Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Babbling Justifications of the Gun Nut

Monday, February 19, 2018

Coddling the Gun Nut for Country & Corporate

Jesse Ferguson - Read this. Trust me.

Jesse Ferguson - This is where we are.

And the President and Congress wants to do nothing about it.

Ijeoma Oluo - This country. This country has our babies volunteering to die for each other because grownups don't want to give up their assault rifles.

JPemberton‏ - It's Guns > KIDS... America will give it's thoughts & prayers over the death of kids, BUT will fight tooth & nail over the thought of losing their rights to GUNS!

Robert Gajewski‏
- Says an adult who thinks gun free zones for school kids w/o enforcement or defense is aok. Take away citizen's rights is preferable to defending kids lives?

Muhammad Rasheed - Says an adult who believes that manipulative partisan talking points and increasing the wealth of the oligarchs is more important than the lives of our children.

Robert Gajewski
‏ - I speak for myself. You would prefer all citizens be as defenseless as school children in a gun free zone.

Muhammad Rasheed
- If you speak for yourself, then why are you regurgitating the exact same boiler plate GOP political talking point from the exact same hive mind?

Robert Gajewski‏ - Rasheed. You want me as defenseless as school children in a gun free zone. You make no sense for me.

Muhammad Rasheed - Gajewski. I want you and your folk to stop shooting our children. If you can't differentiate that from "Taking away the Right to Bear Arms," then you clearly don't need to be armed.


Robert Gajewski - Saying that my opinion is boiler plate does not mean I do not speak truth.

Muhammad Rasheed - You're NOT speaking truth. You're speaking the scripted propaganda tract of a oligarch mouth-piece puppet. Your opinion cares only for enriching corporations at the expense of our children, while pretending you care about US citizen rights.

Muhammad Rasheed - You also give the impression of being a paid Russian Internet troll.

Sunday, February 18, 2018

TALES OF THE WATCHER: TheGreatCitracett's M. Rasheed File

TheGreatCitracett - So here's a comic I saw the other day being shared around, and naturally I just had to dig deeper:

[TheGreatCitracett's - Artcow Thread] M. Rasheed / Muhammad Rasheed / Second Sight Graphix / mrasheed - Racist comic artist, Islamist, Antisemite, We Wuz Comics 'n Shiet, TRIGGERED SNOWFLAKE

And I found the Facebook of the artist in question. He was spouting bizarre racism, seemingly to himself, because he was triggered as fuck, chimping out and deleting comments and blocking people as soon as they posted. And hilariously enough, insisting that those commenting were the ones triggered! I knew at that moment, I'd found someone threadworthy. The comments in question:

He stopped responding there.

I decided to poke around a bit more and see what he's all about. Most interviews and pages about him, he seems fairly normal and agreeable, I suppose... Well here's a quick bio.

Seems like he might be nice guy. Huh. Well, let's have a peek at his personal blog:

That "Advanced" Kind of Barbarity
Fear of Abandonment: Motivations for the Origins of White Domestic Terror
Weapon of the People: "The Sellout-Coon Compromise Act"

He's got the insane verbosity of Sophie Labelle, and a love of labels second only to Zyklon Ben!

That's pretty much how all whites are portrayed. Well, except for:

Notes While Observing: The Sloppiest Cover-Up of All

Those dang, dirty (((JEWS!))) Yeah, he's antisemitic as all hell too.

Only he knows the PUREST TRUTH!

Going Deep: Learning to Recognize the Truth

And you better believe he's a big believer in Muh Reparashunz!

Weapon of the People: "The Reset"

You can get Reparatin' on Patreon of course:

Aaaand how's that working out for him?


So just who is M. Rasheed?

Muhammad Ameen Rasheed
Native of Detroit, Michigan
Current resident of Raleigh, North Carolina.
Married father of two daughters.

He's the creator of the "Monsters 101" comic series, as well as "Tales of Sinanju: The Destroyer" and now "Weapon of the People" which seems to be the newest, blatantly hateful, racist stuff he's putting out now. From the sounds of it, he had a fairly normal if not privileged life and upbringing. Loved art, made his own comics and characters and tried getting work at a major studio but was just not quite what they were looking for. So he decided to just strike out on his own and self publish...

...Nah, who am I kidding, he decided to freak the fuck out and blame white people for absolutely anything and everything under the sun!

Are Mainstream Modern Comics Just Racist Propaganda Tracts?

The Flimsy Camouflage of the Alt-Right

Which brings us to where we are today. If you click any of the links, make it this one, I can't even begin to describe it. I really didn't think it was possible for one person to waste so much time just hating people.

Personal Blog (Pure unadulterated Cancer)

He's a Batshit crazy textwaller too!

He's a self proclaimed "Master Cartoonist" and "Award Winner", but the only awards he's won are two Glyph awards back in 2013 for Story of the Year and Best Male Character.

Never heard of the Glyph awards?

It's an award for comics by, for and about black people, and has been around since 2006.

I think that's a decent start, I'll update and add more as I'm able. I'm honestly surprised he hasn't had a thread yet, but he's only now starting to go completely batshit and get noticed.

TheGreatCitracett - This guy is super prolific, I think he's got some serious potential. He's got this major Jekyll/Hyde thing going on too, where if you search his name you basically get tons of interviews where he talks about his love of art and positive black representation, then you see his personal blog and it's all "Kill Whitey! Gas the Jews! Allahu Akbar!"

TheGreatCitracett - Comments on the Jew comic:

For a guy that insists he's for free speech, all the comment threads are mostly just him yelling at comments he deleted from people he blocked... Also, he really loves calling people "triggered" and "snowflake" despite being the very definition of them himself.

TheGreatCitracett - An update on this guy.

