Wednesday, August 18, 2010



By Fahim A. Knight-El

This writer was inspired to write this blog after hearing and reading about the controversy surrounding Arab Muslim Americans in New York who purchased real-estate property near Ground Zero and is desiring to build a one hundred million dollar mosque on the site. I guess, this is now, considered sacred territory or holy ground (and off limits to Muslims) and yet the best kept secret is that the blood of the 9/11 tragedy, which led to the loss of human life and destruction of personal property, is not on the hands of Muslims and Islam; the conspiracy lies at the doorstep of our own government—the perpetrators of this horrific criminal act resided in the White House and the U.S. Pentagon. Muslims were only made convenient pasties in this masterful act of deception, but the Invisible Rulers are the real culprits. (Reference: YouTube link: Reverend Jeremiah Wright

Mayor Michael Bloomberg of New York supported the Muslims right to exercise freedom of religion. This right is protected under the First Amendment of the United States Constitution and to deny the Muslims the right to exercise this legal authority would set a regrettable legal precedent, which essentially would violate the U.S. Constitution (or what's left of it).

This writer has been reflecting back to September 11, 2001, which is better known as 9/11 and the many events that still surrounds this unresolved tragedy. I was at home that particular morning in my bedroom ironing and starching my white shirt preparing to go to work; it must have been around 8:45am in the morning. I believe it was on a Tuesday that the so-called terrorist planes attacked the World Trade Center (smoking mirrors), the capitol of the United States of America became the so-called target of what appeared to be an act of domestic terrorism. My oldest son had just flown in from Newark Airport to North Carolina the day before, and I felt somewhat relieved with what was going on in the North East that my son had arrived safely (9/11 Incident led to the suspension of air travel and most commercial flights were grounded right after the incident).

My wife and I were watching CNN and they showed what appeared to be a second plane crashing into the second twin tower building. There appeared to be an implosion (the collapsing of the towers on surface seemed inconsistent with two planes causing that much structural damage; this was my initial thought) and the world watched the symbolic financial capitol of world come crumbling down. There was mayhem and pandemonium—the United States was under attack and fear and anger gripped America (the propaganda machines immediately fed the people false decoys) Americans blood flowed in the streets of New York. Perhaps more so than needing answers some of these patriots wanted revenge and justice by any means necessary.

President George W. Bush and Vice President Dick Cheney, as well as other high ranking cabinet members and governmental official gathered in Air Force One and were moved to a highly secret and confidential location in order to prohibit any disruption of government. This was a masterful hoax that cost over three thousand Americans their lives (they were only viewed as casualties of war) and without doubt they were deemed expendable.

Noam Chomsky in his book titled, "Hegemony or Survival: America's Quest for Global Dominance" stated: "After eight years, more reactionary sectors of the Reagan-Bush 1 administrations regained political power in the contested 2000 election. They recognized that the 9/11 atrocities provided them with an opportunity to pursue long-standing goals with even greater intensity, closely following the script of their earlier tenure in office." (Reference: Noam Chomsky; "Hegemony or Survival: America's Quest for Global Dominance" p. 109).

There was like a dark gloomy cloud shadowing over America and it gave the impression of vulnerability, it was designed to leave questions of whether or not the United States could adequately defend its homeland. This further led to United States Government towards compromising the freedoms granted in our Declaration of Independence, Bill of Rights and the U.S. Constitution. The more rights our government took from its citizens after the 9/11 hoax, the more the dumbfound masses and ignorant applauded (they still do not understand what they were clapping for); however, with little understanding that we were the intended pawns all along (there was never a war on terrorism, it was a war aimed at the American people).

It was questions like this one, that led to the establishment of the office of Homeland Security and other government intrusive agencies, passing of executive orders and repressive legislation aimed at limiting personal freedoms of its citizens. We appeared to have learnt very little from the 9/11 incident, it definitely did not make us much smarter relative to our ability to assess and evaluate events and trends that were contradictory to the question of freedom—the majority of Americans still trust the U.S. Government and believe that the government serves their best interest. John Farmer, a Senior Counsel for the 9/11 Commission stated in his book titled: “The Ground Truth: The Story Behind America’s Defense on 9/11” stated: “At some level of the government, at some point in time. . . there was an agreement not to tell the truth about what happened.”

