Monday, May 22, 2017

SHOULD AFRICAN AMERICAN HISTORY BE A REQUIRED SUBJECT IN U.S. PUBLIC SCHOOLS

AFRICAN AMERICAN HISTORY IN U.S. PUBLIC SCHOOLS
By Fahim A. Knight-El

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Monday, May 1, 2017

COLIN KAEPERNICK AND AMERICAN PATRIOTISM: CIVICS 101

COLIN KAEPERNICK AND AMERICAN PATRIOTISM: CIVICS 101
 
 
By Fahim A. Knight-El


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Thesis Statement: Colin Kaepernick's protest, dissention and refusal to stand for the playing of the United States National Anthem must be viewed outside of the superficial question of patriotism and understood as an act of free speech, which was protected under the United States Constitution.

I                                                                
                                                                  Introduction

This research will attempt to frame a current event issue of social justice involving Colin Kaepernick an African American professional football player, in particular by assessing and evaluating in a limited way race, police brutality, patriotism and social justice within a non quantitative scope. This writer must admit from the outcome that this will not be an exhaustive research, it will have some scholarly and journalistic limitations and shortcomings, but this writer will make every attempt to remain objective and empirical throughout the essay. 

Kaepernick's political position created a sizable amount of controversy during the 2016-2017 NFL football season, because he stood in solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement by refusing to stand during the playing of the national anthem in protest of the killings of unarmed black men by white law enforcement officers. This writer will seek to distinguish patriotism, Americanism and what is deemed subversive action and place Kaepernick social protest beyond the question of an act of sedition and treason.[1] 

11                                                  Kaepernick: Right to Dissent

Kaepernick protest action whether or not we viewed his behavior as being distasteful and/or un-American or viewed him as a hero and/or a true American patriot. It really did not matter because this writer after assessing and analyzing the data has come to the conclusion that Kaepernick social protest on the football field must be protected as free speech and under his First Amendment Right to dissent.[2]

His political stance gained national attraction in which other NFL players, college athletes and even high school athletes joined on to Kaepernick stance to expand the conversation about race, police brutality and justice. My research will only serve as a microcosm to a much larger and extensive problem in the United States, which is the unresolved question of race and racism.[3]

Colin Kaepernick as stated above is a National Football League (NFL) professional athlete and quarterback of the San Francisco Forty Niners. Let me try to historically and presently make an attempt to contextualize my argument by briefly bringing an understanding of the social, political and economic landscape of the United States of America from 2012 thru 2016. Moreover, by given brief attention into recent political events, which have impacted African Americans relative to addressing the issues of police brutality and the judicial system. The scholar Michelle Alexander in her book titled, The New Jim Crow, explores the systemic outcomes of a judicial and criminal justice apparatus that have been race based and has led to mass incarceration and the prison industrial complex. 


III                                  Treyvone Martin Speaking From the Grave

It was perhaps the Treyvone Martin's case in Florida that involved a young black teenager who was walking from the store and entered into his father's neighborhood where he was deemed suspicious based on racist biased stereotypes and possibly from those stereotypes, it was determined that Martin had criminal intent on his mind in which this led to Martin being followed, accosted and was eventually murdered by George Zimmerman (a white security guard).[4]

The Florida judicial system found Zimmerman not guilty of murder and acquitted him based on citizens living in Sanford, Florida having the right to defend ones self under a law called stand your ground law. The legal exoneration of Zimmerman created emotions on both sides (was it a racist murder or self-defense justifiable homicide).[5] Thus, once again for some this incident was a microcosm into America’s racial history, which led to the argument of the impact of race, justice and fairness within the judicial system relative to people of color.[6] 

Many in the African American community felt that Martin was unjustly murdered and this was historically consistent with black men being killed by white police officers and law enforcement agents throughout American History. It would be this judicial case that became the impetus for the establishment of the Black Lives Matter movement in which this grassroots protest organization brought national attention to police brutality and the high incidents of unarmed African American men being killed by white law enforcement officers across America

