Joining Better Networks, Part 3: “Will Your Children Grow Up To Be Servants And Nannies?”

This is the third chapter of an ongoing series of posts about how to become a welcomed member of productive networks. Humans are social animals, and always cluster into various groups. Unless you’re a hermit, you’re a member of various (sometimes overlapping) groups. These networks vary in size, purpose, and effectiveness.

Most African-American women need to find and join new, healthy networks in the global village. Because their current all-Black networks tend to be accidentally chosen, non-reciprocating, and often downright destructive. However, to join productive networks, most African-American women will need to change the way they approach networking. Most importantly, they will need to change their understanding of the entire process.

Now is a good time to pause, and reflect on the long-terms repercussions of positioning and network choices. Several recent articles have raised important questions. One writer discusses why he believes future job markets will become even more polarized in Will Your Children Grow Up to Be Servants And Nannies?. For readers who prefer policy wonk articles, here’s one from the Brookings Institution, The Polarization of Job Opportunities in the U.S. Labor Market: Implications For Employment and Earnings.

I believe the authors of the 1997 book, The Sovereign Individual, were correct in many of their predictions. I also agree with Parag Khanna, who argues that we’re transitioning into a neo-medieval era.

Which position would you prefer? Noblewoman or vassal?

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32 Responses to “Joining Better Networks, Part 3: “Will Your Children Grow Up To Be Servants And Nannies?””

  1. Felicia says:

    SMH These are very frightening and prophetic articles. It’s important for people – especially BW – to read the writing on the wall.

    To a degree this is already happening in some minority (including African-American) communities.

    SMH It’s really a shame… And when you continue to have OOW children it’s almost always a sealed deal. Because most of these low wage jobs these days are being held by poor people in the lower echelons of society. And the poor (at least in the black community) are most likely to have come from fatherless homes.

    As are criminals regardless of “race”.

    And what’s scary is, you have a bunch of uneducated and unskilled folks who feel entitled to jobs (and other things) they are totally unqualified for. Yet, they think for some reason they’re “too good” for low-wage jobs that would be suitable for their skill (or lack thereof) set.

    These are the types who will refuse to be servants and nannies, even if a job opportunity presents itself.

    These are the types who are going to turn (or return) to a life of crime.SMH

    It is NOT a pretty picture what so ever for those who are not getting with the program concerning this technical and computer age we live in.

    And especially not for the children of parents/a single parent (usually mom) who are not getting this necessary exposure.

    A child’s mind is like a sponge. You have to catch their interests early with this information. Before they get set in their ways.

    A lot of black folks (young and old) don’t want to budge and wish to stay stuck in their ways. Even if those ways are getting them nowhere fast. Life is changing and becoming more and more complex and technical as we speak.

    You snooze you loose. And these days you stand to loose BIG TIME if you’re asleep.

    This is SERIOUS food for thought Khadija. Thanks for sharing these links. Outstanding and thought provoking articles.

  2. Felicia says:

    “To a degree this is already happening in some minority (including African-American) communities.”

    CORRECTION. This is already beginning to happen across the board racially speaking. Computer illiterate and uneducated whites are feeling the pinch as well. It’s just more pronounced amongst some minority (not Asians and East Indians so much if at al) populations. Especially black folks. What is the saying? When the white community gets a cold, the black community gets pneumonia. Or something like that…

    Since Hispanics (those of visible Indian and/or african decent at least) don’t appear to have hang-ups over providing menial services, they may take this coming negative job outlook for the unprepared in stride. Because they’re already used to it.

    I see them opening up more businesses in the helping fields and hiring their own people to provide the services that most Americans (black or white) won’t perform.

    I can see them making a killing.

  3. Felicia,

    You’re welcome!

    You said, “SMH These are very frightening and prophetic articles. It’s important for people – especially BW – to read the writing on the wall.”

    Yes, these analyses and predictions are deeply disturbing, but there is a silver lining in all of this. There are still opportunities for those folks who take heed and position themselves to get ahead of the trend line. Such as the Latinos you described when you said,

    “Since Hispanics (those of visible Indian and/or african decent at least) don’t appear to have hang-ups over providing menial services, they may take this coming negative job outlook for the unprepared in stride. Because they’re already used to it. I see them opening up more businesses in the helping fields and hiring their own people to provide the services that most Americans (black or white) won’t perform. I can see them making a killing.”

    Yep. The future is most likely bright for the people who OWN maid and nanny services.

    What I find so striking is how far out of touch “with the program” most AAs are. This applies across several class tiers. There’s the underclass mentality that you described when you said,

    “And what’s scary is, you have a bunch of uneducated and unskilled folks who feel entitled to jobs (and other things) they are totally unqualified for. Yet, they think for some reason they’re “too good” for low-wage jobs that would be suitable for their skill (or lack thereof) set. These are the types who will refuse to be servants and nannies, even if a job opportunity presents itself.”

    This is crazy. But there’s also plenty of similar craziness, denial, and stubborness among the educated middle and professional classes of AAs. In real life, I’ve been sounding the alarm about developing several income streams for the last few years. I’ve watched colleagues live in denial, and continue obsolete survival patterns even while they watch people around them get laid off.

    So many AAs are so attached to the previous economic setup of dependable, “good jobs,” unions to protect us at work, and fully-funded pensions. For most of us, we’ve worked so hard to get wherever we are that it’s too scary and emotionally draining to contemplate other ways of surviving and thriving. So, we don’t.

    And it’s not just poor, single AA mothers doing this. I’ve watched several married (AA) friends engage in similar types of denial, complacency, and inaction. Meanwhile, their (and their children’s) standard of living would drastically plummet if something happened to their husbands. Because it’s already taking TWO professional salaries (for a combined total of over $100,000/per year) to sustain their current lifestyles of: private school tuitions for all of their children, getting new cars or SUVs every 3-5 years, and houses.

    I understand what drives a lot of this. We usually get into things just as they’re falling apart. AAs were finally allowed into the American economic party very late in the evening. So, we’re upset that we’re not getting to savor things for as long as Whites enjoyed them. After all the sacrifices that usually went into getting advanced degrees, we’re desperate to feel AND live as if we’ve securely “arrived.”

