Sunday, June 16, 2019

Racism Attracts Logical Fallacy

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Rasheed, Muhammad. "Racism Attracts Logical Fallacy." Cartoon. The Official Website of Cartoonist M. Rasheed 17 Jun 2019. Pen & ink w/Adobe Photoshop color.


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A Racism Pop Quiz

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Rasheed, Muhammad. "A Racism Pop Quiz." Cartoon. The Official Website of Cartoonist M. Rasheed 16 Jun 2019. Pen & ink w/Adobe Photoshop color.

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Saturday, June 15, 2019

Brat of the Species

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Rasheed, Muhammad. "Brat of the Species." Cartoon. The Official Website of Cartoonist M. Rasheed 15 Jun 2019. Pen & ink w/Adobe Photoshop color.

Anonymous - Why did slavery have to happen? Why couldn't we blacks just be equal with whites and accepted as soon as they saw us? Why did they make us hurt on the inside and out?

Muhammad Rasheed - Anon wrote: "Why did slavery have to happen?"

Other than a brief period during the earliest days of the Muslim world, slavery has always been among us. Similar to the practice of usury, slavery is also a destructive idea that sticks around for no other reason than because it is insanely lucrative, especially in the modern day. The great wealth of Western Civilization came directly from the chattel slave institution. Massive, obscene wealth concentrated in the hands of a dozen or so powerful legacy families is what keeps the slavery practices around.

Anon wrote: "Why couldn't we blacks be just equal and accepted with whites as soon as they saw us?"

The relationship between the two groups is far older than the Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade. In fact, when the Black people first built a relationship with the light-skinned peoples of Europe, it was as altruistic civilizers, teaching the Europeans the sciences and training them in the trades within a relationship dynamic that lasted for millennia. The still standing celebrated castles of Europe, for example, were built by the Blackamoors. The learned tribesmen of Europe held a great deal of awe and respect for the Black peoples in the pre-white supremacy era, but once the Europeans entered the global markets themselves, they had no issues taking part in the old slavery customs just as everyone else did, and enslaved outsiders as well as other Euro-ethnic groups. Many of the first Africans later brought over to the so-called New World, weren’t actually enslaved, but were under indentured servitude contracts just like many of the poor whites were.

Anon wrote: "Why did they make us hurt on the inside and out?"

The bad times began in the early 1600s, when the poor white peasants petitioned the white ruling class to protect them from ‘white slavery’ and the low, humiliating lifestyle they had known for millennia back in Europe, by proposing to delegate chattel slavery to the Black African “race” as a permanent bondsman class. In exchange, they promised to diligently manage the system on the ruling classes’ behalf. The deal was agreed upon, and what we know today as “racism” began.

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Friday, June 14, 2019

Exploitation Standard Operating Procedure

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Rasheed, Muhammad. "Exploitation Standard Operating Procedure." Cartoon. The Official Website of Cartoonist M. Rasheed 14 Jun 2019. Pen & ink w/Adobe Photoshop color.

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Wednesday, June 12, 2019

A Legacy Boost of Racism

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Rasheed, Muhammad. "A Legacy Boost of Racism." Cartoon. The Official Website of Cartoonist M. Rasheed 13 Jun 2019. Pen & ink w/Adobe Photoshop color.

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Tuesday, June 11, 2019

Additional Penalties Incurred

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Rasheed, Muhammad. "Additional Penalties Incurred." Cartoon. The Official Website of Cartoonist M. Rasheed 12 Jun 2019. Pen & ink w/Adobe Photoshop color.

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Monday, June 10, 2019

The Racist's MLK Spin Job

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Rasheed, Muhammad. "The Racist's MLK Spin Job." Cartoon. The Official Website of Cartoonist M. Rasheed 11 Jun 2019. Pen & ink w/Adobe Photoshop color.

Anonymous - Why don’t black people fighting for equal rights work towards “little black children and little white children playing together” like Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. wished for?

Muhammad Rasheed - During the antebellum South, you could find scenes of li’l Black and white children playing together in many a Plantation yard. Did that magically mean that chattel slavery — the ultimate violation of equal rights — was somehow a fiction then?

