The Manifesto of Ascendancy for the Modern American Nigger

11/10/2006 11:01 am 11:01:37 | Updated May 25, 2011

LET ME TELL YOU SOMETHING ABOUT NIGGERS, the oppressed minority within
our minority. Always down. Always out. Always complaining that they
can't catch a break. Notoriously poor about doing for themselves.
Constantly in need of a leader but unable to follow in any direction
that's navigated by hard work, self-reliance. And though they spliff
and drink and procreate their way onto welfare doles and WIC lines, niggers will tell you their state of being is no fault of their own.

They are not responsible for their nearly 5 percent incarceration rate
and their 9.2 percent unemployment rate. Not responsible for the 11.8
percent rate at which they drop out of high school. For the 68.5
percent of births they create out of wedlock.

Now, let me tell you something about my generation of black

We are the inheritors of "the Deal" forced upon the entrenched white
social, political, and legal establishment when my parents' generation
won the struggle for civil rights. The Deal: We (blacks) take what is
rightfully ours and you (the afore-described establishment) get
citizens who will invest the same energy and dedication into raising
families and working hard and being all around good people as was
invested in snapping the neck of Jim Crow.

In the forty years since the Deal was brokered, since the Voting
Rights Act was signed, there have been successes for blacks. But
are still many blacks in prison, too many kids aggrandizing the thug
life, and way too many African-Americans doing far too little with the
opportunities others earned for them.

If we as a race could win the centuries-long war against
institutionalized racism, why is it that so many of us cannot secure
the advantage after decades of freedom?

That which retards us is the worst of "us," those who disdain
ascendancy gained by way of intellectual expansion and physical toil
-who instead value the posture of an "urban", a "street," a "real"
existence, no matter that such a culture threatens to render them

"Them" being niggers.

Read my full Esquire article here.