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I left off with discussing some of the problems which I feel affects black America. That’s where I’ll pick up and hopefully if I don’t get too long winded I’ll begin to delve into some of the solutions.
Shoddy Leadership. Black people don’t have strong leadership who advocate on their behalf. Before I go any further Barack Obama is president of the United States of America not president of Black America. Obama may be black but this nation is not and that’s whom he was charged with keeping the best interest of. So who are we left with? Al Sharpton? Jesse Jackson? Civil rights leaders of past are stuck preaching the same tired rhetoric of the 60s and 70s. There are new challenges facing black America in todays society. Issues such as how to compete for jobs with not only whites but on a global market when we are falling behind in education. I’m ashamed to say I grew up in a city that re-elected a black man as mayor after he was caught on camera smoking crack cocaine. Marion Barry led an administration that accepted high crime and failing schools as a way of life for black people. What did we do? Voted him into office. I guess we didn’t want to see a white man in power of our city that bad that we allowed a total sense of unaccountability. I personally feel that black leadership is all about self. Sure we share the same skin color but in the end the only color that matters is green. I have more in common with a 3o year old man in Iraq than I do with Al Sharpton or Maxine Waters and that’s a problem (and another post coming soon).
Rap Music and Television. I listen to rap music. The thing is that I know the difference between what is a modern day minstrel show and what goes on in real life. In today’s rap business, young rappers hungry for stardom are cheap labor, able to satisfy white America’s continuing desire to see negative stereotypes of blacks. And let’s not get it confused, the biggest consumer of rap music are young white males. The problem is that white-owned corporations making big money off off the music have to get past the risk of charges of racial stereotypes. That requires the silence of black leaders, politicians, ministers and the media. Even if these leaders were vocal how can you blame corporate America? Its not as if you look at music videos and its white people in black face. These are black people contributing to the overall negative stereotypes of black people. Ones that charge black men with being unfeeling stud mandingos who have a propensity to violence and portray women as prostitutes who have no self-respect. The problem is parents allow children to internalize these negative connotations of images of people they see who look like them. How else should a child behave if all they see is a man rapping about busting guns while driving expensive cars or women popping their pussy on a handstand? And let’s get into television. I find it sad that people want to put down shows like Reed Between the Lines which portrays black people in a positive light but tune in week in and week out to shows like Real Housewives of Atlanta, which show young girls that to make it you have to marry someone successful.
I don’t want this to get too long so I’ll finish this up in the next post were I’ll discuss some possible solutions of how our culture can bring back the pride that has recently been lost. Feel free to discuss in the comments sections. I’m sure I’ve left out some issues.