Free Mumia Abu Jamal and all U.S. political prisoners

For the first time in a long time, political prisoner Mumia Abu Jamal told an interviewer recently, he had reason to observe his birthday. He didn’t really “celebrate” because he remains imprisoned for a crime which I and his supporters all around the world believe he did not commit. But for the first time in 29 years, his birthday rolled around and he was not on death row.

Chanting, “Free Jamal. Free them all,” hundreds of protestors, ranging in age from some in their 80s, to many twenty-something-year-olds, including many parents with small children rallied outside the U.S. Department of Justice April 24 demanding freedom for Mumia, freedom for all political prisoners, an end to solitary confinement, and an end to mass incarceration. Continue reading

Romney’s ‘dog whistle’ racist campaign

If former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney fools around and gets elected President then the people who vote for him will get just what they deserve, and they will illustrate how gullible and easily misled White people are.

Ever since President Barack Obama took office, a lot of conservative analysts and politicians have been reiterating a collective “oops.” Some have gone so far as to say–and to work hard at making sure it comes to pass–”I hope he fails,” even if it means the country goes down the tubes in the process.

The bitter truth is that many people in responsible positions of leadership would rather see the entire country suffer, than to see it prosper under the leadership of this Black President. Mitt Romney and his Timothy McVeigh Party (also known as Republicans) cohorts have been banking on this notion, Continue reading

Romney’s racist theology?

Long before the Rev. Jeremiah Wright’s so-called “Liberation Theology” nearly cost then Sen. Barack Obama the presidency in 2008, the bedrock tenets of that teaching had been established and made firm. There have literally been millions of words preached and recited, even sung, which bear witness to the truth of that philosophy. Liberation Theology is as sound as Gospel.

The great abolitionist Frederick Douglass–in his immortal July 5, 1852 address called “What to the American slave is Your Fourth of July”–said it ever so plainly.

“I answer: a day that reveals to him, more than all other days in the year, the gross injustice and cruelty to which he is the constant victim. To him, your celebration is a sham; your boasted liberty, an unholy license; your national greatness, swelling vanity; your sounds of rejoicing are empty and heartless; your denunciation of tyrants, brass-fronted impudence; your shouts of liberty and equality, hollow mockery; your prayers and hymns, your sermons and thanksgivings, with all your religious parade and solemnity, are, to Him, mere bombast, fraud, deception, impiety, and hypocrisy-a thin veil to cover up crimes which would disgrace a nation of savages.” Continue reading

Is America headed into a race war?

Is America headed into a race war inside its borders? The United States has rushed into a handful of foolish wars over the course of the last 50 years. But what war isn’t a fool’s errand, by definition? But I digress.

The bitter reality is that this country has not “won” a war–not even a proxy war when people other than Americans have been fighting and dying–this country has not won a war since World War II. The warmongers who dictate this country’s foreign policy make the same mistake over and over again. They think they can win a war by “winning” it. Wrong. Continue reading

What’s so bad about Obamacare

Whenever I heard someone repeat the term “Obamacare,” I used to cringe. It was used as a way to insult the 2010 Affordable Care Act (ACA)–the major healthcare reform legislation signed into law by President Barack Obama. But maybe I’ll soon stop cringing about the expression.

The idea was to make the law sound bad to the nation’s nitwits in this country, who don’t read, and who are hard to lead in the right direction, but easily led in the wrong direction, by pinning the President’s name to it. There are tens of millions of Americans–most of them White–who are so bigoted, who are so closed minded, that they will vote against provisions and candidates who are in their own best interest, just because they don’t want to see Black people gain any advantage whatsoever. These people would rather see the country fail, than to see Black people in general, and this Black President in particular succeed. Continue reading

Hoodies, hijab and hatred

These days, there is plenty of hatred going around in America.

Haters are trying to defend the indefensible. They are trying vainly to deny the undeniable. And they are trying to avoid uttering the unspeakable.

There is no explanation except race hatred to explain the conduct of self-appointed neighborhood watch patrolman George Zimmerman when he stalked and hunted, confronted and eventually murdered unarmed Trayvon Martin in Sanford, Florida more than one month ago. Such behavior is indefensible. Continue reading

Vigilante justice downs another Black youth

Where do we begin this conversation about another innocent Black youth murdered by vigilante justice run amok? This latest victim’s name is Trayvon Harris, a 17-year-old killed by a neighborhood watch patroller in Sanford, Florida.

Do we start with Emmett Till? He was killed in Mississippi for whistling at a White woman. Or maybe we ought to begin with Sean Bell? Or Amadou Diallo? Both killed in separate hails of bullets by cops in New York City. Or maybe it’s 14-year-old DeOnté Rawlings? He was blown away by a D.C. cop who said the child stole his mini-bike.

Or how about Ali Ahmed Mohammed? He died after a savage beating by a mob of White bouncers outside a D.C. nightclub where they worked.

In each incident, Black folks were rightly outraged, because in each case the perpetrators literally got away with murder. It’s happening again in Florida. Continue reading

Halal’s: Hyper-hatred

We are advised by the Scriptures that there is “None so righteous as the newly converted.” That means that often when we have a transformational experience we are anxious to prove our piety–especially to those who oversaw our conversion–that we are indeed true believers, true practitioners. So we often exaggerate our behavior when we are new recruits–to a faith tradition, a political ideology, anything new.

I can remember when I was a new convert to Islam. One of my first behavior changes was in my diet. At the time I was a roommate with three members of the Black Panther Party, and unlike me, they did not care much about what they ate. On the other hand, I was all “kosher” all the time.

Funny thing though. My roommates would share the kosher meat products (such as hot-dogs) I would purchase, and then replace them with any old meat they picked up at the store. That was a constant source of frustration for me. Continue reading

Is President Obama in danger?

There is an “avalanche of hatred” coming down on President Barack Obama. And it’s been like this since his triumphant 2008 campaign which catapulted this son of Africa into the White House.

Governors of states, U.S. Senators, Members of Congress have all piled on with their hate speech. These are the “leaders” of the country, high officials, the opinion makers. If their mouths are so filthy they need to be washed out with soap, just imagine what some of the “Ordinary Joes” who respond to what is no longer coded hate speech, it’s now out in the open in plain, unmistakable language.

Montana’s chief federal judge Richard Cebull is the lates top official to add to the list. He admitted that he forwarded a racist email to six others from his court email account which suggested President Obama was the product of a sexual encounter between his mother and a dog. Continue reading

What are American soldiers thinking?

What are American military personnel thinking when they land on foreign shores–especially in Islamic countries–to fight?

Such a question is relevant today because the behavior of U.S. soldiers and marines in Iraq and Afghanistan in recent years would embarrass a nation of savages, and is certainly unbecoming of the world’s only military super power.

The latest disgrace involves U.S troops burning several copies of the Muslim Holy Quran at Bagram Airfield in Afghanistan. The burnings sent throngs of protesters to the streets and military bases, some chanting, “Death to America.” Continue reading