Wednesday, January 18, 2017



By Fahim A. Knight-El

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We as Africans of the Diaspora and the descendants who survived the most brutal acts of man's inhumanity-to- man, have been inspired by the spirits of our ancestors to seek justice; moreover, our ancestors were kidnapped, raped, robbed, murdered, etc., Chattel Slavery endured from 1555-1865, it was slave labor that built the economic foundation of the United States of America and the present day white Americans and their European brethren are the private and corporate beneficiaries of the legacy of slavery. The reparations movement is not an anti-America response, it is rooted in a collective movement for justice and a recognition of our denied human rights as historical victims. Whenever so-called African-Africans mention the word slavery, which was part of the ancestral experience of our fore-parents from 1555-1865, it sends the majority of white conservatives and white liberals in to a frenzy. They often hide their fore-parent's guilt and their own guilt, with a deep sense of historical denial and in the same breathe call for race reconciliation and a need for better race relations (hypocritical language and sentiments), as though we should skip over and dismiss 310 years of brutality, rape, robbery, murder, forced labor, kidnap, etc., that were committed against an entire race of people, which now numbers to be over 50 million black people in the United States and that is not counting the millions of Africans living and scattered throughout the Diaspora.

President Bill Clinton in 1998, and the United States Congress in 2009 issued the descendants of African slaves a so-called official apology for slavery. We do not need just some weak half hearted apology that was crafted by white legal minds to protect the long term economic interest of the descendants of the perpetrators. But our quest for justice can only be entertained when the discussion of equitable retribution is unconditionally on the table, which has to be tied to a proposal involving and beginning with the surrendering of five southern states as part of the discussion—we must mandate some land that we can call our own. The next demand would be to assess and calculate the modern monetary value put on 300 years of unpaid human labor and the interest/dividends which has led to white America becoming one of the most wealthiest nations in human history—this allowed them to invest in markets that have further allowed rich Elitist capitalist like the Morgans, Duponts, Vanderbilts, Stanfords, Mellons, Dukes, etc., their monetary empires are a direct result of slavery in which slavery allowed them and many other aristocratic families to create generational wealth off the backs of African people. I think Adam Smith (one of the fathers of modern capitalist theory) two volume book titled, The Wealth of Nations, but Smith’s research in my opinion, was intentionally shoddy in overlooking the enormous magnitude that Chattel Slavery played in springing the United States into a dominant historical and present world economic power. The Nation of Islam’s Historical Research Department and Minister Louis Farrakhan published an investigative type research in a second book titled, The Secret Relationship Between Blacks and Jews volume ll; thus, daring to expose the various entities that have served as the beneficiaries of their overwhelm involvement in the African slave trade. The Nation of Islam’s Research Department’s investigation uncovered that in places like Mississippi where cotton was the king on many different levels—these past cotton trade entities transitioned into modern international banking houses which has permitted them to continually expanding their accumulation of global wealth even in 2017. 

It is America’s historical denial and overt refusal to openly admit and take full responsibility that it was because of the practices of systematic racism and white supremacy, which allowed for a class of whites to proposer to the detriment of African people who were brought to the Americas as slaves, it is this denial that keeps fueling the modern day "Civil War" relationships between black and white people will never truly change or get any better until the grievances of the ex-slaves are properly addressed and taking into account—the 300 years of dehumanization and the spirits of our ancestors will forever haunt the white Americans ancestral descendants until justice is rendered (this would be the first steps towards making us spiritually and economically whole). How can we have better race relations if there are still large sectors of white people that remain in historical denial? Professor Kenneth Stamp referred to slavery as the Peculiar Institution,  Professor John W. Blassingame in his monumental work referred to it as The Slave Community and W.E.B Dubois in his scholarship referred to it as The Suppression of the African Slave Trade.

The majority of American scholars agree that blacks in this country arrived as slaves and the present generation of blacks are here based on that historical tragedy. Yet, we are 150 years removed from slavery and America is still in historical denial. Former President Bill Clinton as stated above was prepared to issue Africans in this country an official United States governmental apology for the wrongs of slavery, but it was later deemed politically expedient for the president to remain quiet and give a diplomatic response relating to black slavery and not issue Africans a full and meaningful official apology. I am assuming that his legal advisors and the United States State Department advised him and the United States Congress not to publically fully go down this road, because the admission of guilt, perhaps could have been used legally against the government by Africans in their quest for reparations by providing blacks with potential future lawful ammunition that could have been used in the World Courts, United Nations and in U.S. Federal Courts as testimonial evidences being given by a sitting commander-in-chief. This could have legally backfired against America from a legal standpoint relative to America having to pay Africans living in America a 310 year old debt (our Congressional Black members should have equally submitted a mandate rejecting and refusing to accept some half-hearted watered-down apology). So we allowed them to enter this meaningless and non-legally binding mandate and/or resolution into the U.S. Congressional records and to accept this action has only set us back in our fight for reparation and justice. Blacks have to craft and write the legislation.

Many of our critics and pundits that opposes blacks receiving reparations are quick to attempt to argue against reparations by stating that blacks who are the direct descendants of slavery ancestors by hiding behind their ignorance and maintaining that the present day blacks did not endure slavery and are not entitled to justice (Just as some of the present day Jews did not suffer the Holocaust, but that has not precluded them from being the beneficiaries of what their Jewish ancestors experienced under Adolph Hitler). Blacks in America are genetically and spiritually connected to a common past, present and future and this much is undeniable. Nevertheless, in 1995, the Southern Baptist, a predominantly white Christian association had the humanity and the proper spirit of God to admit the wrongdoings of the Christian church in slavery. They did not go to the graveyard and issue this apology to the dead, which would have been partially suffice, but the church issued the apology to the living ancestors of those who lived and died under the evil institution of slavery.

Here are the solutions to this four century problem, to what sociologist Gunnar Myrdal referred to as An American Dilemma. 1). The healing process starts at admittance of the wrong doing and erasing historical denial. 2). Open and honest communications amongst the races about slavery. 3). Reparations. 4). An international call for atonement and reconciliation on behalf of all African people. 5). Pray to God for healing and guidance. European Nations such as: Spain, Portugal, Belgium, France, and England beginning in the mid 1400s explored and colonized the darker people of the world. Spain and Portugal in 1494 signed the Treaty of Tordesillas laying out an imperialistic plan by which to divide and colonize the entire world between two European nations (Spain and Portugal).

In 1517, Bishop Bartholomew de Las Casas and Pope Alexander VI working in the name of the Catholic Church and in their official religious church capacities actually divided the entire world between Spain and Portugal under the Papal Bull of Demarcation. These two said European nations drew an imaginary line in the middle of the world, moreover, giving Spain the "permission" to conquer and colonize all the lands in the so-called "New World" with the exception to Brazil and Portugal would colonize all the lands in "Old World" which included Africa. This was an unlawful act that can be defined under United States Federal Statues as a Conspiracy. In legal terms a Conspiracy is defined as an agreement by two or more persons to commit an unlawful act: a combination for unlawful purpose. In criminal law, conspiracy is a separate offense from the crime that is the object of the conspiracy. Who amongst the ex-slaves and descendants of Africa have the courage to charge all the said European Nations in the World Court and in a United Nations with historical crimes perpetrated against Black humanity? The said crime is Chattel slavery and the political, economic, social, etc., affect this evil institution had on one race of people (Africans), is the single most important issue in the annals of human history and the greatest crime ever committed against humanity.