The 9/11 hoax was the official beginning of a new America and a new world. Alan Greenspan in his book titled, “The Age of Turbulence” stated: “After 9/11 I knew, if I needed further reinforcement, that we are living in a new world—the world of a global capitalist economy that is vastly more flexible, resilient, open, self-correcting, and fast-changing than it was even a quarter century earlier. It’s a world that presents us with enormous new possibilities but also enormous new challenges. ‘The Age of Turbulence’ is my attempt to understand the nature of this world: how we got here, what we’re living through, and what lies over the horizon, for good and for ill.” (Reference: Alan Greenspan; “The Age of Turbulence” p. 10).

It was the goal and objective of the 9/11 orchestrators to forever shift the political, economic and social paradigm the world over. However, what Alan Greenspan fail to tell us was that the new America would be a lot more repressive and intrusive—it would systematically strip the United States Constitution of its jurisprudence authority which to protect the American people; the abuse of authority—personal and state rights would be without any defense.

The statement "Big Brother is Watching You" it spoke volumes yesterday and it gave an indication that the government via surveillance was watching and monitoring activities of its ordinary citizens and groups that were deemed subversive. Thus, after 9/11 the United States transformed and transitioned into a total police state (covert Marshal law has been in existences since 9/11) liken to a giant octopus with massive tentacles that have wrapped itself around the entire globe and has imprisoned the American people on their own land. This was accomplished without opposition and in the name of combating "terrorism" and in the name of a national security agenda. The American people surrendered themselves without opposition and this default in the very near future will eventually continue to render us mere victims of our government’s tricks, lies and deceptions.

They use fear to herd the masses into any and every direction that they please and 9/11 was used to remind Americans how important it was to believe and trust the government—they will protect us against radical Islam (by providing us with color-coded threat levels); please!!!! I am more fearful of President Barack Obama and the United States Government than being attacked by some external enemy forces (their strategies and tactics have proven to be much more lethal than the perceived violence propagandized about the religion of Islam).

We are no safer to day than we were prior to 9/11, but with less civil liberties and with massive restrictions coded in the U.S. Patriot Act (the new constitution) established forty-three days after the 9/11 incident—the United States Congress passed this act at one of America’s most vulnerable times in the history of our nation.

The government and the international bankers (Rockefellers and Rothschilds) induced the September 11, 2001 tragedy both entities (bankers and high level politicians) had extensive political and monetary motives. The money changers would used the 9/11 ploy to call the world debt-in and further rearrange the semblance of wealth by blaming the American people of irresponsible spending and they never took blame for creating a credit based system that was rooted in the principles of exploitation and subliminal seduction, which appealed to the material appetite of the human psyche. The issue of wealth disparity is perhaps a little more systematically rooted in the equation relative to permanently creating just two classes of people—‘haves’ and ‘have nots’.

If we in the United States of America just took a moment to look around us and asked ourselves what has happened to the so-called middle class within last three years.
Their jobs have been shipped oversees (high unemployment and underemployed), their homes have been foreclosed on (income lost and so-called new gains was not equivalent to the prior standard of living), assets have diminished (in many case was liquidated to satisfy existing debt), over taxed (U.S. citizens left carrying a 15 trillion dollar deficit), limited investments and a way of life that has dissipated; there is limited disposable and discretionary income. Thus, have you asked yourself the question of what happened? We were duped into allowing the Government (taxpayers) money to bailout Wall Street and the International Bankers and yet we did nothing, but continue to fantasize what America use to be like (there was no revolt and very little protest).

Thus, by 2001, capitalism could no longer expand and produce at the same rate and terms, it did twenty-five years ago. It needed a new market, but found an old reliable one—war. Afghanistan and Iraq have proving to be profitable ventures, but they now have their sights on attacking Iran because this is the only method left to maintaining a sustainable economy based on where we are right now (war is highly profitable). The bombing of the World Trade Center represented a dismantling of an economic system that had exhausted its most exploitive options and had no other alternative but to turn on itself—the days of what appeared to be prosperity was long gone by 2001 and the value of American labor had depreciated and would ultimately be outsourced to India, China, Thailand, Mexico, Vietnam, etc. Corporate downsizing was systematically orchestrated by the Invisible Rulers to force the American people and the globe to a state of economic desperation, which those that were left with jobs would readily buy into the idea of doing more with less (volunteer slaves) while Dynastic Families squeezed the American people and globe for that accumulated 1% wealth that is held by the masses (the formula for all the political, economic and social problems the world over). They were not satisfied with stealing and owning 99% of the world's wealth; the 9/11 crisis and economic meltdown were designed to put all the world’s wealth and resources in their hands.

