The problem with leadership, specifically leadership in the black community, is that in many cases it divides rather than unites the people. This is caused by the division amongst leaders themselves. What you tend to see is that individual leaders have different solutions for the ways in which the black population can come up from under the hand of oppression. Solutions are great, and very necessary, but the problem is that the people become divided because the leadership provides them with alternative choices.
Black leadership can’t expect the people to come together when the people don’t see the leadership working together. One of the greatest fears of the U.S. government in the 1960’s was Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and Malcolm X combining forces. So the propaganda machine was put into place to keep them divided at all costs. Since that time there has been great effort used by the government to control black leadership, even to the point of suggesting black leadership for black people.
This is where we need to start taking a serious look at culture over leadership. Not saying that black leadership isn’t important, it is. And Leadership and Culture should work hand in hand together, with culture being the blue print for black communities. This way when the leader is gone the movement continues because the blueprint lives in the hearts of the people. Too many times we have seen that when the leader dies or is no longer amongst the people the movement dies a slow death. People are discombobulated, in a stupor, not knowing what to do. No new leaders step up out of fear, and in many cases they wouldn’t be accepted anyway because the people have put the previous leader in such high esteem that anyone coming after is subject to ridicule and interrogation. However if the blueprint for Culture was in place then that would be our guide to continued growth and progressive movement forward. Let’s have that conversation.