The Plan Not The man By Andre Austin President Obama gave a speech last week to the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC), touching on the history of Civil Rights and its continuing struggle with his efforts in the White house. Ossie Davis gave the keynote speech at the CBC first major event stating its not about the man its about a plan, its not about a rap but a map. Obama incorporated the first line of Davis speech as an alteration for his speech. Obama failed to address 4 major flaws in black leadership when dealing with a civil rights plan. The bedrock of our civil rights is rooted in the 14amendment of the constitution. Racism against Mexicans is now putting the 14 amendment in jeopardy. Unfortunately, all the rights gained by the civil rights movement have been bequeathed to groups that are more acceptable to the larger society-white women, gays, Hispanics, Asians, handicapped and poor whites. Civil rights is drowned out and out-flanked. For the majority of the 14 amendments life (1868) has been used by hostile, greedy white corporations. As the other groups began to take away from blacks control of the civil rights agenda like glen beck 1963 march on Washington. They have successfully destroyed the legitimate base of the black movement. They have identified every group that could possibly perceive itself as aggrieved and made it equal to blacks. Our unique problems have been made universal problems and made to appear no more important than others faced with discrimination. Our traditional black leadership, like the black masses are ignored by government and the media, except during times of racial disturbances or anniversaries of the civil rights movement. Our leadership and civil rights have been discredited, criminalized, assassinated or enticed to come into the mainstream and forget the black masses. And then we had 5 major flaws in the leadership and civil rights movement. 1. No black unity. We think of each other as weak and impossible to do anything without having a coalition with others instead of thinking of having it both ways. As a result we became just the horse instead of a horse and the rider. The other minority groups in the civil rights movements are riders. 2. This relates to number 1. Black leadership focused its entire weight of resources on achieving integration. They thought by removing the symbolism of Jim Crowism that blacks would gain equality. Defacto Jim crow is now here with prison, parole, jail, probation. In America being poor and a law breaker is in reality a third class citizenship status that the 14 amendment hoped to eradicate. 3. Black leadership failed to focus on neutralizing Jim crow or the misdistribution and racist control of wealth, power and resources which is black economic unity. The Kenya anti-colonial fear Newt gingrich had of Obama’s father who worked for Jomo Kenyeatta can be found in the same FBI Hoover’s fear of a “black messiah” in the likes of Jomo prototype in Black American leadership that could bring about unity. 4. No long-term national plan with goals and strategies to fight Jim court, which you can’t in court unless you have a tape of them admitting racial bias instead of statistics showing racism. 5. Black leaders failed to construct a national network and implement a national plan for black empowerment. The best plan Obama can do is universal instead of any specific address of chronic, unique systemic problems facing the containment of the Congressional Black Caucus. Our stellar Black Stallion rides past the problem once again.