Thursday, December 3, 2015



By Fahim A. Knight-El

Let me weigh-in on this debate that has been ensuing between black people’s opposition to these one hundred (100) Negro pastors that met and had a dialogue with presidential candidate Donald Trump in which they have been catching plenty of heat from the so-called African American community and I must say, it is understandable. However, I personally do not think there was anything fundamentally wrong for black leaders to sit down with any of the candidates who are running for the 2016 Oval office (White House) and have a discussion. Thus, in doing so was an act of self-determination and as free citizens, we should have the right to meet with whom we please. But here is issue that I had with these Negro preachers; they met with this man with no real agenda and just to sit in Donald Trump's “Big House” (Five Star Trump Tower) to have some fried chicken and watermelon was ludicrous and ultimately, it represented a very poor political strategy and tactic on behalf of these Negro preachers, which garnished no real political leverage or political benefit (it was essentially a two and half hour meeting of coming away with no concessions and amounted to little or no substance).

I see Hillary Clinton, as being a lot more dangerous and sinister than Donald Trump, but sense she is a Democratic candidate, she gets a free pass from so-called African Americans. But one does not become U.S. Secretary of State unless you know how to play the deceptive foreign policy game—trust me she knows a lot more about the Benghazi hit than she is letting on. When she became U.S. Secretary of State, she used her international influence to assist her husband former President Bill Clinton by positioning him and exerting her State Department international influence to economically empower Bill Clinton’s Global Initiative foundation (so-called non-profit humanitarian organization). Bill Clinton’s Global Initiative is a very powerful foundation and it was established to lobby nations that sought his international influence (Bill ‘Slick Willie’ was in the business of selling influence and is very good at it). Moreover, Bill Clinton has raked in millions of dollars advising Developing Nations by securing them high interest international loans via the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank and further using his international influence to impact the political, economic and social systems of client nations. Also the Clinton-Bush Fund allegedly got 54 million dollars for the Haiti Relief Fund after the 2010 devastating earthquake that registered 7.0 magnitude on the Richter scale, which killed more than 230,000 people in Haiti. Bush and Clinton were two rogues who stole a lot money that was earmarked for the Haiti Government.
(reference: Peter Schweizwer: Clinton Cash: The Untold Story of How and Why Foreign Governments and Businesses Helped Make Bill and Hillary Rich).

The Jews represent just three (3) percent of the United States population, but they remain the most powerful religion/race in America and they dictate the collective political future of the Jewish people (here is the difference between them and us, they are organized). All United States politicians have an unspoken and unwritten mandate to sit down with the Jewish leadership, which is carried out by an organization called the American Israel Public Affairs Committee or AIPAC who works in the interest of the Jewish electorate. The first question that is always posed to a potential candidate is, what is your position on the State of Israel and will your foreign policy initiatives unconditionally back Israel? And you must privately and publically adopt and embrace the Jewish Agenda, what I am saying is not rooted in anti-Semitism—they exercise common sense in order to lobby for the best political deal for the Jewish people—this is common sense. These 100 Negro preachers had no real agenda other than being glad to be summons by this powerful white man. I would have said thank you Mr. Trump for the invitation to come to your lavish hotel in New York, but here is the BLACK AGENDA and if you can meet our political demands; perhaps after this discussion is over, we will take your response back to our voting constituents in which we might consider you as a possible viable candidate—but lets be smart as a voting bloc, it is not about being just loyal to the Democratic Party, but we must learn to vote issues and not parties (reference: John J. Mearsheimer and Stephen M. Walt; The Israel Lobby and U.S. Foreign Policy).

I am not attacking these Negro preachers for exercising their right to meet with Donald Trump, they had every right to do so and I saw nothing wrong with them having met with Mr. Donald Trump, but someone styled it as an endorsement meeting and this is where it got a little fuzzy with me. Trump has said some racist and denigrating things towards black people and Latinos and for the black clergy to endorse him, would have been hypocritical at best and inconsistent with the moral and ethical teachings of the Gospel. But this is why there was such confusion and political uncertainty being spewed by black social critics and pundits (and the black community) who had placed the meeting with Trump and the possible political intent of the meeting under a microscope and used the media to expose and scrutinize those black pastors invitees who sat down with Donald Trump. Trump in term, was smart enough to use the meeting as a black Christian leadership endorsement ploy who had gathered in support of his political agenda and for Trump this strategy would serve up two agendas, it would simultaneously create good black public relations and show forth his so-called influence amongst the religious community in general (of course this meeting with the black clergy would not have satisfied the evangelical right). However, once the media exposed the Negro pastors in attendance, Trump’s plan has somewhat exploded in his face.

