Questions are being asked day in and day out: why are BW /BC not organized enough to use what they've got to get what they want?
I think this question has been asked in various forms by different people. Gina asked this today on her blog, What About Our Daughters.
I think one of the commentators hit it right on. Leadership. There is a great lack of good leadership and why is that? What can be done about it?
Why is there such a lack of leadership?
There is a group who loved their best and brightest of children. They 'loved' them so much, that they'd sacrifice them to their god by burning them! Needless to say, it was not a very smart bunch of people...can you guess why?
Not as exaggerated as the above situation, within the black community, those who arose with potential leadership often tend to fit the "too white" mold and were rejected by many. Others, who were "down with it" were seen as too ghetto, or were actors and sportsperson whom many did not want as their 'spokespreson.'
Afterall, as i've heard over and over, we are not a monolith.
What can be done about it?
Leaders. Leaders of tens, leaders of hundreds, leaders of thousands. Can we list what our ultimate goals are? health issues, justice, education, political weight. Can we then realize that at different levels of our non-monolith BC, those same needs are their but at different stages. Without condescension, can we help each level to attain their health, justice, education and political goals? Can we understand that maybe at one level, the leader does have to be hand snapping, fast talking attitude holding hipster and at another level a literary giant with a PhD can do better.
Whatever the case may be, if we have unity, confidence in each other, and love for self I think it can be achieved. Unity in knowing that even though there are other goals to be attained, we all agree to focus on a certain few goals. Confidence in each other in that if we see one is attacked, we support them and let them fly again. and love for self so that when a new leader arise -just because she looks like- we aren't hating on her!