    However, circumstances have changed. The global economy has finally hit certain structural walls such as peak oil, ecological damage, etc. There’s also the job-destroying impact of job-eliminating technologies (think about the self-service lines in the grocery store, etc.). As well as the offshoring of jobs that new technologies make possible. For a variety of reasons, the 20th century economy won’t be coming back. Most AAs have decided to stick their heads in the sand, and cling to outmoded responses (looking for “good jobs” as the only income stream, engaging in protest marches, expecting pensions and public aid to continue indefinitely, etc.). I want the Sojourners to make better positioning choices.

    Expect Success!

  4. KM says:

    My reaction after reading those articles was: Let me go to the dollar store tomorrow, get some brooms, mops, cleaning solutions and print up some quick and easy business cards so I can start my own cleaning business on the side.*

    And the sad thing about that, I wouldn’t even hire AAs to work for me after a long, careful screening process.

    *Seriously, as soon as I get my driver’s license (3-4 months away), I’m going to do cleaning on the side.

  5. KM,

    You said, “My reaction after reading those articles was: Let me go to the dollar store tomorrow, get some brooms, mops, cleaning solutions and print up some quick and easy business cards so I can start my own cleaning business on the side.*”

    I know the feeling. {chuckling} For a while, I’ve been noticing the local Molly Maid franchises. I’ve (mildly) wondered what’s all involved in that—such as bonds, licenses, etc. A minute ago I took a peek at the FAQ page for Molly Maid. Among other things, it said

    Molly Maid is a nationally-recognized leader in residential home cleaning services. Our residential housekeepers have provided quality, reliable cleaning services for more than 25 years. Each maid services team comprises bonded, insured, licensed and uniformed housekeepers who are regularly supervised. And you always have access to our main office to discuss your professional cleaning service.

    I don’t know if all of this is necessary, or simply preferable to have. {??}

    In terms of the maids and nannies, I wonder how much of a market already exists for those services. What sort of people are already frequently using those services? {again, ??} I don’t know.

    Expect Success!

    • Karen says:

      If it were me, I would be bonded, insured and licensed. It enables to command higher fees and protects against accusations of theft.

  6. Karen says:

    I am going to be bit contrarian here. I do agree that things are going to become neo-medieval (it certain parts of the world it has never been “modern”) but I am not quite ready to fully embrace technology being the primary driver.

    It has definitely set the stage but I feel that the bigger reason specifically speaking for AAs is due to what has been mention by Felicia and Khadija, namely the behaviors of AAs of not seeing what is happening right before our eyes. Good jobs are a thing of the past and OOW is a express ticket to permanent poverty. The exception does not make the rule.

    If or when technology fails, AAs will still suffer as we have not made it a habit to learn other trades or to be self-sufficient.

    However, there will always be a silver lining for those of us that use this time wisely and are prepared.

  7. Karen,

    Contrarians are welcome here! 🙂 You said, “I am going to be bit contrarian here. I do agree that things are going to become neo-medieval (it certain parts of the world it has never been “modern”) but I am not quite ready to fully embrace technology being the primary driver.”

    I don’t know what rank technology has (among other factors) in terms of driving these trends (primary, secondary, etc.). But I do believe that it is a big factor. The new technology has eliminated many jobs altogether, and allowed many other jobs to be done offshore (by employees who are paid a fraction of what people are paid in the US).

    Nevertheless, I totally agree with your second point. The masses of modern AAs of various class tiers do have a variety of deeply entrenched, nonfunctional attitudes and behavior patterns. Changing circumstances would cause most AAs to suffer regardless of the nature of the change. Most of us are totally dependent on the continuation of a very narrow range of circumstances.

    Such as the continued existence of bountiful “good,” government jobs (to offset our total lack of an independent business sector—we abandoned ours after segregation ended). Such as the existence of powerful labor unions. Such as the vigorous enforcement of anti-discrimination laws. Such as the continued existence of public aid. And so on. Change or eliminate any one of these conditions, and large numbers of AAs are in BIG trouble.

    You said, “However, there will always be a silver lining for those of us that use this time wisely and are prepared.”

    I agree!

    Expect Success!

  8. ZooPath says:

    And what’s scary is, you have a bunch of uneducated and unskilled folks who feel entitled to jobs (and other things) they are totally unqualified for. Yet, they think for some reason they’re “too good” for low-wage jobs that would be suitable for their skill (or lack thereof) set.

    Karen, Karen, Karen you hit the nail one the head! Why, why, why (rhetorical question, only God truly knows) won’t AA unskilled people take pride in *legal*, respectable low-wage work???!!! Why, why, why do so many prefer to break the law (often violently), go to prison, contract HIV and Hep C and then come back and spread disease and bastard children through the community???!!! This is sooooo frustrating. If any of the DBR think for a millisecond that the Sojourners will lift a finger when the “peace walls” finally go up around all-black enclaves they’ve got another thing coming.

    Khadija said: Most AAs have decided to stick their heads in the sand, and cling to outmoded responses (looking for “good jobs” as the only income stream, engaging in protest marches, expecting pensions and public aid to continue indefinitely, etc.).

    Oh lawd, the protest marches. That’s such an emabarassing waste of time. The protests never seem to be about problems that AA’s need to fix themselves. My mother told me when I was growing up that my generation was probably going to be the last generation of AA’s that could easily move up in socioeconomic class and that it was going to get harder from here on out.

  9. Truth P. says:

    Khadija thank you for all the info you’ve given.I have to say much of this continues to be hard for me to digest.I keep thinking about my own personal survival and how it is no longer okay to just be some middle class Jane Doe as even we seem to be having issues with making it day to day.I guess what’s really been FRIGHTENING to me is the realization that mediocrity is no longer a choice and that I might actually have to be great,a real standout,at something.I’ve done okay in some areas of life where I was “in charge” but I feel that’s small time compared to where I need to be.So much work, so little time.I’m working on it though.

  10. ZooPath,

    Incidentally, Felicia was the person who made the comment you quoted about unskilled folks who somehow feel entitled to jobs that they are unqualified for. {credit where it’s due :-)}

    You said, “If any of the DBR think for a millisecond that the Sojourners will lift a finger when the “peace walls” finally go up around all-black enclaves they’ve got another thing coming.”

    I know I won’t. Last week, a reader sent me a link to a video of several barely-clothed (and one pregnant) “Sheniquas” brawling in the street. Then today, I run across a news link to a deadly “Facebook feud” in which one “Sheniqua” used her car (while her own 3 year old child was in the car) to attack another BW over some BM who is in PRISON. [Who, for all we know, is another “booty warrior.”] This individual caused a high speed chase that led to a fatal crash. I haven’t forgotten Shontae Blanche, a pregnant BW who was killed in 2007 during another “lover’s quarrel” melee—involving up to THIRTY grown-a** women—over some BM (convict, if I remember correctly).