Where is Barack Obama, Jamaal Bryant, Umar Johnson, Malik Zulu Shabazz, Corey Booker, Ben Jealous,  Martin Luther King, III, John Lewis,  Hugh Price, Tavis Smiley, Steve Harvey, Jay-Z, Michael Jordan, Tom Joyner, Irvin Johnson, T.D. Jakes, Oprah Winfrey, Jesse L. Jackson, AL Sharpton, Henry Louis Gates, Maxine Waters, Cornel West, Louis Farrakhan, Julianne Malveaux, Michael Eric Dyson, Stanley Crouch, Charles Ogletree, etc. our so-called Black leaders and Black intellectuals on this issue of reparation, where do they stand? Many of them are very much familiar with this fight, but very few of them have committed their organizations resources and expertise in a pro bono manner to allow a legitimate legal defense on-behalf of the sons and daughters of Africa. Minister Silis Muhammad of the Lost Found Nation of Islam in the West (out of Atlanta, Georgia) deserves a lot credit for his efforts and tried to make our case in the U.N. by assigning us a nationality called Afrodescendants. Minister Silis Muhammad who has been at the forefront of the issue of reparations for many years now and he estimated just to file the petition will cost over USD $100,000 and estimated it will cost over USD $10,000, 000 in order to win the reparations battle (these figures were given almost 20 years ago). Why don't we put our resources behind Minister Silis Muhammad and why didn’t we listen to the late Imari Obadele, the Chairman of the Republic of New Africa who had been in the forefront of the reparations struggle and movement since 1968.  Randall Robison who authored the scholarly book titled, The Debt: What White America Owes Blacks. However, Robinson was very late coming to the reparations discussion, Robinson former Chairman of TransAfrica has provided us with an intellectual discourse, which has laid a theoretical framework for us to follow.

Reverend Robert Schuller, a renowned white televangelist who had received an invitation from the late Reverend Leon Sullivan to address the African/African-American Summit in Libreville, Gabon, Africa in 1994. Reverend Schuller's recognition and admittance that Europe and Europeans by the enslavement of Africans had committed an unpardonable crime and sin. Here is an excerpt from Schuller’s book titled, Prayer My Soul’s Adventure With God, stated,

" Leaders from the black African nations are here. Also Louis Farrakhan and the widow of Malcolm X. All of them will speak. Just listen, and when you're called to come up and talk, the lord will tell you what to say.' I listened. Speaker after speaker spoke. Coretta Scott King spoke. Following her was Andrew Young. And, yes, Louis Farrakhan too. I was struck by the mutual respect shown even among those who shared different faiths and contradictory philosophies. Where is the anger? I thought. I sensed none of it. Hour after hour I listened. From my seat next a window, I had a view of the beach. The ocean was clam. Form this very spot on the west coast of Africa, cargo boats had been loaded with slaves to be hauled to market. During a period of more than two hundred years,
twenty million blacks had been brought from the interior in chains to be sold to the white men who landed their boats on this beach. The entrapped humans had been hauled from this, the eastern boarder of the Atlantic, to where waves finally stopped on the eastern shores of the United States. I was an American citizen because my ancestors had chosen, freely, to immigrate to the United States. But the black Americans in the room were not citizens of the United States by virtue of the free choice of their ancestors. This beautiful, kind, intelligent Americans were the living ancestors of slaves once dragged in chains in aboard the ships right here! I could see it happening in my mind's eye. Who were those white traders? Were they Dutchmen? Some of them were, yes. I was of Dutch descent. Could one of my ancestors have been in slave trading? “

Reverend Robert Schuller continues: “I had inherited money from my mother, whose father---had been so he claimed---a baron in the Netherlands. My maternal great grandfather, Gerrit Van Amerongen, had sold all his property in Holland and come to America with his fortune to buy a vast spread in Galveston, Texas, and established' His empire. A horrendous hurricane later wiped him out, leaving him with only a small portion of his imported wealth. But from where had my grandfather acquired his wealth? From his father? Could it be that his family from Holland was involved, directly or indirectly, in the slave trade? These musings released disturbing ideas into my mind as I sat there--- a white man from America listening to black speakers, most of them, if not all, descendants of slaves. For the first time in my life, on the issue of race, I felt the sting of guilt. In my childhood, high school, college, in seminary days, I never felt superior to other races because I was white. I honestly looked on all colors as equals.

Reverend Robert Schuller continues: “Being better or worst was a matter of character, not color. But suddenly, here now I was drawn back into history when blacks were not equal to whites. They were better! Blacks morally better than whites? Yes! We whites bought and sold their bodies; they didn't buy or sell us. Blacks better patriots than whites? Whites love America, of course! We or ours chose to come to this great country. But blacks love this country with the equal passion! How proud they are to be Americans. But neither they nor their ancestors wanted to come here. They were not immigrants--they were imports. They came asproducts--not people. Abruptly my thoughts were interrupted as I heard my name call. Loudly! Leon was introducing me as the next speaker. "Let's welcome Dr. Schuller! " Applause broke out. I found myself almost stumbling through the large crowd. On stage I stepped into Leon's open arms. He beamed, smiled, laughed with pleasure, hugged me, and stepped back gesturing me to the podium. I paused. I prayed. I looked into his eyes of the famous black leaders, including Coretta Scott King, Martin Luther King, Jr's widow. What did I think I had to say to them? My prepared speech now seemed absolutely inappropriate. Suddenly my lips trembled. My face twitched in emotional distress. My heart reached out to these people who loved me. Their grace, affection, and respect reach out to me. I didn't feel that I deserved this. Through my family history I might have been a part of the horrible history of slavery. I was speechless. Tears rolled down my cheeks. I prayed silently, "God, let the right words come out".

Reverend Robert Schuller continues “The crowd grew silent, for they could see and sense something strange occurring in the white haired, white skinned television preacher they had lovingly invited into their inner circle. Finally, a few words came. "Thank you for your welcome. I'm so honored to be invited here. But as the only white preacher here, I suddenly, strangely sense for the first time in my life a stab of shame and guilt for what we whites did to blacks." I couldn't go on. Tears rolled down my face as I heard only a few more words tumble from my trembling lips. "I'm sorry. I'm sorry. I can not talk I'm so sorry". Out of the corner of my eye, I noticed a tall black man standing on stage only a few feet from me. He had come up uninvited. For a brief second our eyes connected I recognized him as a clergyman of another faith. His eyes sent a message to this speechless preacher: We don't let someone stand on stage and cry alone. I could not deliver a speech after only a few moments on stage I turned to leave. The audience rose, applauded, and cried. We were one in heart! How strongly my soul, through prayer, had asked for and received forgiveness here in Africa."

I cited this quote of Reverend Robert Schuller because if all white people had this type of humanity then the question of reparation would be answered and solved today.

Africa was thriving politically, spiritually, educationally, culturally, socially, etc.,  before European intervention in the 12th through 16th century there were the Ghana, Mali, and Songhai empires in which Timbuktu University was attracting students from around the world and Mansu Musa and Sonni Ali was equal to any head of state in Europe. They chose Africa because the continent up until 1442 was not almost totally unengaged by Europeans; even though the Moors had wrote historical treatises and spoke of tales of great wealth, in particular after Mansa Musa 1324 made his Hajj trip to Mecca where he showered the Arab Elite and Islamic Emirs and Imams with thousands of tons of African gold. The Europeans arrived to the west coast of Africa with the intent to engage the Africans in trade, and commerce and would eventually exploit this mass continent for its riches and raw materials. Also the Christian Missionaries were perhaps the most devastating to Africa, they robbed the people of their minds.

