Saturday, November 17, 2018

Allegiance to Falsehood

Cartoon satirizing the white supremacist Internet troll's
commitment to driving a false propaganda narrative
to protect his lucrative anti-Black systemic racism.

Anonymous - Do people show racism in Quora?

Muhammad Rasheed - Yes, but it’s not just Quora. It’s an infestation that is found throughout all social media platforms that allow average people to create accounts for free and share their thoughts. Whenever people use these platforms to sound off in protest against our oppressive systemic racist traditions, you can count on those who support the White Supremacist Ideology to show up to defend it.

This comes in both blatant hardcore forms as well as more subtle ones. A huge part of Western Civilization’s white supremacist tradition is the toxic Eurocentric narrative of history, which indoctrinates the populace in anti-Black systemic racism using tools such as:
  • White washing of Black historical figures
  • Downplaying of major Black contributions to civilization and their significance
  • Cultural appropriation
  • Cover-ups of the true originators of key scientific and/or civilizing principles of innovative/pioneering Black Africans
  • Vilification of Black people and their allies who fight against the anti-Black systemic racist tradition
  • Rewarding of Blacks willing to sellout their people for ‘Assimilated Integrationist Token’ roles that support white supremacy
  • Pretending that the low-brow sub-cultural traits the enslaved Africans picked up from the poor whites (including crude English dialect and anti-civilized violent behaviors) are inherent within the Africans’ descendants and a reflection of their natural intelligence (to be preserved within ‘multicultural’ programs)
  • Propaganda that describes “good” Black people as content with being subjugated for white racist exploitation and abuse
  • Propaganda that describes Black people as inherently criminal and/or savage to justify white racist abuses
…and this false narrative is made mandatory in the education system by the dominant group that controls it. The racists who infest social media in support of that system come in the form of white supremacist ‘race soldiers,’ as well as just average people who genuinely believe they are saving civilization by supporting the most harmful aspects of society.

Thursday, November 15, 2018

The Business of Being Tired

Cartoon illustrating the mental fatigue produced
from throwing community-empowering messaging
into what often seems like a bottomless pit.

Nate White - What are African-Americans tired of explaining?

Muhammad Rasheed - As an African-American, I am tired of explaining the following:
The sooner I no longer have to explain these things, the closer Black people will be to the freedom of full United States of America citizenship.

Wednesday, November 14, 2018

The Lonely Road Towards Black Empowerment

Cartoon satirizing the solitary ladder the Black American needs
to climb in order to achieve the Black Empowerment and
political enfranchisement we need.
No matter the party chosen, the same
work will need to be done.

Harry Underwood - What do you think will be the state of African-American advancement in 2065, 100 years after the Voting Rights Act and 200 years after Emancipation?

Muhammad Rasheed - I do not know. It will depend on a number of factors, all related to how the Black American people themselves behave moving forward. At the moment, Black people are completely disenfranchised from the political machine; they vote for the Democratic Party out of loyalty tradition, without receiving any benefits in return to improve their quality of life. In fact, their conditions grow worse as their political rivals and enemies in the opposition party diligently chip away at all post-slavery gains with the obvious ominous intention of returning the Black American ethnic group to the ubër-lucrative chattel slave institution. Their “allies” within the Democratic Party are providing zero protection against this scheme, preferring instead to selfishly exploit Black labor & services to achieve their own political goals, dangling empty promises of what Blacks will get in the aftermath of a maybe victory.

If things continue as they are, it will not look good for Black people in 2065, and I can predict the worse case scenario as a nigh-inevitability.

In general, Black people are in four main groups when it comes to politics:
  1. Those die-hard Democratic Party loyalists, who vote ‘blue’ just because they’ve voted ‘blue’ for a long time and they wouldn’t dream of betraying their party (“Go, Team! Go!!!”)
  2. Those of a strong conservative bent who believe Black people should rightfully be at their original Republican Party, the “Party of Lincoln.” I suspect these affluent Republican Blacks would be willing to sell out lower class Black people to the mass incarceration grift, and look the other way to allow conditions designed to force innocent Blacks into that demonic system.
  3. Those who believe the two parties should be abandoned for an independent Black Political Party of our own.
  4. Those who see the entire political machine as a set-up by diabolical white people to trick them; a grift that was never, ever intended for Black people to take part in, so they may as well live in a lawless anarchy state.
Other than the ignorant and cowardly fourth bullet, all the rest will still require Black people to use money, unity among all class and ideologies across the Black Nation and massive action using the four core tools needed for achieving enfranchisement and ultimately Black Empowerment:
  • Black Vote - The African-American ethnic group coming together across class and ideological lines to vote as ONE special interest political bloc.
  • Black Political Agenda - A checklist of must-have items the Black community demanded from their government that their special interest group required for full U. S. Citizenship, Black Empowerment and Economic Inclusion.
  • Black Political Representation - Hand-picked and-or hand-groomed officials, committed to the Black community’s interests, that the Black voter elected to office and held accountable to their agreement for achieving the items on the Black Political Agenda.
  • Black Economic Boycott - An agreement between a significant number of the Black American special interest group to withhold their spending power from industry as a highly effective economic punishment when the government refuses to heed the demands of the Black community.
Whether we go independent, stay Democratic or even decide to re-join our old party (currently infested with murderous white supremacists), we will still have to put in the massive work to achieve our goals. We CANNOT count on our rivals—from within or outside of the parties!—to help or do the work for us. We are on our own.

Tuesday, November 13, 2018

Our Rebellious Tradition of Half-Truth

Cartoon illustrating the critical need to develop a tradition
of interpreting sacred scripture from both sides
of our species' dual intellectual capacity.

Sean Green - Why do people associate God as being male when women are the ones who give life?

Muhammad Rasheed - There is indeed but a single accurate answer to this question:
The people associate the One God as being 'male' for no other reason than because the latest versions of God's message were revealed during the time of dominant patriarchy.
Consequently, the males in power seized the message and interpreted it through their male-centered viewpoint, which became tradition.

In order to have a fuller and even more accurate understanding into the Word of God, the insights of the woman's perspective and analysis into the body of sacred scripture, that we have shamefully shunned and casually dismissed for centuries now, must be solicited, cultivated and held up to its proper place of honor. Only then will we be closer to achieving an enlightened state as a species and more fully reap the benefits of having the Lord's Merciful Guidance within our midst. The human being of earth is a dual being, composed of both the paired male & female, each gendered component with its unique viewpoint. To treat the perspective of only one of those as ‘good enough for everybody’—as if the comically egotistic male gender is somehow able to relate to the truly unique Divine Singular perspective of the One God—is genuinely stupid and unacceptable.

