Published on 10/14/2006
IN THIS BUSINESS, ONE CAN never be sure of the motives of people who send us tips, notes or suggestions. Still, when I received the e-mail with a headline that began: “The KKK Disbands,” it caught my attention.
When I read further, I became downright curious.
“The KKK Disbands: Leaves Their Job To Black Folks.”
And then, even before I read another word, I knew where the thing was going. I knew, because, coincidentally, I've had a few chats lately with my sons about black-on-black crime contributing to the socio-political weakness of the race.
Before I get too far into that, though, you should know more about the e-mail. First understand that the commentary appears to be a spoof. The Klan is still in operation. Their Web site has a message that it is down, but there are links to two sites selling KKK collectibles.
The e-mail also appears to be written by an African American. I find it hard to believe the KKK would put forth any effort to inspire black unity or progress, even satirically.
It reads in part:
“The KKK leader stepped to the podium, his hood lowered around his shoulders and a look of disgust on his face. He said, “Sorry guys but this will be our last meeting; we're going out of business.”
A member stood up in back. “But why sir?”
The leader sighed, “Well, reverend, the (black people) are doing a better job getting rid of themselves than we ever did, so we are no longer needed.”
There were rumblings and protest. The leader raised his hand to silence the Klan members, and said, “Their rap music says more vile things about black women than we ever thought of.”
So, the e-mail appears to be a not-so-veiled attempt to inspire African Americans to some collective introspection.
“They shoot each other constantly,” he continued. “And as a group, they spend a huge amount of money on cars, liquor, that stuff they call bling, and the proliferation of rap music. Nobody needs us to talk about how a lot of them keep playing the race and victim cards while complaining that other groups are surpassing them in economic development and supposedly getting more attention in schools.”
“We have got to take better care of ourselves, as males,” Rucker said. “It's become so hard for black males to get through 15 to 28 years old. They're either getting killed by each other on the streets, going to jail, or getting sent off to wars.
“Where are we going? We're destroying ourselves, and I just don't know what will turn it around.”
His message was clear. It is a message that should be delivered more often, more resoundingly and by more black leaders.
Black leaders include clergy, teachers at all levels of education, corporate leaders, politicians and anyone else who cares about the future of American black people and who has the attention of black citizens....