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Askia Muhammad

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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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MUHAMMAD: 'Birther' Eligibility Could Haunt Republican Cruz

What's sauce for the goose should be tasty sauce for the gander.

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MUHAMMAD: Only Fools Want to Engage ISIS in War

Republican voters are behaving like mythological lemmings, following xenophobe and race-baiter Donald Trump (and other right-wing presidential candidates) toward certain doom in a rhetorical war with the so-called Islamic State.

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MUHAMMAD: Efforts to Fight 'Radical Islam' Critically Flawed

Islam is not America's problem: In Islam can be found the solution to the problem.

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MUHAMMAD: Ben Carson, the Brian Williams of Presidential Politics

The wheels have begun rapidly falling off the Carson campaign bandwagon.

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MUHAMMAD: Republicans, Hillary, Have it wrong about Libya

In some respects the recent Republican Congressional overreach—trying to crucify former Secretary of State and Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton over the tragic Sept. 11, 2012 attacks on a U.S. CIA compound in Benghazi Libya—may have in fact guaranteed her the party’s nomination.

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MUHAMMAD: Republicans Unable to Govern, Unfit to Lead

I'm not sure if we should pity them or pity ourselves for standing in awe of them.

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MUHAMMAD: Farrakhan, His Mother and Abortion

None of us knows the life that might have been had any of the millions of Black babies lost to abortion been born and given the love and nurturing environment that produce good people.

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MUHAMMAD: Hatred in White American DNA

The evidence is overwhelming and incontrovertible. The White American body politic is full of hatred for Black people.

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MUHAMMAD: The Pope, the Muslims, the Moon, American Alignment

For those who "read the signs" in nature, this is an awesome time. There was a convergence of major events, both natural and national, the likes of which has not been seen in a long, long time.

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MUHAMMAD: Why Care About Iowa-New Hampshire Vote?

All over this country, the myth of the Great White Society is turning into dust, and Republicans loathe to accept the reality that is being manifested right before their eyes.

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MUHAMMAD: So Much Trouble in the World

I thought I would write a scathing indictment of White American and European bigotry against and hatred of non-white people. Then, when I looked closely, I saw a lot of “people of color” blocking my view of the Caucasians.

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MUHAMMAD: No Justice? What Then, 'Or Else'?

What can a powerless, essentially unarmed population do to make the rest of the society which has armed itself as if White folks would welcome a race war where they along with the authorities might slaughter Black folks en masse? How can we — without the force of arms make our tormentors "feel our pain?" The solution is simple.

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MUHAMMAD: Refugee Crisis is Africa's Shame

Amiri Baraka chilled my heart when he declared there's a "bridge of bones" on the sea floor, across the Atlantic Ocean, where as many as 30 million kidnapped Africans were tossed into the ocean every day during the Trans-Atlantic slave trade.

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MUHAMMAD: 'Straight Outta' Role Models

I’m not interested in the conspicuous artistic merits of any movie about these antisocial thugs turned gangsta rappers who turn around and take movie and TV roles as cops and secret federal agents, tricking, deceiving and betraying our people.

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MUHAMMAD: Julian Bond a Man for All Seasons

Like so many, many others, I literally gasped when I learned that former Georgia state Sen. and former NAACP Chairman Julian Bond had died.

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MUHAMMAD: GOP Debate an Epic Comedy and Farce

As life-and-death serious as the times in which we live are, I can't help but think of the first Republican presidential debate in only comedic terms.

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MUHAMMAD: Who Will Serve Obama's Third Term?

The president told one audience that he likes doing his job and that he thinks he could have been elected to a third term if the U.S. Constitution had permitted it.

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MUHAMMAD: Disrespecting President Obama for Sport

The disrespect that's been heaped on this president since he took office in 2009 is beyond the pale.

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MUHAMMAD: Many to Blame for Excessive Black Incarceration

With exactly one and a half years left in office, that guy Barack Hussein Obama is turning into quite the "black president."

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MUHAMMAD: Joy of Ramadan and the 'Old-Time Religion'

The Islamic holy month of fasting and prayer known as Ramadan concludes this week.

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MUHAMMAD: American Politics in Red, Blue and White

In the 51 years since the political humiliation of conservative Republican presidential candidate Barry Goldwater by incumbent Lyndon Baines Johnson, there has been a sea change in the American political spectrum.

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MUHAMMAD: President Barack Obama’s Amazing Week

the reason Republicans generally, and arch-conservatives in particular, are so aggrieved these days is because of the recent good fortunes of Barack Hussein Obama, the 44th president of the United States.

