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Malcolm X — Why Integration Will Never Work in the U.S.

Q.  Malcolm X, why do you oppose integration?

A.  It won’t work. It doesn’t solve the problem. Do you know what integration really means? It means intermarriage. That’s the real point behind it. You can’t have it without intermarriage. And that would result in disintegration of both races. The Negro is better off by himself, so he can develop his character and his culture in accord with his own nature.

Negro leaders in private conversation admit this. But not publicly. They are in a spot, trying to explain to the masses of Negroes what they have got out of integration. The leaders have benefited, but the people they are trying to lead haven’t got any benefit.

Q.  As you see it, has the integration drive failed in this country?

A.  Yes, it has failed. Schools are becoming more segregated. Housing…all phases. Job segregation is one of the worst situations. Washington D.C., is one of the best examples of how integration has failed. I know about the desegregation of the theaters and restaurants and all that in Washington. But the only Negroes who have been helped by that are the Negro bourgeoisie. They are the only Negroes who can afford to go to the theaters and the white restaurants. New York, which is supposed to be liberal, has more integration problems the Mississippi.

Q.  Did you think there can ever be real integration of the black and white races in this country?

A.  No. If it were possible, you could point to some examples of it. But there is not one place in this country which is really integrated. When people look for examples of integration, they look to other countries, like Brazil. But I don’t consider Brazil integrated, either. It is true that the Negroes and whites there have married. But Brazil is only mongrelized. Not one black man is prominent in Brazil. The Negroes there are still at the bottom. 

Q.  What do you favor to help solve the race problem in the U.S.?

A.  I favor, building up living conditions, schools, jobs. That’s the heart of the problem. I want to take Negroes out of the ghetto and put them in good neighborhoods in good houses.

Q.  Would that make trouble, cause property values to fall?

A.  It is bound to depreciate the property of the white man living next door. The first thing that the black man has got to do is straighten out the evil conditions in New York City‘s Harlem and the other ghettos. Not only materially, but morally and spiritually. We’ve got to get rid of drunkenness, drug addiction, prostitution and all that. We need a program to educate the people of Harlem to a better sense of values.

When ghetto living seems normal, you have no shame, no privacy. You don’t realize that you don’t have these values when you’ve known nothing but ghetto moral conditions.

Q.  Won’t your program lead to increased friction between the races?

A.  I would say that trouble is building up. The year 1963 was a dangerous year, as everybody admits. The Negro leaders used the March on Washington as an escape valve. But the Negro masses, realized that they really got nothing. They are disenchanted. When the weather warms up, they will be in the streets demonstrating. They are tired of turning the other cheek. The whites don’t do it. Now you have the whites demonstrating against school integration. When you have these two elements coming together, you are going to have an explosion.

Q.  Are you going to help produce this explosion?

A.  My movement won’t promote the explosion. It would come anyway. I am not for or against violence. I am for freedom, by whatever means necessary.

Q.  Are you in favor of a Negro political party?

A.  Yes. The Negro should have his own party, a black party. Negro is the wrong word. It does not have any scientific meaning. I’ll form a black political party. I won’t run for any office. But I want Negroes to be politically mature. Then there will be less likelihood of their being exploited by crooked politicians.

Q.  What would be the party platform?

A. Freedom, justice, equality for the black people of this country. It would teach them to vote black. This doesn’t mean it will teach them to be anti-white. We are pro-black, not anti-white.

Q.  You claim that the Muslims are not a hate movement, yet you teach that the white man is a devil—

A.  We are speaking of the collective guilt of the white man. The Muslims are only expressing what the Negroes as a race believe. If I can point this up, it will make the white man see the seriousness of the problem. 

Q.  What do you see as a real solution?

A.  The only real answer if for our people to go back to Africa. But that will come much later. Right now, we need immediate relief from suffering and oppression. We don’t want welfare programs. They create laziness. We need programs by which the Negro can clean up the Negro community materially and spiritually. We need jobs. We need to own and operate our own businesses. Instead of “sitting in” we should buy in. If the Government does not let us go back to Africa, then we should have a black nation here.