A true Black agenda, would having included a cross section of opinions and planks from various sectors of the Black leadership spectrum, but 100 Negro preachers, I do not think so—many of them lacked the political, economic and social understanding of devising a collective Black Agenda. They do not have to reinvent the wheel, the Jews have provided us with a perfect model of how this has been done inside of American politely for centuries. Now, I do applaud these Negroes for thinking outside the box and not being dog-tied to the Democratic Party and for possessing a willingness to sit down with a Republican candidate and have a discussion (for me that is a sign of intelligence). There is nothing wrong with that strategy. But go in the room with a clear and agreed agenda and I do not care how many pork chops, fatback sandwiches, pig ears and hog knuckles that Trump brought out. Just say Sir thank you for this poison, but we will not compromise the Black Agenda. These Negro preachers know that they were not qualified to sit down with a Devil like Donald Trump.

The problem this writer is having with this upcoming election is how quickly we develop political amnesia; from 1865 the majority of African Americans were affiliated with the Republican Party, the party of Abraham Lincoln, the so-called great emancipator. African American from 1932 beginning with the election of Franklin D. Roosevelt to the present day 2015 have overwhelmingly voted for white democratic candidates on the national, state, and local levels. This writer has ascertained that ninety-two (92) percent of African Americans are registered democrats. This writer personally thinks this political predicament and strategy to be insane, this writer doesn’t know, if you can call it a strategy—this is more of a faulty political strategy; in particular in a two party system. It is political suicide because, it allows the Democratic party to take the black vote for granted—they understand the political numbers as being just an eight (8) percent differential and this does not create the type of pendulum swing needed to generate enough external political leverage which to keep the Democratic Party honest.                          
Politicians only respect an electorate that can impose political consequences, but those above numerical variables based on registered party affiliations do not pose an equitable number balance, which could alter or derail a candidate potential to being elected; hypothetically if forty (40) percent of blacks were registered Republicans and the other sixty (60) percent were Democrats this would automatically create a political leverage. They then could definitely command more political respect from this two party system, in particular from the Democratic Party who for seventy-five (83) years has taking the black vote for granted and would definitely build unimaginable credibility with the Republican Party. If African Americans are going to effectively play American style politics, this will require and mandate for them to devise a new political strategy and tactic that moves beyond being a majority one bloc political party, which has had its benefits at times and simultaneously, can be politically detrimental.

The majority of traditional black leadership has had many legitimate political reasons to sway black voters away from the Democratic Party based on neglect and their inadequate ability from time too time in addressing issues relevant to blacks, in particular and the nation in general. The black religious right from that perspective has demonstrated more outwardly courage by their willingness to cut ties with the Democratic Party. Politics is not based on loyalty, yet loyalty has its place in politics, but expediency is ordinarily the glue that holds political coalitions together and by refusing to acknowledge this reality has entrapped blacks politically, which has render them politically inconsequential and politically ineffective. Although, blacks represent one of the largest “organized” voting blocs in America and still have very little power to alter change. Something is wrong with this political dynamic.

Black Americans just do not understand the power they have in bloc voting and political leveraging, as well as, the importance of voting issues and not a candidate’s party affiliation. This writer has been trying to break this ineffective traditional cycle amongst blacks for over two decades. But parting ways with tradition is not always easy; it is a mindset that is inculcated in a set of perceived values that are not viewed from the lens of right and wrong, but social, political, economic components found compatible to a worldview.