 IV                                                     Black Lives do Matter

The Black Lives Matter movement begin spearheading large mass protest demonstrations throughout America via marches, boycotts and in some cases outright confrontations with law enforcement ensued. This was typified in Ferguson, Missouri when Michael Brown was gunned down by a white police officer and in Baltimore, Maryland where Freddie Gray was killed while in police custody.[7]  The political momentum extended to the colleges and universities campuses where students joined on to the efforts of the Black Lives Matter movement demanding responsible policing and holding law enforcement officers accountable when they break the law. This type of mobilization was best highlighted by students at the University of California at Berkeley, a white prestigious university who stood in defiance and in rebellion and the University of Missouri football team who also stood in solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement and agenda.

We do not live in a vacuum (nor a bubble) and this writer thinks that Colin Kaepernick, although, he is wealthy and privileged as a professional athlete begin seeing the world outside of the bubble, and sought to engage himself within a social issue that had extended far beyond the comfort of his personal wealth status, which he himself being a black man in America could easily identify. Perhaps being exposed to the mass medium reports, both electronic and print about the high profile killings of unarmed African American men resonated with Kaepernick. It possibly led him to question the social internal contradictions and was the premises of these law enforcement murders more rooted in the unresolved question of race and racism in America


V                 America was Founded on Racism and White Supremacy

This writer maintains that these incidents sensitized Kaepernick to the agony, pain and suffering of black mothers and fathers having to bury their sons and daughters prematurely (it sprung him into becoming proactive). Race as an antagonistic contradiction in American history has been in existence since the inception of this nation's early development; this was best analyzed by professor Derrick Bell in his book titled, Faces at the Bottom of the Well: The Permanence of Racism [8] and Cornel West in his book titled, Race Matters also deals with how intertwined race has been as a social phenomenon, throughout American history impacting every facet of our social, political, and economic fiber since our sojourn in America beginning with Chattel Slavery (1619-1865); this social dilemma continues to have lasting effects on race relations in the United States even as I write this essay. 

Also, Andrew Hacker in his book titled, Two Nations: Black and White Separate, Hostile, Unequal, In this thesis he examines the racist and white supremacy mindset that evolved along side the first white settlers who arrived in the so-called 'New World' during the early 1600s (colonial America) and encountered the Native Americans (race therefore after would become a problem).[9]

VI                            Kaepernick Protest was About Speaking Truth to Power

Kaepernick was not considered a Black Nationalist or an activist, but he felt obligated as a black American to address the killings of unarmed black men by white law enforcement officers by using his high profile position and status as a professional athlete to condemn, rebuke and stood with those who were deemed victims of an unjust system. But beneath Kaepernick's tactic and strategy of not to stand and salute the American flag and the national anthem, was him having the fundamental and Constitutional right to exercise lawful dissension.

Some viewed his kneeling protest as an act of sedition and treason. Kaepernick critics were equating patriotism with a false flag waving mindset and failed to understand that the U.S. Founding Fathers in the language of the Preamble to the constitution for saw and imposed language that would lead us more toward a perfect democracy.


VII                                   Black Athletes Who Stood For Social Justice

Yet, he was not the first high profile African American athlete to take up the cause of social justice, perhaps one of the most well known black athletes to do so was former 1960 U. S. Olympic gold medalist[10] and heavy weight boxing champion of the world Muhammad Ali who had joined the Nation of Islam and had become a Muslim under Elijah Muhammad who in the 1960s refused to be inducted into the United States arm forces citing himself as a religious conscience objector.[11] 

Ali condemned the United States military industrial complex and openly refused to fight in Vietnam. His stance brought international attention to the political validity (relative to imperialism and aggression) of the United States being militarily involved in Southeast Asia and using black men as political tools and as cannon fodder in achieving American reactionary foreign policy objectives.[12]

Also, at the 1968, Mexico City Olympic Games in which John Carlos and Tommy Smith, two American track and field athletes who received the silver and bronze medals respectively, but at the medal ceremony, they both raised their black gloved fists in solidarity with the Black Power movement of the 1960s that was being led by the Black Panther Party for Self-Defense.[13] There was a revolutionary mood in America in the 1960s with black nationalists personalities such as Malcolm X, Huey P. Newton, Bobby Seale, Stokley Carmichael, H.Rap Brown, Angela Davis, Elaine Brown, George Jackson and the Soledad Brothers, etc. 

