Today, I posted the last installment of the series, Exploring the New “Black”, about the evolving ethnic dynamic within the black race which is due in part to both immigration and interracial marriage.
I also took a look at Washington Post Columnist Eugene Robinson’s piece, “Which Black America?”
He states the following:
“Why does the National Urban League, an organization for which I have great respect, compile its annual “State of Black America” report in a way that makes the condition of African Americans seem both better and worse than it really is? The 2007 report’s painstakingly calculated “equality index” says, for example, that African Americans score 0.57 on the economic scale (full parity with whites would be a score of 1.0). But census data suggest that there’s a sizable cluster of educated, middle-class black households that would score much closer to parity with whites, and another large cluster of disadvantaged black households that would lag much further behind.
Trying to encompass all of black America in a few easily grasped numbers is far from a meaningless exercise. But it doesn’t point the way toward specific policies for different segments of a diverse population.
Why has the NAACP, once such a potent force, lost so much of its membership and relevance? I would argue that it’s because the organization continues to look for a “black agenda” around which we can all unite with the fervor and passion of decades past, when in fact there’s a need for multiple agendas.”
Yes, there is a need for “multiple agendas.” Tell us something we don’t already know. Robinson, like so many other, “progressive” thinking blacks, offer a simple solution — the “let’s just have a dialogue” with our white brethren. Sorry Gene, we are all talked out.
While the traditional southern-rooted black is busy trying to talk it out, our more truly progressive African, Caribbean and Latino brethren are busy– educating themselves (I can count on my good left hand the number of southern-rooted African American students I teach each semester. The class is full of brown faces from places like Sierra Leone, Nigeria, Guyana, Jamaica and the Dominican Republic.), working, purchasing homes and starting their own businesses.
They realize that the only color that counts in America is green.
If the traditional southern-rooted black doesn’t get with the program — truly understand and tackle instead of talk about the challenges facing most southern-rooted black Americans — I can envision them becoming the subjects of a series of articles titled, “Left Behind.”