Seat at the Table: A Guide to Black Outreach

Patrick Hampton spells out a guide for black outreach:

Seven things we can all do to reach a community in need of compassionate help.

America is great because its people have been afforded many pathways to prosperity. Unfortunately, there are forces at work — namely from the Left — that do not want Americans to benefit from the gifts they have inherited, to specifically address the black community.

But this isn’t white privilege at work. On the contrary, the road to success — strong families, generational wealth and so on — has been obstructed by left-wing ideas designed to keep black people down.

Politicians and commissioners plan myriad outreach initiatives to help its “urban” constituents — and many of these fail to offer poor black people a ladder up in society. Why? The problem is in the outreach message itself.

It’s essential that we analyze what it is we have been communicating to these communities that has kept black prosperity at a standstill for decades. But also, we need to spread messages of hope — one of encouragement rather than victimhood. As a community engager who has been involved in outreach for the better part of my life, I offer these recommendations for anyone, regardless of political affiliation:

1. Embrace Forward Thinking

When learning how to drive, we are taught not to be too concerned with only what is in the rear-view mirror but also what’s coming up ahead. The same is true regarding this constant rehashing of slavery and historical grievances as done by many on the Left. We must focus on how the black community should move forward, or else we waste valuable time harping on things we cannot change.

2. Embrace Honest Discussion

If you love someone, you won’t spare difficult discussions that are intended for them to grow. If we love our black American friends, we cannot spare difficult discussions to correct behavior and encourage personal responsibility. To forgo honest conversations is to enable bad habits that will hurt everyone in the end. Constructive descriptions should not be confused with disparagement.

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