However, the Republican Party do not know how to play political shrinks and administer mental health treatment and for over eighty (80) years have for the most part ignored the black electorate and hadn’t made any real appeals to tap into this traditional Democratic base, which in 2015 feel abandoned and ostracized by the Democratic party. This writer is by know means advocating the Republican conservative agenda nor is he suggesting that African Americans leave the Democratic Party, but what he is suggesting, is destroying the boogieman syndrome that has been associated with the Republican Party relative to African Americans, which allows the Democratic Party to continue to be in the best position election after election for receiving the African American vote. Yet at the same time the Democratic Party do not have to make any political concessions to 13% of the American population because of foolish and irresponsible leadership that possess an insane love for the Democratic Party.
Many blacks do not know why they are democrats, they often inherited the donkey as family political tradition or they heard some ignorant preachers, mis-educated teachers, and self-fulfilling politicians advised them that it was sinister to cast a ballot for a Republican candidate without ever hearing whether or not they agreed or disagreed with the message.

Many do not know that from 1865 to 1932 blacks overwhelmingly were republicans but in 1929, blamed the Republicans and Hubert Hoover’s administration for the Great Depression and the economic decline of America. Blacks left the Republican Party in wholesale numbers and this historical coincidence has worked to their long-term political detriment. Nevertheless, in the deep recess of their minds, black Americans seem to think that they have a moral obligation to unconditionally support and vote the democratic ticket. It seem logical to me that since 1932, there should be enough historical evidence, which documents political betrayal and broken promises made by the Democratic Party to black Americans. In essence, we love the devil, because he gives us nothing. Why don’t the so-called black leadership come to understand and advocate the power of voting the issues and leverage the black vote as an uncommitted and non-partisan bloc whose main interest is negotiating the best political deal for black Americans regardless of candidates’ party affiliations?

1). We need to know exactly and specifically where Donald Trump stands on one of the most important modern issues of the 21st century, which is Black Lives Matter and the effects police brutality is having on Black men inside of America, in particular (not to preclude our sisters as well). If elected president, what public policy would he choose in dealing with institutionalized racism and the systemic backlashes, it has on our community? These are terrorist in blue uniforms and they are not Middle Eastern or Arab (and are not militant radical Muslims). A terrorist is in the eyes of the beholder; those that killed Freddie Grey, Travyone Martin, Michael Brown, Eric Garner, LaQuan McDonald and worst yet the killing of a 12 year old in Cleveland, Ohio named Tamir Rice, Walter L. Scott, etc. What does Donald Trump has to say about these type issues?

2).Black unemployment rate, is twice that of white America, what plans does Trump has to equalize and balance the employment playing field and solve this dilemma in America and create jobs that will directly impact us as a demographic?

3). Black servicemen and women who are disproportionally and negatively effected when pursing benefits via the Veterans Administration. Black soldiers have always returned to America as second class citizens and their loyalty, bravery and patriotism were met with American style racism—the American flag and the Confederate flag for blacks have been one in the same—both have historically denied blacks freedom, justice and equality thus my people have caught pure hell under both flags (my loyalty and patriotism is to God and not the United States of America). Although, many of these black Veterans were injured in combat deployments, but is met with a harsh reality when they attempt to access benefits services through the VA. They are often turned down or get loss in the bureaucratic paperwork game (does Trump understand that in a racist society there are a different set of standards when blacks attempt to access services?) Does Donald Trump further understand and realize that many African American Veterans are walking around America untreated with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and cannot get the proper help and mental health treatment needed after serving in the United States Arm Forces—this is how the government treat them afterwards.

Where does Trump stand on funding black and Latinos poor depilated schools and underprivileged school districts that are failing our children educationally, which continues to render them a poor education (which leads our children back into a cycle of poverty) under a certified curriculum called Common Core in which blacks still possess the highest drop out rate in our nation as a whole—nations such as China, Japan and India are preparing their children with a superior education in line with the age of information (global objective).
This generation is growing up as part of the global information age and based on technology, have tremendous access to information, the global superhighway or the infobahn in which the Internet has altered the political, economic and social paradigm by changing the geopolitical landscape of the globe and we now have the opportunity to access information in real time.

This age of technology has allowed us to compete on levels that was unimaginable twenty-years ago and this benefit has further allowed us to enter and participate in a new age called the digital age; this is a very exciting time to be on the planet and there is no turning back. The United States now stands as 29th in math and 35th in science amongst the world’s nations as an industrialized nation relative to education in the two said major disciplines. Where does Trump stand in raising the educational bar and standards in order that our children will be prepared to interact in a global economy and society? Most of these Negro preachers do not have a clue to the global implications that education and curriculum will have on the future success and/or future failure of black people. They were just window dressing and showboating and happy to be at 725 Fifth Avenue between East 56th Street and East 57th Street (Trump Tower) in Midtown Manhattan, New York City.   

