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FLOYD: THE BESTOWER OF GIFTS

You know, now that I think about it, one of the more entertaining aspects of my relationship with Floyd is witnessing the lengths to which he will go to prove a point. I am telling you that when it comes to proving a point, Floyd has a serious problem.

Although he has gone through Herculean efforts to prove his point before, none of those efforts rival Floyd’s efforts to disprove my belief that the present state of Black male and female relationships is hopelessly flawed. I both wrote about this matter and explained it to Floyd.

Put simply; my observation goes as follows. Women, in general, are programmed by God to find a mate and live happily ever after. From my estimation, this wiring characterizes the makeup of the vast majority of women. My point to Floyd was that African-American men have historically taken advantage of this wiring and often treated their ‘sisters’ as if they were some prey to be stalked, hunted, subdued and then released back into the wild. My relatively sophisticated theory also posits that repeated disappointment has led to our ‘sisters’ altering the manner in which they engage their ‘brothers.’ They have quite simply tired of being used, abused, and jilted by Black males and have likewise altered their expectations of ‘Black love.’

It was the above observation that Floyd was desperately seeking to disprove via his dating life. Floyd had apparently been seeing someone. I suspected that it was the ‘river-hipped’ woman that he met during our night out at ‘Grooves,’ however, he refused to disclose the mystery lady’s identity; citing some superstitious reason about jinxing his ‘relationship’ by debuting it too soon.

I must tell you that Floyd was apparently going ‘all-in’ on this one. He even related that he purchased, out of his meager fixed income, gifts not only for the woman but also a grandchild that she was raising. I hoped that Floyd’s generosity was born of love and not a desperate attempt to disprove my theory.

Considering that we had much to discuss regarding the after-effects of Floyd’s impaling by cupid’s arrow, we agreed to meet at a local soul food jointed called Josie’s Place located at 7473 N. Shepherd Drive. I laughed inside as Floyd swiftly agreed to the meeting place as he planned to be in that area shopping for his new love. Knowing that Floyd did not have a vehicle, I knew that he must be particularly smitten with this lady as it most certainly had to be difficult to navigate Houston’s sprawling environs with such restrictions.

I must give it up to Floyd; he arrived at the venue promptly at 1:00 PM as promised. Making it even more impressive was the fact that Floyd was towing around several bags. After entering Josie’s Place, Floyd and I quickly ordered and were promptly served plates that included Turkey Wings, Fried Fish, Corn, Greens, Cabbage, and Macaroni & Cheese.

It was after settling into our seats and consuming the better portion of our ‘Soul Food’ meals that I tongue-in-cheek asked Floyd,

What’s in the bags? Is it Floyd’s love potion?”

As expected, Floyd’s response dripped with sarcasm.

“You see that right there. That’s why we as Black people can’t get ahead. Whenever we see someone doing good, we gotta try and knock them down. And if you must know, these bags right here contain gifts for my woman and her grandbaby.”

Although I knew that it was equal parts mean-spirited and spiteful, I could not resist harassing Floyd.

Oh, so now you are claiming this woman? Don’t tell me that Mr. player, player, got his nose opened wide? Never thought I would see such a thing when a player like you retired from the game. Say it ain’t so Floyd.

Floyd just stared at me while consuming another morsel of food.

So what did you get everybody?”

It was then that Floyd reached into a bag and pulled out a very nice bracelet for his newfound love.

“You know it is nothing big, just a Lil’ Sumthin, sumthin for her. So when she looks down, she’ll think about Ol’ Floyd.” 

All I could say was, “That’s nice Floyd. What did you get for the ‘grandbaby’?”

It was then that Floyd reached into the larger bag and completely blew my mind. He retrieved three Barbie dolls from the bag, each doll more whiter than the last one. I just cringed inside as I could not believe that in the 21st Century African-Americans were still purchasing white dolls for black children. Apparently, Floyd detected my soul’s consternation.

“Now what’s wrong with the gift? That little girl loves to play with dolls.”

“It’s not the gift. Well, it isn’t, and it is.”

