L.A Clippers Owner Donald Sterling racist rants may have turned heads across America, but inside his latest interview about race, there is perhaps one small nugget of truth.
During his latest interview, Sterling said. “That’s one problem I have. Jews, when they get successful, they will help their people, and some of the African-Americans — maybe I’ll get in trouble again — they don’t want to help anybody…,”
Where can it go from here. We MUST Understand that it is really not about Donald Sterling or Magic Johnson.
It is about real Black men and real Black women looking in the mirror and asking ourselves is it time for Black America to do a self analysis on itself and be honest enough to ask ourselves have we done enough?
There are indeed a number of successful Blacks in government, business, education, holding public offices and serving as CFO’s and CEO.
Are we in the fight for civil rights equality. Are we pacesetters and trailblazers or turtles on the fence post?
During the early days of the civil rights movement, the overall attitude existed that what happened to one African-American happens to all and affects all of us.
The sense was that African-Americans were all connected from Rosa Parks incident involving taking a seat at the front of the bus to the criminal lynching of African Americans, the bombing of a church in Birmingham Alabama that killed four Black children, the freedom marches and the struggles to vote across the South.
That sense of brotherhood sparked the civil rights movement and resulted in a number of gains that led to the passing of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.
We have not communicated that same brotherhood and same urgency to the current generation and that failure does leave Black America in a very precarious situation.
The talk must go from the shade tree, the water cooler and church fellowship halls to the streets. Failing to take a stand and fight means Black America is facing a fall that could mean our own eventual self termination and extermination as a people.
We MUST Understand to overcome racism African-Americans must use its own resources from the community to rebuild neighborhoods and forge economic growth.
It is time for Black people to help each other move toward independence and self empowerment.
We cannot blame anyone for failure but who we see standing in that mirror. We have the talent, skills and resources to help ourselves and that is where building our future lies.
Regaining the edge and controlling the destiny of African-American communities is linked to recapturing the freedom spirit, preserving the fight for liberty and justice for all and planting seeds of hope in the hearts of young people.
We MUST Understand that African-Americans are in control of their own destiny and need to unite and rethink strategy and refocus on priorities for the community.
After developing that plan hold community meetings and demand every elected officials and business leaders attend in an effort help them understand what the organized plan of action for the community.
Community leaders, preachers and officials all must be on the same page, be involved and understand that the same thing it took to get our freedoms is the same thing it takes to keep it.
Armed with action plans and a united effort, African-Americans should consider returning to the days of Civil Rights movement, boycotts, protests and making noise in order to demand the kinds of changes that will revive us and rewrite the current future projections for Black people.
It is time for another Malcolm X, Martin Luther King Jr. and Thurgood Marshall.
We MUST Understand that our selfish attitudes must change about making it and getting as much as possible for self. It is time to make sacrifices for the good of all our people.
Real Leaders stand up and challenge the people to pick up the torch and start trends that will pave the way for more activism and re-ignite the fight for change and under gird those fighting issues in the political realm and the workplace.