Tuesday, November 24, 2020

Notes While Observing #19: Return of the Master Race


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Rasheed, Muhammad. "Return of the Master Race." Cartoon. The Official Website of Cartoonist M. Rasheed 25 Nov 2020. Pen & ink w/Adobe Photoshop color.

Horace Mann

1.) “Education…above all other devices of human origin is the great equalizer of the conditions of men.” ~Horace Mann

"Mann hoped that by bringing all children of all classes together, they could have a common learning experience. This would also give an opportunity to the less fortunate to advance in the social scale and education would 'equalize the conditions of men.' Moreover, it was viewed also as a road to social advancement by the early labor movement and as a goal of having common schools. Mann also suggested that by having schools it would help those students who did not have appropriate discipline in the home. Building a person's character was just as important as reading, writing and arithmetic. Instilling values such as obedience to authority, promptness in attendance, and organizing the time according to bell ringing helped students prepare for future employment.

"In 1838, he founded and edited The Common School Journal. In this journal, Mann targeted the public school and its problems. His six main principles were:

  • the public should no longer remain ignorant;
  • that such education should be paid for, controlled, and sustained by an interested public;
  • that this education will be best provided in schools that embrace children from a variety of backgrounds;
  • that this education must be non-sectarian;
  • that this education must be taught using the tenets of a free society; and
  • that education should be provided by well-trained, professional teachers."

Nikole Hannah-Jones

2.) “The thing about education being so important in the United States is we were very early a country that decided that we believed in universal education. That if we were to be a great nation, it couldn’t just be the wealthy, it couldn’t just be the powerful’s children who’d be able to get an education, that we had to be an educated society to be a democratic society. And so we were one of the first nations to offer a universal education to our children. And Horace Mann is considered the father of the American public school […]when he decides that he wants to convince Massachusetts to open Common Schools for all children, he realizes that he has to make a trade off. If he wants white tax payers and white politicians to support Common Schools for the white poor, the white working class, he has to eliminate Black people from that equation. Because he couldn’t get the support if he were educate Black children in these publically funded schools. So at the very beginning we have decided that what we REALLY mean by ‘Common Schools,’ is ‘Common Schools for White Children’ and Black children would receive no education unless they could pay for it themselves."

“That resistance [to Brown vs Board of Education school desegregation] lasted nearly 25 years and it’s not until the 1970s that we start to see real desegregation in the United States, because it is forced by the courts, and it is forced by the Congress, and it is forced by the Executive Branch. 

“This graphic shows the percent of Black students at majority white schools. As you see there has never been a time when even half of Black kids have gone to majority white schools, in a country when Black people are only 13% of the population. And desegregation peaks in 1988, so not even a full generation after we start desegregation we already start going backwards. But this is the most remarkable chart to me. This is the chart of test score divided by race – we called it the Racial Achievement Gap, which is the gap between the test scores between white children and Black children. And as you see in 1988, at the peak of school integration, that gap was the narrowest, that it had actually been cut in half in less than one generation and that it expands again as we walk away from school integration in the United States. And we’ve never gotten back to that point. 

“So all of this data was readily available, but I was writing about education and no education reporter was writing about segregation. Or integration. And everyone was trying to figure out ‘How do we close this racial achievement gap? How do we get Black and white children to score the same, to have the same opportunities…?’ And the answer was very clear. This is the only thing in the United States that has ever worked on scale to close the racial achievement gap. And it was the one thing that everyone kind of colluded – journalists, politicians, policy makers, parents – not to talk about. Now I was going to talk about it.”

Rebecca Sibilia

3.) “We kind of came across the issue of modern day segregation by actually looking at the way we fund schools. And so, if you take federal funds out of the equation, schools are still funded about 50% from local property taxes and about 50% from state funds. So, in essence, the amount of money that you have in your community is driven by your property wealth is driving how much money you have for your schools.

“I think that it’s only because of the voices of Emanuel and some of the other journalists that have kind of brought this to life that there’s actually a new level of scrutiny on what legislators are doing on this issue. But again 71 school districts have been created since 2000 largely in the South, but we’re talking about, in some cases, Malibu is trying to pull out of Santa Monica! And so you’ve got like the VERY rich trying to secede from the somewhat rich, right? So this isn’t just an issue that is driven socio-economically, it is driven by the fact that we’ve put incentives in the system to keep your own property wealth.”

The value of high-level education

4.) “Education is about learning new things and increasing your capacity for doing things. Once you have shown you can learn new mathematical procedures, which you have by the time you graduate from high school, there is little to be gained from being taught more of the same. You will be able to pick up new techniques whenever you need them.

“For instance, once a piano student has mastered one Tchaikovsky concerto, with at most a bit of practice—but essentially no new teaching—they’ll be able to play another. From then on, the student’s focus should be on expanding their repertoire to include other composers, or to understand music sufficiently well to compose their own.

“Analogously, in the case of math, your goal at college is to develop the thinking skills that will allow you to solve novel problems (either practical, real-world problems or ones that arise in math or science) for which you don’t know a standard procedure. In some cases, there may not be a standard procedure. (This was the case when the Stanford graduate students Larry Page and Serjey Brin developed a new mathematical procedure to search for information, leading to their creation of Google.” 

