Thursday, June 10, 2021

The Unlearned Foe

 

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Rasheed, Muhammad. "The Unlearned Foe." Cartoon. The Official Website of Cartoonist M. Rasheed 10 Jun 2021. Pen & ink w/Adobe Photoshop color.

ARTIST'S DESCRIPTION
This #MRasheedCartoons image was created as a cover to the dialog below I engaged in with an atheist cartoonist who expressed the belief that all three Abrahamic faiths believe they hold individual doctrinal monopolies over who gets to receive ever-lasting life from God or not. The Qur'an of Al-Islam is quite unambiguous on this score, and I grabbed a couple of several verses that made my point. Interestingly, instead of attempting to pull verses of his own to prove his point, he's currently just trying to rhetoric me to death in a live debate.

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Muhammad Rasheed - Johnny Hart said: “Jews and Muslims who don’t accept Jesus will burn in hell."

I wouldn't be a Muslim is I didn't accept Jesus (peace be upon him).

Mason Mastroianni - Rough one.

My grandfather and I spent countless hours in attempt of swaying one another’s worldview from what we were each convinced was dead wrong.

My grandfather spent the latter half of his life as a devout born-again Christian. I can say from my experience with him, his words are often mistaken, out of context, or exploited for impact. Still, his faith allowed little wiggle room for understanding the minds of those who did not share it.

And, I’d challenge any truly faithful to argue against the tenants of their own faiths in doing the same. All three religion here profess exclusive access to the kingdom of God, and anyone versed enough to claim membership of any of the three, would be lying if the said that heaven would allow a ‘pass’ for members of the remaining two.

It’s a cheap shot to say ‘this Christian says Jews and Muslims will go to hell,’ when it is literally what their Holy book says on every other page. It’s not bigotry; it’s orthodoxy. Its not opinion; it’s faith. It’s not racism; it’s RELIGION. Say it for what it is. I’m a proud atheist for a reason.”

Muhammad Rasheed - Mason wrote: "All three religion here profess exclusive access to the kingdom of God, and anyone versed enough to claim membership of any of the three, would be lying if the said that heaven would allow a ‘pass’ for members of the remaining two. "

The atheist position is similar to the stand-up comedian's position... you put together your quips based on what sounds good to you, not on whether it's true or not. lol

Mason wrote: "It’s a cheap shot to say ‘this Christian says Jews and Muslims will go to hell,’ when it is literally what their Holy book says on every other page. "

"Literally," huh? In my experience arguing with the atheist, your position is the unlearned position. It would be more fun to argue with you if you first studied the scripture and had an actual, fact-based critique to pull from. Just making up what you only think scripture says and arguing against it in the classic strawman fallacy – makes you stand on shaky ground before you even start.

The Holy Qur'an - 2:62
Those who believe in the Qur'an, and those who follow the Jewish scriptures, and the Christians and the Sabians—any who believe in the One God and the Last Day, and work righteousness—shall have their reward with their Lord; on them shall be no fear, nor shall they grieve.

The Holy Qur'an - 2:111-112
111. And they say: "None shall enter Paradise unless he be a Jew or a Christian." Those are their vain desires. Say: "Produce your proof if ye are truthful."
112. Nay, whoever submits His whole self to the One God and is a doer of good, He will get his reward with his Lord; on such shall be no fear, nor shall they grieve.

Muhammad Rasheed - *mic drop*

Mason Mastroianni - First, I’m a religious studies major; I know the holy books well.

Second, atheism is a dynamic stance, not a position based on ‘what sounds good to me.’ In fact, you’re interpretation of holy text seems to fill that exact role.

Third, Atheism is nothing more than the denial of theism. it is not a faith; it is not a club; it is not exclusive, and it doesn’t believe those who do not share its realization are destined to everlasting damnation in the afterlife.

If you’re going to pretend that the big three monos don’t doom each other to hell, then you’re either mistreating the holy texts, or misinterpreting them in some weird modern apologist guise. This isn’t difficult to prove; it’s a historical fact.

Don’t insult my understanding of faith unless you know where it comes from, and what it is. Insult the tenants of that faith itself.