“Now what in the hell does that even mean? It is, and it isn’t. Man, make up your mind. Just come on with it, why don’t you like my gift.”

“Floyd, do you remember my column titled, Black Doll Matters? The editorial where I commented on the desperate need for our community to take every opportunity to build our children’s self-esteem.”

The article that I am alluding to read as follows.

BLACK DOLL MATTERS

          While recently tooling around the internet, I came across an approximately forty-second video of white parents giving their two white daughters Black dolls that apparently arrived as gifts “from Uncle Seth and Aunt Cynthia.” It was clear from the moment that the two children, no older than five years old, realized the contents of the package that they entirely disapproved of them. This point was driven home by one of the two little white angels throwing her black doll on the floor prior to falling to the floor hysterically crying while her mother burst into laughter.

          Although I would love to attribute this moment as equally inconsequential and meaningless, the truth of the matter is that it reveals much about the importance of dolls in the lives of girls, regardless of their race/ethnicity.

          I am old enough to remember a time when it was so rare to find African-American dolls at local toy stores that it was considered a given that African-American girls would not have dolls that reflected their beauty. However, my sister and cousins were fortunate to have Kathryn V. Jones, my beloved mother, in their lives. My mother, a real race woman in every sense of the word, fanatically sought out Black dolls for not only my sister, but also my cousins as Christmas and Birthday gifts.

          During the 70s and a major part of the 80s, white manufacturers apparently did not think that such items were worth the trouble of making, meaning held the potential for significant profit. That decision by ‘mainstream’ toy companies facilitated what is akin to a self-imagery desert for young African-American girls in regards to dolls. Things were so bad in regards to Black girls and dolls that many within our community celebrated the issuing of a Black Barbie doll that possessed the same features as the standard white Barbie.

          Dolls are one of the gateways to the future for Black girls as it allows them to not only play out the present but also their understanding of what is possible in the immediate and distant future. Without dolls that reflect them, African-American girls predictably turned toward television to find women they wished to emulate; there is no need to even delve into the dangers of such an occurrence.

          I find it perfectly understandable that two young white girls would resist receiving African-American dolls, in their imaginary world where Black girls not only do not rock but also are not desired. That is their prerogative. My concern is the Black girls, our daughters/nieces do not have a similar reaction when it comes to there being a dearth of Black dolls for them to play with and imagine a world where they can be the leader of a nation, college, or business; identities that are far greater than being a ‘baby momma’, one of the many negative things they are currently learning from watching ‘reality television.’

          We so often talk about the idea of Manhood as African-American men. However, those discussions frequently avoid any discussion of creating a space for our young girls to pursue their full potential. I have come to learn that allowing their imaginations to fly through the bluest sky’s one could imagine is probably the manliest thing that we can do for the little angels that God gifted us.

James Thomas Jones III

© Manhood, Race, and Culture, 2016.

“Let me get this right; you have a problem with the gift because the dolls are white? Man, that is not only stupid but also makes you a racist. You do know that you’re a racist right? I just want to hear you admit it!”

“Floyd, I am not a racist; far from it. What I am is a Black man living in America who recognizes that we need not only to recognize but also counter the thousands of images directed at Black girls and women that tell them that they are less than. That’s what I am, ‘nothing more and nothing less.’”

I knew my use of one of Floyd’s favorite phrases, ‘nothing more and nothing less’ would get under Floyd’s skin.

“Nah, Nigga, you a racist!!!!!!! It is people like you who remind our kids that they are Black from the moment that they come into the world and create all of these societal divisions.”

“Now Floyd, you know good, and well that is not true. Whether I say anything to an African-American child regarding Race, they are most certainly going to at some point realize that they are Black in a white world. It’s just one of the hazards of being Black in America, an inevitability of sorts. That is the reason it is so important that we build our children up, especially our girls, with dolls that look like them. You don’t see white folk lining up to purchase Black dolls for their children. Why don’t they? Just answer that question.”

Floyd quickly responded with the following,

“I neither care nor am I concerned by what white folk is doing with their children. It simply ain’t none of my business. But I do see your point; maybe I should have purchased her a Black doll.”