Turns out, Facebook doesn't like racists. It's pretty funny to see someone get their ass burned by the censorship they pushed so hard for. Now he's throwing a tantrum.  (Note the tags: "antiracist" hahaha!)

TheGreatCitracett - Cute, huh? Totally not a triggered snowflake victim at all.

In addition, you'll notice that last comic has 168 comments at the time I found it. That's the most attention he's had. Ever.

He's not taking it well...

TheGreatCitracett - I think he's under the impression that snowflake means white person. He clearly doesn't understand what being triggered is, and all his comebacks are basically "No, U!"

I like that he's trying to appeal to Facebook admins while at the same time calling them Nazi klansmen. That's sure to go over well.

This can only get more interesting. I thought he'd stop reacting to the trolls by now but he just keeps chimping...

Just look at this textwall blog post about his side of the incident.


KiwiMisetté - His works would've been relevant if this was being made during slavery.

It's honestly idiotic that people start blaming an entire race just because one person or group of the same race did something bad, whether it's at present or in the past. Then again, we ARE living in an age where calling literally everything racist is a tradition.

Also ew, his smile.

Curt Sibling - He's even worse at drawing hands than Dobson.

BlueSpark - In the comic with the vomiting snake he depicts himself as being very light skinned...  :thinking:

Zaragoza - You afro supremacist! Stop appropriating Arab culture with your surnames!


Muhammad Rasheed - Oh, look. I found my white supremacist 'Watcher.' (I wonder if he's from France?) 

Too bad the Watchers can't break their strict no-contact rule (Uatu this guy ain't) otherwise he could just ask me stuff (or read my explanations and logic-trains in my blog posts) instead of insisting he knows exactly what I think based on his own racism lens. For example, he keeps insisting that I'm "hateful" and that's not true at all. I hate the White Supremacist Ideology since it's designed to maintain the white racist aristocracy of the West by plundering and oppressing Black people. It's willing supporters are my active enemies. I have no reason to hate whites who don't willingly support systemic racism.

Muhammad Rasheed - TheGreatCitracett wrote: "He was spouting bizarre racism..."

lol It was "bizarre" because it wasn't racism, amirite? 

TheGreatCitracett wrote: "...seemingly to himself, because he was triggered as fuck..."

I wasn't triggered. I was delighted at the activity and was more than happy to engage with the new visitors.

TheGreatCitracett wrote: "...chimping out and deleting comments and blocking people as soon as they posted."

I deleted all of the "WE... WUZ... KANGS" posts as soon as I saw them. Since these were just trash posts designed to muck up the thread by dedicated trolls, I blocked the posters as well. Odd how you would consider that "chimping out" when it was merely good moderating.

TheGreatCitracett wrote: "And hilariously enough, insisting that those commenting were the ones triggered!"

They were clearly triggered based solely on all the activity that came to shut me down from those whom you yourself admitted were white conservatives who obviously took my 'Extraterrestrial Rude Awakening' cartoon personally.

TheGreatCitracett wrote: "He stopped responding there."

I stopped posting because your friends got me banned from posting in my FB account. The only weapons I was still allowed were those that let me ban and delete. Of course I could also respond to copied comments in a dedicated blog post here. I used all of these tools generously. It is unacceptable to ban me from posting in my own thread while thinking I should allow you to post whatever toxic crap you'd like. I cannot help but consider that attitude part of the white privileged-entitlement you all oddly insist you don't have.

TheGreatCitracett wrote: "That's pretty much how all whites are portrayed."

You should take off your 'narrow-mind blinders' then. They are clearly hampering your vision.

TheGreatCitracett wrote: "Those dang, dirty (((JEWS!))) Yeah, he's antisemitic as all hell too."

Meanwhile, I'm not 'anti-semitic' at all. I don't hate the Jews. I am interested in how that became your sole take away from that post though. Explain.

TheGreatCitracett wrote: "Only he knows the PUREST TRUTH!"

lol In context, the 'purest truth' is the actual revelation of God as preached by the prophets from Adam to Muhammad (peace be upon them all). All the tribal bickering and racist/misogynistic nonsense that people pretend is the religion is merely the taint of foolish men.

TheGreatCitracett wrote: "And you better believe he's a big believer in Muh Reparashunz!"

Damn right.

TheGreatCitracett wrote: "Aaaand how's that working out for him?  Oh."

*shrug*  I gotta start somewhere.

TheGreatCitracett wrote: "...and now "Weapon of the People" which seems to be the newest, blatantly hateful, racist stuff he's putting out now."

"Blatantly hateful and racist" in what way exactly, Watcher? Do you even know what those words mean?

TheGreatCitracett wrote: "...and tried getting work at a major studio but was just not quite what they were looking for."

I didn't try very long out of college since it really wasn't what I was looking for with my art.

TheGreatCitracett wrote: "So he decided to just strike out on his own and self publish..."

It was the very best decision I could have made. The artist's work NEEDS to be freely expressed without the chains of corporate forcing it in a particular direction.

TheGreatCitracett wrote: "...Nah, who am I kidding..."

That prior line of yours was accurate though.

TheGreatCitracett wrote: "...he decided to freak the fuck out..."

I echo Ta-Nehisi Coates in that regard, where he said that he didn't start out advocating for pro-Black Reparations. It was his digging into history, and seeing what actually happened in white/Black race relations (as opposed to the mainstream story) that radicalized him. The same happened to me. I got angry once I read the true history of racism in America -- where it came from, what it means, and what it has done.

TheGreatCitracett wrote: "...and blame white people for absolutely anything and everything under the sun!"

If you mean blaming whites for systemic racism and it's wide-reaching effects, then you would be correct. Please improve.

TheGreatCitracett wrote: "I really didn't think it was possible for one person to waste so much time just hating people."

