Black People And Our Fascination With Following Dead Leaders

Black People And Our Fascination With Following Dead Leaders

“Why do you seek the living one among the dead? ” Luke twenty-four: 5

We want to praise the dead. We hang on till our good commanders die then we name a street after them and/ or set up a symbolic picture and lay claim that was my man… I follow him. discount

On the other hand, the living leader is ignored while we offer what of an useless leader, marvel over his deeds and wonder what he would do if he was present. We are able to speculate all day but will never know how they will respond to present conditions. 

Once the[in the present] ignored living leader is dead we offer him his props, placed a picture, name an alley after him and the circuit continues when a new living leader comes in our midst.

While My spouse and i is speaking of this as an issue within the context of the black community there is evidence of this being an universal phenomenon. Inside the spiritual traditions, we find that whenever the living man Jesus came along the people favored the dead Moses to money example in their center with Jesus. When Forecaster Muhammad(PBUH) came along the people preferred the actually non present Jesus to the present living man in their midst. We all still failed in modern times, because the Muslim world rejected the living Elijah Muhammad in benefit of the deceased Psychic Muhammad(PBUH).

It was not until Malcolm X was dead, buried and white America said it was alright that the the greater part of black people accepted Malcolm. However, while Malcolm was alive walking the streets of Harlem, BIG APPLE black people would bounce off the sidewalk to avoid him. But now its okay?

The same with Martin Luther Ruler. Many of Dr. King’s fellow preachers/ministers shunned him, because they said this individual was stirring up trouble. Even our government performed against him while this individual was alive. In a single city he went to the black preachers fulfilled him at the tour bus station and told him to “get back on and leave. ” Although now that he can lifeless everything is alright? Also, the good Dr and that we have streets, holidays and statutes in his prize while hypocritically we keep the same evil this individual attended his grave combat.

Perhaps The Honorable Sibling Minister Farrakhan will have to be dead and buried before we, along, show him his scheduled respect and honor? When they, you know who they are, say it is safe we will take hold of Farrakhan, put a picture on our wall, name a street for him and marvel how great he was. He has dedicated near 6 years of his life to the progress of our race, yet we treat him like an unfamiliar person. He was in charge of the most significant and most peaceful gathering in this region with the Million Person March. That is command influence to be able to get over a million men in one place, of different skills, but for one goal. Who else could do that? Most couldn’t even call a “Ten Man” March and get 12 people to appear.

I actually wonder how quite a few departed leaders that we praise would we follow if they were present today? To adhere to a man means you make an effort to match up your actions to his. We claim Malcolm, but how many who assert him are getting a X to replace the slave name, dropping the pork, becoming Muslims and adopting a revolutionary pose?

See it is so easy to say you are following someone when they are not here to check your steps. A living leader will challenge you. A living leader will correct you. A living leader will require of you superiority. A living leader will have expectations of you.

Doctor King was a preacher, but he received out of the pulpit and worked in the streets for social change. He said he was up against the triple evils of “racism” “poverty” and “militarism”. We claim to follow him, but most have reduced him to “I have a dream”, so they can keep on dreaming and not follow him. If Malcolm and Martin were here they wouldn’t be quiet in the face of much of their same social issues still being present.

So, back in the original observation… Why do we obsess over dead commanders and leave a present man hanging by him or her self? Are we that in your mind dead that we can simply relate to dead men and women? I like all of the “heroes” and “sheroes” who have absent on before and We draw deep inspiration from their struggles to make life better for the black family, but creativity is not leadership. We show my honor and respect to them by walking with the present man on the landscape that is trying to display the principles that they lived and in the end perished for.


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