Despite reoccurring protests to the contrary, it is my fervent belief that the greatest threat to not only the African-American community, but also the nation in general, is the presence of an unenlightened population. It is difficult to not recognize the presence of a rabble-rousing boisterous hoard of unenlightened individuals within not only America’s borders, but also the entire globe. This blog is a desperate attempt to not only identify such occurrences, but also offer an opportunity for such individuals to escape the confines of ignorance and cultural illiteracy.
Considering the contemporary plight of African-Americans, particularly males, regardless of their age, I believe that there needs to be an immediate intervention aimed at refocusing this population toward social accountability, political relevancy, and cultural sanity. Put simply, it appears that the vast majority of African-Americans have adopted a lifestyle that has rendered them a liability to themselves, their families, their race, and their nation. It is my belief that a major aspect in recognizing, addressing, and correcting the alluded to political, social, cultural, economic, and intellectual issues flows from a relevant conversation with African-American men regarding manhood, race, and culture.
Considering that African-American males do not exist within a vacuum, it is logical that the issues addressed on this blog will traverse across topics, issues, matters, and concerns — fatherhood, marriage, children, love, relationships, culture, identity, politics — that are not unique to African-American males. However, you will discover that Manhood, Race, and Culture addresses these common issues from a balanced, non-partisan, perspective that demands accountability from African-American males. This blog is meant to be neither a bully pulpit irrationally advocating for the uplift of African-American males at the cost of others, nor will you find it an apologist venue excusing away avoidable social ills, economic foolishness, or political inefficiency for African-American males.
So welcome to Manhood, Race, and Culture, a venue for intelligent conversation regarding the intersection of the most volatile issues on the national landscape: Race, Sex, Culture, Politics, Economics, and Gender.
JAMES THOMAS JONES III, PH.D., M.A., M.A., M.A.