Considering I don't hate people at all, that may explain the source of your confusion. #HateTheGameNotThePlayer

TheGreatCitracett wrote: "...then you see his personal blog and it's all "Kill Whitey! Gas the Jews! Allahu Akbar!""

Hm. Please post where I said "Kill Whitey! Gas the Jews!" please, since that is a fiction. And I happen to BE Muslim, so even though I don't particularly remember posting "Allahu Akbar!" ("God is the greatest!"), it wouldn't be out of line at all. lol You have an issue with people expressing the common religious terms from the religion they actually subscribe to then, Watcher?

TheGreatCitracett wrote: "Also, he really loves calling people 'triggered' and 'snowflake' despite being the very definition of them himself."

I'm not triggered just because I choose to engage. These discussions actually fuel my socio-political art, so I actively seek them out. It would seem to me that the act of anonymous-watching so you and your buds can poke fun at people without actively engaging them is absolutely delicate 'snowflake' behavior. It would seem, based on how you have presented me and my arguments in this troll thread of yours, that I would be an easy target for your intended audience. Yet all I see are flip and shallow comments and the making fun of how I draw hands. lol That's weak sauce, son. I thought you lot were supposed to be the proud warrior sons of Woden or whatever? Okay, well bring it. Throw Down Your Rod.  

Or continue watching & giggling from the shadows. It is all one.

TheGreatCitracett wrote: "It's pretty funny to see someone get their ass burned by the censorship they pushed so hard for."

I didn't push for any censorship. Are you Watching me or someone else? Pay attention, please.

TheGreatCitracett wrote: "(Note the tags: 'antiracist' hahaha!)"

You think I'm a racist because I hate white supremacy? Explain please.

TheGreatCitracett wrote: "I think he's under the impression that snowflake means white person."

lol Considering you model the behavior by refusing to allow true equal rights because you are deathly afraid of competing with Blacks on an even playing field, fearing that the balance of power will flip, then 'snowflake' absolutely means "white people." Absolutely. If you truly believe whites really are the superior race and the pinnacle of human evolution, while all the ('inherently primitive-animalistic criminal') shit you've been saying about Black people is real, then why are you so afraid of getting out of our way and just letting us BE? Because you are a coward, snowflake. Accept it. No one is more snowflakey than you. Own it.

TheGreatCitracett wrote: "He clearly doesn't understand what being triggered is, and all his comebacks are basically 'No, U!'"

Triggered is the emotional over-reaction, which is what the alt-right legions demonstrated when they 'raided' me and got my FB art page deleted. As I explained, I willingly engage in Internet argument since it fuels my art; that certainly doesn't describe triggered behavior. So when my opponents insist that I'm only responding because I'm being 'emotional' even while they are actually freaking out at the very idea that an advanced alien species would crown my people over whites, "No, U!" is the only proper response. lol

TheGreatCitracett wrote: "This can only get more interesting."

It did get more interesting until they banned me. You may take up that baton if you like. En garde.

Muhammad Rasheed - KiwiMisett√© wrote: "His works would've been relevant if this was being made during slavery."

Meanwhile, the systemic racism established during the slave era continued up into the present day. Try again, please. This time use facts.

Muhammad Rasheed - Zaragoza wrote: "You afro supremacist! Stop appropriating Arab culture with your surnames!"
  1. The Africans incorporated Al-Islam into their various cultures. 
  2. The original Arab proselytizers of the religion intended it to be a wildly spread, global message for everyone. 
  3. The enslaved Blacks in America were deliberately cut off from their ethnic roots by the white slave owners.
  4. When Black Americans later converted to Islam, they discarded the European slave names, changed their names by first taking on an "X" representing the unknown name of their pre-enslaved ancestors, and then an Arabic name representing the religion their ancestors most likely subscribed to as a small way of returning "home."

My Arabic name has nothing to do with appropriation. Try harder, please.

Saturday, February 17, 2018

[MOVIE REVIEW] Black Panther: Welcome to the New Blaxploitation 2.0

Muhammad Rasheed - Back during the golden age of the HeroTalk message boards for the Museum of Black Superheroes, it seemed like every other newly-created thread in the main forum was about the Marvel Comics character Black Panther. In my memory it seemed like the vast majority of those were fanboy movie speculation fantasies, including casting calls. Echoing the most pessimistic naysayers around Candidate Barack Obama’s ambitious chances at the White House, I also remember that nobody thought a BP movie would ever happen in our lifetimes. Certainly not one that would have been worth a damn.

I just saw Ryan Coogler’s film and it blew me away. Even though I wasn’t one of those who felt the movie would NEVER get made, I absolutely thought that if it did, it would look more like the original comic… like Tarzan would have to make an obligatory guest appearance or something similar, complete with the grass skirts, huts, bones-thru-noses and et cetera of the original comic book depictions. I was very pleased to see a Black Panther movie that was far more impressive than what the old HeroTalk members even dared to hope for, with it being an amazing big budgeted, silver screen introduction to high-level Afrofuturism and what it could mean in the future for Black creators and Black genre works.

  1. The movie was beautiful. I expected it to be this way when I first found out it had a Black director who went all out in making this a “Black movie.” Everything about it was a visual feast. From the casting choices, to the acting, the tech designs… I didn’t want to turn away at any point. The product itself was a proud representation of #BlackExcellence. Bravo.
  2. The movie was very pro-Black. It celebrated the Black people, and didn’t shy away or back down from that at all. The Disney-Marvel mega-corporation allowed pro-Black Black people to drive this product about 98%, Coogler took full advantage of that opportunity and it FELT that way. This was far beyond merely having Black representation in popular mainstream entertainment – this was a tiny glimpse into what having a full-blown Black-owned, multi-billion dollar Black film industry competing with Hollywood could look like. Coogler’s movie did a great job in cultivating that fantasy for this viewer while I watched.  Very well done.
  3. It would appear that Ryan Coogler spent almost every bit of that $200 million dollar budget on Black talent. Not just on the actors, but EVERYTHING. From using a Black-owned ad agency, to filming 80% of Black Panther on Tyler Perry’s new studio lot, this was a perfect demonstration in what right looks like from a Black empowerment standpoint.

