What our leadership programs do, is to show students how to 'succeed' in the present White-Supremacist educational system. By success, they really mean that students can take a place within this oppressive system and provide continuity in a system of violence, intimidation and murder.
So, the cream of the crop, our best of the best are MOST OFTEN turned into overseers, who continue on and legitimize the present system. These students legitimize it by taking their place in the system and telling other students that they too can 'succeed,' but they must act 'professional,' not be radical and keep telling others that, "change takes time!"
How much time is it going to take?:
For them to stop killing our kids, no matter what type of degree we or they have?
For them to treat us like human beings and allow us to grow?
For us to realize that the present system is based on UNREPENTANT Genocide, Land-theft and Slavery AND that this system is NOT sustainable.
We need change and we need it now--not in some distant time.
If we continue on merely taking our place within a system that creates oppression, depression, that allows for the murder of our children, that allows for our children to be locked up in prison and disenfranchised, that MAINTAINS the current system, then our grandchildren will be asking the same questions that are asked today.
How could this happen?
Why haven't things changed?
What are we going to do?
There is something we can do right now--we can NOT become like the oppressor, not take our place (as instructed to do so)in the grand killing machine that is the US, and to train students to create change themselves.
Change won't happen by conducting research that will please the dominant culture, but by creating real change via direct action and REAL discussion. How much research do you need to know you live in a system that is horribly sick with issues it has not confronted and solved?
We don't need weak leaders.
There are so very few of us in higher education, we can't let our 'successes' continue on in this manner.
We need real change and we need it now!