By Patricia McKinney & Angela Cox
Our African American history is filled with a wealth of strong black men and women that suffered mental anguish and distress, and sacrificed their lives to share in the civil rights granted to them by their Creator, God Almighty. Their mentality expanded outside the four walls of their own immediate families, and they had a greater passion for the well being of their own kind, the black race. But it's sad to say, that when they died, the mentality of leadership died with them, as well as the dream that Martin Luther King fought for. Many leaders today are filled with self interest and could care less about the well being of their people. For example, Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton were around when Martin Luther King marched. Jesse Jackson was like one of the disciples to Martin Luther King Jr., just like Peter was a disciples to Jesus. Now we see this same man that had front row seat to all major events including: segregation, blacks being sprayed, beaten, jailed, bit by K-9's, and killed, show boating, wanting to be seen and caught up in sexual scandals to the highest degree. The biggest mistake that leaders make is forgetting that they're leading for the good of others and not just themselves. I recently saw Jesse's buddy "Al" coonin' and bafoonin', cheesing like a rat at a political event. He reminded me of "house nigga" chuckling and ready to serve the MASSAH, (Master). These two have killed the dream that Dr. Martin Luther King talked about. I believe his dream was for African Americans to have their own, and share in the success and wealth of America, through self sufficiency and not become victims of the welfare system and making government projects their permanent homes. Many of our Black leadership has lost their morals, they've lost their way (strayed from God) and most definitely their manhood.
Now we are witnessing our people at the lowest standard of living among other races. It's pathetic when other's can move into the country that our ancestors slaved for and take over the wealth that we should had possess. Many African Americans could not even recognize the wealth that God placed right before their eyes, because they were succumb to the foolishness instead. Instead of maximizing on business opportunities, they 'll hate on each other, kill each other, get over and steal from one another. Worst of all, many are not informed or misinformed about important changes that have occurred on a national level right under their noses that impact our people. It takes more than just a faithful few black folk with knowledge to make a difference.
No leader in this day and age can ever have my vote unless they acknowledge God and have a backbone to show for it, and it will be evident. You'll know if they have a backbone if they're not popular among the presses. They'll fight for what they believe in and won't back down due to public opinion. You'll know if they have a backbone if they don't take a backseat and compromise with immorality, or start coonin' by becoming a passive go along with crooked leadership. A lot of people call themselves leaders, but could never measure up or be compared to those of the former day. They not putting their lives on the line for anyone! and Last but not least, people need to stop comparing Martin Luther King, Jr. with President Barak Obama because the two cannot be compared.