In 2013 a black man is not permitted to express an opinion that is different without being ridiculed, name-called and bullied by his fellow blacks.

After reading the open letter to Tavis Smiley I am dismayed that in 2013 a black man is not permitted to express an opinion that is different without being ridiculed, name-called and bullied by his fellow blacks.  The argument or difference of opinion about President Obama’s policy toward blacks  between Mr. Jones and Mr. Smiley, as I read it. If we honestly considered the subject and the two opinions (giving little acknowledgement or consideration to Mr. Smiley or Mr. Jones) it is possible that there is truth on both sides of the issue. But this should not divide us. To the contrary, it should make us stronger as a race. It is my belief that when black people come together the purpose should not be to hold one another down but to support whoever has the courage and ability to rise.  Strong black men or women must feel free to express different opinions and  yet still be considered warriors in the big fight for Black equality.

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