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“We Sick Boss?”: The Unfortunate Tendency of “Educated Blacks” to Value White Schools over H.B.C.U.’s

Considering that I am approaching the half-century mark, I hope that most people understand that there are some viewpoints that I will never abandon. And when I say that I will NEVER abandon them, I mean it. In regards to many of these issues, I cannot envision a scenario where my perspective will ever change on substantive matters such as how I measure professional success. Although I am aware that many consider my refusal to budge a character flaw commonly referred to as stubbornness; I consider it a sign of integrity.

The above topic of how I measure professional success served as the battleground for a contentious battle between myself and a former collegiate classmate. Although we are both African-American Studies Professors, our viewpoints could not be more divergent.

As is our usual routine, a rather mundane discussion transformed into a significant disagreement regarding how professional success should be measured. This disagreement began the moment that I took significant issue with his belief that after toiling for years at a small religious-based black college his arrival at a “prestigious” white university signaled that he “had finally made it.”

I must tell you that my anger increased as this “brother” denigrated H.B.C.U.’s while lauding predominantly white institutions. To be honest, I felt as if I were stuck in the middle of an unaired episode of The Boondocks, I knew better. My mind could not resist bringing forth the imagery of Malcolm X who took those who believed that their decreasing proximity to whites was a valid measure of professional success to task via a crude historical analogy regarding a House Slave and a Field Slave. According to Malcolm, the House Slave loved his Master so much that if the Master got sick he would ask, “What’s wrong boss, we sick?” There is little doubt that my former collegiate classmate not only identifies with whites, but also has integrated their value system and priorities into his worldview. Put simply; they are his measuring stick.

This matter led me back to a quip that famed educator Jane Elliott articulated. “If you want to get ahead in America, act white.”

Despite my most fervent attempts, I have not been able to shake the conflict mentioned above as it reveals so much about a class of Black America who have been given significant opportunities, yet have failed to “stay the course” and work toward the liberation of those individuals and institutions that have yet to arrive. It is no stretch to assert that such individuals are of no utility whatsoever to the Black Community as they have been ‘brainwashed’ by an educational system and socialization process that will never cease its denigration of Black America.

What a waste of opportunity. They should be ashamed of themselves, however, such realizations escape them.

Dr. James Thomas Jones III

© Manhood, Race, and Culture 2017

 

Working Against Their Own Liberation: Why So Many Negroes Are Fighting Against Much Needed African-American Studies Programs on Black College Campuses

One of the most unfortunate things that I have learned during my time in academia is that it is full of Negroes that are of no utility to the advancement of Black America. I am saddened to reveal that those ranks are increasing exponentially. Even more disconcerting is that they frequently possess sufficient power to retard the illumination of young minds.Trust me when I say that every educational institution has several of these individuals.

There is probably no greater example of this situation than the astounding number of African-American educators/administrators who not only find no usefulness for African-American Studies but have the audacity to resist the establishment of African-American/Africana Studies programs on their campuses. Considering that I possess two degrees in African-American Studies, you can imagine my shock when a top-ranking administrator, a Negro, posed the following question. “Who wants to study black folk? What kind of job can you get because you know about black folk?”

I am confident that you can imagine my utter shock to hear an individual placed in charge of an H.B.C.U. articulate such foolishness, my only response was to eye her curiously and risk my employment by retorting, “You’re stupid.” Unfortunately, that view of African-American Studies by “educated” black folk could be considered the standard position for many. There is little room to debate that such individuals lone priority are a selfish pursuit of financial gain “by any means necessary” including, but not limited to, ensuring that future generations of Black America will lack the knowledge and motivation to issue a significant challenge to their oppressors.

I have spent many a moment attempting to unravel how these seemingly sane black people come to possess viewpoints and priorities that oppose the liberation of their people.

I believe that the path to being what I affectionately term “white minded” begins with an idea instilled by parents/grandparents that blacks are to go off to school in a desperate pursuit of getting “one of them good jobs.” Unfortunately for so many within our ranks, this singular goal creates a daunting mindset that amounts to little more than, “what is the best path to securing material comforts in America?” Make no mistake about it, most of these individuals instinctively realize that the road to success is paved by their ability to pattern themselves after, behave, and think as the dominant group does. After all, who wants to be on the losing team when there are spots, even if they are reserve spots on the bench of a championship team.

