One of the most common refrains that I remember from the well-intention-ed educators who desperately sought creative ways to encourage the predominantly African-American student population at Creveling Elementary School was, ‘if you study hard, you could be President of the United States.’ After witnessing the hellish existence that Barack Hussein Obama has received from all sides during his tenure as America’s first Black President, I have concluded that my teachers must have actually hated me, who else would wish such a curse upon a child’s life. I am quite certain that on most days President Obama feels that he is under the yoke of some unbreakable curse.

The latest problem that the alluded to curse has placed on the Commander and Chief is an entity that he has expertly avoided discussing at each and every WEBturn, Race; the esteemed W.E.B. Du Bois referred to Race, or the color line, as “the problem of the twentieth-century.” Considering the continuing presence of Du Bois’ ‘color line’ we may wish to revise his classic tome The Souls of Black Folk to state that race will be the permanent problem of this democratic nation well beyond the twentieth-century.

Although President Obama has done his best to skirt the issue of race in America, the consistent pattern of African-American males being murdered in American streets by citizens (Trayvon Martin) and law Michael Brownenforcement officers (Freddie Gray, Eric Garner, Mike Brown…) has forced the President to weigh in on the matter. To his credit, Obama related that the aforementioned deaths needed to not only be investigated, but also addressed through increased training for the nation’s law enforcement officers. Indicative of the polarizing nature of American racial policies, President Obama’s relatively lukewarm response was considered too harsh by law enforcement officers and their supporters and not strong enough by the African-American community.

Unfortunately, the curse seemingly hanging around the President’s neck has not been loosed as the divisive race issue has extended its ten-minutes of fame via the riotous behavior in Baltimore Maryland. White Americans who apparently believe that President Obama is the re-incarnation of Malcolm X eagerly awaited his comments regarding the riots occurring in Baltimore. Particularly as they fervently believed that the outbreaks were attributable solely to Black Baltimoreans.    

To the shock of many, President Obama did not avoid the issue and stridently reminded that the murder oftrayvon African-American males is not a new manifestation, “It’s been going on for decades…We have seen too many instances of what appears to be police officers interacting with individuals, primarily African-American, often poor, in ways that raise troubling questions…it comes up…like once a week now…”

However, the above sentiments did not conclude President Obama’s position. The President continued and immediately curried favor with the vast majority of African-Americans who agreed with his contention that those African-Americans who choose to behave has ‘criminals and thugs’ carry a significant portion of the blame for the riots. Most non-African-Americans would be shocked to learn that the masses of African-Americans looked upon the rioters/looters behavior with a castigating stare that communicated nothing less than total disapproval.

Put simply, Black America, particularly its politically astute members, have tired of the reactionary nature of Black activism. All too often our ‘leaders’ resemble ambulance chasing lawyers seeking an opportunity to glean publicity and quick-cash from any victim obama2that will have them. Although this position is rarely spoken publicly, it is undoubtedly the one that the majority of African-Americans speak behind closed doors. We realize that much of what passes for ‘Black leadership’ is little more than a class of charismatic charlatans seeking to advance their own financial position and much of what passes for Black activism does not include the day-to-day struggle that African-American institutions that are doing the true work of improving the community undertake.

If provided the opportunity, I would love to ask Black leaders such as Al Sharpton, Malik ‘Zulu’ Shabazz, the New Black Panther Party, Jesse Jackson, and the King 2Congressional Black Caucus, the same query that the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., presented to the nation; Where Do We Go From Here?: Chaos or Community. Although it pains me to admit it, I think that in answering the above query, such figures would initially consider, and not just for a fleeting moment, which path was more personally advantageous. It is only by taking control of our own destiny via politico economic collectivism and a realistic plan of action that rests upon educating our youth that the curse that hangs around both the President and the rest of America’s neck will ever be removed.

James Thomas Jones III, Ph.D.


