Why do so many African-Americans feel the need to apologize for fighting for their rights and causes? Let me say it another way: When something happens to Jews, the Jewish community comes together in unity to fight for their rights. When Latinos are violated, their entire community comes together to argue for their rights. When Asians are discriminated against, the Asian community speaks to their issues. However, when African-Americans are treated unfairly and unjustly, we’re expected to forgo our rights and make it “human rights.” I want to be clear and say that I’m not discounting the rights of other races and cultures, but why do we have to take a backseat to what’s happening to us?
It goes without saying that every racial group has their own particular issue. No matter how much people want to lump us all together, in a real sense, we are all different. Because of our differences, African-Americans should have their own platform just as every other group has their own platform/agenda. To ignore our issues because it’s politically correct is a disgrace to the work so many of our heroes and sheroes of the past sought out to accomplish.
As a collective group, we must be concerned about reducing the unemployment rate within our community. We must make addressing our needs and wants important. No longer can we remain brainwashed by politicians into thinking globally when there’s so much ‘hell’ happening here locally and domestically. America wants to preach about morality, but fail through actions, policies, and corrupt programs. Conservatives and the Catholic Church battle about the rights of an unborn child, but yet fail to address the killings after the birth. That’s why African-Americans have to speak up.
Issues that affect the African-American community cannot be overlooked. We cannot nor should we apologize for having our own agenda. As Malcolm X said in a speech, ‘before we were Republicans or Democrats, we were black. Before we were Protestant or Catholic, we were black…’ It’s time that we stop apologizing for our issues.
Dr. Sinclair Grey III is a minister, speaker, author, and success coach. Contact him on www.sinclairgrey.org firstname.lastname@example.org or Twitter @drsinclairgrey