by Jean-Marc Alma-Charlery

I already see some black American writers boiling of furor and getting angry at me. but I just use the same weapon they use when someone defends himself when they say he is racist. It may be true.

There is a French Creole proverb: sa ki pa bon pou zoua, pa bon pou kan-na. What is (not) valid for the jar, is (not) valid for the duck.

But in this case, I want to be less sarcastic than in my former publication, and more proactive. Unless this proactivity is too much for black American writers, who will keep avoiding the opportunity to give a positive input.

-37 Millions of people are poor in the US
-47 Millions of people are black but not all of them are poor
-Among the public overall, 63% of U.S. adults say the government has the responsibility to provide health care coverage for all, up slightly from 59% last year.
-Most students graduate with a massive amount of debt. For example, in the U.S, the average student debt per person is $31,172.
-A nationwide majority ban on the sale of AR-15 rifles and similar semiautomatic weapons

I could put so much other data, which show that it is possible to combine them, in order to create alternative majorities and convert a group into a third an alternative strength. But it is useless. I don’t want to spam the Black American Writers’ brain. They need all the place in their brain for race and blackness. So I will just try to find a place for other matters like race independant social justice.

Fighting egos and racial narcissism
Divided, you go nowhere. Fighting for black only is useless. And expecting that people with other needs will fight with you is not only stupid, but also narcissist. Because you think that they should forget their pain or their needs to focus on yours.

What is political marketing?
Political marketing is everything you use, to market a group and its ideas towards a voting group, which has to be as wide as possible to convert itself into a majority.

It means that you have to send a message to all groups, and in this message, you have to make them feel identified.

“…one fact stands out: there are twice as many white poor as Negro poor in the United States. Therefore I will not dwell on the experiences of poverty that derive from racial discrimination, but will discuss the poverty that affects white and Negro alike.” — Martin Luther King

Less “dear white people”, and more “dear poor people”. So you can have poor people + black people. Exactly how MLK explained to you. Black Americans should stop converting MLK into a toy that they just plug into a “black” socket to make them shine. MLK fits in the “social justice” sockets too.

Less “I am black” more”I have student debts like you”, “I was from a poor family, like you”, “I have problems to pay my healthcare like you” or “I wish I could have studied, but I had no financial aid, like you”

The key expression is “like you”. If you do not want to see yourself like them, or if you do not want other people to identify themselves to you, you will never ever ever change things and you will always lose. Because you will never be able to create a majority around a leader that CAN AND SHOULD BE YOU.

Because, if you cannot put your racial ego into a box and focus on gathering people with the same needs, you will always be the losing and complaining minority.

I know. Black Americans are not fond of “They are like me”, or “I am like them”.
They are more: “like myself” . And the distance between “like myself” and “love myself” is very short.

And “love myself and my blackness” is racial narcissism. Narcissus loved himself. And it leads to nowhere. Except to claps and cheers from the same people in Medium. And except, like Narcissus, to frustration and self destruction.

Medium won’t lead black people to changing the world. There are two many people who have needs and who are wishing to have a leader who will lead them to a real change. They don’t care about the race. As long as you are their savior, no matter the race they are.

Influencers of the change. No black influencers, No influencers of blackness.
So, dear black American writers, where is that leader? What are you afraid of?

Because lots of writing, but very few acting. Because each black person the police kills, each black person that suffers and whose pain is in the news, which pathetic and overused “dear white people” make you, black American writers, a bit richer thanks to Medium. And it sucks.

Jean-Marc Alma-Charlery
Owner of

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