'Beyond the Bricks' profiles plight of young black men
I promoted Cynthia Tucker's comments to the top because she perfectly represents what I have been pointing out all along: As those forces who represent themselves as "Black leadership" distract the Black rank & file outward toward issues that are not important to our bottom line................the results that we are now dealing with, long after they have taken sufficient control over our communities to fortify our interests, gets squandered. If only I can convince people that THERE IS A COST TO OUR COMMUNITIES for following along without challenging the hijacking.
If I ran the NAACP, the National Urban League or the troubled Southern Christian Leadership Conference, I’d make my single priority hammering away at that awful statistic and working to change the fate of those young black men.
- Ms Tucker DID NOT SAY the White people gathered under the banner of "the Tea Party" does not register as great of a threat than does the unacceptable Black graduation rate
- Ms Tucker DID NOT SAY "favorable people" run the vast majority of these school systems in which Black males graduate at a totally unacceptable rate
- Ms Tucker DID NOT LIST any of the situations that too many of these Black males are born in, noting how the absent of a strong and honorable male figure in the house negatively impacts the development and discipline of Black males
Last week a US Representative in a solidly Progressive region blamed the legacy of slavery and Jim Crow as the primary problems with the Black community. What is missing in this popular narrative is the VALUE ADD that has been contributed to the situation at hand by the Black Establishment and the policy choices that they have push in line with their Progressive Establishment partners.
Again I make these points not to make this issue into a political one. The Black community made several choices at the macro level. The forces that have the power to shape our message chose to go the political route and to seek constant expansion in this arena as a means of developing our communities and fixing our people from the damage that slavery and Jim Crow racism has done to us.
The failure to notice that there has now been achieved a sufficient amount of control over the key institutions that provide the civic services to our people and then MANAGING these institutions to achieve the desired outcomes is a fatal mistake. The embedded operatives that I refer to have no particular interest in developing an introspective-management architecture. This would require them to specifically obtain the results that the community desires upon the backs of the Black community - DEVELOPING THE COMPETENCIES within our communities to make this all happen.
Instead they deploy the "Social Justice" theory by which the national government is on the hook for correcting the problems with Black males. They are "Americans" and not just "Black Americans" after all. This is true. HOWEVER - it is when we see an attempt to take over the management of the Black community - CUTTING BLACK LEADERSHIP OUT OF THE PICTURE - that we see the blow back. Functionally the stance says "Give us the money per our national entitlement and mind your own business as to what we do with it".
The competency development of our people is fundamentally a local affair. The most traction is obtained by having conscious people impart their knowledge IN A SYSTEM that the provides the cultural limits to the community. It needs to maximize the participation of the adults in the community. They get to make their imprint upon the final product, the skill of our community to manage our community resources will be developed.
IF in fact education is the great transformer of the human being - the rank & file need to push back and force the prevailing leadership to treat it this way. Not only by what they fight for EXTERNALLY in the way of resources but more importantly - what they lean upon the people to engender in their own actions.