When it comes to the formal interpretation of the Word of God for the human archival record, it requires our total focus, our total intellect, and the total 360° viewpoint of the dual perspective of our species.

Monday, November 12, 2018

Opting Out of Civilization

Cartoon illustrating the concept of rejecting our
civilizing humanity by allowing our lusts to lead us in
a lifestyle of hoarding and over-indulgence.

Q: - Is it true that human beings weren’t meant to be monogamous?

Muhammad Rasheed - That concept is the literal equivalent to saying that:
  • humans weren't meant to eat healthy and in moderation
  • humans weren't meant to get enough sleep
  • humans weren't meant to not develop harmful addictions to dangerous substances.
Our lusts don't believe in putting the breaks on and partaking only in healthy moderation. If we allow our lusts to drive us, we will overdue EVERYTHING to the point of devastation & destruction, so the idea that we "weren't meant" to control our natural foolishness is an appeal to a barbaric lifestyle and a rejection of our civilized humanity.

This is not worthy of serious thought.

Instead, we should strive to be our BEST individual selves, and then aid one another in community that we may reach our highest ideals as a species.

Sunday, November 11, 2018

The Projected Anger of Self-Disappointment

Cartoon satirizing the suspected white supremacist fed flames
of anger projected from certain tribes among the Black Nation,
that reflect their self-disappointment in failing to be properly
prepared when they shockingly found themselves with an
African-American President of the United States.

Dick Raphaël - Is Donald Trump right when he said that President Barack Obama has done nothing during his presidency for African-Americans?

Muhammad Rasheed - No. President Obama did a lot for Black Americans, and had plans to do even more. Unfortunately his most ambitious plans required a Democratic Party President of the United States to come after him to build upon them, and since it looks like Trump is trying to break the USA so nobody will ever be able to use it again, I guess that’s that. It was fun while it lasted. smh

The actual problem is that the American people in general were so used to assuming that there wouldn’t be an African-American POTUS anytime soon, that when it DID happen, the extremely pessimistic Black community were ill-prepared. Despite the intense imploring of the new president-elect to “Tell me what to do!” during his 2008 victory speech, only a few scattered specialized activists and independent mavericks even tried to place mini-political agendas on Obama’s desk. The eight year silence from the Black community as a whole was deafening. Conspicuously, the Black Congressional Caucus members hastily slapped something together only in response to Trump’s “What do you have to lose?” insult to the Black constituency and that was it.

So now nearly two years into Trump’s presidency, we find many Black people upset at Obama because they think he didn’t do enough for them. I strongly suggest they seriously analyze those eight years, see what worked for those special interest groups who did have their stuff together and promptly responded to Obama’s directive with a rock-solid political agenda checklist to get what they demanded. There is a process to all of this; Obama wasn’t just going to pull up to everyone’s houses in a Brink’s™ truck, give everyone dap and a $50,000 cheque just because. Life doesn’t work that way, and you still have to put in the work to get what you say you want.

Especially when you find yourself as the disenfranchised group everyone else likes to exploit.

Obama did a lot for the Black American inside of the narrow area he had to work in, but he could have done MUCH more if the Black community themselves had engaged in the political arena and actively partnered with him in it. When you know better, you do better. It’s not too late. Now that we know what’s needed we can start TODAY! to work together across class and ideological lines, put together our formal Black Political Agenda, effectively strategize as to how we will enfranchise ourselves and elect Black representatives committed to fighting for our special interest causes. Then the next time we find ourselves with a Black POTUS, we’ll tell her or him what to do so we can finally close out The Struggle and become truly free.

John Connolly - Why don't we as Americans of every non black race just give a part of our paycheck every week because of your oppression.You see how ridiculous you sound all most people hear is I am black blackity black black ,it's time to address your community problems on an individual level and take responsibility as a man.Obama was a failure and Trump is the rubber band snapping back,deal with it as a man not as a color.

Muhammad Rasheed - John wrote: “Why don't we as Americans of every non black race just give a part of our paycheck every week because of your oppression.”

You 100% should. It would not only help in fixing the anti-Black systemic racism evil your group has allowed to continue on into the modern day, but it will have the benefit of purifying your soul.

Do it.

Ed Guenther - "When You’re Accustomed to Privilege, Equality Feels Like Oppression"

@John... Nothing else needs to be said here. Of course, you didn’t give any real argument, but rants and typical right wing propaganda points.

Zev Rosenblum - Black Political Agenda? Isn't that just perpetuating political racism? I'd think a political system that was all inclusive would be the ideal.

Muhammad Rasheed - No, it wouldn’t be ideal. All it would do is enable strong and cohesive special interest groups who DO have a political agenda to hoard wealth & power from those who don’t, widening the wealth gap between the Black American ethnic group and everyone else.

Zev Rosenblum - Wait, how? By definition wouldnt an all inclusive agenda be a political counter to special interest groups?

What would keep the most powerful of the legacy families from ‘crony capitalism-ing’ their way into special interest status anyway, no matter what the all inclusive agenda was supposed to say? *sighhhh*

Muhammad Rasheed - The mere “definition” of an abstract term never reflects the real life jockeying for advantageous wealth & power positioning of actual politicking.

Roosevelt Pitt - This a fabrication. Now its black folks fault that Obama didn't do anything for black people as a group. Dr. Claude Anderson approached the Obama with a black agenda and he turned him away.

Muhammad Rasheed - Many of these items were built into the list of accomplishments Obama did put in place in some form or another. Even though they weren't as powerful as what Dr. Anderson hoped for, they still represent the basic structure that subsequent accountable Black representation can build upon.

Economic Policy Expert Claud Anderson Writes Open Letter to President Obama (2011)

Muhammad Rasheed - Roosevelt wrote: "Now its black folks fault that Obama didn't do anything for black people as a group."

In his 2008 victory speech, the new President Elect point blank told you to "tell me what to do!"

You failed to do so.

So he was forced to work the plan he did work that y'all are currently bitching wasn't good enough, while your political rivals brought him focused political agendas to "tell him what to do."