    As many decent AAs as possible must get clear of these type of individuals who populate most Black residential areas. BEFORE the peace walls and other physical barriers go up; and they end up trapped alongside these violent creatures. Here’s a description from Wikipedia about the peace walls in Northern Ireland,

    The Peace Lines are a series of separation barriers ranging in length from a few hundred yards to over three miles (5 km), separating Catholic and Protestant neighbourhoods in Belfast, Derry and elsewhere in Northern Ireland. The stated purpose of the barriers is to minimize intercommunal sectarian violence between Protestants and Catholics.

    The barriers themselves consist of iron, brick, and steel walls up to 25 feet (7.6 m) high, topped with metal netting, or simply a white line painted on the ground similar to a road marking. Some have gates in them occasionally manned by police, which allow passage by day, and which are closed at night.

    The first barriers were constructed in the early 1970s, following the outbreak of “The Troubles”. There were built as temporary structures because they were indeed meant to be temporary, lasting only six months, but due to their effective nature they have become more permanent, wider and longer. Originally few in number, they have multiplied over the years, from 18 in the early 1990s to 40 today; in total they stretch over 13 miles (21 km). Most are located in Belfast.

    (emphasis added)

    You said, “My mother told me when I was growing up that my generation was probably going to be the last generation of AA’s that could easily move up in socioeconomic class and that it was going to get harder from here on out.”

    Disturbing, but true.
    ________________________________________________

    TruthP.,

    You’re welcome!

    You said, “I have to say much of this continues to be hard for me to digest.I keep thinking about my own personal survival and how it is no longer okay to just be some middle class Jane Doe as even we seem to be having issues with making it day to day.I guess what’s really been FRIGHTENING to me is the realization that mediocrity is no longer a choice and that I might actually have to be great,a real standout,at something.”

    I know the feeling. I’m also scrambling. I just thank God for whatever amount of preparation time He has granted us!

    Your comment points to some of the editorial decisions that I find difficult to make about what I choose to post here. I don’t want to continuously “scare the people” or “scold the people.” {smile}

    However, there is a need to point out some potentially devastating trend lines that I don’t hear being discussed in AA circles. As I visit the Black blogs and listen to the conversations around me, it’s apparent that most of us assume that the underlying infrastructure will remain as it has been. For the most part, AAs are still having “business as usual” types of conversations. It all makes me think about the fable of The Ant and The Grasshopper…

    Expect Success!

  11. mochachoc says:

    I don’t want to continuously “scare the people” or “scold the people.” {smile}

    Oh yes Khadija, I hear you on this. Sometimes I need a breather away from the doom and gloom; the reminders of how little I prepared, how much I got wrong. However, I keep educating myself, planning and hoping that what little I can salvage will be enough.

    I have observed, certainly here in the UK, children in state schools are still being educated as if there will be choice of employment in the future. Sadly, many children (yes Black. I won’t include underclass white’s because they seem content to live on benefits. Contrary to popular belief it is the white working class/underclass who are the biggest underachiever’s in Britain) think their ticket out will be the music business. What a disservice to the young adults have committed.

    It seems as if few have grasped that the sciences and technology or low-waged service jobs will be it. Of course the sciences and technology will be populated by the brightest and connected. As for low-waged service sector jobs the competition for these will be huge. When self-service check-out’s first appeared I remarked to a cashier, who was grinning and enthusiastically demonstrating how to operate one, that it wouldn’t be long before they took her job. Oh no she replied they will always need us. They now constitute 25% of the tills in the supermarket and 100% in the d & y stores.

    Meanwhile, most Black adults employed by the public sector are hoping that our new coalition government won’t slash and burn too much. They hope they will retain their jobs. No. Hope isn’t it because that would imply they were aware of the impending danger. They carry on as if it’s business as usual. They don’t seem to get it. When the squeeze starts there will be a lot of public sector workers standing outside government buildings protesting. Too little, too late. No matter how unfair it is that they are the target for the slash and burn policies they have no power to change things. Yet they hope that union officials and banding together in the cold will save them. They forget the miner’s strike of the 80’s. They forget, in actuality government jobs are rarely secure in a crisis.

    I would like more focus on the silver lining you speak of. However, as soon as you do, you quickly realise how big the task is. When I tentatively bring up the subject that until we as Black people change what we’ve being doing I get blank stares or an avalanche of why we haven’t and why we can’t. People seem unready to hear we have to begin by changing our mindset and changing what we do. Unready? No. They are downright resistant. My people, my family. They’ve got sky, food in the belly, and a car. Everything’s okay thank you very much. We’re ticking along fine and dandy.

    The inertia, the stupor, the drunkenness on crappy t.v. maddens me. I don’t want to be the only one of my peers on the ark. You need help to build an ark. I look, there’s no one around.

  12. ZooPath says:

    Jesus be a peace fence, I could not watch the video with the pregnant ladies brawling. I can read an artible about depravity (like the high speed chase) but I can’t watch live video of it. It hurts my spirit. That’s my favorite thing to say about stuff that is sooooooo horrible that I just can’t even go there.

  13. Mochachoc,

    You said, “Oh yes Khadija, I hear you on this. Sometimes I need a breather away from the doom and gloom; the reminders of how little I prepared, how much I got wrong. However, I keep educating myself, planning and hoping that what little I can salvage will be enough.”

    I would respectfully suggest that when those sensations pop up that you focus on how much you got right. I see so many Black people who literally can’t do anything more to prepare for anything (for a variety of structural—not emotional—reasons, such as already being in the throes of serious health problems). And they’re not old; they’re middle-aged and younger Black folks who work for a living.

    For example, when did lupus become a common ailment among AA women? Off the top of my head, I know of FOUR BW who are dealing with lupus. One of these women is off sick from work more days than she’s present at work. Just last week the my hairstylist (who recently recovered from breast cancer) mentioned that she met a young BW in her late 20s who’s a 3-time cancer survivor—this woman has survived THREE bouts with a rare form of cancer. I can’t count the number of BW in their 30s, 40s, and older who are on high-blood pressure medication.

