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ARE BLACKS LIVING BETTER OR WORSE THAN EVER BEFORE? WHAT DO YOU THINK?
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Little has Changed
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Poverty seems to spread all over. Blight covers our neighborhoods. Children grow up in rough conditions and the black homeless roam our streets in nights and days. With the troubled economy we find many blacks are indigent! How are blacks managing with tough living within communties today? Some have went from bad to worse, and some a just completely struggling! Others just take it day by day. Then there's the other side where blacks are reaping heaps of prosperity. They live in better conditions than ever, they lavish in dining and have a better focus on wealth. So what you think? Do you think that blacks for the most part are living better or worse?
Posted By: MIISRAEL Bride
Tuesday, January 5th 2010 at 12:01PM
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Tuesday, January 12th 2010 at 7:40AM
MIISRAEL Bride
Depends on the person. When you realize that success comes within, you can rise in any climate.

Denise Turney
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Saturday, January 23rd 2010 at 5:02PM
Denise Turney
Is there a recession? What recession?

Seriously, Blacks/African-Americans are more diverse than you can imagine.

It is truly amazing how 'we' tend to downplay/minimize our diversity, throw us all in one big bucket, and then ask a question around it.

Shucks! I have not the slightest idea whether 'Blacks' are living better than worse than before.

But if you read the newspaper and listen to the mainstream publications and toutings, EVERYONE is having a rough time.

But what the heck do they know?

Am I living better or worse than ever before? My question is BEFORE WHAT?

A 'WHAT' didn't happen to me so I am clueless in that regards.

Is there massive unemployment? YES!
Are the price of goods increasing in stores? YES. I do shop.
Is the price of movies/entertainment at an all high? ABSOLUTELY! I have disdain for movies but love theatre.
Does it cost more for a laptop? NO. They're cheaper.
Do I see less people at shopping centers/malls etc? NO. Parking lots are full.
Is the cost of education at an all-time high? YES. Ridiculously so. You need to be a billionaire.
Are Televisions and Electronics costly? NO. Televisions are cheap as all heck but YES WII and those dumb brain numbing xboxes etc are simply insanely expensive particularly when children are the target market.
Are gymshoes expensive? I DON'T KNOW. But I do remember that in the poorest neighborhoods on the planet, there was a proliferation of Michael Jordan super duper ridiculously expensive basketball shoes (or whatever you call them) on our children's footsies.

So I guess I was trying to be humorous with a touch seriousness there.

I'm just fine AND I see that What's To Come Is Better Than What's Been. Because I Still Believe (by my Bishop Larry D. Trotter of Sweet Holy Spirit Church in Chicago)

Tootaloo for now.

God Bless
Faith Sloan
http://teamdiamondholiday.com

Sunday, January 24th 2010 at 5:24AM
Faith Sloan
Let me thank you both Denise and Faith for commenting!

Denise, I see your point, and I feel a person has the insight to live better no matter what situations come along. I know it is-- let's see... how I would phrase that....Oh yes, "Determination." I appreciate your opinion and views.

Faith, of course I thank you for your input as well. You seem to know exactly what's working for you. I think it's totally great! However, everyone hasn't had very good living conditions, but some have improved their own with preserverance. I've seen some black families who were in total poverty, but have move on and rose up from it. Perhaps, and I speak this only hypothecially, that you've never known much hunger, or suffered much if at all. There are many blacks who have. That's what I am meaning by living better now than in previous times. Simplicity of living is a good living, I don't see in gain in wearing expensive or name brand clothing or shoes. Of course, I'm delighted that you live well and your expectations seem to be in high volume. However, don't forget there are some blacks, and other races who have not been as fortunate as you may be. Their living conditions could be full of grief; and their hope is felt escaped from them. Think of others living worse than you, then you may see what I am saying about living better or worse. It's not always so easy for them to overcome.

It appears overall, you feel blacks living conditions aren't any "better or worse," at least this how I've understood what you've written and that there is little or no reason of a comparison. Let's not forget to be thankful though, and pray for others less fortunate than we. Thank you once more for your thoughts and responses. Continued blessing to you as well
Sunday, January 24th 2010 at 8:52AM
MIISRAEL Bride
I hear you MIISRAEL. But I never insinuated that I was living well not nor did I insinuate that I never went hungry. Yes, I have as I was raised in Chicago's Robert Taylor Homes (was never hungry then) and as I got older and was in high school I left home because noone can tell me what to do. LOL! So I lived in Cabrini-Green where you have to duck and dodge bullets.

There were many times when I did without food or had to walk miles to the University for lack of busfare.

