The Gantt Report – March Madness

Florida’s Capitol city is overflowing with excitement after the Florida State University Seminoles won the Atlantic Coast Conference Men’s Basketball Tournament!

“March Madness” is in full force and most of Tallahassee can’t wait to see how far the Seminoles advance in the NCAA Tournament that will determine the collegiate National Champion.

But I don’t like March Madness. Oh, the basketball tournaments are fine but I don’t like the Black community March Madness!

March, march, march! Every time people in the Black community seek to address a community concern, someone will call for a march!

The same Tallahassee with the winning basketball team is probably the world leader in staging marches.

There are student marches, church marches, school marches, Black History Month marches, Veteran’s Day marches, Easter marches, Christmas marches, marches on the State Capitol and other marches or so called parades.

White folks saw what a great time Black folk were having walking for miles in 100 degree heat or 30 degree cold, they decided to stage marches on their own. It is not unusual to see a labor union march or law enforcement officers walking or riding in a staged march.

Your leaders, the leaders that you and your local white newspaper picked, are trying to deal with 2012 problems by using 1950 strategies!

Civil Rights Marches

Nothing has changed after any recent march. If there had been a change, you wouldn’t have to continue to march!

When people tell you that you need to join a march can they tell you what the goal of the march is and what the march will result in? No! If you do attend the march can you speak about your personal concerns or the concerns specific to your neighborhood and your community? I doubt it!

A hot march now is the legislative march. Every week, some weeks every day, some group converges on the Capitol and march around with signs trying to influence legislators on the day a controversial bill is supposed to appear on the House or Senate agenda.

If you don’t know, by the time any legislation is put on any agenda for a vote, the minds of the legislators had been made far in advance of any consideration. If legislative leadership thought that a march could change a legislative outcome that he desired he never would bring the bill up for a vote.

Friends and neighbors are quick to tell me, “Martin Luther King marched and you should too.” And I respond and say, “Jesus got nailed to a cross so I guess you want to get that done too!”

I don’t want to discourage anyone from participating in a parade or a march. An occasional parade, especially those with children participating, should be supported and enjoyed.

But those aimless, reactionary, shameful Black History marches benefit the white podium guests that get to speak about how much they love Negroes more than the marches benefit you!

I know you won’t say it but you have to agree with me. If I hear closet Klansmen, Nazis and rednecks sing “We Shall Overcome” one more year it will be too many!

No, I don’t want to march arm in arm with people with devilish behavior and intent. I don’t want to march in a march with no purpose, no power and no possibilities!

No, I don’t have March Madness!

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  • Marcie says:

    Lucius, I feel you. You can't do 2012 with 1950 strategies which is there are not results. These days, there is more power in social media and the pen than marching, but all some people want to do is divulge their personal thoughts instead of relevant issues. It's disappointing not to see people using these FREE tools for REAL issues.

    Oh, another thing, when other people march, they have a purpose and a goal, and they tend not to be reactionary. They know what's happening because they presented the issue themselves, and they march to push their agendas. But they also gather en masse to get the results they desire.

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