by Malik Green
October 7, 2009 - Denver, CO, and Mastic Beach, NY - Over the last fifty years African Americans have heard many speeches, read many books, and attended many rallies and protests, yet they are as dysfunctional as ever, states Malik Green, author of The Black-Print, published by Outskirts Press. Malik provides readers with the actual, if startling reason behind their plight and offers a bold and comprehensive plan to help the descendents of African slaves control their own destiny.
Remarkably enough, Malik points out, the very institutions and entities traditionally seen as helping African Americans achieve social parity are, in fact, the ones intentionally laying the most obstacles in the African Americans' path toward wealth, prosperity and respect. Despite these institutions' "help," today's African Americans and their communities continue to suffer more and more from black-on-black crime, drug abuse, violent gangs, illiteracy, high drop out rates, low college entry rates, lack of spiritual development and a host of other maladies that keep African Americans marginalized within the American society.
The Black-print not only gets to the true cause of the problems African Americans face today, but it also provides unique and radical solutions to these problems. Malik Green's intention is to remove the tarnish and the stigma that has for hundreds of years burdened the descendents of African slaves and instead reveal the beauty, the dignity and the power of this once great and mighty people.
This provocative book reveals the driving force behind the perpetual enslavement of the African and shows why, to this day, the descendents of African slaves -- especiallyAfrican American males - continue to be systematically disenfranchised. The Black-print analyzes each of the five entities and institutions traditionally pretending to be allies of the African American people and shows how they actually remain destructive to these people and to the communities they live in.
Finally, the book offers creative and effective solutions for overcoming these malignant forces still preying on the African American population, and it provides a blueprint that can unite, revitalize and make prosperous any African American community. This "black-print," Malik Green acknowledges, is a massive undertaking; but without it, he suggests, black men and women will never be respected in America as a people, and therefore as individuals as well.
Malik Green was born in Harlem and was raised on the Lower East Side of New York City.
His father left before his first birthday, and he had to learn many things "the hard way." He dropped out of high school at 17 and with nowhere to go, joined the Army. He came back to New York after a five year tour and ended up addicted to crack cocaine for two years.
He was able to free himself permanently from that menacing addiction and began to pursue his original goal in life: to make sense of why African Americans are in the predicament they are in today.
With his belief that being African was a good thing and with his admiration for Muhammad Ali and Malcolm X -- both of whom epitomized what Malik believed African American men could be: independent, strong, intelligent, fearless men -- he discovered truths that bring forth an understanding of what is lacking in the African American community today.
Paperback: 190 pages