Ben Bernanke and his predecessor Alan Greenspan and Federal Reserve for seven years indiscriminately flooded the market with worthless currency and manipulating interest rates, which created inflation and this led to the 2008 so-called collapse of Wall Street and the global Markets. The Federal Reserve and the Central Banks actually had this as perhaps their major plank infused in the 9/11 debacle to create the worst economic catastrophe since the 1929 Great Depression and so-called rearrange our perception of money and debt and most of all drive humanity more closer to complete slavery. But the 2008 economic meltdown led to a cold blooded stickup of the American people—by the international bankers and with U.S. Government approval robbed the American taxpayers for over 1.5 trillion dollars (when the money changers finish doing their magic the figure might rise to estimate five trillion dollars) in bailout money. These corporate prima donna thieves—known as international bankers have burden at least three unborn generations or more and passed on to our grandchildren and great grandchildren an insurmountable outstanding debt, which even they can never repay.

England is the mother of the United States and Amschel Rothschild and the boys initially set-up international banking houses in five European countries. This was the formal beginning of the web in which Dynastic Families intermarried based on wealth and blood lineage with an objective to rule the world by controlling all the world's currency. They have always adopted the utmost secrecy and has often hid in orders such as the Jesuits, Illuminati, Freemasonry, etc., which only served as layers of protection, deception and distraction. Some believe that the Bank of England is the seat of world power and this is where the world of high finance starts and end. Some believe that the Royal Institute is more powerful and more controlling within this new global paradigm than the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR).

It appears scholars like David Icke author of the book "Biggest Secrets" and John Coleman author of "The Committee of 300" who seem to place the New World Order and the globalist agenda as being rooted in the United Kingdom. Their contentions might be valid and truthful, but to untangle the money web is a very complex assignment, but we are chipping away at it. I do think that the U.S. Federal Reserve and Bank of England in the UK are one in the same and to make any attempt to separate the two, is a tactical and strategic mistake of horrific proportions. For example, they are presently using the Euro against the U.S. dollar, but we seem to think that these markets strength and weakness is based on the viability of the economic trends. The U.S, Financers and London are playing a serious game of chess on humanity (95 % of us are ignorant to these forces)

We are about to embark on the ninth year anniversary of the 9/11 tragedy in which this writer have asked the question, what have we learned since 9/11? When I still hear people in 2010 blaming the Muslims for bombing the World Trade Center, which is literally absurd and continue to ignore the physical evidence and intelligence reports which suggest that this was an inside hit which possessed a little more sophistication than the capability of a Muslim terrorist cell. Yes, the 9/11 hoax had very little to do with so-called Muslim extremist or militant radical Islam, it had everything to do with one of the most sophisticated duping in the history of humanity. (Reference: YouTube Clip Michael Moore’s Documentary Fahrenheit 9/11

The propaganda machines led the masses towards vehemently blaming Al-Qaeda and Osama Bin-Laden for the 9/11 hoax who were so-called violent Islamist Jihadist bent on destroying America and the western world (this type sensationalized reporting has captivated the American’s imagination and turned them into gullible pawns and blind fools). We became fixated on an idea and image that have blinded a large segment of people from ever being able to determining fact from fiction. President George W. Bush committed high treason and sedition, stole the American people’s dreams, hopes and aspirations and rode off into the sunset with billions of dollars and no criminal warrant will ever be issued for his arrest. The victims’ families of 9/11 should have sued George W. Bush and former Mayor Rudolph W. Giuliani for the deaths of 3,000 citizens, but these type criminals are able to hide behind sovereign immunity.

I would love to give every American a copy of the documentary "Loose Change" for starters. Perhaps if viewed objectively this will assist in overcoming some of the indoctrination that has been imposed on our mental paradigm and worldview. These were laser guided missiles that hit the World Trade Center. The events surrounding this tragedy were rooted in lies and deception. But nine years later with all the physical evidence and based on independent analysis and testing, it is clear that the 9/11 Commission report was only a governmental consensus towards supporting a cover up of the truth facts behind 9/11, which was a CIA fabrication to protect the guilty. (Reference: YouTube documentary “Loose Change”

