Peace and Blessings Family, After experiencing the MLK thread, i'm left wondering, what Sister or Brother would willingly, enthusiastically, give their life for us, considering how we tear them apart, piece by piece? Not only how we tear them apart, but how we oftentimes fail to support their effort, their life's work, to help our own people. I'm reminded of a thread i started some time ago, speaking about, Benefits Package For a Revolutionary. It didn't get too many responses Considering the dire condition our people are in world wide, do we make the task all the more challenging, because we relentlessly (and often unfairly) critique each and every person that has the willingness and/or resolve to step up and do the job .. while all the time, not being willing to do the job ourselves?! I'm talking about a job that has yet to be SUCCESSFULLY completed, and remains available to each of us. Who would even try, under these conditions? Wouldn't it be easier for most all of us ... (which happens to be what most all of us do) ... to just sit back and wait for the next person to rise up, and try to lead, and then we throw stones at them? I mean ... we're hard on each other ... way too hard in my opinion. I don't think there's anything wrong with reviewing the strategies of work already done by our peers, or those gone before us, in a fair, balanced, and constructive manner. Of course this is absolutely necessary, to learn from their errors, update initiatives, add new information, knowledge, etc. ... but to resort to calling them out of their name ... to make them appear less than the great men and women that they are?!! C'mon ... what young person would want to live their life this way, for a people that treat them this way? Especially knowing, going in ... as the evidence is overwhelming ... that they will be crucified by the very ones they seek to help. Does this play a significant part, in why the pool of SUCCESSFUL Black Leaders is virtually non-existent? What about you ... would your life live up to the kind of critique we give to our people? Mine certainly wouldn't. I have people that hate me, that talk about me, that lie on me, that say all kinds of ugly things about me ... Black People ... Black People who claim to want the best for our people collectively ... yet ... i (a Black Woman) am treated this way by them ... and all i've ever done is provide a free resource to my people, by starting, managing and maintaining this community for us. I can only imagine the increased scrutiny and pain i'd experience, if i were trying to do anything greater than this. Should we work to overcome this, or is it par for the course, with all current and future leaders bracing themselves for it? Are we hurting our own effort, discouraging our youth to even want to consider helping us? I don't know Family ... you all tell me ... please. Destee ps ... for the sake of this discussion, i define SUCCESSFUL as freeing our people from the oppression we face world-wide.