An Open Letter to White America

Dear White America,

As you well know, the concept of race and the issue of racism have been staples of Western Civilization from the moment that Christopher Columbus “discovered” the Caribbean. From this “discovery” we eventually saw the settling of the North American continent and the rise of a nation that was supposed to rest upon the principles of freedom, justice, equality, and liberty. Many consider these four concepts the cornerstones of this nation.

Please understand that this communication is not constructed from a position of animosity toward you and yours. However, it is an appeal to your humanity; that inner place that intuitively reveals to you what is correct and incorrect, Christians call it the Holy Spirit, Ferguson 2atheists call it a moral compass, I call it the ability to speak truth to power even when you will be punished for your position. Edmund Burke articulated it a different way when he stated, “The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.”

Hence, this call from an African-American male with a son, nephews, cousins, and friends who resemble many of the men who have been murdered by officers in American streets asks for you to weigh in, in a significant manner regarding the repeated killing of my brothers in American streets.

Now I am certain that you have already tired of and been completely turned off by the droves of blanket criticism that my people extend in your direction, criticism that the vast majority of you do not deserve, however, you must excuse our tendency to group all whites together as a monolithic group; from our perspective on issues of Charliracial conflict you rarely, if ever, differentiate yourselves. There are few things that can remove the in-fighting and bi-partisanship of the white community like racial matters; you appear very white bread and monolithic at those moments.

I hope that you can understand that the African-American community has been down this road of white officers murdering African-American males repeatedly, and nary a time have we heard many, if any, members of your community speak truth to power and denounce the murder of American citizens in America’s streets, regardless of the victim or victimizers race.

So in an effort to help you avoid being mistakenly identified as a supporter of the vicious killing of Black men in the streets of America by law enforcement officers, consider this a welcoming invitation for you to weigh in regarding this matter in a significant way; behave as if this string of deceased American citizens were not lync1only white, but also a close family friend. Behave now on the side of freedom, justice, equality, and liberty, as if it were your son, nephew, brother, husband, father, grandfather, that you felt compelled to pray for each time they left your presence; a prayer that asked a higher power to put a hedge of protection around them from the evils to be found in the outside world.

Make no mistake about it, your failure to speak up at this moment of crisis will cause African-Americans to group you with those who publicly support, if not encourage white officers murder of Black men, as if they are cheering for their favorite sports team. Your lynch2individual and collective silence ensures that evil will triumph; as none of the good whites did anything to either prevent evils ascension or denounced it once it ruled this nation.

Dr. James Thomas Jones III


14 thoughts on “An Open Letter to White America”

  1. Since the time of Lincoln, we have known that the two races cannot exist side-by-side without problems. We have had 150 years since the time of Lincoln to show this to be a fact. Billions of dollars have been thrown at the problem and the black race is in worse shape than it has ever been. Sure you have educated, eloquent black writers like Dr. Jones, but what good do articles like this do? They only prove that even black leaders like Dr. Jones aren’t even close to understanding the fact that the two races cannot live together. They are too different!. It has been said that “Birds of a Feather Flock Together” this has never been more true than in the United States of today. Whites like to be with whites, blacks with blacks, hispanics with hispanics, and asians with asians. There is nothing wrong with this. This is as normal as it has always been. Marxist theology has hammered the lie into our heads that different races can blend together and live in harmony, when simple observation will prove this to be a fraud. I call on all people to realize that no improvement will be made to the lives of black americans unless they are separated into a land of their own. Only then will they have nobody other than themselves to blame for their problems.

    1. Wow. There is so much here Brother Jackson. I loved your comment. Believe me that the option of racial separatism has been broached in my mind, however, the experiences of Bishop Henry McNeil Turner and the continual conflict in Liberia has dissuaded me from such a perspective; I even attempted the Most Honorable Elijah Muhammad’s position momentarily.

      I argue against the assertion that the “races” can not exist with one another, one must remember that when European immigrants arrived, the awaiting Anglo-Saxon population did not welcome them; it was only through many struggles that culminated with politico economic collectivism that the “Irish became white.” Please consider that one of the primary issues that “whites” have had with African-Americans is their nearly parasitic existence within the American economy, we consume but don’t produce anything, and political disorganization.

      This is a much convoluted issue that needs a facet of history implemented into it; however, the onus is today upon African-Americans to lift themselves up. I am uncertain if a geographic reorganization would increase the chances of success; I tend to side with the urge “to build a nation within a nation, but without a nation” meaning the development of a parallel society. One final question I would pose to you would be, where is this new Black land going to be located?

      Thanks for the comment.

    2. Mr Jackson,

      Europeans have periodically slaughtered each other in their tens of millions and continue to argue and fight over borders, ideology and perceived ‘ethnic’ differences. Does this prove that whites cannot live together peacefully on a single continent? Does it suggest that white people are born homicidal maniacs? I don’t believe so. But I do believe that inequality leads to anger and frustration and that, in turn, leads to rebellions or militarism.