The former one time Minnesota Governor Jesse Ventura in his book titled, “American Conspiracies” stated: “I certainly never expected to think that elements of the Bush Administration were complicit with the enemy. Today, though, I am convinced that some people inside our government knew the attack was going to happen and allowed it to come to pass—because it furthered their political agenda. I do not necessarily believe that they orchestrated it themselves, although the door is definitely open to that. I say this after expending many hours researching things about the official story that don’t add up, and interviewing a number of witness with firsthand knowledge that contradicts what we were told. As a patriotic American, I say this with a heavy heart—and with an outrage that really knows no words. But it’s something we, as a nation, must come to terms with. Otherwise, it could happen again.” (Reference: Jesse Ventura; “American Conspiracies”; p. 143). And Reference YouTube clip promoting Jesse Ventura’s book ‘American Conspiracy’

I received a profound email on July 26, 2010 from a gentleman named Mark Schaumann, I do not know, if these words were his original words (it does not matter because I took Schaumann to be insightful and intelligent), but nevertheless they were profound and fitting to quote as I write this segment of the article. Mark Schaumann stated: "all truths go through three stages, ridicule-that's silly, denial - that's NOT TRUE!!! And then acceptance - well I guess that's the way it is.
The third happens because it (the truth) is eventually revealed to be self evident. Still waiting for the herd to achieve the last one".

But if we took the United States Government version that these planes were hijacked by nineteen Arab Muslim terrorist in which fifteen were Saudi Arabian nationals. Saudi Arabia is one of America's staunch allies in the Middle East and yet it was told to the American people that Saudi nationals spearhead this attack. But wouldn't you consider that to be strange because the House of Saud is only an extension of the House of Rothschild. The so-called fundamentalist Wahhabi Muslims take their lead from the United States Government (they are merely puppets and CIA agent provocateurs). The reactionary Saudi Royal Family members are constants at the White House. Perhaps the oil arrangement caused the U.S. Government to overlook the so-called Saudis involvement in the 9/11 tragedy and cover up (Perhaps on the other hand Saudi Arabia was one of the co-conspirators).

Thus, moving the duping further along the Central Intelligence Agency, Federal Bureau of Investigation, U.S. Justice Department, State Department, New York Police Department, etc., gets an A-plus for the roles they played in this deception. Either we will wake the hell up from our slumber or just continued to be led to the slaughter as innocent sheep. I would like to consider myself as an optimist and who would like to believe that humanity will eventually wake up and overcome this gigantic hurdle, which amounts to ignorance. They are allowed to rule because they have humanity steeped in ignorance. Thus, many of us have been so well convinced that they will defend their ignorance with their last dying breath. When I used to play basketball, we used to say that if basketball player lacked the skills and athletic ability to make a difference on the floor. We would say to our teammates "you do not have to check him because he was self-checked" (interpret to mean do not waste your time with that player he will not perform to a level that will hurt you and his lack of skills actually helped us).

The Elitist view humanity as being self-checked–they provide us with jobs, education, homes, a little money, etc., and this allows them to exercise a high level of control relative to how we think and the course of actions we take or don’t take. We still enjoy a level of comfort, although we are in a depression and in comparison to some other nations on the earth or at least we perceive our status as being secure and comfort. The will to resist has been dimmed because our lives are correlated to DEBT (slavery) and this alone has rendered us self-checked. The Invisible Rulers do not have to defend themselves; guess what we do it for them.

Lastly, I leave you with more words from Governor Jesse Ventura’s book “American Conspiracies” stated: “Do you ever think that maybe our country needs a Truth Commission, to understand the crimes that were committed ‘in our name’ over these recent decades? My hope is that some of you will stand with me in calling for accountability. The only way we can truly move forward is to come to grips with a recent past that’s brought us to the brink of losing it all. Maybe we ought to put ourselves in the position of the little Vietnamese farmer who did nothing but raise his rice".

"They handed him an AK-47 and in came the powerful United States, and we dropped more armaments on Vietnam that we did in World War II. We threw everything we had at this little rice farmer—we couldn’t beat him, could we? When push came to shove, he outlasted us. Why? Because he had the resolve for freedom. That Vietnamese farmer wanted self-govern, not be part of colonialism. Maybe we, in the United States, should start viewing our government as colonialist. Now the rest of us, in our own country, are becoming the colony. And somehow, some way, we’ve got to reclaim our nation.” (Reference: Jesse Ventura; “American Conspiracies” p. 203).

