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Why White America has had Little Response to Mississippi Representative Karl Oliver’s Threat to Lead a Lynch Mob to Protect Confederate Statues

I guess that it is little more than a “Sign of the Times” that we are witnessing the appearance of a steady stream of elected officials displaying absolutely no consideration for constituents’ interests and viewpoints. The alluded to individuals uncloak themselves as white supremacists whenever contentious racial matters arise in the public sphere. It is unclear if the alluded to elected representatives are merely pandering to a rabble-rousing element of white racist voters upon whom their political power and relevancy rest; it is obvious that Mississippi State Representative Karl Oliver is afflicted by a toxic combination of a gross lack of impulse control and stupidity. In many ways, Oliver is Representative Democracies worst nightmare.

I am uncertain if I should call it ironic or revealing, however, the 46th District that elected the 54-year-old Karl Oliver is the location of the small town of Money. Just in case you are unaware of the historical significance of Money, Mississippi, it is the site that 14-year-old Emmett Louis Till was visiting when J.W. Milam and Roy Bryant seized him from his Uncle Moses Wright’s residence before torturing and then lynching him before submerging his bruised and battered body in the Tallahatchie River. Let us also not forget that it was a jury composed of most likely the grandparents of present day voters that elected the Koch brother supported Oliver to office that had in the words of the Milam and Bryant’s Defense Attorney “the courage to acquit” the accused of all charges after a few hours of deliberation.

The presence of a person like Karl Oliver among a civilized populace is a chilling proposal without his election to a political office. Consider for a moment that it is Representative Oliver, who after realizing that there is a powerful grassroots movement washing across the South and demanding the removal of monuments dedicated to rebellious Southern leaders, who offered his fellow statesmen the following draconian method of resistance.

“The destruction of these monuments, erected in the loving memory of our family and fellow Southern Americans, is both heinous and horrific. If the, and I use this term extremely loosely, “leadership” of Louisiana wishes to, in a Nazi-ish fashion, burn books or destroy historical monuments of OUR HISTORY, they should be LYNCHED! Let it be known, I will do all in my power to prevent this from happening in our State.”

Far too often, whites feign ignorance regarding the continuing existence of bigotry and racial bias in their midst. Oliver’s assertion that all of those that challenge “OUR HISTORY…should be LYNCHED!” reminds one of the intolerance and tyranny that led to not only Emmett Louis Till’s lynching, but also similar demonic deeds by white men in the centuries preceding Till’s arrival in the Magnolia state. The prevalence of such public utterances and private lamentations makes it tough for any reasonable person to give any credence to whites continuing denial of their countrymen’s bigotry.

Although I doubt that my words will have any impact on the good white folk of Mississippi, however, they need to understand that their election of a figure such as Karl Oliver should not only be a public embarrassment, but also a significant impetus for them to do more than a few seasons of soul searching. Trust me when I say that it would be more beneficial to them than it would to us.

Dr. James Thomas Jones III

© Manhood, Race and Culture, 2017

A MODERN DAY EMMETT LOUIS TILL?: THE LYNCHING OF KINGSTON FRAZIER

Although I doubt it, however, it is fully within the realm of possibility that my fiery reaction to the lynching of 6-year-old Kingston Frazier in Jackson, Mississippi, is due to my knowledge of Emmett Louis Till’s lynching. These horrific crimes have several obvious corollaries.

  • Both lynchings occurred in the state of Mississippi.
  • Both of the victims were African-American children.
  • A mere 200 miles separate the dastardly crime scenes.
  • Kingston and Emmett were both snatched from the bosom of protection that family provides by a sinister element.
  • The lynchers of both of these African-American males should be considered domestic terrorists as their evil deeds are focused on exterminating a particular American population.

Relatively speaking, Emmett Louis Till’s offenses of touching the hand of Carolyn Bryant and offering a simple “goodbye” as he exited a convenience store are executable offenses when compared to 6-year-old Kingston Frazier’s offense of sleeping in the backseat of his mother’s vehicle as it was stolen. Surveillance tapes indicate that in the few moments that Kingston’s mother entered a grocery store, some thief stole the car that 6-year-old Kingston Frazier, one day away from his first-grade graduation, was slumbering in.

Once these thieves realized that a child was asleep in the back of the vehicle, they hastily ditched the vehicle on a dead end road and prepared for a hasty exit. Unfortunately for all of America, these criminals made the damning decision that their best chance of making a ‘clean get away’ was to pump a bullet into the head of young Kingston Frazier who was hopefully still slumbering in the backseat.

