Red Herring | The White-male VP syndrome

If I am ever going to accomplish my goal of eliminating the apprehension that societal Minorities and Women small business owners communicate about joint-venturing with White-Male owned small business, for the purpose of exploiting our collective economic capacity; we I must have a grown-up conversation about this issue (read below).

If I am ever going to accomplish my goal of eliminating the apprehension that societal Minorities and Women small business owners communicate about joint-venturing with White-Male owned small business, for the purpose of exploiting our collective economic capacity; we I must have a grown-up conversation about this issue (read below).

To be certain, there have been many 8(a) – minority, 8(m) – women owned, and some Service Disabled veteran owned firms that have been exploited by white-males acting in the capacity of Vice President, while truly being the owner in principal of the entity. And, I offer no excuse for this prostitution, other than to say that I believe capitalism, rather than racism, is/was the driving force behind the exploitation. Moreover, if the relationships were not symbiotically and mutually beneficial – would the exploited party have participated? I think not.

What you can be certain of about our capitalistic society, by any measure, is that every action in pure commerce is driven by a desire for increase. Of course, it is common knowledge that race, gender, and religion have been used as a collective red herring by those of a more aggressive capitalistic bent (Bigs) – in order to dissect and keep apart what represents a truly formidable competitive collective (Smalls). Have you ever wondered why the restricted competitions and silos/sectors of the small business community are permanent and presumptive in federal procurement? While at the same time, contract bundling – which would not affect a fluid and dynamic small business community – is the Achilles heal of a fragmented one?

Wake Up – We are cutting off our individual noses despite our collective faces; it’s about profit margin, stupid!

To be sure there will be those small business owners who believe with conviction that the semantics of race, gender, and religion are enough to principally deny ones’ own firm the opportunity for growth and expansion – and to you, I say “you are a damned fool, and I personally would not chose to do business with one so ignorant, either”. However, to those who truly embrace free-enterprise, and understand the big picture of what is truly our collective barrier to entry, I say “let us be at home with our truest and most core motivation – the desire for increase”. I challenge you, as my main man Hank Wilfong would say, to address that “skunk in the room” and recognize how much competition we could represent to the Bigs if we as Smalls could give each other the benefit of the doubt – that, agnostic of the above stated semantics, we are all purely motivated by a desire for one thing – the desire for increase.

Look, I ain’t no fool – we ain’t gotta live together; but can we at least make money together?

Get at me, if you’re ready to change the subject and do some real hunting.

One Voice…

\\ rudy

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