Monthly Archive: August 2019



August 2019



The Talented Tenth is Failing Us – Part 2

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Starbucks press conference

It’s been a while since my last post but I want to tie a bow on my thoughts about the Talented Tenth. As a reminder, when I use the term “Talented Tenth” I’m referring to the black elites who make policy, analyze social and political trends, shape culture through arts and entertainment, and influence mainstream thought on issues related to race. The things they say matter. They matter to politicians and CEOs. They matter to other activists and intellectuals. And they matter to regular everyday people. That means we have an obligation to assess the extent to which their thoughts, words and actions are moving the black community in the right direction. While they do a great deal that is positive, here are four things that are directly hurting black folk.