  1. The same Black Americans that poured their skills, knowledge, talent, networks and resources into this white-owned intellectual property, could have done the same with a Black-owned product at any time. The uncomfortable feeling that Blacks waited for white Hollywood to give Blacks the space to do what they already had the power to do for their own community empowerment is aggravating.
  2. In order to make the Black Liberation-focused Killmonger the villain of the story, the film caricatured his cause from the perspective of the white supremacist troll community (“Kill whitey!”). This was actually very painful to watch, and served to alienate the Black American ethnic group from the movie they’ve always wanted to see. They did this to the movie's pro-Black Black American – caricatured his cause in the same way racist whites always caricatured Malcolm X’s cause beyond recognition – and killed him with zero effort to save him (and even had the king silently agree that the bottomless pit of the mass incarceration industry would’ve been the best place for him even if he had lived).
  3. They had the white representative of Western intelligence agencies be the brave, loyal friend of the movie’s super Black people. It was Western intelligence agencies that orchestrated the assassinations of the 1960s Black civil rights figures. It was Western intelligence agencies that created COINTELPRO and sabotaged and dismantled all of the Black Empowerment programs like The Black Panther Party of Self-Defense. It was Western intelligence agencies that were directly responsible for the evils white supremacy unleashed into the Black community which forged the man Killmonger became, yet he was the one presented as the unforgivable face of evil, while the actual orchestrator of the very evil that victimized the young Killmonger in the first place was presented as the film’s 'Token White' and squeaky clean friend of all Black people. This point is unacceptable to me, and makes me wonder if this was a result of Disney-Marvel executive meddling in the script, or whether Coogler did it organically within his own writing process. Either way it was a demonic choice and severely mars what would have been otherwise a perfect pro-Black story to me.
  4. In the Marvel Universe, a place where the martial arts function exactly the way they are depicted in everyone's favorite 'chop socky' flicks, I didn't like the close combat scenes between King T'Challa versus Killmonger. Whether he was de-powered or not, the Black Panther's millennia old, traditional close combat system should've enabled him to mop the floor with his cousin's US military fighting style. Just as Daredevil's 'mystic street ninjitsu' + American-style boxing was established as being superior to Frank Castle's USMC Force RECON fighting style, this should have been the very same.



Muhammad Rasheed - Well, it looks like Hollywood has finally managed to kickstart a new Blaxploitation era.  The original one from the '70s was apparently very lucrative for them otherwise they wouldn't do it, but now after several efforts ranging from the lazy/bare minimum, to the pull-out-all-the-stops Oscar nominee, it looks like they've finally done it again.

What may enable the new Black Panther film to really take off and launch a series of heavily exploitative copycats when so many previous attempts had failed, is that Disney-Marvel handed the white-owned property to an enthusiastic group of pro-Black Black people and just let them drive. The impressive result is that it gives the illusion that this is a "Black Movie" that will empower Black people.

Of course it's not, and it won't. Despite allowing Blacks to lovingly craft it themselves, the property is white-owned, and all the record-breaking, economy-twisting money Blacks will hand over to one of the Hollywood cartel's tentacles will do absolutely nothing for them. It will be very entertaining and fun though. I wish instead that they used that money to fuel their very own Black film industry and make themselves a Black-owned product with the same buzz they gave this one, which they could have done at any time. It's not too late for that, of course, but I wish they would wake up to that sooner rather than later. Disney-Marvel does not deserve this from Black people. Blacks deserve to give it to themselves, and I wish they would. It's time to compete against Hollywood instead of rewarding them for their scraps.

My prediction is based on the previous blaxploitation periods and how they played out, so I will expect some dedicated and brilliant efforts by business-savvy Blacks to capitalize on Black Panther's success, efforts that are eventually overtaken and smothered by thousands and thousands of "Black superhero" cheap knock-offs by deep-pocketed white film makers. The latter will lack the Black empowerment message the community needs, but will instead return to type and be full of the classic 'whiteness' message in the usual fashion. The result will be that the average Black person will rarely see the pro-Black diamonds because they will be overwhelmed by all the exploitative crap, causing Blacks to quickly get tired of of the new 'film genre.' Then all it will take is one major, white studio flop and Hollywood will declare that the age of the Black Superhero film is dead, and they will refuse to finance another. Then we will return to the pre-Black Panther era of wishing there were better Black representations in film.

The solution and best case alternative to re-playing this tired blaxploitation model over and over and over again is for Blacks to do it themselves and support their efforts. Use your talents for your own products, spend your good money on the Black businesses the way Coogler did, and spend your disposable wealth and investment seed on building up a Black entertainment empire. Tell your favorite Black creators what you want to see in formal proposals, get the crowd sourced funds together to pay them to make them. Create your own brand new safe spaces and stop waiting & paying for bigoted whites to do it for you.  Build up your own, and once you do it and are well established in your own mighty Black film industry (or any other industry), then you should collaborate with white businesses and do big crossovers that are lucrative and financially fair to all parties involved.

Please wake up to the fact that the "Integration Era" has never served you and was a white supremacist scam from the very beginning. Your original goal was "desegregation" and involved removing the barriers that prevented your interconnected Black businesses from increasing in wealth and political power through Economic Inclusion into the mainstream. This would have involved Black people being truly equal and free as full citizens of the USA, competing on equal footing with the other ethnic groups you shared the nation with, including the descendants of the former slave owners. The only thing keeping you from being in that place now is YOU. Please rise up and take your rightful spot in this land you helped build.