Mason Mastroianni - Side note: I have ZERO problem with you or your faith. But, I don’t share it. I’m responding to you because of the attacks made against my grandfather, who’s faith I also do not share. When I see Muslims, Jews, or Christians attack one another regarding tenants of faith, I try to take a moment to impress that it is the faith, and not the person, who is either being attacked, or doing the attacking.

Muhammad Rasheed - Mason wrote: "I know the holy books well"

Clearly not. Note that the verses I pulled from the Qur'an were right up front in the second chapter.

Mason wrote: "Atheism is nothing more than the denial of theism. it is not a faith"

You believed by faith that the source text of my religion said something it did not say.

Mason wrote: "misinterpreting them in some weird modern apologist guise"

I copy/pasted those verses directly from the Abdullah Yusuf Ali English translation. lol

Mason wrote: "Don’t insult my understanding of faith"

I just proved that you lack an understanding of faith. You should stick to atheism since that's where you put all of your brain power efforts.

Mason wrote: "I’m responding to you because of the attacks made against my grandfather"

Well, I didn't attack your grandfather. I saw his quote and merely set the record straight regarding the matter of Muslims accepting Jesus. The Pillar of Al-Islam called "BELIEF IN THE PROPHETS" means it is mandatory that I accept the Christ and believe in his message as part of my salvation as a Muslim.

Mason Mastroianni - I have read the holy books; I know what they say.

If you were not insulting my grandfather directly, you were certainly insulting him in passing by posting that article in a group dedicated to the strip.

If you knew me better personally, you’d know that I know what I’m talking about when it comes to religion, it’s historical impacts, and it’s holy texts’ interpretations. My grandfather was a biblical literalist, a modern movement in evangelicalism that denies the Bible’s impacts and interpretations after the normalization of scientific method. It’s a movement I don’t value the tenants of, but it’s an arguably legitimate interpretation.

If you personally do not see your faith as dooming other faiths to eternal damnation, then I applaud you. You’re obviously a member of a modern, more humanistic, cosmopolitan iteration of interpretation. It is not difficult to point too many, many, many, historical interpretations of your holy text that would put you at odds with what you personally believe. There are many modern ones as well.

Oh, and as with any other holy text, and the quotes you cite are contradicted in numerous other quotes. No need to get into all of that; we both already know that it is true.

Mason Mastroianni - With respect

Muhammad Rasheed - Mason wrote: "I have read the holy books; I know what they say."

Clearly not.

Mason wrote: "you were certainly insulting him in passing"

No. Your grandfather is a famous public figure who was quoted in a major US publication saying something very wrong about my religion. Since I as a practicing Muslim was invited to contribute to this group dedicated to his work and philosophy, how could I not post what I posted? Please be reasonable.

Mason wrote: "you’d know that I know what I’m talking about when it comes to religion"

I literally just copy/pasted the verses from the Holy Qur'an that proved you were wrong about Islam.

Mason wrote: "If you personally do not see your faith as dooming other faiths to eternal damnation"

I literally just copy/pasted directly from the actual source text of the religion of Al-Islam regarding Allah's revealed position on exactly that subject. lol

Mason Mastroianni - I have read them, and I addressed each point your making here already. I even pointed out that the quotes you posted are contradicted in many instances. I have no reason to lie; I opened this convo by confessing that I am a religious studies major.

Second, I also just explained that my grandfather was a biblical literalist. He didn’t ‘think something is wrong with your religion.’ He quoted the Bible, which clearly says in multiple places, that if you do not accept the divinity of Christ as the one true savior, you will not enjoy the kingdom of heaven.

Back to my original point: insult the faith, not the person. He chose his faith, and his interpretation. He loved Muslims, and wanted them to share the kingdom of heaven with him. He simple couldn’t see past what he believed to be the word of God.

Please don’t pretend that you don’t understand orthodoxy as it applies to these faiths. I know that you do; we all do.

Muhammad Rasheed - Mason wrote: "I have read them"

Your original comment that directly contradicted the Qur'an proved that you have not.

Mason wrote: "and I addressed each point"

Do you think empty rhetoric that you just made up "addresses" the point? How does that work?

Perhaps you should try posting actual verses that prove your point and force me to surrender?

Anytime you're ready.

