Gina over at “What About our Daughters” (A very great and informative blog) has from time to time written about the disparity on how our so-called Black Leadership deals with crimes that happen to Black people committed by Whites and generally ignores the more common crimes that happen to Black people committed by Black people.
The fact is most crimes are committed by people of the same so-called “race” to other people of the same so-called "race", and the fact is also that “the usual suspects” often ignore the greater problem of Black on Black crime. For example, with the White Duke lacrosse player’s false accusation of them raping of a young Black woman, we saw the “usual suspects” of the so-called Black leadership establishment rush to the prematurely defense of this young woman, convicting these young men in the court of public opinion even though this woman’s case was shaky at the least (You’d have think that at least some of them would have learned that lesson from Tawana Bradley, but I digress). In contrast, a crime like the brutal gang rape of a Haitian woman down in Dunbar, Florida, by teenage African American boys, have garnered very little if any response from the “usual suspects” of the so-called Black leadership establishment.
Once again the current realities of problems in Black communities are conveniently ignored, so that the “usual suspects” of the so-called Black leadership establishment can focus on problems of an “interracial” stripe. Why is this? Why do the “usual suspects” of the so-called Black leadership establishment, ignore problems WITHIN the Black Community.
The ignoring of “Black on Black” crime is only one example, but equally does this group of self / media appointed Black Leadership ignore most of the problems WITHIN the Black Community. Sure, we have the occasional “prayer vigil” after some innocent child is the victim of Black on Black crime, and yes we always have the symbolic yet powerless funerals for “words” to show how concerned the usual suspects are with the community at large, however; nothing of real substance is done. We all know the facts, the question is “WHY”? Quite simple, it isn’t because of anything else but simple old fashioned mammon, the “Love of Money”. Bottom line, “THERES NO MONEY IN IT” for these folks.
Sure, the usual suspects can always scare up a buck by sensationalizing ANYTHING that can be played up to racial division, creating resentment from Whites (which is beside the point, why resent folks for being called to the carpet for wrong regardless of color) and doing nothing of real substance for Blacks. Besides, why would the usual suspects actually want to do something that might empower Black people? Why would they encourage Black people to do what most are doing, that is depend on themselves, their families, and social circles to work towards bettering not only themselves and the greater community?
This would mean that they would have to admit that Black people aren’t stupid, inept, or unable to compete in the world. This would mean that we need leadership to help enable a “victor” as opposed to “victim” mentality, leadership that isn’t afraid of empowering the people, who isn’t trying to use the people as a tool to strong arm corporations into making them and their children wealthy!
Fact is, these folks won’t take on Dunbar, because it works better for their hustle to take on Jena. Sure, its not an either / or, both types of things need to be addressed, however, charity and correction should start at home.
Ultimately, it is time for a change of the guard, and not just to pass the baton to their “heir apparents”. Leadership needs to come from the trenches folks, its time for us to step up, I hope we are up to the challenge.