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Black “Leaders” Manipulating Ferguson for Own Interests

Let’s just hypothetically say you’re an elected official who is in some serious legal trouble, and you happen to be black…

What do you do to take advantage of the current situation with most of the country talking about race relations and whether or not police unfairly target black people?

That’s right.

You call a press conference, because you’re not in trouble because you habitually rip off your clients and health care companies. You’re in trouble for the color of your skin.

You’re not in trouble for forging checks and stealing money that was supposed to pay the medical bills for a woman and her child who were in a car accident and trusted you. You’re in trouble for the color of your skin.

You’re not in trouble because the FBI, Texas Rangers, and local law enforcement raided your law offices with a warrant and found evidence that was used to bring 10 felony indictments against you. You’re in trouble for the color of your skin.

Many of my black friends have been treated unfairly for no other reason than the color of their skin. I’ll be the first to tell you that racism is alive and well in America today. We have made progress, AND we still have progress to make…

But I’ve also known black folks who would probably say they got pulled over for “Driving While Black” even if they were really pulled over for driving drunk while passing a school bus, in a school zone, while going 90 mph with kids crossing the street and diving out of the way.

As Charles Barkley said, we need to have more serious conversations about race – and not only when something bad happens. Part of that conversation still needs to be about helping white folks realize that not all black people are criminals or on welfare or whatever other negative stereotypes are out there. But part of that conversation also needs to be about black “leaders” who manipulate and abuse the trust of the people they lead and represent.

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December 5, 2014 - Posted by | Uncategorized

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