For the longest time I have been wondering who elects or determines who is a so-called “Black leader?”
I don’t remember voting for anyone in particular to speak for my specific concerns as they may relate to my ethnicity.
According to one researcher, nearly two-thirds of African-American (63.8%) believe that Black leaders are typically chosen by the White media.
Be wary when your declared opponent and historical oppressor chooses your leadership for you.
Have we allowed unchallenged Blacks and none-blacks and none-black controlled entities and clandestine political agencies to tell Black People who their spokespersons and community leaders are? If so, then how can we begin to speak about racial unity and mutual cultural respect and empathetic understanding and peace when we allow the media and other reporting entities to divide us by presuming to label certain religious, social and political personalities as “Black Leaders” and spokespersons for the perspective of All Black American?
If Black People have Black Leaders who speak for them, then White people must have White Leaders who speak for them and Hispanic people must have Hispanic Leaders who speak for them and the Asian people must have Asian Leaders who speak for them.
And if Black People have designated spokespersons who speak representing the “Black Agenda,” then there must be designated White Leaders and Hispanic Leaders and Asian Leaders and every kind of racial leader imaginable to represent and speak out on behalf of their individual race’s unified agenda, if there be any such animal as a “unified agenda.”
Are you beginning to get the point?
Are you beginning to see the danger in such a notion and designation as “Black Leadership” versus the unifying idea of righteous and honest National leadership?
The point is that there is no single individual or group of individuals who represent “the Black perspective” or anyone who has primary control over “the Black agenda.” We are as diverse as anyone and nearly every Black American citizen is fully capable of thinking for themselves and leading their own families.
For me it is clear that the concept of Black leadership absolutely must change right now. It must be decentralized so that all of us are carrying the weight instead of waiting for a small group of people to get everything done. We must also consider the gifts and expertise of everyone in various areas, irrespective of race, who genuinely desires to offer themselves to the cause of racial equality, justice and mutual respect for life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness, instead of sending our favorite preacher to the White House to discuss economic and educational policy and social and racial equality.
All of us are leaders, whether it be in our families, in our social circles or in our communities. Power must be restored to the people – all of the people – with equality and justice for everyone.
And those of us who have the SPIRIT of Christ in reality and not just in name and church affiliation should remember our obligation to “bear with the shortcomings of the weak and not to please ourselves. Each of us should please his neighbor for his good, to build him up.” (Romans 15:1)
I boldly declare that there aren’t any so-called Black Leaders in America. There isn’t a clear and identifiable national Black leadership for the under-50 generation. And if America is ever going to be who she claims to be in her creed, maybe there shouldn’t be a “Black Leader.”
However, we all can be civil rights leaders, moral leaders, Christ-like leaders, leaders for equality and fairness in the dispensing of justice and leaders for financial and employment equality and leaders in the fight for equality with regards to fair and equitable restitution and/or reparations for those who have been historically, generationally and irreparable injured by the Government, her policies and her depraved indifference to the holocaust of their suffering due to Nationally sanctioned slavery and the hate crimes and discriminating practices that grew out of her indifference.
Everyone can be a leader because everyone can serve.
Thank you and May God Be Glorified, His Children Edified and the devil horrified. Amen.
~ O.W. Prince
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TO GOD BE THE GLORY!!!