I have learned that I am no more of a gracious winner than Floyd, so I immediately chimed in with an extra insult to drive home my point.

“In the future, just make it a personal policy not to purchase any images that don’t look like somebody that you are related to.” 

Thinking that my work with Floyd was done for another day, I sat back and relaxed as the full weight of the ‘Soul Food’ I consumed during our discussion began to settle upon me. It was at that moment Floyd chimed in,

“I’ll make a deal with you; I will take these dolls back and exchange them right away, to prevent my damaging a young Black girl’s self-esteem, under one condition.”

“What’s that?”

 “I need a ride back over to the store and then one home.”

I could do nothing but stare at Floyd and that developing ‘Foolish Grin.’

“C’mon man. Being on that bus is hell. There are all kinds of fools…”

Before Floyd could get his complaints out, I rose and motioned for him to follow me. I would rather go through the inconvenience of driving him around town than hearing his moaning and complaining. It was most certainly the lesser of two evils.

Dr. James Thomas Jones III

© Manhood, Race, and Culture, 2017.

Where Do You Believe That We Should Go From Here?: A Question About James Baldwin’s I Am Not Your Negro

This is a communication that I received in response to a posting dealing with the need for African-Americans to go and see James Baldwin’s I Am Not Your Negro.

I believe that it is not only imperative for African-Americans to view “I am not your negro”, but it is imperative for European-Americans as well.   

It is simply impossible to argue with Mr. Baldiwn.  He his powerful, persuasive, rational and cuts to the quick without fear or hesitation.  His words are hard for European-Americans to hear.  They are an unwelcome reminder that we (yes I’m one of them) have been the beneficiaries of 400 years of racial politics in White America’s favor, and of the debt we therefore owe to those who were oppressed, abused and murdered for our benefit, namely principally, but not exclusively those of African and Native-American dissent.  Until we in White America can face this fact, we white Americans cannot reasonably expect the stain of racism to be washed from us, and we cannot expect the anger, justifiable anger, at us and at the hypocrisy of our “liberal” and “humanist” principles.  

And this is just as true for the recent European immigrant as the “sons and daughters” of the so called American Revolution.  My family did not come into this country until 2 and 3 years before the Civil Rights act and Voting rights act passed and became law, respectively.  I was not born until after their passage.  So it would be easy for me to say I have no blame, no guilt and no responsibility for what European-Americans did before my family even landed on these shores.  

However, that is so clearly a cop out and is based on a complete misunderstanding of the legacy and current state of racism in America.  Wittingly or not, I personally benefited from a system that favored me over others because of the color of my skin (and because of my being male).  As a child perhaps I was too young to know or object or reject those benefits, but as a man, I must face the truth of them.  It is not different than the child of a slave owner saying, “it’s not my fault that my daddy owns slaves, and that they make my bed, and cook for me, bathe me, farm for me, and make my family wealthy while they are abused, oppressed and not free”.  It may not be the child’s fault, but it is the man’s fault if he fails to recognize that he benefitted at the expense of others suffering and to seek to find a way to make it right, to the extent such a thing can ever be made right.  

So as a European-American male let me say this:  I KNOW that I have benefitted unfairly from the color of my skin and from my sex.  Any European-American who does not fully and completely accept that truth is lying to themselves and is harming this nation and perpetuating the wrong done by slavery and racism.  Any European-American who does not fully accept this is just as much the cause of the perpetuation of racism and oppression as Trump or the KKK or White Supremacists.  

The question that all awake European-Americans must struggle with is, ok, so I know I got that benefit, unfairly, undeservedly at the expense of others, what now?  What now?  What are my responsibilities and my duties and my obligations now that I am awake to that awful and awesome truth.  That is where the discussion should be for White America.  And I believe that the words of James Baldwin and the movie “I am not your Negro” present an incredible opportunity for self reflection and awareness in White America as well.  That is why I believe that it is imperative that White Americans also go see that extraordinary film.