Instead of complaining you should instead analyze the process, take the lessons learned from what you failed to do to prepare for a Black POTUS' election, and get yourself together while you work on electing new Black representation to hold them accountable when you tell them what to do.

Arizechukwu Okeke - If he can't do anything for us because of the political process, then why bother voting in the first place?

Muhammad Rasheed - Arizechukwu wrote: "If he can't do anything for us because of the political process..."

That's a strawman effigy. He DID do stuff for us. He worked his own agenda battling against his partisan rivals. If there were specific items you wanted him to fight for, too, then why didn't you come together as a Black special interest group and formally put that political agenda in front of him in the process like the other Democratic Party special interest groups did for their communities?

What were you waiting for?

If you aren't going to work the political process ALL THE WAY, then why did you vote? Just to practice?

Arizechukwu Okeke - I'm not a politician. The purpose of voting for politicians is to do the things we cannot do ourselves. If we gotta do everything ourselves, what's the point voting? 🤨

Black people made our issues known for a long time. By now BLM is well known. Our agenda isn't hard to find at this point. We just want more protection against the killer cops. But Obama was busy signing bills FOR the cops (BTW Andrew Gillum is also pro police).

Why are we always expected to do more? We've been voting, donating and organizing for the Democrats since before JFK. When do we get something back?

Muhammad Rasheed - BLM represents one specific aspect of the Black Political Agenda, and it was one of the very few that formally put a plan in front of the POTUS and got their demands met.

Where was everyone else?

Why do these generations of post-civil rights era voters think the rules and processes of the voting process somehow don't apply to them and they think they can do the very bare minimum (voting, donating and organizing for the party but not for themselves) and get everything they want? #WhereTheyDoThatAt

Arizechuwu wrote: "When do we get something back?"

When you follow through pass the bare minimum and do the rest of the work. Like in the BLM example you brought up. Recognize that it's absolutely an on going process that requires continuous work and maintenance because your rivals will NEVER stop jockeying for position and scheming to get an advantage over you. Politics is a long and intense game of high stakes chess. Who told you otherwise? Where did this new, entitled "I don't have to do shit but toss my ballot into a red-white-blue box" expectation of politics come from?

Arizechukwu Okeke - Where are their demands met? The police are still killing us and Obama's bill has helped them do so.

Big question: Why should we have to BEG not to be murdered? And why vote for any politician we have to pull teeth for in the first place?

Voting is simple. Either fulfill my needs or get your vote elsewhere. Period.

You can be a Democratic shill if you want but the facts remain that there is nothing tangible they have done for us.

Arizechukwu Okeke - And you still refuse to address the Blue Alert Law.

Muhammad Rasheed - 1.) The BLM reps sat with the Obama administration and they were actively in the plan to reform our broken criminal justice system. It was an active back-n-forth because their rival group was trying to put stuff in place--and reinforce stuff that was already in place-- while BLM were fighting for theirs. Obama signed bills that had BLM items in them and stuff their rivals had in them, too (Blue Alert) as part of the USG leadership compromise dance, and it was understood that it was going to be a big fight but at least they had a POTUS willing to help be in that fight with them.That's the stuff the incoming president's AG was trying to break.

2.) You HAVE to fight for your political gains because you are in active rivalry with people who are trying to get their political gains met at your expense. Politics is high-stakes strategizing that never ends, and when it fails, you go to WAR. Physical bloodshed WAR. When your political rival has a YUGE/BIGLY headstart and is the dominant power, it makes your side of the fight that much harder, but you cannot be lackadaisacal in it! You're not "begging," you're DEMANDING and you don't stop going full stream ahead until you get what you want and even after THAT, you remain vigilant from your rival's counter-attack.

3.) Voting is simple. And it is just a piece of the over-all political strategy needed for enfranchisement of a people, ESPECIALLY when they have literally been out of the game for 150 yrs.

4.) I'm not a "Democratic shill." If the Black community's detailed plan for full enfranchisement determines that it WOULD be better to have our own "Black Party" then I'm all for it. Right now, we have equity built up in the Democratic Party, and we are the only special interest group in it that ISN'T hardline pushing a formal political agenda from behind a strong empowerment strategy of any kind. Of all the special interest groups under the Democratic Party banner, we're the ONLY one that isn't fighting for ourselves while waiting for our inner-party rivals to do OUR work FOR us and looking crazy.

Saturday, November 10, 2018

Tantrums from the Willfully Blind

Cartoon satirizing the shallow arrogance of the barber shop
political pundit and his embarrassingly poor ability to grasp basic
facts to analyze for workable knowledge within vital systems.

Muhammad Rasheed - [TOON] Unrealistic, Magical-Thinking Expectations versus High-Level Political Strategy

Jay Watts - Still the cape is flapping...Your telling me that he couldn't do anything about police killing unarmed black people.

Muhammad Rasheed - He did provide a justice reform item that Sessions was trying to break. Didn't we already talk about that?

Jay Watts - What justice reform is this? I don't recall. But your telling me that as the POTUS he couldn't do anything to stop and punish those racist police from killing unarmed black people? I think at one point during his 2 terms, one or two unarmed black people got killed every week for a whole month.

Campbelle Thai - Did that justice reform produce justice?

Campbelle Thai - Remember, Obama signed blue legislation to protect law enforcement.

Muhammad Rasheed - Jay wrote: "What justice reform is this? I don't recall."

This is the fundamental problem with your position here. You only think you know what you are talking about. It's embarrassing watching you.

How US Attorney General Jeff Sessions Has Rolled Back Obama-era Policies | VOA News

It took Jeff Sessions just one month to turn Obama-era drug policy on its head | Washington Post

Jeff Sessions Is Trying To Take Criminal Justice Back To The 1990s | FiveThirtyEight

Attorney General Orders Tougher Sentences, Rolling Back Obama Policy | New York Times

Campbelle Thai - Criminal Justice Reform is to reform criminal justice in the manner that the ruling class prescribed to complement the built environment. In other words, the system is being refined to maintain the status quo through illusory implementations.

Jay Watts - @Muhammad ...Whats embarrassing is how you can't answer my original question about racist police killing unarmed people. The justice reform did nothing to address or said anything about it.

Campbelle Thai - He sharing articles to express for support his position.

