Wednesday, April 11, 2007

Time for Jackson, Sharpton to Step Down

That's the call from AOL Sports columnist Jason Whitlock. Calling Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton the President and Vice-President of Black America, Whitlock says it's time for a change in leadership. It's a fantastic piece, and it happens to be right on target. Rather than lead, they inject themselves into situations and make themselves the focus. Then, using threats of boycotts and lawsuits, they blackmail to gain power and/or prominence. Here's a bit of Whitlock's column...

Compared to Martin and Malcolm and the freedoms and progress their leadership produced, Jesse and Al are an embarrassment.

Their job the last two decades was to show black people how to take advantage of the opportunities Martin and Malcolm won.

Have we at the level we should have? No.

Rather than inspire us to seize hard-earned opportunities, Jesse and Al have specialized in blackmailing white folks for profit and attention...

A man who doesn’t respect himself wastes his breath demanding that others respect him.

We don’t respect ourselves right now. If we did, we wouldn’t call each other the N-word. If we did, we wouldn’t let people with prison values define who we are in music and videos. If we did, we wouldn’t call black women bitches and hos and abandon them when they have our babies.

If we had the proper level of self-respect, we wouldn’t act like it’s only a crime when a white man disrespects us. We hold Imus to a higher standard than we hold ourselves. That’s a (freaking) shame.

We need leadership that is interested in fixing the culture we’ve adopted. We need leadership that makes all of us take tremendous pride in educating ourselves. We need leadership that can reach professional athletes and entertainers and get them to understand that they’re ambassadors and play an important role in defining who we are and what values our culture will embrace.

It’s time for Jesse and Al to step down. They’ve had 25 years to lead us. Other than their accountants, I’d be hard pressed to find someone who has benefited from their administration.

And in case you wondered, Jason Whitlock is an African-American.