    {shaking my head}

    About the White underclass in the UK, Theodore Dalrymple has written an excellent and scathing book about the mindset that keeps them poor. Such as Life At The Bottom: The Worldview That Makes The Underclass. I dislike a number of his rightwing views, but he’s a gifted, witty writer. It’s also fascinating to see how similar the British White underclass mentality is to the AA underclass mindset. The cultural details are slightly different (White soccer hooligans’ mini-riots instead of basketball-championship-celebration looting among AAs here in the US). But the overall mindset and the crazy ideologies that support it are the same:

    …whatever Professor Pinker says, the world demands correct grammar and spelling from those who would advance in it. Moreover, it is patently untrue that every man’s language is equal to his needs, a fact that is obvious to anyone who has read the pitiable attempts of the underclass to communicate in writing with others, especially officialdom. Linguistic and educational relativism helps to transform a class into a caste—a caste, almost, of Untouchables. (from the Introduction, pg. xii)

    . . . But the fact that the debased culture of which rap music is a product receives such serious attention and praise deludes its listeners into supposing that nothing finer exists than what they already know and like. Such flattery is thus the death of aspiration, and lack of aspiration is, of course, one of the causes of passivity. (pg. xiii)

    . . . Worse still, cultural relativism spreads all too easily. The tastes, conduct, and mores of the underclass are seeping up the social scale with astonishing rapidity

    . . . The disastrous pattern of human relations that exists in the underclass is also becoming common higher up the social scale. With increasing frequency I am consulted by nurses, who for the most part come from and were themselves traditionally member of (at least after Florence Nightingale) the respectable lower middle class, who have illegitimate children by men who first abuse and then abandon them.

    This abuse and later abandonment is usually all too predictable from the man’s previous history and character; but the nurses who have been treated in this way say they refrained from making a judgment about him because it is wrong to make judgments. But if they do not make a judgment about the man with whom they are going to live and by whom they are going to have a child, about what are they ever going to make a judgment?

    “It just didn’t work out,” they say, the “it” in question being the relationship that they conceive of having an existence independent of the two people who form it, and that exerts an influence on their lives rather like an astral conjunction. Life is fate. (pgs. xiv-xv)

    You said, “When the squeeze starts there will be a lot of public sector workers standing outside government buildings protesting. Too little, too late. No matter how unfair it is that they are the target for the slash and burn policies they have no power to change things. Yet they hope that union officials and banding together in the cold will save them. They forget the miner’s strike of the 80’s.”

    This is a mirror image of what I’m seeing. People seem to have forgotten how the air traffic controllers’ union was destroyed by Pres. Reagan in 1981. Even though I was a kid at the time, that event registered to me as something noticeable. I sensed that this was somehow connected to the newspaper stories I read at the time about elderly people having to eat dogfood because they couldn’t afford groceries.

    Are you sure you’re not over here in the States? It sounds like we’re looking at the same people. {smile}

    You said, “I would like more focus on the silver lining you speak of. However, as soon as you do, you quickly realise how big the task is.”

    I suggest that folks focus on small, immediately actionable steps. Not so much on the big picture. And reward oneself along the way for completing these smaller steps. Instead of fixating on the overall big picture—which I find emotionally overwhelming—I focus on daily smaller steps. AND on having fun along the way! 🙂 This is what has prevented me from feeling burnt out and overwhelmed by my preparations.

    You said, “The inertia, the stupor, the drunkenness on crappy t.v. maddens me. I don’t want to be the only one of my peers on the ark. You need help to build an ark. I look, there’s no one around.”

    Keep doing your thing. As the situation unfolds (and the trends start pressing down on them individually), the people around you will gradually come around. One by one. Think of it like being an advance scout for the tribe members who are relaxing back at the base camp. They’ll need somebody who has started on the path of preparation.

    I know how difficult it is to be the trailblazer among one’s circle of relatives, friends, and acquaintances. Yes, it would be much easier if there were (more) helping hands. But I have plans for myself and my future that I won’t have held hostage by other people’s inertia. The show must go on! LOL!
    ________________________________________________

    ZooPath,

    Fortunately (or unfortunately, depending how one looks at it), the “battling Sheniquas” video didn’t even raise my pulse. I’ve spent large chunks of my professional life servicing the AA underclass. That video is an accurate representation of what the AA underclass is about. To put it bluntly, they are feral savages. Period. Normal people must get clear of them, ASAP.

    Expect Success!

    • mochachoc says:

      Thanks Khadija. I needed the encouragement and the reminder to stay focused on how far I’ve come (I shouldn’t really. There was a time I could not move from the neck down. How quickly we forget our blessings). Fun? I need some of that right now.

      Mr Dalrymple’s views have not, I’m sure, gone down too well with many here. If you share his views you are seen as a right wing, middle-class, Daily-mail reading racist. The vast majority of the intelligentsia in this country poo-poo any suggestion their ideas have ruined educational success for those who rely on state education and are captive to their ideas. I am thankful I developed a love for reading early. Had I not I doubt I would know the distinction between compliment and complement for example. My education was woefully inadequate because of 1970’s misplaced ideologies. Few are brave enough to admit they got it wrong. And fewer even care.

      Anyhooow, I shall focus on the small incremental steps I take and not get side-tracked by the bigger picture.

  14. Hodan says:

    Great article yet again, I have to say its only been recently I started thinking about my financial autonomy and future prospect. I remember reading this article @ Oprah magazine about financial happiness vs. wealth happiness. The former is what most seek, while the latter is what the few smart ones mostly in the White community have realized they should strive for. Creating and generating wealth is different from financial independence (its mostly not relying on our parents of current/future life partner), where you asses what you earn and divide it into what need to be invested/saved into what need to be managed and spend monthly/yearly.

    In today’s economy where the middle class is shrinking mostly due to legislative policies intended to keep them in poverty, while the 4% who control over 80% of the country’s wealth are getting away with anything sometimes on tax payers dime. I think the black community is even in a worse off situation, primarily because the concept of self sufficiency seems to elude them, with endless dependence on government.

  15. Karen says:

    I suggest that folks focus on small, immediately actionable steps. Not so much on the big picture. And reward oneself along the way for completing these smaller steps. Instead of fixating on the overall big picture—which I find emotionally overwhelming—I focus on daily smaller steps. AND on having fun along the way! :-)”

    ^^This is the best advice for all of us. I admit that there have been days when I have been overwhelmed but then I “shake myself” and focus on the small steps and continue to move forward.

    Thank you Khadija sharing this pearl of wisdom with us.