Muhammad Rasheed - The justice reform work laid the foundation for fixing the issue... an issue that took decades and numerous presidential administrations to create. One two-term executive branch couldn't 100% fix it all by himself, but he was able to lay the foundation to build upon (which was why he campaigned so hard to get Clinton in there for 2016).

Muhammad Rasheed - Both to support my position and provide the sources for Jay's "What justice reform?" query.

Campbelle Thai - Fixing the issue? The issue is being repackaged, like slavery to Jim Crow, where the latter was said to be worse!

Muhammad Rasheed - Of course since he wasn't able to get his preferred candidate in office, while Trump's AG pick was dedicated to undoing what Obama intended.

Campbelle Thai - Jay Watts told you what is justice reform but you're giving the political honorable description of it, that isn't inline with its actions!

Jay Watts - He could have made an example out of those racist cops that evidence and other factors said they lied about what happened and it was a homicide. But he did nothing.

Campbelle Thai - Name me one favorable policy Muhammad for African Americans that hasn't been rescinded. I got the rest of my life!

Muhammad Rasheed - You're asking me to prove that Trump didn't want to break Obama's legacy?

Campbelle Thai - Remember, Obama signed Blue Live Matter law for law enforcement. That gave law enforcement full range to kill Blacks with impunity!

Campbelle Thai - No one asked you about Trump breaking Obama's so-called legacy!

Jay Watts - Also thats the trick...with the democrats they keep pushing it off to the next person to get into office. making some excuse why they can't take the issue on...because of election, not enough support, or im trying to get the next guy in.

Muhammad Rasheed - Obama signed it because he was able to put items in the bill that his side wanted. Instead of going back-n-forth with the GOP fruitlessly, he felt it at least would be something even if he had to put up with their stuff.

Muhammad Rasheed - Jay wrote: "...with the democrats they keep pushing it off to the next person to get into office."

Meanwhile, Obama built the foundation and needed the next admin to build up on it, no different than how the corrupt system got in place with numerous past admins building up on it. That's why he couldn't magically wave his hand and fix it all at once, otherwise he would have.

Jay Watts - Excuse, Excuse and more Excuses....mean while we are getting slaughtered in the streets.

Muhammad Rasheed - Campbelle wrote: "No one asked you about Trump breaking Obama's so-called legacy!"

Then please work harder to make your points clear.

Muhammad Rasheed - Jay wrote: "Excuse, Excuse and more Excuses..."

lol Since you're doubling down on the idea that Obama should have just used magic to fix the problem in Jan 2009, how about you just magically become POTUS and fix it in a day?

Muhammad Rasheed - Campbelle posted: "The Newest Jim Crow"

Michelle Alexander was one of the consultants for Obama's criminal justice reform efforts by the way.

It looks like the main issue here is impatience with the time it takes for the system to work even when you have all the right people on the team. I agree with you.

Unrealistic, Magical-Thinking Expectations versus High-Level Political Strategy

Cartoon satirizing lower-class Black community
disappointment that Obama's presidency didn't translate
into more obvious and immediate economic improvement
in their neighborhoods.

Muhammad Rasheed - [TOON] Election Day II: Rebel Without Direction 

Jay Watts - Voting without an agenda gets you nothing, just like we got under Obama. No one wants to push our agenda then we hold our votes.

Muhammad Rasheed - Jay wrote: "...just like we got under Obama."

[LIST] Obama’s Positive Track Record For Helping African-Americans

Muhammad Rasheed - Fortunately, President Obama brought his own pro-Black agenda even while he encouraged us to bring one we drafted to "tell him what to do," Jay.

Jay Watts - @Muhammad... Everything you named is not specific to black people, it says minorities, people of color or names us in something he did for everyone. Minorities are non whites, gay men, women including white women. I am black, I am not a person of color or a minority. Having a Pro-Black agenda is an agenda for Black people not Pro-Minority or Pro-People of Color. He did nothing about police killing unarmed black people (he even called us Thugs in Baltimore), Nothing about systematic racism, nothing about mass incarceration, nothing about Gentrification, nothing to curb the rise and crack down on White Supremacist groups, Didn't stop the war on drugs that effects us the most, and the list goes on. Please don't tell me all of our issues were impossible to get down,because he got others groups issue taken care of.

  • Yet Obama signed Blue Alert in to law. 
  • Landmark LGBT laws and executive orders including ending "Don't ask Don't tell", and ending the defense of DOMA. 
  • Delivered on Promises to get Native Americans money from lawsuits. 
  • Obama administration earmarked $12 million for Holocaust survivors. 
  • Obama supported the Dreamer Act and signed the executive order on DACA. Both of these primary effects Hispanics.

Muhammad Rasheed - As POTUS, Obama's job was to take care of everyone, but within that, he targeted the areas where Blacks were hurting the MOST. That way, he could get the most done for Black people in the limited timeframe he had, with hopes that the next POTUS from his party would build upon what he was able to do.

Jay wrote: "Please don't tell me all of our issues were impossible to get down, because he got others groups issue taken care of." 

Absent your Black Political Agenda that you failed to provide in 8 yrs, he instead worked the best political strategy he could to help his people for a long-term, pro-middle class effort.

He took care of the other groups because they were more politically savvy and showed up with their group's specialized political agenda.

Jay Watts - The "I'm not President of Black America but all of America" is BS. Considering our terrible history in this country I think we more than deserve a little special treatment.
Obama did nothing in all 8 years about the issues we where hurting the most on, even when it was forced on him like police slaughtering unarmed black people under his watch.

M. Rasheed wrote: "He took care of the other groups because they were more politically savvy and showed up with their group's specialized political agenda." 

You said it and we have a black agenda may not be political savvy but its an agenda. I won't vote til a candidate will push our Black agenda and take it on when we get him into office.

Muhammad Rasheed - Jay wrote: "Obama did nothing in all 8 years about the issues we where hurting the most on..."

Meanwhile, yes, he did. In fact, Jeff Sessions was actively working to break them.

Jay wrote: "Everything you named is not specific to black people..."

Does it have to be? These were all areas that represented where Blacks were hurting the MOST among those affected. You're performing a Moving the Goal Post logical fallacy.

Campbelle Thai - Strategically, Obama did nothing for Blacks! To add insult to injury, Obama signed law that made punishment worst for those who committed crime against the blue, while police killed Blacks in its greatest figures under his regime!

