Media ignores optimistic black leaders
August 22, 2021 12:04 p.m. ET
Regarding Joseph Epstein’s editorial “Black Lives Matter poisons the mind of a young athlete” (August 17): criticizing negative messages from the BLM movement and naming many heroic civil rights leaders from previous generations , Mr. Epstein asks, “Why has Stronger Black Leadership not appeared since this previous generation of courageous and very intelligent men?” “
It has arisen, although it is mostly overlooked by the mainstream media. Among the great black public leaders of today, such as Robert Woodson Sr., Carol Swain, Glenn Loury, Jason Riley, John McWhorter, Thomas Sowell, the late Walter Williams, Ian Rowe and Shelby Steele, among others, is a optimistic and grateful strain. reflection on the black agency, progress and life in America.
I have had the privilege of hearing Mr. Woodson and Ms. Swain speak to a mixed audience. They noted how much improvement they have experienced over the course of their lives and their optimism for the future. Mr. Woodson calls his perspective a “radical grace,” encouraging his people to look to the future, not back, and to exercise agency for personal and family success. “Things that are all black shouldn’t be seen as bad,” and the success of blacks shouldn’t depend on “what whites do or think about us,” he said. Ms. Swain noted that she was not brought up to hate whites but to accept individuals as they come and judge them the same. She also doesn’t have time to feel sorry for herself or worry about what others may think of her.
Arnold L. Goldman