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Booker T. Washington (1856 – 1915) said “There is another class of coloured people who make a business of keeping the troubles, the wrongs, and the hardships of the Negro race before the public. Having learned that they are able to make a living out of their troubles, they have grown into the settled habit of advertising their wrongs - partly because they want sympathy and partly because it pays. Some of these people do not want the Negro to lose his grievances, because they do not want to lose their jobs.” Apparently Black leadership hasn’t changed much from B.T. Washington’s time. This indictment can easily describe most ethnic activists and community organizers. It’s a shame that those leaders try to mitigate their failures by demonizing others and offer excuses for failure rather than emulate those who have succeeded by rising above racial divisiveness and achieved the “American dream,” like King, Benson, Sowell, Cain, etc.; these are examples of Blacks that have emulated Martin Luther King, Jr.’s counsel that “Man must evolve for all human conflict a method which rejects revenge, aggression and retaliation…” Both Washington and King understood that the concept of “sins of the father” is an unfair and hard sell and equally ineffective is the notion of “sins of the race.” If, in fact, race baiters like Obama, Holder, Sharpton and Farrakhan espouse and believe racism in America is the norm rather than the exception and their leadership keeps Blacks in depressed, repressed and isolated environments pleasing the vestiges of racism that pervade our society then wouldn’t those Black leaders be examples of the subject of B. T. Washington’s description?