About the Blogger

I’m a financial professional and I’ve been self-employed for the vast majority of my professional career spanning some 30 years.   I’m a news junkie and  love to write.  I should have probably gone into journalism, but I suppose it’s never too late to pursue other interests and I believe most of us are fully capable of pursuing more than one career in a lifetime– although “career” generally means something one is getting paid for.  That’s not something that I’ve set out to do here, however, so my “pay” is simply coming from the satisfaction I get from blogging and that’s sufficient at this point.

I’m not an ideologue who can be placed in the neatly dichotomized categories of “liberal” or “conservative”.  Those labels are fictions anyway because most people don’t fit entirely into one camp or the other and I just don’t like labeling myself.  My political views are a conglomerate of a lot of stuff including my experiences.  They’re also flexible as I’ll reconsider my position on something in the face of information or facts not previously considered.

My reading interests revolve around economics, business, politics and history.  Each of these has linkages to explaining and analyzing the conditions affecting African-Americans in this country.  It is my view that many of the challenges faced by the African-American community have their genesis from issues within the community rather than without.   Given that, there are some brutal truths that must be grappled with and some urgent discussions must be had.  Ultimately, we must act.  Shaping this sort of discussion and fostering action forms the primary basis for this blog, but not the only basis.

I also like engagement in the broader world around me and often there are things that occur that don’t fit neatly into what traditionally are considered African-American concerns, but are part of the broader tapestry the world operates in.  Of particular concern to me is the economic sphere and the vast changes that are occurring on that front that have been set in place over the years.  These changes promise to bode very challenging times as we navigate a new emerging economic world where things will be vastly different than the past.   There’s a great tendency for most people to assume that the recent past is what the future will also look like and normally that’s a reasonable assumption, except in periods like the one we’re in of  fast and dramatic change.  I’ll spend a fair amount of time talking about these challenges as well.

Finally, an explanation about the name of the blog.  A clarion was a medieval trumpet that emitted a loud and clear sound.  A clarion call is a powerful request for urgent action on an irresistible mandate.  On a number of fronts, it’s clear that such a call is sorely needed.

  • Thank you for sharing a voice that is needed. We as a people need to wake-up and be counted as not just surviving but thriving.

  • Greg L

    Hi Gwyn,

    You’re quite welcome.

    My voice is really only an echo of what many have said before. In a way, the voices of Frederick Douglass, Malcolm and others call across the years to tell us what we should do. Since many of us are unfamiliar with these voices, we can’t hear them, so in a way, all that I do here is amplify their voices so they can be heard. I’m very glad to do so.

    Thanks much for visiting!

  • My voice is really only an echo of what many have said before. In a way, the voices of Frederick Douglass, Malcolm and others call across the years to tell us what we should do. Since many of us are unfamiliar with these voices, we can’t hear them, so in a way, all that I do here is amplify their voices so they can be heard. I’m very glad to do so.
    +1

  • Temret

    You’re not an idealogue? Have a nice day.

    • Let’s just say that I have some things I’m passionate about. There’s a difference between that and being a ideologue!

  • Hmmm, another unsigned blog. That makes you just another coward, among other things

    • And just what, praytell, did I do to deserve a visit from THE Mark Williams. He of tea party fame in the midst of the NAACP controversy last year. I thought they had slapped a muzzle on you in the aftermath of that, but apparently that was only temporary and apparently they let you out again. Look, you and your tea party compatriots got what you wanted in the mid-terms, but we all see for all the loud mouthed talk about fiscal constraint and etc, you guys are just another bunch of wusses who like to spend money. Guess what? Some of us will call you out on it, so rather than harassing small fry like me, you’d be better off attending to other matters. .

  • steve p

    the title of you blog is interesting, why do African Americans need a clarion call?
    do you distinguish between African American and black? is there a difference in your mind? and more importantly why are African Americans a “community” you say that you do not like to be labeled however you seem to group all blacks or black Americans ( I would assume that is what you are talking about) into one group…..
    and I find it interesting that you quoted Malcolm X. I have mixed feelings of the man, however he did believe that god was going to establish a kingdom on this earth and eliminate all of the white people.

    • It’s been a bit since I’ve been here to update the blog and upon coming here, I see that you’re here to ask a few silly questions. I think I’ll pass on engaging you since it won’t do much good for you nor I. Have a good day!

      • Facebook User

        Do not dismiss an opportunity to prove your case. We might all be feeling the same way as that user. He took the time to response. Your responsibility when you go public.

        • And what case might I prove that the poster has questioned? I should bother with justifying the name of the blog? Explain why the term African-American is used versus black? Correct his poorly understood concept about Malcolm X? Some work is profitable in the sense that it’s good for me and the reader. Dealing with an illogical closed mind.is not time profitably spent. You’re more than welcome to engage him however.

    • Facebook User

      Interesting response. Malcolm and others come from a think tank that has a different world view. If you believe that when the bible refers to black people then:

      Genesis 6 (fallen angels)

      Matthew 13:24-43 (Parable of the weeds)

      This parable points to Genesis 6

      Amos 9:7. [Are] ye not as children of the Ethiopians(Cushites) unto me, O children of Israel?

      Luke 3 (john the baptist reference: brood of vipers)

      Satan referenced as the serpent thru-out the bible.

      So you know who you are now?

      This does not mean that every other will go to hell: Matthew 13:24-43

      Both weed and good seed have to grow together. The harvest will determind what is good and bad.

      So this is were Malcolm and the rest are coming from.

      Contact us and see what we are doing on http://www.blacktradelines.com the awakening is here.

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