  16. Oshun/Aphrodite says:

    Hello Khadija,

    I want to thank you for all these wonderful posts. I have been thinking, reading lurking….

    I too am one who’s terrified and at times I feel overwhelmed bc it seems there are not enough hours in the day to get everything done that I want/need to get done.

    I have started reading international news and studies and I have thought of you and your blogs many times.

    There was a somewhat recent study that came out about rising STD rates and those over 50. One of the docs quoted in the study said similar to your exact words on your blog regarding drug addicted young women and retired men who have SS and pensions. Not that I thought you would have lied to us, but if its that common – where they are mentioning it in a study why are people not hip to this and acting accordingly?

    When I think of your posts on the coming economic shifts and the permanent black underclass I think of the Brazilian favelas. Brazil has now started to build what they call eco walls. They say it is to protect environment/nearby ecology. But most people say and it looks like they are trying to contain/separate the favela inhabitants.

    I also saw a mini doc on the economy of South Africa and how the different groups have fared since apartheid ended. Most blacks there live in dire poverty. But there is a growing segment of Blacks and British who have thrived, transitioned to middle class and even become millionaires.

    It seems according to the doc that the Dutch SA fared the worse and took the greatest downward spiral. They were largely unskilled, uneducated, had a heavy reliance on government jobs, and isolated themselves by refusing to create networks with the British and Black South Africans. These reasons were plainly stated in the doc. They also mentioned that the British were more entrepreneurial than the Dutch – which accounted for them faring so much better.

    These people (Dutch) were in massive soup lines, they had to move into formerly predominately black shantytowns with shacks made of anything you can find, they had to go to “special places” (they weren’t laudromats, but open air places with vats of boiling water) to wash and get used clothing.

    The level of poverty was amazing. It was like night and day looking at that poverty and then across the road there were Black millionaires with BMWs and Mc Mansions.

  17. Mochachoc,

    You’re welcome!

    You said, “I needed the encouragement and the reminder to stay focused on how far I’ve come (I shouldn’t really. There was a time I could not move from the neck down. How quickly we forget our blessings).”

    OMG. Thank goodness that’s no longer the case. About forgetting—I agree with a quote from the movie Strange Days: “Memories were meant to fade.”

    About Mr. Dalrymple—Oh, I’m not surprised that his views don’t go down well among the self-proclaimed progressive and/or liberal intelligentsia. They’re as dishonest as the right-wing nuts—both factions almost never admit their mistakes. Or the casualties that their various ideological experiments have caused.
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    Hodan,

    Thank you for your kind words about the post; I truly appreciate it.

    You said, “I think the black community is even in a worse off situation, primarily because the concept of self sufficiency seems to elude them, with endless dependence on government.”

    For a variety of historical and traumatic reasons, former slaves usually don’t understand advanced uses of money. In the case of AAs, there has always been outside interference along with our internal distorted thinking about money. What happened to so-called “Black Wall Street” was an example.

    This active interference with successful AA economic activities also applied to the underworld. One of the reasons state lotteries (with their “daily numbers”) started up in the 1970s was to get the money that AA gangsters had been making off of their own private, illegal lotteries and casinos. These illegal lotteries were called “the numbers” and “policy” rackets. From what I’ve read, the AA gangsters in the Chicago area held out the longest in terms of resisting White mobsters seizing their gambling rackets. I will add that these AA men were real gangsters, as opposed to gang members. There’s a big difference in terms of sophistication and organization. From the abstract, The Black Mafia: African-American organized crime in Chicago
    1890–1960
    :

    This analysis will explore the participation of Chicago blacks in organized criminal activity during the period between 1890 and 1960. This analysis will also demonstrate that African-American vice syndicates existed on the South Side of Chicago, just as Irish and Italian vice syndicates flourished in other segments of the city.

    Though they did not participate in bootlegging, African-American criminal syndicates ran speakeasies and after-hours nightclubs, and participated in illegal casino and policy gambling for almost fifty years. African-American organized crime differed from other criminal groups only in the fact that they continued to independently exist long after Chicago’s other ethnic-based criminal syndicates fell under the dominance of Italian mobsters.

    As with a number of wealthy White dynasties who got their start with disreputable activities (the Kennedys and the saloon that their patriarch used to build his foundation), a number of AA businesses were created with “numbers” money. A number of the AA mobsters from that earlier era financed their siblings’ and children’s professional educations and aspirations. Some AA-owned car dealerships, medical practices, AA law and accounting firms, etc. were created this way. This was all waaay “back in the day” during segregation. From what my older relatives described, all of that fell apart in the 1960s. The nature of poverty and crime among AAs changed. For the worse. And AAs abandoned 99.99% of AA-owned businesses.

    My mother’s high school boyfriend’s family ran a “policy wheel” in the 1950s. This is why his family was affluent and he had his own car in high school. There was a whole internal industry surrounding the Black gangsters’ gambling empires. AA-owned newspaper stands in Black neighborhoods sold “dream books” that supposedly advised people what numbers to bet on based on their dreams. I have no idea if such things still exist.
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    Karen,

    You’re welcome!
    _________________________________________________

    Oshun/Aphrodite,

    You’re welcome!

    You said, “I have started reading international news and studies and I have thought of you and your blogs many times.”

    Good for you! As you’re seeing, you run across the most interesting bits of information when you read the foreign media. Things that aren’t going to be reported in the Pravda-esque US media. Seeing similar patterns happening overseas helps one connect the dots locally.

    You said, “Not that I thought you would have lied to us, but if its that common – where they are mentioning it in a study why are people not hip to this and acting accordingly?”

    Listen, but also check and verify what anybody says, including me. LOL!

    You said, “They say it is to protect environment/nearby ecology. But most people say and it looks like they are trying to contain/separate the favela inhabitants.”

    Yep. It’s impolite to come out and say, “You are a plague that we’re keeping in quarantine away from the rest of society.” {chuckling} Folks might resist the eco/peace walls if the plain truth is spoken.

    You said, “I also saw a mini doc on the economy of South Africa and how the different groups have fared since apartheid ended. Most blacks there live in dire poverty. But there is a growing segment of Blacks and British who have thrived, transitioned to middle class and even become millionaires.”

    Yep. Different cultural mindsets create different mass outcomes for different groups. I would be curious about exactly who those thriving “Blacks” were. Are they so-called Coloreds? Are they concentrated among one of the native African ethnic groups?

    Expect Success!