Mason Mastroianni - You want me to post every verse and text that Muslims use to excuse the destruction of non-Muslims? Or how about the ones Christians use? You really want them all? That’ll take me back to my undergrad days. It’s a waste of time, sir, as is any excessive attempt to prove the Blatantly obvious. 

Unless, of course, you just want to gloss over ever holy war in human history, including what’s currently happening in the Middle East. 

I’ve made the only points clearly. I’m not interested in pretending. 

The problem you have with my grandfather isn’t him; it’s the faith he ascribes to. Attack the faith.

Muhammad Rasheed - Please post verses from the Qur'an that prove your original contention that Islam believes it hold a monopoly over who gets to go to paradise and that Jews and Christians are excluded because they are Jews and Christians. 

Throw down your rod, please. Thank you.

Mason Mastroianni - Quran (9:29): “Fight against Christians and Jews until they pay the tribute readily, being brought low.”

Quran (5:51): “Don’t take Jews or Christians for friends. If you do, then Allah will consider you to be one of them.”

Quran (2:65-66): “Christians and Jews must believe what Allah has revealed to Muhammad or Allah will disfigure their faces or turn them into apes, as he did the Sabbath-breakers.”

Quran (5:51): “O you who believe! do not take the Jews and the Christians for friends; they are friends of each other; and whoever amongst you takes them for a friend, then surely he is one of them; surely Allah does not guide the unjust people.”

Quran (9:30): "And the Jews say: Ezra is the son of Allah; and the Christians say: The Messiah is the son of Allah; these are the words of their mouths; they imitate the saying of those who disbelieved before; may Allah destroy them; how they are turned away!"

Just a start

Muhammad Rasheed - "Just the start" of what?

Muhammad Rasheed - Please post verses from the Qur'an that prove your original contention that Islam believes it hold a monopoly over who gets to go to paradise and that Jews and Christians are excluded because they are Jews and Christians.

Mason Mastroianni - Oh sure.

Muhammad Rasheed - Note that none of the verses you just posted addressed that topic.

Mason Mastroianni - If you’re a strict literalist. Are you?

Muhammad Rasheed - You made a very strict and specific claim in your original post, did you not?

Mason Mastroianni - Btw, I like Islam. I like it much better than Christianity. But I’m not into pretending that it’s something it isn’t

Muhammad Rasheed - I'm content with you managing to stick to the subject. lol

Mason Mastroianni - Did you read the quotes?

Muhammad Rasheed - lol Yes, that's why I'm asking you post quotes that prove that Allah will exclude Jews and Christians from paradise because they are Jews and Christians. Do you have those? Please post them.

Mason Mastroianni - It is clear in them. I am not sure what you’re missing

Muhammad Rasheed - It's "clear in them" how?

Mason Mastroianni - Do you not know the meanings of Islamic lore? Do you not know the context of these quotes?

Mason Mastroianni - I think you must

Muhammad Rasheed - It's clear you do not.

Mason Mastroianni - Wow

Mason Mastroianni - Well, ok

Muhammad Rasheed - "Well, ok" what?

Mason Mastroianni - We are at an impasse, and I accept that

Muhammad Rasheed - We are not at an impasse, Mason. 

You're just being disingenuous.

Mason Mastroianni - I would like to discuss this further, but I have some pressing items at the moment

Mason Mastroianni - I am not sir

Mason Mastroianni - You can disagree with me, but DO NOT call me a liar.

Don’t do that

Muhammad Rasheed - Stop being a liar then.

Muhammad Rasheed - I'll breakdown each of your quotes in context...

Mason Mastroianni - This isn’t a debate. You are attacking me

I don’t care for it, and I don’t respect it

Muhammad Rasheed - ...while you go find the actual quotes that prove your original contention.

Mason Mastroianni - And I’m sorry to say, this is the sort of behavior I’ve come to expect from the convicted.

Mason Mastroianni - I said I’d like to discuss it further. You laughed at that

Muhammad Rasheed - You're the one being disingenuous and lying because you can't admit you are wrong. #atheistfaith

Mason Mastroianni - I have a job, sir. I’d like to be able to tend the needs of that before continuing a debate that will require time, research, and reflection

Mason Mastroianni - Laugh of you like.

