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Askia Muhammad

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MUHAMMAD: Thinking 'Black' Necessary but not Sufficient

it was and is important for Black people in America and all over the planet to "think Black" — but that's not enough.

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MUHAMMAD: Why I'm Boycotting White House Ramadan Dinner

I cannot stomach the idea of attending the White House Islamic event to watch the duplicitous and hypocritical pronouncements of even-handedness toward the Muslim world while the White House gives Israel the green light to brutally trample Muslim rights and stamp out the lives of Palestinian Muslims in Gaza, a territory which Israel illegally occupies by force.

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MUHAMMAD: You Break it, You Own it, America

America's friends all seem to be afraid to fight for their own countries.

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MUHAMMAD: Money Doesn’t Explain Hate, or Pay for Regained Dignity

The simple way many people explain American slavery and its aftermath is to say it was all about money. And while it is true that America's wealth and power in the world today are a direct result of the free labor of millions of enslaved Africans, it wasn't all about money.

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MUHAMMAD: Dread the 'Tea-Locks'

Picture this: A tiny caucus — one that represents one-seventh of the total members of one branch of two houses, of one of three branches of government — able to paralyze the entire government, dozens and dozens of times.

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MUHAMMAD: Don't Forget Juneteenth

All hail Juneteenth, the holiday that was declared by enslaved Africans in America.

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MUHAMMAD: The Bergdahl Message? Don't Go It Alone

You can't change the outcome of a war by yourself. You shouldn't go it alone. You certainly can't win it alone.

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MUHAMMAD: Help Wanted — Over 35 Need Not Apply

As I look around our landscape today, I don't fret that we are running short of geniuses. What I lament is that the time is well past for these brilliant minds to step forward and seize the mantle of public attention, not for their own aggrandizement, but for the collective progress of our people.

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MUHAMMAD: Indianola, Miss., Welcomes Home B.B. King

This place is the biggest small country town, of which most Americans probably have never heard.

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MUHAMMAD: Sweet Saints Parade on Saturday

One of the country's best juvenile delinquency prevention programs will strut its stuff Saturday in the District.

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ASKIA-AT-LARGE: Boko Haram, a Creation of the CIA? Of Course

There are armed and dangerous people in this world who call themselves Muslims who are not true Muslim believers at all, but rather are nothing more than barbarians.

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MUHAMMAD: Washington and D.C., 'Double Trouble'

The people who "reside" in Washington, D.C. are living in a world of trouble — double trouble to be precise.

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MUHAMMAD: White Men and Their Guns

By and large, this gun thing is a White guy's game.

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MUHAMMAD: The Late Great African Continent

A generation ago when we were just learning about the great accomplishments of African scholars and civilizations, during a period when Europeans were literally living in caves, Black people were proud of our African heritage.

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MUHAMMAD: A Government of 'Men' and Not Laws

To say that the legal outcome of any dispute in the United States is a function of scientific-like "laws" which function immutably for all regardless of whom or what is nothing more than a joke.

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MUHAMMAD: Time to Give President His 'Obamacare' Respect

Congratulations, President Obama and team!

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MUHAMMAD: On Playing, and Winning … and Winning

Athletic competition has a lot in common with military combat.

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MUHAMMAD: Republicans Really Don't Get Race

Paul Ryan's poverty gaffe comes at a time when the GOP is trying to shed its image as an out-of-touch club for aging White males, longing for the “Good Ol' Days” when black-and-white TV was for the most part, all White.

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MUHAMMAD: American Hypocrisy Seems Boundless

There are several crude and tasteless expressions I can think of to describe American policy toward Ukraine these days, but suffice it to say that it's a “cheeky” crowd of American talking heads demanding that Russia back off and withdraw its troops from the autonomous Crimean Republic which, like Ukraine, was once part of the Soviet Union, and whose population is more than 60 percent Russian.

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MUHAMMAD: Obama Now 'Another Brother'?

President Barack Obama is in an unenviable position.

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MUHAMMAD: Muslim Scholars Should Unite

It is time that Nation of Islam scholars convene themselves and form their own academic council.

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MUHAMMAD: Morocco Loves Farrakhan, A Man for All Seasons

It does not surprise me to hear praising testimonials from important Islamic leaders, important world leaders concerning this truly amazing man, the Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan.

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MUHAMMAD: Morocco — The Gateway to Africa

I'm far from a wealthy person to whom folks with money pay attention for investment advice. Yet I can say with certainty a couple of things about the financial future of Africa, which history, I believe, will reward my accuracy.

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MUHAMMAD: Best Place to Bicycle? Washington, D.C.

After 19-plus years of committed bicycle commuting, I am convinced that the Washington Metropolitan Area is the very best place anywhere to be a bicycle commuter.

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MUHAMMAD: Amiri Baraka and a Woman Named 'Cookie' at the Whisky a Go Go

I don't know if the dearly departed Poet Laureate and Black literary genius Amiri Baraka would have ever even gone to the world famous Whisky a Go Go on Sunset Strip in Hollywood. He was always such a literary savant, Beat Poet, and coffeehouse trendsetter, the idea of him in a discothèque, especially one where scantily clad women danced in cages, just does not compute.

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MUHAMMAD: Moroccans Just Don't Get It

On a recent trip to Morocco, I saw and learned much which helped me connect emotionally, fraternally, culturally, religiously, and patriotically with that beautiful, ancient land.

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MUHAMMAD: Courageous Attorney 'Free at Last'

After months of demonstrations, public and private pleas to authorities, and prodding of Justice Department officials, attorney Lynne Stewart is home, free.

