Wednesday, March 31, 2004

  LEONARD PITTS JR.: Time to write an agenda for blacks in U.S.
I can think of three things off the top of my head that ought to be on it.

One: Stop waiting for the next Martin Luther King.

Two: Re-integrate white folks of good will into the struggle.

Three: Handle our business.
Truth is, much of what ails black folk is within the power of black folk to fix. We need to bring fathers back into our families. We need to prioritize education above entertainment. We need to shut off the television sometimes and read. We need to support black business. We need to bling-bling less and save-save more. We need to stop saying "nigger."

Honestly, there is no shortage of items for the agenda, no shortage of things black Americans and white need to do. But arguably the most important is simply to find the clear-eyed faith to believe, as they did 40 and 50 years ago, that just because a thing always had been did not mean it always must be.

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