Black America’s Civil War



In the great play, A Soldier’s Story, there is a character named C.J. who is a happy go lucky “homey kind of nigga” who white folk just love to have around due to his comedic nature and musical talents. C.J. has never met a stranger and seeks to ingratiate himself to all around, even to the point of embarrassing his African-American contemporaries. Another character, Sarge, hated C.J. and all that he represented because his antics were an embarrassments that reinforced the prevailing stereotypes that racist whites had for so long stereotyped African-Americans as being. During one of the more important aspects of the play, Sarge, reveals to C.J. that “the race can no longer afford you. The Day of the Geechee is over.” What Sarge was in effect saying, individuals such as C.J. set the race back tremendously as they went through their day and the Race could no longer afford such foolishness. The present state of African-Americans has placed educated African-Americans into a position that they are having to make similar commentary to a similar population of Black folk.

Due to Black America’s diversity, cultural priorities have always been a lightning rod issue. We hail from diverse areas that have significantly influenced our individual priorities, beliefs, and goals. Consequently, our best attempts to define “what Black is” have resulted in repeated failure; when will we learn that “Blackness” is indescribable.

However, the alluded to cultural diversity has fostered a fundamental disagreement within Black America of what is an appropriate way of expressing “Blackness”. Expressions of “Blackness” are so divisive that comedian Chris Rock equated it to Black America’s “Civil War”. Rock uttered the following to an adoring audience, “there is a ‘civil war’ occurring between Black folk and Niggers. And Niggers have got to go.”

Although droves of Black folk laughed at Chris Rock’s biting social commentary, the truth is that he was exposing Black-America’s dirtiest piece of laundry; that being, some Blacks inability to extricate themselves from a multi-faceted poverty that extends beyond finances and appears in political, social, educational, cultural, and moral areas. Most frustrating to educated African-Americans is that impoverished Blacks are unashamed of their multiple inadequacies and actually revel, promote, and champion their deficiencies.

Chris Rock’s routine pierced one particularly pernicious type of poverty when he remarked, “Nothing makes a nigga happier than to not know the answer to your question.” The aforementioned statement is sad, but nevertheless true; and serves as the source of much angst for educated African-Americans. Unfortunately, it appears that significant portions of the Black populace have decided to carry the issues that Chris Rock and others such as Bill Cosby took them to task for, as a badge of honor.

When African-Americans emerged from chattel slavery, they linked their oppression to a lack of education; a situation they hurriedly corrected. Such efforts to garner education were a guiding post for African-Americans throughout the majority of the twentieth-century. Many argue that the devaluing of education coincides with the integration of schools and the removal of African-American teachers from Black children’s lives.

However, it is difficult to identify a single villain in this process that has fostered, and today encourages, younger African-Americans repudiation of academic learning; a situation that has led to high achieving African-American children being branded as ‘acting white’. However, a great starting point to explain this devaluing of education within certain segments of the Africa-American community may be their adoption of a capitalistic “ends-justify-the-means” ethos that justifies any, and everything, as long as it is profitable. This message is continually piped into African-American homes via ‘Reality TV’ shows. Leading those absent an understanding of authentic Black culture to believe that such displays of anti-social behavior and antics are a representation of whom we are as a people.

A value system that glorifies materialism is the pivot that myriad African-American problems flow from. It is materialism that has also facilitated the denigration of intelligence within the Black America. Those who have adopted materialism wallow in an economic poverty that begets a lack of politicization, that begets, economic ignorance, that begets poverty, which starts the devilish process of securing money ‘by any means necessary’ all over again. Such realities manufacture a group of individuals willing to exchange their dignity for material goods. It is this population that Chris Rock terms Niggas. And on behalf of the African-American community, I feel comfortable in saying, it is time for you to go.

 Dr. James Thomas Jones III

48 thoughts on “Black America’s Civil War”

  1. I could not figure out how to sign in so that I could comment properly. I am Terry Dixon from your Summer ! History class 2014. I read this article and I can say that I do agree with you. This civil war in our community is alive and well butit is also something that our community has to overcome.

    1. Hello Brother Dixon,

      Great to hear from you. If you would look on the right side of the site and simply subscribe to the blog. It will ensure that you stay in the loop regarding Manhood, Race, and Culture. Thanks for the support.

  2. I think you have touched on a subject that is often overlooked and you have done it in an excellent way. It’s some what of an eye-opener.

    1. Thank you so much sister. I look forward to building on this conversation with you and other participants.

  3. Fantastic article Dr. Jones!!! I was glued to this article all the way to the end!! I feel like everyone should visit your blog, especially young African Americans!!! I’m going to make sure to let my dad know about you and your great blog, he loves this kind of stuff and studies it everyday. Thanks for the great article….really makes you think 🙂

    1. Thank you so much Ashley. Please share this blog with any and everyone that you think would be interested. Please register on the site so that you will automatically receive each new blog. Let your father know that he is welcome to do the same.


