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Monday, October 17, 2005

The True Leaders of the Black Community

Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan claims to be speaking for black Americans. He is calling for a class action lawsuit against the U.S. government for "criminal neglect" after Hurricane Katrina. He has been advancing the notion that the New Orleans levees were purposely blown up by the U.S. government in order to kill black people. He is calling for slavery reparations to make up for America's "wickedness."

Louis Farrakhan is a racist. He preaches racism. He incites racism. He provokes racist anger. The sad thing is that nothing he is saying is going to do anything to promote a better standard of living for black Americans. He is only propagating a failure mentality, the mentality that says, "My failure, my lack of success, isn't my fault. I have someone else to blame."

African-Americans who choose to listen to agitators like Louis Farrakhan will never improve their positions in society. His words promote only hate and self-defeat.

There are many excellent black American role models, thinkers, and leaders: Thomas Sowell, Walter E. Williams, Reverend Wayne Perryman, Bill Cosby, La Shawn Barber , and Mychal Massie , just to name a few. These fine Americans, who happen to be black, understand what it takes to be successful. They understand personal responsibility. They understand self-worth and self-control. They understand preparedness, hard work, and perseverance.

So why aren't these people more well-known (with the exception of Bill Cosby, of course)? First, the Farrakhans, the Jessie Jacksons, and the Kanye Wests of the world are more outlandish; they make more interesting headlines. Secondly, they champion the same left-wing agenda that so much of the mainstream media espouses.

I do not, however, believe these radical, so-called black leaders represent the views of a large percentage of the African-American population. While Farrakhan and his kind spew hatred, bigotry, and failure; the clear-thinking men and women mentioned above, and others like them, represent faith, hope, peace, and success.

It's only too bad that they are not heard by a wider audience. Maybe conservative bloggers can help to spread the word.

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