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                                                                             I Herein and Hereby Resolve
Steven Lemon
15 January, 2016

As one of my New Year's resolutions, I am apologizing to all the people who I may have insulted by thinking I could bring together a group of Black entrepreneurs who had the courage, vision and the ambition to DISCUSS creation of a project to improve the financial environment of the Black enterprise community.
I had no idea an invitation to TALK would be seen by so many as a HUSTLE. I realize now that some people are reflexively suspicious when confronted by an idea that they could neither conceive nor comprehend. I have even been accused of being a WHITE guy pretending to be Black!

Only after I had been kicked out of several Facebook forums and two investment partnerships did I come to realize that perhaps there is no such group of innovators out there or they would have manifested themselves long before now.

I am truly sorry that so many were offended by my insistence that the problems plaguing OUR part of the business community is not due to discrimination, White privilege, Black history, lack of education or any of the other excuses that we so often use to rationalize our status at the bottom of the economic totem pole.

I suppose the last straw was when I suggested that the real reason for our “in this ditch” condition is our own fault and if we can't solve it ourselves we don't deserve anything other than what successful people give us, (See the image attached) and that only a fool would invest money in us when we are so reluctant to invest in ourselves.
Maybe that was a little over the top, but I have been suffering from the UMPIRE SYNDROME (AKA BlueFluenza) for decades. I just calls 'em as I sees 'em.

Finally I want to thank all those who worked so hard to make me feel like an Eagle among a flock of Sparrows.
Oh SNAP! There I go again!
OK, maybe NEXT year I'll honor that resolution longer than two weeks.

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