  4. Great article. Adding the comment from Chris Rock really made me realize that there is in fact a civil war going on amongst the black community. I come from a family where education was not valued but, the life people lived on reality tv was. Many African Americans believe that the lives people live on tv is how they should live so, instead of getting an education and becoming a leader they fall into the “reality tv” trap and become a follower.

    1. Thank you so much Diamond Rose. I myself am a first-generation college student and am determined to continue the tradition with my son. Keep striving.

  5. “There is a ‘civil war’ occurring between Black folk and Niggers. And Niggers have got to go.” From reading this article, I understand that there is two types of Negros in this world. One that is educated and one that is not but motivated by material wealth. Society have drawn out pictures for black folks from the beginning of slavery time. During those times white supremacy have stereotype Negros so much to the point we have adopted those same negative stereotypes in our own culture. Do I feel that there is a difference between black folks and Niggers in the African American society, yes. Do I believe that niggers should have to go, no. Reason being; I understand that a mind is a terrible thing to waste, and education is a terrible thing to waste if you don’t help educated your fellow sister or brother. No matter how far we may get in life, in white supremacy eyes we will always be a Niger. So, let’s not stereotype ourselves with their way of viewing us, and help educate our community with the tools we need to survive in America.

    1. Great points you bring up Mrs. Manning. I pray that we are all able to be saved. However, it seems that the lifting can become so taxing at times.

  6. I feel as if African Americans “lose themselves” in a way due to the fact that as a whole the try to collectively fit into society more.

  7. I think that while materialism is a culprit in this type of behavior, I also think that in this quest to be a “real nigga” we loose ourselves and this feeds the new by any means necessary mentality.

  8. This article can touch a lot of people in different ways it was awesome to me, as i was reading the article it had me thinking In a way society has not adapted to the system of equality and that its time for us to grow as a world and put some differences aside, we as people are only hurting other families by putting people they love in situations they themselves wouldn’t want to be in. i also think we as people are starting just to given up becoming lazy settling for little or trying so hard to get the easy way out. We have to figure out how to overcome this. it all starts with us as people making each other feel more appreciated and loved. you can make someones day much better complementing them it wouldn’t hurt you at all in this society you may get it on a daily basi might just got a message on instagram saying how good you look. push people to want to know more in life and what’s going on in life, want better for yourself so your child will have a better future. that right there will not only motivated you to do right but can also make you a stronger individuals!
    “A mind is a terrible thing to waste”
    Malcolm X

    1. What percentage of the U.S. black population are “niggers”, and where should they (maybe I should say “we”?) go?

  9. This article can touch alot of people in diffrent ways it was aswsome to me, as i was reading the article it had me thinking In a way society has not adapted to the system of equality and that its time for us to grow as a world and put some diffrences aside, we as people are only hurting other families by putting people they love in situations they themseleves wouldnt want to be in. i also think we as people are starting just to given up becoming lazy settling for little or trying so hard to get the easy way out. We have to figure out how to overcome this. it all starts with us as people making each other feel more apperciated and loved. you can make someones day much better complementing them it wouldnt hurt you at all in this society you may get it on a daily basi might just got a message on instagram saying how good you look. push people to want to know more in life and whats going on in life, want better for yourself so your child will have a better future. that right thier will not only motivated you to do right but can also make you a stronger individuals!
    “A mind is a terrible thing to waste”
    Melcom X

  10. I completely agree with this article! Often times black people who seek education as a key to life, speaking with proper grammar, and dressing appropriately are labeled as a person who “acts white”. Not all, but most, people from other races stereotype blacks to be loud, uneducated, and ignorant. We, as black people, have to stand as one and move forward. As far as finances, I do agree, our race is very irresponsible when it comes to money. We’d much rather spend $200 on a pair of shoes to make it seem as if we have it all together, rather than invest our money into things that will benefit us long term. This article was very upfront, and rather interesting!

  11. This a very intelligent answer to the current problem african Americans are facing amongst ourselves. Materialism is becoming a big part in the way African Americans are slowly dying as a powerful race.

  12. Great article. !
    I really enjoyed reading this article. It was very captivating and touching. It made me think outside the box and opened my mind up to another level. This should inspire our black community to want to learn more about our culture and also inspire us to want a change.

  13. Enjoyed the article I agree that when it comes to money…….We make some dumbass decision. Majority of those on this thread know exactly what to do order to make a few dollars, but how many of us honestly can say we know how to make that money make money. Residual income is not a common practice amongst us, and unless we are exposed to these kind of methods the cycle is just going to continue.