As previously mentioned, this barbaric crime reverted my mind to the lynching of Emmett Louis Till; however, there is one significant difference between Emmett Louis Till’s lynching in Money, Mississippi, and Kingston Frazier’s lynching; those responsible for the latter’s death were not member of some white supremacist group, in fact, they were not white at all, Kingston Frazier’s executioners were young African-American males.

When I heard about this abominable crime, there was a part of me that needed to see those responsible for it. A brief search presented a short video of the three culprits: Dwan Diondro Wakefield (17), DeAllen Washington (17) and Byron McBride Jr. As I viewed the video clip, I was shocked that I did not recognize any of these men; meaning that I did not recognize their demeanor, their posture or movements as none of them reflected the dignity, class, and refinement of the generations of black men that socialized me regarding what it meant to be a black man in America.

Kingston Frazier’s lynching by three young African-American males validates W.E.B. Du Bois’ piercing insight of what those who adopt their oppressors perspective become. I am certain that many are questioning my repeated use of the word lynching regarding this crime and may feel that the characterization is unwarranted. I feel that such contestation is wrong-headed for several reasons. When one considers that the definition of lynching is the killing of a person by a group due to some alleged offense or crime, the murder of Kingston Frazier reaches that threshold as he was killed by several individuals for the most daunting and unavoidable crime of all, being young, black, and male in a land whose inhabitants, regardless of their race/ethnicity, have decided that such descriptors add up to worthlessness and irrelevancy. Put simply, a vast swath of the American citizenry, many of whom are black, have been socialized to believe that persons of African descent do not have the right to live. In his timeless classic The Souls of Black Folk, Du Bois describes this infectious affliction when he observes that “It is a peculiar sensation, this double-consciousness, this sense of always looking at one’s self through the eyes of others, of measuring one’s soul by the tape of a world that looks on in amused contempt and pity.”

There is no other reasonable explanation for the actions of Dwan Diondro Wakefield (17), DeAllen Washington (17) and Byron McBride Jr. than to accept the unavoidable reality that their mindset and perspective regarding fellow African-Americans closely mirrors that of white bigots raised inside a nation where both academic lessons and social customs contribute to a denigration of African-American males. Such reasoning is a sensible explanation that explains why African-American males commonly view, treat, and consider one another as mortal enemies worthy of an excruciating death.

If African-Americans were not afflicted with a psychosis that causes them to hate one another with a vile and insanely jealous hatred, the lynching of Kingston Frazier would lead to a mobilization resembling that which occurred in the wake of J.W. Milam and Roy Bryant’s lynching of 14-year-old Emmett Louis Till. The fact that as a collective we will do nothing more than take a momentary pause and issue a cowardly non-specific prayer regarding this matter speaks volumes about how serious we are about protecting the many Kingston Frazier’s in our midst that must find someway to navigate around the myriad dangerous people and obstacles that threaten their future on a moment-by-moment basis.

We must relentlessly demand that Kingston Frazier’s lynchers face the sternest punishment possible. Failure to issue such a demand continues our worst tradition of providing a place of refugee for individuals whose destruction of both our community and black lives rivals that of white supremacist groups.

There should come a point where we love one another enough to decide that we have enough of this foolishness. It is time for black America to set standards and hold every segment of their society to those criteria. A major step in this endeavor, particularly in regards to preventing future black-on-black lynchings is to expel those who do not warrant the privilege of living in our midst from the bosom of protection that they have misused for far too long.

Dr. James Thomas Jones III

© Manhood, Race and Culture, 2017

Is it FOI Time?: Addressing the Absence of Masculinity and Civility within Urban America

Aiyyo here’s the situation: idioticy
Nonsense, violence, not a good policy
Therefore we must ignore, fighting and fussing
Heavy’s at the door so there’ll be no bum-rushing
Let’s get together or we’ll be falling apart
I heard a brother shot another, it broke my heart
I don’t understand the difficulty, people
Love your brother, treat him as an equal
They call us animals — mmm mmm, I don’t agree with them
I’ll prove them wrong, but right is what your proving them
Take heed before I lead to what I’m saying
Or we’ll all be on our knees, praying

Heavy D

I have found myself shaking my head with increasing frequency at the antics of many African-American males that have made me wonder if some of us are actually the uncivilized beasts white racists allege. Although I have stood on the front lines defending my brethren on many an occasion, the truth of the matter is that I have tired of the routine and now am compelled to ‘speak truth to power’ regardless of the repercussions or whom I offend.

