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MUHAMMAD: Trump's Cabinet a White Billionaire Boys & Girls Club

Donald J. Trump, the wealthiest man ever elected President of the United States, has set about assembling the richest Cabinet in U.S. history.

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MUHAMMAD: Most Americans Have It All Wrong About Castro, Cuba

In this country, the propaganda is so rabid that even those who are seen as "progressive" in the corporate political establishment are expected to condemn Castro, a hero around the world, and demand unjustified concessions from Havana from simple normalized relations with this country. Too bad.

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MUHAMMAD: I'm Boycotting — Black Friday Until Jan. 2

I, for one, am committed to boycotting Black Friday and Cyber Monday 2016 in Trumpland with my dollars, and I urge everyone else to do likewise in the name of black solidarity, in the way of redistributing our pain to our tormentors, through economic withdrawal.

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MUHAMMAD: I'm Through With White People

White people in the United States just lost a decisive contest against their ultra-white, white selves.

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MUHAMMAD: Standing Tall for the Standing Rock Sioux

It never ceases to amaze me how some folks just shrug off offensive behavior by members of their particular tribe.

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MUHAMMAD: Hillary's Infernal Email Snore

Congratulations, America. Your 2016 presidential election has reached banana republic status and then some.

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MUHAMMAD: White People Just Don't Get It

Typically, the genocidal march of the United States across North America is depicted by white folks as brave adventurism.

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MUHAMMAD: America's Choice — Racial Separation or Race War

The United States is on the brink of implosion, not so unlike 160 years ago when the righteous cause of abolishing slavery was at issue.

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MUHAMMAD: Is Latest Trump Meltdown the Death Knell?

On every visible level this week, casino operator Donald J. Trump looks less and less like he will be elected the 45th president of the United States.

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MUHAMMAD: Suppose White Orthodoxy Is Wrong

Get over it, white people. You'll never again have it like you had it with the rest of the world's people.

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MUHAMMAD: Trump-Farrakhan Debate? It Could and Should Happen

So there is one debate I'm looking forward to seeing this presidential season, but it probably can't happen until after the election of President Donald J. Trump. And that is The Donald's encounter with Muslim leader Louis Farrakhan.

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MUHAMMAD: African-American Museum Gets Rock Star Treatment

There is one building in Washington which deserved and received rock-star treatment even before the day it officially opened: The Smithsonian's National Museum of African American History and Culture, or NMAAHC.

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MUHAMMAD: Hillary Clinton and her 'Deplorables'

Calling Trump followers rednecks and hillbillies is OK by me; referring to them as "deplorables," not so much.

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MUHAMMAD: The Donald and The Blacks

For those who believe GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump's appearance at Detroit's predominantly black Great Faith Ministries International church was anything other than a fancy dog-and-pony-show aimed at softening his image with white conservatives uncomfortable with a candidate endorsed by the former Imperial Wizard of the Ku Klux Klan, I have some beachfront property in Arizona I would like you to purchase.

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MUHAMMAD: On Anthems and Athletes

I show solidarity with San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick. Stand strong, young champion.

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MUHAMMAD: President Obama, It's Time to Pardon Marcus Garvey

President Obama: you must pardon Marcus Mosiah Garvey. It is the right thing to do.

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MUHAMMAD: Poor Whites Need a Booker T., Not a Donald J.

Let me say right out: a man like Booker T. Washington is the answer to the plight of angry white folks in Appalachia and other pockets of suffering, not Donald J. Trump.

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MUHAMMAD: Trump's Fake Prediction of 'Rigged' Election

Republican Donald J. Trump never held or ran for public office before his foray into the 2016 presidential contest — not even for town dogcatcher, a position that suits his temperament.

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MUHAMMAD: Plenty of Hillary-Bashing Going On

I detect a careless feeling in the air that a lot of folks think they can just viciously attack Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton for all manner of sins, both real and imagined.

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MUHAMMAD: Uneasiness Settles Over Cleveland for GOP Convention

On the surface, this is the most secure year ever. But truth be told, fear and uneasiness is everywhere.

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MUHAMMAD: Police Aren't the Only Ones Suffering

The line between crime and day-to-day living is too often blurred in the minds of police who see all Black people as inherently criminal.

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MUHAMMAD: Bill Clinton as Disgusting as Donald Trump

No matter who wins the presidential election this November, a loathsome man will be moving into the White House.

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MUHAMMAD: Forget 'Brexit' and 'Texit,' What About Our 'Blexit'?

The freed slaves never got a chance for any such "Blexit"-type vote. I think it's high time Black folks got a chance to choose.

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MUHAMMAD: The Gentrification of the D.C. Statehood Push

I am convinced that if Black people are not careful and don't guard our dreams, we will wake up one day and discover that our most precious hopes and ambitions have been gentrified, stolen from our pillows while we slept and commercialized.

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MUHAMMAD: Reparations and Juneteenth

To be the oldest African-American holiday on the calendar, "Juneteenth" is way, way down on the popularity list of annual celebrations. Maybe it's because Juneteenth, even its name, has a certain southern, Booker T. Washington-bootstraps kind of appeal.

