by Trey Coleman
Imagine if 10 of the most prominent black leaders in the country came together in a meeting to set a black agenda. Let’s give them 10 days to come back with an Agenda. They will not be able to leave the meeting before the 10 days are up. In attendance were Minister Farrakhan, Rev Jesse Jackson, Rev Al Sharpton, Dr. Ben Carson, Tavis Smiley, Cornel West, Michael Eric Dyson, Condoleezza Rice, Cathy Hughes, and Maya Angelou. We have 10 of the brightest minds from the community in one room planning the agenda for the Black Community. Can they put aside their egos and be of like mind, to make this agenda a reality? That is the real issue.
We can stop imagining now because that meeting will never take place due to individual political affiliations, personal agendas, egos, and the unseen forces. In an article, written by David A. Love, for theGrio.com Titled, Which leaders speak for black America? 40% of African-Americans polled, said nobody, speaks for him or her. 24% said Reverend Al Sharpton; 11% said Reverend Jesse Jackson; 9% said Congresswoman Maxine Waters; 8% said NAACP President Ben Jealous speaks for them.
Please note that theGrio.com is affiliated with MSNBC, so its safe to say the polling was skewed in favor of Rev. Al Sharpton. Sounds like someone or something is trying to choose whom the leaders of the black community should be. Why do we need a Black leader? Why would we want to give that much power to one man? There are black men I admire Min Farrakhan, Michael Eric Dyson, Tavis Smiley and Dr. Ben Carson to name a few at the same time they are not my leader. They all have qualities I respect and admire.
The perception is most black leaders or so-called black leaders spend too much time bloviating. They are caught up in self-aggrandizing that their message becomes diluted and fall on deaf ears. Also, will any of the so-called black leaders today, take a back seat to one another for the greater good? How can they effectively work together bridging the gap between the generations? Most of Generation X (baby boomers) and Generation Y (millennial) lack trust and do not respect the older generation mainly due to the older generations dismissive attitude.
We lived to see a Black President which most of us thought we would never see in this lifetime. Will we live to see a black leader or should we focus on cultivating the leader within thereby gaining a greater understanding of one self?
My name is Trey Coleman. I’m blogging to give some insight on politics, music, and entertainment. I’m a Republican, and I believe in capitalism. Contact me on my website Treystruth.com or follow me on twitter at @Treyce43 (Treys Truth).