Now, on the other hand I believe, the European explorers were fully aware of the wealth that Africa possessed due to their contact with Muslim Moors who had ventured in to Africa in 711A.D. under Tarik Ibn Zaid who had conquered all of North Africa and the majority of Western Europe, all the way up to the southern boarders of France, which became under the influence of Moorish rule. Islamic Missionaries also robbed African people of their indigenous culture and belief system—the Muslims during the Trans-sharian Slave Trade were just as ruthless and vicious as the white European Christian missionaries. Yet, many Africans had converted to Islam and the Qur’an forbids the captor to mistreat their captives and mercy was often displayed more so from the Muslim missionaries than the Christian missionaries. Slaves could unconditionally purchase their freedom and marry into the Muslim  tribal families. At the ending of the Crusades Wars and by 1492, Europeans had re-conquered Western Europe, as well as confiscating maps that were drawn by brilliant Moorish Nubian cartographers depicting lands of "Negro" people to the south who had established mutual trade relationships and routes with the Islamic Arabs. John G. Jackson and Willis N. Huggins in their monumental book titled, A Guide to Studies in African History, stated "Let us now turn to Western Europe, and consider the brilliance of Moorish Spain. The Moors, natives of Morocco, in North Africa, were converted to Islam during the Mohammedan [Islamic] Conquest in the 7th century. In the year 711 C.E. under the leadership of the Emir Musa and the Negro, Tarik-bin-Zaid, veteran Arab generals, and the Moors swarmed across the Strait of Gibraltar"

It has been recorded that in 1440s, a group of Portuguese maritime sailors actually captured ten (10) Africans off the West Coast of Africa and took them back to Lisbon, Portugal. Thus, this incident so-called initiated the African slave trade. Many Africans were actually sold into slavery by warring ethnic African groups, who traded slaves for guns, spices and alcohol with the Europeans. The Europeans built slave dungeons such as Goree Island off the coast of Senegal and Elmina Castle (known as the gate of no return) off the coast of Ghana, because diseases would not allow them to enter into the hinterlands (interior) of Africa and Africans captured slaves and brought them to the coast for sell and trade. The Europeans realized that based on diseases and in the interior bush country could not be penetrate by them, they needed Africans assistance to carryout their slavery goals and objectives. They also, realized how trusting and unassuming the Africans were about them as strangers who had a hidden agenda to commit mass murder, rape, assault, kidnap, etc. The warring African factions had no idea of the type of slavery they were selling their kinfolk into. They realized that Africa had a unique social and political structure; thus, African society was complex and was setup based on tribal protocol.

Chattel slavery represented a criminal conspiracy and although U.S. Representative John Conyers, a Democrat of Michigan, perhaps close to 30 years ago introduced into Congress a reparations bill titled H.R. 40, which in essence was nothing but a fact finding committee offered to study the possibility of reparations. Chattel Slavery still remains the greatest crime that was ever committed against humanity. In reality, we do not need a fact finding committee, here we are the sons and daughters of Africa who have been robbed of the knowledge of self, stolen from our native lands, made inferior, unjustly persecuted, destroyed our family bonds, etc., in the name of greed and capitalism. It was black slave labor that brought untold wealth to Phillip Morris Brothers Tobacco, J.R. Reynolds Tobacco, Ligget and Myers Tobacco, American Tobacco, which allowed the Dukes to accumulate, as well as other private and corporate entities untold financial wealth.

Sir John Hawkins (of Lubeck), the English Slave Trader in 1555, was sailing for Great Britain and actually had engaged England into the buying and selling of black human cargo, but England did not reap the total benefits of slavery until March 26, 1713 at the signing of the Asiento. This was a contract between Great Britain and the Catholic King of Madrid, Spain giving the British the so-called "legal right" to import Africans into the "New World" commonly known as Spanish Territory. The most popular and accepted date for advent of slavery by most historians is 1619, when the Dutch imported twenty (20) Africans to Jamestown, Virginia but were originally classified as indentured servants. These individuals had the right to work their way to freedom and after fulfilling their indentured servant contract many white masters honored the contract and freed them. The city of Jamestown gets its name from Sir King James, a pedophile social deviant who authorized and commenced forty-four (44) scholars to carryout the transliteration of the Holy Bible in 1611 A.D. He also had all forty-four (44) scholars killed upon their completing this task. These scholars had firsthand information of what King James ordered to be left out of the Holy Bible. Yes King James altered the Bible in order to secure control and domination over the thinking of humanity.

The Thirteen (13) Original Colonies were new and the quest for nationhood was in its infancy stage as it relates to early America around 1607. The world was witnessing feudalism come to an end, which gave rise to pre-industrialism; moreover, there was a need for the colonist in America to expand their major means of production and distribution (fur and gold trade). The so-called Native Americans were the original slaves and indentured servants; however, they had a keen knowledge of the terrain and could escape easily and go into hiding and never be found by their white masters. Also the hot southern temperatures and the work were killing the Native Americans. The Europeans eventually made an economic business decision by deciding on enslaving and transporting Africans into the Americas from "Negro lands" who were known to be tough, hard workers and they could easily be identified by their black skin color. The British started importing black slaves to colonial America in order to clear off the land and work as agriculture workers on cotton and tobacco plantations serving as free labor (the white planter’s class saw slavery as an economic opportunity to enrich themselves within the southern economy).

Many slaves who were imported into European countries such as Great Britain between 1440 and 1772 actually worked as indentured servants; moreover, and in some cases were not relegated to a lifetime status of being a slave. Slaves in Europe oftentimes upon being freed served in European militaries, became citizens and were even permitted to marry white women. Many worked for the royal wealthy aristocratic families and for the nobility class as maids, butlers, servants, etc., the cruelty associated with Chattel Slavery in the Americas was not to be found on a large scale in Europe. Perhaps because Europe was just entering out of the Dark Ages and experienced the Renaissance an age of cultural rebirth and a period of enlightenment. In addition, Europe did not have the same economic and political challenges facing it, as the Americas did. The Black Moors had also influenced race relations in Spain, Portugal, Italy, and France.

Most historians would agree that the institution of slavery in Africa was a lot more humane, which was socially and culturally different. The warring factions of different ethnic groups captured other African slaves in ethnic battles and conflicts with all intent of selling them or making them slaves, but the concept of chattel, conditioning, and brutalization were not common practices in Africa. Africa is a very diverse continent and there were acts of aggression by Africans who had encroached on other ethnic groups land. The captured slaves still were giving basic rights as a human being. The captured African often worked to assist the tribal family in their work as a communal unit. Africans and Europeans did not have the same views of slavery. Thus, Europeans viewed Africans as inferior and were a people who had been cursed by God and justified their racist behavior, as well as inhumane treatment of Africans as an act of Manifest Destiny (the epitome of white supremacy). They viewed Africans as subhuman and as a people who had no human or God given rights. Africans viewed slavery as a necessary act in order to curtail encroachment and to secure its people from tribal danger.

The European nations in 1490s with the advent of Portugal, the Catholic Church and Spain which was headed by Isabella and Ferdinand desired to expand their so-called royal empires through trade, explorations and missionaries. Slavery became a convenient method in order to achieve these imperialistic objectives. The European quickly saw the need for using Africans as a free tool for labor in Europe and the Americas. In 1442 when the Portuguese landed off the coast of Guinea, it was generally believed by historians that their initial intentions were to establish trade relations with African people and many of the Europeans during these early expeditions were actually using maps and materials confiscated from the Moors upon the Europeans recapturing Europe in 1492.

The Europeans brought weapons, gun powder, alcohol, spices, working tools, etc., to the African continent, exposing Africans to goods that were not indigenous to African society. The Europeans eventually were actually offered African slaves as a form of payment and a trade arrangement was established with certain powerful tribal chieftains who sold captured African slaves to Europeans for trinkets.