Mason Mastroianni - I am a traditional atheist; not a new age one

Mason Mastroianni - I don’t expect you to know the difference, but I am willing to explain

Muhammad Rasheed - Why would I be interested in that instead of in you proving your original contention? lol Focus, please.

Mason Mastroianni - I intend to prove it

Will you allow me the grave of time to complete my work tasks, or are you more interested in ‘winning’ than debating?

Mason Mastroianni - I’d also like to take time to hear your side

Muhammad Rasheed - Mason quoted: "Quran (9:29): 'Fight against Christians and Jews until they pay the tribute readily, being brought low.'”

This is in reference to Jews/Christians living in Muslim majority ruled countries. It means they have to pay the tax if they want to stay. It has nothing to do with them as doctrinal believers of their own faiths winning paradise or not.

Mason Mastroianni - I know what it means sir

Muhammad Rasheed - You keep saying that.

Mason Mastroianni - I’m not sure if you heard me the two times I said that I am a religious studies major

Mason Mastroianni - I am well versed

Mason Mastroianni - These quotes are subject to various interpretations, and I know what they are in historical context. The Christian Bible is very similar in these regards

Muhammad Rasheed - If you know what it means, then why did you post it in place of the verse that proved that Allah will exclude Jews and Christians from paradise because they are Jews and Christians as you originally claimed since that is what you were supposed to be looking for?

Mason Mastroianni - Because of its context. Literally the next question I asked you. I assumed you understood it’s historical and lingual context because you are a member of the faith

Again, I’m happy to build in it. It will require some research, which I will do. I have no issue with it, but I cannot do it right now

Mason Mastroianni - Respect that?

Muhammad Rasheed - What about it's context? God said as long as they continue to believe in Him, do good and reject evil they will get their reward. That has nothing to do with paying a tax to the Muslim governments.

Mason Mastroianni - I answered you

Are you too angry to wait? Is it an issue of feeling triggered? If it is, we can end the debate with no hard feelings

Muhammad Rasheed - Are you interpreting my attempts to keep you on task as "anger?" Curious.

Mason Mastroianni - I really do need to get to work. If you are asking for me to add more, I will do so.

I am considering it to be disrespectful, as I’ve told you four times now that I do not have the tile at this moment

Muhammad Rasheed - I'm functioning as both debate combatant and moderator in one. lol

Mason Mastroianni - If the situation was reversed, I would not act in this way towards you

Mason Mastroianni - No, you’re not

Muhammad Rasheed - You reached out to me, Mason. If you have to go, then just go. You're being weird.

Mason Mastroianni - May I complete y work and return to this later?

Mason Mastroianni - Another insult. Ok. Bye

Muhammad Rasheed - Mason wrote: "Another insult. Ok. Bye"

🙄 lol smh

You guys are a trip, I swear...

Mason Mastroianni - I think I’m done. Let’s drop the debate. Be well and have a good day.

Muhammad Rasheed - Mason wrote: "No, you’re not"

Oh, yes, I am. lol

Note your numerous attempts to switch the topic to literally everything but the original topic? Keeping the debate on task is the job of the moderator, but you interpreted the activity as "strict literalist" which proved you've never engaged in a formal debate before since being kept on task is so alien to you.









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Wednesday, June 9, 2021

Way of the Selfish Coward

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CITATION
Rasheed, Muhammad. "Way of the Selfish Coward." Cartoon. The Official Website of Cartoonist M. Rasheed 09 Jun 2021. Pen & ink w/Adobe Photoshop color.

ARTIST'S DESCRIPTION
This #MRasheedCartoons image is inspired by an FB thread where a bunch of individual bootstrapper strivers responded in the affirmative to the original post asking if people agreed with the idea of personal success being more important than group uplift.

The problem is that the Black American former slave class ethnic group was purposely indoctrinated into the individualist mindset as a way of making it easier to disenfranchise and subjugate us -- similar to how our stolen ancestors were deliberately cut off from our original cultures/languages to make us more effective chattel. The selfish, "greed is good!" individualist mindset goes hand-in-hand with the crabs in the barrel anti-unity mindset needed for effective politicking so we can uplift our group. Such a mindset is NOT organic to us, but is a virus brainwashed into us to prevent us from fighting for competitive economic equality at the highest level.









