BY: LEON KWASI KUNTUO-ASARE
In San Francisco the city by the bay, a city I have called home for the past twelve years, ” I have to basically walk the streets as an endangered species, I feel like the last black man of San Francisco ” since the African-American population has virtually been gentrified and priced out of the city.
In the 1970s the African-American community represented 13.4% of the city, today the black community only represents a meager 6% of San Francisco and that is rapidly declining.
Because of the new tech boom, with its high paying jobs, income inequality has become even more dramatic, since inner-city blacks have not traditionally had access to the proper education or computer science classes , unlike white suburban kids, while in elementary and high school. So the likelihood of them taking those classes in college, if they go to college are not high, and therefore they will most likely not be eligible for those jobs.
The end result is the median household income, according to the census is for whites is $104,300, for Asian Americans $72,000 and for Latino-Americans $67,000, whereas black median household income has dropped to 29,500 in San Francisco, which speaks of doom for blacks in a city full of rising rents and evictions.
Barry Dow, president of Access Advocates, a construction apprentice program, described the fate of Black San Franciscans as follows: “Everything we created and developed as African Americans has been taken away.”
MY CALL TO ACTION:
My hypothesis is we the African-American community must take this tech revolution head on, since it’s coming either way.
I speak to my people not as a man who has accomplished all his business goals, nor as a man, who is sitting on his butt doing nothing, but complaining .
I speak as man who has had to retrain his brain and learn computer programming from free online classes from W3SCHOOLS.com, UDACITY.COM , CODEACADEMY.COM and KHANACADEMY.ORG, which also helped to improve my math, with their math courses.
Instead of being afraid of the tech revolution, I decided to take it on, with the online courses, the tech revolution has made available for free for everyone, no matter your income level, race, gender or age, anyone can learn coding, and since I live in California , I decided to take advantage on the Governor’s fee waiver for community college, when I finished the International business program at a bay area community college and plan to take my scholarly education even further as soon as I move my elderly parents to the bay from Detroit, and I hope to take advantage of grants for university students , and keep working my a$$ off.
I soon realized I needed to improve my very much outdated business and marketing skills, that I had not used since my immigrant father from Ghana, forced my brother and I to work at the family’s store in Detroit. About a year and a half ago, I decided to start my own news blog and indie book publishing company , since I noticed their were no major news or media companies to tell the narrative of us living in the African Diaspora. It was very easy and cheap, for those you wanting to know how, the simplest way to get a blog is to go to wordpress.com and get a free blog, once you feel you got the hang out it, you can upgrade to a paid domain site and even apply to get wordads (wordpress’s system for you to earn add money on your blog) I would not suggest this until you’ve grown your audience and found your niche or tribe of followers. Now as far as starting your own book publishing company, once you have your book or books ready to be published, I would suggest getting a copyright at legalzoom.com, I would publish a ebook at first, even though you can use CreateSpace.com, which is owned by Amazon.com to print on demand books. Kindle is the best and easiest ebook platform to use and amazon actually sells more ebooks than paper books.
Once you’ve done that just go out there and do it.
Here’s a list of great books for Entrepreneurs :
1. THE LEAN STARTUP. BY : ERIC RIES
2. UNLABEL. BY : MARK ECKO
3. A.P.E( AUTHOR, PUBLISHER, ENTREPRENEUR ) BY : GUY KAWASAKI
4. TRIBES. BY: SETH GODIN
5. THE STARTUP OWNER’S MANUAL. BY : STEVE BLANK AND BOB DORF
GREAT WEBSITES TO USE ARE:
1 . TWITTER AND FACEBOOK GROUPS TO PROMOTE
4. AND MEETUP.COM TO INTERACT WITH LIKE MINDED PEOPLE
NOW LETS BUILD ANOTHER BLACK WALLSTREET! !!
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