Black Organizations, Churches and Schools Must Step Up Leadership in Our Plight

Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority met in Florida this week. Indiana Black Expo, Inc. is hosting its 51st summer celebration in Indianapolis this weekend. Next week the Pentecostal Churches of the Apostolic Faith International will meet in California. Next month, the National Association of Black Journalists is meeting in Las Vegas.

These organizations bring together some of the brightest and best in the nation’s black community. Men and women of character, stature and intellect participate in it. I hope that part of the agenda of each event focuses on the pressing issues facing this nation, especially those related to black people.

Things are not the same as they always have been in America in terms of efforts to at least try to acknowledge the culture and issues of people of color in this nation. Indecent assault in this effort to relegate blacks and browns to second-class citizenship is a matter of record. It’s not even subtle anymore.

Unfortunately, it is becoming more and more difficult to distinguish our friends. There are liberal and progressive, government, civic and corporate leaders who actually express reluctance to strongly support what they see as “too black.” What’s even more disappointing is the fear among powerless black leaders.

The problem is exacerbated by the fact that the mass media has completely backtracked from its 2020 position when the tragedy of George Floyd sparked widespread coverage of issues relating to the dynamics of black life in America. CNN, MSNBC and FOX are virtually indistinguishable in this dubious distinction.

Those who try to lie that there are no longer issues that only affect people of color in the United States are either unwittingly delusional or intentionally misleading. Today more than ever, we are divided into two nations, if not more. Economic status is always a cover. But skin color trumps this division.

Advocacy for black organizations to take an active stance is one that recognizes the gravity of the situation, the lack of alternative means of organizing and forming strategies to fight back, and the fact that these entities have a powerful captive audience to which they can speak effectively. on an ongoing basis.

More than ever, we need Operation PUSH, the Urban League, the NAACP, black professional organizations, faith groups, schools, churches and youth-focused entities, collegiate ranks, leaders community and civic and black businesses to converge on the urgent need to address the future of black people.

The political climate is hostile. The social mood is antagonistic. The mass media are dismissive. I look no further than the voter suppression laws that have been implemented in nearly every state specifically to prevent black people from having access to the most basic right of citizenship in the United States.

The solutions may not be obvious. We are certainly not expected to agree on the approach to any or all of our problems. Blacks are not a monolithic people. This should be considered more of an asset than a liability, as differences in opinion allow for the sharing of divergent and creative viewpoints. The dialogue must be open and frank.

We are in 2022, a year for the midterm elections. The control of Congress is at stake. We have already seen what can happen when the party least sensitive to black America is in charge. It will be too late to complain afterwards. It’s now the term for voter information, registration, and strategies for overcoming obstacles placed in the way of those trying to vote.

More importantly, this is no time for complacency. People need to wake up and be aware of what is going on, on a daily basis. This could be a watershed moment for black America. Don’t be lulled into a false sense of security or trust that you perceive as guarantees for your rights and access. Black America needs to be proactive over the next three years, not reactive.

CIRCLE CITY CONNECTION by Vernon A. Williams is a series of essays on a myriad of topics that include social issues, human interest, entertainment, and profiles of difference makers who are forging change in an ever-changing society. Williams is a 40-year veteran journalist based in Indianapolis, IN – commonly known as The Circle City. Send your comments or questions to: [email protected]

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