I do not think we could equate Kaepernick's protest intentions and motives of possessing and having the political implications of the above mentioned Black Power advocates, but yet they shared a similar political thread, which was addressing injustice and police brutality in the black community. The Black Panther Party in their "Ten Point Plan" (‘What the Panthers Want, What We Believe’) was critical of police brutality and believed the people had a right to defend themselves by any means necessary against such brutality.[14]

VIII                     Patriotism, Americanism and Citizenship: What does this Mean?

Kaepernick was not advocating arm resistance or any form of violence against the United States Government; he like many in the African American community sought to dramatize police brutality by creating a larger conversation about race and policing, as well as drawing attention to injustice. His refusal to stand when U.S. National Anthem was being sung went much deeper into the social and political complexities of Americanism and how has this been applied to a marginalized people who have been referred to as hyphenated Americans (African-Americans). 

Dr. W.E.B. Dubois in 1903, confronted this social dilemma in his monumental book titled, The Souls of Black Folk, what he referred to as "twoness" the duplicity and ambivalence of being a the so-called American Negro and torn between being American and African in the United States.[15] This in my opinion was the social dichotomy which rested the foundation of Kaepernick's civil disobedience and refusal to acknowledge the American flag and national anthem; his kneeling served more as a denunciation and exposing the perceived hypocrisy of what they stated it meant to be an American citizen as conveyed in the 1776 Declaration of Independence; “We hold these truths to be self-evident that all men are created equal that they are endowed by their Creator with certain in unalienable rights among these are  Life,  Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness”.[16] 

Yet, African Americans being unjustly gunned downed and murdered by white law enforcement officer left a lot to be desired relative to the question of patriotism and Americanism from Kaepernick's vanish point.  These racially motivated incidents of killing unarmed black men left the impression that blacks were not being treated with justice and therefore, the flag and American patriotism were being defined differently by Kaepernick because of these injustices. 

This much this writer applauded Kaepernick social justice stance and for using his large public stage to expose and draw attention to the systemic practices of racism and police brutality in America. Kaepernick pundits and critics did not understand and was intentionally overlooking that Kaepernick protest was protected under the First Amendment Right to the United States Constitution, which guarantees and protects every American to having the right of freedom of speech and freedom of expression. 
         
His failing to stand during the playing of the national anthem did not violate U.S. law, it has to be received as protected free speech. We have to understand that the real litmus test to free speech is how do we receive speech that we disagree on and do we allow it to co-exist along side speech that we find agreeable.
                

IX                      Final Thoughts on Race, Racism, Policing and Free Speech

Lastly, Kaepernick is the epitome of what it means to be a patriot, in which the Founding Fathers created and established a democracy that would be rooted in a check and balance governmental system. They allowed for dissention to be an alternative to tyranny, oppression and injustice and the legality of such would be protected under the United States Constitution. Kaepernick refusal to stand at the raising of the United States flag and singing of the national anthem was definitely an act of dissent, but it wasn't necessarily un-American and should have never been viewed as a question of patriotism or treason. Some of us in the Kaepernick argument failed in the fundamental understanding of what Constitutional intent was conveying pursuant to what is referred to as protected free speech in which Kaepernick was exercising. 

There was no doubt Kaepernick's involvement as a high profile celebrity in the above mentioned social justice cause has drawn attention to the question of race, racism and police brutality aimed at black men in which in my opinion his involvement expanded the conversation. However, he did lose some credibility when he revealed that he did not vote in the last presidential election and his critics viewed this overt political neglected as the highest level of hypocrisy because part of change can be determined at the ballot box. Yet, this did not sway me away from seeing the larger picture of Kaepernick's social activism and the importance of his involvement. 