A Hurdle in Front of Intelligent Gun Control

Presidential Art

Saturday, January 27, 2018

Letters From Facebook Jail

Muhammad Rasheed - So this time I'm banned for 30 days, which as a long-time fan of the old Deputy Dawg cartoon made me chuckle when I saw the FB message. The titular character used to hand out 30-day sentences like candy on that show, so I heard his voice in my head as I read it (it also caused me to do my DD impression all day, of questionable accuracy since it kept transforming into a Paul Puma impression). Anyway, I submitted my report protesting the ban. Hopefully it kicks in and I'm able to return to my regular posting schedule on my M. Rasheed Art Page.

The funniest part about all of this to me, is how the white conservatives like to pretend they are SUPER-PATRIOTS! who are all about the Constitution and the rights of the US Citizen, etc., etc., when in reality they have placed themselves in the role of thought police who want to control the flow of information and force it to tell the pro-white supremacist narrative. I'm personally all about Freedom of Expression, and will willingly trade with anybody on any topic, both for my own knowledge and to use the data as fuel for my art. So their new habit of getting me FB banned out of some petty sense of tit-for-tat -- and the deletion of my Facebook Art Page -- has another goofy layer on top of it outside of the raw hypocrisy of the performance.

Facebook is my social media homeroom, so it sucks being unable to respond to the comments there now. My solution will be to copy/paste the comments into this "Letters From Facebook Jail" space and address them here. So peek in regularly for updates.


Muhammad Rasheed - Dear Alexander,

I have no hate towards whites. I do have total hatred towards your precious systemic racism w/white supremacy attachment though. The nature of racism is whites plundering Blacks to build up their own political, socio-economic class, so the "access" you believe I'm "clamoring for" is no less than protesting your traditional wrongs that I may be free to enjoy my people's own self-empowerment without further sabotage from you lot.

Muhammad Rasheed - Dear Alex,

It turns out that generations and generations of white people wearing hostile evil faces has made me lose my mind. lol Please tell your folks to knock it off and straighten out their faces. Thanks.

If you go through your life pretending racism is a fiction, and all Blacks who protest systemic racism are crazy, then you are the problem with the world. Take a bow.

Muhammad Rasheed - Dear Chuck, Jose, Nate & Sam, et al.,

The cartoon is based on the alt-right profile written by Abi Wilkinson, in which she points out that part of their modus operandi is to pretend that they aren't racist when in public. This is laughable since they are really shitty at it and seemingly unaware of all of their own blaring racist tells, which is what I'm poking fun of in the cartoon. "But we were being very polite as we called for the genocide of all the mud people. I don't know what gave us away."

Muhammad Rasheed - Dear Virosh & Jason,

The problem with this silly GOP political talking point is that it pretends the 2-party system has always looked the way it does today. Up into the very recent past, the Democrats used to be split up into 2 main factions: the pro-Civil Rights Democrats in the North, and the anti-Civil Rights Southern Democrats ("Dixiecrats"). Reagan actively courted the Southern Democrats, using the coded ("states rights") language that his racist campaign manager devised, and they all ended up 'converting' to GOP-ism en masse to become the good ole boy GOP we know-n-love today. So all of the voter suppression ID laws the modern day GOP supports is 100% a reflection of their racist Democrat roots, but from a different angle than what you are preaching here.

Muhammad Rasheed - Dear Sean,

In the context of the argument the quote was pulled from, I'm saying that I don't negatively judge white men based solely on "the color of their skin," which is just nonsense misdirection speak that racists use in their effort to pretend the very real evils of systemic racism are only in my head. My judgment of you is based on the evils you have done and continue to do in order to maintain the racist aristocracy you've created at my expense. The label of "race" is the smoke & mirrors concept you've developed to justify the evil actions you perform, and to pretend you aren't doing anything. The idea that the "label" of race is just something I'm unfairly holding onto, is just more of your devilment at work.

Muhammad Rasheed - Dear Stuart,

lol Meanwhile, I'm reading this from my 91st FB ban. Y'all are SOOO full of crap. hahahaha If the racists that are clearly triggered by my work didn't care as you claim, then I wouldn't be banned, would I, Stuart? Maybe you should leave all the thinking for the grown-ups over at the big table, hm? smh

At the very least, my job is to make the racists uncomfortable, because they prefer to live in their La-La Land Whitopia pretending they are the white-hatted good guys of history who've never done anything wrong. My work is designed to push their nose in their own shit and MAKE them think about their true role in the historic record of Western Society. I'm banned by red-faced, teary-eyed, triggered white conservatives (and white liberals who pretend they aren't anti-Black) so my cartoons are working. Now I just need MORE exposure.  ;)

Muhammad Rasheed - Dear Benjamin,

There were wealthy free Blacks during the very height of the slavery era, just as there is a wealthy Black upper class today. The problem isn't the poverty itself, but whites deliberately sabotaging Black people efforts to build wealth over generations and use the leverage for political and economic inclusion. For the last 150 yrs, whites have built up their own middle and upper middle classes by plundering the wealth of Blacks and exploiting their poor. This is the actual problem. Individual Blacks have never had a problem working hard and escaping poverty when they focus on that. The actual problem is YOU and your willing support of a system designed to uplift whites by stealing from Blacks.

Muhammad Rasheed - Wow. lol That one sounded personal, didn't it?

Dear Anthony,

Calm down before you give yourself a stroke. I am not a racist. Trust me I have never denied white people opportunities and/or economically excluded them from anything based on their racial classification or whatever else. I do hate white supremacy though. If that's why you are mad, then I suggest you get over it.