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MUHAMMAD: Unchecked Greed Running Wild in the U.S.

Ken Langone, the billionaire founder of Home Depot, is worried that Pope Francis' recent criticism of the wealthy and capitalism will be a "hurdle" for rich donors who otherwise might donate to the church. Duh?

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MUHAMMAD: Racism Rears its Ugly Beard

In today’s politically correct world, even Santa has been drawn into the race-war-of-words, right along with the extra-long-bearded Phil Robertson.

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MUHAMMAD: What Makes a Black Conservative Tick?

It's a wonder that there aren't a dozen or more other Black arch-conservative lawmakers like Sen. Tim Scott of South Carolina in national office.

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MUHAMMAD: Mandela, Obama Presidential Sons of Africa

Both presidents are Sons of Africa, and the first Black presidents of their respective countries. In that regard they have some things in common.

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MUHAMMAD: Can Obamacare Be Fixed?

If you let some people tell it, the Affordable Care Act (ACA, aka "Obamacare") is suffering from an incurable, genetic disorder. That is: it was parented by President Barack Obama.

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MUHAMMAD: Investing in the Criminal 'Just Us' System

Why aren't there more of "us" involved in efforts to bring about drastic behavior modification among us?

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MUHAMMAD: The Late, Great Barack Obama

The Ku Klux Klan Kaucus of the United States government (the Republican Party) has just about gotten its wish.

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MUHAMMAD: To Change Racist Team Name, Fire the Owner

The fact that the current owner of the Washington NFL franchise refuses to even entertain the notion of decency with regard to retiring his racist team name and its logo should come as no surprise to anyone.

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MUHAMMAD: Who 'Lost' America?

One day in the future when Americans wake up and discover that 250-plus years of tyranny has deservedly earned this country world scorn, the racist, xenophobic, White pundits who have charted America’s errant course to destruction will say as the Tea Party Klan Klaverns are saying today: "Barack Obama is the one who lost America."

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MUHAMMAD: Who Cares about Obamacare?

Everybody, it seems is talking about the Affordable Care Act. But who, I wonder, really cares about affordable health care for ordinary citizens?

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MUHAMMAD: Watch Out for a 'Post-Racial' Backlash

As long as Black people are in want and dependent on White largesse and even the lowliest White person can feel superior to all Black folks regardless of the Black person's achievement, then everything is "kosher." But you let Black people rise up and defy that stereotype as is happening today, and Mr. Backlash is sure to follow.

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MUHAMMAD: Long Live the Spirit of the Million Man March

It's incredible, but young men and women, who were born on Monday, Oct. 16, 1995, the day of the Million Man March, are now already 18 years old, adults.

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MUHAMMAD: John Boehner — Speaker of the Confederacy

To say that John Boehner is the Speaker of the House of Representatives, third in line after the vice president for the U.S. presidency, is a gross exaggeration. He is Speaker in name only.

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MUHAMMAD: House Tea Party Caucus like a Ghetto High School Gang

Members of the tiny minority, Tea Party faction of the Republican majority in the House of Representatives could not be any more disgusting in my view even if they walked around, their mouths full of profanities and the pants of those cheap suits they wear, sagging causing their tidy-whitey-jockey shorts to be fully exposed to public view.

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MUHAMMAD: The CBC and the New Corporate 'Chitlin' Circuit'

Even the prospect of an address from President Barack Obama could not rescue the Annual Legislative Week sponsored by the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation from its new status as just another gig on the modern, now-corporate "Chitlin' Circuit."

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MUHAMMAD: Obama Dodges Bullet after Syria Bungle

Even as I was researching, compiling and cataloging the sins of President Barack Obama in his talked-about, immoral, surgical-attack-on-Syrian-chemical-weapons gambit, I was thinking to myself all the time: "Self, don’t count Obama out. He's got a guardian angel on his shoulder." And sure enough, he does.

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MUHAMMAD: What Kind of an 'Officer and a Gentlelady' Can She Become?

What appears to be a moral vacuum among U.S. military personnel is painfully obvious in the proceedings recently at the U.S. Navy Yard in Washington.

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MUHAMMAD: Civil Rights Scorecard — Muslims 0, Bigots 30

Much ado was made over the fact that no national Republican elected officials participated in the 50th anniversary commemoration of the 1963 March on Washington. Nothing, however, was said, from or about Muslims, this despite the fact that there is hardly a single African-American family in America which does not have a Muslim relative.

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MUHAMMAD: Time to Celebrate 'Black August'

In addition to the great March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom which took place on Aug. 28, 1963, there are a number of other important milestones in August which have prompted some to refer to the month as "Black August."

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MUHAMMAD: Worn-out White 'Backlash' Again in Richmond, Everywhere

I guess I'll be saying this until I'm blue in the face: White people just aren't into us Black folks.

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MUHAMMAD: Huge Progressive Victory in Mississippi

Against the tsunami of all-things-conservative (including the governance by President Barack Obama) which has been dominating the political spectrum lately, a most refreshing political victory has occurred in the most unlikely of places.

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MUHAMMAD: Conservative 'Voter-Haters'

I have a high level of distaste for the shameless politicians (and others) whose despicable behavior is such an insult to human decency that I wonder how civilized people can stand to be in the same room with them.

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MUHAMMAD: Same-sex, Conservative Agendas Now in Power

As far as politics are concerned in the United States and throughout the Western world, there are two ascending ideologies which can almost not be effectively challenged in 2013.

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