Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Civil-Rights Leadership Gone Astray

One has to question why today's civil-rights leaders elected the George Zimmerman/Trayvon Martin verdict as its latest racist springboard. The case, from a rule of law perspective, was clear-cut. Any other decision would have been a disaster for justice.

Today's civil-rights leaders are irrelevant. It appears as if they think they live in the 1950s and that racism is rampant. Heroism is not to be found in the modern-day wannabes like Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton. Inflaming comments from President Obama that he somehow shared a similar environmental prejudice as a young man was more misplaced bravado.

Traditional racism has all but been eliminated in America. The racism that does exist is more often found with blacks against whites, or black against Hispanics, Asians, or Polynesians. In these cases, it is usually associated with poor education, inner-city poverty and gang-related crime.

Trayvon Martin was not Rosa Parks. He was punk, gang-banger apprentice, societal menace; not a good-intentioned, college-bound societal contributor. He was the one in the control position over Zimmerman, leaving Zimmerman little choice but to use his his firearm, affecting both lives forever. Yet, the media-driven uproar felt is best to spend their little capital on this case.

Civil-rights leaders ought change jobs and focus on the real problems of black America. The main one being that 72% of children born to black mothers who are not marriage to the fathers. Young black men have poor role models. Black women sell themselves short, limiting their ambitions to whatever might be in vogue in their neighborhood or town. The African-American family comprised of a husband and wife is non-existent. The result of this is black-on-black killings in every major city in America.

As long as America's black leaders focus on their relevancy, they will never solve what is core to equality in America.

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