Muhammad Rasheed - Dear Wade,

It should be obvious (to a normal human anyway) that this cartoon wasn't designed to have a "ha-ha/he-he" type ending. Did you respond the same way whenever Bill Watterson would end some of his strips like that, with a thoughtful ending instead of humorous? Were you aware that cartoonists even had that kind of option? It turns out art is a lot more open & free than you seem to believe.

Muhammad Rasheed - Dear Ben,

I appreciate the conditioned support, but I am not allowing hate to distort my view of anything. The only thing I hate is the systemic racism and White Supremacist Ideology that all freedom-loving people should hate. These two asshats certainly don't represent the worst of it; they are just thug/henchmen level racists that Batman would take out with one punch while infiltrating the Big Bad's lair.

Muhammad Rasheed - Dear Daniel,

The slave trade has zero to do with Al-Islam the religion, as it is not supported in the Qur'an nor by it's founder Arab prophet (peace be upon him). Only raw greed drives the Arab slave practice, no different than it does among the judao-christian traders from the time of the West's Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade up to the current slavery 2.0 version of mass incarceration.

In the holy book of Islam -- a faith that is all about collecting good deeds so one may enter paradise -- the One God lists "freeing the slave" as one of the greatest good deeds the believers can perform. This religious trait alone almost wiped out slavery altogether pretty early on in Islam's history, but it was later brought back because the greed in men's hearts was unleashed and overwhelmed their piety. Despite the popular rhetoric of the day, slavery has nothing to do with religion itself. It is purely an anti-religious, greed-fueled economic system.

Muhammad Rasheed - Dear Jen,

That's not true. They did set up the original model of the Atlantic Slave Trade, having owned all of the initial apparatus involved (sugar cane plantations, ships, rum distilleries, West African port forts, etc.), but once the gentile whites got their hands on the system and went wild-eyed, drooling mad turning it into a super, mega-industry, the Jewish businessmen were mostly content to stay on the Wall Street speculative side of the incredibly lucrative slave economy, confining their "ownership" to company shares and the like. Relatively few decided to risk being on the hands-on side of slave ownership after the Revolutionary War when they took such massive losses.

Muhammad Rasheed - Dear Raymond & Lee,

So what? Was it Anthony Johnson's sole decision to permanently delegate the chattel slave status to Blacks in order to save poor whites from "the evils of white slavery?" That's the pact that the elite whites made with the poor whites that birthed the racist aristocracy we deal with today.  Whites conspired across class lines to make Black the official "let's shit on them" class so that poor whites could be spared the slavery state... a pact that manifests today as the "promise to the white working class" political talking point. Anthony Johnson's actions, although selfish and evil in their own right, were confined to his own crazy estate in force and scope.

Muhammad Rasheed - Dear Joe,

The majority of slave owners are for-profit prison CEOs.

Muhammad Rasheed - Dear Jakub,

I find it interesting (and by "interesting" I mean "batshit insane") that in your critique of this cartoon, you simultaneously blame Blacks for the problems of racism while dismissing racism. You don't think it matters if someone deliberately sabotages a nation and cripples its people, while you project racist talking points at the people for not being pulling themselves up by the bootstraps and bettering themselves as if they are in that state through laziness and not the sabotage. I find it interesting that you also seem to recognize that Blacks AREN'T the barbaric savages of the stereotype, but are on the receiving end of the barbaric savages who want only to hoard the world's wealth & power for themselves.

Muhammad Rasheed - Dear Michael,

No, but pretending to give free money and aid while pocketing it and leaving the people to rot IS racist and exploitative.

Muhammad Rasheed - Dear Tyler,

Since only the racists benefit from never mentioning or challenging their evil, I'm actually doing the very opposite of encouraging racism by pushing their noses into it and forcing them to think about it. Getting racists triggered, and forcing them to come up with alternate ways to justify their evil is one of the ways to combat racism, as it forces the national Candid & Courageous Conversation that can eventually lead to some form of long overdue, once-n-for-all closure of some description. The race war you've mentioned very well may be that closure, since it took the American Civil War to grant me the rudimentary freedoms I currently enjoy. I think we both know that the racists will never willingly give up the benefits of their racist aristocracy, just as their ancestors refused to willingly give up the extremely lucrative slave institution.

There are FAR more poor whites on the gov assistance programs. Presumably to supplement their heroin addictions and food stamp fraud businesses.

Dear Daniel,

Within this society, Black people are economically excluded as a self-empowered political entity, forcing them to use all of their skills and talents to support their rival white culture. It's part of the "integration" scam that deliberately sabotages the efforts of an independent Black empowerment. Consequently, Blacks are forced to take the jobs you've listed just to have a basic life above the poverty line -- jobs that do little more than aid the oppressor in subjugating their fellow Blacks into a state ripe for further exploitation.

The historical record is full of Blacks working hard to make it, followed immediately by whites taking from them and plundering them to increase the wealth gap and prevent Blacks from coming together and using their wealth to elevate themselves as a group. The entire socio-economic class of Blacks who as a whole do little more than use their skills and talents to support white institutions are ultimately traitors to their own people.

Dear Jack, Bjarni & Lynn,

Your lack of respect for the lessons of history make you look foolish here. Remember the slaves fought in the American Civil War at odds even more lop-sided than they are now. Remember your ancestors had convinced themselves that it was impossible for the Blacks to show themselves as brave and canny warriors since you lot believed they were inherently designed to be chattel. The rudimentary freedoms I have today came directly from my ancestors' performance during the last civil war. lol All three of you sound crazy.

If you refuse to leave my people alone to build up our own wealth for our benefit and live free as full US citizens then of course a new civil war is not only a good idea, but it is the only option. Freedom is worth the spilling of blood.