The Questioner gives the impression that all the hard work of eradicating anti-Black systemic racism should be skipped in favor of a meaningless show performance of Black people “getting along” with white people on a shallow surface level — like those two distinct class groups of slave era babies — and that will mean that Dr. King’s dream will have been achieved. This is not realistic and it completely misses the entire point of Dr. King’s jim crow era mission, which was to free the American Descendants of Slavery (ADOS) from the systemic racism that exploited and plundered them and eradicate the white supremacist-fueled poverty that gripped their communities by paying the long over-due Reparations in wealth and land grants they were owed.

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Sunday, June 9, 2019

The Clumsiest Gaslight

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Rasheed, Muhammad. "The Clumsiest Gaslight." Cartoon. The Official Website of Cartoonist M. Rasheed 10 Jun 2019. Pen & ink w/Adobe Photoshop color.

Anonymous - What does racism show about our world today and how can we defeat it?

Muhammad Rasheed - Racism is economic in nature. It represents the subjugation, exploitation and plunder of a group targeted along racial phenotype, to unfairly elevate another group favored along racial phenotype. Racism is the embodiment of the following biblical verse:

“For the love of money is the root of all evil: which while some coveted after, they have erred from the faith, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows." ~1 Timothy 6:10

Western Civilization is driven by the pure greed of the White Supremacist Ideology and the dedication to hoarding monopoly as lifestyle by its dominant class. Racism can be defeated by consistent forceful actions involving a mixture of strong awareness messaging, economic boycotts, politics and if need be, violence.

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Saturday, June 8, 2019

The New Age Monopoly of Spirit

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Rasheed, Muhammad. "The New Age Monopoly of Spirit." Cartoon. The Official Website of Cartoonist M. Rasheed 09 Jun 2019. Pen & ink w/Adobe Photoshop color.

David Moore - Is there any relation between schizophrenia and the third eye?

Muhammad Rasheed“Schizophrenia is a mental disorder characterized by abnormal behavior, strange speech, and a decreased ability to understand reality. Other symptoms include false beliefs, unclear or confused thinking, hearing voices that do not exist, reduced social engagement and emotional expression, and lack of motivation.”

SOURCES:
Schizophrenia | National Institute of Mental Health
Schizophrenia - Key Facts Sheet | World Health Organization

No. None of the symptoms associated with the schizophrenia ailment correspond to the adept’s third eye opening experience, with the latter being 100% positive with zero ill effects.

In the works of French philosopher René Guénon, he succinctly explained the problems inherent within a secular material-focused Western Civilization and its citizens’ inability to process higher, complex ideas that fall outside of what the base physical can register. The Ancient Egyptians referred to such a handicap as having an “atrophied third eye,” and it accurately reflects U.S. American society as a whole, as the drive towards accumulating more and more and more stuff—often at the direct expense of an exploited other—is the polar opposite of the mentality needed to experience the higher level signs of the unseen spirit.

I’m personally not surprised to find that those with woefully atrophied third eyes, in roughly seeking to make impatient sense of a piece of very real esoteric concepts and lore that is well beyond their level of study, would by default sweep the knowledge into a box labeled “mental illness,” spin on their heels with fingers firmly in ears, and strut off to go accumulate more stuff.

Paul La Femina - Some people with mental illness claim to be special in some way, be it reincarnation or unusual powers such as telepathy linked to the supposed inner eye. James Randi offered one million dollars to anyone who could demonstrate such abilities. He still has the money! The link with schizophrenia and unusual beliefs is one of delusion. People who firmly believe what they saying can be very persuasive.

Muhammad Rasheed - Paul wrote: "Some people with mental illness claim to be special in some way, be it […] the supposed inner eye.”

In the case of the third eye event, it’s only “special” in the sense that you need to actually commit to the conditions in order to experience it. Anyone can experience it if they choose. Proclaiming that someone is mentally ill because you have taken on the position of the dedicated skeptic sounds like it could be a form of narcissism.

