Today was held the so-called "State of the Black Union" event, organized by talk host Tavis Smiley and featuring panels of notable Black academicians, authors and politicians. Today's event, held in Los Angeles, CA and broadcast on C-SPAN, was noted to be the 10th such annual event.
My reaction, having watched and heard speakers such as Jesse Jackson, Dr. Cornel West and Randall Robinson, is that it was much the same rhetoric that was long on emotion, victimhood and blaming others, and short on any real solutions or personal accountability. The speakers often called for speaking "the truth" and having the "courage to face the real, underlying issues". But, as usual, I heard very little truth and saw very little courage. It is just too easy for Black Americans to blame Whites, government, media and racism for the many problems that afflict it. It is simply unpalatable for many Black Americans to admit that they are largely to blame for many of their predicaments: Blacks assaulting and murdering other Blacks, not only in U.S. but in Africa and other parts of the world; Black children unparented/underparented, thus ill-equipped to succeed in school or in life; Black Americans making poor life decisions (e.g., crime, drugs, school drop-outs, teen/out-of-wedlock pregnancies, seeking fast money and the easy way, filling America's prisons due to their own poor choices/actions and seldom due to "Whitey's prejudice").
With poor leadership like this, is it any wonder that Black Americans continue to struggle, fail and die? Even Obama cannot save a group led by such dishonest and ill-advised spokespersons.