©Manhood, Race and Culture, 2015


  1. Let me start with my hometown. And let me add a small and simple way to actively stop the division(s) between races, peoples, etc.
    I grew up in a small “clean” town on the lower end of the class scale. One thing that my mother of four taught us was cleanliness. Keeping the yard, the sidewalk and the street clean and to NEVER toss litter other than to the trash can. And yes, like many other 60’s era small towns, it was predominately white (as in what the government calls us). Trash on the street and so forth DOES NOT make a statement for “poor”. After all, it cost money to buy that trash. My hometown is now predominately black (as the government calls us). And the greatest grief I have is the state in which it is in currently. The trash is so bad along the streets, yards and waterways. My question to the black community is….”WHY HAVE YOU RUINED MY HOMETOWN?” Why do you throw and dump your trash onto someone else whether it be city, town, or even farmland? Once I asked two middle school boys who were walking (extremely late) to school and watched them throw their trash in my yard, ” Please pick up your trash and help keep this community clean”. That same afternoon a newer SUV drove by my house and shot bullets through my window. Is this the way you treat others? Is this the way you treat the land? White’s move out when blacks move in because of this. How can you honestly think that the land will sustain you when you do not sustain it? This is simply unGodliness, uncleaness, and disrespect. You vote for the certain ones who consistently keep you in slavery by welfare. And this is the fruit of it. Blacks in my community protested when a Bank moved out…but didn’t protest when the Bank was robbed too many times. It would seem that the Law is only for certain ones to abide by…but not everyone. I could write a book about my experiences, but I would be called a “racist”. When I called the middle school to complain about these boys and why they were 1/2 day late to school (12:00pm). In short, they can not and do not reprimand tardiness, nor do they “not pass” a child because of failed grades! I was outraged. They have multi million dollar subsidized NEW schools, but learn nothing nor understand dicipline. In essence…the abuse of this so-called “poor” society that never has to be accountable.
    You blame a president when not holding yourselves accountable. You shout racism when not seeing your own racism. My hometown has a black mayor along with black counsel persons…and YET still does not take the accountability for the horrible state it is in.
    Until we can clean up our own act…we can’t possibly have any hypocritical grievances for our self destruction. I do not believe that MLK or M-X worked so tirelessly for this kind of outcome. We must all take responsibility for ourselves to Treat Others the Way We Want To Be Treated…as Americans without class labels. We must not fall in to MSM rhetoric that is hell bent on dividing us…but respect one another. Jim Crow was wrong…and the only way for Jim Crow to go away is to repent for the curse that it has brought on all of us to this day so we can move forward together. God requires it.

  2. Although the killing of African American youth and police brutality is nothing new in the Black community. It is saddening to see the President Barack Obama remain on the fence about this topic. Understanding that although he is obligated to the white house. He also has an obligation to the African-American community. There is no formal black leader in our community and many of the “old-heads” are concerned with making money and fame. Thus leaving the black community to react to these situations without any regard to the perception it displays to other communities.

  3. Although President Obama has done his best to address the issues of blacks being murdered by police officers, I actually expected action to be taken on this issue earlier on in his presidency. This is an issue that has been going on for decades. The only reason it has been magnified more recently is because of social media. I thought as a black president he would at least empathize with the situation and at least tried to do something and/or find a solution earlier on in his presidency.

  4. Where Do We Go From Here?: Chaos or Community. Humbly, we all understand that in order to overcome the chaos we have to do it as a community yet striving to direct our community within the present chaos seems to be the issue we need to face. In the past the oppression within the society served as a rudder to guide the black community in a general direction. In the present the oppression is so complex that many do not understand the chaos or its globalization aspirations clearly enough to articulate what is going on.

    In my humble opinion the hub of the issue we are confronting is the fact that the south won the argument over whether slavery would be legal or illegal. Because the south won that argument of the war with slavery being legalized in prison by the 13th amendment, we have never really come out of the slavery condition of the past, it was only changed and modified to the the present form. If we could fully come to understand this and begin to draw the connections to the present lack of respect for black life by the police and the Unicor program of the Justice department that oversees the slavery in prisons, then we may begin to navigate the ship of through the chaos of the private prison system going global with its 21st century slavery a little better in my humble opinion. But its up to those like yourself who are our real talented 10th to lead the way. Those who will remember their present birthday because it fell in the midst of the Baltimore riots 10 years from now like yourself are the ones we need to steer the ship…Happy Birthday Phd. Jones….Peace and Blessings Brother C…

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