The Africans were forced to produce cotton, rice, tobacco, sugarcane (throughout the Americas), etc. These were considered the basic cash crops on the slave plantation. So many early European writers had depicted the African continent as the "dark continent" where "savages" and "uncivilized" people lived. Therefore, these so-called "African heathens" need to be saved by these white Europeans and Christianized by missionaries who were commissioned by God to bring salvation to a so-called backwards society. The Europeans believed in a white manifest destiny and that they had a superior right to enslave and colonize African people and darker people of the planet. The Europeans believed that they were ordained by God and justified their conduct by using the bible in order to sanction slavery. They viewed blacks as subhuman and blacks had no rights in which the European was bound to respect. Many Europeans actually held this racist view and believed that kidnapping black people from Africa and placing them into slavery was a blessing for the Africans; however, they never asked the African how they felt about being enslaved.

Yes. The Europeans thought that they were superior based on a false sense of white supremacy and based on military might. Africans have always been a determined people that had a different political, religious, social, economic and, culture value system, etc., than their white captives, but did not view their way of living as being inferior to whites. Europeans would find out that the buying and selling of Africans was extremely profitable and the Transatlantic Slave Trade served as an economic system of exploitation that provided a labor force for plantation owners throughout the Americas. Slavery was simply a racist and capitalistic venture orchestrated by the Europeans. The slave trade robbed Africa of its greatest resource, which was its human resource and according to some historians over 50 to 100 million Africans were stolen from off the continent and transported across the Atlantic Ocean. Africa has never recuperated from such a devastating blow. Europeans also raped Africa's natural resources and economically the continent is still suffering presently from these past historical relationships. The Europeans actually captured highly intelligent Africans who were well learned in the sciences, arts, and business oriented people who had the physical and technical ability to build their society.

The Europeans stole diamonds, gold, silver, ivory, timber and other raw materials and created existing markets and are still exploiting African resources some five centuries later and continue to economically empowers themselves from the wealth of Africa. The Europeans simultaneously disrupted the institution of family by unmercifully separating mothers from their children, husbands from their wives, brothers from their sisters, etc. This social phenomenon affected the entire African family for generations to come. The present day Africans and most of the continent are living in poverty, because of the onslaught of European aggression that has stripped Africa of its natural resources, divided the people and has tied Africa's wealth and natural resources to the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank. I have stated above that Portugal in 1442, became, the first European nation to engage itself into the African slave trade, it was short lived, but they brokered deals with the Dutch West India Company and with the British Royal African Company. The Portuguese in the 1440s captured some Africans and took them back to Lisbon; however, Portugal did not have the economic or the political might to really capitalize off the slave trade. The Portuguese played a minimum role in the slave trade because they were not well financed and did not have the resources to capitalize on such profitable venture.

They perhaps got the ball rolling for other European nations who were better financed and better suited in maritime science. Portugal got involved in the African slave trade in 1440 when Prince Henry the Navigator sent his lieutenant, Antam Gonsalves, to the coast of Guinea for a cargo skins and oil. The nation of Portugal ended its involvement in the slave trade in the year of 1773. However, Portugal like all other European nations was looking to expand its economic trade boarders beyond the confines of Europe. Capitalism inspired Portugal to venture into un-chartered waters in 1440 because of the profitable possibilities the slave trade could bring to the Portuguese. Portugal involvement Africa during the 1440s was very significant because they paved the way and opened the door for other powerful European nations such as Britain, France, Belgium, Germany, etc., as
well as, for private slave traders to venture into Africa to steal human cargo and raped Africa of its natural resources.

J.A. Rogers maintained that Spain was actually in West Africa in 1435, which was five (5) years prior to the coming of Portugal; however their early involvement in Africa was insignificant. In 1493 with the signing of the Papal Bull of Demarcation between Spain and Portugal, the agreement precluded Spain from being involved in Africa. Spain directly played a minimum role in the import of slaves due the treaties and contracts it held with Portugal. Spain had its sights on the so-called "New World" which included expansion and colonialism. Although Christopher Columbus in 1492 was trying to find India, he eventually uncovered Hispaniola (Haiti which was already inhabited by the Arawak and Carib Indians).

In 1518, the king of Spain had granted a trader the right to ship four thousand African slaves to the Spanish Island. Thus, this was about two hundred years before 1713 with the signing of the Asiento in which the Spanish gave Great British the so-called legal right to import slaves out of Africa into the Spanish Americas. Spain's role directly and indirectly in the slave trade in the seventeenth century began to decline. Spain got involved in the slave trade because it had acquired lands throughout the Caribbean Islands, Central America, and South America. Thus, the Spanish needed a labor force to work the huge sugar plantations in order to make them profitable. Africans were used as the supply and fulfilled the sugar plantation labor demands. Spain was no different from other European nations who engaged themselves in the African slave trade. The Catholic Church had sanctioned slavery as being a moral act on behalf of the Europeans and Spain had a duty to "civilize" the African "heathens" in the name of God and Christ. The Spanish in history has been a little in genuine on history by putting forth a deception ploy of stating they never directly got involved in the slave trade, because of Papal Bull of Demarcation that had signed with Portugal and its legal ramifications prohibited them. They circumvented these treaties and were heavily involved in the African slave trade. Spain's presence in Africa led them to colonize Spanish Sahara and the Cape Verde Islands; however, their presences also helped to rape Africa of its human resource and its natural resources.

The British perhaps were the most powerful slave traders in the world, they were well financed and possessed the maritime ability to engage Africa in this crime against humanity known as the African slave trade. Some have associated Sir John Hawkins with piloting the first British Slave ship. They shipped millions of Africans from the African continent to Virginia, Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina, Florida, Maryland, etc, in order to work on American plantations. Great Britain in 1713 had entered into a legal agreement with Spain under the Asiento and had agreed to import African slaves into the Spanish America, but at the same time they were supplying slaves to colonial America in order to be used as labor to work the agriculture plantations and clear the land.

The British Royal African Company desired to expand British trade relations throughout the world. There was an old saying that stated that, "the sun never sets on the British Empire" this was because the British Empire was so vast. The British got involved in the African slave trade because of economic capitalist expansion and to rape Africa of its valuable human and raw material resources for the benefit of British Royal families. The British also viewed Africa as a savage continent who had no history and that they were doing Africa a favor by capturing slaves and bringing them to the New World to serve as slaves. The British military, her merchants and missionaries served as a team of destruction against African humanity. The British left their influence on Liberia, Ivory Coast, Nigeria, Ghana, Sierra Leone, etc.

Spain, Portugal, France, Great Britain, Germany, Belgium, etc., all benefited from the African slave trade and have contributed to the division of African people, as well as the raping and robbing Africa of its human and natural resources. The above European nations got involved in the African slave trade due to the potential of exploitation and capitalist interest, which makes all them economically liable for the exploitive crime they committed against blacks, which has transition in to untold wealth that had financially un-girded the Bank of England and the U.S. Federal Reserve Bank. They created a supply and demand concept and at the center of it all was the African continent (blacks were considered and treated as a commodity). The Europeans saw exploitable routes to wealth and unconditional labor at the expense of African people. The Europeans then and now still view Africa and the African continent as savages and subhuman.

The African slave trade left Africa weaker economically and politically, it also created tribal tension, division and displaced over 100 million of its citizen throughout the Diaspora. The slave trade opened Africa up for future exploitation and has been a factor in the destabilization of the African continent and most of all it has affected past, present and possible future economic, political and social development on the African continent. I think that the Trans-Atlantic slave trade and the Middle Passage should be declared as acts of war crimes, which were committed against the entire continent of Africa by the nations of Europe and the United States. Moreover, the United Nations should force all European nations who participated in the slave trade to pay Africa and all of its descendants reparations for this crime. I am not optimistic that this will ever happen. Reparations are about justice for the black man and black woman of America. What do you think?

