I wish I could clap 10 million times for this! It’s so sad that we have to keep starting over in our self-advocacy efforts because Whites tell us which Blacks are good for us, which really means they are the appointed Blacks Whites can tolerate and approve keeping them from feeling uncomfortable and unsafe. Meanwhile, we are being nice’d out of everything we need for our own existence and survival.
It took me many years and divorcing myself from many institutions and beliefs to figure out what Dr. King, W.E.B Du Bois, Malcolm X, Marcus Garvey, Medger Evers and the likes were talking about, but I got that thing now and I’m never letting go. White folks get to pick out gatekeepers and overseers, we can’t even get them to vote for our basic rights and interests. Life has a funny way of revealing these things to us if we have eyes to see it.
Thanks for affirming that it’s okay for us to select who is responsible for leading and teaching us. No leader is perfect. There is plenty of room for a diverse pool of Black leadership. If White people can vote for (and love) Trump, surely we can support Minister Farrakhan!