4). Where does Mr. Donald Trump stand on the issues of mass incarceration where the United Stated Department of Justices estimates that 63% of the federal and state prisons are African American males. Thus, how will Trump address the issue of the Prison Industrial Complex that disproportionally affects black males? The U.S. has over 7 million people incarcerated the largest prison population of any industrialized nation. You who are students of facts you can read about this in a book titled, "The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness" by Michelle Alexander.


5). Where does Mr. Trump stand on the Affordable Care Act (Obama Care) that has allowed poor people to at least obtain medical care and coverage in which African Americans and other poor people are the beneficiaries of this public policy or will he join on with other conservative Republicans and work to repeal the Affordable Care Act?                


6). What is Mr. Donald Trump’s position on providing more foreign aid and economic assistance to Africa (and does he favor international debt forgiveness to these poor and Developing Nations who have been victims of Western Government exploitation) in which poor black African nations are having to deal with hunger, diseases, famine, war, economic instability and mortality rates that are off the chart (but does he understand that these crisis are being induced by the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank). I think it should be unlawful and a crime for a small minority of 5% an Elitist Cabal (bloodsuckers of the poor) that controls 95% of the world’s wealth, which throughout history has continued to create the world’s wealth disparity that plagues the globe.
This unjust social phenomenon has led to global poverty amongst so-called Third World and Developing nations in which poor people are forced to survive off minuscule resources and poverty as I have stated above, has led to high mortality rates, diseases, curable illnesses, poor education, etc. Many of these Developing nations possess vast natural resources, but their wealth is being exploited by Western Developed nations, which also, includes China and Russia and other world superpowers. I would like to see the world’s wealth equally distributed amongst the masses of the people. This is the only way we can bring balance to the political, economic and social dilemma facing humanity. But no one gives a damn about black suffering, but as soon as a so-called terrorist incident takes places in Europe, Negroes and white folk cry crocodile tears—I cry when I see poor destitute African children with pop bellies and are dying from starvation and sickness. I wonder does this white billionaire Trump feel the pain of my people.

7). What is Mr. Donald Trump’s position on the closing of Historical Black Colleges and Universities and the poor financial situation they are in and what public policy will he implement and support in assisting our gems HBCUs. Will Trump entertain student loan debt forgiveness for poor people or will he continue to use his influence to fatten up Wall Street (lets be clear Donald Trump is only a pawn for the Unseen Hand).

8). How will he use his executive order power to support and defend the causes of civil rights violations—that was seen in the hate crime that took place in Charleston, South Carolina and other places throughout America.

9). Note: Donald Trump handpicked these 100 Negro preachers, he did not pick Minister Louis Farrakhan, Reverend Jeremiah Wright, Reverend Willie Wilson, Father Michael Louis Pfleger, etc. Trump knew and clearly understood that Minister Farrakhan did not want any fried chicken and watermelon. We want complete freedom, justice and equality for the entire black race. The Negroes that were picked they do not have any real influences outside of their congregations.

10), Now, here is the sad phenomenon: This Trump and Negro preachers controversy are perfect examples of the Willie Lynch syndrome, thus most Negro preachers are ill prepared to lead our people and definitely are not prepared to quasi venture into politics—these Negroes were truly out of their league. Trump would not have sent me the damn invitation, because I was not taught a slave religious doctrine, but I was taught by a master teacher and we know how to deal with leaders like Donald Trump—but you send 100 scared to death Negro preachers to represent black folk. I am appalled and insulted by their actions.

11). These Negroes could have quoted Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. words and walked the hell out of the room King Stated: “But one hundred years later, the Negro still is not free. One hundred years later, the life of the Negro is still sadly crippled by the manacles of segregation and the chains of discrimination. One hundred years later, the Negro lives on a lonely island of poverty in the midst of a vast ocean of material prosperity. One hundred years later, the Negro is still languished in the corners of American society and finds himself an exile in his own land. And so we've come here today to dramatize a shameful condition”.

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

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





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