The populace rejected 'Common Core'

5.) Muhammad Rasheed - For all of president Obama's flaws, particularly in regards to his blatant neglect of the American Descendants of Slavery (ADOS) whom he pandered to the most in order to win his two-terms, what I did admire and was actively rooting for him on was the president's ambitious plan to use technology to grow the middle class back up, offsetting the economic devastation caused by Bush-Clinton's North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) with his version of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP). His plan was composed of one major componant at each economic strata of society -- The Common Core State Standards Initiative to get American children ready for college-level work by the time they were high school seniors, The Student Aid and Fiscal Responsibility Act to end predatory banking in the college loan process, The TechHire Initiative to incentivize every sector of society to rapid train Americans in high-paying tech jobs, and finally the TPP itself which would create a boom of innovation and entrepreneurialship, making the country the new Mecca for tech around the globe. 

Unfortunately, his plans failed technically because he wasn't able to secure his legacy with Hillary's immediate election, and broadly because the 1% criminal overclass refused to allow any major transformational prosperity on the national level that would have seen the despised Black American former slave class also benefit, so his plans were rejected

Rasheed, Muhammad. "Common Core." Cartoon. The Official Website of Cartoonist M. Rasheed 19 Sep 2017. Pen & ink w/Adobe Photoshop color.

Felicity Huffman

6.) "Huffman was among dozens charged by the FBI and U.S. Attorney's Office on March 12, 2019, in a nationwide college entrance exam cheating scandal. Prosecutors alleged that Huffman's $15,000 donation to the Key Worldwide Foundation, ostensibly a charitable contribution, was in fact payment to a person who pretended to be Huffman's daughter Sophia, took the SAT for her, and received a score greatly improved from Sophia's score on the Preliminary SAT (PSAT). Huffman was arrested at her California home on March 12 and charged with conspiracy to commit mail fraud and honest services fraud. She appeared on March 13 in Los Angeles Federal Court, where federal agents took her passport and the court released her on $250,000 bail. At her court appearance in Boston on April 3, she acknowledged her rights, charges, and maximum possible penalties; she waived a pretrial hearing, signed conditions of her release, and was allowed to leave. On April 8, she agreed to plead guilty to one count of conspiracy to commit mail fraud and honest services mail fraud.

"Huffman formally pleaded guilty to honest services fraud on May 13, 2019, and on September 13 she was sentenced to 14 days in jail, one year of supervised release, fined $30,000 and ordered to undertake 250 hours of community service. On October 15, 2019, Huffman reported to the Federal Correctional Institution in Dublin, California, to begin her sentence. She was meant to be released from prison on October 27, 2019, but was released two days early because October 27 fell on a weekend."

Lori Loughlin

7.) "Loughlin and her husband Giannulli were among 50 individuals charged by the FBI and U.S. Attorney's Office for fraud- and bribery-related offenses on March 12, 2019, in a nationwide college entrance exam cheating scandal. The indictment against the couple alleged that, disguised as a donation, they had paid $500,000 to the Key Worldwide Foundation so that the admissions committee of University of Southern California (USC) would believe their two daughters would join the women's rowing team although neither had trained in the sport of rowing nor had plans in doing so.Loughlin's daughters were able to remain enrolled at USC.

"Loughlin and Giannulli rejected a plea deal, including for the additional charge of money laundering, requiring both to spend two years in prison;[37] on April 15 she pleaded not guilty. On October 22, 2019, federal prosecutors said Loughlin is facing additional charges in the college admissions cheating scandal. US Attorney Andrew Lelling said, 'Loughlin is now being charged with conspiring "to commit federal program bribery by bribing employees of the University of Southern California (USC) to facilitate their children’s admission. In exchange for the bribes, employees of the university allegedly designated the defendants’ children as athletic recruits – with little or no regard for their athletic abilities – or as members of other favored admissions categories.'

"On May 22, 2020, Loughlin pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to commit wire and mail fraud, and her husband pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to commit wire and mail fraud and honest services wire and mail fraud. On August 21, 2020, Loughlin was sentenced to two months in prison while her husband was sentenced to five months."

Kelly Williams-Bolar

8.) Kelley Williams-Bolar, of Akron, Ohio, was initially sentenced to five years in prison in 2011 after using her father's address to enable her two daughters to go to school in a better district. A judge later suspended that sentence and gave her ten days instead.

While her children are no longer attending schools in the Copley-Fairlawn District, school officials said she was cheating because her daughters received a quality education without paying taxes to fund it.

"Those dollars need to stay home with our students," school district officials said.

"I don't think they wanted money," Williams-Bolar said. "They wanted me to be an example."

Presiding Judge Patricia Cosgrove acknowledged as much. "I felt that some punishment or deterrent was needed for other individuals who might think to defraud the various school districts," Cosgrove said.

Tanya McDowell
9.) A five-year prison term was meted out to Tanya McDowell, a homeless Connecticut woman convicted of larceny after sending her son to a school district that neighbored her last known address. The comparisons with the Felicity Huffman case forced Huffman's high-priced legal team to perform an elaborate circus act to inflate McDowell's case in a clear double-standard that did nothing more than highlight the fact that Black American are actively preyed upon by the corrupt criminal-justice system as fodder for the for-profit prison corporate networks The Internet is full of the anti-ADOS spin job used to justify the Huffman-McDowell hypocrisy, as the 1% criminal overclass gathered to protect one of their own.

Jordan Peterson - "Defining Racism"

10.) “Well, it’s racism… perfectly defined… is like, ‘There are black people. They’re all the same. I’m a black person. I’m just like them. I can say what black people think and you should listen to me because all black people are like that.’”

