I was once advised that the most reliable path to success was paved by locating an individual currently experiencing the success that you desire and to replicate what they have done to achieve your desired success. When this sage advice is really considered, it makes much sense that if you replicate the path that a successful person has taken, more times than not it will lead you to similar success. I have heard this formula articulated in the following colloquial manner, “If you do what you always did, you will get what you always got.”
As I write this posting there are droves of African-American males throughout this nation needlessly protesting the recent victory of President-elect Donald J. Trump. If provided the opportunity to address these individuals, I would ask a simple one word question. Why?
Now rest assured, I am neither a Trump supporter nor a Clinton loyalist, however, I am a person who is never sidetracked from discovering what actually works in the political arena. Failure to do such denigrates one’s political voice, regardless of how loud or disruptive it may be, to little more than “white noise” that will be indecipherable to others.
Unfortunately for African-American males who have voiced their angst regarding Trump’s victory in American streets, they need to understand that their righteous indignation is a far-cry from a formidable political attack.
Generally speaking, in the moments following a racially-inspired physical attack, it is common to hear African-American men making great use of colloquialisms such as “Let’s fight fire with fire” or “by any means necessary”, so I find it particularly disingenuous when that position is abandoned during what can be best termed seasons of political disappointment. Make no mistake about it, they have been attacked, maimed, and disoriented by Trump unexpected Presidential victory.
If those African-American males who are aimlessly voicing their displeasure at the results of the 2016 Presidential election were to abandon the emotionalism currently governing their behavior in favor of a commitment to “fight fire with fire” they would finally be on the path to creating a political platform capable of expressing what apparently appears to be an incoherent expression of unending frustrations and fear. It is time that African-American males come together and begin constructing a political movement that I term the African-American male agenda 2020. The production of such a document should serve as a litmus test that we will use to evaluate the worth of those aspiring to gain entrée to the millions of votes within our possession.
There is little room to debate that the way forward is the development of totally independent institutions within our community that are owned and operated by politically astute Nationalist-minded African-Americans; any resistance to such a development serves as definitive proof that we still do not understand the path to liberation.
If there was one observation that I would like to leave with African-American men, it would be the following. Public protests, although an important aspect of the political arena, did not win Trump the Presidency, rather it was a political machine that spoke to the voluminous angst of disenchanted Americans of various hues and socioeconomic levels. The Trump campaign proved that they were willing to win ‘by any means necessary’ even if it meant advancing a political narrative that only the truly uneducated could believe was under girded by truth.
So the time has come for African-American men to “fight fire with fire”. It is time that African-American men abandon the irrationality that naturally flows from being reactionary, our usual form of political engagement, in favor of a well-thought out long-term plan aimed at developing stable and sturdy expressions of “Black Power”.
It is time for African-American males to leave the emotionalism, dogmatism, and irrationality out of our politico economic designs, come together in a spirit of brotherhood, develop plans, and then execute them with a seriousness that reflects our dedication to construct something for future generations of African-American.
Dr. James Thomas Jones III
© Manhood, Race and Culture, 2016