Interview with Sonny Wright
QUESTION 10
INTERVIEWER:

Why?

SONNY WRIGHT:

Well, because I think you have to do more than just plan for people for the most part. I think that's what's been happening in this community. You have to plan with people. And I think that the people that you're planning with have to have some resources in order to have some input. And so in my personal opinion what has to happen is we have to make a greater concentration on economic development and try and, to get the small business people to become a part of this community. I mean, a part of, a, a real part of the community. And we do that by supporting our small business people and by getting the kind of commitments from the people who have the resources to work with us. And I don't think that the average Black businessman want any more than any other businessman want. But it's just that there's more resources in the broader community than there is existing in the Black community. For example, in 1984, according to a grand jury report, there was six hundred Black businesses in Dade County expected to do $25,000,000 in business. There were 20,000 Latin business in the same report, expected to do $7,500,000,000 in business. Well, if you got $7,500,000,000 of I guess you could say money flowing through your community, well obviously you can do more with that than you can with 25,000,000. So I think that what the whole thing is all about is that in a capitalistic country--since its America--you have to have some capital. You have to deal with capital, deal with making money, deal with having money circulated among the people in the community.

INTERVIEWER:

Okay. We've rolled out.