Where Is MY Civil Rights Organization?
This is a topic that can be a bit controversial. I am one that believes the past is significant in that history tells us from where we’ve come and gives a reference point for the present and future. However, I sometimes believe that we hold on to the past too long or make it too important in regards to what’s going on today. With this in mind, I ask the relevance of civil rights groups such as the NAACP, Rainbow Push Coalition, SCLC, etc.
I know that this is a touchy subject because (ESPECIALLY in the South), we hold our history near and dear to our hearts. We honor those who’ve paved the way for us to be where we are, never forgetting the obstacles they overcome and the discomforts to which they sometimes subjected themselves to accomplish a common goal. I
‘m not in any way discounting the history of the civil rights movement, the Civil War, slavery, or anything else. I’m simply asking where civil rights organizations are active in the local scene other than on MLK Day?
During the Civil Rights Movement, no one EVER had to ask any of these organizations where their next push would be made. They made sure they got the word out. So many people claim to be community leaders, but who are they leading? How do you LEAD a community without anybody of that community knowing what you’re doing? If they don’t know what you’re doing, how do you expect them to support you? Without support, how do you function?
Where are the marches being held to demand equal economic opportunity on all sides of the city? Where are the boycotts of retailers until our children are no longer profiled? I’m not saying that these are things that should be done per se, but I AM saying that SOMETHING needs to be done. Otherwise, these organizations serve no purpose other than self-gratification for its members to be able to say, “I’m a part of ______.” And Lord, don’t let them hold positions!
I can remember an old song about faith that they used to sing in church. It said, “You don’t need a whole lot. Just use what you got.” That’s all I’m saying. These organizations don’t have to be all over the place, doing everything. But it sure would be nice to know they’re doing SOMETHING on the local level, other than breakfast, a march, and a church service one day out of the year.