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IT’S TIME FOR THE CONSCIOUS COMMUNITY TO END THE UMAR DEBATES AND TURN THEIR ATTENTION TOWARD EDWARD BLUM

When it comes to grievances regarding substantive issues, there is a seismic difference between how African-Americans and non-black populations react. The latter never limit their response to attacks on their group to like-minded individuals within their community. Consider for a moment, the following case.

During a recent radio show addressing the Proctor & Gamble commercial about racial bias, several African-American callers chimed in with their feelings about the issue. However, it was not until a white female called in to share not only her feelings but also what action she had taken. This anonymous caller stated that she called the company to both express her feelings regarding the matter and inform them of her decision to no longer remain a “loyal customer” to their products. Notice that her angst moved into definitive action that extended further than condemnation shared with friends and family.

In many ways, it appears that the training African-American activists undergo amount today to little more than ill-planned public marches/protests that amount to nothing. It does not take a genius to realize that the antiquated protest strategies of yesteryear that serve as a template for contemporary protests — mass assemblies, the carrying of placards, wearing of T-shirt’s with catchy slogans, and the singing of a modern rendition of We Shall Overcome or Amazing Grace — will never move the race forward.

Black America’s contemporary opponents have neither feelings nor a moral compass when it comes to substantive matters such as land ownership, political power, finances, the development of school curriculums, the incarceration of black men and women, or access to higher education. If we learn nothing else from the historical record of being black in America, it should be obvious that our opponents are deadly serious about developing and executing resources to buttress their already existing politico-economic monopolies.

While African-American activists remain at each others throat regarding anything associated with Umar Johnson, the enemy has remained busy formulating and executing devious plans to ensure African-Americans second-class citizenship status. Consider for a moment that while black activists have argued, debated, and fought one another regarding Umar Johnson, Edward Blum has been neither addressed nor ‘dealt with’ by our revolutionary class.

I am confident that our failure to address Blum is largely a by-product of the unfortunate reality that the “conscious community” has no idea of who Edward Blum is or how destructive he has been to Black America. I doubt that many realize that Blum is spearheading several initiatives to obliterate African-Americans access to higher education via well-orchestrated attacks on Affirmative Action.

Edward Blum is a “legal strategist” whose life purpose is curtailing African-Americans access to higher education by bringing court cases against Affirmative Action programs via the Project on Fair Representation; an organization that Blum founded in 2005. Blum is the only member of the group. Although there is a natural inclination to dismiss the Project on Fair Representation as a joke as it has a membership of one, such dismissive ness would be a gross error as the organization has been instrumental in bringing six cases before the U.S. Supreme Court regarding Affirmative Action. Blum’s organization has emerged victorious in four of these cases.

Unbeknownst to most people, Blum was behind the recent attack on the admissions practices of the University of Texas involving Abigail Fisher, a white female who claimed that Affirmative Action policies worked against her entrance into the institution. Fortunately for Black America, the Fisher case failed; however, the alluded to failure angered Blum to the point that he has doubled-down on his efforts to prevent African-American students access to higher education.

Blum’s most recent activities revolve around a new organization called Students for Fair Admissions that recruits non-black students who have been denied admission to selective universities with the intention of filing lawsuits on their behalf. At the present moment, Blum has targeted Harvard University, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and the University of Wisconsin at Madison as his most recent targets. Make no mistake about it, Blum is extremely dedicated to this cause as evidenced by his creation of social media propaganda such as the sites,

Each site is an obvious ploy to find plaintiffs — at this present moment Asians are being solicited — for additional cases and dispense information regarding what he terms “reverse racism.”

What follows is the front page of Blum’s Harvardnotfair.org page.

Were You Denied Admission to Harvard?
It may be because you’re the wrong race.

Harvard is a great university and we know it’s tough to be admitted. But Harvard continues to use an applicant’s race and ethnicity as admission criteria even though a 2013 U.S. Supreme Court decision essentially forbids these practices. We believe that’s neither fair nor legal and we are committed to ending Harvard’s racial preference policies in court.

