I was deeply moved by the last Million Man March in 1996. As a Black man, I knew that the over 1 million Black men who decended on Washington DC came out of the hurt and pain they were feeling but more importantly they came with the desire for change. What kind of change? Economic.
All men, no matter what race, want to have the money to provide for their families. Earning a living is not easy for anyone, but it has been increasingly more difficult for many Black men. I watched CNN that day and heard all the speechs. I heard all the wolf tickets about what whites need to do for us. But I did not hear a plan of what we are going to do for ourselves. There was no system in place to collect the names. address, phone, numbers or email address of every Black man that was there to follow up with a plan.
Who made money from the march? Let me see.....the airlines, bus, trains and gas stations made money from Black men who needed to get there . The hotels made money from the folks who needed a place to stay. The restaurants, street vendors and convenience stores made money feeding these hungry Black men. But after it ended what happened...NOTHING.
Jump ahead 9 years and there is another Million Man March. Do you think the organizers and the speech makers learned from the mistakes of the past and decided that this time we are going to offer a plan. Better yet an economic plan to help Black people to better direct the $800 billion we spend in this economy toward impowering ourselves. Again, there were wolf tickets and chest beating but nothing came out of it. And the same people who made money on the first march, were there to make money again.
Oh I forgot to mention, the shoe companies also made money from all the brothers who needed new shoes after marching...What do you think?