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Look Out Chiraq: There is a new Sheriff in town and his name is Donald Trump

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

An Efficient Plan to Remove the Uncivilized: How We Could Improve the Black Community Overnight

I write this posting with the full realization that there are segments of Black America who will vehemently disagree with its contents; however, I could not care less about their flawed perspective. You know the type of people that I am alluding, those who choose to excuse away the criminality and foolishness that so many within our midst execute on a daily basis against their own solely because they were born into an impoverished area.
Not only will I never be counted in their number, but also I could care less about an irrational political correctness that demands African-Americans mute their voices when the perpetrators of violence against black folk are black themselves. I will most certainly air our ‘dirty laundry’ for the world to see. My unbridled love for African-Americans mandates that I never let my pen fall silent on matters affecting my people.
My commitment to uplift the African-American community is the catalyst behind my condemnation of Miami-based gang members who took the opportunity to defame the legacy of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., by using a parade assembly as a shooting gallery that left 8 innocent bystanders, ranging in age from 11 to 30, wounded by gunfire. According to the Miami-Dade police, the shooting is attributable to rival gangs.
It is ironic that on a day created to honor Dr. King’s legacy dream that society would one-day judge African-Americans by the “Content of Their Character” that we have such a sizable population in our midst devoid of any positive character traits. Although I am confident that my call to have this population separated from the black community ‘By Any Means Necessary’ will sting the apologists in our midst who choose to make excuses (racism, unemployment, female-headed households, poor schools, Donald Trump, the fact that it is Wednesday and raining outside) for the deplorable behavior of roving bands of African-Americans of various ages. Rest assured that when I say ‘By ANY Means Necessary’ that it includes calling law enforcement authorities to collect this rubbish from our midst.
I will tell you that I care little about where they are going, who is taking them to their destination, or how they will survive; all that I care about is their separation from honest, hardworking, moral, progressive people who have diligently attempted to model the historical cooperation that has undergirded Black America.
It is time that African-American progressives realize that except for skin color and a few cultural commonalities, we have absolutely nothing in common with this roguish band of thugs that have used our communities as a haven for their immorality and our commitment to take of family as an exploitable survival strategy as their laziness and drug abuse has made them a hardcore unemployable.
I have already divorced myself from such individuals and will let you in on a little secret; life is grander without them. So do yourself a favor and cut those who mean anyone around them any good out of your life. Trust me when I say, that your life will be much better as a result.

Dr. James Thomas Jones III

© Manhood, Race, and Culture, 2017.

Why are Black-on-Black Crimes Rarely Solved: Should African-Americans be Considered Accessories to the Rampant Crime in Our Communities

I could never blame anyone for coming to the conclusion that there is a segment of Black Chicago that is totally out of their mind. Hence, the recently taped abduction of a mentally challenged teenager is not as shocking as it would be under normal circumstances.

Although I consider the latest actions of Jordan Hill (18), Tesfaye Cooper (18), Brittany Covington (18), and Tanishia Covington (24) to be little more than another ‘sign of the times.’ There is absolutely no reasoning that could ever justify their abduction and torture of Austin Hilbourn (18) a white man who reports are indicating has some mental challenges.

I believe that I am speaking for the vast majority of sane African-Americans when I say that the four black Chicagoans that police have taken into custody not only deserve the current charges of aggravated kidnapping, hate crime, aggravated unlawful restraint and aggravated battery with a deadly weapon, but also additional charges.

The Chicago Police Department swift movements to solve this crime are commendable. I am certain that the fact that the perpetrators themselves recorded their demonic actions greatly aided the investigation. This morally repugnant episode raises an interesting question, why aren’t Black-on-Black crimes solved as quickly as the offensive attack perpetrated against Mr. Austin Hilbourn?

The most readily available answer to the above question is an incorrect response that law enforcement personnel, many of whom are African-American, do not care about criminal activity in the black community. Now, I would never dismiss my personal engagement with a few officers whose lack of interest in black-on-black crime was evident and say that a few officers just do not care about the safety or well-being of African-Americans. However, such an explanation does little to explain why black-on-black crimes often go unsolved. I believe that the most honest reason behind why black-on-black crimes go unsolved is the African-American community.