Fahim A. Knight-El Chief Researcher for KEEPING IT REAL THINK TANK located in Durham, NC; our mission is to inform African Americans and all people of goodwill, of the pending dangers that lie ahead; as well as decode the symbolism and reinterpreted the hidden meanings behind those who operate as invisible forces, but covertly rules the world. We are of the belief that an enlightened world will be better prepared to throw off the shackles of ignorance and not be willing participants for the slaughter. Our MOTTO is speaking truth to power. Fahim A. Knight-El can be reached at  

Tuesday, January 17, 2017



By Fahim A. Knight-El

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One of my Student's from New Orleans came to my home in order to visited me and to inform me about a young black activist named Brother Dr. Umar Johnson out of Philadelphia in which at that time I had no idea that there were some controversy centered around a war of words between Sara Suten Seti out of Detroit and Dr. Umar Johnson, but from what he was sharing with me, he vehemently stated it was something that I needed see and hear for myself. I knew of Sara Suten Seti and Dr. Umar Johnson from the intellectual research that I do with my Keeping it Real Think Tank and black people from time-to-time have often asked me what I thought of them both as our new young premier scholars and work that they were doing to raise the level of consciousness amongst black people and it appears a sizable amount of black people and black activist that I have spoken with have found them both to be credible, but for entirely different reasons, in particular their styles of leadership in my opinion, are like day and night. For example, Sara Suten Seti comes across as street savvy, militant and radical with a ‘hood’ flavor and Umar Johnson comes across as a professional trained clinician/academic and the intellectual type—steeped in the school of thought of deductive reasoning. But I must admit, I am not an authority on either one of these brothers and their philosophies. Yet, I do know a little about leadership; leadership is an awesome responsibility, which requires one to love black people more and better than they love themselves. Leadership requires the highest levels of discipline and commitment and often it has to be rooted in self-denial. There has to be a commitment that is principle based having morality and ethics as a foundation and having a greater discipline not to compromise lines of trust with yourself and the people, that you are attempting to lead, it must also be rooted in sacrifice and service and not allow egos to consume us and always have tolerance and compassion and commitment to stand on truth and present ourselves as good examples to our family and the community.
Our leaders must take the responsibility to be role models to our children and we will always hold you to a much higher standard and look for you to be good private and public examples. People are prone to follow what they see and we cannot allow our emotions to sway us towards negative energy (it will only serve as a contradiction to us obtaining our goals and objectives). If you are going to be a black leader, you are automatically going to have a target on you back and people are going take shots at you—some are going to falsely accuse you and say all manner of things about you, others are going to attempt to character assassinate you by continually making false allegations and other will become outright envy and jealous of your success, and there are going to be some who are your closes comrades and they will betray you, and others will come your way as opportunist with intentions of using you to promote themselves and will use opportunities to link up with you for all the wrong reasons; the U.S.  Government will send male and female agent provocateurs to penetrate your inner circle and infiltrate your movement or organization. But as a leader your credibility has to be rooted in your work on behalf of the people whom you serve. If your motivation is about personal gain and is just about money even it will expose itself and the downfall of most leaders are money, sex and lies.

This leads me to the purpose and intent of why I wrote this article that somewhat pertains to Dr. Umar Johnson and Sara Suten Seti, my above analysis it is meant specifically for Johnson and Seti, in particular and black leadership in general. Moreover, our conduct and behavior are very important and in every movement and organization there have always been fights, strategy and tactic arguments, which has led to splits and splinter groups and in some cases it has led to violence where people have been killed. Perhaps some of you have seen the disputes that were posted on Youtube between General Sara Suten Seti and Dr. Umar Johnson; thus, I am not going to go down the road to attempt to analyze or decipher these hate-filled and mean-spirited arguments that were made public, but I will say this, that the public implication has negatively affected both of these brother's reputations and although I still believe both of them are entitled to their opinions about each other, but we have always watched how division and attacks and counterattacks have played out in the liberation struggle of the black community (just read the dossiers compiled by Cointelpro—U.S. Government counter-intelligence plan aimed at black leadership during the 1960s and 1970s). Their demeanors and words were the poorest representation of two young and upcoming intellectuals and activist.

I must admit, I was a little more disappointed in Dr. Umar Johnson’s conduct, because he claims to be a black expert on black child's psychology in which his professional work ties him to impacting children's lives and has the responsibility of creating mental health safe heavens as a clinician. But he had a serious meltdown and his conduct did not reflect someone that I would want counseling my child or children (he even brought up the dark skinned and light skinned phenomena in which my first thought went to some of the distasteful things that the light skinned mulatto W.E.B Dubois stated about the dark skinned, kinky haired, broad nosed, and thick lips of Marcus Mosiah Garvey). This conflict that has become public and everyone one has been talking about it because it has lost all respectable boundaries. I do not know much about General Sara Suten Seti, but I heard him make claim of being a student and follower of the late Dr. Minister Khallid Abdul Muhammad (the real Black General), the former National Spokesman and Supreme Captain of the Nation of Islam under Minister Louis Farrakhan and later would become one of the premier voices of the New Black Panther Party with Malik Zulu Shabazz and Hashim Nzinga. Some members in Nation of Islam departed the NOI along with Dr. Khallid when Minister Farrakhan suspended Dr. Minister Khallid Abdul Muhammad for allegedly making anti-Semitic statements at a speech he delivered at Kean College in UnionNew Jersey in 1993. Dr. Khallid Muhammad's departure angered many inside the Nation of Islam and outside the Nation of Islam and Sara Suten Seti appears to be one of those brothers who loved Dr. Muhammad and each chance he gets he reminds the public about his personal grievances relative to Dr. Minister Khallid Abdul Muhammad and the perceived treatment he received from the Nation of Islam and Minister Farrakhan. 

Many of my Pan-Africanist and Black Nationalist comrades have tremendous respect for Dr. Johnson and I have over the years vibe off both of their energy. I had read some news about Dr. Umar Johnson over the Internet, and the work that he had been doing in the area of black child psychology, in particular around challenging white Eurocentric models and clinical approaches relative to how they have historically diagnosis mental health involving African American children and he let it be known that they had failed to properly treat the causes in which their approaches to resolving Attention Deficit Disorder, Down Syndrome, Autism, etc., are flawed and the high incidents of these diseases are not coincidental and how they disproportionally affects African American children in 2017—their explanations did not meet Dr. Umar Johnson's satisfaction. Black children in recent studies have been diagnosis of higher incidents of bipolar and Schizophrenic disorders than they had twenty years ago and if these mental health illness are allowed to go untreated, the ramifications of such neglect would eventually negatively play itself out in our families and the community. We must be willing to create talking points in the black community relative to the issues of mental health diseases, because it is hidden and covered under layers of fear and shame and this alone disallows us from having open, honest, non-egotistical, etc., conversations about devising mental health strategies and create a level of comfort that we could have these conversations in the black community.

Now, lets be honest with each other, we all have members of our families that suffers from mental health disease and I do believe that I am preaching to the choir, perhaps someone in the choir are listening. I am ready and prepared to talk about this issue, how about you? Let the church say Amen. Dr. Umar Johnson appears to be very good at speaking and diagnosing all the psycho-educational theories; his university training did not lock him into assessing and evaluating black children’s minds based on the exclusive theoretical models of European social scientist in which is required as you matriculate up to obtaining the terminal degree of a Ph. D in which the curriculum is imbedded with these European educational philosophers such as: Sigmund Fraud, Abraham Maslow, Lev Vgotsky,, Johann Friedrich Herbert, Friedrich Frobel, Maria Montessori, Jean Piaget, John Jacque Jacques Rousseau, Johann Heinrich Pestalozzai, etc., but by Dr. Johnson himself being deeply rooted in knowing and understanding the African American experiences by living and existing in a white supremacy society, he has this uncanny ability as a black mental health expert to connect with black children and families unlike European social-psychologist.