Paul wrote: "James Randi offered one million dollars to anyone who could demonstrate such abilities. He still has the money!”

Irrelevant. The third eye event is not only entoptic by nature, but it also only appears as a milestone sign outside of the adept’s control and isn’t performed at will like a magician’s stage trick. The experience wouldn’t qualify under Randi’s conditions.

Paul wrote: "The link with schizophrenia and unusual beliefs is one of delusion.”

What metric do you use to determine reality from delusion, Paul?

Paul wrote: "People who firmly believe what they saying can be very persuasive.”

They can be, but in reality people often reject the heartfelt beliefs of others. The Christ Jesus (peace be upon him) had a grand total of no more than about 20 followers at the end of his mission as I recall. He certainly believed in what he believed.

Paul La Femina - You say you have to commit to the belief in the third eye in order to experience it, in other words its a matter of faith. Belief or commitment without evidence. I can assure you that there are many patients in mental hospitals claiming to have telepathic abilities. They are demonstratably wrong nor are they communicating with angels. Their minds are sick.

I once heard from a shaman that its important not to be naive. The problem with people who communicate with angels or others telepathically is not just their certainty but their passing on of a delusion from a mind that is out of touch with reality.

Muhammad Rasheed - Paul wrote: "You say you have to commit to the belief in the third eye in order to experience it…”

No. You have to commit to the actions—to the lifestyle—in order to reach the place where the third eye will open. For me it took about three years of that dedicated commitment. Focusing on the third eye event itself is not recommended since that aspect is not under our direct control. #TheWatchedPotNeverBoils

Paul wrote: "…in other words its a matter of faith. Belief or commitment without evidence.”

Belief in the unseen spirit, and the signs thereof, is indeed a matter of faith.

Paul wrote: "I can assure you that there are many patients in mental hospitals claiming to have telepathic abilities.”

Irrelevant.

Paul wrote: "They are demonstratably wrong…”

Again, irrelevant.

Paul wrote: "…nor are they communicating with angels.”

How would you know whether that was true or not? What metric would you use to accurately judge whether a real but invisible being was having a one-on-one discussion you were pointedly not asked to take part in? How would you know?

Paul wrote: "Their minds are sick.”

Possibly. How would you know if whether the reason they became mentally sick was because people like you refused to listen to them, filled them with doubt, and convinced them they should be pumped full of toxic drugs that we both know only hurt people?

Paul wrote: "I once heard from a shaman that its important not to be naive.”

I have no reason to accept comments like this from you at face value, Paul.

Paul wrote: "The problem with people who communicate with angels or others telepathically is not just their certainty…”

Why would that be a ‘problem’ for you? Explain.

Paul wrote: "…but their passing on of a delusion from a mind that is out of touch with reality.”

What are using to determine whether their claims are “delusion” or not? Do you believe the raw force of your narrow-minded skepticism is enough of a measure?

Paul La Femina - We are discussing the link with a identifiable mental illness and claimed telepathy. Why should I accept your claim that you opened your inner eye through certain behaviours and practices. That sound rather like self agrandisement to me. Undoubtedly certain behaviours such as isolation in a cave can predispose to false perceptions. This is a known fact. As a ‘ follower" of the shaman Emaho I can hardly be said to have a closed mind. If you dont believe me look on YouTube ‘Emaho in prag’ and my comment only one of two. There is a difference between narrow minded scepticism and naivety. As someone said ‘ it is important to have a open mind but not to the extent your brains fall out.

Muhammad Rasheed - Paul wrote: “Why should I accept your claim that you opened your inner eye through certain behaviours and practices.”

lol You shouldn’t, since that’s not my claim. I didn’t open it; it opened and showed me stuff. I had nothing to do with it. You don’t have to accept it at all since it was a very personal experience for me—I’m the one who has to accept it.

Paul wrote: “That sound rather like self agrandisement to me.”

Irrelevant. Your hater value judgments don’t mean it didn’t happen.

Paul wrote: “Undoubtedly certain behaviours such as isolation in a cave can predispose to false perceptions. This is a known fact.”

