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Part 3: Dirty Black Secrets, Yeah Talented Tenth Alphabet Soup!

August 29, 2012 by  
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(ThyBlackMan.com) A dirty little secret that no one wants to tell is that many of the same organizations that were founded to “help” Black people have now become serious problems for Black people.

Those problems are alphabetical—all of the acronymic organizations from the NAACP to the NUL (National Urban League) and even the Black Greek alphabet soup, which will horrify many because this includes my own beloved fraternity.

The essential problem with the alphabet organizations is that they operate on the perpetuation of the “Talented Tenth,” a label established by whites in the late nineteenth century and later popularized by W.E.B. Du Bois, referring to the percentage of the Black population that could  become leaders of the race by pursuing social change.

According to the Talented Tenth doctrine, only one out of ten men could be developed to become leaders of the race. Accordingly, much of the community’s resources were directed to pushing that ten percent upward with the obligation to return to the community and make it better.

Du Bois later realized that leaders of the race could come from any level, but Black people were already stuck on stupid, focusing on the brightest as the best to be uplifted and prepared for leadership, even as that percentage began to ignore any obligation and act as if it had made its own accomplishments with no assistance at all.

It was the so-called Talented Tenth that led the mass exodus of talent and resources from the Black community in pursuit of integration which benefitted individuals while harming our race. Our best and brightest pushed themselves up and out on the shoulders of the ninety percent and looked down their noses at those left behind because they were left behind.

The “Talented Tenth” mentality has caused a serious breakdown, because while we have been focusing on giving an additional hand to those students who perform well, we have been virtually ignoring the students who are barely passing, who need assistance most of all, leaving those students to struggle on their own, which in many cases, means certain failure.

It has also caused a breakdown because many of the so-called “Talented Tenth” accept scholarships and other benefits and promptly ignore any obligation to effect social change or assume any intrinsic leadership role in the Black community.

Those chicken dinners designed to host the puffery of elitist jackasses who give scholarships to students who are already on their way to college at the top of their game are a huge part of our problem.

Shouldn’t the “C” students get the scholarships since they are the ones who will struggle with college funding and rely mostly on student loans?  Don’t they need the boost? The answer is “yes,” but the alphabet organizations continue to focus on the brightest to make them the best, even though the benefit sometimes is negligible.

Another portion of the alphabet soup problem includes the church organizations, from the A.M.E. to the C.O.G.I.C. Where the Black church was once the bastion of social change and social movements for Blacks, it has now become a wasteland of social activism, instead focusing on wealth ministries in the building of mega-churches that stand as tall eyesores in communities that are barely functioning.

The mega-church sucks up community resources, but by focusing on a wealth ministry, the institution shirks its obligations to improve the people and to serve as a community resource.

Examine any given mega-church to see the security maintained to prevent the homeless from entering, instead of being open to those in direct need. Instead of food lines, there are lines to enter the services—but only for the best dressed with resources. The mega-church often focuses on taking a percentage of incomes, without taking care of a percentage of the community.

And we were shown no clearer example of the twisted mission of many Black churches than when President Bush recruited Black churches across the land to deliver his twisted message to Black people under the guise of Christianity.

Another alphabetical problem for Blacks is the C.A.A.P. (Coalition of African American Pastors), an organization of filthy knee-grow minions in the clergy working with Republican Party to misinform and misrepresent Blacks.

William Owens, the president of the organization for conservative Black pastors, has called for Blacks to oppose President Obama because of his support of same-sex marriage.

It is one thing to oppose gay marriage, but these disingenuous handkerchief head knee grows virtually tie gay marriage to child rape by talking about homosexuals as though they are all child molesters, then stating: “For the president to condone this type of thing knowing the full facts is just irresponsible.”

No—what is irresponsible is for a group of ignorant, lying pastors to misrepresent the truth and to do so in the name of God.

But the dirty secret is that these assheads, like many pastors, are all out for personal gain and NOT for the uplift of the Black community.

They do the race a disservice.

Part 2; http://thyblackman.com/2012/08/21/part-2-countering-lies-deception-dirty-black-secrets/

Staff Writer; Darryl James

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7 Responses to “Part 3: Dirty Black Secrets, Yeah Talented Tenth Alphabet Soup!”
  1. Deeann D. Mathews says:

    There is a great deal of truth in this article that a whole lot of people would rather not have us know or deal with… and yet many people lately have been coming to me talking about these same issues. My perspective is a little different; in my community I represent one of the few in that “talented tenth” who stayed and serves the whole… and when you see every day what happens in the hearts and minds of those that have been left behind generation after generation, it is just heartbreaking. There is also another problem rising out of that: abandonment fear causes a great deal of trouble for talented young people who are just beginning to rise, as the old resentments from generations of abandonment are played out. It is really hard for young people to rise above the madness when a lot of people around them fear that their rising will mean a further abandonment. This makes a hard atmosphere in which to develop any individual talent , but the alphabet soup isn’t interested in developing the whole…

  2. Umm Yeah says:

    Darryl I have some problems again bro. I have been doing grassroots community work for 20 years, over half of my life in the area of neighborhood groups, finance and banking, education, and non-profit leadership.

