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Dr. Anthony Quinn, also affectionately known as Tony, is undoubtedly one of my closest friends in the entire world. And I will tell you, if there was a poster child for what a man, regardless of Race, should be for his family, he is the gold standard. I consider him the Barack Obama of black fatherhood. Considering his past history, I was most certainly not surprised to hear that he had already purchased tickets to visit the National Museum of African-American History and Culture a full 8 months prior to a planned trip to Washington D.C. He is quite simply that type of fellow, a homey-type of responsible Negro.

So I hope that you can understand that the following request regarding the National Museum of African-American History and Culture has little to do with Tony and everything to do with the safety of the nation. Although I am most certainly not against the Quinn family visiting this historic museum, I am hoping that they and the droves of others who are planning a visit will give great consideration to my request that they delay their visit for at least a full calendar year as the museum needs to be closed to the public for at least that amount of time.

Tony, I love you, however, I hope that you can understand that it is imperative that the National Museum of African-American History and Culture be closed to the public for at least the next year because I am certain that it will take that long to educate the entire Trump administration about the contributions that African-Americans have made to this nation.

I am calling for the use of an American Christian tradition called the “lock-in.” A “lock-in” is when Christians are locked into the church for at least one night so that they can be immersed in the Gospel; the “lock-in” is most certainly beneficial to backsliding Christians.

It is time that the National Museum of African-American History and Culture be put to good use by “locking-in” newly elected President Donald Trump and his entire cabinet. I ask for one thing in association to this “lock-in.” Whoever is entrusted with locking America’s new President inside of the building, I hope that they place the chain outside of the entrance doors to ensure that any attempt to escape much-needed knowledge is aborted. Considering the cast of characters that we are seeking to educate, I think that it is necessary that we not only chain the doors but also have the Fruit of Islam circle the building as an extra security measure to prevent anyone from escaping this much needed educational experience; only the Lord knows the lengths that Trump and his roving band of imbeciles will go to escape enlightenment.

Now I am certain that there are a few of you who consider such actions a waste of taxpayer money. However, I would remind them of the cost of having the nation directed by an ignorant Commander in Chief. Trust me when I say that monetary costs should be the least of our concerns as we are all in peril with Trump and his band of nitwits making crucial decisions that they have little understanding of.

I am quite certain that you are well aware of Trump’s Black History Month gaffe that led him to speak about the venerable Black Abolitionist Frederick Douglass in the present tense as if he were still alive; the Commander in Chief was oblivious to the fact that Douglass died over a century ago in 1895. More recently, the latest addition to Trump’s roving band of idiots, Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos took to twitter to share words of wisdom by William Edward Burghardt DuBois, the greatest intellectual the American academy has ever created. The Department of Education twitter account shared the following words by the Harvard Intellectual,

“Education must not simply teach work – it must teach life.”

(W.E.B. DeBose)

Yes, you are reading that correctly, they misspelled DuBois’ name. And just when you thought that things could not get any worse for the U.S. Department of Education, they issued the following correction.

Post updated – our deepest apologizes for the earlier typo. — US Dept of Education (@usedgov) February 12, 2017

Unbelievably, during their attempt to issue a correction for a misspelling gaffe involving W.E.B. DuBois, they misspelled apologies with ‘apologizes.’ What a scary world we are living in at this present moment as we are being governed by a President who has no idea that Frederick Douglass died over a century ago and a Secretary of Education who has similar weakness in African-American history that are dwarfed by an inability to either spell or monitor those who are speaking for the government agency she now heads.

On second thought, maybe we should push the pause button on locking Trump and his cabinet inside of the National Museum of African-American History and Culture. It appears that we may need to start their enlightenment at a local elementary school, preferably a public school so that Secretary DeVos can add such experience to her barren qualification sheet, which will give them a solid footing in the basics. At least it is a start. And as with all Herculean efforts, we must start somewhere.

May God bless America because she and her citizenry most certainly need it.

Dr. James Thomas Jones III

© Manhood, Race, and Culture 2017.

‘Donald the Builder’: How President Donald Trump’s Policies Are Erecting a Wall that Will Keep Americans within National Borders

One of the things that I am most certain of is that there is nothing more beneficial to the broadening of minds than international travel. Such a belief is the reason that I urge my students to take every opportunity to travel frequently as it assuredly opens all facets of the mind in a way that nothing else can.

Unfortunately for Americans, it appears that the equally annoying and unwise antics of its new President are threatening to curtail the opportunities mentioned above. While many silently champion the scurrilous manner that President Trump has transformed his innate xenophobia into U.S. policy via a series of Executive Orders, most Americans fail to realize that such activities will invariably curtail their ability to travel beyond American borders.