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 fahimknight@

Stay Awake Until We Meet Again,
Fahim A. Knight-El

Wednesday, August 11, 2010


Lebron James: A Free Agent Slave Who Bucked on His Master

By Fahim A. Knight-El

When a person thinks of slavery, they often do not equate or classify multimillionaires as slaves because we have fallaciously equated money with being the highest extension of freedom and don’t realize that wealth is not a variable that is independent of itself and it is a dependent variable upon those who possess the power to give value to monetary instruments. They dispense wealth with a chain and ball called debt and in a credit based system it was designed to have masters and slaves. It’s not just black athletes that are slaves, but all of humanity are slaves, the sad phenomenal is that this reality is unbeknown to the masses. Money and wealth are only an allusion—it all leads to modern servitude and lavish plantations such as the National Basketball Association. (Reference: Claud Anderson; “Black Labor, White Wealth : The Search for Power and Economic Justice” ).(Reference: Jim Brown YouTube clip

Wikipedia defines slavery as being: “A system in which people are the property of others. Slaves can be held against their will from the time of their capture, purchase or birth, and deprived of the right to leave, to refuse to work, or to demand wages”. This is the old definition and perception of how most people would view and define slavery and it is from this definition that one could not phantom highly paid black athletes being called slaves by this writer. But fail to acknowledge, that which I have written above is not built on some unintelligible premises. Nevertheless and even if one thought so, it would only cause one to miss the very intricacies of the relationship in which the slave and master paradigm are built upon. (Reference: Claud Anderson; “PowerNomics : The National Plan to Empower Black America). (Reference: Youtube clip: The Ink Spot; Forty Million Dollars Slaves:

The sports writer William C. Rhoden in his provocative book titled, “Forty Million Dollars Slaves: The Rise, Fall and Redemption of the Black Athlete” explores this paradoxical notion in the historical and modern context.

Someone has the power and influence to tie your gifts, ability and talents to a monetary instrument of exchange and as long as you fulfilled the terms of agreement and generate money for the corporate owners and stockholders, you would be deemed a positive asset (this sounds like slavery to me). Athletes are considered commodities, which is no different than the system of Chattel slavery—slaves were considered commodities. Wikipedia defined commodity: “were things of value, of uniform quality, that were produced in large quantities by many different producers; the items from each different producer were considered equivalent. On a commodity exchange, it is the underlying standard stated in the contract that defines the commodity, not any quality inherent in a specific producer's product”. (Reference: Wikipedia on line reference resource)

The black athlete is one of the most sort after commodities in the world of sports, in particular basketball. LeBron James ordeal recently stirred a lot of emotions and controversy. James was a high school sensation out of Akron, Ohio that was drafted directly out of high school by the Cleveland Cavaliers—seven years ago in 2003. Some of his pundits felt that this free agent athlete should have demonstrated more loyalty to the Cavaliers’ owner (Master Dan Gilbert) and Cleveland Cavaliers organization after all they gave him his first opportunity to showcase his basketball talents on a world stage. However, there were others on the opposite end of the spectrum who felt that LeBron James had honored his contractual agreement and owed nothing to the Cleveland Cavaliers. Thus, he was free to exercise all of his playing options—the young man in just seven years had become a corporate enterprise—worthy of attention from Madison Avenue.

National Basketball Association Commissioner David Stern declared him an ambassador of the game and where ever he went his presences sold out most of the NBA arenas which he had visited over his seven year career in Cleveland (creating enormous amounts of wealth for the league—he has become an iconic figure). His image was good for marketing and it was good for Cleveland’s bottom line. James probably has generated over a billion dollars in revenue for the Cleveland Cavaliers' organization and the Cleveland Chamber of Commerce, perhaps used his massive marketing image to attract business to this old blue collar town. We probably can not attach a definitive figure to the residual revenue that was generated by LeBron James on the entire economy of Cleveland. However, no slave is supposed to be able to exercise the authority relative to determining who his next master is going to be and what plantation he desires to work on, perhaps in their minds James should not have had the lawful right to make a league altering decision like this one. Yes, the NBA is a glorified plantation and although the players are making millions of dollars and live what is considered privileged life styles, but they are still considered wage earners and employees. (Reference: Jim Brown: YouTube Clip

