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Question: Who is this “We” people always refer to when talking about change in the Black community?

I’m looking for WE.  You know, the “WE” that Black journalists, commentators, business people, politicians, and pundits talk about when they are interviewed on television and radio.  When they say things like…

  • We need to educate our children and take back our communities.
  • We need to harness our socioeconomic power and influence corporations.
  • We need to support “X” and “Y” legislation.
  • We need to step up and be fathers, mothers, mentors, leaders, business people, etc.

Do you know who “We” is?

In my opinion, the homogeneous black WE is a figment of the imagination.  We as African-Americans are not of one economic or social strata.  We are not all college educated or high school drop outs.  We don’t all have the Cosby family dream or come from strong single mother households.  It is this reality that is overlooked when people call on the WE.

When you call out to someone who isn’t there…they don’t hear you.  Black America is not hearing the call of some of it’s best and brightest leaders because they aren’t calling US collectively.  We are not WE…we are YOU.  You are the poor sista on welfare who is looked down upon because she needs food stamps to survive.  You are the brother who was passed along by “No child left behind” so that the graduation rates would be acceptable.  You are the child who is told they can be a great as Martin Luther King, but faces a reality in their neighborhood that says they will be lucky to secure a decent paying job after high school graduation.

When we all see our brothers and sisters as ourselves we gain the perspective that compassion and understanding brings.  Advising from a place of understanding brings context, and context makes words relevant.  You must take on the challenges, differences, issues and problems and see them on a personal level.  Seek to understand, not just provide lip service.  Then we can go from You to US.  Community.  You are then able to speak to the community at large as well as segments of the community in the ways that are most effective.  From there we can move the community to action, because as we all know, actions speak louder than words.

I don’t think that many people I hear are talking about US when they say “We need to”.  I think they are really saying that “The Talented Tenth” needs to.  They may be saying “You people” need to.  I think the appeals and advice, no matter how good and well intentioned, is falling on deaf ears.  We need action plans and road maps to the future that are formulated to appeal to our diverse community.  Black History Month is a great time to consider whether it’s time for talking or time for us to build community and effect change.

Hello, Negro family, I’d love to know your thoughts on this.

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Friday Question: Who are today’s black leaders?

Hello, Negro wants to know who you consider to be a black leader in the 21st century?  Please, don’t just name Obama and Oprah…and Jesse, and Al.  Pull out that most influential people issue of Ebony magazine if you need to.  LOL

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Friday Five: Who are your African American Heroes?

1. Martin Luther King Jr.
2. My enslaved ancestors
3. My father
4. Nat Turner
5. Madame CJ Walker

What about you?

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Florida: Police shoot several unarmed black men, NAACP reponds

The Dade county NAACP is calling for justice in light of recent police shootings of unarmed African American men. People want answers and lack of response to the shootings by black elected officials and the absence of local political leaders at a recent meeting also became a major focus.

Miami-Dade NAACP President Bishop Victor T. Curry began the meeting on the evening of Nov. 19 by dispelling accusations that he is against the police.

“I’m against police brutality and I believe 99 percent of police officers in their right minds are against police brutality,” he told the crowd of more than 50 people at the New Birth Enterprise Building at 8400 N.E. 2nd Ave. in Miami.

According to Curry, the purpose of the meeting was to determine, “What should our response be as a community?”

Curry questioned whether other communities in Miami-Dade are treated similarly by the police.

“I can guarantee you this…if in the last two months, four unarmed…men from Aventura were shot and killed by African-American police officers, don’t you think the citizens, the residents of Aventura would be meeting like this?” he said.

Michael Knight and Frisco Blackwood, both 21, were killed on Nov. 12 in Little Haiti after police stopped them for running a red light. Details of the events that led to the shootings are in dispute.

A Miami-Dade police officer shot and killed 19-year-old unarmed Haitian immigrant Gracia Beaugris on Oct. 26 after what police said was an altercation, according to published news reports.

Roger Brown, 40, died Nov. 7 after a struggle with police officers outside a tire shop in North Miami-Dade. The owner of the shop, at 1655 NW 95th St., called police just after 7 p.m. after noticing the man’s truck being driven erratically, according to The Miami Herald. Officers immobilized Brown with a stun gun. He was taken to North Shore Medical Center, where he died.

Curry, the popular pastor of the New Birth Baptist Church also took issue with the absence of Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos Alvarez from the meeting.

Curry insisted that the mayor, County Manager George Burgess and Police Chief Robert Parker would have attended meetings in other communities “to hear the concerns of the people.”

He added that their absences represent “just utter disrespect” for the black community.

Source: BrowardTimes.com

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