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Tuesday, June 8, 2021

The Opposite of 'Whiteness' is FREEDOM

 

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Rasheed, Muhammad. "The Opposite of 'Whiteness' is FREEDOM." Cartoon. The Official Website of Cartoonist M. Rasheed 08 Jun 2021. Pen & ink w/Adobe Photoshop color.

ARTIST'S DESCRIPTION
This #MRasheedCartoons image was inspired by the critics of the #ADOS political unification movement who are unfortunately still brainwashed by the pan-african grift. Despite the fact that Malcolm X's over-optimistic attempt to convince African leaders to join forces with the Black American former slave ethnic group failed abysmally as each one unhesitantly rebuked him, the wannabe Black leaders of the Assimilated Integrationist Token era continued to enthusiastically uplift the concept as viable. This served only to groom Black Americans to become gullible ready marks for self-serving Black immigrants to grift us on behalf of their white racist handlers.









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Monday, June 7, 2021

The One-Percent Hates the Net-Neutral Open Marketplace

 

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CITATION
Rasheed, Muhammad. "The One-Percent Hates the Net-Neutral Open Marketplace." Cartoon. The Official Website of Cartoonist M. Rasheed 07 Jun 2021. Pen & ink w/Adobe Photoshop color.

ARTIST'S DESCRIPTION
This #MRasheedCartoons image was inspired by the 1% grifter class continuously vilifying the common people's public discussions online on whatever they feel like talking about. Of course the people unwisely start parroting their enemy's propaganda because they can be easily brainwashed from their uncritical worship of the rich, but that doesn't take away the fact that the rich making fun of social media arguments is a thinly-veiled fear of public sharing of information that can potentially easily go against them.









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Justice is Incompatible with White Supremacy

 

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CITATION
Rasheed, Muhammad. "Justice is Incompatible with White Supremacy." Cartoon. The Official Website of Cartoonist M. Rasheed 07 Jun 2021. Pen & ink w/Adobe Photoshop color.

ARTIST'S DESCRIPTION
This #MRasheedCartoons image was inspired by the white liberal figure's role as a buffer class between the American Descendants of Slavery and the U.S. government. They have spent decades pretending to be our allies while making sure we never received the Reparatory Justice we are owed for centuries of the accrued discrimination that plundered us of our inheritance wealth.









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Thursday, June 3, 2021

The Folly of Expressing Ourselves Through the White Supremacist Propaganda Kit

 

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CITATION
Rasheed, Muhammad. "The Folly of Expressing Ourselves Through the White Supremacist Propaganda Kit." Cartoon. The Official Website of Cartoonist M. Rasheed 03 Jun 2021. Pen & ink w/Adobe Photoshop color.

ARTIST'S DESCRIPTION
This #MRasheedCartoons image was inspired by a social media post by Tony Brown, who expressed that the Tulsa OK "Black Wall Street" community "established the fact that Black entrepreneurs could overcome racial discrimination and segregation" which is just taking on the language of white supremacists. We were made chattel slaves and had jim crow segregation forced upon us because the perpetuators were savage, greedy and evil. Period. By no means do we EVER! have to prove that we as the American Descendants of Slavery didn't deserve it. Taking on that kind of speak demonstrates the centuries of indoctrination inflicted upon us by the racketeering criminal overclass.









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Uppity Pushback Against Racist Gaslight

 

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CITATION
Rasheed, Muhammad. "Uppity Pushback Against Racist Gaslight." Cartoon. The Official Website of Cartoonist M. Rasheed 03 Jun 2021. Pen & ink w/Adobe Photoshop color.

ARTIST'S DESCRIPTION
This #MRasheedCartoons image was inspired by the sloppy, bullying efforts of the white racist aristocracy to not only justify their racketeering criminal overclass that targets the American Descendants of Slavery for exploitation and plunder, but also tries to blame the entire anti-Black racist system on us, too.








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Tuesday, June 1, 2021

Long Overdue Expiry Date on Bigness

 

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CITATION
Rasheed, Muhammad. "Long Overdue Expiry Date on Bigness." Cartoon. The Official Website of Cartoonist M. Rasheed 01 Jun 2021. Pen & ink w/Adobe Photoshop color.