You’re flying out of left field now. More than you have so far, I mean.

Paul wrote: “As a ‘ follower" of the shaman Emaho I can hardly be said to have a closed mind.”

Literally every single thing you’ve typed has been text book “closed minded.” Or do you believe only white men get to experience high-level spiritual events, and any brown people with Arabic names should be labeled “mentally ill” and pumped full of mind-numbing drugs so you can hold a monopoly over the spirit events? (I think I’ve just made a breakthrough.)

Paul wrote: “If you dont believe me look on YouTube ‘Emaho in prag’ and my comment only one of two.”

No. I’m offended that you expect me to take your shaman comments at default face value while you project the worse narrow-minded “Amazing Randi” levels of skepticism at my own. You genuinely offend me.

Paul wrote: “There is a difference between narrow minded scepticism and naivety.”

And only white men have the magical power to proclaim which gets to be which, am I right? *wink wink*

Paul wrote: “As someone said ‘ it is important to have a open mind but not to the extent your brains fall out.”

You dropped something there, Paul. Ew.

Paul La Femina - To paraphease someone. Unkind irrational beliefs can fly you into buildings rationality will fly you to the moon. Regarding unkindness debating people online you never know their state of mind or the effects you have. But it is not kind to confirm that the delusional beliefs of people suffering from schizophrenia are real.

Muhammad Rasheed - TRANSLATION: “Everyone who is not a white man experiences delusions of schizophrenia when they claim third eye events, but my inner eye experiences are legitimate high-level spirit interactions because I’m a white man and I said so.”

Morris Fleetwood - Really? Wow. Let's invent reasons to hate.

Muhammad Rasheed - This cartoon illustrates an argument with someone who held this opinion of the matter. At first I thought he was an atheist until he revealed he DID believe in the spirit, just not when brown people did it.

Trust me. I have ZERO need to invent reasons to be resentful of anti-Black racism.

Instead of getting mad at my cartoons, learn to control your people.

Morris Fleetwood - I'll take it up with my people. You're not without a sense of humor.

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A PSA from the Loyal Conquered

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Rasheed, Muhammad. "A PSA from the Loyal Conquered." Cartoon. The Official Website of Cartoonist M. Rasheed 08 Jun 2019. Pen & ink w/Adobe Photoshop color.

Muhammad Rasheed - What compels non-Black 'People of Color' to defend white supremacy?

I noticed that some of the most rabid and wild-eyed defenders of white supremacy are actually non-Black People of Color (POCs) who seem to can’t wait to demonstrate their loyalty to the dominant group. When they show up in my comments, it often takes me aback, and leaves me wondering how to proceed without being mean about it.

I understand the nature of “cooning” among my own people of the American Descendants of Slavery (ADOS), but I’ve always assumed that the fact the POC groups—who have vast sovereign nations behind them with unbroken lineages/heritages they can proudly trace back thousands of years—wouldn’t have need to willingly subjugate themselves to the white racist aristocracy in this pathetic and embarrassing way. I’ve come to the conclusion that I’ve given these groups too much credit and the traits that cause ‘cooning’ among my people are in fact universal.

Tony Wright - It'd be nice to see a cartoon acknowledging that not all whites identify with the fat white slob depicted here even if a lot of them obviously do. Nice artwork here as usual!

Muhammad Rasheed - I'm positive there are other cartoonists who explore the depictions that you'd prefer to see, Tony.

Tony Wright - Not prefer, just for a change.

Muhammad Rasheed - I'm positive you can find that change with other cartoonists who draw white people the way you like.

Theodore Trout - Jeez, he said he liked your drawing.

I never comment on them, but, here goes: Your cartoons are never funny, not even in a mean or angry way, and this one is just mystifying. Who is the Indian gentleman, why is he on his knees, and why is he wearing Barney Rubble's hairpiece ? Go ahead and call me racist, but try to be funny or at least clever about it, please ?

Muhammad Rasheed - Theodore wrote: "Jeez, he said he liked your drawing."