Muhammad Rasheed - The fundamental problem with Peterson's dismissive and insulting summary of racism above is that politics is all about group economic uplift, not about the individual. The Black American former slave class has been economically oppressed as a group for 400 yrs, and during every moment of that, you could find some Black Americans in the midst of the worst parts of that oppression doing financially well on the individual level. Yes, there were financially successful freemen and freedmen during the height of the chattel slave era, who were actively working as abolitionists on behalf of the GROUP. Even during the certainty that there were individual slaves who felt their circumstances weren't that bad from their individual perspective and didn't agree with the abolitionist movement for whatever reason, that didn't mean that the freemen abolitionists were wrong or that their civil/human rights battles weren't inherently righteous, necessary and worthwhile. The same is true TODAY as individual anti-racism activists work on behalf of the GROUP, despite the ridiculous existence of sellout coons sneering at them from between the legs of their white racist handlers.

Notably, Peterson admitted in one of his Joe Rogan Experience intervews that when his early appearance on that popular podcast caused his own star to rise dramatically, with analysis of the sudden windfall in devoted followers revealing the majority of them to be right-leaning young white men, he shamelessly decided to pander to that demographic for as long as this popularity train lasted, hence the idiotic, insulting, uncharacteristically uncritical nature of the above "perfectlly defined racism" quote. Obviously, Jordan is personally too smart himself to really think that's all racism is about, unless his contempt for the trans/pronouns crowd has colored how he thinks about all socio-economic civil rights struggle across the board and/or he and the rest of the so-called Intellectual Dark Web are just oncode in agreement to be publicly against all of it in defense of their precious Eurocentric White Supremacist Ideology. 

Jordan Peterson - "Born with High IQ"

11.) “Generally speaking, the people who go into private schools are smarter; it’s not the education that’s any better. And so we radically overestimate the degree to which training works. Now you can train people to be stupid, but training them to be smarter than they are is really, really, really hard. So it’s a dismal literature. The liberals think, ‘Everyone’s roughly equal, and there’s a job for everyone, you just have to train them.’ No. Wrong. And the conservative’s think, ‘Well, there’s a job for everyone if they just get off their ass and work. No. No, that’s wrong, too. Even though if you work that’s better. Well, that’s on the conservative end, but the liberals won’t take into account individual differences. Obviously that’s part of what the whole politically correct discussion is about. It’s like, ‘Everyone’s the same!’ Yeeaahhh… um, they’re not. [audience applause] Come on, I find it… it’s really annoying, I would say. Like, I love to come to Silicon Valley. I’ve been here many, many times and like, it’s really something to come here and meet so many people here who are off the scales intelligent. They’re all clustered together and that’s why this place is so unbelievably rich and unbelievably productive (one of the reasons). But it’s also very annoying that it’s so left-leaning. Because one of the things that the left-leaning Silicon Valley geniuses should understand is that they are the beneficiary of a genetic lottery. And they should take that seriously. It’s yeah, yeah you’ve worked hard. Yes, you’re entrepreneurial. Yes, you’re on point. You put in your 60 hours a week, you know. You’ve done everything you could, but you have an IQ of 150. And like, that’s not your doing! Right? That’s something that happened to you. And so, you can’t be saying, ‘Well, it’s all me.’ No, it’s not! It’s all you and the genius you were granted as an infant.”

The Debunked "IQ" Myth

12.) "In such a large population sample, almost all effects are statistically significant because uncertainty regarding the proximity of sample means to population means approaches zero. Consequently, the true measure of significance is effect size, and here we conformed to Cohen’s notion (Cohen, 1988) that an effect of ∼0.2 SD units represents a small effect, ∼0.5 a medium effect, and ∼0.8 a large effect. [...] Conversely, while level of education (calculated from those aged 20+) showed a small-medium-sized positive relationship with the mean score (∼0.33) and the verbal score (0.32 SD), the STM score showed a smaller relationship (0.23 SD), while the relationship with reasoning (0.12 SD) was of negligible scale (Figure 4C). The STM and reasoning components were also dissociated from each other. For example, individuals who regularly suffer from anxiety (Figure 5A) had significantly lower mean scores (0.21 SDs), a relationship that was most pronounced for the STM component (0.35 SDs), with negligible reasoning (0.06 SDs) and verbal (−0.16 SDs) effect sizes."

"More controversially, on the basis of subsequent attempts to measure “g” using tests that generate an intelligence quotient (IQ), it has been suggested that population variables including gender (Irwing and Lynn, 2005; Lynn, 1999), class (Burt, 1959, 1961; McManus, 2004), and race (Rushton and Jensen, 2005) correlate with “g” and, by extension, with one’s genetically predetermined potential. It remains unclear, however, whether population differences in intelligence test scores are driven by heritable factors or by other correlated demographic variables such as socioeconomic status, education level, and motivation (Gould, 1981; Horn and Cattell, 1966). More relevantly, it is questionable whether they relate to a unitary intelligence factor, as opposed to a bias in testing paradigms toward particular components of a more complex intelligence construct (Gould, 1981; Horn and Cattell, 1966; Mackintosh, 1998). Indeed, over the past 100 years, there has been much debate over whether general intelligence is unitary or composed of multiple factors (Carroll, 1993; Cattell, 1949; Cattell and Horn, 1978; Johnson and Bouchard, 2005). This debate is driven by the observation that test measures tend to form distinctive clusters. When combined with the intractability of developing tests that measure individual cognitive processes, it is likely that a more complex set of factors contribute to correlations in performance (Carroll, 1993).

