Notes from “My struggle” Why some Leaders control over the Civil Rights Dialog has been our long term Failure.
Friends on the eve of our initiative to combat the Ferguson Missouri issue-our coalition has decided that economic boycotts would be the most appropriate immediate response. At best the early numbers look to be just over 1000 including Attorneys, social justice activist, and labor unions. With that on mind, I believe we are on the right path.
However, I must state; I’m seriously concerned about Ferguson, Chicago and other communities around the country. As we (coalition) try to address the issues, I’m puzzled to ask why and how did we get here. I as well as many others believe that if we are to address the issues accordingly, then we must look at the breach in the road and go back to repair it. After putting some thought into the problem in Ferguson, I begin to see one huge issue is our leadership. I agree with the sentiment expressed a recent New York Times article called The Chaos in Ferguson is Fueled by Tangle of Leadership. I didn’t say it, but I believe it’s too true!
An example of my struggle with the current leadership
I will offer an example of my struggle with the current leadership. Several Months ago-I along a few others orchestrated a multi-state stand down at the State Capital of Florida versus Stand Your Ground Laws and Police Brutality. Friends in California, Virginia, and Georgia joined us-but another high-profile civil rights organization and it’s leader attempted to dwarf out efforts by requesting that those in the community do not attend. The belief is their concern was about being upstaged!
The tangle of leadership, in both the white establishment and the black community, has not only contributed to the chaos but it has also raised questions about the effectiveness of both sides to bring an end to the standoff. In many ways, the tangle of leadership is dangerous because change must happen, but it stops lasting change on the complicated issues of race, trust and policing.
We must understand, “Poor leaders,” can have a negative impact on the issue and might even damage the issue; that’s the bottom line (end of issue). Poor leadership affects your community and its ability for advocacy, change and lowers most people’s morale, motivation and productivity to inspire for change. Understanding the traits of poor leaders will help us avoid leadership pitfalls and strengthen your leadership abilities.
Elitism or rather social and class divides us
My point is that throughout history in the African-American community, we are, unfortunately, in a position where elitism or rather social and class divides have been yet another nail in the coffin. In addition, it has affected our moving forward as the black and human race and ignited a fire in our communities abroad. Some may say that perhaps, I may invoke this slightly exaggerated view about Civil Rights. I must say, I stand by my belief about being unified as a race in order to “move forward” and whatever that is or may look like, but I am quite clear that we have a serious problem. While the time has not yet come, this issue and its provocateurs will have to be dealt with.
The “us vs. Them” ideals
The “us vs. Them” ideals within our race evolve from those who are sick. I urge some Leaders control over the Civil Rights Dialog has been our long-term failure. Many of us did not request you to be our leader (that was your desire). So if you are in that position or “claim to be,” I ask that you stay in the fight, and fight right! Stop selling our people out! Period!
My proclamation is-I just want to do “God’s Will,” and as long I am pleasing God it is immaterial to me who is displeased. For this I will not bow down, sell out or settle! All Glory I give to God!In Love and Peace Gregg L. Greer