Jesse Jackson is an opportunist. He will say whatever gets him a paycheck. I can’t say the same about Al Sharpton only because I don’t know for sure. But neither of them have given me the message that I should give up. In fact, what I hear from them is actually the opposite. Your perception that black people may be discouraged by their speeches may be just that. It is true that without support from the majority, there can be no change no matter how self determined the minority may be. The narrative that Black People are lazy has been out there ever since slavery came to this country. It is a difficult stereotype to shake, given the dearth of examples in the media showing otherwise. Most Black Families are just trying to get to “middle class.” Those who aren’t making it are faking it. But you won’t hear about these families in the news. And certainly not on YouTube.