And yes, I do know that there is widespread poverty all around the globe.

Nonetheless, when I speak to some folks, we chat and laugh about the 'recession' because many has not felt the brunt of it. Why? Because they were in dire straits yesterday and are still in the same dire straits today. Unchanging ... relatively.

But the question was rather open ended and the answers can be rather subjective. Also to ask if BLACKS are .... implies that ALL BLACKS are the same and there is no diversity inherent thereof.

But if you would ask the question ARE AMERICANS .... or IS THE WORLD POPULATION ..., then I would be proned to answer the question with a resounding WORSE, OF COURSE!

I am always thankful. I pray every single day multiple times a day. I give Praise to the Almighty God for without Him, I am nothing and without Him, I have nothing.

My Queen Mother noticed that in Church this late morning that I was not dancing, shouting and praying out loud. I was praying but it was a series of silent prayers and questions of My Lord.

So I spoke with my Mother as she was disrobing from her choir attire. She asked me what was wrong. Mother knows her daughter. LOL!

I responded that my heart is very very unusually extremely heavy and I cried a lot during church. I just cannot for the life of me shake the images out of my head of little babies being dug out of rubble and those who survive no longer have a loving parent or anyone else in their lives. What has happened in Haiti is really heavy on me and I cannot shake it. Gosh! Maybe I am not SUPPOSED to shake it.

BUT GOD!

Sorry for digressing ...

MIISRAEL, God Bless
Faith Sloan
http://teamdiamondholiday.com
Sunday, January 24th 2010 at 5:29PM
Faith Sloan
Thanks Faith. So glad you responded. You're quite a movitivator! Love this is you. Say, do you think we can be friends too? Disgress all you want. I'll not turn you away, always willing to hear you exhale. Let's keep praying for us all!

Love you,
GOD BLESS YOU TOO!
MIISRAEL
Monday, January 25th 2010 at 1:26PM
MIISRAEL Bride
I agree with Faith in that you cannot apply that question monolithically to black folk, because we are so diverse. Blacks exist in every strata of society, from lower to upper class. Some of us are doing very well and have throughout the recession, whereas others have not. But isn't that always the case across all social groups in any capitalist society?

It is said that when the American economy catches a cold, black America gets the flu, and statistics may bear that out. But this does not mean that ALL of blakc America is doing bad, or good for that matter.

Lastly, I do believe that how well an individual feels they are doing depends on many things, one of which is how they view themselves and what their values are.

Monday, January 25th 2010 at 2:13PM
Okay Clark...."I goofed a tidbit... when the question didn't pose the precise location being in America thus-- I agree too, I could of made it more clearer. In my own way of thinking, I saw it in the perpective that the reader would think I was speaking of America. Just one those ASSUMPTION things! You know what they say about assume... You make an "AS out of U and ME. " Eee..Honk! Thanks for your comments I always appreciate what you have to say.

I also believe values are a major part of doing better. There's always room to improve, even in posing ones questions.....See you later!
Monday, January 25th 2010 at 4:50PM
MIISRAEL Bride
I still love ya Misrael!
Monday, January 25th 2010 at 5:26PM
Clark, I love you 2! My goodess...I'm Spoiled rotten.. LOL!
Monday, January 25th 2010 at 8:08PM
MIISRAEL Bride
Hannah, I feel for you...but, it's definately not pity. You are very STRONG! i will add you in my prayers. God's Blessings will come, the storms will pass over too!

Much Love, and More Faith.

Don't give up! I know you won't!

{{HUGS}}
Wednesday, March 10th 2010 at 7:26PM
MIISRAEL Bride
Everyone, if you will Pray for Hannah!
Wednesday, March 10th 2010 at 7:27PM
MIISRAEL Bride
excellent dialog!
Wednesday, March 10th 2010 at 7:29PM
I will pray for you Hannah. Have faith, and it will all work out in the end.

Thursday, March 11th 2010 at 2:21PM
Thank you everybody!
Thursday, March 11th 2010 at 2:50PM
wHERE ever Iam there is happy, because I always talk me with me. And, I am always going to be happy and content and satisified with who I am.(smiles to go aroung to all on this blog)
Thursday, April 10th 2014 at 6:47PM
ROBINSON IRMA
These beautiful smiles could be sunshine on a rainy day. there is a big storm to hit in about 5 hours from now. If we loose the electricity, goes out I will still have those wonderful sliles in my memory...thanks.(smile)

Every thing is going to be just fine...keep smiling...
Thursday, April 10th 2014 at 6:47PM
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