      Incidentally, I am a white Englishman who has visited Liberia and Sierra Leone. These are two countries where the ill-judged, high-handed, forced ‘repatriation’ of ‘free’ blacks in the 19th century, paying no regard to their tribal and ethnic origins, led to rampant corruption, puppet dictators (puppets of the USA in its fear of the spread of communism) and disastrous civil war.

    1. This posting is not alleging that the investigation is over. It is merely an explanation of the perspective of myopic African-Americans who make the white community monolithic; an assertion that I have repeatedly contended is flawed at best. It was a call for whites, and by insinuation blacks, to speak against all crime, regardless of the perpetrators race. Failure to do so causes white’s to be termed racist and blacks to be referred to as the same. It is in every way a siren call for all persons to speak up for truth and righteousness without race colored spectacles. Thanks for commenting.

  2. I find it very a typical of an afrocan to always blame someone else for their problems. Your pretense that afrocan’s are some how innocent of wrong doing is very telling. Perhaps you would like to explain how the five afrocan’s who carjacked, kidnapped, raped and slaughtered in January 2007 Channon Christian, 21, and boyfriend Christopher Newsom, 23 are innocent of wrong doing.
    Would you car to explain how the afrocan who tortured 12 year old Jonathan Foster to death with a blow torch is innocent of any wrong doing?
    I could continue the list but I believe it would truly be a wasted effort on you.
    So in closing I will simply state that Trayvon Martin was nothing but a pathetic thug following daddies foot steps who after all was a gangbanger, correct. Also the more recent shooting of Michael Brown is another case of your kind portraying thugs as saints. There is video of him commiting strong arm robbery before he was shoot. Feel free to call him innocent also. Of course anybody with a firm grip on reality will know you are a liar.

    1. Mrs. Steffens,

      I would in no way sanction ANY racial attack, regardless of if it were black on white or black on black. I refuse to assume a position of cheering on a race, even when they are dead wrong. However, I understand your sentiments; they just do not apply to me.

      I am courageous enough to speak truth to power, even if that truth must be spoken to marauding African-Americans. There is undoubtedly a tinge of anger behind your descriptions of both Trayvon Martin and Michael Brown as a thug and strong arm robber; be mindful that neither Zimmerman or the officer involved in Ferguson were aware of either of those assertions/truths when they confronted the now deceased. I am certainly not going to debate those assertions, however, if they are taken as givens, please consider it still does not absolve those responsible for the deaths anymore than those Blacks, seeking racial revenge, who aribitrarily maraud against whites are justified in their attacks. Within a civilized nation, immorality and criminal activity must not be tolerated. Now I will certainly stand with you in regards to the wrongdoing of Blacks upon whites, my question is do you have it within you to do the same?

    1. In actuality the idea of it being “just more blacks complaining and pointing fingers” is not only dismissive, yet representative of the mentality that has kept this nation from having a serious discussion regarding race in America. A discussion that should not be one-sided in regards to the issue of blame or responsibility. If you would get beyond your knee-jerk reaction that denigrates all African-Americans into a monolithic group, maybe, just maybe, you may be able to get beyond such sophomoric responses. The truth is, that it is imperative that all persons, regardless of race/ethnicity, denounce racist attacks, even when it is “blacks” arbitrarily attacking, blaming, and dismissing the white community unjustly. Failure to do so causes statsis, unfortunately, it appears that you are willing to remain in your apparently entrenched position against freedom, truth, and justice for all. Thanks for the post. I would hope that you would peruse the site, you may be surprised by the postings that are calling for African-Americans to ‘lift themselves up by their bootstraps’ culturally, politically, and socially; just as immigrant groups have done.

  3. Google “Channon Christian and Christopher Newson”, the “Witchita Massacre”, the “Zebra Murders”, and get back with me.

    1. I have googled those things that you asked me to review and they were most certainly horrific attacks that should be denounced by all sane people. I therefore denounce each and every one of the occurrences. Thank you for sharing that information, I will certainly include it within my lectures going forward.

      One of the primary problems with race in America is that the white community feels that they are being blamed for EVERYTHING that occurs within the African-American community, an assertion that is not only immoral but also blatantly fallacious at its core. I can only wonder how exhaustive that must be; particularly when it revolves around horrific incidents such as chattel slavery.

      However, we must not allow ourselves to be pulled into a racial scorecard situation. I would hope that we as a nation could very well acknowledge the past and decide it is time for an honest discussion regarding race in America; a discussion that has to be much more substantive than a blame whites and blacks assume the position of hapless victims. I hope to have that discussion before I leave this earth; I think it is the only means of informing my community that the onus is upon them to uplift themselves and cease placing themselves in peril, needlessly I might add. Thank you for visiting the site and I hope that you will be a frequent contributor. Take a moment and read a few of the posts, they are not your typical posts, you may want to look at ‘Where is Berry Gordy when you need him?’. Thanks again.

    1. Brother don’t be so quick to make the white community a monolithic group, you will surely find great political, social, and cultural diversity among that population. We can never forget that it was John Brown, a white man who challenged the nation to move beyond sophomoric arguments and get down to the business of ending the business of chattel slavery.

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