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Materialism In the African American Community

Updated on May 11, 2015


Just The Facts

In 2014 an article was written regarding the result of materialism in the African American community that appeared The African American community is 13% of the population in the United States with a reported $1 trillion dollars in purchasing power.

The Washington Post reported in 2014:

“White households as a group had a median net worth that was almost 11 times more than black households in 2000. Eleven years later, white wealth was almost 18 times greater than for blacks.”


Straight Talk

With numbers and statistics listed above, a discussion needs to take place. While not all African Americans fit these statistics living this lifestyle, there are a growing number of future generations and adults that should know better that are subscribing to this programmed foolishness. The music of today provides programming into the heads of adults and young people alike advocating getting money by any means necessary. Risk your life, prostitute yourself from man to man, steal, rob, sell your soul because your value is in that material possession. After all these materials are worth your life, time away from your family (incarceration), and worth killing anyone you have to in order to “get yours.” The prison system is one of the largest growing businesses grossing billions in profit. An effective system.

Over the past 20-30 years, the culture has went into overdrive when it comes to consumerism within the community. Why would a child wear $200 jeans while living in an impoverished community on section eight? How does a woman purchase a newer SUV making $10 an hour with an interest rate ranging from 20%-29%? How do you have a flat screen television that takes up ½ of the living room, ignore disconnect notices and there is no food in your refrigerator? On $30,000 a year can you afford a $50,000 vehicle? The majority of hurt people are trying to cover their inferiority complexes hurt and pain by acting out delusions of grandeur that lead to their own demise. ( definition of delusions of grandeur: the fixed, false belief that one possesses superior qualities such as genius, fame, omnipotence, or wealth.) This seems to be a norm now, so much so that people just open their mouths and start lying left and right. Your value is not in your materials, your value is in who you are as a person and how you use your talent to impact others. Somehow the message of the “inside” is lost while the focus grows on materials. The new sexy should be: A car that's paid off. The new sexy should be:living below your means to prepare financially for your future. We need to define the “new sexy” when it comes to evaluating material possessions and financial decisions made by individuals. Now if you have the finances to support your lifestyle then more power to you however that is not the case according to the statistics for the majority of people.

The Questions

Do you purchase materials to the detriment of your finances on a regular basis?

Is there something bothering you that you aren't addressing that is temporarily satisfied when that item is placed in the bag or when you wear that item you can't afford?

Do you feel just as confident about yourself when you are not wearing/driving that material possession?

How do you feel when your choices rob you of enjoying the simple pleasures of life such as going to dinner with your friends or going on vacation?

Do you feel good when you have to sit at home, eat off the $1 menu, or remain unable to enjoy life just to purchase a vehicle you knew was out of your price range?

As a friend of a materialistic person that lives above their means, does that cause you any issues such as having to financially fund your adventures/entertainment?

Do the materials really make you escape your problems or is it like alcohol, temporary high only to awake with

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