Considering their peculiar second-class citizenship status, African-Americans have become adept at responding to a hostile white community at a moments’ notice. From their initial arrival on the North American continent, experience taught all persons of African descent that their time to deal with the hostility and brutality of marauding whites could come not only at any moment but also without the slightest provocation. Considering such a context, African-Americans developed survival strategies to protect themselves and their loved ones from hostile outsiders. One of the most prominent adaptations was to become insular as a community. Put simply; blacks closed off the hostile outside world in a desperate attempt to protect their own; particularly the men who were most likely to be seized and lynched by a white mob for a perceived offense or challenge emanating from either that particular individual or the community in general.

Law enforcement officers frequently led the alluded to ‘lynch mob’ pursuing African-American males. Hence, it should not be surprising that to this very day that the average African-American male tenses up when in the presence of law enforcement officers. The harsh reality that American laws have consistently proven detrimental to their existence makes African-Americans staunch non-cooperation with law enforcement officers understandable. One would be hard-pressed to convince African-Americans that law enforcement officers are not continuing this tradition in the twenty-first century.

However, this tradition of not cooperating with law enforcement personnel has been seized by a criminal element within our community for opportunistic reasons. An immoral and unlawful element within our community has publicly demanded silence regarding their illegal activities and uncivilized behavior. I applaud this population for the manner in which they have been able to seize a historic cultural adaptation and use it as a cover for their evil doings; unfortunately, Hip Hop Culture has been the perfect conduit for this transference of misinformation.

Although their mantra that ‘snitches get stitches’ is rather poetic in a ghetto fabulous kind of way, it betrays the solidarity that generations of African-Americans displayed against a hostile external enemy. The actions and activities of the criminal element within our midst are having the same effect that marauding white terrorist had throughout the 19th and 20th Centuries respectively. The only difference is that the criminal element in our midst begs us not to report them to the proper authorities. However, one must take their hat off to this thuggish element when you consider that they have been able to get such values integrated into our cultural diet and belief system. We now find elementary school children attempting to “persuade” their peers to ‘not snitch,’ often via violent attacks that they are amazingly filming and posting on the internet.

Obviously, the mantra ‘snitches get stitches’ has no place within our community and serves as yet another example of how we have indeed lost our way. Of all the things that we need to be poetic about, lawlessness and criminality are not on that list.

Make no mistake about it; this is a call for the African-American community to be vigilant against the black evil-doers who are attacking and ‘bringing the community down.’ A decision that would terrify those within our midst who commit a crime and continually live in an uncivilized manner that is unreflective of how African-Americans have ever lived.

If we are serious about cleaning up the African-American community, it is the time that we expose those individuals who consider our residential areas as havens for their criminality. Failure to do so makes us accessories to the destruction of our community and ensures that our children will never have a safe space to grow to their full potential.

Dr. James Thomas Jones III

© Manhood, Race, and Culture 2017

Is the Proper Training of Black Males the Initial Step in Saving Chiraq from Ruin?

Within African-American communities and neighborhoods, black males set the tone for much of what does and do not occur. Under optimal conditions, black men have served as providers and protectors for the African-American women and children in their midst. The benefits of being a provider and protector served as the wind beneath the wings of the soaring manhood that was the very essence of black men.

During times past, it appeared that the vast majority of African-American men took their job of modeling manhood with the utmost seriousness. It was impossible to listen to the life-lessons that these men shared or observe their daily dealings with an invariably hostile white populace and not understand that the primary job of black men was to protect and provide for your family in a host of ways.

One thing is for certain, the men of my father’s generation, although far from perfect, had a well-developed sense of ‘what a man ought to be and ought to do.’ In the face of unbridled occupational discrimination and unending prejudice, the alluded to men were unshakable pillars of their community. Unfortunately for the entire black community, it appears as if those pillars have gradually faded away. More troubling is the reality that there are too few replacements for the men who displayed our grandest manhood traditions.

A person needs to look no further than the ‘Windy City’ to understand the remarkable changes that have occurred to African-American manhood over the past half-century. With the benefit of hindsight, it is evident that the most expeditious path to the unraveling of any community is for its men to lose their understanding of ‘what a man ought to do and ought to be.’ The present state of Black America proves that when critical masses of males abandon steep manhood traditions, things fall apart. The “Windy City” is a notable example of such an occurrence.