Yet, this writer thinks and understands by this being a contemporary issue, it is entirely too early for social scientist and historians to assess and evaluate relative to making a scientific judgment on the long term benefits and shortcomings of Kaepernick activism. The historiography is still developing and will perhaps be many years before we could make a true scholarly assessment of the personalities and events surrounding Kaepernick and Black Lives Matter movement and the impact they had on reshaping the conversation relating to race and policing in present and future America

This writer is also fully aware that Kaepernick's daring to engage in such controversial social justice issue could have a negative adverse consequence on his career as an athlete. He essentially was challenging the status quo in which the National Football League is a powerful and influential corporation whereas it generates huge amounts of profits and revenue. They have the power to 'black ball' Kaepernick as away of serving notice on other black athletes who would dare to engage in controversial social justice issues. Athletes are viewed as gladiators who are paid handsomely to entertain and to always think inside the box[17].

                                                                 NOTES

[1] John McWorter.Colin Kaepernick Had No Choice but to Kneel”; Internet article Time.com http://time.com/4504014/colin-kaepernick-kneel/ September 22, 2016.      
[2] Nancy Armour. How national anthem protests bring out the worst in people”; Internet article USA TODAY Sports http://www.usatoday.com/story/sports/columnist/nancy-armour/2016/09/25/colin-kaepernick-anthem-protests-backlash-social-media-emails/91076216/  September 25, 2016.      
[3]Ibid, Armour.
[4]Ta-Nehisi Coates. “Trayvon Martin and the Irony of American Justice”; Internet article the Atlantic.com https://www.theatlantic.com/national/archive/2013/07/trayvon-martin-and-the-irony-of-american-justice/277782/ July 15, 2013.  
[5]Author William P. Benjamin, African Americans in the Criminal Justice. (New York: Vantage Press, 1996) vii- vii.  
[6]Ibid, Benjamin.  
[7]Marc Lamont Hill, Nobody: Casualties of America’s War on the Vulnerable, From Ferguson to Flint and Beyond. (New York: Atria Books, 2016).
[8] Derrick Bell, Faces at the Bottom of the Well: The Permanence of Racism. (New York: Basic Books, 1992) xiv-xv.
[9]Andrew Hacker, Two Nations: Black and White Separate, Hostile, Unequal. (New York: Scribner Publishing, 2003) 3-4.   
[10]Karl Evanzz,  The Messenger: The Rise and Fall of Elijah Muhammad. (New York: Random House, 1999) 330-331. 
[11]Ibid, 331.
[12]Ibid, 330-331.   
[13] Edna and Art Rust. Jr., Art Rust’s Illustrated History of the Black Athlete. (New York: Doubleday and Company, 1985) 358-559.    
[14]Hugh Pearson, The Shadow of the Panther: Huey P. Newton and the Price of Black Power in America. (New York: Addison-Wesley Publishing, 1994) 109-110.    
[15] W.E.B Dubois, The Souls of Black Folk. (New York: Signet Classic, 1903) 45.
[16]Ibid, McWorter.  
[17]William C. Rhoden, Forty Million Dollar Slaves: The Rise, Fall, and Redemption of the Black Athlete. (New York: Random House, 2006) 2-3.



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Monday, April 10, 2017

LET OUR FOOD BE OUR MEDICINE AND OUR MEDICINE BE OUR FOOD


LET OUR FOOD BE OUR MEDICINE AND OUR MEDICINE BE OUR FOOD



By Fahim A. Knight-El


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We are presently living in the age of information and the digital age where media is constantly shaping and molding public opinion. Information is being acquired in real time. Yet, advertisers have always chimed into methods and ways to influence consumers in what products/brands they should purchase and the corporate media has always played a huge part in market and consumer influence. Marketing firms now have highly trained psychologist and social scientists experts (masters of social engineering) on staff who have studied human behavior and human impulses working along side advertisers (this is not coincidental). For example, they strategically use colors, enticing displays, music, mind catching props and stocking schemes to appeal to the human brain and to trigger certain emotions in the consumer, which causes us to often purchase consumer products that we do not need. These techniques are rooted in the persuasive power of subliminal seduction and the consumer often do not know why they are attached to a product or service and/or what led them to spend their money.

