Read Juan William's reflections some 40 years after the death of Martin Luther King, Jr, and the huge void created by the political/social/economic failings of the so-called leadership in the community.
"When King spoke about the racist past, he gloried in black people beating the odds to win equal rights by arming 'ourselves with dignity and self-respect.' He expressed regret that some black leaders reveled in grievance, malice and self-indulgent anger in place of a focus on strong families, education and love of God. Even in the days before Congress passed civil rights laws, King spoke to black Americans about the pride that comes from 'assuming primary responsibility' for achieving 'first class citizenship.'"
"He has stopped all mention of government's inability to create strong black families, while the black community accepts a 70% out-of-wedlock birth rate. Half of black and Hispanic children drop out of high school, but he no longer touches on the need for parents to convey a love of learning to their children. There is no mention in his speeches of the history of expensive but ineffective government programs that encourage dependency. He fails to point out the failures of too many poverty programs, given the 25% poverty rate in black America.
And he chooses not to confront the poisonous 'thug life' culture in rap music that glorifies drug use and crime.
Instead the senator, in a full political pander, is busy excusing Rev. Wright's racial attacks as the right of the Rev.-Wright generation of black Americans to define the nation's future by their past. He stretches compassion to the breaking point by equating his white grandmother's private concerns about black men on the street with Rev. Wright's public stirring of racial division."
Why be the catalyst for real change when you can pander to the crowd and enable more of the same things which are toxic to your people??The same questions need to be asked of the supposed local "leaders" in our own black community.