We Have Yet To Have A Black President

Readers of this blog know that I don’t support the policies of Barack Obama. Neither do I consider him a Black man. I reject the “one drop of black blood” definition of Blackness, and instead embrace the definition of race provided by W.E.B. Du Bois.  Du Bois did not define race strictly in biological terms.  He said a race is a vast family of human beings, generally of common blood and language [patterns of language], always of common [perspective on] history and sharing “vividly conceived ideals of life” [philosophy].  Under the “one drop” theory, Obama is no more Black than Harding or Eisenhower, e.g.  He is certainly not Black according to the Du Bois perspective.  How could he be?  Where did he acquire the philosophy or the perspective on history?  In Indonesia?  At Columbia?  Harvard?  From his mother or grandparents, the CIA agents?  Dudes and dudesses, please.  Think about your misplaced support for this son of Nietzsche, and return to the quest for freedom,  justice and equality pursued by people like Garvey, Malcolm and MLK.  The nation and the world need progressive Blackness.


Will Americans vote for a black president? If the notorious historian William Estabrook Chancellor was right, we already did. In the early 1920s, Chancellor helped assemble a controversial biographical portrait accusing President Warren Harding of covering up his family’s “colored” past. According to the family tree Chancellor created, Harding was actually the great-grandson of a black woman. Under the one-drop rule of American race relations, Chancellor claimed, the country had inadvertently elected its “first Negro president.”…



Nothing sums up the warped foreign policy fantasy world in which Republicans live more than when House Speaker John Boehner recently called Obama an “anti-war president” under which America “is sitting on the sidelines” in the increasingly chaotic Middle East.

If Obama is an anti-war president, he’s the worst anti-war president in history. In the last six years, the Obama administration has bombed seven countries in the Middle East alone and armed countless more with tens of billions in dollars in weapons. But that’s apparently not enough for Republicans. As the Isis war continues to expand and Yemen descends into civil war, everyone is still demanding more: If only we bombed the region a little bit harder, then they’ll submit


These are reflections of Black philosophy???

Rewriting History

Have readers noticed that recently U.S. government and White House “mouth pieces” have taken to rewriting history? Below is a perfect example where the U.S. State Department’s spokesperson is talking about a ‘long-standing’ policy regarding overthrowing foreign governments.

As a matter of long-standing policy, the United States does not support political transitions by nonconstitutional means. Political transitions must be democratic, constitutional, peaceful and legal. — Spokesperson Jen Psaki

Did readers catch that numerous individuals, including government leaders, e.g., Russian, Venezuelan, Syrian, would dispute and challenge Psaki’s rather ‘vituperative’ remarks, plus those U.S. journalists who did just that, at that press conference?

Have readers noticed the snide tenor exercised toward journalists who are being ‘schooled’ by government employees and/or bureaucrats. After all, don’t bureaucrats work for us? Who pays their salaries? Our tax dollars! Shouldn’t we expect honesty, transparency, less putdown and, certainly, no rewrites of history, which obviously is happening on a daily basis by using controlled spin and the media.

To set the U.S. State Department’s record straight and not rewrite history, here are the overthrows, or attempts, that the U.S. government has been involved in since the 1950s according to William Blum, an official critic of U.S. foreign policy, historian and author. There are more than 50!


A Letter To The Queen

The Queen

Buckingham Palace



20th March 2015

An Appeal for the Truth concerning the 9/11 attacks, the 7/7 London Bombings and the “War on Terrorism”

Your Majesty

I am writing an open letter, born out of immense concern.

I believe that the truth and nature of the terrorist threat is dreadfully other than what it is ordinarily stated to be…


Like the Queen cares!

Beyond Homan Square

…Thus, US-perpetrated torture is not a post-9/11 phenomenon, as it has often been framed. The danger of that framing is that it is not only an erasure of history, but it also gives the false impression that post-9/11 torture during the war on terror constituted a unique moment in US history – an aberration that is now firmly in the past, and not consistently reproduced in the present. As Carla Ferstman, director of REDRESS, a London-based human rights organization, told Truthout, “I think focusing only on counterterrorism after September 11 gives a false picture that the US went astray and is now fixed. And I would assume that the government would be very happy with that narrative because it can clearly say that it’s moved on.”…


So what was Obama talking about when he said, “We acted contrary to our values?”

The Real Barbarians

…“The USA and Britain committed similar atrocities in Iraq, Syria, Lebanon, Libya, Indonesia, and Afghanistan. We overthrew their governments, installed dictators, undermined their economies — all to strengthen our business interests. In every nation where we now have terrorism, we had first assaulted them. America is under attack only because it is on the attack. It’s no wonder they hate us. Imagine how we would feel if a foreign country were doing this to us. We’d be fighting back any way we could…… If people knew this — knew how easy it would be to stop terrorism — they wouldn’t want to fight this war. That’s why the media ignore al-Qaeda’s demands. Western leaders don’t want people to see that the war’s real purpose isn’t to stop terrorism but to control the resources of this region. They actually want the terrorism because that gives them the excuse they need — the threat of an evil enemy.”
Who are the Real Barbarians – Western or Muslims?

