Monday, October 23, 2017
Retrospective Warriors
By Darryl James (Columnist)
Published August 6, 2009

Some Negroes are just silly. Yes, I said it. Negroes, knee-grows-not fit to be called African or American-just plain ignorant losers. Negroes are stuck in time with their thinking and actions. Stuck in a time and place when we were called Negroes and were being held back openly.

The current silly Negroes who have raised my dander are the silly Negroes who want to discuss Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr’s mission and place him in a negative light.

Those silly Negroes claim that Dr. King had no backbone.

They proceed with the unsubstantiated rumors of his infidelity and hint at other innuendo that is so far-fetched they can only whisper it in small places with even smaller people.

They launch these claims from the relative comfort of the new millennium, some forty years after Dr. King gave his life.

You know its funny to me, but not really, that people can sit back in 2009 and evaluate Dr. King’s mission, value and purpose. How dare any of us do that with any leader who literally gave his or her life to a specific purpose that involved a people and not an individual?

It’s a sad statement for Blacks to malign Dr. King or any other leader in a retrospective manner. We can evaluate the leaders of today, but only based on what we are doing ourselves. We have no business evaluating past leaders, particularly when we benefit from their lives and mostly their deaths without doing anything to interrupt our way of life, sacrifice our comfort, or jeopardize our safety.

To cast posthumous aspersions on his name is just plain silly and an insult to his entire cause. But it is also an insult to yourself, because it means that you have no real perspective of where we were then and where we are today, except that which you read about.

No one is denying you the use of toilets or dining counters and no one is loosing dogs upon you. No laws are on the books where you live that allow you to be spit upon in public, or deny you the right to vote (maybe).

However, I want to see what you do about the things that do affect you. If you are in college, what are you doing about the evaporation of Affirmative Action? If you are on a job, what will you do when the retarded nephew of your supervisor is given your job simply because you are Black?

My point is that it is far too easy to sit in relative comfort and in the virtual lack of intrinsic opposition and desecrate an entire movement, because you favor the methods of another.

Finally, the old discussion of Dr. King’s flaws is so tired and weak that we really should let it go. The man allowed his life to be dedicated to our freedom no matter the method and what he did in private is the business of God and his wife, and not ours.

I take such attacks personally, because I am a real warrior. I have placed my life on the line many times, for real. That’s why I find it hard to stomach armchair warriors and passive commentators who want to malign real leaders simply because they disagree. Let’s be real–Do you disagree merely in thought and principle or in action?

To be real, that’s why we don’t have too many warriors standing in the light anymore. True soldiers of this race are far too often tossed to the wolves, desecrated, defamed and despised by the very people for whom they fight.

At this stage in our history, because so many of us have sold out while talking about what “we” need to do, real warriors keep their actions silent. There can be few press releases or public meetings because many of the people we love and would die for would sell us out in a heartbeat for cash, privilege or for nothing at all.

Many of us desire leaders whom we would have die for a national holiday or a movie with promotional hats. We find it hard sometimes to even engage in productive dialogue because emotions step in and people who won’t ever dare fight for real start launching verbal or written attacks.

The sad reality is that half of you chicken and biscuit eating fools walking around with an old X shirt would have hated on him. And before you try to split he and our Brother King, you would have hated King, too.

I love both Malcolm and Martin. Different methods, but similar results, and if you really knew them, you would realize they were fundamentally one and the same.

But the real question is, do you live your life in service and discomfort, or does it just make you feel good to talk about it?

We still have work to do. Are you down?

Darryl James is an award-winning author of the powerful new anthology “Notes From The Edge.” Now, listen to Darryl live on every Monday from 8-10pm, PST. View previous installments of this column at Reach James at

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