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MUHAMMAD: The 'Cause' is Lost — Torch the Confederate Flag

It's no secret that I abhor the Confederate battle flag, the treasonous traitors who fought under it, and all that it represents.

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MUHAMMAD: Rachel Dolezal's Awkward Imitation of 'Imitation of Life'

For better or for worse, Rachel Dolezal has become, almost overnight, iconic.

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MUHAMMAD: GOP Presidential Candidate Once Praised Muslims

An ugly behavior is fast spreading fast among White politicians, especially Republicans. It’s the open badmouthing of Muslims and all things Islamic.

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MUHAMMAD: Hatred in American Hearts Hastens Her Doom

Because of circumstances the war hawk political leaders have lied and led the country into, there is a mortal danger arising at the same time race hatred is threatening to erode the will of many people.

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MUHAMMAD: Obama Trying to be Moses, Stting in Pharaoh's Seat

I believe that — like President Jimmy Carter — Obama may turn into a far better former president than a sitting one.

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MUHAMMAD: Farewell, Dear Friend, B.B. King

I've been a dedicated B.B. King fan for more than 60 years. Before I knew anything about the blues or about any kind of music really, I was admired this name because he was a hometown hero who had made good.

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MUHAMMAD: Why Would Obama Want to 'Take Over' Texas?

The idea that the president of the United States, who is already commander in chief of all U.S. military forces, would be interested in taking over a subdivision, a state — even one as big as Texas — is frankly laughable.

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MUHAMMAD: Is Baltimore Black America's 'Defining Moment?'

Bearing in mind that a decade passed from the murder of Emmett Till and the Montgomery Bus Boycott until the first major Civil Rights legislation was passed in the mid-1960s, what we see in Baltimore today is like what we saw in Mississippi and Alabama 60 years ago — a "defining moment" in the Black freedom struggle.

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MUHAMMAD: Face to Face with Racial Hatred in Baltimore and Beyond

There are two factors which make the recent death of Freddie Gray in Baltimore so despicable. The method of his execution and the reason he fell into the custody of those brutes with badges who murdered him.

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MUHAMMAD: The Late, Great African Myth, Resurrected in America

African expatriates are flooding this country's shores (as well as European destinations), fleeing conflicts, bad governance, corruption, disease and sheer insanity that is disguised in the name of "revolutions" against colonial oppression and western cultural rot.

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MUHAMMAD: Hillary Clinton Makes It Official

Hillary Rodham Clinton’s entrance into the 2016 presidential derby strikes me as more like a force of nature, than like a cause we can believe in.

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MUHAMMAD: Obama Wagers His Destiny on Diplomacy

President Barack Obama has wagered the legacy of his presidency on diplomacy instead of on war in reaching a framework agreement on limiting Iran's nuclear ambitions.

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MUHAMMAD: Republican 2016 Death Star: 'All Aboard'

There is absolutely no chance that Republican Party leaders will pay attention to a single word I say, so I feel no guilt about giving them good advice which might help them win the presidential and senate election derby in 2016.

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MUHAMMAD: Yet Another Young White Man Blinded by Hate

For the very life of me, I can't fathom either the source or the depth of the loathing so many White people, young and old, feel they can openly express about any and every Black person they choose.

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MUHAMMAD: Frat Boys, Fraternity Men, True Brotherhood?

White supremacy philosophy was woven into fraternity life, disguised as noble "heritage," and "traditions." Can there be any wonder that a busload of members of SAE were recorded on a bus outing singing a disgusting song?

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MUHAMMAD: Lies, or a Fair Warning on Capitol Hill?

Would a foreign sovereign, invited to address a joint session of the U.S. Congress, openly lie to the World's Most Deliberative Body? If the head of state is Israel's prime minister, it appears the answer is yes.

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MUHAMMAD: Are Republicans Incapable of Governing America?

Has the Republican Party rendered itself incapable of governing the United States of America? It certainly appears to have done so.

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MUHAMMAD: Putting Rudy Giuliani in His Place

While racist xenophobes like Rudy Giuliani, Scott Walker, Ted Cruz, Jeb Bush, Mike Huckabee, Mitch McConnell and John Boehner and self-hating xenophobes like Ben Carson may not realize it yet, there is a special place reserved for them in the Land of Eternal Torment.

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MUHAMMAD: Unspeakable Horrors in Christ's Name, Also

Most of us have simply forgotten about the frequent atrocities which were committed by White, Christian, Americans against Black people and Native Americans, sometimes just for sport.

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MUHAMMAD: The Bibi-Boehner Big Adventure

It is certainly not proper for one head of state to go into another country without first notifying the head of the country he or she is planning to visit.

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