    • Lynn says:

      Thanks for bringing up the “Black Wallstreet” story. I’ve known about it for years and I’m glad to know that other AA’s are discussing this. It’s a little known story that we should be passing on to the next generation.
      IMO, since I’ve researched some of the many successful stories of former slaves during reconstruction, my viewpoint on modern AA’s has been forever altered. Former slaves, with no legal protections or accumulated wealth (re)built families, formed communities, and started businesses. Now modern AA’s don’t even want to go to school! Or raise their kids! I agree with you 100% when you said in an earlier post that we are not so much LESS THAN our ancestors.
      Ladies, do what you HAVE to do to build your ark. I live in a city where NONE of my relatives live. This year, I’ve finished my BS degree, started a second degree, and just purchased a franchise. Start small, and MOVE AWAY from destructive family. You will accomplish more than you ever thought was possible.

  18. Nysee says:

    Dear Khadija,

    Hi,my name is Nysee andI really enjoy your blog and started my Avon business and looking into other income stream building opportunities.
    Also, I will like to have you book in my bookclub because I know when people have information presented to them ,when they know better , they do better. I want other Black Women to come out the Matrix (lol). I know some people will be comfortable and may not change, but at least if the information is presented then one day they will have time to think on it and say hey life is so much better than this suffering they are going through and they do not have to . So keep up the fantastic work you are dong and include my e-mail for future engagements.
    Again, thank you for your educated insights and instruction and lovingly corrections(lol)

  19. Faith says:

    I have observed two significant trends/circumstances and I have to be a little vague here to not identify specific people I’m thinking of since this is a public forum. One are states where there’s a dwindling or already reduced black population forced out by the combination of unemployment/poverty/lack of jobs that afford a middle class lifestyle as certain groups have either a) moved up or b) are starting out from next to nothing. The other are those cities that may have larger black populations but they have chronically been struggling in some way (drugs, urban blight, etc). The way they’ve survived is in gov’t-related jobs and relying on being hired by white companies (while fighting white hegemony of course).

    I’ve recently observed the larger number of individuals who have their own businesses and network with people who are similarly-minded or share a common culture and they’re not black – or I should say they’re not African American. I guess this could be analyzed as another ideological difference amongst those that will and are thriving based on their initiatives and those that are relying on a particular set of circumstances. Of course connections always help which is why I am stunned by the lack of real networks amongst AAs. I’m sure I may have missed one or two somewhere and I’ll keep looking but I was able to at least observe those of other groups of people in action rather quickly.

    Diversifying is always key for the Sojourner but I had at least hoped to find something viable and tangible. I have a great sense of urgency about the state of the “black union” especially now as I see numerous indicators of a continued and speedy backward trend. I also realize how many people I’ve met who want to spend their time hanging out, name dropping or secretly want to see others fail for taking courageous steps. That is when they’re not trying to utilize your skill set to their advantage. It’s disheartening – as are many things we’ve been discussing for the last three years but seeing those conversations move from the written page to being enacted in front of your eyes is something else.

    We’ve got to keep working our plans and moving forward.

  20. Hello there, Nysee!

    You’re welcome, and thank you for your kind words about the blog; I truly appreciate it!

    You said, “. . . and started my Avon business and looking into other income stream building opportunities.”

    Great! You’re on your way—keep up the good work!
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    Faith,

    You said, “I’ve recently observed the larger number of individuals who have their own businesses and network with people who are similarly-minded or share a common culture and they’re not black – or I should say they’re not African American.”

    No, they’re NOT.

    You said, “I guess this could be analyzed as another ideological difference amongst those that will and are thriving based on their initiatives and those that are relying on a particular set of circumstances.”

    I think it’s more cultural as opposed to ideological differences. [Keeping in mind that the passive, trifling members of various modern immigrant ethnic groups tend to stay home in their own countries. Also, the more functional members of other societies go to great lengths to HIDE their dysfunctional members. So, AAs generally don’t see these trifling folks from other groups. We see the go-getters who had the energy to get up and move here to the US.]

    You said, “Of course connections always help which is why I am stunned by the lack of real networks amongst AAs.”

    Instead of real networks, AAs have yet another form of cargo cults—we have empty shells of networks. Empty shells that have none of the internal “moving parts” that are needed for a network to be of any use.

    You said, “I also realize how many people I’ve met who want to spend their time hanging out, name dropping or secretly want to see others fail for taking courageous steps. That is when they’re not trying to utilize your skill set to their advantage.”

    This speaks to the next chapter in this series that calls for everyone to stop and look at where they’ve positioned themselves. Most of us are spending much of our (limited) time mingling with folks who are not going where we want to go.

    You said, “We’ve got to keep working our plans and moving forward.”

    ITA. Onward and forward!

    Expect Success!

  21. *CC* says:

    Hello Khadija,

    Faith mentioned that some AAs have survived by “relying on being hired by white companies.” Karen mentioned that AAs have not learned to be self-sufficient. Hodan mentioned that “the concept of self sufficiency” seems to elude AAs.

    As an AA woman who is attempting to become self-sufficient (the concept has not eluded me), I have found the process to be extremely grueling and nearly impossible. As the saying goes, it is easier said than done.

    I have found that white people/companies that are reluctant to hire or promote blacks are the SAME white people/companies that are reluctant to offer contracting opportunities to AA-owned firms. (My next move is to hire a white marketing director.) So, it’s not as if I am still at my 9 to 5 b/c “wealth building” and “self-sufficiency” hasn’t crossed my mind…lucrative, self-sustaining contracts are difficult to win (even more so for AAs). Even with several contracts, it’s still difficult.

    Although there are examples of successful AA entrepreneurs, I believe that my experience is not unique. While I am sure that I could improve my networking, I am equally sure that my current level of “self-sufficiency” is not an indicator of effort, but of *gasp* white hegemony. Instead of fighting it, I’m trying to get my piece of the pie…but they don’t want to share.

    • Karen says:

      CC,

      I faced the same hurdles, and I was able to bypass them via my “white networks”. It took me 18 months after I started my businesse to really get a foothold after that, it has been through networking and of course excellent performance that has now enabled doors to be opened and to get contracts (in some cases before they are even given out for bid).

      No, it is not easy.

      I do not know what types of networks you have but perhaps you could investigate what professional business networks (i.e. white) would be of help. Offer “limited, free” one-time offering to be able to demonstrate what you can do. I am in several professional associations and have many networks based on professional and personal interests (both lead to business opportunities).