If you have been denied admission to Harvard, we want to hear from you. Please fill out the form below. After doing so, we also encourage you to join our organization, Students for Fair Admissions, the group that has filed a lawsuit against Harvard.

Most disturbing of all is that Blum has been allowed to issue these attacks against Black America without any significant resistance. It appears that if attacks on the black community do not include either shocking violence or sensational news coverage, our community remains dormant as important substantive matters are decided. It is for this reason that I think it is time for the so-called conscious community to move on from what can be appropriately termed the Umar debates — I understand that this matter is far from settled — and turn their focus to individuals such as Edward Blum whose plans for Black America are unconscionable and a much more significant threat to our future than anything that Umar Johnson could ever conceive.

Dr. James Thomas Jones III

© Manhood, Race and Culture, 2017

It’s Bigger Than Football: Why Charlie Strong is Representative of SO MANY Mis-guided African-Americans

From the moment that the ‘good folks’ at the University of Texas (UT) settled, and yes I do mean settled, for Charlie Strong as their new head football coach I knew that he was doomed.

Actually, when I heard that Strong accepted the UT job, I openly questioned what in the world could he have been thinking? There was no conceivable way that Charlie Strong should have left the charlie-strong-1University of Louisville in favor of becoming the head football coach at the University of Texas; the only way that such a move made any sense was that maybe, just maybe, Strong was oblivious to the racial realities that governed the great state of Texas. There is a popular saying that says, “everything is bigger in Texas”; and after living in this state for over a decade, I must agree that this state’s unofficial mantra has to be ‘either go big or go home’. Unfortunately for those blacks seeking association with whites, such extremism applies to racial matters within the great state of Texas. I privately hoped that prior to signing his Faustian deal, someone who had Charlie Strong’s best interests at heart would kindly remind him that Austin, with all of its liberal elements, was still located within “the great state of Texas.”

As stated above, things were bound to be particularly funky for Strong at UT when one considers that he was not even on the ‘short list’ of candidates that tremendously influential alumni and boosters felt capable of addressing the Herculean task of reconstructing the University of Texas Longhorn football program that Mack Brown had run into the ground.

There is no clearer sign that the most powerful elements of the University of Texas community were greatly disappointed with Strong’s selection than the vitriolic rhetoric hurled at the new hire by longtime Longhorn booster Red McCombs. McCombs referred to Strong’s hire as a “kick in the face” to boosters such as himself by UT administrators.

According to McCombs, the former owner of the San Antonio Spurs, Denver Nuggets, Minnesota Vikings and co-founder of Clear Channel Communications, “I think the whole thing (the hiring of Charlie Strong) is a bit sideways. I don’t have any doubt that Charlie is a fine coach. I think he would make a great position coach, maybe a coordinator. But I don’t believe [he belongs at] what should be one of the three most powerful university programs in the world right now at UT-Austin.”

Unfortunately for Charlie Strong, he failed to understand that the duties associated with being the University of Texas head football red-mccombscoach extended further than the gridiron. The UT position, like most prestigious athletic positions, is akin to an ambassador position that requires socializing with and winning over wealthy boosters and alumni who under other circumstances would have little, if anything, to do with African-Americans or the issues facing the young Black males who serve at their behest on the gridiron. Put simply, such individuals have carefully crafted lives and social circles that by design do not include African-Americans. It is for such reasons that racially conscious African-Americans realized that it was only a matter of time before trouble and turmoil found Strong in Austin. Sadly, Black America has seen this scenario unfold in a host of arenas.

There is an unspoken truth among African-Americans that is rarely discussed in the presence of “mixed-company” that goes like this, success and longevity for African-Americans at an institution such as the University of Texas or even a mundane job hinges less upon their ability to fulfill the job duties and more upon their ability to fit within the dominant work culture.

Although it is rarely commented upon in public, conforming to and accepting the denigration that naturally flows from a socially offensive and outrageously discriminatory dominant culture is the path that African-American professionals must travel if they have any real aspirations to “get ahead” in America.

Unfortunately for African-Americans, their foolish decision to focus exclusively on integration and not pursue entrepreneurial endeavors at every turn has left them largely beggars, if not parasitic, in regards to employment opportunities from an often hostile white community that consistently verbalizes its unwillingness to share economic resources.

