“The rich rule over the poor, and the borrower is slave of the lender” -Proverbs 22:7
Its the crack of dawn, but I just wanted to drop a quick post about the screening of “Almighty Debt” that I attended last night at Convent Avenue Baptist Church. As some of you know, this is a new CNN special airing on October 21st, and it revolves around the issue of financial struggles of Black America. Soledad O’Brien of CNN, Pastor Jesse Williams of CABC, Floyd Flake, A.R. Bernard, and DeForest B. Soaries Jr. made up the discussion panel.
An hour of the film was shown to a packed house, and the panel took some questions afterwards. The overall theme of the discussion was the panel speaking against the culture of debt, and against unnecessary consumerism in the Black community. Also emphasized was the need for more of us to live within our means, and do what is necessary to pass on wealth/resources to the next generation. It was state that Black America needs to develop an economic strategy to accompany the political and social justice strategy that we all know is already present in the Black community. All of these things in my opinion, were definitely points of agreement, and went over well with the audience.
I will reserve particular comments about the film, since I attended a screening and it hasn’t come out yet. (I don’t want to be accused of spoiling it you know) But, I do want to end by asking a question about the statement made by Pastor DeForest B. Soaries Jr. In his opinion, “Debt is worse than racism” Do you agree or disagree? Why?
I’d like to hear your comments.
-Marc W. Polite