  14. I thoroughly enjoyed this read. As a child I too was perceived as “white” amongst my black peers for valuing an education and participating in activities dubbed as “not what black folks do.” I sincerely dread the mindset that seems to fester in the “Nigga” mind. It lacks clarity, reason, logic, wisdom, and probably more detrimental a view of the reality that all black folks and the Nigga must face. A reality that requires us to educate ourselves and to accept that we must do twice as much to get half as far. I could sepal forever about this, but continue to write sir. I look forward to reading more of your entries.

  15. Mr. Jones this article was very touching and captivating. I wish many people would read this article. It really makes you think and put your mind frame in a different race. What stuck out to me the most what how can you really define the term “acting black” or “what’s black”.

  16. I am not willing to complain about ah group of people that has been born into ah free country but are limited, with realistic options of making it out of their current situation that them and generations of their family are accustom to. To truly understand ah “nigger” thought process, you would have to be born in that world, and it is ah such thing as being born as the group of people that we label as Niggers and being born ah Black American. Most of the people that are being label as niggers are born into low in come house hold. Were they see parents are ah parent try to run ah functional house hold, off ah weekly check, never having the option to learn money management, so even if you are one of the lucky “niggers” to make it out of your current situation, what money management skills do you have. your parents was certainly never able to teach you those skills, living from check to check their whole adult life, and what would you truly expect for ah group of people that have been born into ah materialistic country, but never had shit, to do after they suddenly have ah bank account with real money in it. If you are born into ah low income environment, its ah pretty good chance you are getting the worst education this country has to offer. But the group of Americans that I am willing to talk about are the ones who capitalize of these people, knowing they have know were near the educational background of themselves. I am also willing to talk about the Black Americans who are blessed to see the world in ah different sight, but don’t look back to help their people, and those same Black Americans who dumb their selves down to capitalize off their people. You change the mind from of ah person by showing them ah better way and giving them realistic options to achieve the vision you have showed them. I’ am not trying to give my people an excuse, but this country is not as an equal as we may portray it be!

  17. Wonderful Article!!!
    I honestly see where you are coming from, as an African American woman; being labeled “white”, based on how I may dress or speak can be very uncomfortable and sometimes makes you wonder your position in your own race. I feel that as a whole, the African American race needs to stand together instead of tearing apart because every race have certain people they are ashamed to consider their own. If you look from a well of African Americans point of view, you could probably see why the ‘well-off” are ashamed of the “niggas”, but I feel like we do not take the time to see how the we “well-off” treat the “niggas”.

  18. This article really open eyes to what is really going on , rather than me being blind to what I’ve been stuck in a unrealistic mindset. Such as we as a black culture don’t really want to see our brothers and sisters rise above the stereo , we as people period never want to see the next person doing better than us, and that’s not how it should be .

  19. This is an amazing article that allows you to think about what our community is capable of producing for the future generations. We as a whole should not continue to fall into this stereotype.

  20. Powerful article. I also believe that the black community have based their values on materialistic things because of their upbringing. But whom fault is that? Do you blame the parents, their parents, the media, and so forth? However, who you are and what you value as a individual depends on your mindset and goals. Niggers fail to realize the significance of how we as black people carry ourselves. Educated African-Americans believe deeply in progression and success, beyond the doubters limitation. What you become despise your race is a reflection of your ambition, drive, and determination.

  21. The term “acting white”, which I suppose refers to those African-Americans who are getting an education, and or reaching goals stood out to me because before coming to “The University” Being thee military kid I went to schools where there were more caucasians than any other race attending. I was always told “you sould like a white girl. Why are YOU so proper?” I was once asked why do I hang with the other black girls? Being told I was nothing like the other black girls I asked “well how do they act?” The response I got was obnoxious,ghetto or just simply BLACK. What does that even mean… When people say “You are acting your color” or “Stop acting black”? And why is it that when one negro acts a certain way we are all put in with the issue, coming from the quote “thats black folks/niggas for ya” same with any other race. So a negro who is furthering their education, and doing what they have to do is “acting white”? Ashame….

    I will not say “niggers” have to go because I mean who is going to make them? But I dont like the fact that we are all perceived as one just because tyrone doesnt pay his child support, shay uses food stamps, etc…. But doing the right thing we are supposedly “ACTING” white…

    So I guess I will reiterate I will not say “niggers” have to go even though at time they probably should. But I will say people should changes their views on things but when will that happen?

  22. I believe that sometimes we as black African American people in today’s society forget where we come from and why education is such a powerful thing to have. To know is to understand that our mannerisms are essintially learned behavior which means that it is always a choice. You can choice to live up to the stero-types of a nigga or an educated black humbled individual. I support the fack that we need to rid the “niggers” in today’s society so that the black folk can rise to their greatest potential.

