Which Muslims are Americans going to hate next?!

Poor America. She does not know what to do in the Muslim world.

One day, Muslims are unforgivable enemies. The next day some of those same Muslims are allies. Bosom buddies. And those Muslim allies will take America’s money as long as it gets handed out, but they’ll only do enough “fighting terrorism” on their own, only enough to keep getting America’s money.

Yasser Arafat is a prime example. He was vilified, morning, noon, and night, until he finally kicked the bucket. His successor, Mahmoud Abbas, the leader now of Fatah, the Palestine Liberation Organization, the PLO—was, for most of his time in power, not considered to be a reliable “partner for peace,” on whom the U.S. and Israel could rely. Until, that is, his party (after being trounced in free, Democratic elections last year) got into a shooting war with their militant counterparts, the Islamic Resistance movement, or Hamas.

But if you’d listened to America’s leaders 20 years ago, the Arabs who were held in the greatest contempt were the PLO. You couldn’t define a worse enemy to America than the PLO. Continue reading

What Muslim member of Congress?!

Keith Ellison sworn in holding Thomas Jefferson's Koran 

Each of the 435 voting members of the House of Representatives has four options on each of the hundreds and hundreds of recorded votes which are called for in every session of Congress. A member can vote “Yay” or “Nay” or “Present.” In addition, a member can choose to not vote at all on any issue.

On Nov. 7, 1916, Jeannette Rankin became the first woman elected to Congress. She was a Republican from the state of Montana. Like others who go forward to blaze the trail, she had an awesome responsibility, and with courage, she upheld that responsibility with dignity.

Shortly after Rep. Rankin took office in 1917, Congress took up the debate over U.S. participation in World War I. Women and others who have not always been welcome at the table of power-sharing in this country could learn a lot from Jeannette Rankin.

With the 19th Amendment to the Constitution granting women the right to vote, still three years from ratification, women suffragettes were extremely conscious of the conduct and image of women in the public arena. Women wanted Rep. Rankin to go along with the prevailing sentiment for the United States to hurry on and join her European allies who were already fighting “the war to end all wars.” They did not want the first woman in Congress to be perceived as “feminine” and less able than men, to make the tough decisions required to govern a powerful nation. Ms. Rankin opposed the war.

On that fateful day, to the consternation of many women, she was one of only 50 votes in the House, opposing U.S. participation in WWI. Continue reading

On the wrong side of history…again

Thomas Jefferson, the Third President of the United States was looking into the future perhaps, when he said: “I tremble for my country when I reflect that God is just; that his justice cannot sleep forever.”

The Trans-Atlantic slave trade was thriving and legal when he said that. America, Good America, in-the-choir-with-the-angels America still, has never apologized for that cardinal sin, that crime against humanity. That genocide. Genocide. Ma’afa.

Will God’s justice sleep forever?

America is on the wrong side of a world-wide revolution, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., warned this country a generation ago. The immoral War in Vietnam was raging, America had not learned the lessons of history. Tsun Tzu. The Art of War. Fullness. Emptiness.

Hurricane Katrina. Abu Ghraib. America is still on the wrong side of a world-wide revolution. The illegal, immoral, war of aggression and occupation of Iraq is sucking America’s blood and treasure in a war America can never win, fighting against people whose creed aspires to martyrdom against the infidels. They live to die, fighting Americans. And Americans seem obliged to want to stay there and be fought with.

Will God’s justice sleep forever? Continue reading

Libby to Bush: Pardon Thyself!

Now that President George W. (for “Worst in history”) Bush’s former Special Assistant, and the Chief of Staff for Vice President Dick Cheney—I. Lewis Libby—has been sentenced to jail time for lying during the investigation of the administration’s smear campaign of a critic of Bush’s immoral war of aggression in Iraq, the President must now be hearing the footsteps of the Ghost of Justice and Constitutional rule-of-law, coming up fast behind him.

Beginning with his “selection” by a one-vote margin on the Supreme Court, and not an “election” by the American electorate (which gave more votes to his opponent in 2000), the President has used his awesome powers to systematically murder the rule of law and all semblances of American Justice, in ways we know, and in many ways I’m sure, we don’t know. Continue reading

Sudan and the “genocide pimps”

African or Arab Sudanese youth? 

I just can’t get a handle on what’s really going on in Sudan.

My base instinct is to dismiss all of the full page ads and high profile media criticism of whatever the atrocities there , as theater intended to upend an Islamic government…an Islamic government that just happens to be in the largest, and one of the most mineral rich countries on the African continent. An Islamic government that has ports on the Red Sea, the head waters of the Nile River, rich agricultural potential, and which borders on nine–count them–nine other African nations. Sudan has the potential of being a bridge between Islamic (Arab) North Africa and Bantu (Black) Sub-Saharan Africa. In my book, that makes Sudan, an “enemy” of Judeo-Christian Imperialism, by simple definition.

And did I say that Sudan has vast un-developed oil resources, not to mention that Sudan supplies the U.S. 80 percent of its gum arabic, an essential product in soft drinks like Coke, Pepsi and 7-Up? But the subject of gum arabic and Coke has become a big headline joke. Sanctions against Sudan will cause Americans to lose weight and be healthier because there will be fewer soft drinks available. Hardy, har, har, har. That kind of smugness is just par for the course for White folks. Continue reading

Shallow scholarship at Howard University

First, there are some sour grapes in these upcoming observations…might even be a case of Playa Hatin’. That said, I proceed in behalf of the countless others with similar experiences who never bother to footnote their experiences or keep a paper trail of their slanders…

I am sick and tired of the shallow prevailing Black intellectual view of the Nation of Islam. It’s not just the Neo-Cons and the White Evangelicals of the World who have problems with Muslims, our own Black intelligentsia have issues with the Islamic influence—particularly the Nation of Islam—on Black literature and culture in the United States and they refuse to admit it.

Black literature and academia lionizes Brother Malcolm X, highlighting only the 14 months or so of his life after he broke with the Nation of Islam, while trying to wipe out his 12 years of steadfast service and leadership within the Nation, his platform for earning national attention in the first place. We’ve done the same with Muhammad Ali.

Howard University’s English Department concluded an elaborately produced yet faintly publicized conference celebrating the Black Arts Movement March 24, and when I saw the program, I went bonkers! “They’ve done it again,” I thought. “They’ve kicked the Nation of Islam’s contribution to Black intellectual development to the curb.”

They had a truckload of Ph.D. candidates chaperoned by real professors, presenting papers and performances for two whole days at Howard, talking about the Black intellectual revolution of the 1960s and 1970s—the Black Arts Movement. Continue reading