Sunday, December 16, 2018
When Self-Hate Pretends to Be Love, pt 01
When Self-Hate Pretends to Be Love, pt 02
When Self-Hate Pretends to Be Love, pt 03
Saturday, December 15, 2018
Friday, December 14, 2018
|Cartoon illustrating the diabolical game playing the |
financial sector elite routinely perform to enrich
themselves at the expense of the Black community.
Muhammad Rasheed - Now that Matt Taibbi (Griftopia) and Greg Palast (The Best Democracy Money Can Buy) have revealed with their top notch (and rage-inducing) investigative journalism how the 1% grifter class actually operate in the modern day, there’s no excuse for falling for the transparent propaganda schemes like the ones that inspired today’s cartoon. We can reasonably trust that any and everything the elite among the political/business class does is solely to support the White Supremacist Ideology, enriching themselves with anti-Black systemic racism at the expense of the people. Palast’s reports demonstrated the extent of the crimes as the financial sector teamed with their cronies in Washington D.C. to suppress Black and Latinx Democratic Party votes by evicting them from their homes when they couldn’t pay the hefty balloon payment mortgage payments while the companies got wealthier from multiple angles from the length & breadth of the long con’s scope.
Black people have never recovered from the financial ruin of the Great Recession, the wealth gap between the races is wider than ever, yet the Trump administration is still committed to undoing all the reform band-aid efforts put in place by previous administrations to ease their hardships. The rhetoric narrative from the Black community’s political rivals is that they “just want free handouts they don’t deserve” and Blacks should just forgive barbaric violent attacks from white racists because the chronic poverty in Black neighborhoods caused by the same anti-Black systemic racism triggers desperate struggling Black people to attack other desperate struggling Black people.
When the Obama administration added the Student Aid and Fiscal Responsibility Act of 2009 to the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act as part of the Reconciliation Act of 2010 amendment, it actually removed the big banks as middle men in the student loan process so that funds would then be administered directly to students from the government. The banks of course lost a great deal of money from this very patriotic, pro-Americans citizen law and they responded with FURY.
We know for a fact by their consistent behavior that the 1% grifter class that runs the country does not care about the American people in general, and Black people in specific. We are at war, in the strongest sense of the word, and we absolutely need to move smartly with focus and determination to steer the nation in the direction it needs to be in by force in order to align it to its ideals.
Thursday, December 13, 2018
|Cartoon depicting the vast scope of the fight against anti-Black |
systemic racism, as the White Supremacist Ideology has a
bi-partisan footprint with resentments and active
pushback present within both parties.
Wednesday, December 12, 2018
Tuesday, December 11, 2018
Monday, December 10, 2018
Sunday, December 9, 2018
|Cartoon illustrating the over-the-top violent domestic terror|
tactic—by numerous harmful entities at all levels—of
treating Black children like they are adults.
Christopher Finch - Why don't Black Lives Matter activists protest inner city, black on black violence?
Muhammad Rasheed - Black Lives Matter (BLM) is one of numerous Black activism groups, with most focused on specialized categories within the spectrum of multiple issues affecting the Black community. BLM's specific scope addresses the trauma of police brutality and other attacks on Black bodies by non-Black people, while there are several other groups that do address the self-inflicted violence symptomatic with the chronic poverty found in urban Black neighborhoods.
The emotionally-triggered vocal critics of the group seem to be unaware of these basic, easily-researched facts, and prefer to treat the "Black Lives Matter" title as if the movement's scope is supposed to be much broader based on their own uninformed assumptions. This gives the impression that the strawman effigy faux-criticisms are unreasonable attacks from people who actually support over-the-top police violence against Black people even on the off chance the teeth-gnashing critic really didn't mean to be [completely] unsympathetic.
Saturday, December 8, 2018
|Cartoon illustrating a technique of race soldiers designed to |
terrorize Black people into immobility that quasi-well meaning
intellectuals explain away as natural tribal skin color prejudice.
Muhammad Rasheed - The Threat Awareness and Reporting Program (TARP), under Army Regulation 381-12, says it’s mandatory for a list of different groups who have been trained on it (all U.S. military and Department of Defense personnel, government contractors, etc.) to report suspicious behavior to the government counterintelligence hotline. The material explains that terrorism has nothing to do with race, religion or nationality, but has everything to do with behaviors and actions of individuals. The government counts on Americans to use their basic, decent common sense to identify potential threats and promptly report them to prevent something horrible from happening to innocent American people. This is real.