"Defining the biological basis of these factors remains a challenge, however, due in part to the limitations of behavioral factor analyses. More specifically, behavioral factor analyses do not provide an unambiguous model of the underlying cognitive architecture, as the factors themselves are inaccessible, being measured indirectly by estimating linear components from correlations between the performance measures of different tests. Thus, for a given set of behavioral correlations, there are many factor solutions of varying degrees of complexity, all of which are equally able to account for the data. This ambiguity is typically resolved by selecting a simple and interpretable factor solution. However, interpretability does not necessarily equate to biological reality. Furthermore, the accuracy of any factor model depends on the collection of a large number of population measures. Consequently, the classical approach to intelligence testing is hampered by the logistical requirements of pen and paper testing. It would appear, therefore, that the classical approach to behavioral factor analysis is near the limit of its resolution."

Adam Hampshire, Roger R. Highfield, Beth L. Parkin, Adrian M. Owen,
Fractionating Human Intelligence,
Volume 76, Issue 6,
Pages 1225-1237,
ISSN 0896-6273,

Abstract: Summary
What makes one person more intellectually able than another? Can the entire distribution of human intelligence be accounted for by just one general factor? Is intelligence supported by a single neural system? Here, we provide a perspective on human intelligence that takes into account how general abilities or “factors” reflect the functional organization of the brain. By comparing factor models of individual differences in performance with factor models of brain functional organization, we demonstrate that different components of intelligence have their analogs in distinct brain networks. Using simulations based on neuroimaging data, we show that the higher-order factor “g” is accounted for by cognitive tasks corecruiting multiple networks. Finally, we confirm the independence of these components of intelligence by dissociating them using questionnaire variables. We propose that intelligence is an emergent property of anatomically distinct cognitive systems, each of which has its own capacity.


Muhammad Rasheed - The white racist aristocracy maintains this vain fantasy narrative that they are a superior master race of humans, basically the pinnacle of human evolution, smarter and generally better than everyone else.  This is fine just as a fantasyI suppose everyone does it to some degree or anotherreflecting that comical line from Chiun, Master of Sinanju in the 1985 film Remo Williams: The Adventure Begins:

"The Korean is the most perfect creature ever to sanctify the earth with the imprint of his foot!" 

It's adorable as a harmless fiction, but significantly less so when you've decided to use the vast wealth you've amassed from the chattel slave institution and blatant violations of antitrust to mass media indoctrinate-brainwash the populace into actually believing you are a special superior god race. Now it's not so cute. 

White people have a thieving-hoarding, competition adverse culture and have convinced themselves that only they get to have good things, only they get to enjoy the bounties of the earth. They have been this way since the beginning of the United States of America (actually earlier!) and this trait has defined the relationship between they and my Black American ethnic group since we were first seized, branded and brought over here on those great stinking ships. They quickly usurped control of government & industry to form colluding cartels of racist white men in a diabolically selfish criminal overclass in order to hoard the wealth of the nation for themselves alone.. a state they have successfully maintained for the last 400 yrs and counting because... money. When they talk to me as the Black American, it is from this perspective; when they talk it is as a representative of the white racist aristocracy who wants nothing more than to maintain their criminal overclass dominance and make sure that my ethnic group never gets to equally share wealth, land and rule in this country I built. They NEVER talk to me as an equal human-to-human. They not only deliberately withhold quality education from my people, but as Dr. Thomas Sowell documented in the Dunbar High School chapter of his book Black Rednecks & White Liberals, whites sabotage all efforts of my group to attain the high-quality education we need as a major component to enable us to rise up the socio-economic ladder as a group

They deliberately withhold what is good, hoard it for themselves, and use the resulting imbalance to pretend this is "nature." That's their performance for the camera stage that they want the globe to believe is real, as if they are magically smarter and better and it somehow has nothing to do with their centuries old, Über-selfish actions in the earth. They seized control of the country using their initial circumstantial wealth advantage to make the advantage greater, created a Whitopia economic bubble massively tilted in their favor, subjugated their competition so they would never have the opportunity to directly compete in order to protect their dominance-by-force, act like none of that ever happened and continuously spin their "history is written by the victors!" bs narrative, and now pretend they are magically born "special" to cosplay as a superior master race, strutting about in the earth like faux-lords. I CAN'T live as a competitive equal in my birthright in a wealth-building ownership class as granted by my 1866 Civil Rights Act if my active enemy in the earth has full control of the US gov. He will always make sure the resources are over-stockpiled on his side while I remain in artificial scarcity. That's why the #ADOS political unification movement is SOOOOO very, very important for the Black American former slave class  it's vital that we are politcally engaged and have real & true political representation pushing for our own political agenda.

This is why I don't have my Reparations and the country is 150 yrs stalled in finally getting over its original sin. Because this motherfucker is crazy.    

See Also:

Notes While Observing #18: Quantum Thought...?

