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Where to start...I will try to be brief.

I think what you're really asking is WHY won't the older Black leader allow younger people to have a say. But I also think their are larger questions at hand.

The age group you're pretty much attacking lie between two sets of people - the Civil Rights group, and the Internet Age group. (I'm being simplistic for time sake.) On one hand, they are the children of a highly politicized group, who've passed down information they've claimed as their own. At the same time, they are trying like hell to stay forward the the ever changing times of 2011 and beyond. Holding on to both groups has enabled them to claim themselves and everything before and after. They run the "associations" that the Internet group is trying to get into, and by leveraging the past, they attempt to maintain a position of authority/power in the strength of those times.

The issue for me is that there is no impetus for the young leader to act on in a major way. Fashioning yourself as a new Malcolm or MLK is a nice goal to shoot for; but with no real block in civil liberties, or anything close to it, it's hard to rise to some imaginary occasion that calls for a particularly gifted leader(s).

What needs to be said is this: fashioning yourself as any PRIOR Black leader, esepcially ones from the Civil Rights movement, is completely misguided, and ultimately unnecessary. Those people dealt with very complex, and yet very present, issues that often resulted in death, prison, and other consequences. There was a certain immediacy in that there was a tangible reality for most Blacks at that time, in which the lines were clearly defined along the majority of the available, discussible issues. We wanted equality not only as Americans, but first and foremost as human beings. It was a touchpoint in not only America, but people where aware around the world...and watching with a keen eye.

Most of those issues have been hammered out, though we are still a ways from true equality across all fronts. In again a simplistic sense, a Black person, with access, can get into ANY college, ANY building, etc...etc. We really aren't being blocked or held back in overt ways anymore, barring the occasional act of outright racism here and there (relatively speaking of course.)

It's critical that the young leaders in the Black community concern themselves, not with the old guard - but be active upon the issues that still plague us now. We don't need the NAACP....ACLU....or whatever other organization they would have you believe you absolutely need to create change. I've always felt that CULTURE is the principle game changer - something WE can control. If we lean on become the "sons" of that old guard, they we are leaning backward, instead of forward into the future. We need to no worry about trying to hold up the house they aren't even the foundation of, and look into erecting new structures, equipped for a new group of self sufficient people. Think with the new minds that the Civil Rights activists made possible for us to utilize.

Dr. King's vision was for us to rise up and join hands with people of all colors, and rise and move together, forward with equal footing. We are no longer being beaten on a wide scale. We are marrying white people (and other races) with mostly no issue to possible danger. We can educate ourselves, and attain all of the things we want. The old guard reminds you that you're doing this on the backs of Malcolm and Martin, but so are they. They themselves don't want to be lost in the shuffle of importance, when the reality is that they were just ironing out the wrinkles of a garment sewn by the generations before them. We now need to put on this shirt, and walk out of this house.

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