The likes of President Barack Obama, Rev. Al Sharpton, Rev. Jesse Jackson and others. These are the black and brown men who are supposed to be admired, looked up to. Most young men aspire to be well-spoken, well-educated and hold the highest offices attainable in their respective field. And yet the leaders of our generation and generations past are questioned because scholars say they seek money and fame and don't truly want the best for a race. But how do you move stadiums of people or influence so much change and not get some type of confidence? Some may call it arrogance, others call it deception. I can only speak from experience. I work for one of the men above; one of the most polarizing men in America. Some people love him, others love to hate him. I have come to appreciate the man that he is. I see the work that he does, his private conversations and know his character is more real than people will ever know. He devotes his life to the mission of civil rights, activism and getting the word out. He is able to mobilize and motivate the tens of thousands all while holding a radio station, television show and the leading civil rights organization constantly on the ground. How can you do all this and be for evil?
We're taught to challenge authority. From an early age everything we're taught we're told we need to take as fact, but then at some age of growth we then are taught to challenge everything. No longer is 2+2 equal 4, but 2+2 can somehow now equal 22 because of perspective. I feel strongly in doing the good work you know of individually instead of bringing down others. People of color are too far behind to bring down the next great man because he may "appear" to not be doing the work. Yes, we can push one another and challenge one another to be better and do more, but to disregard one man for another only further devastates a group of people that cannot afford devastation.
Our black leaders have garnered the term leaders for a reason. They have shown discipline, strength and the mental capacity to follow through. In each and every one of our lives we can also affect change. It may start on a micro level, but all great things started micro and turned into macro.
Contrary to popular belief we do have great black leaders. They are not only the big names we see in the headlines, but they are also the great role models in our everyday lives. As a productive man in society who is some type of positive figure for something else, you are a leader. We need to start treating ourselves and each other as so.
lives by one word: achievement. in anything and everything, achieve.