Nevertheless, whites hostility toward a figure such as Charlie Strong or any other African-American working in their midst rarely results in ut-3the vanquishing of Negroes from their presence. In many ways it appears that Negroes are more committed to working for, spending their money with, living among, and forcing themselves into white social circles than they are at either providing a future for future generations of Black America or healing themselves from the damages that result from their interactions with an overtly hostile white America.

In the end, I guess it is to be expected that Strong, and millions of others, will continue their dastardly fight to maintain their close, yet not quite intimate, association with an overtly hostile white community, it is what Negroes do after all.

What is most saddening of all is that I really do not think that Negroes such as Charlie Strong know any better; and I tell you, it is late in the game to be that damn stupid or naïve.

Dan Freeman

© Manhood, Race, and Culture, 2016.

A NEW TAKE ON SCALIA’S COMMENT ABOUT BLACK COLLEGIANS

I must relate that I was unsurprised by the comments of SCOTUS Justice Antonin Scalia regarding his belief that maybe Affirmative Action is doing a disservice to African-SCALIA 1American students as it provides an entryway, albeit very tiny, to many of this nation’s elite colleges and universities. According to Scalia, this entryway often dooms African-American collegians because they are incapable of succeeding in highly competitive schools. Clearly the insinuation is that African-American collegians would be better off at a “slower-track school” that does not push them toward, and beyond, lofty academic goals.

I believe that I am perfectly positioned to offer some form of commentary regarding this matter as I am a graduate of a ‘predominantly white institution’ — with 4 degrees to boot — that many would consider academically rigorous, I know very well the rigors and challenges that one must initially confront, and then conquer, if they desire to matriculate from such an institution. I am also currently a tenured professor at a Historically Black College that an individual such as Scalia would consider less rigorous.

My tenure as a student and professor has taught me that much of this talk regarding ‘academic rigor’ is little more than smoke-and-mirrors that so-called elite use to obscure the reality that the collegiate experience should be considered a reciprocal experience; meaning, that it returns to you what you put into it. Put simply, if you approached your SCALIAacademic with the utmost seriousness, you will emerge well-prepared in your field of choice. Whereas, if you chose to be overly social, you will most likely have fabulous memories and eagerly look forward to the annual homecoming events, however, your degree, if you managed to secure one, will be of little utility to you or any potential employer.

Scalia has found himself in as much of a fire-storm as a man with a lifetime appointment could find themselves. From his perch on high, Scalia publicly related the following. “There are those who contend that it does not benefit African Americans to get them into the University of Texas where they do not do well, as opposed to having them go to a less-advanced school, a slower-track school where they do well.”

Those elitist individuals who attribute the collegiate difficulties of African-Americans to mental slothfulness are ironically displaying one of the primary reasons for the alluded to academic problems. Anyone who has dealt with African-American students in a collegiate setting will relate that the lynchpin between their success and failure, regardless if they are at a local community college or an Ivy League institution is mentorship.

Personal experience has taught me that it is crucial that African-American collegians find a mentor who is willing and able to guide them toward their respective professional goals. Despite what individuals such as Scalia believe, there is possibly no greater display of the truth and wisdom behind the African proverb that “it takes a village to raise a child” than African-American collegians existence in an unfamiliar space.

It is frightening that an individual holding the power of Antonin Scalia does not comprehend this fact. Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev) expressed the following from the Senate floor this past Thursday “It is deeply disturbing to hear a Supreme Court justice endorse racist ideas from the bench of the nation’s highest court. Scalia’s endorsement of racist theories has frightening ramifications, not the least of which is to undermine the academic achievements of African Americans…The only difference between the ideas endorsed by Trump and Scalia is that Scalia has a robe and a lifetime appointment. Ideas like this don’t belong on the Internet, let alone the mouths of national figures.”

One would think that a figure such as Scalia would know better, however, his recent comments, when combined with previous statements, definitively prove that he doesn’t. May heaven help us.

James Thomas Jones III

© Manhood, Race and Culture, 2015.

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