In this surreal-like but painfully real era of Donald Trump, Black people must re-examine their values and demand more effective leadership. The general public has less confidence in electoral politics and government than it did 45 years ago, even with Richard Nixon’s downfall. With good reason, Blacks have even less confidence than others in politicians and government’s effectiveness. However, they generally do not hold elected officials accountable and continue to suffer the consequences of their silence.
How will Blacks navigate the increasingly turbulent, conservative political and economic waters? The short answer is with great difficulty, given their crippling passivity since the civil rights era. Also, Black leadership’s internalization of their white counterparts’ individualistic and materialistic values contributes to the problem of Blacks themselves reinforcing conditions inimical to their own best interests.
One of the most misunderstood, unacknowledged, and paradoxical examples of Blacks adding to their own plight were their unrealistic expectations for Barack Obama and his presidency. His iconic status effectively prevented many Blacks from objectively assessing the man or his performance as president. (Los Angeles Sentinel)