    Thank you for the knowledge and input on helping black America be a BETTER black America/

  23. This was an really great article and it touched on various issues that no one that I have came across wanted to answer. I always asked myself why do we as the black people accept being ignorant, loud, and the social joke as part of our character. In which we call “acting black”. But when someone steps out this box we put ourself in and speaks proper , dresses nice, and carries themselve with dignity we label those blacks as “acting white”. It really gets under me that black society would sacrifice a better future in order to be “loved” by the fellow black community. This article is a great one and i believe this article and many more like this should be read more often.

  24. It is imperative that the African American race become more serious about the downfalls they tend to face. The urge for a better outcome in life should motivate those who qualify in the Nigga Category. However, the change starts from within, so until those NIGGAS decide, “Hey, I want to achieve what that established black man is doing. Let me go get a job.” Or, “You know if I put more time into a book as I would replying to a DM on twitter, maybe my vocabulary would actually reflect my age.” This is the only way African Americans and those Niggas will be respected in this mean world. Once the desire for better becomes a must.

  25. Great Article,

    The generation are changing because of the simple fact that these “Niggas” think if they have possession of these “material things” in order to make it in this world. They work all there lives for these things but they lacking other essential that will take them further in life and to be more successful. Our younger generations minds are being are being corrupted by the television and the “new hip hop” music, which give them the ideal to go and “get money” and to have the finer things but it doesn’t mention anything about going to school and getting a degree.

    1. This article was very well put and inspiring simultaneously. Reading it brought me back to a place psychologically from my past that I remember so vividly. I grew up in a “Section 8″, government assisted neighborhood where the abstruse motto was ” The Blacker, the better”. Growing up, naturally I wasn’t one who was down for assimilating to the “hood”. People talked about me all the time, saying “she’s the White girl in town”, or the “Snobby Black Girl. Why couldn’t I be just a polished individual with charisma? It disturbs me to see so many of our fellow African Americans unwilling to change their obsolete foolish attitudes that been a passed down like an epidemic in our race and communities. It’s particularly hurting to see a race with the most potential allow themselves to remain psychologically enslaved to the “Dominant Culture” and our own apprehensive mindset, when we brag repeatedly about being a freed man. Are you really free? Or were “Shackles” passed down to you.

  26. This article was really interesting. It pretty much exposes the whole truth about an ongoing issue within the Black community. I personally think that its an issue deeply imbedded in the generations of us. II think its all just a mindset that ended up continuing to be passed down.I do not understand where we initially went wrong. Maybe we as a people are tired of fighting to succeed and have become comfortable in being ignorant and unsuccessful. In a way, society has not fully adapted to the system of equality, but some of us have given up. We have to figure out how to overcome this, because at the end of the day we are our own worst enemy.

  27. Great article,

    It has truly been inspirational for me! If this message were to reach the ears of the younger generations of African-Americans; I am sure it would cause a moment of awakened consciousness. As young African-American myself, I have always set out to break the chains. The chains of poverty, materialism, violence, and drugs that has bounded my family for generation. This article truly hit home with its raw approach the issues of our people. Indeed the question we face as a people is, how do we enlighten those African-Americans who pride themselves with being able to keep up with the Jones? To show them that spending their last on the newest Jordan’s is a fools journey? How do we show them to value ownership of land, a home, and the pursuit of an higher education? How do we teach them to break the invisible chains that enslave so many? Once again let me point out this is a great article, and i hope you continue the great work!

    1. Thank you so much for your comment. The inability to refocus our people on something substantial is making one feel as if we are eternally rolling a bolder up a hill only to have it roll back down. Please share this blog with others, it is a relatively new project of mine.


  28. This is an inspiration to continue to influence our black community to change and not fall into that sterotype. This article is the truth.

    1. Now the question is how do we get them to read this so that they can think about it. It seems that our appetite for popular culture nonsense has led us to desire nothing but that.

      1. We share the inspiring knowledge with our family and friends. Also speak out to the comunities, that’s where most of it all starts.

        1. Please do that very thing in regards to this blog and other blogs on this site. Thank you immensely.

    1. Thank you brother. I am diligently working to get this site up and running. Learning as I stumble and run.

  29. This is exciting and promises to become a focal point for information that will enhance the descendants of African with the tools required to regain their place (ownership) on the planet called Earth. Let’s support the effort of our brother (editor of this site) to enhance our transformation into liberated beings. Uhuru my beloved brothers and sisters in struggle!

    1. Brother,

      Thank you so much for the love. I am trying to offer a form that provides an option to the usual filth that our people find themselves mired in.

      Once again, Thank You from the bottom of my soul.


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