One of the major flaws in African-American culture we have not caught on where other Black cultures worldwide caught on and addressed is how we process data. With that said, this article is our first commitment to executing economic empowerment in the hood using STEM by laying out the framework.
This article will discuss two methods of processing data which is historical data processing and analytical data processing. Right now, we brothas and sistas are being programmed to focus only on historical data, even by our own Black elite class. However, everything that is going wrong in the hood right now is because of our failure and ignorance of analytical data processing. So let’s get into discussing the two types of data processing.
Historical Data Processing
Historical data processing is self-explanatory and that is processing data on events that already happened. The role of historical data processing is to collect facts after the event occurred and try to provide an “analysis” on it and explain it to others as an expert on that situation.
Historical data processing is practiced by many of our so-called educated “Black intellectuals” in our community and culture. Here are some examples of historical data processing as practiced in the African-American community:
Black History Month. This is where we spend our time talking about “the first African-American” or talk about events that occur in the past. Most of the conversation is really “ego stroking” instead of analyzing data from Black History and see how it can applied to our current situation.
Social Activism. This is where these “civil rights” and “social activists” and “community activists” like to react to events such after the police shot someone dead or the judge already signed off the execution order or the eviction notice. They want to whip people up on what already happened and try to rally Black people in a desperate situation to “do something about it”.
That “Black Consumers Spend $1 Trillion” Annual Report. Every year, someone I think from Chicago or the Midwest come out and blabber on about how Black people spent one billion or one trillion or whatever and that is the purchase power of Blacks. This is historical data analysis on what Blacks already threw their money at.
Tax Rebates. The African-American community is marketed very hard during tax season with the focus on getting tax rebate checks. However, taxes are data processing on historical data for the previous year.
Black News. If you look at most of these Black media web sites that have some headline like “Unbelievable!” or “Shocking!” with some trifiling headline story, they are also analyzing an event using historical data processing but trying to put an entertaining spin on the event that happened.
Black Media. Notice there are few Black-oriented media with a future-based theme? With the notable exception of “Homeboys in Outer Space”, Black media has focused on historical data processing calling it “old school” media where in the 21st century they still playing Isley Brothers, Frankie Beverly and Maze and even worse, Prince.
The main use of historical data processing in the Black community to recycle and repurpose used material and this is really sad.
Analytical Data Processing
Analytical data processing is using both historical and current data to apply to our current situation and realities we are facing right here and right now. Not only can analytical data processing be used to address what is going on right now, it can be used to help us predict future events and prepare and address future events.
In analytical data processing, all data points are extracted and filtering based on the value of that data point and how it can be applied to the current situation or our future situation. Here are examples of analytical data processing:
Auto-pilot systems. Modern aircrafts are equipment with computers that analyze flight data in real time and make adjustments to the pitch, yaw, heading and provide stabilization for takeoff and landing approach. This type of analysis reduces human error in flight and why we can fly all over the place in this world today with little crashes. Please note that even when crashes do occur, there is a reconstruction effort as well as a flight data black box that is also studied in a manner to prevent future crash occurrence.
GPS Systems. Modern GPS systems can take real time data traffic data, construction notices and calculate your current position and pick the best path for you to travel. In a large city where an accident can close all lanes and take up to 2 hours to travel just 5 miles or 5 kilometers, a GPS system can re-calculate and find an alternative route to take.
District Attorney Office. The district attorney uses analytical data processing to make a decision if they can prosecute someone with minimum resistance. For example, if a brotha or sista get arrested, they can determine the track record of the defendant lawyer and the presiding judge and facts and media/public attention to see if they can force a plea bargain. This is the type of analytical processing that is locking brothas and sistas up and got felonies on paper at record rates.
GPU-based Stock Market Tools. These are tools that use the same graphic processors on computers these nerds use to play video games to make parallel vector-based calculations on a constant flow of stock market and related data input to determine which of the 500,000 stock symbols and indexes is the one to short or go long or to dump immediately.
There is more and more analytical data and I can go on such as inventory systems that can react to flash mob demand for a product and immediately kick in the whole supply chain to starting making more items to sell on the market. But the overall theme is processing data based on real-time events to avoid real-time disasters or get real-time success or even get real-time rich right here and right now.
How to Move the African-American Community towards Analytical Data Processing
Other brothas and sistas throughout the African Diaspora are incorporating real-time and analytical data processing to move their people forward, including countries in Africa. In several African countries, the use of mobile phones to check grain prices is now common as well as the ability to send money back and forth. Africa was long held back by “tradition” and is now moving forward by focusing on the present.
Here in America, we don’t have a lot of Black analytical data processors and instead have a lot of Black pundits with opinions and propaganda. That’s the current ass-backward state of African-American people and clearly explains why current data showing Black unemployment rising while other unemployment demographics is going down and why our Black youth is going to be worse off than their previous generations.
The best way to move African-Americans into analytical data processing is to use analytical data processing to expose those that exploit the use of historical data in the Black community. Here are some examples that can be done to expose those who exploit the use of historical data:
Black Radio Stations Playing the Same Song. It is possible to use current airplay and playlist data to predict the next song that will be played on certain radio stations.
Black Activist Conference, Gathering or Discussion. We can use real time data and historical data to analyze the speakers and if anything is going to come out before they even host the event.
Black Media Headlines. When a story breaks and based on how certain Black media outlets present their headlines, we can predict and pre-empt how the story will be written and what the headline will be.
