The Black Codes, were designed to keep us as black people on the bottom rung of the economic ladder. The bottom of the economic ladder, by default puts us at bottom of the political and social ladders as well. When we are on the bottom rung, we get stepped on - politically, socially and economically. Unfortunately, this is the condition we find ourselves in. Stepped on. There's only one language that is spoken in this society. Wealth,Ownership and Community. If we don't learn to speak that language we will remain at the bottom. We believe we have been designated to be at the bottom rung. Laws put us there, practices keep us there. We have to change those practices. Most other races in the United States have wealth, and ownership collectively. This is obtained through helping each other start and run businesses, the community in turn patronizes those businesses, allowing them to further expand. We as black people need to follow the example set by other races.