As one who lobbied for racial equality in the late ‘50s and early ‘60s, it is disturbing to hear so much of the under-the-radar gossip condemning Black political and economic leadership.
These critics quickly point out Detroit and Baltimore as prime examples of long-term, in-depth, black leadership that has failed.
Take Baltimore, as the most recent example: it’s a heavily Black community, apparently now acting with childlike dependency. What a shame that communities like that city cannot stand alone, and solve their own problems as adults. Frankly, the Mayor of Baltimore should be prosecuted for malfeasance for her unbelievable support of neighborhood violence. Showing restraint in the midst of violence is irresponsible and only serves to encourage more violence.
And involving the federal government in what should be local affairs is contrary to the vision of our founders, the Constitution, and the American-Way. On the one hand, blacks abhor condescension and inequality, but then their elected leaders reject responsibility for their own culture and society. This is sad – very sad for those of us who’ve long supported civil rights.
Were our opponents back then correct? I hope not.
The aggressive antagonists further point to the federal administration headed by President Obama and other Black department heads – for their incompetent management. Back to the topic of Baltimore, if President Obama really encouraged restraint in the face of the recent, extreme lawlessness there – when law enforcement was clearly required – he should be reprimanded in no uncertain terms. Bluntly, I’m greatly disappointed if this accusation of lack of leadership is indeed true.
Still more forceful racists additionally point out African nations and their failed governments and disastrous economies. Even South Africa, one of the richest nations on the continent, is in decline since Black Africans gained governmental control.
Needless to say, it’s not easy to defend against these charges. It’s difficult to believe that skin color makes any difference at all. It’s a repugnant thought. But it’s difficult to fight these charges when there is so much hard evidence to support them. Of course, we call them racists, but that’s starting to lose some of its sting in the under-reported gossip channel.
Over the years, I’ve known many bright, highly competent and promotable African-Americans. Many are leading major corporations with apparent success. So why is the political/ governance arena so deplete of effective Black leadership? Can the apparent failure be due to the race-hustlers like Al Sharpton, Jesse Jackson, Louis Farrakhan,Jeremiah Wright, etc. who benefit by keeping Blacks down. Or is voter ignorance responsible for the unwillingness of Blacks to elect their best, who they often call “Uncle Toms”?
Let us hope and pray that things will eventually turn around – that another Martin Luther King will emerge to lead the nation back to racial equality and respect – that the Black culture will reform itself and become an appropriate part of The American-Way . . . The American Prosperity Machine.
In God we must trust . . . but we must always do our part – to secure and promote the truth and a better way – to protect our freedom and racial equality – and to defend the Judeo-Christian American-Way.
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