reply to post by TreadUpon
The irony is that this kind of behavior does nothing more than marginalize the black community. These people are, afterall, the black elected
political leaders, the majority of them coming from majority black communities.
It is the very lack of acknowledgement that behavior has consequences that is touted by black leaders that is so troubling to much of and a growing
portion of the larger US population. People are concerned about black unemployment yet don't dare draw the connection between the recent racist
riots and the employment of young black men. Absurd, of course they are related and they should be. Black leadership can not have it both ways.
They can't advocate group solutions and lump all blacks into this monolithic population and then complain when an individual black is held back
because he is associated with that larger group. Its the black leadership that is denying the power of the black individual, not society.
The more blacks (and other groups) shun assimilation and speak out against society at large the more they are going to be marginalized. Many folks,
if not the majority consider Maxine Waters to be a joke. Same with John Conyers, Sharpton, Sheila Jackson Lee, Rangel and other prominant black
leaders. They're comical.
When blacks vote over 80% for Obama, a fact in and of itself that indicates racism and he loses to someone who is likely to be far less supportive of
minority causes than Obama, they will be further marginalized. The majority of the US population is tired of hearing about the issues within the
black community. The issues are largely ignored and have become tired old stories that are simply not taken serious.
Were blacks to seriously believe that they have a unique set of issues, which I don't believe they do, the last thing they would logically do is elect
leaders to represent those issues within the government and society who are in no way up to the task. That is exactly what they do.
This is not the 1950s. Blacks don't have issues that are different than any other segment of society and the solution to those issues is no mystery
and are the same for everyone. The solutions require individuals to act in their own interests.
As long as blacks have political leadership bent on maintain group identity because it suits their political careers and secures their offices and
champion group vs. individual, large segments of society will view blacks from the group perspective and ignore the individual.
In case folks have not noticed, there are many elements of the black community that were one to be serious about their own advancement in society
would want absolutely no association with.
edit on 30-8-2011 by dolphinfan because: (no reason given)