“Alea iacta est”, in English: “the die is cast” …
Sterling, the 21st century vintage plantation owner, was caught acting as a white male born during the hayday of our oppression.
Nurtured, educated and formed in that good ol’ white tradition.
I wont go over the taped and aired conversation with his mixed Afro-Mexican (ex)girlfriend V. Stiviano.
I will only reference his second nomination to receive a lifetime achievement award issued by the NAACP.
The same organization claiming to work for the Advancement of Colored People already gave him an award in 2009, the same year Sterling was involved in a racial discrimination lawsuit.
Nope, I won’t even go into detail about the fact that Sterlings last contribution in 2010 to the LA chapter was a measly donation of 5,000 Dollars.
I will pan the camera from Sterling and the NBA-Top back to the Black community.
Given the typical reaction to the insults and the apologetics from LA chapters Director Leon Jenkins it is clear there is another force at work keeping us hostage in the cycle of race-controversy hick-ups.
This everlasting cycle of self depreciation and self annihilation is ongoing since the closing of the civil-rights era and the death of Martin Luther King.
From then onwards the struggle descended progressively downward into the abyss of charity.
The attention of the people at the heart of this war, momentarily captured by a new trending peekaboo from behind the post-racial curtain.
Because we moved away from our common core and our eyes fixed on the trinkets of what white society had to offer, we put our collective survival on the back-burner.
Putting our collective minds at ease and keeping the NAACP in the corner of our mind while having the liberals hypnotizing us with the pendulum “post-racial”.
Over time though, the NAACP as a whole has given much cause for murmurs in the Black community.
Yet, no one ever stood up to call the leadership out to the forefront to account for the state of affairs. No open-letters no rallies infront of their offices.
Question, why did no one stop the NAACP from issuing Sterling with a lifetime achievement award back in 2009? That very same year Sterling was slapped with a discrimination lawsuit?
More pressing to note, how did the NAACP end up on the side of Sterling rewarding him, instead of aiding the people of color filing the discrimination-suit against him?
Let’s not stop at the NAACP and let’s certainly not forget about the failing Black leadership across the board.
If we, in 2014, are still fighting for our right to vote or to have proper housing it would be good to take a closer look at why we are back at square one.
There is a popular saying with regards to leadership: people get the leaders they deserve.
Are the corrupt and spineless leaders a reflection of us Black folks?
How is it that we find ourselves caught off guard, incident after incident? Is it because we forgot where and who we are?
Did we give our collective power away to a group of people serving the interest of the Establishment? Yes we did, amongst several other things.
The NAACP was not founded by people of color or American Africans. The NAACP was founded by Jewish people in the early 20th century.
We should not be surprised, learning these facts, that the loyalty of the board of this organization is not in the actual advancement of colored people.
One of the things we need to start doing is become critical of anyone who stands up claiming to take up the plight and cause of the enslaved African.
We should hold every person in position of power accountable for his and or her action. To name other examples of failing or corrupted leadership, the Black churches.
How many scandals broke last year involving Pastors and other church -leadership? What is this telling us when we take this area of leadership into the equation?
We enable corrupt and bad leadership by not holding our leaders accountable and to high standards.
We enable corruption and bad leadership when we turn a blind eye to their inconsistencies and fail to take action and to remind them who they are supposed to represent.
Unpopularly turning the camera and zooming in to that tiny speck right there, …
If we don’t have standards, if we are inconsistent ourselves it means we are debit to the current situation.
So maybe it is time we turn our eyes inwards for an inspection. If we really want things to change we will have to start within.
What we allow is what will continue. Will we keep turning a blind eye or are we going to put a stop to this?
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