We, as Black people, have been through a lot. From slavery to Jim Crow, from blatant to subtle racism. We have come a long way and have great resources within our community. From talent, to intelligence, from passionate ambition, to economic resources, we've got it. What we lack, however, is unity, tolerance, and a common goal/objective. We have to acknowledge the fact that although we each have lived the Black experience, we each have developed different ideologies that are engrained within us that are not easily changed and will NEVER change as a result of aggressive and hateful confrontation. Unfortunately, that is what so many of the threads here at Destee.com digress into. These aggressive and hateful confrontations are rarely productive and seemingly more about winning arguments than building unity. If unity is desirable and even a remote possibility for us, we have to become more tolerant of one another and recognize that if we want others to embrace our ideology, we cannot insult them into doing so but must patiently and lovingly make our case for that which we advocate. If your agenda is not unity, but to win arguments or demonstrate how intelligent or well researched you are, then we are all on the right track. But, it is in our best interest to put ego's aside and begin a new era in Black relations. Religion, politics, lifestyles, and economics are all controversal, tough issues for everyone in general, but especially so for a people who have been through as much as we have. We have to take this into consideration when dealing with one another. If you think you are correct and that another is incorrect because he has "adopted the ways of the oppressor", you should have compassion upon that person and see that person as a VICTIM of the oppressor. You cannot attack that person and insult him or her into embracing your idea of right. You must patiently and lovingly make your case or you will alienate them. Most of all, you must be willing to embrace them as brothers or sisters even if they, after hearing your case, do not embrace your version of right. I want to encourage us all to adapt a tone of unification and reconciliation with a focus on common goals and objectives. Personally, I am going to attempt to avoid those traps of ego and mis-directed agendas because what I really want is for our people to enjoy self-determination and to present a unified front against the many external challenges we face. Brothers and Sisters, we can do this!