Q.  Which States would you want to take over for your black nation?

A.  I never heard Mr. Muhammad say, I hope he has in mind Florida and California. I like it where the weather is warm.  

Q.  How many Black Muslims are there?

A.  No one knows but Mr. Muhammad. 

Q.  How many do you expect to have in your organization?

A.  I hope to organize the 22 million black people in America.

 

This story originally appeared in the March 30, 1964, issue of U.S. News & World Report

BLAME IT ON THE BLACK TAX: WHY THE CBC TRIED TO HIDE THE PHOTO OF OBAMA AND FARRAKHAN

Anyone that dedicates their life to “the liberation and salvation of the Black nation” eventually realizes that disappointment shadows their existence. Although national level political figures such as Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan and former U.S. President Barack Hussein Obama would never admit such in the public arena, undoubtedly there are private moments when even such courageous leaders are left pondering if the limited gains are worth the enormous cost black activism has on their lives. While Black America celebrated Barack and Michelle Obama’s arrival at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, the joy of many African-Americans was tempered by the sobering realization that the costs for this historic achievement far outweighed the gain; not to mention what we all realized that vengeful whites would put Obama and his family through during their tenure in the White House.

There is consensual agreement among African-Americans that there is a usual cost associated with black achievement. Many refer to this “cost” as the “Black Tax.” And trust me when I say that this “Black Tax” will be extracted by whites in one way or another. Notable African-Americans go to extreme lengths to avoid the alluded to tax, as they realize that it possesses the ability to derail a career that was decades in the making.

It is a significant understanding of the penalties associated with the “Black Tax” that causes much of Black America to breathe a sigh of relief at the reality that White America missed a much-desired opportunity to apply the unreasonable tax on Barack Hussein Obama for a recently surfaced photo of him with Louis Farrakhan, the head of the Nation of Islam.

The photo, taken by Askia Muhammad, of then U.S. Senator Obama at a Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) meeting was never released at the request of black political leaders who feared that it would hamper what many thought was a promising political ascension that may never end. Members of the CBC realized that it was in Black America’s best interest that the Illinois Senator avoid the “Black Tax” ‘by any means necessary.’ No one doubted that the irrationality that was certain to emanate from politically opportunistic whites at the appearance of this photo would abort what appeared to be a promising political career for the young Senator from Illinois. The harshness of this reality does little to lessen the reality that a partial misstep or misstatement is sufficient to derail the career of any African-American political figure. Although difficult to admit, the most reliable path to longevity for a figure such as Obama is found in his ability to quell the irrational fears of white Americans that he will aid Black America in any shape, form, or fashion.

Black leaders are forced to execute an impossible balancing act of being “soul brother #1” to an enthusiastic black populace that turned out in record numbers to guarantee their victory and a disappointed white majority that fears he will be a “Black President”, meaning ignore the issues and interests that affect all Americans in favor of aiding Black America in a crusade that will not cease until white wealth has been redistributed among an undeserving black population. One can see Barack Hussein Obama attempting this impossible balancing act when he issued a very positive account of his attendance at the Million Man March.

What I saw was a powerful demonstration of an impulse and need for African-American men to come together to recognize each other and affirm our rightful place in the society. There was a profound sense that African-American men were ready to make a commitment to bring about change in our communities and lives.

There is little issue that even the most strident Black Nationalist can take with the future President’s position. Unfortunately for Obama, it would be foolish to believe that this statement was capable of satisfying an engaged white populace whose fears of racial based revenge politics sits at the forefront of both their minds and political agendas.

As I am confident that you remember, the stated fears of white Americans were articulated during the brouhaha surrounding Pastor Dr. Jeremiah Wright. The historical record shows that Obama was forced to distance himself from both Wright, his Pastor, and Minister Louis Farrakhan. Although there is agreement among reasonable-minded blacks that “…cursing out white folks is not going to get the job done. Anti-Semitic and anti-Asian statements are not going to lift us up. We’ve got some hard nuts-and-bolts organizing and planning to do. We’ve got communities to build,” Obama’s comments offended many for reasons that had nothing to do with their content. It was obvious to many within Black America that the ascending political figure was currying favor with whites in his actions and statements. I am confident that whites would be shocked to learn that Obama’s insistence that “We’ve got some hard nuts-and-bolts organizing and planning to do. We’ve got communities to build” is a statement that represents the careers of both Wright and Farrakhan.