I believe, he fully understands the pervasiveness of mental health and mental health disease and/or problems that are affecting the so-called African American community, thus, this has always been a difficult subject and issue to talk about for the most part in the black community, it has been taboo and has created an immeasurable amount of denial. Although, blacks suffer disproportionally from various aspects of mental health diseases/illnesses, which have contributed to high incidents of Post Traumatic Stress Disorders (PSTD), suicide, domestic violence, longer untreated bouts of depression, sexual abuse, feelings of alienation, delusionary reality syndrome, Attention Deficit Disorder, etc., these are some of the symptoms of mental illnesses that go undiagnosed and are in many cases untreated and often go unspoken about in the black community, because of the social stigma. So we, as a community have historically neglected talking about mental health illnesses and the dilemma has only contributed towards reinforcing the stigma, which has caused us to often fail to attain a proper psychological assessment of our mental health.

Yet, as a social-psychologist Dr. Umar Johnson is standing on the previous work and historical foundation of black social scientists who have historically challenged white intellectuals such as: Dr. Alvin Poussaint, Dr. Kenneth Clark, Dr. Nathan and Dr. Julia Hare, Dr. Frantz Fanon, Dr. Bobby Wright and just in recent years Dr. Naim Akbar and Dr. Kobi Kambon, Dr. Kwebena Faheem Ashani, Dr. Tom Burrell, Dr. Kamou Kambon, etc., these African American social-psychologist have always worked towards creating relevant social and psychological theories that were applicable to African people. So Dr. Umar Johnson is deeply in debt to a prior class of black academics and intellectual activist who have always viewed the approach of black psychology and white psychology as being different in practice and theory and the relations these schools of thought have had in addressing black mental health is without a doubt very different. I have never studied Sigmund Freud, Carl Yung or B.F. Skinner’s models in relations to human behavior, but perhaps like Dr. Umar Johnson, I have studied Dr. Frances Cress Welsing, Dr. Naim Akbar, Bobby Wright, Kobi Kambon, Dr. Faheem Ashanti, Dr. Mawiyah and Dr. Kamau Kambon, Dr. Nathan and Julia Hare, Asa Hilliard, Dr. Amos Wilson, etc.

I am thoroughly convinced that throughout black America and in our personal families there have been afflictions of serious bouts of mental health illnesses/diseases problem, which is only a microcosm of a larger problem in the broader community and yet as much as I accept this   dilemma that we still have some serious unfinished work to do in the areas of mental health and this why we cannot afford to have these counterproductive and senseless arguments going on between General Sara Suten Seti and Dr. Umar Johnson (to have our leaders to publically display dysfunctional behavior creates a dichotomy in the minds of the people) our people are suffering from various aspects of mental health disease/illness; I am also of the belief and opinion, that this breakdown in communication between General Sara Suten Seti and Dr. Umar Johnson were in the making for many years and it finally culminated (I have to characterize what I heard as typical black reactionary conduct) to those in our community, I am offering an apology because our people deserve much better. 

We are suffering from mental health diseases at epidemic proportions in which we are in dire need of unity and it is incumbent upon all us to find ways to devise solutions to resolving our pressing social, political, and economic problems—name calling, insults and ego tripping will only continue to set us back, but this type poor examples of leadership only denotes immaturity, it alerts the world that we are not ready to be a nation of people, that are prepared for collective sovereignty and self rulership. I am quite sure that as the black scholars that I have cited above Dr. Umar Johnson knows their work and  understands that many white social scientist such as Arthur Jensen and William Shockley determined that blacks relative to intellect (or I.Q.) which according to them could be influenced and determined by race and ethnicity and these racist pseudo scientist had been working historically and presesntly to determine that blacks in mental capacity were inferior to whites and this is why it is so important to have Africancentered social scientist such as Dr. Umar Johnson. 

I am not a mental health expert, I possess no formal training in identifying, treating, counseling and/or recognizing the appropriate steps and treatment plans when it comes to solving mental health issues in the black community. I am writing this article merely as a keen observant and layperson of having relations with my personal family and the African American community those are my credentials and this alone qualifies me as a mental health expert equal to some of those who have written empirical dissertations and who have gone to medical schools and become a psychiatrist or clinical psychologist. Dr. Johnson’s approach attempts to correlate mental health and educational achievements and academic gaps confronting black children as being rooted in the systemic practices of white supremacy. I think as a black mental health professional, he has garnished a lot of respectability and credibility amongst African centered activist and proponents. This credibility seems to evolve around his past organizational ties to the Universal Negro Improvement Association (U.N.I.A), affectionately known as the Marcus Garvey Movement in which appears to be the basis of his theoretical and philosophical views. So as a former Garveyite, I have respect for Dr. Umar Johnson because Garvey is one of my heroes, he attempted to create a worldview that was rooted in African values, African symbolism, and Garvey pointed us to Africa in which the back to Africa Movement was implemented to redefine the historical disconnect that Chattel Slavery had created for people of African descent. 

Dr. Umar Johnson being a student of Garvey that alone has a huge measure of credibility that lie in his corner, if with nobody else it resonates with me and at the same time, I am not condoning nor signing off on his recent conduct. But some in our African centered community have mistakenly elevated Dr. Johnson to the heir apparent status of the African centered thought and the Pan Africanism movement leader in the last five years (and I think may be in his own mind he somewhat believe that he is; ego can lead us to start drinking our own cool aid) because of what appears to be a nationalistic leadership void in the cultural community due to many of the revolutionary Elders scholars having transitioned and have become ancestors such as Dr. Yosef A.,A. Jochanan, Dr. Henrik Clarke, Asa Hilliard, Del Jones, Steve Cokley, Amos Wilson, Cheikh Anta Diop, Ivan VanSertima Khallid Abdul Muhammad, Frances Cress Welsing, Tony Martin, Kwame Ture etc., both Sara Suten Seti and Dr. Umar Johnson hails the above said leaders and view them as their master teachers and find their philosophical tenets as being credible and good for black people and I am quite sure our intellectual warriors are rolling over in their graves at such display of madness in their names and legacies; what they both have done is inexcusable and does not reflect good quality leadership.

Yes, there should be a Tribunal called consisting of an assembled of elders who should be allowed to intervene in this dispute between Dr. Umar Johnson and Sara Suten Seti before the real enemy sneaks in and exacerbate the situation and causes more problems. The above intellectual warriors were for the most part from the movements of the 1960s and 1970s in which many of these activist transitioned into academia as professors, lectures and researchers and their legacies have become a body of intellectual works as it pertained to writing and publishing intellectual and scholarly treatises that have rescued African history from the realm of white supremacy who saw it as being obscured by presenting Africa as a subject rather than an object. They all have done yeoman's work to redefine African history and civilization by rescuing it from the myth of Africa being the 'dark continent' and so-called made no contributions to human civilization.