This realization that the path to success is paved by one adopting the priorities and viewpoints of the dominant group is a natural by-product of attending white institutions, accepting their history, and making their political priorities the only reasonable choice. It is ironic that the more more degrees some Negroes earn, the less utility they have to the very people who supported them during that process. Although we fail to realize this reality, the vast majority of African-American academicians have left home in pursuit of an “education” in the same manner that their colonized African kin was forced to during the heights of the colonization of Africa. History tells us that neither of the above populations has ever understood that they were being shaped and molded to one day return home and lead their educational institutions to the benefit of whites.

Such individuals naively believe that they have are credits to their Race and now possess the mental acumen to return home and “show others the path to success.” Unfortunately for African-Americans interested in politico-economic independence, this so-called “Talented-Tenth” shun any thought of building independent black institutions. Their only goal, even if they are not conscious of it, is serving whites with the hope that they will receive some tangible reward for their “leadership and service.”

Make no mistake about it, these Negroes are not only in our midst at this present moment, but busy working against the best interests of our people. They are well aware that such actions are the most assured path to tangible rewards.

I am past believing that the problems that I have with the above population is attributable to a misunderstanding. There is no misunderstanding to be found with such individuals as they are clear on what their intentions are and to whom they serve. Instead of fashioning it as a misunderstanding, we need to repudiate these “gate-keepers” in the strongest terms possible. They are sworn enemies of the people, willing to sacrifice us all in their desperate and despicable attempt to curry favor within a system of white domination. Unfortunately, their commitment to retarding the illumination of young black minds would make even the most ardent white supremacist blush.

Dr. James Thomas Jones III

© Manhood, Race and Culture, 2017

We have to do Better: A Message to Young Brothers Everywhere

I don’t wanna be another nigga,

Tell the government,
I don’t wanna be another nigga,
Tell them white folk,
I don’t wanna be another nigga,
Tell them black folk,
I don’t wanna be another nigga.
Tell the world
I don’t wanna be another nigga,
Waitin’ with my hands out,
Broke in the hood, they give a damn ’bout
Braggin’ to my homie bout the h@$# I fucked
Drinkin’ bottles after bottles, plus I smoke too much.
I never had a job that would pay me well,
I took what I could cause they gave me hell
Spend what I stole on some clothes and kicks,
My ex girl say I won’t amount to s^&*.
But she s@#$ and f@#$, when my car roll up,
Tried to f@#$ her sister, but she talk too much.
Her mama shake her head whenever I come ’round
Whatever high I had when I saw her might come down
I barely go to church but I say I will,
I bow my head right before I eat my meal
The world’s f@#$ed up and they claimin’ I’m to blame
It’s a damn shame cause

Big K.R.I.T. — 

Another N.I.G.G.E.R.

(Another Naïve Individual Glorifying Greed and Encouraging Racism)

Every so often I listen to Big K.R.I.T.’s introspective song, Another N.I.G.G.E.R., to refocus and remind myself of why I am in college. This song motivates me to become a positive image and example for those who are following in my footsteps. This song serves as a reminder of what is waiting for me if I squander my black males collegeopportunity to get a first class education. The alluded to song reminds me of what I am committed to never becoming; unfortunately I see many of my fellow African-American collegians not only pursuing becoming just Another N.I.G.G.E.R., but also willingly embracing the designation.

Though I have been at Prairie View A&M for less than a semester, I have been pleased to discover that there are innumerable like-minded, progressive, goal driven young men and women, like myself. But unfortunately, there are copious amounts of unfocused and unmotivated individuals on this campus. They have consciously chosen to by-pass an unprecedented opportunity for a quality collegiate education in favor of a party and event filled collegiate black males video gamesexperience. To my dismay, many of the alluded individuals are African-American males. It is a relatively routine occurrence to see my brothers sacrifice class attendance in favor of video games, television, or assuming a vegetative state in the student center for hours on end. The fact that they enrolled at an institution of higher learning in pursuit of leisurely activities is the height of ridiculousness.

It is time that young brothers get it together. Not just at Prairie View, but any young black male enrolled at any institution of higher learning.  It is time that we stop partying all night long, when we know we should be in the library studying for a test.  We need to stop spending hundreds of dollars on Air Jordan sneakers, Ralph my niggaLauren shirts, and other clothing apparel rather than buying our text books which we need to succeed and matriculate through school.  We need to spend more time in the classroom learning rather than in the T.V. room watching “Love and Hip Hop.”  We should have our names on the Dean’s list and not on the list of students who are on scholastic probation. We must be more than what mainstream America stereotypes us as. Let’s debunk the stereotypes; on second thought, is it a stereotype if it is true? Let’s prove that we are not an indolent, shiftless, and good for nothing group of people; or in the words of Big K.R.I.T. another N.I.G.G.E.R.

Alexander Goodwin

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