Zukpematsrizu Sotutsi - Obama also supported the murder of Gadaffi.

Sundiata Conde - Meh, I disagree with you on this one.

William Uchenna Okpala - yeah

Keith Tucker - You gotta take the RBG off the one on the right because Garvey wouldve been fine with the dude on the lefts stance. Malcolm X too. They wanted people to vote in people we control not just anybody or out of fear.

Cm Talley - It's like people who don't vote and don't realize a tax increase proposal passed that they would have voted against. #StayDumbDontVote

Marcellus Shane Jackson - We're "voting" under a policy of "benign neglect" (which is like voting for CRUMBS) most black people sticking their chest out because they voted don't even know what that means.


Keith Tucker - They like them crumbs and wont ever plot in a whole plate. Its weird.

Cm Talley - Homeowners. Over 40. With kids in college. Heavily invested in real estate and retirement income. Sorry son, my profile is mostly likey to vote to reap the benefits of a booming economy.

Ebon Lion - Closed mouths don't get fed. If you didn't vote you are basically playing into the hands of the folks who are counting on your apathy to get over. All I hear from folks that don't vote are pathetic excuses. If your vote doesn't matter then why are folk…See More

Keith Tucker - I would define black people who vote with no real black agenda as apathetic. Read Powernomics. I cant speak for people that just dont vote because they aint feel like it but those of us growing to want real power want a change in dynamic of how we vote and position with Democratic party.At some point the strategy has to upgrade out of reactionary and be more proactive. Idc who runs but if they not in our collective black pocket we not really using our voice optimally.

Marcellus Shane Jackson - Ethnic groups without control over INDUSTRIES, BUSINESSES, LAND AND RESOURCES don't get "fed" and don't get shit for their votes.

I'm saying this as a "super voter" someone who's voted in EVERY election since I was 18. So none of you negros can lecture ME about VOTING.

We're being PLAYED.

Voting is supposed to be the FINAL STEP in power. Not only do black folks think it's the first step, but far more think it's the ONLY step and gladly go back to sitting on their asses in front of the football game after they get their STICKER.

Black people don't care about or even worse think they don't need POWER...and piss their votes off for chump change. This is because our leadership is reduced to "celebrity worship".

But you never see Asians beating each other up over elections in front of building up their communities economically first and foremost. NEVER.

Marcellus Shane Jackson - But hey, keep putting gas in the car expecting it to run with a blown head gasket if ya want.

Marcellus Shane Jackson - The game is set.

I also wanna address this constant question.

"If your vote didn't matter why are the GOP so gangster about trying to suppress them?"

But I would rather black people USE THEIR MINDS INSTEAD OF TALKING POINTS and follow that to its logical conclusion with ANOTHER question...

Why is that in spite of being sensationalized in getting caught "suppressing votes" EVERY YEAR (and I mean every fuckin' year)... nothing, absolutely NOTHING ever actually happens to the GOP for doing it?

Has anybody ever seen a provision to stop or lawfully punish a party's acts of voter suppression on any ballot they've ever filled?

Dems = good cop

Repubs= bad cop

Blacks = scared perp with no lawyer.

Jermah Clements - People who in 2018 still think their votes don't count, are god damned morons, who cannot be reasoned with. The idea that black people cannot get policies passed that are beneficial to them because they do not controlled every aspect of America, is just fucking hotep bullshit. Everything involving your entire EXISTENCE in America involved politics. It picks your local judges, your DAs, the funding for your neighborhoods, the funding for your schools, your city counselors, what resources and services your city has, it sets the agenda for your entire city. Hell so many cities LOST rent control long ago BECAUSE mutha fuckas don't vote.

People are so STUPID, i swear. It's almost like unless something SPECIFICALLY SAYS "FOR BLACK PEOPLE" they can't even see it!!! When MILLIONS of black people got health insurance in MA for the FIRST TIME EVER, because folks voted for the candidates that would make it happen. Making MA the first state in the entire country with universal healthcare!!! That would NOT have been possible if liberals didn't show up and vote!

Voter suppression is possible because muthafuckas DIDN'T SHOW UP TO VOTE IN 2010!!!! In the dam year districts we able to be mapped!!!

Local elections are NOT THE ELECTORAL college!!!

If one does not vote, they have NO business complaining about anything.

You might not be able to set NATIONAL policy with a mere majority vote, but you sure as hell can set a local one!!! If folks don't vote, they have NO business complaining about anything.

And if anyone thinks there is no reason to vote, because it doesn't make a difference, you're a weak minded defeated HUSK! Begone!

Keith Tucker - First off. We coulda had universal healthcare or sumpn along the lines of that for us a long ass time ago but yall just vote yall dont organize how to make it happen. This is what it means when we say yall dont want power. We (black people) nationwide could have universal healthcare not just Mass.... thats the crumbs we talking about. We could have had helathcare the same way USAA provides insurances for its could be a private company we fund with a membership fee and rates we pay at a set rate since we members. Thats what Malcolm X and Garvey were trying to get for us to see. Thats the agenda these men were trying to get our elders to follow and the elders chose opposite. They some “hoteps” huh. Yall worried about whats on the ballot mad late. You are supposed to be using our collective wealth to influence what goes on the ballots like everybody else but carry on rolling slow and steady.

Jermah Clements - I don't have time for you hotepery...

Your votes matter at the local level. Especially in ANY city with minorities have the population numbers to make it matter....

FInd me a city with 100% black voter turnout, and tell me a difference isn't made, or stop your whining.

Find me a city where blacks are worse off, and then show me the voter %... and show me that they have the numbers AND voter turnout, and are still fucked...

Jermah Clements - If voting didn't matter, your enemy wouldn't be working so damn hard to KEEP you from being able to do it!!!!

Like how tf do people think they will get criminal justice reform, universal healthcare, guaranteed college, etc etc without voting??????????

It's so sad that people have such low intelligence that policies HAVE to say "FOR BLACK PEOPLE" in order for them to see it benefits black people.

Cm Talley - This country's history and economy is based on denying groups of people the franchise. Votes are indeed counted. Votes do determine policy. Policy determines who gets ahead.

