The problem with a movement is that they never really organically end. They never can actually reach their goal or accomplish anything; at least not in a sense that they can actually acknowledged that they succeeded in a significant way.
Well because then the power, the money, the prestige, the work...it goes away.
That's why pretty much every movement in my mind eventually becomes a distorted charicature of what it truly is...especially ones that have success. There always has to be another problem, it always can't be good enough, it never can be acknowldeged to be isgnificantly better than it was..because if it is then they will begin to question why they need to be giving you so much support anymore.
Again, this is a left and right thing. It's an apolitical notion. The same kind of thing will eventually happen to the tea party, I have no doubt.
Sharpton is a barnacle. He's a parasite. For him to have influence, to have power, to make money, to gain notiriety and to stay relevant, there has to be racial unrest. And the bigger that unrest is the more important he is. So if there's little unrest out there, then something needs to be stirred up to look a little bigger. And if there's legitimate unrest out there, then it needs to be made out to be the worst thing ever. Because otherwise, what is Sharpton supposed to do? What's his worth? What's his value? Thereis none.
You're spot on in comparing it to people at a workplace who recognize that their job is pretty much something that goes on auto-pilot, so they do just enough to make it look like there's consistent work to be done and they allow things to go "wrong" just enough to make it look like there's significant value in having them around.