Jamal Muhammad: Farewell My Friend

With all the nasty, hateful things so many Americans have to say about Muslims, both here and abroad, it’s a wonder that there’s a Muslim anywhere in this “wilderness” who doesn’t go around with a snarl and a scowl on his or her face all the time.

But Jamal Muhammad was a cheerful Muslim whose mouth was always full of smiles. When he ran out of smiles, he always had a cheerful or an amusing story to tell.

My Buddy Jamal joined the ancestors Feb. 4. Continue reading

Herman Cain, Emmett Till, and Tyler Perry

What do Herman Cain, Emmett Till, and Tyler Perry have in common? (Sincere apologies to Emmett Till and Tyler Perry!)

Former Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain–who never, ever, ever had even a snowball’s chance in hell to ever be anywhere near the eventual Republican presidential ticket, let alone the White House itself–prides himself on the fact that he overcame his roots as a poor African American growing up in the segregated South.

Just 10 days after he “suspended” his disgraced campaign on Dec. 3, Cain celebrates his 66th birthday, which means: more than his eligibility for Social Security and Medicare, which he would dismantle in a heartbeat, undercutting support for millions of Americans his age and older; which means that six months before his tenth birthday, the most shocking crime of the modern Civil Rights era took place–the murder and dismemberment of 14-year-old Emmett Till, near Greenwood, Mississippi. Continue reading

Robin Hood in reverse: today’s Republicans

In 1968, following hundreds of inner-city rebellions over the span of four years, the President Lyndon Johnson’s 11 member panel to study civil disorders in this country Kerner Commission warned Americans: “

Our nation is moving toward two societies, one Black, one White–separate and unequal.” And so it was. So it is.

Instead of having the affect of arousing public support to save Johnson’s Great Society, that announcement seems to have signaled to the plutocrats in this country that it was time for them to come together and reclaim the nation’s wealth that had been redistributed among the poor, first by President Roosevelt’s New Deal, and then by Johnson’s Great Society, with its civil rights, and its gender equality, and its Skirmish (War) on Poverty. Continue reading

Libya: Mafia ‘hit’ not a rebellion

I think I’ve figured out what really happened in Libya over the last seven months or so. This was a Western European “Mob Hit,” like in the gangster movies, and it was carried out in broad open daylight, with full media coverage–and Al Jazeera was in the lead to give the takedown the air of diplomatic legitimacy.

It was a “thug operation” pulled off by NATO, and sanctioned by the United Nations Security Council, and those Libyan so-called “rebels” are not independent, freedom-loving, “patriots.” They are not even “clients” of NATO. They are nothing more than “employees” who can be hired or fired by NATO. They are the real “mercenaries” in this scenario, and their every move is bought paid for by the Western European powers. Continue reading

Presidential candidate Herman Cain in Fantasy Land

When I was a child and Walt Disney’s playground “Disneyland” was young and his television show was in full swing, one of my favorite imaginary destinations was his “Fantasy Land.” It was the place of castles, and fairy godmothers, where childish dreams really came true.

As I grew older and was no longer enchanted by the hope for sugar-plum outcomes to life’s real problems, I also came to realize that Fantasy Land was just an illusion, a fake destination that does not exist in the real world.

I never imagined that grown-ups, even successful looking and sounding adults, could live their waking hours in such a Fantasy Land, or in similar destinations of their own creation. But they most certainly do.

Take African American Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain for example. Continue reading

Pres. Obama: Forgetting the Dream

Many of the special days in the life of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., have taken on special meaning for all of us. This year, the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial will be dedicated in Washington on August 28, at which time tens of thousands will gather to celebrate The Life, The Dream, the Legacy of Dr. King.

Of course his birth anniversary is rightly observed as a solemn national holiday.

The dates surrounding his assassination have also become iconic. On April 4, 1967 Dr. King delivered his famous Riverside Church address in New York City, speaking out against the Vietnam War. On April 3, 1968 in Memphis, he delivered the immortal “I’ve been to the Mountaintop” remarks. Continue reading

The ‘OOWE Syndrome’–Our Own Worst Enemy

There are hardly any grounds for disputing the fact that Black people in America are surrounded by “natural enemies:” who kidnapped us from Africa; enslaved us for 300 years; who lynched us for another 100 years; and who up until this very moment are fiendishly plotting to foil any advancement for which we might be eligible, to keep us forever on our knees before them. That goes without saying, unless of course you mention Oscar Grant in Oakland, or Amadou Diallo in New York City, or James Craig Anderson, a Black man, who just the other day was beaten by two carloads of White punks yelling “White Power,” before they repeatedly drove over his body in their cars.

But we are reminded by The Honorable Elijah Muhammad, leader of the Nation of Islam for 45 years, that we–Black people in America–are Our Own Worst Enemy. Continue reading

Candidate Cain: Not a ‘Brother’s Keeper’

Herman Cain

Herman Cain is a candidate for the 2012 Republican presidential nomination.

Herman Cain is African American.

Like at least a dozen other prominent Republicans including former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich and Texas Rep. Ron Paul, Cain will not be on the GOP ticket, either as the nominee, or as the vice-presidential running mate. It just won’t happen for Cain this time around.

No matter how well he does in polls, debates, and even in Republican primaries, in the final analysis he’s going to be out of luck this season. Continue reading

Popular lies about Libya

When it comes to news about Libya, absolutely no one can be trusted.

When I say “no one” I expect to be included in that count because what I’ve got to say about the subject runs counter to what the U.S. government and its NATO allies have to say; runs counter to what is reported every day in the U.S. corporate-owned media; and is even contrary to what is reported by so-called “progressive” news outlets like Al Jazeera English, and even Pacifica Radio’s Free Speech Radio News.

I came to the conclusion that absolutely everybody has gotten into the tank on this one, when I saw two particular stories last week. I won’t even deal with the corporate-owned media lies about Libya because I am convinced that if their lips are moving when they are reporting a story about Libya, they’re lying. Continue reading

Some Myths About Malcolm X

  Minister Malcolm XBrother Malcolm X looms–on May 19, 2011, the 86th anniversary of his birth–as an icon, almost larger than life itself.

I admit, I never met Brother Malcolm. I never heard him speak in person. I do know however several people who knew him very well. I also know at least two highly respected writers, intellectuals, who told me that they had “intended” to go to the Audobon Ballroom in Harlem on Feb. 21, 1965 to hear Brother Malcolm reveal the platform of his new movement–the Organization of African American Unity (OAAU)–but they failed to attend. Brother Malcolm was assassinated that day with about 450 people in attendance.

Today, there are legions of admirers of this incredible leader, but there were only 450 with him at the Audobon Ballroom that tragic day.

Myth No. 1: “The Black Muslims Murdered Malcolm X.” Continue reading