In the wake of the George Zimmerman case and Paula Deen comments, it has been utterly frustrating to see black leadership become conflicted about which issue to address. As you know by now unless you have been hiding under a rock, Paula Deen has revealed some racist attitudes toward people of color and even used the n-word. They have finally chosen a jury for the George Zimmerman case which turned out to be a group of females. Many people don’t know what the Florida justice system is attempting to pull by selecting this particular to decide the fate of a man who RACIALLY profiled, hunted and shot a brown boy in his own neighborhood.
From what I understand, the Rainbow Push Coalition has decided to go to Savannah go address the Paula Deen gaff but have not visited Florida to let the community know black folks are serious about getting justice in this obvious hate crime. The fact that Florida needed media attention before they would even charge Zimmerman let’s me know the Martin family will need support during the trial.
Why is it that in 2013, when we hear a white person say the n-word it takes priority over a hate crime (which also involved the n-word) that resulted in a senseless death? The people in charge not having the basic ability to determine what is worth fighting for is the problem in our community. I am curious to know what questions they ask themselves before taking action for a “cause”. It seems as if they are more focused on being accepted and being respected by Caucasians than obtaining and enforcing laws to ensure safety in black skin. What happened to Travon has happened prior to, during, and after the existence of the civil rights movement. What has black leadership done to ensure this STOPS happening to our youth? Instead of defending the youth against violence, Al Sharpton has a very public (and stupid on so many levels) funeral for the n-word. How many times has the n-word been used since the funeral? So the real question is what difference did that make? None.
In order to become effective in fighting for the rights of people of color, black leadership should ask themselves something like:
What are the most negative things happening in the black community?
Who can we speak with to determine how to stop this from occurring?
What are the side shows occurring in current events to draw our attention away from important causes? (We must acknowledge them to make sure we steer clear of that issue.)
How can our presence be used to show unity and therefore reinforce seriousness about our intent in getting our goals met?
And so on and so forth…
Bottom line: Black leadership gets no respect because they are followers and not leaders. Until they have an agenda with goals they are attempting to reach in the absence of scandal and current events, black leadership will always miss the mark because they are too busy chasing the ambulance away from the real issues.