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Financial Activist Says Everything Is Not Racism: ‘Being Angry and Black Will Not Get You Anywhere’

In a video posted in May after appearing on journalist Roland Martin’s radio show, public speaker and entrepreneur John Hope Bryant said everything isn’t about racism — it is about economics and education.

The video posted two weeks ago has now gained traction on the web.

Bryant said racism isn’t stopping people from getting a degree. The financial activist tells viewers about a caller he had to deal with while on the Roland Martin radio show. Bryant said the caller was so focused on slavery that he didn’t listen to the solutions being discussed.

He urged Black people to stop being angry and to stay focused on solving Black issues.

To him, modern slavery is urban communities with poor credit scores and unemployment. If Black people can’t manage and operate within the system of capitalism, they won’t make it, he said.

Urban communities have the worst of everything — homicides, unemployment. Bryant said Black people aren’t the only ones being taken advantage of because white people are the poorest group in the country.

“Ferguson is no jobs … Baltimore rioting is no jobs,” he said.

Bryant went on to say, “Our pain is so deep that it gets us away from solutions … We have to stop being so angry all the time.”

Bryant ended his nearly 9-minute video by stating that racism isn’t going anywhere and that Black people have to change themselves.

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4 thoughts on “Financial Activist Says Everything Is Not Racism: ‘Being Angry and Black Will Not Get You Anywhere’

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  2. Mr. Johnson, God is Spirit and we are to worship Him in Spirit and in truth. We are all made in His image; me no less than you and you no less than me. There is no "white man" God, and no "black man " God … just our heavenly Father, IF, we choose to accept that Jesus came to die for our sins. We have all suffered indignities in all our lives, some of us suffered worse indignities, some suffered less. Jesus came to heal and restore each of us, if we will allow Him to. In God's eyes there is not one person on this planet that He looks at as less than another. If we choose to repent and follow Jesus, He will forgive us our sins and begin, every day for the rest of our lives to mold us into what God desires for us to be … but only insofar as we submit ourselves to Him. I believe you may be misjudging Mr. Bryant. He is correct. We can believe the lies folks tell on us, or we can ignore those lies and prove them wrong. Prove the liars wrong Mr. Johnson.

  3. William Tomlinson Your " God" , White Jesus was forced on our enslaved ancestors as a form of brainwashing and control. There is no proof of a heavenly father or any of that other nonsense that was passed on to you from your parents and so forth. You can allow yourself to believe that if it gives you relief but please keep you're proselytizing to yourself.

  4. Getting into the game is not as impossible as we think. This is part of the trauma, which is real, but is treatable. The healing that we need is going to have to come from OUR educational facilities, OUR media, OUR counseling centers, and we're going to have to pay for this with OUR money. We've had damned near EVERYTHING done to us, and we're STILL HERE. We know what we're capable of; we also know what they're capable of from experience, so how do we build what we need and defend it from them?

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