Most black athletes have never been taught the knowledge of self and do not know
how important it is to do for-self. For example, owning their selves as corporate enterprises and entities; moreover everyone else capitalizes off their fame and wealth other than the African American community. They are often overtaken by the “bling-bling” and trinkets (fools gold)—automobiles, jewelry, clothes, etc., with little understanding of investment debt and often swayed by the temptations of consumer debt, which becomes their pursuits, although, there is no chain and ball around their hands and feet, the chains are around their minds and this is the worst form of slavery—psychological slavery. The owners and agents continues to live high quality life styles long after their clients (slaves) retire. The Honorable Elijah Muhammad once stated that there were three things that the white man did not teach us—the science of business, science of mating and the science of warfare. (Reference: Minister Louis Farrakhan: Youtube clip

Black America had a Gross National Product (GNP) of over 900 Billion dollars last year, which would make us as having the twelfth largest economy in the world, if we were considered a sovereign people. But sense we have not been taught the science of business, it has relegated us to a history of being consumers and non-producers. The black dollar don’t even circulate around the black economy one time before it leaves out. Thus, 94% of the black dollar is spent outside of our community and only a measly 6 % percent remains at our disposal. So in one instance, it becomes unfair to hold the black athlete and entertainer to a higher standard and not critique so-called black leadership and our business leaders for our dismal economic predicament (none of us should escape blame).

William C. Rhoden in his monumental book titled, “Forty Million Dollars Slaves: The Rise, Fall and Redemption of the Black Athlete” stated: “The challenge of the first part of the twenty-first century is how to convert all of our accumulated wealth and presences into power. In the twenty-first century, ‘winning’ for African Americans in the field of sport and play, from athletes and agents to journalist and executives, means extending the reach of power beyond the courts, fields, and diamonds. Winning means ownership: owning teams, owning networks, owning the means of communication, and owning our collective image. The challenge for African American athletes in the twenty-first century, with unprecedented resources at their disposal, is building on the foundation, expanding, and—most difficult of all—working as a team to create a new promise land.” (Reference: William C. Rhoden; “Forty Million Dollars Slaves: The Rise, Fall and Redemption of the Black Athlete”; p. 267).

Perhaps the black athletes only sees other races and nationality servicing our communities; the Koreans, Chinese, Arabs, Jews, Latinos, etc., and they take this as the norm and go out and hire Jewish agents as their representatives while the black professionals suffer. This writer has recently read stories about black athletes who have gone broke financially such as Scotty Pippen (Michael Jordan’s sidekick earned an estimated 120 million dollar), Antwan Walker (earned an estimated 110 million dollars), Kenny Anderson (earned an estimated 60 million dollars,) Ray Williams (earned an estimated 2 million dollars), Isaiah JR Rider, Derrick Coleman (earned an estimated 87 million dollars), Latrell Sprewell (earned an estimated 50 million dollars), etc., all of the above have filed bankruptcy due to poor financial management. (Reference: Steven Silbiger; “The Jewish Phenomenon: Seven Keys to the Enduring Wealth of a People”).

There is a statistic which states that over 60% of athletes are broke after five years of retirement. Remember the old axiom that a fool and his money shall soon part. Many of these black athletes had all white financial advisors and put more trust in their ex-slave master’s children more so than using their wealth and resources to build and uplift the black community. This is inexcusable and creates continued cycles of poverty in black community. Many of them fail to understand the importance of beginning the idea of generational wealth building and passing wealth along as opposed to every generation starting with nothing but debt and misery.

Perhaps this is entirely too much to lay at the doorstep of a 25 year old athlete like LeBron James or any other young black millionaire athlete—to carry the burden of the race and yet I found compelled to place some of this burden squarely on their shoulders because they are by products of the black experience vis-a-vie the greatness and all that is good and the frailties and degradation, which encompasses the black experience. This is who we are and our new found wealth should not separate what is culturally intrinsic and inherently the black experience. Reverend Jeremiah Wright did a lecture in the early 1990s titled, “We Need Each Other” what a profound statement.

This is what Dan Gilbert majority owner of the Cleveland Cavaliers stated about LeBron James departure: “You simply don't deserve this kind of cowardly betrayal. You have given so much and deserve so much more. In the meantime, I want to make one statement to you tonight: ‘I personally guarantee that the Cleveland Cavaliers will win an NBA Championship before the self-titled former 'king' wins one." You can take it to the bank.”

“If you thought we were motivated before tonight to bring the hardware to Cleveland, I can tell you that this shameful display of selfishness and betrayal by one of our very own has shifted our ‘motivation’ to previously unknown and previously never experienced levels.”

