Elmer Gantry like faux leaders have squandered the moral authority that just a few decades ago made the civil rights movement a great positive social force in the United States. Instead of undertaking the hard task of dealing with the factors that have created and are perpetuating the nation's black underclass, those currently leading the civil rights establishment foster their followers' grievances and victimization claims. Doing so is easy, cheap, and profitable . . . and keeps them in power over a movement that they have transformed into a shoddy, irrelevant, and disreputable one.
The process and its results is spelled out by the estimable scholar Shelby Steele in this superb essay.