So it is with a clear mind that I relate my absolute disgust with a recent shared video depicting the exploitation of a random African-American male by a bigger more aggressive male for some type of debt. Now I am sure that many of my niggardly brethren will take the posture of “that’s just how the game goes”; however, I must my niggadisagree and relate that such activities should never occur within any community of civilized people. Despite their inability to consider such things, the victim of this horrendous attack does not bare the shame, rather the perpetrators (the attacker, camera person, and witnesses) involved that shoulder the entire weight of the blame.

The witnessing of a frightened African-American male being stripped of his clothing and then beaten with a belt, reverts my mind back to a period of time when marauding Ku Klux Klan members tracked down defenseless African-Americans and executed an attack aimed at psychologically destroying their African-American victims. To see this attack executed on a Black man by a negro male is the height of lynch4absurdity as it relates not only the injustices of the world, but also provides a clear view point of what occurs when we allow our people to wallow in pure ignorance and believe that the accumulation of material items (money, gold chains, tennis shoes, etc.) is the aim of life. The perpetrators in this attack have allowed things, such as an inconsequential amount of money, to supersede their ability to recognize their own people’s humanity.

It is beyond time that African-American communities takes a stand against such antics and get the perpetrators of such horrific attacks from our midst ‘by any means necessary’ as they mean no one, not even their foi2own people, any good. Although I abhor black-on-black crime; if it meant the removal of such individuals from our midst, I am more than prepared to excuse intra-racial violence  if performed for the collective good of the Race. Considering that local law enforcement officers have proven to be of no utility regarding the safety of African-Americans, I think that it is time that we commission a group such as the Nation of Islam’s Fruit of Islam to patrol our community and mete out justice to all offenders of Black civility? I think that time has come because this circus like behavior must cease and desist immediately.

Dr. James Thomas Jones III

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Where is the Rally Point?: How Black America’s Failure to Look at its Past Dooms it in the Future

There is an ever-present argument occurring within Black America regarding what should and by extension should not be portrayed in film for the public to see.

Unfortunately, far too many African-Americans prefer that historical moments and occurrences such as ‘chattel slavery’, Jim Crow, and lynching be de-emphasized, if not totally ignored as an unspeakable unspoken that has been banished from our memories to never be seen or heard from again.

I long ago realized that a wide-swath of African-Americans are not only ashamed of the horrific past that their ancestors were subjected to by a hodgepodge of global exploiters of varying races, religions, ROOTS 3and ideologies, who not only stole them, but also did their absolute best to maintain a demonic reign of tyranny. I have never understood why our people, the descendants of the world’s greatest Holocaust, foolishly adorn their sturdy shoulders with any portion of shame regarding these events. This is unnecessary burden feeds an all-encompassing resistance to examine the basic tenets of this nation.

Those African-Americans who refuse to deal with the entirety of our storied struggle are making a grievous error that ultimately prevents them from accessing critical answers that could explain the present condition of Black America.

Those who have allowed irrational shame to block their view of our past, fail to realize that it is often out of the darkest moments that a people’s greatest strength and reason for solidarity is derived. Such is a lesson that persons of Jewish descent have made a foundational principle.

There is no denying that persons of Jewish descent are serious about highlighting the trials and tribulations that their people have experienced, particularly during their Holocaust experience.

A few years ago, I was selected by the Jack and Anita Hess Foundation to serve as a Fellow at the United States Holocaust ROOTS 5Memorial Museum (USHMM) in Washington, D.C. The purpose of this ‘educational project’ was to train Professors teaching at Historically Black Colleges and Universities about the Jewish Holocaust so that they could return to their respective campuses and teach their students about the Jewish experience. To emphasize the importance of their story, the USHMM made concentration camp survivors available for visits to each of the campuses represented in the project at no cost at all.

Obviously, persons of Jewish descent have neither shame nor trepidations when it comes to discussing their Holocaust experience in either print or film. In many ways, the Jewish Holocaust serves as a rallying point, a veritable call to arms for them.

When one considers our ancestors hellish nightmare experience, there is no doubt that there are innumerable potential ‘rally points’ slavery 1for our people. These alluded to historical moments could serve as a bonding agent during critical moments; unfortunately, we have allowed illogical feelings of shame and embarrassment to cause us to foolishly bury them. Until African-Americans realize that the shame they illogically carry regarding America’s sordid racial past is not their shame, we will not be able to examine our past; it is simply too painful for many. Unfortunately, until we understand the past, our collective suffering will never cease. It is critically important that we understand how we got in this situation and the only means of doing such is by examining our entire history.

Dr. James Thomas Jones III

©Manhood, Race and Culture, 2016.

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