I am a proponent of healthy eating, wellness, organic agriculture and sustainable living. This writer, thinks that all food grown (imported and/or exported) in the United States of America should be mandated by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to be grown as agriculture products free of pesticides, free of being genetically modified, free of chemicals and dangerous toxic substances that will alter or impact the natural process of our food chain and agribusiness—that has the potential to negatively impact our long term and short term health prognosis (grown with the highest quality and prepared with the utmost health and safety standards in mind, that is safe for human consumption and to insure good societal health). Moreover, in the last fifteen to twenty years scientists have entered into a very dangerous paradigm relative to creating what I deem as 'Frankstein' foods better known as Genetic Modified Organism (GMO). We do not know enough about the long term and short term health affects that GMO foods could possibly have on human beings and how it will impact future society (is this a health risk that we are willing to take?). The pharmaceutical companies, Food and Drug Administration (FDA), United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), Center for Disease Control (CDC), etc; are working in cahoots with high level U.S. governmental politicians and with private business conglomerates that are more powerful than governments to move us more toward a GMO and synthetic drug society (they have induced these market trends based on profit motives).

I think to allow powerful corporate conglomerates such as Monsanto, DuPont, Bayer, etc., to monopolize the agricultural food seeds (in direct violation of U.S. anti-trust laws) and use their wealth and influence to alter our food processes in the name of profit incentive in my opinion is a crime against humanity. We as a society might look back on when GMO was allowed to enter our food markets and perhaps in the not so distance future will come to see linkages to higher incidents of all forms of cancer, Diabetes, heart disease, Alzheimer, autism, down syndrome, child and adult obesity, mental health diseases, hypertension, etc., will the GMO food paradigm potentially increase early mortality rate in the U.S.?

There are just too many health unknowns about the GMO science because it is relatively new and still evolving in which to adequately assess and evaluate the health and nutritional risk will ultimately take decades of scientific testing (yet that should not curtail our speculations and inquiry to proceed with caution when it comes to assessing any process that alters our food from its natural and original state, moreover should be enough to sound the alarm in spite of the government signing off on bio-tech food as allegedly being safe). Some European countries do not allow GMO foods to be imported or grown in their countries (for example, GMO is banned in Germany, Scotland, France, Italy, Austria, Greece, Poland, and Belgium). The United States should have followed the lead of other western and industrialized nations whom many have shown reservations about Genetic Modified Organism and are fearful of the possible health ramifications. Although, the World Health Organization (WHO) has declared GMO to be safe for human consumption, it has many nations in the world skeptical of this unproven contention.

I think all GMO foods and products grown, manufactured and sold should have warning labels from the oversight regulatory agencies such as the Center for Disease Control (CDC), Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) that state on the labeling packages (GMO is considered toxic, poison, hazardous, biohazard, etc.).

1).GMO food products have been altered from its original state and all the health science and evidence are not in and any human consumption of this product could lead to long term and short term illnesses and even death. Eat at your own risk.

2). GMO products could possibly put you at risk for cancer, heart disease, obesity, Diabetes, etc., and/or other debilitating diseases, which could lead to sickness and an even death. Eat at your own risk.

3). All GMO products could negatively affect your human reproduction, infertility and could cause childbirth deformities and sterilization. Eat at your own risk.

4). I advise all consumers who partake and consume GMO products at your own risk, but we legally indemnify ourselves from any potential lawsuits or litigation that might be directly or indirectly caused by human consumption of any and all GMO products.

