Houston Forward Times

31 October 2013 Written by 


SELLOUTHow much money and/or power will cause a person to abandon what is right over what is wrong?

Seriously, I want to know!

How can people have no conscious when it comes to throwing people under the bus and taking advantage of others, for their own selfish gain?

As I look at the landscape of the Black community, there are Black people, mostly in positions of authority and in a decision-making capacity, who have no problem selling out others for the sake of a dollar or increased status.

I call them ‘World Class Sellouts’.

Yeah, they may not come right out and say that they are selling out the community or selling out others, but their actions and the subsequent results of their decisions, end up hurting the very people they are put in a position to help.

I can hear you asking now, what exactly does a 'World Class Sellout’ look like anyway and why do you call them 'World Class'?

That's simple! The reason I refer to them as 'World Class', is because they are the very BEST at what they do and operate at the highest caliber of sellout.

They have no conscious when it comes to other people or their plight. They are just focused on getting a position; keeping a position; or most importantly, making money.

When you look at what's going on around you; like the gridlock in Washington D.C; society's quest to see who can gain the most money or acquire the most toys; and the ongoing plight of hopelessness and despair on major display in our local communities; it's easy to see, first hand, how certain people are more than willing to sell their souls for a little bit of power; a fancy little title; or a little extra change in their pockets.

The Bible says that the "love of money is the root of all evil," and there is a lot of evil going on with the people loving money more than anything else.

These ‘World Class Sellouts’ know beyond a reasonable doubt that they aren’t making decisions that are in the best interest of the people they serve or the people they have the responsibility to cover and protect. However, many of these folks will make those harmful decisions, because they only care about themselves; they never cared about the people.

They were motivated by self-interest, self-preservation and self-enhancement. Period!

If they listened to their conscious, how could they vote for something that isn't in the best interest of and doesn't remotely benefit anyone but that person or their friends?

If they listened to their conscious, how could they vote against the very thing that is beneficial to the people who really need it?

If they listened to their conscious, how could they stab you in the back in order to take your place at the job or seek to get ahead of you in an organization?

You don't have to tell me how; I already know most of us know what it looks like, but have never been able to categorize it for what it really was…..A ‘World Class Sellout’ in action.

I remember some years ago, a group of people I was a part of held a secret meeting to make a major decision without my knowledge. The meeting was being spearheaded by someone who had their own personal agenda, but because that person was extremely persuasive and influential, people listened to them. At the leading of this individual, the group ended up making a horrible decision that had an immediate negative impact. After things started to unravel, one of the people who went along with the decision at the time was asked why they chose to go along with the decision.

Their response was, "Well, I really didn't agree with it, but the votes were in favor of making the decision before it got to me, so because I knew it was gonna pass, I just went ahead and voted with the majority on it."

Did you hear that? Even though their conscious, internal conviction and value system, told them to go the opposite way of the majority; they went against what they knew and believed was right in order to please the majority and gain their favor and acceptance.

That's not leadership, that's being a spineless coward.

So as I close, I'll ask the question again.

"How much money and/or power will cause a person to abandon what is right over what is wrong?

You don't have to answer that; I already know that your actions and decisions will eventually provide me with an adequate answer to the question real soon.

Jeffrey L. Boney is the lead staff writer for the Houston Forward Times newspaper, Next Generation Project Fellow and a dynamic, international speaker. Jeffrey is the Founder and CEO of the Texas Business Alliance and is an experienced entrepreneur and business development strategist. If you would like to request Jeffrey as a speaker, you can reach him at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

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