Posted: December 10, 2001 - By Paul Barton

We Should Harness And Increase
Our Economic Power

California, USA
December 9, 2001

It is indeed enlightening to know that by 2006, the combined Gross National Product (GNP) of Black America will be more than 600 billion dollars. Yet as encouraging as this news is, the fact remains if we continue with the policies of earning and spending, wasting and throwing away money in the businesses of other people, we are going to be nothing but slaves earning money and making others wealthy, while they continue to buy up our neighborhoods, live off the hard work of our ancestors and dominate the political, economic and intellectual life of the United States.

In like manner, Black nations around the world should work to build and expand their wealth and economies using efficient and effective means. (See the great book, "Susu and Susunomics," published by available at


One of our major problems as Blacks in America is the fact that every dollar we make circulates only once in the Black community. By comparison, every dollar the white community makes circulates ten times or more in their community.

The white European sense of self-preservation and economic domination and control is so strong that they will even create copies of Black culture such as boy groups and girl groups to sing Black music by calling it "pop," or copy industries such as Black hair care, music and food products to compete and destroy what Blacks have created.


Despite the one way passage of Black dollars in the Black community, there are many ethnic Black communities in the U.S. who put in use the application of traditional economic methods, pride in self and use the knowledge that economic power is as important as political power.

One such group is the Afro-Caribbean community, another is the African immigrant population and the largest of that population happens to be Blacks from the South, where economic integration (some call it Black economic distruction) has not brought about the destruction of Black business to the extent that it has happened in other parts of the U.S.

Moreover, one of the most ancient forms of economic development called susu economics is being used by Afro-West Indians to develop their communities, build businesses, build schools and invest in their communities (see the book, "Susu and Susunomics: The Theory and Practice of Pan-African Economic, Cultural and Racial Self-Preservation," published by Susu was also significant in helping the Jewish refugee population who began migrating to New York after World War II, to develop a strong economic community.

The time has come to start putting methods and systems that will contribute to Black development. The power of Black America to serve in the same function that white America serves as a force on this planet is very much within our grasp.

Why are we in a continual downslide toward underdevelopment around the world? We African-Americans and Africans in the U.S. hundreds of billions of dollars at our disposal, yet, why are we sitting aside as a scattered people, with no influence, no nationalistic agenda and no ability to contribute to the liberation of Blacks in America and in other parts of the world?


Today, Blacks in Latin America, Brazil, India, Papua New Guinea, Africa, the Caribbean, Melanesia, Europe and the Indian Ocean, Australia and elsewhere are uniting despite the distances from each other. Today, there seems to be an international awakening among Blacks and despite the problems we face, a world Black renaissance is on its way to becoming a reality.

Here in the U.S., too many of us are simply wasting the benefits we have, whether its wasting good media on music videos and one type of music, whether its wasting money on cars and things we can do withouit while our Black colleges are shut down and our ownership of real property is lessened, or whether its falling for the marry, devorce and break up the Black faimily plague that is destroying the African-American family.

In retrospect, its time to make a change and to work to stand as a positive force in the world. We have a GNP of over 600 billion dollars at our disposal, its time to put that money to good use to develop our communities and to contribute to building a better Black world. Afterall, if we can use our money to develop markets in other parts of the world and can build a manufacturing base, we will have helped develop a Black world that will be open to trade and commerce with us.

Paul Barton
Author of:
"Susu Economics: The History of Pan-African Trade, Commerce, Money and Wealth," published by 1stbooks Library,

Susu Economics is a facinating and well researched book that presents the history of African/Black civilizations from ancient Egypt to India, Mesopotamia, Nubia-Kush (the nation of Sudan, presently occupied by Arabs where Africans are being enslaved), Olmec Mexico, the Mound Civilization of the Southern and Midwestern United States, Sabea/South Arabia, Shang China and many other great civilizations. The book describes why Africans migrated from Africa. The idea of hunting animals and migrating is mentioned as well as the even more important possibility that trade and commerce, commodities and goods were being sought as well.

"Susu and Susunomics: The Theory and Practice of Pan-African Economic, Cultural and Racial Self-Preservation," published by Susu and Susunomics is an effective blueprint for cultural, social and economic development of Black America and the Black world. This book is already a well-known world renouned text used by some economists as a practical guide to development.

A History of the African-Olmecs: Black Civilizations of America from Prehistoric Times to the Present Era," published by 1stbooks Library

The above book, "A History of the African-Olmecs is one of the most important books written on the prehistoric Black presence in the Americas, including the United States. This book is even more important today since at the present moment, evidence of an ancient civilization more than eight thousand years was found off the coast of Cuba, beneath Cuban waters. Among the latest discoveries which support the history in the book is the discovery of well made and refined tools in South Africa that give an age of about 70,000 years old. This book gives an accurate and well researched history of how such civilizations were built in the Americas by prehistoric Africans from the Nile Corridor, West Africa and the Sahara.

Paul Barton

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