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Monday, July 12, 2010

Abdul Takes On Indy's Black Leadership: Now Will He Walk the Walk?

OBSERVATIONS:  Abdul Hakim Shabazz (INBR) has found his roots lately as he offers a series of posts here, here and here providing his take on local black clergy, black leadership, the collective black community, black youth in general.  While we found his posts provocative and for the most part substantive we couldn't help but notice that the cavernous disconnect between the Abdul's words and his deeds. 

Simply stated, we have been scouring the blogosphere and written media and have yet to find evidence of Abdul's work on behalf of Indy's black community. Some might even suggest that the the only time Abdul mentions the plight of the black community is to score political points for his friends or against his foes.

That being said we will give him a bump up for doing what Mayor Greg Ballard, Deputy Mayor Olgen Williams and Director Straub seem incapable of doing - addressing this issue in the public square instead of hiding under a desk.

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  1. Wow! You guys are like a scaple when it comes to your posts. Nobody is safe!

  2. abdul is a radio minstrel. funny how he was on the black ministers side when they went after Peterson. He's a clown who performs for a cigar and a drink. And he has no credibility in the African-American community.

  3. I appreciate the mention as always. As far as my work in the "black community" goes, I really wish someone would define exactly what that means.

    If it makes you feel better, most my "black community" work is done through the charter schools I work with, teaching, mentoring and providing guidance for young black men and being a positive male role model.

    You guys are more than welcome to come watch when school starts back up in the Fall.

    I know that's not as flashy as yelling and screaming about some white people, but I do find it to be a lot more effective.

  4. By the way, my ticker symbol is INBA, not ADIN that's the other guy.

  5. Abdul. Correction noted, our bad. And who knows we might just might take you up on your offer. As for the substance of the post we would argue the same points for those in the African-American community who work without the aid of cameras and microphones to make lives better for the black community on a daily basis. The posts on your blog uses an awfully wide brush to challenge Indy's collective black leadership. All did was use your brush.

  6. Thanks for the change. Part of the problem with "black leadership" is defining who it exactly is? Is it the clergy? The business community? Elected officials? Blacks have as many different opinions on issues as we do skin complexions. And I personally get offended when someone tries to tell me who my "leader" is. As a married man, I know darn well my leader is my wife.

  7. to small to failJuly 13, 2010 at 7:06 AM

    ipse, nicely played. Instead of attacking Abdul personally or with sophmoric comments you responded with logic even temper. You guys are damn good.

  8. interesting conversation. probably the bnest I've seen on the blogs around here. Sop what is the answer?

  9. I've always maintained that true "black empowerment" in the 21st Century will come from individuals not from "mass movements". In addition, the nature of the civil rights struggle my grandfather had was different than my Dad's which was different from mine.Hopefully, if my wife and I have children, none of this will be an issue for them. True civil rights is economic empowerment which comes from reducing the tax burden on families and giving them more educational opportunities through choice. Give them safe neighborhoods and fix the streets and sidewalks. That is what "leadership" should be focusing on.