All branches of the US military are heavily represented by Black people; many Blacks are combat veterans, and are far more experienced in battle than their ancestors were during the previous civil war. It seems like you all refuse to use basic logic and reason to formulate your racist opinions. We don't have to fire the first bullet; all we have to do is walk in our God-given freedom and refuse to play your games and you will attack to protect your white supremacist/anti-Black society. We will win again because ours is the righteous fight of the believing oppressed and have God on our side. We will stay in our current oppressed state as long as we foolishly believe that whites will somehow come to their senses and stop abusing us just because.

Dear Mikhail, Logan & Daniel,

As you can see in the cartoon itself,  it's the white racist figure who is using the term "reverse racism," not my character. That's YOUR term, not mine. Are you even capable of basic comprehension of your own racist foolishness? Or is this just one of your very weak gaslighting efforts?

To be clear, there is no such thing as "reverse racism." Western society is fundamentally structured to plunder and steal from Black people to support the centuries old white racist aristocracy. Efforts of Blacks to break free from this evil system, no matter how small, trigger whites into behaving the way you do here, acting in a kneejerk panic to steal my Freedom of Expression rights away.

Please improve.

Dear Joel,

Do you walk around with a bag of strawman effigies that you toss around willy-nilly like Mardi Gras beads? Because that's all you've done here. None of what you've typed here aligns to any kind of reality. The alt-right isn't interested in "Black genocide" because whites need the subjugated Black class to exploit of their wealth. They NEED Blacks to be the lowest socio-economic group so the poorest most raggedy whites will never be in that slot. In other words, without Blacks being artificially held down in that slot, the poor whites would take their defacto proper place as the abused footstools of the white elite.

Dear Joel,

1.) I am very much anti-Trump administration, anti-vote suppression, and anti-white supremacy. This is the angle that my political cartoons take. Obviously all of these angry white trolls who came to get my Art Page deleted off of Facebook are far-right Trump supporters precisely because they didn't agree with my anti-far right Trump supporter message. lol Since my Freedom of Expression was attacked and my platform was removed because people exactly like you disagreed with it, that 100% made me a victim of you racist anti-American types.

I do think it's interesting that you think it's alright to attack me because you think you are a victim though.

Dear Javier,

I'm still trying to understand why people like you think this comment is relevant to anything, and why you think it's supposed to mean anything to me. Let's break it down:
  1. I posted an anti-racism cartoon that triggered a legion of white supremacist types who typically operate within a racist hive mind and support each other no matter what.
  2. Through sheer word of mouth, the cartoon spread around enough white supremacist circles to attract a sufficient number of their trolls to make anti-Black comments on my posts.
  3. The white supremacists who agree with the bolder trolls decided to 'Like' one of the anti-Black comments a troll made.
  4. Javier and other like-minds believe that the 'Likes' that the white supremacists provided in support of one of their own members somehow has a significant meaning more potent than the original cartoon that triggered them all into kneejerk action in the first place.
  5. You're an idiot. Take a bow.

Mo'Nique's Righteous Fight

Jeremy Travis - [FB VIDEO] Mo'Nique Explains Her Side

Jeremy Travis
- So when Monique brought up this issue a few days ago, I didn't know the context and details and numbers behind it, so I just sat back and looked, listened, and learned. And the more I see, hear, and learn, the more I see that, not only does she have a well-stated, well-constructed, well-reasoned point, she also has a lot of people who couldn't care less about what she had to say, they just want her to shut the fuck up, DESPITE the fact that what she's saying and doing is correct and just.

Marlon Davis
- I think she has valid points. Especially after i seen a video compilation of Amy Schumer stealing jokes

Scootsie McKnickey
- MoNique literally has never done anything shitty or hurtful to anyone but for soooome reason niggas are aggressively coming for her. Im so confused

Muhammad Rasheed
- @Jeremy... I think it's an example of systemic racism/misogyny. Mo'Nique should be able to negotiate whatever she wants with the force of her talent, skill and accomplishments, but they were trying to keep her from that because they didn't want her to do it without playing the game their way. Compare her to Jerry Seinfeld, and see what he was able to negotiate for himself as a low-to-mediocre comedian. Why was he able to do what he did to gain the industry support that enabled him to become rich & famous the way he did? The gatekeepers and power-players allowed him to, but they didn't want Mo'Nique to do it and set a precedent with other Blacks. That game isn't designed for you. Only certain Blacks are allowed through that gate.

Scootsie McKnickey - Jerry Seinfeld literally has 0 talent and 1 show.  Its amazing how much bread white mediocrity generates

kreative_force - why didnt she try to get a special on KweliTv to begin with?

Muhammad Rasheed -Is that you on the left that's kicking her?

Muhammad Rasheed -You could just as seriously ask anybody that same question. Why do you think it's specifically relevant to Mo'Nique? lol Doesn't she have the right to try to negotiate whatever business she wants to try to get for herself?

kreative_force - its not a kick to her. She can't negotiate that with our own up and coming media outlet? I don't see the point in us repeatedly expecting other people's to allow us into their social order. Especially when we have our own that needs our attention. Then when they dont let one of us in or give us a lesser position/benfits we go back to our own people to try and fight our way in. C'mon. Netflix's ice ain't any colder than Kweli's.

kreative_force - Is she right to demand more $? sure. Is it smart to JUST do that? No. If she really wants to reach her audience we have a place for her to do that & she'll get the respect (and pay) she deserves. She shouldn't beg any network for a thing with all the years of work she's put into the industry.

Muhammad Rasheed -You make some good points, but they are based on projecting into her life decisions, goals and even into her plans. How do we know she didn’t negotiate with both NetFlix and the Kweli deal? How do we know she didn’t have several irons in the fire, and she protested the most high profile one that made the big news? 