Keith Tucker - money plus and agenda determines who gets ahead. Its been 2 days since the vote and alot of people that ive talked to said we can do both. We can vote and we can nation build. I havnt had a canvasser at my door to work on nation building....i havnt seen a push for nation building...when i voted for Obama the 1st time they promised me we can do both but nobody during that period did anything but become mad boujee and mad complacent...”but obamacare...” it can be repealed. Why notnhave a private company that you CONTROL supplying health care services for you?...all our insurances can be under one company. Thats a billion dollar industry that works us over... we all know it but yall waiting on politicians to fix it for you during voting season 🤣 by the time next voting cycle comes around you should have everything we need to make sure we straight on ballots, politicians in pockets on both sides and enough things senup so even if our man or puppets dont win we dont feel it. Keep tirading about yall old way of voting. We already know how it works from the dynamic of used and abused. We want power and influence now.

Muhammad Rasheed - The Ku Klux Klan were literally formed to keep Black people away from the polls. That's the prime directive of anti-Black domestic terrorto disenfranchise you from the political process. During the 8 yrs of Reconstruction, the new Freedmen literally rose from slave to Congressmen and were well on their way to true equality in this Republic they helped build from the very beginning. The white people PANICKED and started the anti-Black vote suppression scheme that has continued up into the present day, which certainly has a marketing-propaganda arm to it.

If you as a Black person have actually bought into the scam that it doesn't matter if Black people vote or not, you are officially an honorary member of the KKK and an enemy of Black Empowerment.

Please stop.

Nolan Werner - Your cartoons are the closest thing I know of to the golden age of editorial cartooning from like the early 1900s

William H. Foster III - I suppose Prez Obama was supposed to be "AKA Black Santa Claus."

Thursday, November 8, 2018

Manufacturing Proof

Cartoon satirizing one of the many disbeliever strawman effigies
used to "debate" against theists, with this one illustrating
the nonsensical: "See, there's no God because you
can't MAKE people believe in it if they don't want to!"

Mina Sinard - Why does one need 'proof' that God exists? What constitutes 'proof'?

Muhammad Rasheed - No one needs ‘proof’ that God exists. The One God commands humankind to believe in their Guardian Lord who created them as a portion of their salvation. ‘Faith’ is the activating principle enabling one to avoid hell and attain the eternal bliss of paradise according to the One God’s message revealed as a guide for that very purpose.

Therefore, anyone claiming that ‘proof’ is needed for God to exist, when God doesn’t require it at all, is speaking as an enemy and is not to be trusted or taken seriously.

Sam Adams - "Faith is believing what you know ain’t true." ~Mark Twain

But if you want a serious answer, did you know I can fly like Superman? Believe me? Or do you need proof? And if you won’t believe that without proof why would you believe an even more incredible claim (that god exists) without proof?

Muhammad Rasheed - The Wright Bros had faith that their experimentation would pay off despite all the failure from both them and their rivals. It’s difficult to take Twain’s comment seriously as he was clearly not an expert on the topic. #IsThisYourGod

You’re an Internet troll asking me if I believe your unsolicited claims that I have no reason to care about. I don’t think you thought that through all the way.

Sam Adams - Not at all.

I did think it thru. You’re the one that hasn’t thought thru what it means to believe something without proof. If you won’t believe my unproven claim why would you believe an even more amazing one - that there is some sort of all powerful invisible superbeing that not only created the universe but who is busy watching everything you do?

But if you don’t like that, why would you need proof that unicorns exist? (They’re even referenced in the Bible). Or that pixies exist? Or centaurs?

Muhammad Rasheed - You clearly didn’t think it through.

The all-powerful One God said XYZ, while this “Sam Adams” said ABC, and thinks it reasonable that his ABC should be taken equally as seriously as the Supreme Creator’s XYZ.

And that makes sense to you? No wonder you quoted Twain’s claptrap with such confidence.

Muhammad Rasheed - Honestly, what do you have that would make me believe you over God? You’re a human just like me, who fits the exact same profile of every shallowly arrogant disbeliever I have ever met. Did you magically become all-powerful and all-knowing at some point? Do you have an ages old enduring scriptural message found throughout human civilization in some form or another? From here you look exactly like the disbeliever type that God makes fun of in the Book.

What’s supposed to be different about YOU?

Twain quoting?

Sam Adams - I didn’t think it thru? Why should I believe something with no evidence?

And I know my claim was nonsensical - that’s the entire point.

Do you believe in unicorns? They’re even referenced in the bible.

But, if you want to be taken seriously you’re going to have to start by proving that a “Supreme Creator” exists. And given that far smarter people than anyone posting here have been trying to prove that for centuries with absolutely no success I do wish you luck.

Muhammad Rasheed - Sam wrote: "I didn’t think it thru?"

No. The rules of the belief system are thus and so, but you insist those rules should be replaced with rules of your own liking in order for you to participate and you somehow believe that is a reasonable position to take. The choice is to either accept the system on its terms, or walk away.

Sam wrote: "Why should I believe something with no evidence?"

Because you would want to enjoy the reward offered in exchange for that belief. You either agree to play or reject it. Those are the options.

Sam wrote: "And I know my claim was nonsensical - that’s the entire point."

The problem with your point is that you pitted your finite human-level understanding that begins and ends with "Sam Adams" against the Word of the Supreme Creator of reality, whose revealed message is the enduring scripture of the ages that entire civilizations have been built up around. You're going to have to level up significantly in order for your point to make sense in the way you wished it to from my perspective as a believer.

Sam wrote: "Do you believe in unicorns? They’re even referenced in the bible."

Here: Aaron Breceda's answer to Does the Bible refer to unicorns?

The reason why you take the position you take is because you don't care to know anymore about the topic than the shallow portion you only think you know. You don't have an argument, "Sam Adams."

Sam wrote: "But, if you want to be taken seriously..."

At this point I'm genuinely curious as to why someone who should know I 100% believe they are doomed to eternal torment would think I was concerned as to whether they took my opinions about the unseen spirit they reject seriously or not.

Sam wrote: "’re going to have to start by proving that a 'Supreme Creator' exists."

To recap, that Supreme Creator told me in the revealed scripture provided for the purpose that 'proof' isn't needed at all, only my faith is needed as the activating principle to Win at Life. By contrast, those doomed to fail miserably and colossally at life hold the exact opposite opinion of what that Supreme Creator said.

But you've expressed that I should somehow be concerned as to whether you take ME seriously or not. Curious.

Sam wrote: "And given that far smarter people than anyone posting here have been trying to prove that for centuries with absolutely no success I do wish you luck."

