When you come into consciousness you will then see that working for the oppressor isn’t the smartest thing to do because you don’t really have any power. We may be able to take care of our bills and buy some things we like, but real power is when we are able to pass something down to our children and generations to come. The Honorable Elijah Muhammad was a great advocate for doing for self and doing for self is how we become independent.
In the Honorable Elijah Muhammad’s monumental book, “Message to the Blackman in America,” He writes, “There is no need for us millions throughout the country, spending our money for the joy and happiness of others. As a result, as soon as we are thrown out of a job, we are back at the doors of White people, begging for bread and soup. How many clothing shops do we operate in the country? Very few. Yet all of us wear clothes. Who made our clothes for us? Who sold them to us? We have a few grocery stores, but this is not enough to feed 30 million Black people in America. Should we not have clothing factories making clothes for ourselves? Should we not have more stores to sell our people everything that they want or need?” – The Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan
Although our goal is to do for self we must also keep that in context. Some of take it to the extreme and quit our jobs too early and end up struggling more than we did working for the white man. The Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan presented us with what is called the “steal away” method, which is basically starting a side business on the side or doing for self on the side and when you’re able to sustain yourself and depend on yourself THEN QUIT.
This may be hard for some because we tend not to live within our means so it will take us longer because we are trying to live like the “jones'”. The Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan has a great quote which says, “don’t let your outgo exceed your income, or else your upkeep will be your downfall” meaning if you spend more than you have and get things you can’t afford you will suffer trying to keep it. In conclusion, of course the goal is to do for self but find your skill, find your talent and see what you can monetize on the side then when that is able to sustain you then free yourself from the white man so we can focus on group economics and build our own communities.