“Racism” as we know it has nothing to do with the regularly circulating gaslight spin job that describes it as a “primitive, natural, tribal skin color prejudice.” This is a deflection from the truth. Racism is actually a diabolical economic system that was birthed at the beginning of the American experiment when a trade in African Black flesh by ‘crony capitalist’ Western powers became YUGE/BIGLY international business. Several factors contributed to the decision that a special aristocracy would be created based on the dramatic physical difference between the light-skinned members of Europe’s ethnic tribes versus the enslaved African, in which the latter would be permanently delegated to a chattel bondsman class. The centuries old wealth gap between the two races within the white supremacist era, getting wider and wider with each passing decade, is a direct result of the dominant group protecting their manufactured Whitopia from the possibility of the socio-economic pendulum swinging in the other direction. Should it so swing, it would first create an equality between the races scenario, with the potential for a total flip in the balance of power. The elaborate effort to prevent that pendulum from swinging—using psychological mind games, financial sabotage/property theft, domestic terror tactics and police/military force—is the true nature of racism. This is real.
White Americans have been in the habit of using their basic, decent common sense to report Black people to the police just for doing normal, regular activities in public places. All efforts to explain away the behavior are disingenuous; it is a terror tactic with the intention to control Black behavior. The ‘golden rule’ of treating others how you would like to be treated does not apply, because the people doing the reporting cannot empathize with the Black victims due to generations of anti-Black systemic racism programming that has now become normalized among the Whitopian residents. They do not see themselves and their foulness, they only see their hatred for the idea of Blacks behaving as if they are not subjugated lower class citizens controlled for white exploitation. This is real.
As a Black American, my number one political issue is the freeing of my people from the savagery of racism’s chains so we may live the fullness of life as we deserve. White people benefit from the aristocracy by default and hold a bi-partisan vested interest in working out problems among each other AROUND the anti-Black systemic racism that feeds them. So when I watch white liberals and white conservatives attempt to come to a common ground in their ideological differences and mutually seek to take anti-racism off the table so they can make faster headway during the talks, or not wanting to aggravate the other, it does leave me feeling some kind of way.
I am not interested in hearing another 150 yrs of more empty words with more empty promises and inevitable betrayals behind them; I am instead only interested in what is real and making informed decisions from a place of correct analysis of very real behaviors. I pray for peace and the reasonable unobstructed liberty to pursue my God-given rights as a natural-born U.S. citizen, but it seems like I may be alone in wishing this for all Americans.
Thursday, December 6, 2018
Wednesday, December 5, 2018
|Cartoon depicting the Democrats' regretful loss of a large part |
of their constituency due to the "Southern Strategy" of their rivals,
with their hopes of somehow reclaiming them at the
risk of betraying the loyal Black American.
Dave Consiglio - Thank you Rasheed for posting this today.
I’ve actually been catching some heat lately for naming [my] blog The War Donkey.
While the GOP flaunts their openly sexist, racist, homophobic stances, we worry about offending centrists by drawing attention to those stances?
Not on my watch.
The War Donkey is about fighting this shit, not appeasing those who find the fight uncomfortable or awkward.
It’s supposed to be uncomfortable!
Tuesday, December 4, 2018
Monday, December 3, 2018
|Cartoon illustrating the negative taint infesting the national culture |
due to a hostile, unpatriotic special interest group being allowed to
dictate the narrative of what is considered normal and/or harmless.
Alan MacNeill - With all due respect, cartoons like that do nothing to help the cause. All they do is reinforce the Right Wing opinion “They’re looking down on us, why should we listen to them?” Please, for the good of the movement, stop.
Muhammad Rasheed - Hi, Alan. The facts of history demonstrate that those who hold the Right Wing opinion are actively waging war against my group and aren’t even remotely interested in listening to me.
Rather than play that game with them, and look like a fool in the attempt, I’m more interested in digging up the root cause of their behaviors from well thought out analysis of the historical narrative and satirizing it in my art. I don’t mind that you don’t agree with my approach since I’m under no illusion that my product is of an universal appeal.
Alan MacNeill - Here’s your problem.
Yes, there are SOME on the Right who are as you say. Probably 10–15% of the Republican Party, and certainly the loudest of them.
However, in order to WIN ELECTIONS, which is all that matters (since without folks in office, you can’t fix the problems), you need to be attractive to the folks who aren’t strictly dedicated to that side, but might lean more conservative than you wish they did.
You have two choices: 1. Shove them away as being impure…then they vote for your opponents, who win the elections and have the power, and you and your pure movement are wandering in the wilderness, or 2. Be temperate in your attacks on the other side, point out their flaws when you can, but in a fair and reasonable and honest way, not lumping everyone in with the extreme 5%.