This African renaissance movement had it official inception in the late 1980s and 1990s and built academic credibility by infusing past African history and lost African traditional culture into a synthesis of ideals, which formulated into a philosophical and ideological school of thought that became known as Afrocentricity. Africancentered theories that presented itself as the intellectual antitheses to Eurocentrism and academic white supremacy, which was part of pedagogy of western world's concepts of dominating the arena of ideals. Dr. Leonard Jefferies and Dr. Molefi Kete Asante, Temple University professor and later Dr. Tony Martin would take the brunt of the scholarly criticism for daring to redefine how African history should be taught in primary, secondary and on the college level. Asante theories were well put together in his book titled, Afrocentricty. This created a level of excitement amongst African American and simultaneously sparked controversy amongst some white academic scholars such as Dr. Mary Lefkowitz who authored the book titled, Not out of Africa Afrocentrism" Became An Excuse To Teach Myth As History.

Fahim A. Knight-El Chief Researcher for KEEPING IT REAL THINK TANK located in Durham, NC; our mission is to inform African Americans and all people of goodwill, of the pending dangers that lie ahead; as well as decode the symbolism and reinterpreted the hidden meanings behind those who operate as invisible forces, but covertly rules the world. We are of the belief that an enlightened world will be better prepared to throw off the shackles of ignorance and not be willing participants for the slaughter. Our MOTTO is speaking truth to power. Fahim A. Knight-El can be reached at  

Saturday, January 14, 2017



 By Fahim A. Knight-El

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Donald Trump is deeply in bed with Russian Mobsters (he has had relations with New York Russian mob crime families for many years and the cozy relationship with Putin should not be surprising). Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin (this not the making of some strange bedfellows, but the same type coin with two heads); the powerful U.S. based Russian immigrants have ensured Moscow that Trump is a player and his only loyalty is to wealth building and nothing else. George W. Bush was given the assignment to assist in rearrange the world and had laid the foundation after the 9/11 hoax to even eradicate the very foundation of U.S. sovereignty, which use to be rooted in the U.S. Constitution, but these legal and jurisprudence standards of domestic rules of law couldn't serve in the interest of a New World Order agenda, which has led to it being gutted and reduced to a worthless piece of paper. Trump and Putin are shrewd business men who just happened to be globalists and international politicians. Both of them have global aspirations in desiring to positioning themselves to serve as the new world dictators over the G-20 and G-8 nations in reality, these loosely alignments of nations is only a passing resembles of how nations use to be formulated prior to the Cold War, but in today's international era which is rooted in a New World Order and One World Government dynamics these alignments are more symbolic than possessing strategic and tactical international uniformity.

But this is not to say that they represent a voidances of political, economic and social corporation relative to carrying out collaborative efforts, if necessary to achieve an international or Global goal—yet in the scheme of the old power paradigms, they have been rendered weak and less influential and are only standing on past reputations as shrinking world leaders and powers, their collective world power begin to fade after 1989 with the fall of Soviet Union style Communism, the Iron Curtain had created military domination over Eastern Bloc nations and the United States had created similar influence over NATO nations. Nevertheless, Trump and Putin have much deeper understandings that the world has changed and they both possess adaptive mentalities to get way in front of the continued world transitions. They no longer find it necessary of taking on the huge burdens of providing robust military, economic and political resources to prior allies like they had historically and previously done before the Berlin Wall came tumbling down.

This is not to say, that their global military interest have waned just to the contrary, it has subtly intensified beginning with the so-called war on terrorism. Unknowing to many that live in today's world, it is a lot more dangerous and the people are a lot more vulnerable in which because of these low intensity wars so-called aimed at combating terrorism that have dupe us and lured us to sleep and has not made the world more safer (modern Western imperialism is quietly united the Islamic world). They declared war on Islam an enemy they cannot defeat, because their motives aren’t necessarily being inspired by some single charismatic Imam or Mullah giving them secret orders to fight and oppose the West and oftentimes aren't receiving instructions from some central Islamic voice (yet western propaganda and disinformation campaigns desire to make the world believe that these motivations behind terrorism are ISIS inspired—some of terrorist incidents were no doubt tied to ISIS cells).

Their motivations are more rooted in an ideology of Pan-Islam; so, how can you defend yourself against and idea and this is the problem that Western Governments are having in their efforts to defend against so-called terrorist attacks? What they call Islamic extremism and/or radical militant Islam, the idea of itself is outside of the broad influence of ISIS in which their response to perceived western government injustice is motivated by an idea. So the United States, United Kingdom, France Italy, Germany, Turkey, Netherlands, Brussels, Spain, Greece, etc., find it shocking that in recent years their nations and people have come under attacks by so-called acts of radical and militant Islamic terrorism. Noam Chomsky, one of the most honest white intellectual that I have read in recent times, he has attempted in his scholarly writings to warm America and the west by trying to give America and the world a working perspective since 9/11 relative to the true causes and affects of global terrorism.

Trump will lead international measures to move the world towards the ultimate objective of a one world government in which he, Russia and China totally understands that the world has become more internationally complex, thus, both Trump and Putin shares objectives of neutralizing the influence of these powerful nations by moving towards eradicating the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) and the United Nations. Trump will play a major role in restructuring the entire world, he is setting the stage and is actually playing games with the American people. Trump is focused on the global agenda and really do not care how he is being perceived in America by the people or his constituents in government. Many have reduced him down to a white supremacy racist in which he is, but Trump has bigger fish to catch and fry than debating race relations in America. The predominately white American electorates who voted and put him in office do not understand that Trump will create the biggest wealth disparities in United States history and will negatively impact white Americans and black Americans. Trump really at this point is not focused on the question of race that is truly and old paradigm, his main focus is global positioning and creating the next business frontier for himself and the Trump brand. He really do not give a damn about Russia allegedly hacking the Democratic and Republican computer networking systems during the presidential elections and campaign and committing cyberterrorism (of course he will be forced during his administration to deal with cyberterrorism coming from North Korea, China, Russia, Israel, etc., and he is smart enough to know this). It is foolish to keep asking Donald Trump to take some responsibility for these national security compromises and breaches, but I viewed it as a failure on the CIA, FBI, NSA and Homeland Security part for not having implemented a better national security cyberspace plan and defense against national or international hackers.

Trump has loaded his cabinet with ultra conservative patriots, just look at how many U.S. Generals that will serve in his cabinet (he also understands the importance of having competent people in place to make the tough decisions, because you cannot accumulate wealth without being able to defend it). Trump also understands that he is going foster hostile international business (global based corporate monopolies) takeovers of the oil trade domination and this is why he chose ExxonMobil oil tycoon Rex Tillerson as his Secretary of State, this patriot is tough as they come and rest to sure he is a true diplomat and knows how to get things done internationally through hook or crook. He is a rugged capitalist and Trump will use him both in a governmental official capacity and in a private capacity while serving as the Secretary of State in order to cut high volume future  business deals for the Trump brand—you see Trump is already looking down the road and really do not have time for government bureaucracy and political gridlock. And while commander-in-chief, he will use the White House and the Oval office only to amass huge amounts of business opportunities for himself that will transition into unspeakable wealth when his two terms as United States president is up and over. His children have been entrusted over his many conglomerate business enterprises and Trump will be using them as fronts also to cut deals while Tillerson is dinning with trade ambassadors and Heads of State, he will be setting the business table for the Trump corporation. Thus, can anyone else see this trickery and deception?  

Now, African Americans have focused their attention on Senator Jeff Sessions congressional confirmation hearings to head the United States Justice Department because of his past racist and white supremacy views, but I find Tillerson a lot more dangerous and disturbing than Senator Sessions at least with Sessions you kinda know what you are getting. But to turn over the U.S. Treasury and the U.S. military forces over to Trump, the U.S. Generals, his children and Tillerson this is a very dangerous time in American history, because they all are motivated by greed and nothing else matters other than money and wealth accumulation  Trump has never been interested in serving as America's forty fifth president, a position that only pays 400,000 dollars annually (surely money cannot be his motivation because this is chump change to a billionaire like Trump, so common sense would say to us he must have other ulterior motives)—President Obama was not in the same class as Bush, Clinton nor Trump and he saw the Oval office as a salaried job and was entice to know that he would be getting a lifetime pension (as a Federal employee), lifetime health care insurance, and around the clock secret service protection after he leaves the Oval office for the rest of his life and to him this represented a good benefit package (this is the negative drawback for an African American, U.S. president that did not come from generational wealth).

