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IT’S TIME FOR THE CONSCIOUS COMMUNITY TO END THE UMAR DEBATES AND TURN THEIR ATTENTION TOWARD EDWARD BLUM

When it comes to grievances regarding substantive issues, there is a seismic difference between how African-Americans and non-black populations react. The latter never limit their response to attacks on their group to like-minded individuals within their community. Consider for a moment, the following case.

During a recent radio show addressing the Proctor & Gamble commercial about racial bias, several African-American callers chimed in with their feelings about the issue. However, it was not until a white female called in to share not only her feelings but also what action she had taken. This anonymous caller stated that she called the company to both express her feelings regarding the matter and inform them of her decision to no longer remain a “loyal customer” to their products. Notice that her angst moved into definitive action that extended further than condemnation shared with friends and family.

In many ways, it appears that the training African-American activists undergo amount today to little more than ill-planned public marches/protests that amount to nothing. It does not take a genius to realize that the antiquated protest strategies of yesteryear that serve as a template for contemporary protests — mass assemblies, the carrying of placards, wearing of T-shirt’s with catchy slogans, and the singing of a modern rendition of We Shall Overcome or Amazing Grace — will never move the race forward.

Black America’s contemporary opponents have neither feelings nor a moral compass when it comes to substantive matters such as land ownership, political power, finances, the development of school curriculums, the incarceration of black men and women, or access to higher education. If we learn nothing else from the historical record of being black in America, it should be obvious that our opponents are deadly serious about developing and executing resources to buttress their already existing politico-economic monopolies.

While African-American activists remain at each others throat regarding anything associated with Umar Johnson, the enemy has remained busy formulating and executing devious plans to ensure African-Americans second-class citizenship status. Consider for a moment that while black activists have argued, debated, and fought one another regarding Umar Johnson, Edward Blum has been neither addressed nor ‘dealt with’ by our revolutionary class.

I am confident that our failure to address Blum is largely a by-product of the unfortunate reality that the “conscious community” has no idea of who Edward Blum is or how destructive he has been to Black America. I doubt that many realize that Blum is spearheading several initiatives to obliterate African-Americans access to higher education via well-orchestrated attacks on Affirmative Action.

Edward Blum is a “legal strategist” whose life purpose is curtailing African-Americans access to higher education by bringing court cases against Affirmative Action programs via the Project on Fair Representation; an organization that Blum founded in 2005. Blum is the only member of the group. Although there is a natural inclination to dismiss the Project on Fair Representation as a joke as it has a membership of one, such dismissive ness would be a gross error as the organization has been instrumental in bringing six cases before the U.S. Supreme Court regarding Affirmative Action. Blum’s organization has emerged victorious in four of these cases.

Unbeknownst to most people, Blum was behind the recent attack on the admissions practices of the University of Texas involving Abigail Fisher, a white female who claimed that Affirmative Action policies worked against her entrance into the institution. Fortunately for Black America, the Fisher case failed; however, the alluded to failure angered Blum to the point that he has doubled-down on his efforts to prevent African-American students access to higher education.

Blum’s most recent activities revolve around a new organization called Students for Fair Admissions that recruits non-black students who have been denied admission to selective universities with the intention of filing lawsuits on their behalf. At the present moment, Blum has targeted Harvard University, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and the University of Wisconsin at Madison as his most recent targets. Make no mistake about it, Blum is extremely dedicated to this cause as evidenced by his creation of social media propaganda such as the sites,

Each site is an obvious ploy to find plaintiffs — at this present moment Asians are being solicited — for additional cases and dispense information regarding what he terms “reverse racism.”

What follows is the front page of Blum’s Harvardnotfair.org page.

Were You Denied Admission to Harvard?
It may be because you’re the wrong race.

Harvard is a great university and we know it’s tough to be admitted. But Harvard continues to use an applicant’s race and ethnicity as admission criteria even though a 2013 U.S. Supreme Court decision essentially forbids these practices. We believe that’s neither fair nor legal and we are committed to ending Harvard’s racial preference policies in court.

If you have been denied admission to Harvard, we want to hear from you. Please fill out the form below. After doing so, we also encourage you to join our organization, Students for Fair Admissions, the group that has filed a lawsuit against Harvard.

Most disturbing of all is that Blum has been allowed to issue these attacks against Black America without any significant resistance. It appears that if attacks on the black community do not include either shocking violence or sensational news coverage, our community remains dormant as important substantive matters are decided. It is for this reason that I think it is time for the so-called conscious community to move on from what can be appropriately termed the Umar debates — I understand that this matter is far from settled — and turn their focus to individuals such as Edward Blum whose plans for Black America are unconscionable and a much more significant threat to our future than anything that Umar Johnson could ever conceive.

Dr. James Thomas Jones III

© Manhood, Race and Culture, 2017

#Becky with the Bad Grades: How Abigail Fisher’s Attack on Affirmative Action is Predictable

Anyone with even a modicum of intelligence and understanding of how groups have historically been able to ‘lift themselves up by their bootstraps’ understands that the most reliable tool in this process is education. Considering that increased understanding of political college 4activism and economic collectivism naturally flows from educational achievement for any racial/ethnic group, it stands to reason that groups will not only fight to access, if not monopolize, educational resources, but also strategically attempt to prevent others from occupying similar places. Put simply, more powerful groups will do their best to prevent lesser groups from gaining entrée to educational institutions.

The above realities are the greatest explanation for why more powerful groups have historically used measures such as racial segregation to block African-Americans from increasing their educational level. Yesterday it was blatant racist policies such as racial segregation that barred African-American students from enrolling in predominantly white educational institutions, today it is a series of unbridled attacks upon Affirmative Action that are seeking to achieve a similar result.

There is quite possibly no more divisive and misunderstood issue on the American political landscape than that of Affirmative Action. Opponents of the legislative measure aimed at providing some semblance of access to African-Americans to jobs, educational institutions, and business opportunities.

Of all the areas that Affirmative Action has touched, it is in the realm of education that whites have been most public regarding their black males collegerepudiation of Affirmative Action and all that flows from it. Indicative of such has been the lawsuit filed by Abigail Fisher nearly a decade ago. Fisher v. University of Texas-Austin stems from this young white woman feeling that she was not admitted to UT-Austin because of her race. The University of Texas-Austin refuted that claim and stated that Fisher was not academically qualified to gain admission.

Within Fisher’s claim that she should have been admitted over African-American students who were granted admission is an unbelievable, yet relatively common, arrogance that offers shocking commentary regarding race, intelligence, and white privilege. Fisher, and likeminded individuals, will never fathom the reality that white skin does not endow them with a super power that automatically makes them smarter than any member of another race; brilliance runs in every race.

Make no mistake about it, these attacks aimed at preventing African-Americans access to higher education will not end anytime soon. Consider for a moment that eight U.S. states (Arizona, California, Florida, Michigan, Nebraska, New Hampshire, Oklahoma, and Washington) have standing laws that bar the consideration of race in regards to admissions at public colleges.

Fortunately, the U.S. Supreme Court has decided to not limit the use of race in college admissions as it is often one of the only means of achieving ‘diversity’ in American classrooms. Although there is a natural inclination to celebrate this decision, the truth of the matter is that any joy flowing from this moment is tenuous at best as there are several other cases seeking to ban the use of race in collegiate admissions working their way through the court system at this present moment regarding higher education institutions such as Harvard University and the University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill.

The Affirmative Action issue is one that will not be decided anytime soon and there is quite simply not much that we can do about it either. We have to wait with great anticipation for the courts to speak.

Dr. James Thomas Jones III

©Manhood, Race and Culture, 2016

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