The Black Political Review

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Amadou Diallo protest in 1999. Photo: AFP/Getty Images

The Reverend Jackson and Sharpton have been on the scene for a very long time supporting the diverse causes of the African-American community. They are owed both applause and criticism for their heroic and tragic positions they’ve taken on behalf of others. So often the issues which they champion or fight are of the polarizing kind that lead one to either support or reject them (i.e. Don Imus).  

I would like to ask you a few questions… has the African-American community or the media made them the so-called Black Leaders? Does it matter or does it hurt? Are they still relevant or should other brothers and sisters be given the spotlight to move forward any collective thought or agenda? Will they willingly pass the torch or will it need to be taken from them?

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Comments on: "The Anointed Ones: Sharpton & Jackson" (3)

  1. I think that Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson should definately be recognized as consequential black leaders. Unfortunately, there are not more leaders in the community to look up to. I always think of the black “could be” leaders that are overlooked or shunned. My idea of a black (or otherwise) leader would be Colin Powell (ex CJCS, Sec of State, White House advisor….many more), Condolezza Rice (Provost, National Security Advisor, Current Sec of State). Many in our community shun these individuals because of the political implications, but if politics were set aside we would see that regardless of your affiliation, these individuals have come from low and made it to the top. I think that a leader doesnt have to say what is owed to us or how we were wronged, but also should layout what hard work need to be accomplished to get ahead. The Jena 6 was an example of our community coming together to stand against injustice. The only question I have is then, why don’t we have protests in Detroitm, Baltimore, Atlanta, Washington DC, Camden, and many other cities when we commit these crimes of injustice against each other. I would like to see us come together like that when the murder rate in New Orleans is at 1, not 300. The next generation of black leaders will have to address this, protest the injustices that we impose on ourselves and strive to lay out the hard work that we alone can accomplish. What if we as a community are never “thought” of as equals..what if we never get reparations or an apology for the past inequalities, then what. Then we have to have to all be leaders and move past a period in time when we could always blame someone else (rightfully so). just a fe thoughts. God Bless.

  2. A. Maurice said:

    I share your opinion on Gen. Colin Powell and Dr. Rice… it is a sad, sad time we live in when Black people attack other (accomplished) Black people soley based upon their political affiliation.

    For these two (an others such as Mike Steele, SCJ Clarence Thomas) to be called Uncle Tom, Aunt Jemima, sellout, house nxxxxx and other racial epithets is totally classless. Look at the firestorm Bill Cosby put up with from other Black people as he went around speaking to Black audiences about cleaning up our house.

    Some of us… too many of us… really don’t want the truth regardless of who it come from. There are leaders ready to step up, but are we ready to let them lead?

  3. Bailey Lett said:

    Yes i agree as well to a point it is No Doubt that Gen. Colin Powell and Dr. Rice have made gains. But i believe just as important is what we as a people have to give up to make these so-called gains. Some times it is our values as an African people. There is nothing wrong with getting ahead – however IF you must sale a little of your soul to do it that’s not so good – just sayin…

    If the saling of your soul moves the community of African people ahead (familyhood) then that is a little more platible than maintaining White Supremacy…

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