I think we all in the United States of America and the entire human family could benefit from good natural health practices and cures presented by herbal doctors, homeopathic practitioners, organic nutritional scientist, and natural healers who have been led to revisited the curing, healing and treatment remedies of plant based medicines in order to create a more natural path to wellness—these ancient sciences have been around since the dawn of time. Health care should be a human entitlement and nationalized with no free market incentives. The food and pharmaceutical racketeers do not desire for us to know that natural herbal medicinal healing power was here and practiced for generations amongst all indigenous people and cultures of the earth (they were the first practitioners of holistic natural medicine).

Indigenous people of mother earth understood the mind, body and spirit and how these entities worked in direct correlations to the spiritual laws of the universe and applied these sciences in unison to living in harmony with God and all its creation. Social Darwinism and the survival of the fittest was rooted in European ethos and at the formation of the United States, it would be the impetus to the establishment of rugged capitalism and what Adam Smith called in his book titled, The Wealth of Nations: An Inquiry into the Nature and Causes of the Wealth of Nations the inception of the free enterprise system which has created global social and economic disparities. Moreover, when indigenous people planted and farmed crops they did so in respect of the universal principles that governs mother earth; the Europeans worked and did just the opposite and this is what has created a universal imbalance on the earth between God and man, this is the root of the mindset that has led to the exploitation of human and natural resources that have truly upset the physical and spiritual balance on the planet.

They as I have stated above, created such an imbalance in nature that the bees are being destroyed and crops and plants are not being adequately pollinated and this has led to bee farms and bees are now being imported in which to pollinate farmer’s crops. The wealth disparity phenomenon in America and throughout the globe is systematically being driven by greed (there is enough resources on the earth to comfortably sustain every human being on the planet) relative to having wholesome and healthy foods, which should not be a barrier based on false economic and social standards of living models that are rooted in greed and capitalism that benefits the few and subjugate the masses. The Earth's energy has moved into a negative sphere and it is destined to continue to turn against man until we learn how to once again live in harmony and peace with this magnificent planet we call earth and is considered our home. 

My African ancestors (in particular my great, great, great grandparents who arrived to Georgia and were made slaves) did not have an almanac chart, which to advise them when it would be in the best complimentary good of the universe to put seeds in the ground. Many so-called African American farmers in the old South could not read and write and by the white man’s standards they were considered illiterate; but they were highly literate about God, the astrological powers and phenomenon in observing and obeying the principles relative to the laws of cause and effect and the powers that governs the laws of attraction. Indigenous people understood the importance of living in the Kemetic spirit of Maat—harmony, justice, balance, equilibrium, reciprocity, etc.

Many Africans who were forced into Chattel slavery had direct blood lineages to the Dogons and were well versed in the meaning of the constellations of the stars and studied the moon and communicated in a spiritual way with the heavenly bodies, which instructed them on the highest level of agriculture/horticulture science and they knew how to systematically chart the sun, moon and stars (these black farmers knowledge were beyond some of the astrological pseudo science associated with daily horoscope readings—their charts were written deep into the subconscious of the human psyche) to ensure the harvest outcome would be abundantly rewarding based on their projection of the phases of the moon (they never planted out of season and everything we ate was naturally grown and organic). They were in direct communication with a higher spiritual force and they had respect for the land.

They did not rely on pharmaceutical drugs and synthetic medicines as treatment alternatives, they went directly to Mother Earth for all medicinal solutions. I preach to young African American sisters the importance of having a willingness to learn about what it means to be the Goddesses of the universe (our babies and what we put in them is sacred, it will determine if we have a future as a people). There is no alternative to breastfeeding (God does not make any mistake in his creation, mother's milk is the life blood of our children's health for today and tomorrow) cow milk and formulas are manufactured in the laboratories of the wickedly wise who practice 'tricknology' and stand opposite of God and his will as the Creator. The black woman has to be the scientist in the house by ensuring the family is getting wholesome cooked food and prepared (eating live and non-GMO foods and having a daily diet of organic foods). Yes, having a garden and practicing sustainable planting and eating from the harvest, it is both physical and spiritually rewarding. Our sisters in particular have to be the natural healers, doctors, nutritionist and homeopathic scientists. 