The Supreme Creator is the very Author of TRUTH -- God spoke reality itself into existence and is the determiner of what is real or not real (that's why God gets to be God, you see). So it would seem that all of these odd souls who've wasted -- centuries, you say? -- trying to prove that the Omniscient Lord of All the Worlds is wrong, are no where near as "smart" as you want to give them credit for. lol

I suggest you repent, submit your whole will to your Guardian Lord who created you, do good deeds in this world in the name of God and reject evil that you may manage to save yourself from hell.

Sam Adams - No, I am not insisting those rules be replaced with anything. I’m just saying “provide some evidence that your belief is true”.

After all, there are thousands of other gods that are worshiped by billions of people. What makes you think that you’re right and they’re wrong.

What makes your belief in your god any different from someone else’s belief in Odin, Zeus, Mithra, El Shaddai, or whoever? You can’t all be right.

Muhammad Rasheed - Sam wrote: “No,  I am not insisting those rules be replaced with anything.”

And yet that’s exactly what your entire argument is hinged upon.

You see me playing baseball, but you don’t want to play unless I use the tools of baseball for the game of jacks you prefer instead. In a matter of faith, the belief system of the unseen spirit, scientific proofs or evidence is not required. Insisting that the tools of an alien system not designed for them are forced into use—or you will proclaim them false from your unreasonable position that doesn’t fit this system’s rules—functions as an attack.

Sam wrote: “I’m just saying ‘provide some evidence that your belief is true.’”

Why would I even attempt to entertain that concept when my belief system literally doesn’t require it to function? In fact, “Belief that the System is true” is literally the activating principle that sets it in motion. So your request comes across like: “I’m just saying you should bite the back of your own head’s fish light.”

Sam wrote: “After all, there are thousands of other gods…”

There’s just One God who has always told humankind from the beginning of the species that there was just the One God. Humans tend to add their own foolishness to the message in the linear flow of human culture creation, which required the continuous anointing of new prophets to set us back on the Path of Truth: There is no God but the One God. All of this is explained in the revealed scripture sent to us for the purpose, to guide us aright that we may know Truth.

Sam wrote: “What makes you think that you’re right and they’re wrong. You can’t all be right.”

God is the Determiner of what is right and what is wrong, and instructed us in Truth in the Book (conspicuously, none of these other ‘deities’ you’ve listed have ever provided a response scripture of any kind when the One God declared them all as fictions). It’s our job to align to it so we can Win.

Sam Adams - No it’s not. You’re making an argument that has no more support than a belief in Zeus, Odin, or El Shaddai. Or unicorns for that matter. If you want to believe something for absolutely no reason beyond “someone told you it’s true” or “you’ve got a book” that’s fine. But don’t expect that belief to rank any higher than my belief in the Flying Spaghetti Monster or any other mythical being.

Muhammad Rasheed - Sam wrote: “No it’s not.”

Sure, it is.

Sam wrote: “You’re making an argument that has no more support than…”

The support comes from the record of sacred scripture, which is a real thing. That’s a real thing that the other ‘deities’ you’ve listed lack altogether, yes?

something > nothing

Sam wrote: “Or unicorns for that matter.”

Did that link go over your head? The original ancient Hebrew was literally referring to a mono-horned animal that is now extinct. :) The quasi-modern scribes tossed in “unicorn” because that was their only frame of reference.

Sam wrote: “If you want to believe something for…”

I believe because my Maker said it was so. That’s how I Win. So I Win.

Sam wrote: “…that’s fine.”

I KNOW it’s fine, because my Maker said it was so.

Sam Adams - Hate to tell you this but there are other religions in this world with their own sacred scriptures. What makes you think your book is any more valid than theirs is?

The claim that support for your ideas comes from sacred scripture is no more valid than claiming that that support for Zeus, Mithra, Odin or any other god comes from the writings of their believers.

To digress... a thought exercise:

Choose any god but your own (could be one of the ones I suggested or another one - all that’s important is that you don’t believe that god exists); Tell us why you believe that god does not exist; Apply the same logic to your god; Congratulations you are now an atheist.

As for the “truth” of your sacred scripture, there are two classical logical fallacies that you should be aware of:
Argument from Antiquity - basically says that something must be true because it’s been around for a long time;
Argumentum ad Populum (argument from the people) - basically an argument that concludes something must be true because many people believe it.

As for your claim that you believe something because your maker told you it’s true, when did you last talk to him? [If I was being sarcastic I’d tell you that I might believe Timothy Leary if he told me that but not too many other people.] How exactly did he tell you?

So we’re back to my original point. Why should I believe that your god exists if you don’t believe that all the others exist?

Muhammad Rasheed - Show me just one of these rival scriptures that directly addresses the claims of the One God and contradicts them, please.

Muhammad Rasheed - Sam wrote: “…when did you last talk to him?”

That’s literally the point of sacred scripture; in talking to me He talked to all of humankind. I apologize for assuming that was elementary enough not to need explanation. I thought that part was commonly understood.

Muhammad Rasheed - Neither of the two showcased logical fallacies apply to me, and your attempt to pin them on me—despite my not having used those as points—counts as a strawman effigy. If anything I’m ‘guilty’ of using the circulus in probando one instead:

circulus in probando ("circular reasoning") - a logical fallacy in which the reasoner begins with what they are trying to end with; the components of a circular argument are often logically valid because if the premises are true, the conclusion must be true.

Muhammad Rasheed - Sam wrote: “Why should I believe that your god exists if you don’t believe that all the others exist?”

You should believe in God to save yourself from eternal torment and so you may enjoy eternal bliss. You should believe because the One God is the only God to definitively tell humanity who He is with a formal message, tell us what His relationship to creation is, and to provide formal guidance that we may prosper from the knowledge that our Guardian Lord is real.

I don’t care whether you do one or the other; it’s not my job to save you, just to share the message. You may do as you like with the info with my blessing.

In the message, God explains that it was humankind who strayed and invented the fictional deities that you lot are so fond of listing for me in these arguments after clear guidance had already been given about the matter. It’s the reason why God had to anoint regular prophets to guide us back to the Right Way every time we did it.

Sam Adams - I don’t want you to save me. So far you’re doing a pretty poor job of convincing me that there is any validity to your opinions. But you should watch this - take particular note of what he says at the 45 second mark and his immediately following comments.

