Originally Posted by combo gd
Lack of unity
Glorification of destructive behaviors
Hypocrisy in music
Lack of leadership
Of all the things mentioned, I think Lack of Leadership is the biggest factor that is keeping "black culture" from turning the proverbial page.
Whenever you have a large group of people, there will always be conflicting agendas and ideas that will oppose each other. A strong leader can take those opposing ideals and find compromise within them to appease their followers, and often to the benefit of that group rather than the detriment. A leader can tell their followers when they are being exploited and how to circumvent that, and they can also unify people with varying views to work towards a common goal, much like how the March on Washington led to The Voting Rights Act and Civil Rights Act (1964). A lot of people don't know that a list of demands, so to speak, was distributed at the March on Washington so that every person, at all times, could look and see why they were there.
The issue is that people within the black community don't have that today. The black culture in America doesn't have a strong leader. Barack Obama is an incredible role model, but he is the leader of America, not just Black Americans, and he isn't really in the correct role to fill in the shoes that Marcus Garvey, Malcolm X, and MLK left behind. We instead have Al Sharpton, who seems to be more focused on his reputation and legacy rather than actually committing for meaningful change and the growth of equity (not just equality) in the community. I guess we also have Jesse Jackson, but after that night in Tennessee, I can't put my faith in that man.
Long and short of it is that we need a leader. A leader who can say "That music you're listening to isn't helping you," and people can heed that advice. A leader that can tell the community "Invest in you and people who look like you before giving your money to outside social/ethnic groups," and actually help to establish those businesses. A leader who, unfortunately, isn't afraid to die... Not due to their extreme practices or measures, but because they pose a threat to the status quo, and knows that the ultimate sacrifice may be the key to finally setting off a much needed and long overdue revolution.