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Rasheed, Muhammad. "Party Loyalty and the Definition of Insanity." Cartoon. The Official Website of Cartoonist M. Rasheed 11 Jul 2019. Pen & ink w/Adobe Photoshop color.
Anonymous - If Black people, en masse, threatened to end their traditional support for Democrats until they were guaranteed reparations, would Democrats agree to it if, thereby, they could avoid the possibility of Donald Trump winning the 2020 general election?
Muhammad Rasheed - It’s possible they would agree to it in order to:
- Save their cushy politician jobs
- Keep from losing their party altogether
Can’t hurt but to work the plan and see it through with consistent action and fortitude. Otherwise it makes zero sense for the American Descendants of Slavery (ADOS) to continue throwing their ballots into the Democratic Party black hole with zero return.
Rob Wilson - ADOS feels like needlessly dividing African Americans from the greater African diaspora and I'm not super into it.
Muhammad Rasheed - The #ADOS movement is a matter of national identity. We were the only ethnic group in the Black African Diaspora who didn't have a title identifying us by lineage and heritage, and because of this, it enabled some Black immigrant groups to take advantage and grift us. A definitive naming convention that identified us properly to prevent things like that from happening further was necessary to protect ourselves, as well as to make sure our house was in order when it came time to hold the US gov accountable over our Reparations grievance. It's important to be able to identify ourselves as the defendant -- with zero ambiguity -- for that fight.
Also, it is not possible for us to have a positive, Win/Win interconnected experience with the rest of the African diaspora without first making sure our own house is in order. If this wasn't true, then our relationship with them would be strong today.
Rob Wilson - I suppose I'm just not familiar with this history Black immigrant groups taking advantage and grifting African Americans?
Muhammad Rasheed - Because of the inexact and wishy-washy nature of terms like "Black American" and "African-American" Black immigrants have been able to pass as ADOS over the decades and -- paired with special immigrant benefits -- use it as an economic come up for their families. Then they would leverage themselves into high-ranking positions and then actually pretend to be ADOS to work against our Political Agenda. Candace Owens, who's from the Caribbean, is one example. Roland Martin is another. Joy Ann Reid is another. Basically, the rule of law has proven that any public Black personality who is rabidly anti-Reparations will turn out not to be ADOS, but will have Black immigrant ties while they pretend to speak for the ADOS cause.
Mindy Kaling's brother: I faked being black | CNN
Rob Wilson - O_O
Muhammad Rasheed - The African families would never write a confession like this one, because they have been in the habit of using the grift as a part of the technique for getting their relatives over here, so why would they break it by exposing it?
But that's why the Black immigrant celebrities -- like Joy Ann Reid -- are so viciously against Reparations, because if the so-called "Black Americans" start listing themselves formally as "American Descendants of Slavery (ADOS)" then the immigrant groups who can physically pass won't be able to use this grift anymore... no more than ADOS would be able to pass as Nigerian-Americans or whatever.
This ISN'T about "dividing the diaspora" but about lineage and heritage. In many ways I'm locked out of opportunities due to political disenfranchisement precisely because I haven't been calling myself ADOS so the whole world knows exactly who I am as an ethnic group.
MEDIUM: Scanned pen & ink cartoon drawing w/Adobe Photoshop color.
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