“Some people think they should go to heaven but NOT have to die to get there.
Sorry, but that's simply not how it works. This shocking act of disloyalty from our homegrown "chosen one" sends the exact opposite lesson of what we would want our children to learn. And "who" we would want them to grow up to become.”

“But the good news is that this heartless and callous action can only serve as the antidote to the so-called "curse" on Cleveland, Ohio. The self-declared former "King" will be taking the "curse" with him down south. And until he does "right" by Cleveland and Ohio, James (and the town where he plays) will unfortunately own this dreaded spell and bad karma.”

Dan Gilbert could make these outrageous statements because as great as an athlete that LeBron James is, he was paid for his physicality and raw athletic skills and talents to run and jump, but not to make intelligent business decisions and definitely was not paid to think. Gilbert diatribe was only a reminder that indeed it was a master to slave relationship and his statements were designed to support and reinforce the integrity of the NBA slave plantation as an institution. The NBA owners epitomize white privilege and class—he was a voice of Elitism and prestige, how dare one of my slaves desire to leave this good master’s plantation? Gilbert perhaps is saying that he took this young poor inner city black kid named LeBron James who possessed superior athletics skills on the basketball court, made him a first round and number one NBA pick and signed him to a multimillion dollar contract as an eighteen year old boy. Also, this opened up avenues for endorsements and other business opportunities for James. Yes it is a typical from rags to riches story and this is not to say that LeBron James had nothing to be grateful for—he should thank God every day for blessing him with tremendous athletic ability and talent. Well! Dan Gilbert for providing him with the plantation to entertain master. (Reference: YouTube clip; Reverend Jesse Jackson critique remarks made by Cleveland Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert on Lebron James:

Many of the African American athletes do not understand that they are a lucrative product and their labor is being exploited by external forces; thus, with out this talented black labor pool (power that slaves are never taught how to exercise) there would not be a National Basketball Association. The league is no better than the product it’s able to put on the floor, as well as putting hot butts in arena seats, which is the ultimate objective (a sophisticated supply and demand system).

David Shields in his book titled, “Black Planet: Facing Race During An NBA Season” stated, “What John Edgar Wideman calls ‘our country’s love/hate affair with the black body’ can be seen nowhere more clearly than in the National Basketball Association, which is a photo negative of American race relations: strong young black men have some power, much of the money, and all of the fun. The NBA is a place where, without ever acknowledging it—and because it’s never acknowledged, it’s that much more potent and telling—white fans and black players enact and quietly explode virtually every racial tension in the culture at large. Race, the league’s taboo topic, is the league’s true subject.” (Reference: David Shields; “Black Planet: Facing Race During An NBA Season”; author’s note).

This is what makes them 21st Century slaves because they are comfortable with being the end product—the team owners, executives, agents, lawyers, etc., often do not look like them, but these individuals are the ultimate beneficiary of our gifts and talents. LeBron James' decision was not anything revolutionary as far as breaking the modern day master-slave relationship that exist in professional sports—he just jumped plantations and did nothing to alter the existing paradigm. It is this power dynamic that has rendered extraordinaire wealth to them and crumbs to those who are deemed just a product and commodity.

Charles Barkley and Michael Wilbon teamed up to author a book titled, “Who’s Afraid of a Large Black Man” in which the book represents commentary from various famous personalities; here is what Reverend Jesse Jackson stated about Michael Jordan: “Even Michael Jordan found that out the hard way. He was reminded that if the rules weren’t public he didn’t have the same chance as when they were, when he was playing the game. The criteria weren’t clear for Michael when it came to Abe Pollin deciding who would run his basketball franchise, now was it? He fires him, and when Michael says, ‘I’d like to know why,’ Pollin says, ‘I don’t owe you nothing.’ That’s cold, man. Do you know how cold that was? I mean, this is Michael. He has to be thinking, ‘You owe me nothing? I gave you two years and filled every seat in your building, filled every stadium where your team played for you. I did two years virtually for free.’ Doesn’t get much colder than that. Michael entertained. He made a franchise. But he got run out of there. So the struggle’s not over. . .“Free?

Jackson continues: “We’ve gone from picking cotton balls to picking footballs, basketballs and baseballs. There was nothing really wrong with picking cotton balls, except that we could not grow a textile industry. And there’s nothing wrong with picking footballs, basketballs. And baseballs except that we don’t share in the running of the multibillion dollar industry that is sports, whether it’s ownership or televising the games or working as the athletic director or running the arena or examining the players. Everything beyond the field or the court is an issue, usually a race issue.” (Reference: Charles Barkley and Michael Wilbon; “Who’s Afraid of a Large Black Man”; pp.178-179.).