      Do you have “private networks” that include the type of people you want to do business with? It all ties in together…

      The move to hire a white marketing director is not a bad one but make sure that you hold the “keys to the kingdom”. You do not want that person to run off with your ideas and run you out of business. That means “non-disclosure agreements” and a minimum 18-month period that they cannot enter into competition with you. This also means that you need to have financial penalties in there if they violate the agreements, it needs to be significant enough to discourage any attempt to undermine you.

      Check with an attorney to see what the laws dictate, however most big companies that want to protect their intellectual property have similar clauses/agreements.

      Do you have written references of prior work done? Is this visible on your website or marketing materials?

      There are so many factors that can play into closing the deal or not, but here are some aspects to consider.

  22. tertiaryanna says:

    “where they are mentioning it in a study why are people not hip to this and acting accordingly?”

    Mocha,

    The studies are out there, and have been out there. But if people are more accustomed to getting their news and information from low-quality sources, then they’re going to be fed a diet of entertainment-news, rather than the information that they need.

    Quite a bit of information can be obtained by the CDC, economic, health and science magazines (there are blogs and journals geared to the layperson). But a lot of money is put into smoke and mirrors media, and people tend to rely on that.

  23. Lynn,

    You said, “Thanks for bringing up the “Black Wallstreet” story. I’ve known about it for years and I’m glad to know that other AA’s are discussing this. It’s a little known story that we should be passing on to the next generation.”

    You’re welcome. As a group, AAs have a very peculiar, and selective, historical amnesia. We cling to distorted memories that are of NO benefit (such as the fools who cite fictional tv miniseries such as Roots as if that’s serious history). Meanwhile, we simultaneously forget all about the things that could inspire us to achieve more (such as “Black Wall Street” and the families, businesses, and mutual aid societies that we built right after the end of slavery).

    We’ve also forgotten more recent accomplishments such as those of Elijah Muhammad’s Nation of Islam during the 1950s-1960s (a network of private AA schools, farmland purchased and cultivated, businesses built, and international trade—IIRC, they were importing seafood from South America for their restaurants).

    I hope I’m wrong about this, but I vaguely remember reading some book that claimed that, percentage-wise, AAs owned more businesses during and right after slavery than we do now.

    From what I recall reading years ago—Apparently (and paradoxically), free AA men dominated certain specific trades (such as barbers, and I think masons) at that time. A number of (free) AA men amassed great wealth from owning barbershops with all-White clientele during and immediately after the end of slavery. This was during the period before the influx of huge waves of European immigrants replaced them in these trades. And then these same White immigrants locked AA men OUT of these various trades (and later unions) after they took them over. White and other non-Black immigrants have been doing us in economically for over 150 years!
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    Hello there, CC,

    I understand the possible irritating effect of hearing critiques that seem to ignore outside-produced obstacles to self-sufficiency among AAs. Let’s separate some things that sound intertwined in your comment:

    (1) The concepts of “wealth building” and “self-sufficiency” have not eluded you, but you have to admit that entrepreneurs like you are not representative of “mainstream” AA thought and behavior. Not at all. Most of us are not at all cognizant of the idea or necessity of developing economic self-sufficiency. From what I can tell, the only time large numbers of AAs seriously understand any of that is when they are under the influence of a cult (the Nation of Islam). Entrpreneurship is a fringe activity and interest among AAs.

    (2) AAs’ ongoing permanent boycott of visibly Black-owned businesses puts every Black business owner in a weakened position relative to non-Black business owners—who can usually rely on a certain level of support from their own group. Sustaining a business is difficult in general. It’s especially difficult for AAs who are relentlessly boycotted by everybody.

    You said, “Although there are examples of successful AA entrepreneurs, I believe that my experience is not unique. While I am sure that I could improve my networking, I am equally sure that my current level of “self-sufficiency” is not an indicator of effort, but of *gasp* white hegemony. Instead of fighting it, I’m trying to get my piece of the pie…but they don’t want to share.”

    I’ll be blunt: In my view, for all practical purposes NOBODY (Black or non-Black) is going to knowingly or willingly share any of the pie with any AA-owned business. In the beginning, they have to be tricked into doing this. They have to be tricked into thinking they’re dealing with a White-owned business.

    If they later on find out that a business is Black-owned, non-Blacks might continue to patronize it if they were happy with the results. If AA consumers find out that a business is Black-owned, then it’s game over for ever getting any repeat business from most of them. Or, if one gets the repeat business from AA consumers they’ll start up a lot of mess surrounding patronizing that business once they find out it’s Black-owned.

    All of this gets back to the previous conversations about how essential it is for Black business owners to have businesses that can “pass” as a White-owned business for as long as possible. As you know, this is what I’ve meant when I’ve talked about the need for AA business owners to have “colorless” businesses.

    The entire situation that AA business owners face is deeply frustrating, infuriating, and offensive. Despite my outrage at all of this, the situation is what it is.

    More plain talk:

    It’s good that you’re taking the step of hiring a White person to front for you (the White marketing director that you’re speaking of hiring). Nevertheless, I don’t know if the specific sort of business you’re in lends itself to “passing” as White-owned for a sufficient length of time to be able to make some serious headway. Not every type of business can “pass” for White-owned long enough to succeed.

    Let me be clear: I don’t know anything about your field or your specific business. I’m totally clueless about your field and your business. You’re the one who knows about your field, and your business. Not me. So, I have NO idea whether or how your business can be restructured so that it can pass as White-owned for whatever amount of time is sufficient in your field.

    Only you can answer those questions.

    Expect Success!

  24. Karen,

    THANK YOU for your detailed feedback to CC! Your input as a successful Black business owner (especially one who has been in business for a while) is invaluable.

    I especially appreciated the part of your comment where you said, “The move to hire a white marketing director is not a bad one but make sure that you hold the “keys to the kingdom”. You do not want that person to run off with your ideas and run you out of business. That means “non-disclosure agreements” and a minimum 18-month period that they cannot enter into competition with you. This also means that you need to have financial penalties in there if they violate the agreements, it needs to be significant enough to discourage any attempt to undermine you.

    Check with an attorney to see what the laws dictate, however most big companies that want to protect their intellectual property have similar clauses/agreements.”

    It’s outrageous that every, single aspect of businesss is 3,000x harder and more complicated for a Black business owner (than it is for non-Blacks). But the situation is what it is. This is one of many penalties of coming from a dysfunctional, self-hating collective (AAs) that consistently refuses to support its own people.