We don’t know her business outside of what she allowed us to see; consequently I would prefer to confine our critique to what we do know since we are otherwise not privy to her business like that. She allowed us to see that which she was willing to discuss in a public forum, something she felt was worth discussing publicly. 

Also, bear in mind that it’s not normal to pursue your own brand under a Black-owned anything. That concept is actively frowned upon by white industry monopolizers AND Black people, and it’s certainly out of the box thinking in this day and age. What she SAW was two high-profile Black comedians and one mediocre, plagiarizing white woman comedian getting lucrative deals with NetFlix and she wanted to throw her hat into that ring, too. That’s a normal move. Out-of-the-box moves from Black creative people tend to come with a whole LOT of bs heat from Black critics, and not everyone is strong enough or willing to go in that direction. Tyler Perry’s success is enviable, but who wants to hear all that crabs-in-a-barrel shit from Black people about it? Oprah? JayZ? Dr. Dre? Will Smith? Every time a Black celebrity makes those kinds of power moves that they are supposed to make, the Black community acts a friggin’ fool about it. So if going to Kweli’s first wasn’t Mo’Nique’s first thought, whose fault is that? Hers? I wouldn’t think so.

Muhammad Rasheed - I suspect she also wanted to make up for the lost time and show up with her own lucrative and vindicating power-move like Chappelle did. I'm more disappointed at the crazy way Blacks are responding to her than I am at her not getting the deal she wanted.

Thursday, January 25, 2018

Walking Down the Time

Muhammad Rasheed - As I sit here patiently counting down the time to when I’ll be released from my Facebook ban, I analyze the specific technique used to silence my efforts to use my art to fight the diabolical White Supremacist Ideology and its willing supporters. I posted a cartoon which illustrated a point I made during a #WhenTheAliensCome discussion, and over the next few days a legion of white supremacists showed up to complain and ridicule me. Nearly drunk on all of the triggered drama they provided for me to cartoon later, it didn’t take long before I was banned the first time for 24 hrs. I promptly sent a protest report to Facebook to let them know I was an editorial cartoonist who was being harassed by extremists weaponizing their auto-report system to monopolize Freedom of Expression for themselves. My note was either ignored by FB Admins who were of like-minds to my dedicated enemy, or my complaint was simply too far down in the queue to do me much good. In any event, only a couple hours or so after that ban I was banned again, this time for seven days, in which I now count down the remaining hours.
Once banned, the white supremacists immediately started filling up my cartoon with taunts and vitriol to which I couldn’t immediately respond. To my delight though, I found that I still retained the ability to delete posts and ban people! I used this power freely to prevent the enemy from controlling the narrative of what was going on, removing all posts that (“Well, actually…”) sought to matter of fact proclaim lies as definitive truths to indoctrinate the readers.  Not on MY page you’re not. I left all the comments though that I intended to address within the short time I had before being banned again, which I fully expect since the nature of the attack is pure cowardice. One of my favorite comments I read once the enemy realized I was deleting posts from my invisible-silent realm, was one protesting how unfair it was that I didn’t allow this virtual army of racist trolls to say whatever they wished on my Art Page while I was otherwise unable to address their toxic caucasity directly using my preferred weapons. Isn’t that one of the most classically WHITE things you’ve ever heard? The virtual lynch mob of legions of trolls said it was “unfair” that I used what little tools I had at my disposal to defend myself from their literal attack on my Right to Freedom of Expression. lol This is a sliver of the amazing nonsense we have to deal with on the grander scale as African-Americans.
Although I don’t expect to have very much time as a free man once this 7-day ban is lifted (I wouldn’t be surprised if they flagged/reported every single cartoon in my Art Page folio in efforts to get my entire account deleted), I don’t consider this a loss. The fact that they got triggered and came on the run… from pure word-of-mouth mind you… meant that my work is doing what it was intended to do: Speak truth to power and force them to do some form of damage control to cover up their newly-bared asses for the documented record. The actual content of what they say doesn’t matter very much (they lie as their first language and can never be trusted, since they only care about supporting white supremacy at all costs), but the fact that they protest at all says volumes and lets me know the mission of my art is successful. If they said nothing at all it would be one thing, of course, but they’re the ones that ironically invented the term “triggered” in this context, and it’s only the hurt dog that yelps.
So what is my mission? Outside of basic entertainment, my cartoons adhere to 3 Prime Directives, which are as follows:
1.)   To Make the Complex Simple. I believe this is true of all art, and especially the cartoon media and its naturally inherent emphasis on glyphs, short-hands and symbols.

2.)   To Decode the Objectives & Methods of White Supremacy. The main tool of racists is their propaganda – using gaslighting, repetition of nonsense, subliminal imagery, and other indoctrination techniques – to encode their toxic message into everyone. They indoctrinate themselves to justify their actions and convince themselves it is okay (in fact, their DUTY!) to exploit and plunder Black people. The video below from Agyei Tyehimba describes the specific role of my art best.

[EXCERPT] 5 Types of Black People Needed in the Black Liberation Movement by Agyei Tyehimba

3.)   To Make the Oppressor Class Uncomfortable. As Ta-Nehisi Coates points out in the vid below, the racist aristocracy doesn’t get to comfortably enjoy the loot plundered from Blacks. To allow them that comfort is to throw in the towel of cowardice, and hope they toss us a crumb. No. If you aren’t triggering them and refusing to take their bs seriously then you are just as wrong as they are, and count as the “good friends” who allowed evil to rage about with your silence. The fight is a righteous fight.
I don’t know if I’ll end up losing my Facebook account in the end, but there are other social media outlets, and other means of distributing my work. What are the chances that FB will make their reporting system less white racist lynch mob friendly in the near future? This is a perfect example of the need for Black-owned media safe spaces, free of the sabotaging reach of the white racist fake patriots.