In the recent flap over Imus’ admittedly racist inappropriate comments, Messrs Jackson and Sharpten, et al. have found yet another stage from which to spout the profundities and paucities. Yet do they actually speak for the Blacks in America?
These men style themselves several things: representatives of the American Black community, crusaders in the shoes of the rightly and deservedly inestimable Mr. King, and men of God. And yet I find problems with all three of these assertions.
I’d assumed a certain amount of Americans of African descent allowed themselves to be represented by these men and Mr. Farrakhan, but I may have been mistaken in the numbers. In talking with a coworker of mine who is black and who has given full permission for me to print this, I’ve found that he has a profound disconnect and disagreement with these men who claim to speak for him.
Mr. King, the good, argued for equality, the place where all men are on equal footing. And he argued that equality is not achieved by artificially enhancing the position of any one group, but merely removing any strictures or regulations which had prevented the equality. Messrs Jackson, Sharpton and Farrakhan all argue for the elevation of the American Black over the White, as a group, as a whole. Perhaps they should read and follow the philosophies of the good Mr. Washington, Booker T. that is, who stated and defended, in the years immediately following the Civil War and emancipation, the firm belief that the American Black was best served by removing restrictions and allowing him the level ground from which he could learn and grow and become equal through increasing knowledge and proficiency in those fields and trades from which they’d been banned or restricted previously.
Messrs. Jackson and Sharpton have also, in being self proclaimed men of God, taken upon them selves the position of arbiters of Gods forgiveness, stating as Mr. Sharpton did with pomp and indignation that God forgives but He still exacts payment and retribution. Now I do not argue with the theology of such an assertion, I’m not God. But I do argue with Mr. Sharptons moral authority in such matters. Both he and Mr. Jackson are admitted racists and sundry phobes and have not repented of actions such as Mr. Jacksons spitting into the food of white people at restaurants where he was employed, and Mr. Sharptons actions in the Brawley incident.
This coworker who is Black has summed it up well. Perhaps Messrs Jackson, Sharpton and Farrakhan, in their puerile and infantile minds, can find the wherewithall to understand and follow this simple assertion we hear so often from 5 year olds the world over: “You’re not the boss of me.”