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MUHAMMAD: Elijah Muhammad and the Making of Muhammad Ali

He was born, it seems, at exactly the right moment. Muhammad Ali died June 3, 2016, and it feels like decades too soon.

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MUHAMMAD: Americans Hopelessly Divided

While there are enormous pockets of "unanimity" throughout this country, there is no longer any "unity" in the United States of America.

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MUHAMMAD: Trump Will Make America Gross Again

I have redrawn my analysis of the 2016 presidential election cycle to its final, apocalyptic conclusion. It's not pretty.

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MUHAMMAD: Revisiting the Iconic Hero Malcolm X

At this time every year, there is always a flurry of well-deserved activity around the anniversary of Brother Malcolm's birth.

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MUHAMMAD: Forget 'Great Again' — Who Can 'Save' America?

Is the country better or worse off? Is there anything in America's future that should make folks tremble?

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MUHAMMAD: Dropping the Mic for My White House Exit

As President Barack Obama takes his final White House victory lap — six months until Election Day, eight months and some change until the inauguration of his successor — I find that like many others, I am already beginning to miss this incumbent.

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MUHAMMAD: Who Carries a Toilet Birth Certificate?

Spoiler alert. This article contains what some readers may consider to be a discussion of a revolting subject. We are now legislating latrines.

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MUHAMMAD: Beware of Electoral 'October Surprise'

What can the public possibly learn from the 28 pages of secrets that have been hidden since 9/11 concerning the Saudi Arabian royal family's involvement and even possible support for the attackers?

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MUHAMMAD: I'll Tell You Who's Really 'Feeling the Bern'

Of all the millions of individual Americans who have already voted, volunteered time or donated money toward the selection of the 45th president of the U.S., there is probably none who is metaphorically “feeling the Bern” any more than Democratic candidate and Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders.

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MUHAMMAD: Who's Ready for a Race War?

At the core of the tsunami of race-hatred directed at Black people, directed against Barack Obama, the first Black president of the U.S. and his family, there is unrepentant sin.

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MUHAMMAD: I'm Missing President Obama Already

Although he has 10 months remaining in office and many challenges ahead, I'm already feeling nostalgic ahead of the time when Barack Obama is not president of the United States.

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MUHAMMAD: Republicans on Deathbed, Suffering Self-Inflicted Wounds

Good advice to anyone who finds him/herself in a hole: Stop digging!

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MUHAMMAD: Presidential Politics Get Physical

It has literally come to this point. The presidential campaign has gotten physical.

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MUHAMMAD: Hillary and Bernie — The Dream Ticket

In the same way Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders has made a more honest candidate out of former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, the nation would benefit if Sanders served as the vice president in Clinton White House.

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MUHAMMAD: Factor in Farrakhan

In the 20 years since the Million Man March and especially in the eight years since a Black man was elected president, Minister Louis Farrakhan has again been placed on a back burner. But be sure to factor in Farrakhan. His time to win must be soon.

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MUHAMMAD: Trump Nation, Trump GOP, Trump D.C.

It now looks as if Donald J. Trump is the overwhelming favorite to win the 2016 Republican nomination to be president of the United States. And while I still think some GOP adults will step in to prevent the clownish racist huckster whose campaign-stump speech consists of practically only two words, "so" and "amazing," it may already be too late.

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MUHAMMAD: Hard Times Ahead for Senate Republicans

I confess. I am amused, tickled, delighted even, as I ponder the constitutional quagmire in which the arch-conservative Repugnikkkan Party finds itself today.

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MUHAMMAD: Let's Not Bash Islam in the Name of 'De Lawd'

Let me be perfectly clear. Muslims and Islam are not the source of the problems facing the United States of America today.

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MUHAMMAD: #OscarsoWhite vs. Diversity

The images which are so popular in movies and on television bear very little resemblance to the realities of most of our lives.

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MUHAMMAD: Obama, Secret Service, Slipping and Sliding

The great military minds that surround the president of the United States might have saved themselves and their boss some embarrassment and some minor peril two days before the major storm hit, had they simply heeded the advice of Mark Twain.

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MUHAMMAD: Can America Be Great Again?

Unfortunately, the "great again" slogan is a delusional myth. What these guys really want is to go back to a time when "if you're White you're right, and if you're Black get back."

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MUHAMMAD: White American Hatred of Muslims is Nothing New

Muslims have been set upon in this country for 85 years and counting.

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MUHAMMAD: Scholar/Warrior Frances Cress Welsing, Gone But Not Forgotten

Frances Cress Welsing's passing leaves tears on my heart and then a smile because I knew her and her sister Lorne Cress Love personally and because her unerring but unpopular scholarship confirmed so many of my own core beliefs.

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MUHAMMAD: Recalibrating the Trump Effect

I agree with former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush's declaration to real estate mogul Donald Trump when he told The Donald "You’ll never be president."

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MUHAMMAD: Inside the Mind of a Suicide Bomber

Recent events have made us consider once again suicide assassins or other criminals whose aim is to murder innocent people in order to shock everyone else.

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