I don’t and can’t blame an African-American for hating White Americans especially where we White Americans almost universally refuse to see the hypocrisy of our principles and the obvious fact of our personal gain at the expense of our African-American peers.  To not understand that and expect that is willful blindness, a comfortable place no doubt, but nevertheless wrong, utterly wrong.

Where do you believe we should go from here?

Christoph T Nettesheim

Let me first say thank you for reaching out to me with this poignant thought that conveys an excellent view of the quagmire that we call American race relations; I wish white people possessed such acumen and the courage to espouse it publicly. I pray that you are doing so when surrounded by others from your community whose view of American racial dynamics conflict with your insightful thoughts. I believe that Malcolm X was correct in his summation that the most efficient way that sympathetic whites could aid the struggle for racial equality is for them to return to their community and teach those within their community who are deaf to blacks in regards to anything dealing with race. The alluded to deafness becomes insurmountable once it becomes clear that the evils of prejudice, discrimination, and racism not only have its origins within that community but also it is maintained by the members of their community.

Now in regards to your query of, “Where do you believe that we should go from here?” I have two strains of thoughts. My initial thought is aimed at what I see as the only path to racial justice, not equality or fairness, in “the land of the free and the home of the brave.” It is also one that I articulate with the full understanding that it will NEVER occur for reasons that will become apparent as you read it.

Answer I: The path to racial justice in America.

Strangely, Americans living under the same conditions have advanced two irreconcilable arguments regarding the way to solving this nation’s racial dilemma. One path projects that if we would simply ignore race, it would disappear. Others advance the idea that if we would communicate about racial matters that they would eventually work themselves out. Although I am a member of the latter camp, I also hold grave reservations regarding this thinking as I believe that it is not only flawed but also a convenient escape from responsibility for those who have reaped a bounty of political power and economic might.  Let me also say that I most certainly do recognize that the stolen African and their descendants were not the only populations exploited for labor on the North American continent. However, at this moment I am specifically addressing the systematic state-sanctioned injury perpetrated against persons of African descent.

When one considers that the multi-faceted injury to persons of African descent occurred over several centuries the repair of such an injury, not to mention the dispensing of a modicum of justice, is nearly unfathomable. Let’s be clear on this matter and forthrightly state the reality that this genocidal injury could never be justly addressed with economic resources as many have foolishly called for. Not even the complete transferal of all of the wealth generated by the forced labor of Africans could repair the injury that has been caused by whites. Put simply; if we are seeking justice, the type and intensity of damage doled out by whites on persons of African descent can and never will be repaid.

Now on to a more realistic discussion of a possible solution to the American racial dilemma.

Answer II: Where do we go from here?

Considering that contemporary Americans have inherited what can only be termed an absolute mess in regards to racial dynamics, the path forward begins with an honest conversation regarding the very pillars of this nation. Towards that end, it is imperative that all Americans receive an education regarding the dubious roots of this nation.  An unsuspecting white populace must be made aware of a historical record that includes figures such as that made by Founding Father Thomas Jefferson to allow their actions to contradict their words.  The construction of a politically expedient and economically beneficial system providing many politico-economic benefits to whites. I have found that unless we have all read the same books and fact sheets that a productive discussion regarding race is impossible. Honest discussion is crucial to this process as it tends to usher persons on both sides of the debate toward unprecedented breakthroughs. However, the American record definitively proves that small discussion is insufficient to close the racial divide.

Make no mistake about it; I place both the generation and perpetuation of American racial discord at the feet of whites; as the great James Baldwin related, African-Americans only want whites to get out of our way. When viewed closely, the antics and utterances of those who could be comfortably termed “black supremacists” are merely unenforceable wishes and desires being hurled at a dominant white community that refuses to get out of their way. It is crucial that whites realize that black anger is solely attributable to a hostile white population that has not only monopolized the politico-economic resources that are pre-requisites to merging onto the path to liberation. Particularly troubling is the reality that whites’ have strategically placed themselves as toll booth operators possessing the power to impede both your access and travel on the path toward “life, liberty, and the pursuit of property.” America’s racial problems will never recede until whites realize that they are the originators and perpetrators of racial bias.