Using analytical data processing, we can disrupt the current Black status quo using historical data processing to exploit and hold back their own people for profit and social standing.
For example, we can go back and study all of Tyler Perry cross dressing cooning “strong Black man-hating/weak Black woman manipulation” movies to identify the same script writing patterns of shock value and emotional manipulation scenes. With that data, we can write a book “decoding” Tyler Perry next movie release and predict just based on the plot and trailer how it will turn out.
His fan base will actually buy the “decoded” book and we will successfully data manipulated Tyler Perry fans before Tyler Perry could run that same tired script on his movie release date. This is not new and been done plenty of times before but we brothas and sistas ain’t smart enough or hip enough to this kind of data manipulation strategies.
Don’t think Tyler Perry, think of the Republicans for example. You can “decode” the Republican/GOP/Fox News talking point propaganda platform and turn it on them before they use it again and again. If you have not gotten a clue by now, this is exactly what candidate Barack Obama done to his opponents in 2008 and why he was able to win the White House easily and marginalize the GOP vote even in strong GOP states.
Now once we put the Black status quo using historical data processing on the defensive by being able to predict their next step and entertaining the African-American masses with these predictions, we can then begin to sell the case for analytical data processing to African-Americans. The next step would be to help educate those in the community on how to use analytical data. Here are some examples of where we African-Americans can use analytical data to deal with current and future events:
Disaster Preparedness from Hurricane Katrina Data. This is the number one, most important historical event in modern African-American history, in fact, I would say Hurricane Katrina data points are more important than data points from the Civil Rights movement. The African-American community does not have real disaster preparedness in place, do not have any plans to handle a food or energy crisis or shortage. We need to identify where we went wrong and create plans such as dedicate a day where the Black community go through a test run to find the nearest shelter, call on their relatives and find host cities to take in our people and care for them. That stuff with old Black people dying on television and Black babies dehydrated and Blacks going in to diabetic shock had a lot of us crying because we couldn’t go in and help them and we got to say never again and do something about it.
Economic Empowerment from Traffic Patterns. We all know that the Black consumer are spending a sizable amount of their money in two places which are economic centers outside of the Black community like the suburban mall, Black church tithing where the money end up as fresh new tires on a Bishop Cadillac and exploitative businesses within the Black community that have no social obligation to the community they are based in. It is possible we can track traffic data pattern from bus and train routes and great traffic maps of how Blacks in the community are “migrating” to these areas where they spend outside their community and interpret and manipulate those routes and steer them back into their own community. We can create pop-up retail showrooms in the hood commercial zones with drop-shipping and price-matching, create local community programs to give money to as an alternative to blind tithing and create kiosk based and self checkout markets to compete with liquor stores and corner stores and bodegas.
Protecting Rights and Freedom with Predictive Analysis. We know most of the police shootings and incarceration is due to our people doing and saying something that gives the cop an excuse to engage in brutality. The cop already know when they can cross the line and use deadly force and now their police union chief will be on the news defending them killing an unarmed Black citizen. The prosecutor already know if they have a solid case against a poor suspect who cannot afford to pay for a good legal defense, which is why a lot of poor Black women are now being prosecuted at alarming rates. We know they are using traffic stops and piling on charges while they got someone locked up for something like shoplifting. We even know they got snitches among us just trying to trap anybody including innocent kids to shave off a snitch time in jail. We need to collect all of this data and get this to the kids in a proactive manner so Black people can see all of this coming our way in real time instead of reacting and protest marching all the time in a too little, too late fashion.
This is why Dream and Hustle is committed to STEM-based solutions towards economic empowerment and improving the quality of life in the Black community because of how data is being processed in our community. The African-American community has to learn how to process data the right way before we can say we are going to do anything that matters to change our current situation.
We need to stop celebrating Black History Month for Black History sake and start analyzing Black History to apply to our current situation and create solutions that are real. Do not tell me about Black Wall Street in some cornball bragging fashion – tell me about Black Wall Street in how they created economic activity, developed supply chains and created jobs.
So with that said, you should realize by now that the historical data on Black Wall Street in Oklahoma really wasn’t worth a damn for our current situation because if we focus on data, the Great Migration Era towards Baltimore up to New York and Boston over to Detroit and Chicago and St. Louis over to Denver, Los Angeles, San Francisco and Seattle has way more valuable data in terms of creating Black supply lines, Black manufacturers and Black jobs and entrepreneurs creating those jobs. That is real data that we can apply to our current situation and Black Wall Street in Oklahoma is nothing more than nostalgia at best.
I know this article is going to upset some characters because they want to cling to Black History nostalgia instead of extrapolate data points to apply to our current situation. Even worse, many of these same “Black History buffs” cannot even analyze the data from recent events like Hurricane Katrina and create solutions from those recent events.
Look at the modern STEM world – if a disease breakout, they are collecting data and creating a vaccine on the spot and that is how we brothas and sistas need to start thinking instead of all this emotional Black pride crap that ain’t getting us nowhere fast for the past decades and generations. We got to change the way we think if we want to change the situation around us.
For real and I say this with true love and determination and commitment to the real mission of economic empowerment in our community – we got to start learning to focus on and processing and analyzing real-time data for the right now and create plans and prepared strategies to deal with future scenarios. When we African-Americans start managing the right here and right now and put ourselves in a situation where we can be ready for whatever, then we’ll be in a real strong position to honor our ancestors and our culture and appreciate our history the right way.