There may be no more succinct representation of the pernicious evils occurring in Chicago than residents abandoning its traditional moniker of the ‘Windy City’ for a much foreboding ‘Chiraq’; a play on words that likens the great American city to the war-torn nation of Iraq.

At this moment, Chicagoans of every hue, race, ethnicity, socioeconomic status, faith, and political affiliation are debating what should be done to save the “Windy City” from roguish African-American males whose toxic manhood is damaging everyone around them. Make no mistake about it, the actions of black males whose propensity for the Black-on-Black crime makes the Capone Era look like child’s play, sit at the core of the “Windy City’s” problems.

Considering the historical conflicts between the African-American community and ‘the boys in blue,’ Black Chicagoans find themselves in an ironic quandary. Should they turn to local law enforcement officers for aid in addressing lawless black males or is there a better in-house solution to this dilemma?

Up to this point, many African-Americans throughout the nation have refused to seek redress via law enforcement agencies out of fear of retribution and a desperate desire to not contribute to the incarceration of African-American males that Michelle Alexander so powerfully details in The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness.

There are significant sections of Black America that are disturbed by any assertion that the path to peace is the removal and warehousing of black males in this nation’s penitentiaries. However in a city that witnessed,

  • 713 Killed by gunfire
  • 3665 Wounded by gunfire
  • 4378 Shot

Most agree that something definitive must occur.

The majority of Black America has rightfully tired of this sordid tale of African-American males choosing to live wayward lives that accomplish nothing more than increasing the dilemmas they face in America at an unconscionable rate.

What can be done to address this dilemma? One thing that will most certainly not positively affect this issue are calls to absolve a criminal segment of Black America from being responsible for their actions by citing typical dodges such as squalor, inferior educational institutions, urban decay, and limited economic opportunities. The above explanations, although important to understanding the daily realities found within the vast majority of impoverished African-American enclaves, do not provide the lawless permission for their criminality and uncivilized behavior.

A more productive path to ameliorating the issues facing black males is for the African-American community to address the matters facing black males via manhood training proactively.

Yes, it is the time that we return ‘back to basics’ by teaching African-American males the basics of ‘what a man ought to be and ought to do.’ It is in understanding the path and many obstacles that prior generations of black men confronted and conquered that vital life lessons are discovered. I am certain that the tools the alluded to men used were basic tools such as:

  • Honesty
  • Hardwork
  • Entreprenurialship
  • Diligence
  • Commitment
  • Strength
  • Honor

Unfortunately for wayward black males, until they are socialized to understand that the above qualities are the path to their liberation and not get rich quick criminal schemes that invariably lead to either the penitentiary or the grave, there is no hope. Cities such as Chiraq have definitively proven this fact.

The time to take control of our destiny is now and the path forward begins with manhood training that paves the path for black males to become African-American men.

Dr. James Thomas Jones III

© Manhood, Race, and Culture, 2017

THE ENEMY WITHIN: WHAT THE MURDER OF NYKEA ALDRIDGE SAYS, ONCE AGAIN, ABOUT BLACK MALES IN CHICAGO

They Say That It’s The White Man that I Should Fear,

 but it’s My Own Kind Doing All The Killing Here!

— TUPAC AMARU SHAKUR —

Eight months ago, I penned the following words in this space.

One of the most disturbing crimes that I have recently read about was the murder of 9-year-old Tyshawn Lee in an alley on the South Side of TYSHAWN3Chicago in a neighborhood called Auburn-Gresham. Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy succinctly summed up this incident when he referred to it as “…an act of barbarism, the assassination of a 9-year-old child as a gang retaliation to get back at his father. Tyshawn Lee was failed on many, many levels.”

Merely recognizing the sheer barbarity of this act that extends from earlier conflict involving Tyshawn’s father does nothing to correct the stupefying socioeconomic issues affecting Black Chicagoans or the African-American community in general.

Court papers highlight that this murder was a direct extension of gang warfare. Authorities believe that rival gang warfare reached an unprecedented level after the death of reputed gang member Corey Morgan’s brother and the wounding of his mother. The attack apparently made Morgan blood-thirsty for revenge as he allegedly told fellow gang members “…that since his brother was killed and his mama was shot he was going to kill grandmas, mamas, kids and all.”