I was going through my library looking for a certain book and I pulled out a book that I have had for some years, it was not the book of my intentions. Yet, I believe that I was led to this book and it was beyond coincidental, which was authored by Kurt Mendelssohn titled, The Riddle of the Pyramids, I started skimming through the pages of the book and just started reading and more I read there was a section in the book dealing with Imhotep whom the Greeks called Asklepios he was the father of medicine and the Greeks stole their Hippocratic oath from the black Nubian scientist. Powerful not so coincidental knowledge, Imhotep built the first step pyramid.   

Moving right along Dr. Sebi held a dual citizenship status of American and Honduran, perhaps was one of the greatest and most profound natural Healers in the late 20th and 21st century in which he was assassinated in Honduras this past August 2016 and as I write this article, we still do not know the full circumstances surrounding our brother's death. Our Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) members and Negro leader have been relatively silent on Dr. Sebi's death. We should support Donald Trump’s agenda of deporting every illegal Honduran alien in the United States until we get answers from the Honduran Government about what happened to Dr. Sebi and the cause of him dying in a filthy Honduran jail. We should force the CBC to initiate congressional hearings into the death of Dr. Sebi and if they fail to comply to an open investigation, our black lawmakers should lobby the full congress to impose economic sanctions and embargoes against the nation of Honduras.

Dr. Sebi’s perspective on homeopathic treatments, organic natural cures, and wellness put him on a collision course (he was perhaps the only natural herbalist and healer who took on the United States Government after being indicted for practicing medicine without a license and won his case in the New York Supreme Court). Dr. Sebi had cured black people who had cancer, diabetes, heart disease, kidney disease, hypertension, HIV, etc. I believe the United States Government was complicit in the assassination. Dr. Sebi’s natural approach to medicine and dispensing treatments solely from organic plant based herbs and natural healing products were creating positive health results, but in the end this did not matter in the grand scheme of things—all though this might have appeared as unconventional medicine to some, but the American Medical Association were fully aware of the health benefits of natural homeopathic medicine; the pharmaceutical companies saw him as threat to their profit and capitalist interest (our health is played as a commodity on the stock exchange, it is about money).

They prefered creating prescription drug dependence and causing addiction on prescription medications (giving rise to legal medicated dope feigns) and feeding the long money chain associated with occidental medicine and/or synthetic medicines as opposed to supporting natural herbal based treatments (which is better and less expensive, as well as being a lot less dangerous relative to the side effects). Dr. Sebi was deemed a threat because he offered inexpensive organic wellness treatments to black people  Dr. Sebi was definitely assassinated, because his perspective on wellness was transformative on the lives of us as Africans on the continent and us who live in the Diaspora (Dr. Sebi became a threat to the powers that-be). Organic food growing is essential to our personal and collective sustainability (liberation means nothing, if we cannot feed ourselves all revolutions are based on land). Our Elders and great grandparents knew how to use the blessings and life offerings that came from Mother Earth to cure and treat diseases, viruses, sicknesses and illnesses by understanding the natural environment in which they lived (man and woman first studied from the natural creation) and from there found every solution that lends itself to the question of life sustainability. The ancient masters of the universe taught African people (and this knowledge was passed down to them old black farmers in the south) they did not rely on pharmaceutical drugs and synthetic medicines as treatment alternatives (unnatural and chemical based remedies), they went directly to Mother Earth for all medicinal solutions.

