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African American news from Pasadena - Response from Dr. Rosie Milligan, Elder The following is a response to an article in Black Voices: “Rev. Jesse Jackson protests home foreclosures and Church’s problems with mortgage lenders.”

I said to a group of pastors years ago that they should have a business directory for their members who are in business and that they should encourage their members to patronize those businesses and to support Black businesses in general. I told them that when the Black community suffers financially due to unemployment, etc., the church would feel the effect. Well, that day is here.
It’s a sad thing to say that all we own are churches. Why don’t we turn some of these churches into warehouses and a place to manufacture products so Blacks can have jobs? After all, we have more than a soul to nourish. It is a poor reflection on the church when most of its members are broke and struggling, having no savings for themselves while paying 10 percent of their gross income to a church that is not concerned about the welfare of its people.

It seems as though Black pastors have a problem addressing the plight of Blacks, especially when they have a diverse congregation. The fact is that Blacks lag far behind in economics, literacy, and employment. And being that we, as Christians, are supposed to be our “brother’s keeper,” then every member in the church, regardless of race, should want to see those who are in dire stress and need get help and do better. If the truth be told, poverty and ignorance hurts us all. It seems that Black pastors have no problems asking for support for the poor and disenfranchised in Africa while turning a deaf ear to the cry of the down-and-out and the downtrodden Blacks in America. Why?

The only salvation for Blacks is to build businesses and to support Black businesses. Jobs comes from businesses. It’s a known fact that 95 percent of other races work for businesses owned by people of their race, while 95 percent of Blacks work for others, and since most races employ their own race first—then what is the solution? Wake up, Black pastors and Black people! It’s time to “think outside the box.” Our next generation is dependent on a tomorrow that will be the result of the decisions we make today. Yes, let’s fight to save real estate because we can use the equity from our churches to build factories and produce products that Blacks use on a daily basis. Products such as: soaps, toothpastes, deodorants, lotions, hair care products, cosmetics, laundry products, toilet tissue, paper towels, herbs, and vitamins.

Remember, if the pastor from his pulpit would tell his members to support a Black business, can you imagine what could happen to the economics of the Black community? What if every mega church supported a beauty supply & wig shop business? One of its members could do well in that business and could employ some of their members, right? It’s simple, but it makes sense. There is no one coming to rescue Blacks, and we should know that by now.

I think that it would be more beneficial for Rev. Jackson and the mega ministries to march, fight, and apply pressure on our politicians to push for “Reparation” for Blacks—NOW! Blacks are too far behind to catch up without some outside help. And last but not least, how many jobs has Rev. Jesse Jackson created for Blacks, and what businesses has he patronized this year? It’s about time for a report card on all our leaders, mega churches, and politicians. I am fed up and sick and tired of being sick and tired of Blacks not making the “Main Thing” the “Main Thing”—DO FOR SELF.

[Dr. Rosie Milligan—business consultant; author, newest release: Black America Faces Economic Crisis: Solutions Made Simple. E-mail: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , We site: www.Drrosie.com. Dr. Milligan hosts a live Internet radio talk show every Tuesday 10–11 a.m. Pacific Time. To listen go to www.Drrosie.com and click on listen Live! Phone number: 323-750-3592.]

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