Muhammad Rasheed - Sam wrote: “I don’t want you to save me.”

Do you at least realize that you saying that after I point blank told you it WASN’T my job to save you makes this comment a formal, textbook strawman effigy logical fallacy? Saving you isn’t in my to-do list, so you may battle against that faux-argument all you like without me.

Sam wrote: “So far you’re doing a pretty poor job of convincing me…”

Another strawman. It is 100% NOT my job to convince you, O Mr. Horse, to drink from the water, it was just my job to let you know it was there in the usual fashion. It’s your job to BELIEVE.

Sam wrote: “But you should watch this…”

No, I shouldn’t.

Literally there’s nothing you’ve typed here that gives me any motivation in clicking a link that impresses you. No thanks.

Sam Adams - As far as I can tell you’re comments boil down to “I believe what I believe because I believe it”. Hardly impressive reasoning.

All I really want is some evidence supporting your beliefs - and a 2,000 year old book written by men doesn’t constitute evidence.

As for my video - I only posted that to explain why I don’t want to be saved (by you or anyone else). But if you’re afraid to have your faith challenged that’s your call.

But if for the sake of argument we assume that the god of the bible exists he’s a moral monster. A demon. And he’s definitely not worthy of worship.

You might want to read this book - just collections of passages from the Bible that prove that the god of Abraham has earned the title of the most unpleasant being in all fiction many times over.

Muhammad Rasheed - Sam wrote: “As far as I can tell you’re comments boil down to ‘I believe what I believe because I believe it.’”

Allow me to assist: I believe what I believe because the All-Powerful Supreme Creator of the heavens & the earth said it was so and I would be a fool to reject truth.

Sam wrote: “Hardly impressive reasoning.”

Do you somehow believe it is impressive to insist that a literal “belief system” that uses ‘faith’ as it’s activating principle should somehow conjure non-belief system tools to dance for the whims of a narrow-minded outsider? Because your position doesn’t seem even remotely reasonable or even basic-level intelligent. It sounds like you’ve dedicated yourself to the tantrums of a brat.

Sam wrote: “All I really want is some evidence…”

Who cares what you want?

Sam wrote: “…supporting your beliefs - and a 2,000 year old book written by men doesn’t constitute evidence.”

Books don’t count as evidence, huh, Mr. Moving-the-Goal-Post? Better tell all those scholars to stop citing them then.

Sam wrote: “As for my video - I only posted that to explain why I don’t want to be saved (by you or anyone else).”

lol For at least the third time, it’s not my job to save you, Sam. What’s wrong with you? I mean, really? hahahaha

Sam wrote: “But if you’re afraid to have your faith challenged that’s your call.”

Read back through this thread and kindly point out all the times you were supposed to have actually challenged my faith. Strawman effigies aren’t challenges, if you please.

You don’t know enough to challenge me on this stuff.

Sam wrote: “But if for the sake of argument we assume that the god of the bible exists he’s a moral monster.”

God invented morality as you know it, and this is just more of your tantrum because you refuse to believe and you lack an actual argument.

Sam wrote: “You might want to read this book…”

lol No, I might not. (see: my above response to your other offer to watch a whatever) Stop doing that, please. You are not leaving the impression upon me that you think you are.

Sam Adams - M. Rasheed wrote: "...the All-Powerful Supreme Creator of the heavens & the earth said it was so"

If you have any proof of that, you might have a point.

And all those so called “challenges to your faith” reduce to “prove it”.

Muhammad Rasheed - Sam wrote: "If you have any proof of that, you might have a point."

lol Remember that Book you said somehow didn't count because of your arbitrary disbeliever rules for a system you don't know enough about and don't believe in because you just don't care? Books are often used as proof even under secular rules, it turns out.

But I don't have to "prove it" because the system doesn't require proof to function. So you aren't challenging the faith, you are having a tantrum because you can't have your way: "Make this ice cream fly under its own power! Do you take the challenge?!" lol

Muhammad Rasheed - Sam's meme: "There's not a single religion that can survive these two words: Prove It"

You know Al-Islam is 1,500 yrs old (and counting), right? In the Qur'an, Allah actually quotes/paraphrases 7th century Arab disbelievers asking for 'proof' of the prophet Muhammad's claims (pbuh). Do I need to point out that there's significantly more Muslims in the world today than there were back when God revealed the verses making fun of those simps?

I think your meme lost the 'not a single religion can survive our narrow-minded challenge" contest, unless 1,500 yrs somehow doesn't count as "survival" to you. But thanks for playing, I guess.

Wednesday, November 7, 2018

Election Day II: Rebel Without Direction

Cartoon depicting the tendency of the chronically frustrated
expressing proclamations of bold actions that are
unfortunately short on valuable strategic insight.

Ronald Florence - How has voting helped black people?

Muhammad Rasheed - Voting enables the Black American people to use the political apparatus to get the resources and policies they need from the government so they can have the highest quality of life they strive for. The first and last time they were able to use it for anything close to it’s highest potential for themselves was after chattel slavery was abolished during Reconstruction. After that voting was used at a much lower fraction of its potential to score other major milestone victories for Black people like the dismantling of jim crow and the restoring of many civil rights.

The question gives the curious impression that there is something actually wrong with voting that Black people maybe should be rightfully suspicious of. This is actually far, far from the truth as voting is a key Weapon of the People in the arsenal needed for full Black Empowerment with our right to an abundant life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. Using the power of the Black Vote correctly will enable us to open the doors to acquire everything we desire as fully-realized citizens of these United States of America.

The only problem is that the dominant special interest group considers the Black American ethnic group to be both competition and preferred prey, and they prefer them in the prey role. Consequently, the country’s voting rights processes and tools have been sabotaged to keep Black people from making the progress they need to be truly free here. The Ku Klux Klan and other domestic terror groups were specifically founded to turn Blacks away from the polls because whites didn’t want to stop exploiting them, and they certainly didn’t want Blacks eventually ruling over them in a truly equal society.

So voting at this time still represents the unfulfilled promise of Hope & Change for the Black American, the same one that whites fear & dread as a reality. Over the centuries we’ve seen glimpses of the glory that Blacks could reap from it if left alone to have their rights as citizens and unfortunately that untapped potential is all that voting has done in helping them due to the schemes of our traditional rival.