If a progressive white consciousness regarding racial matters were ever achieved, I think that whites would no longer recoil at the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., poignant assertion that “A society that has done something special against the Negro for hundreds of years must now do something special for the Negro.”

Dr. King’s decades’ old insightful observation is the very pivot that will determine the future of American race relations. There is no hope for any genuine racial reconciliation without a serious attempt at repairing the prolonged damage done to the material subsistence, educational restraints, and psychological state of the descendants of enslaved Africans. Make no mistake about it; this is a long overdue bill. If this nation is serious about quelling racial discord, which I do not believe to be true, there is no other reasonable path forward.

Probably the most challenging aspect of this process is not securing agreement among whites regarding the need for reparations, rather it is found in reaching a consensus regarding what the alluded to compensation will look like. Having viewed quite a few reparation plans that called for land, monies, education, and loans, I must relate that each has left me with an unsettled feeling. I attribute my queasiness to the reality that regardless of the compensation being pursued, it neither approaches an unreasonable threshold of justice nor offers the potential to close the historical racial inequities that have held steady for since emancipation.

After having articulated all of this, I am forced to admit that I do not know what the path forward looks like for a nation whose daily operation reminds persons of African descent of the historical injustices that their ancestors experienced on this soil. Particularly saddening to me is the reality that I have so much company in this club of not knowing what an appropriate path forward looks like. When I think about it, not knowing what to do about the racial dilemma may be the only commonality to be found among a politically diverse and economically stratified American populace.

And that is most certainly not a good thing.

Dr. James Thomas Jones III

© Manhood, Race, and Culture, 2017

WHY ARE AFRICAN-AMERICANS SO ANGRY WITH AMERICA? AN EXPLANATION FOR WHITE AMERICA

Far too often, we find the explanation that we so desperately seek for contemporary issues in the experiences of those who have come before us. The current pessimism of so many African-Americans in regards to America is such an occasion.

Encouraged by an understandably limited vision clouded by many blind spots regarding racial matters, the white community continues to ask the centuries-old query of, “Why are blacks so angry?” In yet another example of why it is so important to read everything that you can get your hands on, the most lucid explanation for African-American anger comes from what many would consider one of the least likely sources; the dreamer, Martin Luther King, Jr.

Unfortunately for the sake of racial reconciliation, the path to seizing a solid understanding of “Why are blacks so angry?” requires the white community to do the impossible, forgetting everything they think that they know about both Black America and American racial matters. Until such a Herculean task is accomplished whites will never be prepared to understand an African-American viewpoint of America that vacillates between skepticism and a growing sometimes uncontrollable hatred.

Experience has taught me that most Americans are either historically illiterate or tend to forget historical occurrences that conflict with the worldview they desire. These realities sit at the core of white America’s view of current race relations, particularly their tendency to advise African-Americans of the path that their ancestors traveled to first-class citizenship and access to the American dream. Despite whites most fervent attempts to restructure the historical record, according to Dr. King, African-Americans did their absolute best to integrate with an overtly hostile America during the highly contentious Civil Rights Movement. According to King,

Negroes of America had taken the President, the press and the pulpit at their word when they spoke in broad terms of freedom and justice . . . The word was broken, and the free-running expectations of the Negro crashed into the stone walls of white resistance.

In many ways, African-Americans foremost gripe regarding America is found in its failure to in the words of the great abolitionist Frederick Douglass to “leave the Negro alone” as he diligently attempted to work toward the elusive American dream. It was whites inability in both the private and public sector to “leave the Negro alone” that birthed frustrations, despair, and disappointment among a population of individuals who placed their hope in the myth of meritocracy, the belief that if you worked hard enough, the American dream would eventually be achieved.

It was the alluded to rising frustrations during the Civil Rights Movement that made the adoption of Black Power politics by African-American activists not only predictable but also totally understandable for reasonable minded people.

It is within the context of rising racial tensions that Dr. King reminded his white contemporaries that the arrival of Black Powerites was directly attributable to America breaking its vaunted promises. According to King,

Many of the young people proclaiming Black Power today were but yesterday the devotees of black-white cooperation and nonviolent direct action.… If they are America’s angry children today, this anger is not congenital. It is a response to the feeling that a real solution is hopelessly distant because of the inconsistencies, resistance, and faintheartedness of those in power.

