facts and reach conclusions; liberals and blacks reach conclusions and sell them as facts.

    . What I have read is in my opinion she is more into commentary of pop culture like a Entertainment tonight or BET exclusive. she appears to be more socially inclined to discuss a Kayne West Kim Kardashian topic. .

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      facts hard things to deny, alter or change. Could this be why Mrs Epps has taken on the role of the crickets

      A recent study found that African-Americans are also more likely to get denied a home lone than other ethnic groups.
      CNN reported:
      More African-Americans are being squeezed out of the housing market Because they cant find WHAT PRESIDENT OBAMA? JOBS see above comments ref anti.
      Not only are they less likely to apply for a mortgage than any other ethnic group, but African-Americans are also 2.4 times more likely to get denied a mortgage than Whites, a recent study conducted by Zillow and the National Urban League found. The numbers came in as follows Blacks 25.4% Asians 21% Whites 10.6%

      BLACKS,You wanted this clown in office based solely on his skin color. Own it. and man up its not George Bush’s fault, nor the rich white old fat white republican guys.
      But it wouldn’t stop you blacks voting this community destroyer in again if they could.
      Stupid is as stupid does. But you know what? Gee. My give-a-damn meter is busted.

      Yet,Barack Obama captured 93% of the black vote in 2012.
      This is their reward – Jobless, homeless and in poverty.

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