Jeez, and I advised him to find cartoonists who approached the caucasian male figure in the way he liked if he found mine to be problematic for him. There are many cartoonists out there, and it turns out the vast majority of them cater to the sensitivities of white males. It is not necessary to get one of the few who doesn't to conform, too. That's just greedy to me. I reject greedy requests.

Theodore wrote: "Your cartoons are never funny..."

That's 100% okay. I advise you to find -- among the thousands and thousands of cartoonists available -- the ones who produce work you actually enjoy with my blessing.

It's cool to have so much choice and variety to pick from, I think.

Tony Wright - @Muhammad... Just because I suggested you might see and portray another facet of people, of any colour for that matter, that doesn't mean I like to see a certain sort of white person. I have a very broad view of all people, of all origins, colour and race and I get bored seeing only one particular type exploited with the intention of giving the impression everyone's like that. Of course you have a cause, a worthy one, but it's tough on those, and there are very many of them, who don't fit the stereotype. There are some 'nice' people out there!

Theodore Trout - ...and Barney's toupee...?

Muhammad Rasheed - Tony wrote: "There are some 'nice' people out there!"

I believe you. Fortunately we have 100,000 cartoonists (to my one) who showcase them in their cartoons all the time. You give the impression, in your stated boredom, that my cartoons are the only cartoons you read, and although that is flattering, I suggest that too much of even a good thing can be harmful. You should add other cartoons to your viewing plate who happen to depict all the good white folk so you won't be so bored. #Solutions

Muhammad Rasheed - Theodore wrote: "...and Barney's toupee...?"

There are two aspects to it:

1.) What the poorly-fitted blond hair piece represents
2.) The specific Flintstones design

The first one I ask you to tell me what you think it means. The second is just a last second decision the artist made that tickled him enough to continue the gag.

Tony Wright - @Muhammad... When you publish on FB, people are invited to comment so don't be surprised if people react to your work, that's part of the deal. And where do you get the idea that they are only looking at your stuff? That said, FB conversations like this are trash as we put a slant on what we read and react accordingly. In real life, language is more precise and disagreements are ironed out quickly. Sometimes people fall out but the melodrama doesn't continue for ever like on FB. That said, it would be a worthy challenge for you to do a cartoon with a white guy who's on your side, or maybe thinks he is for example. Sort of patronising! Keep up the goid work!

Muhammad Rasheed - Tony wrote: "When you publish on FB, people are invited to comment so don't be surprised if people react to your work, that's part of the deal.”

About 75% of my cartoons are direct responses to social media comments under previous cartoons. Smile for the camera, by the way. ;)

Tony wrote: "And where do you get the idea that they are only looking at your stuff?”

Not “they.” You. You’re the one who said you get bored looking at the way I depict white people. You should expand your cartoon reading pool to include other cartoonists' work, too.

Tony wrote: "That said, FB conversations like this are trash as we put a slant on what we read and react accordingly.”

I don’t mind the conversations at all. As I said above, they often fuel my ideas. I only consider them trash when they involve people trying to pressure me into depicting imagery that makes them more comfortable. #ASolidNo

Tony wrote: "In real life, language is more precise and disagreements are ironed out quickly.”

Oh, this one has been ironed out quickly. You told me what you thought I should draw and I responded with a “No.” Simple. It’s over.

Tony wrote: "Sometimes people fall out but the melodrama doesn't continue for ever like on FB.”

You consider this back-n-forth between us to be melodrama? I don’t. It’s just you being stubborn. #NoMeansNo #IDrawWhatIWant

Tony wrote: "That said, it would be a worthy challenge for you to do a cartoon with a white guy who's on your side, or maybe thinks he is for example. Sort of patronising!”

You think it would be a “worthy challenge” for me to draw what literally every other cartoonist in the universe draws, huh? An interesting perspective. You know the type of movies that always partner up the white guy with the Black guy, usually in a ‘buddy cop’ format, using the old 48 Hours template?

Well, I hate those.

Tony wrote: "Keep up the goid work!"

Thank you, Tony. lol

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