    Expect Success!

  25. Hodan says:

    Khadija qoute: “For a variety of historical and traumatic reasons, former slaves usually don’t understand advanced uses of money. In the case of AAs, there has always been outside interference along with our internal distorted thinking about money. What happened to so-called “Black Wall Street” was an example.

    This active interference with successful AA economic activities also applied to the underworld. One of the reasons state lotteries (with their “daily numbers”) started up in the 1970s was to get the money that AA gangsters had been making off of their own private, illegal lotteries and casinos. These illegal lotteries were called “the numbers” and “policy” rackets. From what I’ve read, the AA gangsters in the Chicago area held out the longest in terms of resisting White mobsters seizing their gambling rackets. I will add that these AA men were real gangsters, as opposed to gang members. There’s a big difference in terms of sophistication and organization. From the abstract, The Black Mafia: African-American organized crime in Chicago
    1890–1960”

    Hodan: wow, I did not know about that, time to check out the library again. Thanks for sharing your historical knowledge.

  26. Hodan,

    You’re welcome. Over the years, I’ve heard a lot of lectures by Nation of Islam ministers. The NOI has always been diligent about teaching the detailed history of how outsiders have consistently worked to destroy any successful AA economic activity.

    There’s the normal conflicts caused by natural economic competition between groups. However, what has happened to AAs (and continues to happen to this day) goes FAR beyond normal economic competition. It’s quite clear that there’s always been a certain percentage of non-AA others who don’t want to see AAs have anything.

    I’ve always had a grudging level of respect for the segregation-era AA “numbers” mobsters. Many of them did productive things with their ill-gotten money. Unlike most cowering AAs from that era, they were brave enough to shoot back at Whites; and bribe White police, judges and politicians. They were bold enough to more or less live as if they were White mobsters during segregation. I’ve been curious about their history ever since my mother mentioned her high school boyfriend’s family-run “policy wheel” to me when I was a teenager.

    Expect Success!

  27. pioneervalleywoman says:

    Greetings, Khadija!

    I’ve been out of town for a while, so I haven’t been responding much.

    I recently spent a few days in the Southern college town where I once matriculated as a graduate student, going back for a fun family visit.

    What you are saying is so stark in terms of recalling the history of this town, dating back to segregation and today.

    The average white family income is 40k; the average black, 20k. Looking at the average salaries of faculty members, their income can be up into the six figures, and the town shows it–very bourgeois whites with a smattering of blacks, including a smattering of the very poor. Small city with a strong suburban feel, lots of art and culture.

    Most of the blacks are in the low-skilled service industries; it is why they earn so little. Taking the bus from downtown, I remembered something else. In most communities, people of all backgrounds take the bus, because it is easy to get around.

    But not there. The bus system is better than when I first matriculated and did not have a car my first year–I got one in my second year there, so I recall what it was like. Back then, one bus ran every hour, now it runs very half hour, and the route takes forever to get from point a to point b.

    Who took the bus then and now? Students without cars, who would get them eventually, ie., buy ones, or bring in their cars from home; trendy white professional types who liked the convenience of a free bus ride from downtown into the school; low income whites, latinos and blacks, especially service workers; women with small children going shopping during the day.

    At the hotel, the women of color working as chambermaids were Latina and non-AA black women.

    This university town propels the techno-savvy information class into the stratosphere. Lots of wf stay at home moms with professional husbands. I saw information on a bf colleague who teaches in one of the professional schools. Her wm husband works at the school as well. He was hired as a “follower,” meaning she got the job and he came along to do something. Their combined income is in the $256k range, and their combined salary is lower than some of the more senior faculty.

    These are the nobles. As you can tell, I already described the serfs.

    You might be interested in a news story from the NYT about the outsourcing of some types of legal jobs, ie., the types of jobs that paralegals, from what I understand, used to do: Outsourcing to India Draws Western Lawyers.

  28. Greetings, PioneerValleyWoman!

    Thanks for the info. The signs are all around us; most of the current and future serfs are in denial. {sigh}

    The bloghost of Fabius Maximus has been discussing detailed info about US unemployment for a while. Here are links to 2 of his most recent posts on the subject, where he mentions:

    Summary: a look at the US labor force. The numbers tossed around in the news media give little perspective on the scale of the problem. The obvious conclusion: the Democratic Party is toast in the November elections if employment does not improve soon. How sad that their inaction earlier this years means that nothing can be done to affect these trends before E-day.

    . . . The Recovery

    Wall Street and the media obsess over each month’s tiny changes, while telling us the recovery started last June. And the progress since then? Compare July 2009 with July 2010, (in millions):

    ■Population: 236 vs. 238
    ■Employed: 139 vs. 139
    ■Unemployed: 15 vs. 15
    ■Not in the labor force: 82 vs. 84
    The results for the past three months are similar to the year-over-year results (on a seasonally adjusted basis). The population is up, employment and unemployment flat, not in the labor force are slightly up. Recovery!

    New claims for unemployment have been stable since late December 2009 at roughly 463 thousand/week — an annual rate of 24 million per year. Only aprox 80% of workers are covered by UI (no independent contractors and self-employed), and the unemployment rate is higher for uncovered workers. So the job loss rate is probably running at aprox 30 million/year. This shows considerable stress on the US economy.

    http://fabiusmaximus.wordpress.com/2010/08/06/20146/

    And:

    For over a century every generation of parents in western civilization has worried how their children will find employment. Farms employed 90% of the population, then automation reduced it to 5%. The children of farmers worked in industry. When automation destroyed those jobs, their children became service workers: technicians, managers, etc. Each step up increased our productivity, hence our income and wealth. Can this continue?

    “We’re all sorry for the other guy when he loses his job to a machine. When it comes to your job, that’s different. And it always will be different.”
    — Dr. McCoy, star date 4729.4, in the Star Trek episode “The Ultimate Computer“

    The development of semi-intelligent machines, with IQ equivalents of 60 and simple sensory systems, will destroy a serious fraction of today’s jobs. Perhaps we’ll find new forms of employment. Perhaps we will develop new economic systems which require fewer people to work. If delayed into the second half of the 21st century, the almost inevitable population crash (esp. following the invention of a contraceptive pill for men) will make automation a cure — not a curse. All of these solutions will require innovation, wisdom and luck.

    http://fabiusmaximus.wordpress.com/2010/08/07/20100/

    People, Get Ready.

    Expect Success!