Less than a year ago, I was writing about the senseless death of 9-year-old Tyshawn Lee, today I am pondering what it means that Nykea Aldridge, 32, a mother of four and the cousin of NBA superstar Dwayne Wade was murdered while pushing a child in a baby stroller down a street attempting to make it to a school to register her children for school at 3:30 p.m. Friday. Apparently, her two killers, whose bullets struck Aldridge in the head and arm, were aiming at an undisclosed African-American male. There is no doubt that the only thing that makes Nykea Aldridge any different from the other 2,600+ people that have been shot in the American city that has earned the moniker of Chiraq and 463 people who have been murdered in the ‘Windy City’ is her relation to Dwyane Wade.

The problems facing Chicago are neither new, nor fleeting. They are as permanent as the skyscrapers that make up the skyline. The NYKEA ALDRIDGE 1foremost question regarding the historic pattern of African-American males killing one another is why has this occurred? The only reasonable answer to this query is that there is a woeful lack of understanding regarding what a man ought to be and ought to do in the ‘Windy City’.

When you really think about it, the blessing and the curse of humanity is that they are social beings. Put simply, the influence of socialization upon the development of human beings is so phenomenal that it literally determines who they will become and what they will come to value throughout their entire existence.

The reality that we learn everything we know, or at least what we think we know, shines an unbelievably negative light upon the construction of Manhood ideology for a significant portion of BLACK P STONE RANGERS 1African-American males within the ‘Windy City’. The present state of Black Chicagoan young Black males is one of the most obvious examples of what occurs when our community fails to teach African-American males ‘what a Man ought to be and ought to do’. When left to their own devices, young African-American males invariably develop a manhood culture that centers upon hyper-aggressiveness, ends-justify-the-means economic formulations, sullenness, promiscuity, offensive language and inappropriate dress; not to mention a dire hostility regarding the development of the mind.

Unfortunately for the African-American community, ignorance is not a trend; rather it replicates itself at an alarming exponential rate. History indicates that once ignorance arrives, it is darn near impossible to reverse its damaging affect. The aforementioned logic is quite possibly the only explanation of Black Chicagoans killing each other in gangland style murders for as far back as anyone can remember. The following chart lists the number of murders that have occurred in Chicago between the years of 2001 – 2014.

YEAR MURDERS IN CHICAGO
2001 667
2002 604
2003 454
2004 453
2005 454
2006 477
2007 448
2008 513
2009 460
2010 438
2011 437
2012 504
2013 420
2014 421
TOTAL 6,750 MURDERS — 482+ MURDERS/YEAR

Although it is one of the most difficult things to admit as an African-American male who fights against the characterization of younger African-American males as uncivilized thugs with a predisposition toward criminality, I now understand that there is a significant population of African-American males whose socialization flows from a dysfunctional culture that rests upon woefully flawed manhood constructs.

There is no other explanation for the motives behind the actions of those Black males that murdered Tyshawn Lee eight months ago black malesand Nykea Aldridge this past Friday. The types that murdered Lee and Aldridge have grown out of a dysfunctional culture with what could only be termed a terrible understanding of ‘what a man ought to be and ought to do’.

Situations such as that occurring in Chicago definitively display how far African-American males have fallen from their rightful place as the protectors of their community against external aggression. All too often we are the aggressors that make our community nearly inhabitable for Black men, women, and children.

Although the killing of African-American men by white law enforcement officers has dominated the newspaper headlines for quite a period now, the bigger story is the alarming rate that we are killing each other in American streets. Every major city has its own story regarding senseless genocidal killings within their local African-American communities. The fact that we are not discussing this matter with the same vigor that we are attacking killings that are occurring at the hands of law enforcement officers reveals much about the value that our community fails to place upon Black lives.

It is time that we take responsibility for ourselves, our children, and our communities. Although difficult to accept, it appears that we are one of our foremost enemies and it is past time that we definitively address the enemy within ‘by any means necessary’.

James Thomas Jones III

©Manhood, Race and Culture, 2015.

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