At its core, this latest attempt at causing discord between black leaders reveals important things about power dynamics among American racial groups. The fact that the CBC would seek to suppress this photograph indicates their factual belief that without the help of other groups, their efforts are “dead in the water.” The American historical record displays that coalition politics are the only possible route forward for “minority” groups; put simply, coalition politics are indispensable.

There is no doubt that white political figures have no such concerns as they are not forced to measure their words or image in a desperate attempt to not offend others. In fact, a figure such as Donald Trump has used the reliable tactic of offending other groups to mobilize and rally his base via obvious cultural attacks and dog-whistle politics. One needs to look no further than Trump’s recent statements that termed African nations “shitholes” without any significant political repercussions.

If we learn nothing else from the CBC’s desire to hide the photo of Obama and Farrakhan, it is that there is a “litmus test” that measures national-level black leaders’ willingness to bend to the political demands of non-black communities. The message is obvious, if you fail the referenced “litmus test” the subsequent “Black Tax” will mute the offender’s voice regardless of his/her political message.

The fact that such matters factor into the ascension of black leaders is a fundamental reason that there are no strong voiced black elected officials making strides to uplift the black community. From all appearances, it seems that our elected officials pay more attention to passing the “litmus test” and maintaining a cache of political and cultural currency to be used to avoid the “Black Tax” than they do addressing worsening problems within Black America. Until that changes, it may be time for us to admit the obvious, none of our elected officials possess the ability to aid us in our struggle one iota. I guess that it is true that “the (political) harvest is in and yet we are not saved.”

Dr. James Thomas Jones III

 

How the Rush to Aid the Arab Community Once Again Displays How Little African-Americans Know About Political Matters

It’s hard to witness African-Americans repeated failure to understand that their drastic attempts to aid other groups either stabilize or expand their political position will ultimately have no effect upon their liberation. In actuality, it siphons off crucial resources that could be very beneficial to the African-American freedom struggle.

The most recent manifestation of Black America’s tendency to be highly moral and non-strategic is found in their response to Donald Trump’s Executive Order that placed a 120 day travel ban on the arrival of refugees from predominantly Muslim nations — Iran, Iraq, Syria, Sudan, Libya, Yemen and Somalia — from entering the country.

Predictably, Black America was instantaneously up in arms regarding the ‘un-American’ Executive Order. Many within our community publicly stated that they would not stand for such a gross injustice as they hurried to join a political protest that has nothing to do with Black America. Sympathetic African-Americans who could not make it to the protest did their best to turn our community’s focus toward this blatant injustice.

If nothing else, the repeated occurrences of African-Americans rushing to aid groups who have ignored our politico-economic issues and often served instrumental in causing our long-standing problems long ago established this segment of our community as the most righteous people on Earth. Despite their fervent protests, the truth of the matter is that the alluded to Negroes seemingly innate urge to aid any and every cause except those affecting their community highlights the pervasive foolishness undergirding their political activism.

Let’s be honest about this matter, those blacks who have rushed to aid the Arab community in their time of crisis have either conveniently forgotten or unwisely forgiven the hostility that community has spewed toward the African-American community. The Arab community has often failed to fully embrace Minister Farrakhan and his cadre of ‘black Muslims,’ a term that I have heard repeatedly used in that community.

We must also never forget the daily social conflict and economic violence that occurs in “Arab stores” positioned throughout our community. It is this population that our dear brother Malcolm X termed ‘bloodsuckers’ who establish businesses in our community and drain it of economic resources that they take back to their community and parlay into an empire.

My primary frustration is found not among the Arab community that has taken their angst and indignation with Trump’s Executive Order into airports and American streets. I am pointing my disbelief at the Negroes that have chosen to ignore this nation’s poor immigration policies toward places such as Haiti or any African country in favor of championing the causes of people who have not and will never come to their aid on any front.

Many of these Negroes who have joined their Arab ‘friends’ in protesting Trump’s Executive Order believe that they have established an alliance of some sort with the Arab community. Time will show them the error of their ways. Unfortunately for such politically naïve Negroes, their miscalculation will become apparent at a moment of political need. History has repeatedly shown that it is at this alluded moment of need that the truism of “We All We Got” will once again be verified.

