There is a colloquialism that says “politics make strange bedfellows.” Put simply; there is a host of political issues that will lead avowed enemies to join in a temporary mutually beneficial tenuous alliance. It appears that such a situation has arisen between the African-American community and U.S. President Donald Trump.
The evil that has led these two adversaries to come together is Chicago. More specifically, the constant gunfire occurring in Chicago has facilitated this pending alliance. Things have gotten so bad within Chicago, that it is not difficult to form a logical argument that its historic moniker of ‘The Windy City’ has been rightly replaced by a more reflective characterization of it as an American version of Iraq termed ‘Chiraq.’
If nothing else, the roguish criminal element found within Chicago is reliable. Anyone who has paid attention to Chicago’s previous two decades of black-on-black crime was not surprised to read a Chicago Tribune article that gun related killings are currently on pace to exceed last year’s historic rate of 762 murders.
The newly elected President has communicated both his intentions and feelings via Twitter with the following tweet. “If Chicago doesn’t fix the horrible ‘carnage’ going on…I will send in the Feds!” Apparently, President Trump was calling Mayor Rahm Emanuel out on the carpet for his failure to address the deplorable activities occurring within the city that he leads.
Most agree that we must expeditiously address this situation where a segment of Black America have proven that they have lost their moral compass or any understanding of the sacredness of ‘Black Lives’ by murdering the fellow man at an unconscionable rate. Considering the alluded to despair, we really should not care from which direction help arrives.
I would hope that everyone would agree that the time for action is now. Hopefully, Black America has grown weary of old excuses from an ancient and irrelevant Civil Rights leadership cadre that has repeatedly failed to address the issues plaguing the blighted urban areas that they claim under their fiefdom. It would be a gross mischaracterization to say that Negro leaders have dropped the ball as their ineptitude makes it seem that they never held the ball in their clumsy hands.
Predictably, Civil Rights fossil Jesse Jackson has interjected his usual nothing to this discussion of how we can immediately curtail the killings occurring in Chicago by positing “We need a plan, not a threat. We need jobs, not jails.”
As usual, Jackson fails to realize that an infusion of jobs would do little to quell the lawlessness and violence emanating from a segment of Black America that is reveling in the fact that the violence they have purposely executed serves as the primary pillar behind the construction of the war zone that we call Chiraq.
I would hope that the vast majority of African-Americans would not miss this opportunity to both recognize and denounce the pervasive pattern of social dysfunction that serves as an unreliable moral compass for the lawless in our midst. We must not be afraid to speak on these matters because of a paralyzing fear that many consider a harsh critique of criminality within urban communities to be a denial of the presence and accumulative effects of generations of racial bias, discrimination, and racism. We need to publicly address the unfortunate reality that far too many black urbanites translate poverty’s presence to be an impetus toward criminality and not a clear call for entrepreneurial endeavors.
At the end of the day, one should question if even the infusion of jobs that Jesse Jackson is requesting will stem the tide of black-on-black violence. How many of those raised in a dysfunctional ‘ends-justify-the-means’ culture that equates the accumulation of material objects with one’s value are willing to divest from the only worldview that they have ever known for a mundane, yet honest, existence? Experience has taught me that there is a segment of Black America that prefers the outlaw lifestyle to a respectable life.
This wild population within Black America is probably unaware that ‘there is a new Sheriff in town and his name is Donald Trump. And he is coming for you!!!!!’
As I mentioned above, ‘politics make strange bedfellows,’ and I never in a million years thought that I would ever agree with President Trump on any issue dealing with Black America. However, I do support his contention that the ‘carnage’ in Chicago must stop. Apparently, we do agree on the fact that black women and children deserve a safe place to live. And that is a goal that must be accomplished “By Any Means Necessary.”
Dr. James Thomas Jones III
© Manhood, Race, and Culture, 2017