America Needs More BMW’ing
William Jackson, M.Edu
Parent, Educator, Blogger
“So our people not only have to be reeducated to
the importance of supporting black business, but
the black man himself has to be made aware of
the importance of going into business.” Malcolm X
Mayor Alvin Brown of Jacksonville, Florida has announced that several
businesses are moving to Jacksonville, expanding their business presence
or building new facilities providing an economic infusion of
investments, tax dollars and new employment opportunities.
These economic prospects will provide a much needed economic
boost to support a struggling economy here in Jacksonville with
similar cases across this nation by other Mayors.
The announcement of military personnel and their families moving
to cities provides an economic stimulus as boats, planes, subs,
helicopters, tanks and supporting facilities make their new homes
in new cities. As the military reorganizes their deployments to
address conflicts around the world, deployments and re-deployments
make an economic influence to the local communities.
Cities must be sure to share its economic elevation and employment
opportunities across cultural and educational areas, no one should
be denied the chance to support their families.
There should be an investment to vital pieces of the economic puzzle
that allows for employment and economic stability, expansion and
growth across all parts of cities that are struggling.
“Once you can create some employment in the community
where you live it will eliminate the necessity of you and me
having to act ignorantly and disgracefully, boycotting and
picketing some practice someplace else trying to beg him
for a job.” Malcolm X
When looking at the unemployment rates the Bureau of Labor
statistics shows changes in economy
and even looking at the percentage of Blacks by zip code it shows
that Blacks are an important part of the economic stability of
this nation and the cities they live in.
This is why cities need to make sure there are equitable job opportunities
to employ and keep employed BMWing.
Mayors of cities, the City Councils , Chamber of Commerce and the
school districts of our nation need to realize that in order for this
nation to continue to be an economic powerhouse and international influence
in commerce they must involve Black business women, men, entrepreneurs, and
provide equitable/equal employment chances. Military might and conflict
cannot influence economic stability and growth. Mentorship is a vital
piece of the economic equation, so businesses have to partner with
schools and provide mentors and role models to visit schools; how can
you encourage students to enter in careers of business, science,
technology, mathematics, commerce and economics if they cannot see
actual people in these positions especially Black youth and teens.
The biggest investment is in the holistic education of children from
early education until high school graduation. Education does not stop
at graduation; it is a continuous process of learning, discovery,
engagement and progress. Investment needs to be provided equally to
all parts of a city and communities, so all citizens can share in and
prosper in economic growth.
“A large part of crime is economics – if people are working
and have a home and family to support, then I believe you
can reduce the crime rate.” Vincent Frank
BMWing – Black Men Working contribute to all cities economy,
foundational tax base and providing taxes for city services like
education and law enforcement. Black communities, Black children,
Black churches, Black families all deserve Black Men Working or BMWing.
They are good role models for Black youth and teens, male and female.
A Black man working brings money into their homes, they bring
economic stability and growth to their communities. That money
circulates and becomes stronger because it allows Black families
to enjoy prosperity and an infusion of economic hope. BMWing do
not stay in their homes they circulate in their communities,
visiting families and friends, spending monies to buy gas, snacks,
food, and provide monies to their children to also circulate in
When there are less and less BMWing there is less infusion of cash
and diminishing prosperity. This diminishing prosperity also affects
the hope of people. Stealing hope from families that may already be
struggling in poverty and lacking economic stability and education.
BMWing encourages educational success, because it is seen that the
more education you obtain the better career you can achieve and not
just a job (Just Over Broke).
There is no question that Black families influence community growth,
the more BMWing the greater economic prosperity. Stable and economically
viable Black families influence community growth and prosperity,
this opens doors for investment opportunities.There is value of
Black youth, teens and young people especially Black men to take
care of their families through employment and education.
An important piece of employment is education, as the economy
grows education should benefit with schools being provided
resources that encourage student learning, student achievement and
Simplistically the more educated a population is the stronger
the workforce is created; less criminal activity, lower poverty
rates, decreasing homelessness for families.
Seldom used term BMWing is a strong reminder that the
correlation between economic stability is not a new issue, but
an ongoing issue that is influenced by educational attainment
and economic opportunities.
All things work together for the betterment of families
through educational and economic potentials. This blog is not
just for Jacksonville, Florida where I’m a BMW, teaching over
20 years in elementary and higher education. This blog is
about this nation. America needs more BMWing, they reinforce
their communities, churches, schools and teach youth the
value and empowerment of honest employment and the
value of education. BMWing provides hope and hope decreases
fear, elimination of fear erodes self-doubt. Cities in order to
stop fearing Black youth and teens must provide economic
opportunities that open hope in Black communities. BMWing
is one way to stabilize communities and increase the hope of all
communities in the cities of this nation.
“A mind is a terrible thing to waste,” United Negro College Fund