Yes, Kobe Bryant, Dwayne Wade, LeBron James, etc., make millions of dollars, but it does not rank in comparison to how much money the owners make. They are just high paid slaves who are merely walking billboards for the various corporate interest that continues to exploit their images, names and aura and magnetism as the drawing card for corporate advertisement—athletes in this day and time endorses all manner of products and it has proven to profitable. But they still lack power to leverage their influence beyond these arrangements and therefore their success has to be viewed as token success and will have little impact on altering the collective reality for themselves, their race and the communities from whence they have come.

The plantation represents a symbolic metaphor that is more steeped in a way of thinking that has been shielded and supported by an institution, which has been driven and shaped by race. LeBron James must be applauded for exercising intellect within a capitalist system; meaning capitalism is based on “free enterprise” and he felt that he could profit more by exercising his option and taking his basketball talents and marketing image to South Beach (Miami Heat). This was not disloyalty, the NBA is a business above all else and decisions are made based on interest. What’s fueling this debate is three black top rated NBA “Ballers” decided this action outside of the ear shot’s of master and determined that they would render their services to the same NBA franchise (plantation). But lets be real the true brain thrust behind this savvy move was Pat Riley. How dare these Negroes (Dwayne Wade, Chris Bosh and LeBron James) conspired in joining forces and demonstrating “Black” unity? Slaves during Chattel slavery (1555-1865) were beating and killed for being indifferent to the master’s wishes.

LeBron James did nothing that was outside of the rules other than becoming an indentured servant on another white owner’s plantation. The anger at LeBron James is misguided and I think many of us would have done the same thing, but the hypocrisy is being disguised in disloyalty, he fulfilled his contractual terms with the organization and decided to take his show to another market (no pun intended)—but it is kind of ironic that we are using the same language and vocabulary that defined terms during Chattel Slavery—“Free” agent, market, trading, buying and selling, commodities, product, work, “slave contracts”, money, etc., perhaps by now you get the picture. This tells us, that as much as things have changed, they still remain the same.

Tiger Woods before his adulteress behavior and his sexual innuendos was considered to be a billion dollar athlete. His perception of a squeaky clean life style and image attracted corporate endorsements unlike any other athlete in the annals of time (black or white). But he to was only a billion dollar slave and had no power over the pro golf industry—Woods was only a commodity and product who had no control over his own economic destiny (sometime just take a look around the black athlete—take notice of the vultures around them).

Most of the black professional athletes are comfortable with receiving a pay check—billionaires pay millionaires and trillionaires pay billionaires. Moreover, to challenge this relationship and arrangement have always been outside of the black athlete mental scope and is not likely to take place any time soon because of the lack of a social conscious and unwillingness to sacrifice the crumbs that falls from the rich man’s table.

Lastly, let me say a little bit about Bob Johnson, the former BET mogul who became the first African American majority owner of an NBA franchise, the Charlotte Bobcats. Some could argue that Johnson’s acquisition of the Bobcats at 300 million price tag dollars was groundbreaking for blacks looking to break the NBA glass ceiling and becoming owners over professional sports franchises. This writer applauded Johnson’s fete and accomplishments, but Johnson has very little interest in race and nationality issues. Johnson is a staunch venture capitalist and all that he has ever seen was green. He has always been a business man first and you can not be angry at him for focusing on the bottom line, but yet we can not ignore the fact that he was the recipient of hard fought civil rights battles, which allowed for African Americans to amass that type of wealth and be in position to sit down with the good ole boys and purchase an NBA franchise. Thus as becoming the head master in charge in 2002, he became the first black owner of an NBA franchise, but this hasn’t translated into the power dynamic and pendulum shifting for blacks seeking to own professional sports franchises. (Reference: Roland Martin TV 101 YouTube clip

He also allowed for NBA great Michael Jordan a “House Negro” to acquire the Bobcats franchise and may be in the grand scheme of things blacks may view this move as being something positive (I don’t). This is still a white Elitist and privileged club and only the slaves can equalize the playing field by garnishing their labor and leveraging the best bargaining tool to demand equal access to the various stratagems of wealth. May be we need an all out slave revolt.

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 fahimknight@

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