I was on another message board and came across this message -- what are your opinions on this??
I suppose I should have a disclaimer. The person who wrote this was off of a forum, and the writer is suspect, but that has no bearing on the topic anyways.
The topic at hand is that many people believe that role models and leaders is our only salvation. If we do not have a "role model/leader" in a cetain area, black people are bound to fail in that area.
"A few centuries ago, economics pioneer Adam Smith noted that the wealth of nations derives from the combined wealth of individuals working for their own best interests. The wealth that they create forms the foundation of the community's economy, and trading among themselves forms self-regulating free markets. This happens even though no one in particular causes it to happen, or guides the process, or provides intentional design or leadership. Orderly markets, economies and societies spring up as a result of individuals simply doing what they think best for themselves.
One of the striking things that I've noticed while hanging around BV is that most non-black Americans seem to fit into Smith's view, while a large percentage of blacks don't. The "Powernomics" thread and Tavis Smiley's Covenant are prime examples. They promote the notion that salvation for blacks as a group has to come from some sort of cultural epiphany brought on by a black leader who finally hits on "The Answer" that will lead black Americans, as a group, into prosperity, or that black prosperity will be brought about by black-led political upheavals that transfer existing wealth into the waiting hands of the black protelariat. Both notions absolve black individuals of personal liability for their own conditions. They also fail to address what happens when the appropriated wealth is used up.
Non-blacks aren't "led" as a group to do things that are in their own best interest. They individually and independently do what's best for themselves and in doing so, as Smith noted, they benefit the group even though it isn't their intention to do so. This notion applies to ethics and morals, too. Non-blacks aren't laboring under crushing illegitimate birth rates and crime statistics because they're more effectively "led". It's because a lower percentage of individuals make stupid, self-destructive decisions.
The statistical differences between black America and the rest of us reflect the sum total of individual choices, not better leadership."