He was an old school brother who came of age in the late 1960s. He also sincerely believed that the black community was in disarray because of a failure of the black family and a crisis in black masculinity. As he repeatedly told me and his other students, black manhood is imperiled. How are black boys going to learn how to be proper men when there are no proper examples to learn from?
I still think he was more right than wrong, much in the same way that Patrick Moynihan was more right than wrong too.
In the manhood academies uniforms would be mandatory--they looked like Afrocentric versions of the Power Rangers mixed with Sun-man. The curriculum would be focused on science, mathematics, the martial arts, and history. And of course, this would be a same sex environment. He also had plans for female academies modeled on the Nation of Islam's schools for Muslim girls.
Ultimately, my friend had approached a number of large foundations and they were quite interested in his plan. The rest is history: he is now a multimillionaire who made his money buying and rehabing defunct strip malls and shopping centers instead of saving The People.
I frequent a number of white supremacist websites. For all of the white victimology bluster and racial pseudo-science, there is a frightening level of focus and coordination among the White Right. These people are dangerous and prepared. They are also thinking of practical solutions to social problems and social disorganization in ways that are not common among political centrists and other establishment types.
The level of coordination by the White Right is most certainly not seen among what remains of the former civil rights establishment and the various "progressive" groups that supposedly speak for people of color.
The following comment echoes much of what I heard years ago during the Black Nationalist resurgence of the late 1980s and early 1990s. If one changes the racial language, the White Right's idea of cultivating "white genius" parallels the conversations that used to take place among black and brown race men and race women of a bygone era. And the proposals for STEM academies that also teach lessons about "manhood" are still popular in many communities today.
Black nationalists. White Supremacists. Who would have thought that they could be brothers (or maybe cousins) from another mother?