Notes While Observing #17: How Systemic Racism Works

Notes While Observing #16: The Exclusive White Male Homosexual Club

Notes While Observing #15: Playing the Coon Card

Notes While Observing #14: The Toxicity of Unsolicited "Advice"

Notes While Observing #13: Breaking the Chains of Plunder

Notes While Observing #12: The Sloppiest Cover-Up of All

Notes While Observing #11: Driving the Narrative of 'Whiteness'

Notes While Observing #10: The White Establishment's Plan for Profiting From Black Reparations

Notes While Observing #9: The Descendants of Yakub

Notes While Observing #8: The 1972 Gary Convention

Notes While Observing #7: Strategies of the Discrimination Olympics

Notes While Observing #6: The GOP's International War on Black America

Notes While Observing #5: The Case of the Old Switcheroo

Notes While Observing #4: Risk Responses of the Racial Contract Beneficiary

Notes While Observing #3: Pig Blood, Clinton vs Alton, & Black Twitter

Notes While Observing #2: The Crack in the Musical Bedrock

Notes While Observing #1: Stephen King (Carrie) & Barbra Streisand (Yentl Mendel)

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Monday, November 23, 2020

Attack of the Barely Literate (and Very Racist)


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Changing the Way We Talk to Change the Way We Think

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Sunday, November 22, 2020

That Tiresome Middlegame


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The Voice of My Enemy Through the Mouth of My Skinfolk Fake Friend


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Kobibornanew - Psychological reparations would help us more than monetary reparations ever could.

Muhammad Rasheed - All of our psychological issues come directly from domestic terror induced aritifical impoverishment. Massive infusions of cash is the very FIRST thing we need to overcome our psychological traumas.

Brannu Sunyata - So, basically what you’re saying, is there’s no psychological healing without an infusion of cash? So if capitalism collapses ... we don’t heal? 

That sounds hella dependent. Not free.

Muhammad Rasheed - My ethnic group's specific trauma was caused by deliberate exploitation & plunder, preventing me from building wealth over generations and leaving #ADOS in an artificially impoverished state. You cure the root cause of my signature trauma with a Reparatory wealth redistribution.

The only person who would suggest that my theft-based trauma can be cured with non-wealth redistribution therapy/counselling—that does not address the artificially widening racial wealth gap—is an anti-#ADOS agent of white supremacy.

Brannu Sunyata - ... and if U.S. imperialism/capitalism collapses and there is no possibility of wealth redistribution, then what would the healing of your trauma from white supremacy look like?

... and if the wealth distribution you are begging for/demanding isn’t the amount you feel able to heal that trauma, then what?

Muhammad Rasheed - You're basically asking me "If a meteor strikes the earth and blows it up, THEN what?" That's the level of seriousness of your question. 

Why bother to do anything at all then since there is always a possibility that the entire [fill-in-the-blank] could collapse?

Muhammad Rasheed - I'm not "begging" for anything. I'm unifying as a special interest group to use my political capital pressure my government to meet my demands in exchange for my vote. 

"Begging" or "gibs" is a white supremacist slur in context.

Muhammad Rasheed - "Why bother trying to govern/misgovern yourself if the entire government could collapse?"

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Saturday, November 21, 2020

Filtered Through Whiteness: The Unrecognizable Message of Dr. King


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Breaking the Biggest Generational Curse of All


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Friday, November 20, 2020

Pandering for White Gaze Favor


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Muhammad Rasheed - The worst part* of an entertainment industry monopolized by white-owned corporate is the fact that #ADOS who want to work in the industry are forced to pander to whites and to what makes them comfortable. Listening to "raceless" Black entertainers who default believe whatever white people believe while on stage SUCKS SHIT. It's embarassing.

The last time Dave Chappelle pandered in that way was back in 2016 when he expressed to "Let's give Trump a chance" that time on SNL and he's regretted it ever since. Every show after that he unapologetically just speaks what's real and triggers white people mercilessly. Interestingly, despite some special interest groups impotently trying to 'cancel' him, they actually gave him an Emmy for his no-holds-barred fearlessness, which is a remarkable feat.

They saw him walk away from that $50 million and perhaps fear what he WOULD say if they did try to formally ostracize him.

* The actual worst part is obviously #ADOS being economically excluded from the wealth-building class of that industry, but I was being melodramatic for effect. 

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Foolkiller V: 'Don't do it, son! It ain't worth it!'

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Muhammad Rasheed - The original Marvel Comic's character called Foolkiller would comb through newspapers and other media looking for evidence of fools that he could hunt down and kill. The second Foolkiller that Spider-man fought around 1980-81 or so, came to the epiphany during the course of that adventure that a fool by his nature will interfere with your life and cause unnecessary hardship just while you're going through your normal day and minding your own business. You don't have to hunt them down, they will come to you.

This was an example of a "mere" street level hero I've always been fond of, even though Spider-man treated him like a villain in the referenced tale, which I 100% disagreed with. "N199a, let that man work."

His gun shot powerful disintegrating beams of soundless light, that could put a man-sized hole in the asphalt with about 12 shots, enabling him to jump through before Spider-man could grab him. It's one of my TOP FIVE favorite ray guns in fiction.

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This New False Equivalency


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Rasheed, Muhammad. "This New False Equivalency." Cartoon. The Official Website of Cartoonist M. Rasheed 20 Nov 2020. Pen & ink w/Adobe Photoshop color.

MEDIUM: Scanned pen & ink cartoon drawing w/Adobe Photoshop color.

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Thursday, November 19, 2020

Standing Up Against Lies From the Front & Back


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Rasheed, Muhammad. "Standing Up Against Lies From the Front & Back." Cartoon. The Official Website of Cartoonist M. Rasheed 20 Nov 2020. Pen & ink w/Adobe Photoshop color.