    The one thing I can definitely say across ALL of those spectrums is that it isn’t the “Talented 10th” that are getting the most attention, the most philanthropic dollars thrown at them etc. It is the “Negative 10th” that are getting those benefits.

    For example, where I am from we have a decent level of Black on Black violence. The number 1 black childhood poverty rate in the nation, etc. It is not those folks with tremendous potential to grow and lead that are getting the most dollars and support thrown at but the worst cases.

    Figure this bro…I have done youth work for years.

    I can work with ten terrible kids (probably not his fault but lets keep it real) and maybe get one to two of them to rise above the madness.

    I can work with ten moderate kids and probably get 5 kids to rise above the madness.

    I can work with ten great kids and probably get 9 to rise above the madness.

    Now, the great kids usually are targeted, BUT, THEY AREN’T TARGETED TO SERVE AND LEAD. That is the problem.

    Our sweet spot is the moderate and the excellent however that is defined. Not the worst cases. Yet the majority of the funds go to the worst cases. Trust me, I see this daily. We have multiple BILLIONAIRE philanthropist where I am from and these targets are some of their primary focuses.

  3. Brother Darryl is right on in this article. There is a big gulf between the so called successful brothers and sisters and our brothers and sisters who continue to struggle. But the chain is only as strong as the weakest link. This is something we’ve forgotten. Divide and conquer is one of the oldest rules of war and still stands today. We must wake up to these tactics that divide us. The talented tenth were people who were against the Marcus Garvey movement, where we were self sufficient, successful, and taught to rely on ourselves.

    Some of these people are the same ones that infiltrate our organizations and cause problems within them. This is why we continue to struggle today because we’re not united as a people. Our problem is no longer outside our community, but inside. We can’t keep complaining about the problems in our community and expect the same people who’s ancestors murdered, raped and enslaved our ancestors to solve our problems. We are the problem, but we are also the solution.

    Black Unity means financial independence and happiness

  4. Jay says:

    This article is interesting…I suggest those curious about the talented tenth and “The Black Elite” to look into the social issue of Brain drain. I see the comparisons of this issue on a National level. Those who may be gifted in one sense pushed out of their communities to inhabit a world outside of that which is accessible to “C” class individuals. Moreover, these “1/10” persons take the knowledge, skills, and resources that they may have possessed individually to better organizations/corporations outside of the realm of the C grade. Meanwhile, the community of C grade people who may have been designed to complement A grade people in tasks fall further and further behind.

    But I digress…you stated, “William Owens, the president of the organization for conservative Black pastors, has called for Blacks to oppose President Obama because of his support of same-sex marriage,” now I haven’t looked into the validity of this statement, however, I must say that if Pastor Owens intentions are to do only God’s will and doesn’t represent some other political agenda, then, he is completely correct in what he is calling for. I suggest reading ROMANS 1:18-32, GENESIS 2:23-25, and EPHESIANS 5:31-33.

    JESUS SAID TO HIM, “I AM THE WAY, THE TRUTH, and THE LIFE, NO ONE COMES TO THE FATHER EXCEPT THROUGH ME.” (John 14:6)

  5. John says:

    This article is very interesting. However, I believe that whatever the social background, we must encourage young people to excel while helping the ones who are struggling. We have to raise the bar!!! I see too many of our people who are naive and think they can just get by and be mediocre like many White people. They don’t get it that the system favors them. They have the so-called White privilege and they can get decent jobs even if many of them are not that well-read. We can’t, we don’t have that luxury. The Asians and Jews understand that. It is time for us to wake up and smell the coffee!!! We have to study together in groups and share old exams. This is how Asians operate. If many of them are in medical schools and so on it is not because they are more smart. They understood a long time ago the power of sharing information and the power of the group!!!

  6. John says:

    This article is very interesting. However, I believe that whatever the social background, we must encourage young people to excel while helping the ones who are struggling. We have to raise the bar!!! I see too many of our people who are naive and think they can just get by and be mediocre like many White people. They don’t get it that the system favors them. They have the so-called White privilege and they can get decent jobs even if many of them are not that well-read. We can’t, we don’t have that luxury. The Asians and Jews understand that. It is time for us to wake up and smell the coffee!!! We have to study together in groups and share old exams. This is how Asians operate. If many of them are in medical schools and son on it is not because they are more smart. They understood a long time ago the power of sharing information and the power of the group!!!

  7. Steph says:

    Excellent article!

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