Obama will draw decent money after office by giving speeches and raking in huge honorariums and will make a few millions upon writing his memoirs and by consulting international bankers on Wall Street. The white boys came into office as multi-millionaires and after serving as United States president expanded their net worth exponentially. They had built alliances with the Rockefellers and with the likes of Henry Kissinger and untold wealth were made available at their disposal. Donald Trump truly understands the game and knows how it is played and even as a billionaire he will reap huge financial dividends from every corner of the earth. His interest in serving as commander-in-chief is to sit in the most powerful seat in the world and utilize this as a potential advantage to dictate his own economic interest without impediment. No other job or corporate decision maker wields this type of power.

Trump was chosen over Hillary Clinton because he was the perfect fit based on his ambitions and ruthlessness to further carry out the New World Order agenda in which the international bankers and the Bilderberg, Council on Foreign Relations and Trilateral Commission and the various Hidden Hands entities; systematically appointed him. This was not to suggest that Hillary Clinton would not have been a good Hidden Hand candidate, because she and Bill Clinton both were very loyal servants. They allowed Bill Clinton to use his Global Initiative Foundation to created tremendous economic and financial opportunities for the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund and some of these deals were cut by Hillary Clinton when she served as U.S. Secretary of the State (the Clintons as a team have made large sums of money in which most of Bill’s transactions were diverted to Swiss bank accounts). But they chose to go a different direction by appointing Donald Trump as their man.  But let's not get it twisted in one sense Trump has no real autonym and he will be carrying out their Global agenda, which is pushing the Hidden Hand mandates towards world domination by continuing to expand their wealth and natural resources interest in which undoubtedly Trump shares.

The European dynastic royal families and the international bankers have become disturbed that China has a monopoly over the gold and has taking huge amounts of this precious metal off the market; most of the gold currency after 9/11 was removed out of the Chinese Central Banking system and was taking to ancient hidden vaults outside of Beijing and only the Elitist Chinese Royal families have knowledge and access to this unaccountable wealth. They will use Trump's business skills to negotiate and attempt to convince China by promising them unlimited access to oil as collateral and offering them an expansive interest in Dope, Inc., these offers will be made available to entice the Chinese to relinquish some of that gold (China does not have any interest in U.S. dollars and leveraging this weak currency in the global market because it has very little value) . These will be secret proposals and agreements made by ExxonMobil executive and Secretary of State Rex Tillerson who has oil interest around the world from the Persian Gulf to Central Asia, Argentina, Canada, Mexico and Africa—China will be able to have a bigger seat in the oil and drug trade markets in order to fuel it's massive human population, industrial complex along with its military complex. This will enhance their future international security interest.

Therefore, expanding the Trump dynasty and empire, he is actually trying to bring us up to a learning curve, which is, there will be no such thing under the New World Order rules that governs conflict of interest and nepotism—this is why Trump recently said he could serve as U.S. president and run his company simultaneously. Trump and Putin as I have stated above, are  restructuring the Global landscape and repositioning the geopolitical structures to exclusively benefit their interest, but these moves would allow them to be able to impact weaker nations international sovereignty and not having to deal with international law pursuant to international rules established in the U.N. Charter or any other international overseer. This objective is was clearly right out of the New World Order playbook in which globalism will create no need for an international police force apparatus; because one of the objectives is to alleviate borders and erode the concept of international sovereignty. For example, the concept of international waters rules and geographical parameters would become obsolete and will hold no jurisdictional credence and intervention will be viewed in the same manner and no rule or international Agency of enforcement would be applicable and this would allow the powerful nations do as they please without the threat of outside intervention (surely dangerous times).

The World Order will be about passive domination, which Russia still having territorial expansionism on their minds and annexing weaker boarder nations will continue to be on their long and short range agenda and this last incident in 2014 involving the invasion of Ukraine was a perfect example of such aspirations, they were in clear violation of international law by invading it's neighbor and wasn't concerned about the United States power and interests or the U.N. Security Council. Russia viewed President Barack Obama as weak and they were going to continue to test the waters by invasions like Ukraine and they equally understood that the international consequences would be minimum at best. Russia wouldn't be deterred by the potential of U.S. sanctions and embargoes because America had lost respect as a world superpower amongst the nations of the earth. The international bankers had deprecated America's economic influence and power, thus other nations no longer feared the international consequences of not siding with the U.S.

Lastly, Russia also understood the post variables and international ramifications of the Berlin Wall collapsing in 1989 of ending the Cold War, and the 9/11 crisis these two incidents have led us into a new era in which militant and radical Islam and its relationship to terrorism has become the order of today. Thus, these phenomena created an urgency coming from the west to act and react with responses that prior to 9/11 would perhaps have meant diplomatic intervention as opposed to declarations of war. The United States under President George W. Bush implemented foreign policy that fostered militarism over diplomatic peaceful resolutions (he was atypical warmonger).  The U.S. Government and its foreign policy incited the Taliban of Afghanistan and Al-Qaeda of the Middle East who had created Islamic loyalty amongst Arabs, Pakistanis, Africans and Eastern Bloc Muslims and Muslims almost on every continent who had dismissed ethnic and nationality as barriers and deterrents and begin to rally and unite around the common enemies of Islam, which was the United States and its Western Allies.

They were fueled by western military aggression first in 1990 Desert Shield and 1991 Desert Storm and, although, both conflicts along with Saddam Hussein versus the Kuwait Monarch in which all parties were corrupt to the core and were being propped up by U.S. oil interest and petroleum companies such as British Petroleum out of the United Kingdom and ExxonMobil were behind the United States and it's coalition nations who lined up to so-called halt and combat the military aggression of Iraq and Saddam Hussein and deter their invasion of Kuwait—this eventually led to the big U.S/Iraq war in 2003. It would be these two incidents that begin to change how International law would forever be altered, but in reality they attempted to established this as an international precedent in 1993 in Mogadishu, Somalia, they were using these low intensity military invasions tactics and strategies to combat radical Islamic cells and even imploring highly trained U.S. Rangers and U.S. Navy Seals and it was failure. General Mohammed Adid along with the rugged Somalia terrain proved to be more challenging for the U.S. and this tiny Muslim nation of Somalia had scored a huge moral defeat known around the world as Black Hawk down. The Somalians were actually high-jacking shipping vessels who had containers, which was transporting and smuggling contraband oil from Iran, dope poppy plants and pure heroin in which the Clinton and Bush cartels were moving huge amounts of dope from South East Asia across the Indian Ocean route. Donald Trump will only take up where George Herbert Walker Bush, the former CIA director and U.S. president, William Jefferson Clinton, George W. Bush and last but not least Barack Hussein Obama all left off and continue the plight of stealing wealth and creating massive propaganda and disinformation ploys which to hide behind.  

Fahim A. Knight-El Chief Researcher for KEEPING IT REAL THINK TANK located in Durham, NC; our mission is to inform African Americans and all people of goodwill, of the pending dangers that lie ahead; as well as decode the symbolism and reinterpreted the hidden meanings behind those who operate as invisible forces, but covertly rules the world. We are of the belief that an enlightened world will be better prepared to throw off the shackles of ignorance and not be willing participants for the slaughter. Our MOTTO is speaking truth to power. Fahim A. Knight-El can be reached at