Michael Forsyth - It is indeed a perfect representation of the divisiveness. You choose to show "biracial" people holding down and oppressing Black people who are descendants of American slaves. Most Black folks don't make that distinction. They consider a person who is half white, like President Obama, Black. As Black has always been defined in this country. (Just ask the people who were one-quarter Black who were held as slaves or their children who were one-eighth Black. "But I'm part Indian" didn't get you off the plantation either). Most of us also don't make a distinction between people whose forebears came from the Caribbean where their ancestors were slaves. My niece whose grandparents were from St. Thomas, Black chick. My brother-in-law whose mom is from Liberia, also just a Black American. All of us Black folks went through the same struggles in this century and the last. We all look up to Marcus Garvey, Malcom X, Sidney Poitier. We all drop to the pavement when that cop says "Hit the ground, nigger." Look at Hispanics. They COULD insist on being categorized differently as Cubans, Puerto Ricans, Mexicans, South Americans of Indian descent and South Americans of Spanish descent. But instead, in this country, politically, they ask to be considered a bloc. Why? Because they know that gives them more POWER. There's only one narrow circumstance in which separating out ADOS makes sense. I agree with you that, logically, reparations from the U.S. government should go only to citizens whose ancestors were slaves in the United States. But brother, think about this: How likely REALLY is it that these white politicians are going to dole out trillions of dollars to us? Motherfuckers like Lindsay Graham? Your cartoons are powerful, man, well-executed. But ask yourself, is it really worth it to encourage ADOS, West Indian Americans, African immigrants and Black people with white blood in them to break into factions and butt heads, diminishing our power as a united people, on the CHANCE that one day the white man will do the right thing and send out reparation checks?

Muhammad Rasheed - Michael wrote: "But ask yourself, is it really worth it to encourage ADOS, West Indian Americans, African immigrants and Black people with white blood in them to break into factions..."

We were already broken up into factions. Some among the "West Indian Americans, African immigrants and Black people with white blood" had formed cliques and alliances with white supremacy to bamboozle ADOS with the "pan-africanist" long-con to help their white masters disenfranchise us from the political process with a false "flat-blackness" grift. We had no idea this was happening until we began to unify politically along our unique lineage & heritage to pressure out government for our Reparations, when to our surprise and disappointment, the "West Indian Americans, African immigrants and Black people with white blood in them" began fiercely attacking us as if we had no right to advocate for our own long-neglected ethnic group.

This is the truth of the matter, and the true nature of the position of Righteous Self-Defense that my editorial cartoons take. Please refrain from posting anymore of your opinions about #ADOS underneath my cartoons since they are both inaccurate and offensive. Your knee-jerk emotional rant above does not match the truth of my actual experience with these skinfolk you champion. Instead, check your "West Indian Americans, African immigrants and Black people with white blood in them" and tell them to leave us alone so that I will have zero reason to further caricature their treacherous behavior and forked-tongued double-talk.

Thank you.

MEDIUM: Scanned pen & ink cartoon drawing w/Adobe Photoshop color.

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Wednesday, November 18, 2020

A Visual Representation of the #ADOS Movement's So-Called 'Divisiveness'


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Rasheed, Muhammad. "A Visual Representation of the #ADOS Movement's So-Called 'Divisiveness'." Cartoon. The Official Website of Cartoonist M. Rasheed 18 Nov 2020. Pen & ink w/Adobe Photoshop color.

Curtis Murphy - The caricature should have had the other reparation groups included in the need to unite. There are other groups out here rather it's like by us in ADOS or not... still, we all need to unite... when we all raise our level of seriousness we are going to realize all the reparations groups will need the maturity it takes to unite.

Muhammad Rasheed - Most of them are grifters working with our white supremacist enemies against us while either pretending to fight for Reparations, or fully intending to give most of it to immigrants and white LGBTs.

MEDIUM: Scanned pen & ink cartoon drawing w/Adobe Photoshop color.

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Sabotaging Tactics of Diabolical Skinfolk


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Rasheed, Muhammad. "Sabotaging Tactics of Diabolical Skinfolk." Cartoon. The Official Website of Cartoonist M. Rasheed 18 Nov 2020. Pen & ink w/Adobe Photoshop color.

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Rhetoric of My Erasure; Bullying by My Replacements


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Rasheed, Muhammad. "Rhetoric of My Erasure; Bullying by My Replacements." Cartoon. The Official Website of Cartoonist M. Rasheed 18 Nov 2020. Pen & ink w/Adobe Photoshop color.

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Tuesday, November 17, 2020

Neglected Bottom Caste Need Not Apply


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Rasheed, Muhammad. "Neglected Bottom Caste Need Not Apply." Cartoon. The Official Website of Cartoonist M. Rasheed 17 Nov 2020. Pen & ink w/Adobe Photoshop color.

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Saturday, November 14, 2020

Herotalk Interviews by John Crosby (JC2.0): #9 MRasheed

Fellow member of the Museum of Black Superheroes Herotalk message boards, JC2.0 interviewed several of us in a popular series, doing his best VladTV impression. lol He posted the interviews in one of the forums though they are sadly gone unless he kept them in his own file archives. I happened to keep the copy I made to duplicate here. This interview with me was published back in 31 Dec 2009.

Very respectfully,

M. Rasheed
Cartoonist | Socio-Political Commentator | Graphic Novel Serialist 
Second Sight Graphix


JC2.0: Back again! Some people think that in cranking out quantity you sacrifice quality. MRasheed disproves that saying seemingly with great ease not only bringing us Monsters 101 but also a wide array of eclectic material, some of which is crawling into animation. This is an interview that will definitely let the art speak for itself.