“It was under the influence of Arabian and Moorish revival of culture and not in the fifteenth century, that the real Renaissance took place. Spain not Italy, was the cradle of the rebirth of Europe…It is highly probable that but for the Arabs modern European civilization would never have arisen at all; it is absolutely certain that but for them, it would not have assumed that character which has enabled it to transcend all previous phases of evolution. For although there is not a single aspect of European growth in which the decisive influence of Islamic culture is not traceable, nowhere is it so clear and momentous as in the genesis of that power which constitutes the paramount distinctive force of the modern world and the supreme source of its victory.” Robert Briffault, Professor Cambridge University (The Making of Humanity, London, 1919).

Arabs were once the pioneer of knowledge-based sustainable civilization lasting for 800 years – the longest period in human history. Today, the former colonial thinkers and occupiers describe the Arabs and Muslims as “extremists”, ‘terrorists” and barbarians.” Throughout the 20th century and well into the 21st century, the oil richness failed to deal with emerging social, moral, intellectual and political problems. Instead with militarization of the region, increasing bloodbaths depicts a havoc political spectrum- floating without roots and reason. Islam enriched the Arabs to become global leaders of a progressive civilization, but the oil enhanced prosperity transformed them into ‘camel jockeys’ and object of hallow laughers after dinner jokes in the Western culture. When the Arabs had a missionary zeal to “forbid evil and invite mankind towards goodness”, they excelled in human change, moral leadership, material progress and civilization. Money cannot buy wisdom, honor and human integrity. The late Saudi King Abdullah and Sheikh Sabha al-Sabah of Kuwait were both complacent in providing logistic support to George Bush’s 2003 invasion of Iraq and the massacre of approximately three millions Iraqis during the prolonged occupation. The bogus “war on terrorism” could not have happened if the Arab leaders – the frontline bogyman of the US Empire had useful mind, intellectual capacity and integrity to challenge the most irrational and cruel act in human history. The Arabs created a knowledge-enshrined pioneering culture of tolerance, encompassing various ethnicities, faiths and languages — thus inspiring the development of everything from mathematics to astronomy, medical sciences, poetry, and imagination of futuristic human civilization, education, law and justice, splendid architect defy gravity onward to library science and lot more.

The Arab-Muslim world failed to produce any leader of vision and intellectual integrity for the changing and complex global affairs of the 21st century. When Arabs were the leaders in Faith (‘Emaan’) and human values, they articulated a unique civilization tolerant of diversity and varied cultural ethnicities and built upon the unity of Islamic faith to nurture peaceful co-existence and human development. If you list the discoveries and contributions of Muslim scholars, they are countless. Do you know any other scientists or scholars whose contributions were used in text books for six centuries in European medical schools? Consider Mohammad Hussein Bu Ali Sina’s Cannon of Medicine. The Europeans changed his name to Avicenna so that nobody would recognize that he was a Muslim scholar. It is said that Ibna Sina alone discovered and authenticated 36 pharmaceutical formulas being used to this day. Marai Rosa Menocal (A Golden Reign of Tolerance: The Ornament of the World: How Muslims, Jews and Christians Created a Culture of Tolerance in Medieval Spain, 2003), explains:  “The lessons of history, like the lessons of religion, sometime neglect examples of tolerance. A thousand years ago on the Iberian Peninsula, an enlightened vision of Islam had created the most advanced culture in Europe….In Cordoba, the library housed some 400,000 volumes at a time when the largest library in Latin Christendom probably held no more than 400.”…



The defenders of Western values are always bold and brave: Israeli Soldiers Raid Homes, Question Kids as Young as 9 (NBC). Yes, it takes enormous courage for a gang of armed and body-armored men to barge into private homes in the middle of the night, haul children out of bed, point their weapons at them and batter them with threats and questions. We are indeed fortunate that such a bastion of our precious Western ideals exists in the Middle East, which is otherwise filled with brutal barbarians. And now that King Bibi has been re-anointed, the beat — and the batterings — will go on. To be fair, had his “liberal” opponents won, this would still be the case, as Yonatan Medel notes in the LRB. Here is a quote from an ad for the great progressive hope, Isaac Herzog:

“Herzog grew up in military intelligence, which means he knows the Arab mentality. He saw Arabs on different occasions; he saw them on the other side of the gun-sight, and behind the gun-sight … The most important man in this business is the person who knows what the state of Israel needs to do with a piece of information. Whether this means firing a rocket, or sending troops forward, or wiping out these people.”

“Wiping out these people.” There is your modern progressivism in a nutshell. Pamper the rich, screw the poor, and “wipe out these people” — whoever “these people” happen to be at the moment. Knock down their doors, drone bomb their villages, kidnap, kill and terrorize them without mercy, without respite. This is what our “progressives” stand for, in Israel, in Britain, in the United States….