Your cartoons show you want to do #1…and that’s certainly your right, but realize that it means you are killing your movement. And, frankly, shoving away far more than just your targets.
Muhammad Rasheed - Alan wrote: “However, in order to WIN ELECTIONS…”
We can stop voter suppression and the GOP will never “win” another election again.
Alan wrote: “…but realize that it means you are killing your movement.”
I disagree. Being honest will reveal the true nature of the movement and the fight at hand. Walking on eggshells around my committed enemy has gained me nothing.
Alan MacNeill - I’m judging this from your profile picture alone…but you aren’t old enough to have enough experience to say “never”.
And stopping voter suppression alone won’t guarantee a Blue Wave. Sorry that the world doesn’t fit nicely into your blue sky fantasy, but in the real world you have to appeal to folks who don’t agree with you, but are at least willing to listen to your argument. Cartoons like yours shrink that pool, dramatically.
Muhammad Rasheed - Alan wrote: “…you aren’t old enough to have enough experience to say ‘never.’”
It’s just a prediction wrapped in a bit of hyperbole since I am not privy to the secrets of the unseen future.
Alan wrote: “And stopping voter suppression alone won’t guarantee a Blue Wave.”
The Democrats have the numbers. The GOP has to cheat to have any kind of longevity. We only put up with it because the Demos are guilty of using it too when convenient (that’s why they don’t like talking about it).
Alan wrote: “…but in the real world you have to appeal to folks who don’t agree with you…”
There are varying sub-groups within that pool. Research reveals which among them are worthy of the effort of appealing to. The ones I am in active war with can feel the sting of the toon.
Alan wrote: “Sorry that the world doesn’t fit nicely into your blue sky fantasy…”
lol That’s precisely how I feel about your expressed “Probably 10–15%.” That’s actually closer to what the percentage of ‘good guys’ looks like, and it’s about the same on the liberal side.
The anti-racism fight isn’t your fight, Alan, which is the root cause of my woes.
Alan wrote: “Cartoons like yours shrink that pool, dramatically.”
*shrug* I prefer to know the face of my foe. His ability to hide and slink around among those I can actually trust (possible only because I allowed myself to be convinced I should walk on eggshells around the creature) puts me at a disadvantage that doesn’t get me closer to my goals.
Alan MacNeill - Best of luck.
Hope your lance is sharp, because those windmills are vicious.
And with that, farewell donkeys…I'm off to find a group that embraces my values, those that made Democrats wi once upon a time.
Paul Haas - Before commenting on this cartoon, it might be wise to re-read the cartoon from Sunday. I don't want to become one of the army of white editors removing anything remotely uncomfortable to us. Or in today's case, comics that took us some time to figure out, so we feel the Elephants will never get it.
Dave Consiglio - Hi Alan. M. Rasheed is an invited guest here. Disagreements are what we save for Republicans, eh?
Furthermore, we have no idea is this comic is “shoving people away” or not. What we do know is that we welcome everyone here who supports Democratic candidates. I know that’s both you and Muhammad, and I’m sure we can find our common ground.
Sunday, December 2, 2018
|Cartoon depicting white supremacy's proactive risk control procedures |
using an extreme micromanagement control over the racial narrative.
Kelly Erickson - You’ve got a wonderful way of reading between the lines of life and then holding a magnifying glass up in your cartoons. Love this one.
|Cartoon illustrating the epiphany that led to the |
draw decisions of both the Canelo Álvarez vs. Gennady Golovkin I
and the Deontay Wilder vs. Tyson Fury fights.
Benjamin Du - Does the split decision draw for Tyson Fury vs. Deontay Wilder prove that boxing is corrupt?
Muhammad Rasheed - Of course it does. The boxing industry has been corrupt since it’s beginnings, controlled by a tight cartel of insiders and legacy mob families. It’s little different than how the Hollywood film industry functions, with the larger money payouts drawing the most slimeball people like flies to honey.
David Glenn - As a boxing fan I understand the pain but why is this on The War Donkey?
Muhammad Rasheed - The critique of immoral manipulation of industry from the monopoly/cartel standpoint -- a classic demonstration of antitrust law violation -- is always appropriate on a progressive politics platform.
Sport business models are often exploitative by tradition, but boxing is especially so. All of that needs to be dragged out into the open and publicly cursed; there's little of what we fight for that isn't interconnected with other items in our agenda, David, even when not immediately obvious.