JC2.0:  1.) When did you first get into comics as a reader and what titles/artists/writers did you gravitate to at first?

M. Rasheed: When I was a pre-teen, I would very rarely get my hands on a comic book. Although I loved them …was absolutely fascinated by them… I didn’t receive a regular allowance or anything, and just plain didn’t have personal comic book spending funds. I would get them every now and again as a present from an obscure relative, or if I just happened to be out with my parents and saw one in a store and BEGGED to have it. By the time I was sixteen I had a total of maybe twenty comics or something. Up to that point I didn’t have the luxury of only getting what I liked (I didn’t know what I liked) and my mini-collection was a wide-ranging eclectic mish-mash of titles. 

Then one day, the family of a first cousin of my mom’s moved out of their Detroit home and my parents received ownership of the property. The cousin’s oldest son had been in the military and was an avid collector of Marvel comics, having stored hundreds of various titles in boxes under the floor boards in his room. My parents, with little qualms or fanfare, turned this treasure over to my brother and me, much to our delight. I spent the next several weeks reading the who’s who of The Best of Marvel Comics… tales like the Dark Phoenix saga, Frank Miller’s first Daredevil run, the Mantlo/Buscema years of The Incredible Hulk, etc., and just like that, my little world had changed: I was officially a comic book fan. The Incredible Hulk and Daredevil were my personal favorites, the one for the art and the latter for the writing/timing.

JC2.0:  2.) What were your influences initially outside of the comics medium and did they predate your exposure to comics?

M. Rasheed: My first artistic influences were television cartoons, and in fact, any and all of them that involved super powers/super beings in some way. That was probably why I had always been fascinated by comics, rare though they were at the time, because I knew that’s where those great TV shows came from. My earliest memories of drawing involved my peewee interpretations of Underdog, Mighty Mouse, Super Grover, The Amazing Spider-man, Mighty Man & Yukk, Plastic-man, The Great Grape Ape, Hong Kong Phooey, Fang Face, The Mighty Heroes, The Kids Super-Power Hour with SHAZAM!, Thundarr the Barbarian, The Herculoids, etc.

JC2.0: 3.) When did you get into creating and who are your influences?

M. Rasheed: One day, in the late ‘70s/early ‘80s I saw an episode of a show I think was called “The Tarzan & Batman Action-Adventure Hour” and the villain in it was a glowing man-like being with moonlight derived powers causing havoc in Gotham or some city near Tarzan’s jungle or whatever. I was so impressed with him that I started a comic book in which the creature fought every superhero I could think of. I never stopped making comics since then.

During that time period, my influences were the studio house styles of Hanna-Barberra, The Underdog Show, Terrytoons, and Jack Kirby. After I received that treasure of comics from my cousin, Sal Buscema was added. Shortly after that when I started actively collecting comics and American Illustration prints and book collections, I eventually added Albert Dorne, R. Crumb, Sergio Aragones, Stan Sakai, Jeff Smith, Uderzo, Fritz Freleng and probably some others.

JC2.0:  4.) What books are you reading now and how do you think your tastes have changed over the years?

I don’t collect anymore. Every now and again I’ll pick up a story from a favorite creator when I’m made aware of it but I no longer read comic books regularly. But over the years I’ve gone through personal changes in what I preferred to read and create (I’ll probably eventually return to collecting) and I went through my Blood & Gore phase, my Cutesy Children’s Book phase, my Pornographic phase, my Traditional Super Heroic phase, etc. Today there are elements of all my old growth phases within my work, each one dominating as the whims of the story dictate, but none never too far from the other. If the reader gets too used to a syrupy sweet Cutesy scene then a character’s throat will get torn out in the very next page. You gotta stay on your toes.

5.) What are your views on the black comics movement and how it has changed over the years to become what it has today?

M. Rasheed: I never even knew there was such a thing until I joined BSH and subsequently discovered ECBACC and its founders. The idea of a “black comics movement” excited and motivated me, and the reality of it has me a little frustrated but still excited about the raw potential. Creatively I think it is the last frontier of black talent, with its true potential retarded by the baggage of the mainstream comic industry’s well-documented stench. I suspect also that the average black comic creator isn’t a particularly good business man, nor is he any good at thinking beyond the “Superman in blackface with an Ankh on his chest” box which has also caused the movement to stagnate. I think David Alan Grier’s skit about the movement in his Chocolate News show was the perfect, painfully insightful example of how the movement was and is. But as printing technology has made becoming a published author easier for the little guy, and Hollywood’s current love affair with comic book properties seems to still be going strong, then eventually the real black superstar talent will begin to infuse the black comics movement with new blood that will energize it to the billion dollar status it should be in, and where all the cool kids will flock to.

JC2.0:  6.) While the idea of adding more characters of color may be important do you fear it may pigeonhole some people or yourself into saturating your ideas with a highly diverse cast?

M. Rasheed: No. In fact, I think it is the ‘mainstream’ stories that are saturated with unrealistic interpretations of peoples, cultures, and ethnic groups that are forced down the throats of the public with multi-million dollar advertising budgets and print runs. Adding stories to the general pool that present various interpretations of characters of color by people of color is something that absolutely MUST BE done to counter the doctrine of nonsense-passed-off-as-fact that the mainstream has positioned itself as the experts of.

JC2.0: 7.) For people not familiar what is the premise behind Monsters 101?

M. Rasheed: Monsters 101 is the story of a school bully and his victim whose relationship does a 180° turn into best friends when three monsters hire the bully to feed them his schoolmates. This incident starts the boys along a road of high adventure which effectively turns them into super heroes and the bully receives an eventual redeeming new lease on life.

