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…Debating the Black Agenda…

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The political monopoly that the civil rights agenda maintained for the past four decades over the politics of the Black community, has been effectively eclipsed by the emerging politics of the more youthful and eclectic Black American demographic.  Therefore, Smiley and other new generation Black American leaders would be wise to formulate a 21st political agenda and strategy in order to be politically competitive with other political minority communities.  Concomitantly, Smiley and all future Black American leadership aspirants would be well advised to let the civil rights agenda and leadership move forward under its own diminished political inertia.

The Black civil rights leadership archetype may ultimately be ill fated, and its race based political paradigm will be left in the dust of 19th and 20th century African American political history.   Moreover, the civil rights agenda as a practical political matter is only pertinent to a “minority” community socio-political sensibility.  This African American socio-political sensibility was relevant during days of the civil rights movement only.

The advent of the Obama era has sealed the ultimate fate of the civil rights agenda and leadership in terms of its domination and definition of Black American politics going forward.  During Senator Barack Obama’s successful campaign for president, he skillful navigated his way beyond the political reach of the Black civil rights leadership orthodoxy, and the race based political paradigm.  Now, traditional Black political leaders and neo-Black leaders are seeking to negotiate a political relationship with the president, based on race.

Barack  Obama, the first Black American President is a classic example of the seriously diminished civil rights leadership and agenda, as it relates to its increasingly marginalized political status.  The first Black American president was successfully elected to office without genuflecting to the Black orthodox leadership or subscribing to the civil rights and Black American political agendas.  Despite the political machinations of Black elected officials and civil rights leadership, President Obama gained the nomination of his party and was impressively victorious during his election to the presidency.

Now that President Obama is in office, the popular civil rights organizing tactics and strategy are being deployed by the conventional Black leadership in order to advance their respective agendas.  Typically, the civil rights political maneuvers include, making political demands, using demonstrations and numbers in the streets, direct action tactics, and manipulating media.  Apparently, in media celebrity Smiley’s quest for political leadership stardom, he is deploying classic civil rights organizing tactics, which generate limited outcomes.

On the other hand, although Sharpton’s political leadership may be precarious, his political instincts are sophisticated enough for him to utilize the ebbing civil rights political tide to seemingly negotiate a safe, relevant landing, and made a wise transition in his political rhetoric accordingly.

While the political epitaph of virtually all other Black New York political leaders are in the process of being written, Rev. Sharpton’s fortunes appears to be on the rise.  But, the once civil rights boy wander, may represent the last Black leader of the civil rights orthodoxy.  The civil rights movement has lost its cutting edge in the Black community, particularly among youth and has undermined its competitive advantage in electoral politics.



Written by gjamescadreusa

May 26, 2010 at 8:57 pm

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