Monday letters: Blacks must stop making excuses

February 3, 2014 

— Again this year, instead of celebrating Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s life in a positive light, reflecting on the advances over the past half century, speaker after speaker at King Day at the Dome went back to an old playbook, reflecting on politicians from the past such as Ben Tillman or criticizing Lt. Gov. Glenn McConnell for his efforts to reach a legislative compromise as to where the Confederate flag was to be placed.

Self-serving “leaders” stir up the masses instead of offering ways to keep students in school and urge them to commit themselves to work hard and stay out of trouble. They don’t stress the need to build intact families that are rooted in faith, love and trust. Speakers gave abstract excuses for all that is wrong, but not a single one had the courage to address the almost complete breakdown of black families that has no equal within any other ethnic group.

Stop making excuses, and start working on solutions. Do it loud and proud, with courage to withstand the criticism you will receive from rabble rousers within the black community. Then, let’s see if next year’s celebration will feature a true leader, who will speak to the truth of the matter, and measure future speeches on how successful those efforts have been.

Scott James

Columbia

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