Tariq Nasheed vs. Cynthia G (Mistaking Black Intellectuals for Black Leaders)
It is evident the Black Community reveres black intellectuals for their contributions to the overall enhancement of our people. Tariq Nasheed is known for his Hidden Colors documentary series and no-holds-barred perspective on live streams. His hard-hitting commentary on current events along with a dose of history is what keeps viewers around. Of course, you will have to listen to the occasional moments of unfavorable language and segments of ridicule.
Black Intellectuals aren’t always Black Leaders.
What I’ve noticed, particularly with this Cynthia G vs. Tariq Nasheed online quarrel is we want the black intellectuals to be our black leaders. To my knowledge, Tariq never professed to be a black leader. Heck, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. never declared to be one either. I’m sure they took action or spoke up on what they felt was the right thing to do for their people. It is we the black viewers and listeners that decide if we want to show our support to their cause. However, due to this recent upsurge in opinionated outtakes on Tariq vs. Cynthia G, a continuously ignored concept remains. When you follow a black intellectual, support them as they are and not how you want them to become.
Why Black Intellectuals don’t meet your expectations.
We as a black nation are born psychologically duped by the concept of a White Jesus. This resulted in putting all of our faith in an imaginary perfect human being. It is this mythical persona that continues to bind our reality. Furthermore, when we learn about a civil rights leader, we learn to relish the history presented in front of us, not their everyday norms. For example, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. is portrayed as the perfect Christian that wanted everyone to hold hands. Nowadays you want to make Tariq Nasheed your leader, so you keep him to standards he doesn’t wish to apply. Just because you “follow” him doesn’t mean he has the intent to lead you. Mainly you want all Black Intellectuals to have MLK qualities at a minimum but hold them to the standards of White Jesus. It is an unfair and flawed comparison.
I’m not a Tariq apologist. Don’t expect me to resort to the cliché rhetoric of “nobody is perfect” or “he that is without sin” lines. What I wish to convey is we are long past due the time to understand the archetype contrast of a black intellectual and a black leader. By the way, these are terms we have laden on them whether they exhibit it or not. I hold firm in saying Tariq is a Black Intellectual even if you do not agree with some of his actions and comments. That won’t stop me from watching his DVD’s or occasionally checking out his YouTube page.
Change how we react and not how they act.
After reviewing several YouTube reaction videos of Tariq “roasting” Cynthia G, I’ve concluded that the “we have to do better as a people” talking points should be retired, not recycled. For the record, I’m not endorsing petty behavior. I’m attempting to illustrate the point of critiquing someones every unfavorable move, while not giving enough credence to the good things they do. When is the last time somebody came out with a video thanking Tariq, Dr. Boyce Watkins, Cynthia G, Dr. Umar Johnson, or any other Black Intellectual? As rare of an instance as it may be, its pastime to remove those psychological restraints and promote the positive in these individuals.
After all, this is the medium to do so, and don’t ever anticipate the mainstream media to portray Cynthia G or Tariq Nasheed in a positive image.