The saddest part of this entire sordid tale is that Negroes continue not to understand the most fundamental political realities. Very few non-black groups have aided African-Americans in their pursuit of politico-economic freedom if anything they have worked to ensure a continuation of their political disfranchisement. Unfortunately for the future of Black America, we will remain in this marginalized state until we not only understand these principles but also get serious about developing reliable mechanisms to execute them.

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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Muhammad Ali: A Man of His Word, He Told Us That He Was The Greatest of All-Time

Within the world of boxing there is an ever-present argument raging amongst the various boxing associations, fans, and even those courageous to step inside of the four-corners and display their mastery of ‘the sweet science’. That argument surrounds the title of who is “pound-for-pound” the best at this present moment.

Boxing fans will tell you that they have seen that crown of the best “pound-for-pound” bestowed upon the heads of a litany of fighters. Joe Louis wore it for a period of time. Sugar Ray Robinson wore it as well. Sugar Ray Leonard, Evander Holyfield, ‘Iron’ Mike Tyson, and most recently Floyd ‘Money’ Mayweather have all had the crown placed upon their head.

Clearly, the crown of the best ‘pound-for-pound’ fighter has adorned the head of many a pugilist. Muhammad Ali wore that crown for longer than any others; however, it was Ali, and Ali alone, whose sturdy shoulders carried an even heavier and eternal title that no other fighter will ever have a legitimate claim to. The honor that I allude to is being called ‘The Greatest of All-Time’.

Floyd ‘Money’ Mayweather Jr., is the most recent fighter to stake a claim to the honor of being considered ‘The Greatest of All-Time’. However, what figures such as Mayweather, Jr., and his supporters, fail to understand is that although Ali was extremely impressive inside of the ring, it was his contributions beyond boxing that makes him ‘The Greatest of All Time’.

Whether it was his transformation from a young, brash, loud-mouth Cassius Clay to his transformation into Muhammad Ali or his unrivaled ability to speak a powerful truth to whites’ who considered their political viewpoint the only perspective worth considering. Make no mistake about it; Muhammad Ali was our greatest ambassador and political commentator in an era of political heavyweights such as Martin Luther King, Jr., Malcolm X, and Stokely Carmichael. Even more impressive is that Ali’s leadership spanned in excess of half-of-a-century, not decade, but a century.

Black America has always loved its fighters. In many ways, the physicality of our greatest fighters was analogous of the dogged determination that our ancestors had undertaken to ensure our collective survival from ‘chattel slavery’ to the present day.

Most African-American athletes understand, yet are woefully incapable of acting upon Black America’s collective demand that they uplift the Race not only inside of the boxing ring, but also away from it. Boxing Connoisseur Dr. Anthony Quinn remarks that “one of the most shocking things about Muhammad Ali was that although it was a bit inconceivable, he was actually more impressive away from the ring…We must always remember that the title the ‘Greatest of All-Time’ is not bestowed upon Ali solely because of his prodigious boxing skills, rather it was a combination of his political astuteness, steadfast determination to stand on the side of right even when he was in the minority — Ali’s stance against the Vietnam War and the exploitation of African-Americans by whites are just two examples of Ali’s ability to confront racial oppression where ever it reared its ugly head — not to mention Ali’s consistent representation of the Race while speaking truth to a powerful white majority.”
Today’s Black Athlete appears to be incapable of matching their athletic performance with similar non-athletic political acumen or feats like figures such as: Arthur Ashe, Jim Brown, Lew Alcindor (Kareem Abdul Jabbar), Bill Russell, Satchel Paige and Walter Payton.

As we mourn the passing of Muhammad Ali, let us honor this man by increasing our political acumen, our courage to ‘speak truth to power’, and display a love for our people that would make the ‘Greatest of All Time’ smile and please people let’s do it for longer than the 3 minutes that marks a single round of boxing.

We owe him that much for representing us in a manner that few athletes would even consider, let alone be capable of. My condolences to us all because we have all lost something that is irreplaceable, that being “The Greatest of All-Time”.

James Thomas Jones III, Ph.D.

© Manhood, Race and Culture, 2016

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