But it all starts from having the knowledge of self and using our kitchen as our sacred sanctuaries to cook and prepare wholesome foods that have life (yes digging a plot in our yard and planting is an excellent first step and eating from our harvest is next to heaven on earth). We must make our food our medicine and our medicine our food. The health and wellness pieces that I have written are perhaps some of the most vital pieces in our struggle for liberation and those writings outweigh everything that I have written relative to philosophy and ideology. We have no more time for saying I am not equipped or I am not prepared, if we are not ready and prepared to move forward in 2017, our future off-springs will render us a generation of cowards and beggars who did nothing, but worked in complicit with the devil and his white supremacy agenda. I must always emphasize the importance of studying liberating materials. Here are some titles on my reading list and are in my library: Alkaline Herbal Medicine: Reverse Disease and Heal the Electric Body by Aqiyl Aniys, How To Eat To Live, by Elijah Muhammad, African Holistic Health, by  Llaila Afrika: Heal Thyself for Health and Longevity by Queen Mother Afua,    Vaccines are Dangerous by Curtis Cost, Colin Health: The Key to a Vibrant Life by Norman W. Walker, The Herb Book by John Lust, The Master Cleanser with Special Needs and Problems by Stanley Burroughs, The Natural Way by Dr. Paul Goss, More Ultimate Healing by Bottom Line Publication, The Hog: Should it be Used for Food, etc.

The huge food conglomerates who specializes in Genetic Modified Organism (GMO) foods and products such as Monsanto, DuPont, Bayer (biotech giants), etc; in which ties them directly to powerful international trading companies like Archer, Daniel, Midland (ADM), Cargill, ConAgra, Tate and Lyle, etc., this is a huge industry that has residual off spins to teaching universities such as Harvard University, University of California--San Francisco, Duke University, Columbia University, John Hopkins University, Stanford University, Yale University, etc. Educational endowments are established by billionaire Invisible Hand Elitist (research grants are allocated and disbursed and fellowships are made available) and the pharmaceutical companies use their lobbying influence on Capitol Hill and monetary influence, as well as power to persuade these prestigious teaching universities to initiate and fast-track in getting potential profitable medicines and treatment therapies moving in the right direction pursuant to getting approved for clinical and research trials, that are often endorsed in the interest of capitalist motives and not necessarily in the best heath interest of the American people or the international society at large (synthetic medicines are a trillion dollar industry).

The National Rifle Association (NRA), the weaponry and armament lobby who solicited U.S. government contracts to buy and sell weapons around the world, the Jewish Lobby and the pharmaceutical lobby are some of the most powerful lobby groups on Capitol Hill and in Washington DC. Dr. Sebi and others who teaches natural healing and homeopathic alternative treatments will never be well received—just think over this as I have stated above Monsanto has a patent on the seeds (monopoly on the food chain), which violates all the universal laws established by God and go against the will of the Supreme Being—this also goes against the United States jurisprudence systems relative to antitrust laws and laws that governs corporate monopoly. Monsanto actually controls whether or not humanity will continue to exist (and has patents on creating GMO  'Frankstein' food). 

Lastly, we should be on the street corners proselytizing—in the churches, synagogues, mosques, etc., in the institutions of higher learning and academics or wherever our people are teaching them and imparting the knowledge and wisdom to awaken and enlightened them to the pending danger that lie ahead. I am quite sure most of you who visited my Blog understand and have already decoded Donald Trump's political agenda and have deciphered why he has all these white ultra nationalist billionaires in his cabinet. However, Trump coming to power and the present national and global predicament cannot be assessed outside of the scheme of white supremacy. We all have a personal responsibility to take it upon ourselves to make a bigger difference in our personal lives and the community (we have no choice the handwriting is on the wall). We can no longer shun our God giving responsibility, in particular, if you know and understand who God and the devil is. We do not need charismatic leaders to guide us anymore—you are the messenger (interpreted to mean Abraham, Moses, Noah, Jesus and Muhammad are dead and will not be returning to this earth, but you are here now). If you have been awakened to some of this knowledge then you have a mandate from a Higher Source and a responsibility to enlightened and stand on that which you know to be the truth.  We all will forever be students in our eternal quest to know and learn. Yet, our spiritual and intellectual growth will always revolve around how discipline we are when it comes to study and developing ourselves as human beings. We have to be willing to do the research and internalize our history, traditions and culture before European slavery, colonialism and imperialism. Truth frees our bodies and minds only then will we put ourselves in the best position to alter change. All knowledge is inspired and we take no credit for the universal wisdom, it belongs and comes from God and we are only vessels and servants being used to execute his will.

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@yahoo.com