Despite the urge to protest and disclaim whomever the current Oval Office resident, experienced travelers will tell you that all Americans carry the mistakes and therefore the burden of U.S. international policy on their backs like a bullseye when they venture abroad. Every time that I travel, the natives to that particular land make some remark regarding my being an American.

During my travels to Ghana in the moments following President Barack Hussein Obama’s first Presidential victory, it was common for passer-by’s to make the somewhat humorous observation that I was “Obama’s brother.” Considering that there is no physical resemblance between former President Obama and me, Ghanaians of all ages were making what they thought a natural linkage between all Americans and the U.S. President. Whether we like it or not, in the eyes of foreigners, he is not only our President but also his policies are our policies and priorities. Considering the Oval Office’s current resident, such is a scary thought indeed.

It is within the borders of such an unfair association that the dangers of traveling abroad will become an increasingly dangerous proposition for all Americans. If President Trump continues a clear pattern of allowing sophomoric barroom conversations to guide his immigration policies, all Americans, including those who vehemently disagree with the new President will find their lives in increasing peril both at home and abroad.

It is ironic that within a political climate that has been dominated by immigration policies and the building of walls, literally and figuratively, to keep people out of America, we may have ignored the most significant barrier of all. The new President’s rather bizarre policies promise to do a much more efficient job of keeping Americans in than it does of keeping those that he considers undesirables out.

This entire sordid tale reminds me of a colloquialism that reads as follows, “There is no right way to do the wrong thing.” If these initial movements by Trump are any indicator of future policies decision, his Presidential era will be remembered by all as not only a period of isolationism that will rival the post-World War I era, but also a moment when this nation was led by a “can’t get right” President.

What a frightening moment we exist within.

Dr. James Thomas Jones III

Why Pleas to Give Donald Trump a ‘Chance’ must be Ignored by the African-American Community

I admit that I spend a significant portion of my time seeking wisdom from others. The way that I view it, learning from others is one of the dave-chappellemost efficient ways to construct ‘a life worth living.’ Hence, when I come across an insightful quote, I do my best to place it in my mental Rolodex for future use. I have found that the practice provides me with a view of events that goes well beyond the superficial.

So when Donald J. Trump shocked many with his Presidential victory, I knew that his remarkable political ascension would prove to be a particularly divisive matter for the American citizenry, particularly those segments who believe that he is unwilling and incapable of representing them.

I was not surprised when optimistic portions of the American populace arrived with conciliatory talk that begged their fellow citizens to give Donald Trump a chance. Noted comedian Dave Chappelle offered the following commentary regarding this matter. “I’m going to give him a chance. And we, the historically disenfranchised, demand that he give us one too.”

I allowed my private pondering direct me toward a few words of wisdom. It did not take me long to locate two particularly poignant statements regarding the request to give Trump a chance.

  • The greatest indicator of future behavior is past behavior.” (Dr. Phil McGraw)
  • When people show you who they are, believe them the first time.” (Maya Angelou)

I am absolutely certain that the vast majority of American progressives, and even a few conservatives, will agree with my position that considering his past record, Trump does not deserve a complimentary chance. Life has taught me that it is impossible ‘to teach an old dog, new tricks.’

Let us face facts, Trump is, brash, braggadocios, arrogant, unyielding, inflexible and convinced that he is the smartest person in the room at all times.

I am certain that there is a segment of readers who are going to totally miss the fact that my criticism is aimed at Trump’s character, not his constantly evolving political positions, who are eager to utter that Hillary Clinton is no better in this regard; and I am absolutely certain that they would be stupefied to learn that I agree with that particular charge.

I hope that Trump supporters realize that my criticism has nothing to do with the Republican Party and everything to do with Trump’s dave-chapelle-2personage. Despite repeated attempts to ignore prominent negatives, the fact of the matter is that both candidates should have been discarded because of their prominent character flaws by the American people very early in this process. Let’s face facts, the American people dropped the ball on this matter and were ultimately left with a choice between Satan and Lucifer, meaning we are going to hell with both of them.

Unfortunately for the American people, our refusal to look beyond either the Republican or Democratic Parties meant that either Trump or Clinton would emerge victoriously. To the chagrin of many Americans, Trump is preparing to enter the Oval Office; if Dr. Phil McGraw is correct it is going to be a very rough ride for the African-American community and the Left. We must remember that as Maya Angelou eloquently pointed out, Trump has already shown us who he is, it’s just that we did not want to believe him; or maybe we actually did recognize him for who he is, an apt representation and reflection of far too many Americans.

Dr. James Thomas Jones III