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?