JC2.0:  8.) How and when did this particular idea come about?

M. Rasheed: It actually began as one of a group of newspaper comic strip submissions in late 1999, and after some surprising advice from the great Lee Salem of the Universal Press Syndicate, was then re-created into comic book form.

JC2.0: 9.) How do you think your environment has affected how and what you create?

M. Rasheed: I can draw in any environment, but brainstorming and story writing require a strict peace and quiet from my immediate environment. Growing up, my parents never had a problem showing (and describing in detail) the scariest, craziest, most gruesomely disturbing movies and stories to my brother and me, and I think that has cultivated in me a fondness for the blood & guts, quirky & weird, Addams Family side of life that I tend to usually depict.

JC2.0: 10.) How much time do you devote to working on various projects?

M. Rasheed: All of my daylight hour time goes to paying work, with all of my free time around that going towards projects designed for practice or just fun.

JC2.0: 11.) Is there anything in particular you like/dislike rendering?

M. Rasheed: 

LIKES: Supernaturally-powered people, creatures, monsters, chicks, weird-looking people

DISLIKES: Backgrounds/landscapes and mechanical objects.

JC2.0: 12.) What tools do you use 2 create?

M. Rasheed: Traditional dip pens and watercolor brushes for inking with Higgin’s Black waterproof inks, Ames lettering guides, HB graphite pencils, BIC mechanical pencils, Faber-Castell PITT artist brush pens, Sharpies of various sizes, FW acrylic artists ink, Adobe Photoshop CS2, Illustrator CS2, Adobe Flash CS4, WACOM tablet & pen

JC2.0: 13.) What can you tell us about the free online comics like Popeye vs. Hulk and the whole Zeppo saga?

M. Rasheed: The concept of the “free online comics” came from my wanting to take advantage of the Internet’s publishing capabilities to showcase to the general public stories that I had no intention of actually giving the traditional print book publishing treatment to. Most of these tales began as spur-of-the-moment gags drawn to entertain friends, acquaintances or my Museum of Black Superheroes/Herotalk family, and I didn’t want the stories to simply disappear forever.

JC2.0: 14.) How did you realize you not only had a knack for pretty speedy (and amazing) artistic turnout and doing caricatures?

M. Rasheed: I received the first hint of my speed during my senior year at the College of Creative Studies when I saw the discrepancy between my own enthusiasm for FINALLY getting a semester where I had ALL illustration classes, and everyone else’s absolute dread of the same. It turns out that traditionally that was the semester that broke students into blubbering crying messes because they weren’t able to keep up with the work load of completing several illustrations in a matter of weeks. I found myself with days of non-stressful free time. I didn’t think anything of it at the time because our classes were full of students with varying degrees of preferred media for artistic output which obviously can effect how quickly someone completes a project. I didn’t really find out I was actually considered a ‘fast’ cartoonist until I attended the Joe Kubert School and found myself around a bunch of people doing the same thing I was doing.

I started doing caricatures in 1997 when I worked in the traditional ‘big head/little body’ house style of Cedar Point Amusement Park in Ohio right after my stint at the Kubert School. Since then I’ve abandoned the exaggerated house style and just do my own thing called CARTOON PORTRAITS as part of my over-all art business.

JC2.0: 15.) Also you seem to be venturing more into animation territory, what can you tell us about The Destroyer?

M. Rasheed: At the Kubert School I was a Character Animation major, so this is really a coming home thing rather than a new venture. It’s the ‘limited animation’ approach that is actually the new part for me; in school I preferred the more fluid ‘full animation’ which eventually led to my abandonment of the field because it turned out that I didn’t have much patience for it. Limited animation is actually more fun and fits in better with my creative style if not necessarily more aesthetically pleasing.

The Destroyer is a series of paperback Men’s Adventure novels that had a Marvel Comics adaptation in magazine form at one time, as well as a 1986 movie staring Fred Ward and Wilfred Brimley called Remo Williams: The Adventure Begins. I’ve been a big fan of the property for almost two decades now, and I often use the characters to warm up for sketchbook work or, in this case, to get my new ‘limited animation’ style down pat. 

JC2.0: 16.) Do you do commissions?

Yes, they make up about 60% of my art business.

JC2.0: 17.) Any final thoughts?

M. Rasheed: PHILLY!!!

Monsters 101, Book Four: “Late Enrollment” is scheduled for an ECBACC 2010 debut. Also keep out an eye for LOTS more animation clips including extended trailers for each Monsters 101 book as well as a twenty-five minute pilot episode.

The Official Website of Cartoonist M. Rasheed

JC2.0: So in closing, check out the site you will be there forever oogling all the pretty pictures and that can only help in pulling you into the exciting world of Monsters 101.


See Also

HeroTalk: Master Spy Files 

Zeppo the Killer Clown by M. Rasheed 

Popeye versus Hulk by M. Rasheed

Artifacts of the Black Superheroes 

HEROTALK BATTLES: The Top BSH Fighters Battle for Supremacy! by M. Rasheed 

The Official Handbook of the HEROTALK UNIVERSE 

Herotalk Archives: Sketch Challenges and Miscellaneous Images 

Herotalk Interviews by John Crosby (JC2.0): #9 MRasheed

The Champion of the Universe: Victim of Fight Game Corruption 

BOOK REVIEW – The Asin Adventures: The Lands of Darke