Disappointment produces despair and despair produces bitterness, and that the one thing certain about bitterness is its blindness…When some members of the dominant group, particularly those in power, are racist in attitude and practice, bitterness accuses the whole group.

This continuous pattern of America breaking its promises regarding what many believed to be basic principles led to the continuing pleas of moderate Civil Rights Leaders for a continuation of patience falling upon deaf ears. James Robert Ross comments on this unfortunate position when he remarks that

Each time the black people in those cities saw Dr. Martin Luther King get slapped they became angry, when they saw little black girls get bombed to death in a church and civil rights workers abused and murdered they were angrier; and when nothing happened, they were steaming mad. We [Civil Rights Leaders] had nothing to offer that they could see. Except to go out and be beaten again.

It is most certainly not a stretch to attribute much of the past and present anger within Black America, particularly among males, to frustrations regarding their lack of access to much-ballyhooed American principles and Horatio Alger stories. Make no mistake about it, the referenced anger is a logical by-product of the broken promises that have undergirded the black experience in America. White America should not look for the cessation of such emotions until the path to freedom and justice is cleared of unnecessary obstacles and they take Douglass’ advice and “leave the Negro alone” when they see him progressing forward.

Dr. James Thomas Jones III

© Manhood, Race, and Culture, 2017

 

A TALE OF TWO MEN: THE DIFFERING VIEWS OF DONALD TRUMP AND GREG POPOVICH ON AMERICAN RACIAL MATTERS

I must tell you that I have always shied away from blanket statements that indict an entire race as being monolithic and therefore possessing some draconian view of African-Americans or racial matters. Life has taught me that there is a wide-range of experiences that goes into forming what we believe, what we “know”, and who we become as adults.

The above realizations serve as constant reminders that not only do I as an individual have an opportunity to choose what I will and will not believe, others have the same decisions to make in their lives. It is this reasoning that facilitates my understanding of the irreconcilable positions of President Donald Trump and San Antonio Spur basketball icon Greg Popovich.

I am certain that you have heard Donald Trump’s incoherent ramblings regarding Black History Month. The alluded to moment will go down in history as definitive proof that America’s new President knows absolutely nothing about Black America as he insinuated that the great Abolitionist Frederick Douglass, who died in 1895, was still in the land of the living. Despite the protestations of supporters, the Commander in Chief is indicative of what occurs when privileged Americans exist within a bubble that shields them from the many challenges and issues facing non-elite Americans.

Fortunately for this nation, there is a sizable population of whites whose experiences have led to a much more illuminated understanding of American racial dynamics. San Antonio Spurs coach Greg Popovich has repeatedly proven to possess a quite impressive understanding of American race relations. During a recent interview session, Popovich offered the following words of wisdom regarding America’s most significant social cancer.

But more than anything, I think if people take the time to think about it {racism}, I think it is our national sin. It always intrigues me when people come out with ‘I’m tired of talking about that’ or ‘Do we have to talk about race again?’ And the answer is, you’re damned right we do. Because it’s always there, and it’s systemic in the sense that when you talk about opportunity, it’s not about ‘Well, if you lace up your shoes and you work hard, then you can have the American Dream.’ That’s a bunch of hogwash.

If you were born white, you automatically have a monstrous advantage educationally, economically, culturally in this society and all the systemic roadblocks that exist, whether it’s in a judicial sense, or a neighborhood sense with laws, zoning, education — we have huge problems in that regard that are very complicated but take leadership, time, and real concern to try to solve. It’s a tough one because people don’t really want to face it.

In many ways, it is astounding that Trump and Popovich were raised in the same nation. However, it is this diversity in thought that provides definitive proof that all is not lost in regards to having honest discussions regarding American race relations or the securing of some level of racial justice. If only we were able to arrange for the development of more Greg Popovich’s the world would be a far more enlightened place.

At least it is something to hope for.

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.