ARTIST'S DESCRIPTION
This #MRasheedCartoons image was inspired by a FB post who framed his 'not enough money' point behind us needing something else to "hustle for" since our desire for money will never end. Inside of a deliberately imbalanced economy that encourages an artificial insatiable lust for materialism, this is something we should be actively fighting, since it's only an illusory fact because we made it this way as humans. We have the power to reverse it, and just accepting it as a faux universal principle isn't the move.









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*Kung Fu and Bow & Arrow Accessories Sold Separately

 

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CITATION
Rasheed, Muhammad. "*Kung Fu and Bow & Arrow Accessories Sold Separately." Cartoon. The Official Website of Cartoonist M. Rasheed 01 Jun 2021. Pen & ink w/Adobe Photoshop color.

ARTIST'S DESCRIPTION
This #MRasheedCartoons image was created as the cover illustration to a lengthy dialog I engaged in over at the official FB group for the The Destroyer, the men's adventure pulp novel series created by Warren Murphy & Richard Sapir. Back in the day, as the story goes, Murphy had an encounter with a Black woman that he considered his friend, and he ended up creating a character of her in the series. Nothing serious, just a rather standard 'blaxploitation' era "tough cookie" type that Murphy initially used to satirize the affirmative action/diversity & inclusion political trends. After that, unfortunately, he started making moves to keep the character around as a regular, building a sexual tension between her and Remo Williams (not dissimilar to that between Tarantino's Jackie Brown and Max Cherry). Eventually, he would change his mind or whatever and the character was written out 4 or 5 novels later.

In the FB group, I had quickly grown tired of reading about the white fans' ad nauseam fetish-lust posts about her, and suggested that we can finally let that shit go, please. Naturally, they disagreed, but at least I formally laid out my case for the record.

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Muhammad Rasheed - Y'all need to let Ruby Jackson Gonzalez go. The entire point of the character was to make fun of the "affirmative action/diversity hire/blaxploitation" scam. To keep her around beyond that gag will just transform her into an "exotic fetish chick" and it's crap.

There's enough of that bullsh*t in mass media genre. I cringe every time her name comes up... ugh. The "exotic fetish chick" genre trope does NOT prove you "don't judge people by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character," it just means you are lusting over the "exotic fetish chick." That's it.

Gerald Welch - Nah, Warren was thinking about bringing her back and i wanted to know what she's up to these days.

Had no idea she's only an exotic chick.

Muhammad Rasheed - Unfortunately, Mr. Murphy was from the very last generation you would want to get that kind of advice from. You may as well had talked to Edgar Rice Burroughs about it. lol

Gerald Welch - She was based on someone he knew and cared about. I never got a bad vibe from him when he discussed her. She was a strong person in real life whoever she was and he admired that.

Muhammad Rasheed - Sure.

Moving on.

Cory Strode - @Muhammad... He said it in multiple interviews as well as in The Assassin's Handbook.

Muhammad Rasheed - Guys, I already know what he SAID.

Justifications by a particular author do not change the nature of that particular trope in pop culture. Let that bullsh*t go.

Clark Willis - @Muhammad... I like you; I respect you; I'd even like to be your friend. BUT, you see racism everywhere, even when it's not there.

Muhammad Rasheed - Racism does fall on a spectrum, Clark... some expressions of it actually are milder than some others, but when grouped together as a full campaign that effects generations of people, it's devastating. By design.

Isolating one of the mildest pieces and pretending that racism isn't real at all, is a gaslight technique, assuming you aren't serious.

Clark Willis - I never said racism doesn't exist; that would be ridiculous.

Muhammad Rasheed - There are some expressions of racism that are less obviously harsh than others. Just because some of those milder forms don't seem that bad to you doesn't mean they still aren't racism.

"Diversity & Inclusion" politics is tokenistic racism designed to shut up the activists without making any real changes. "Look... here's a painting of a black woman on this pancake box! Now there's magically LESS racism!"

Brian Woodman - I respectfully disagree. Well she got her job with the CIA due in part to affirmative action, the joke is on the government – – she is fit her job regardless of good intentions. Plus she carried her weight and was a likable character. She was kind of a meathead to the two Archie bunkers that were Remo and Chuin. I also don’t think that being black qualifies as exotic anymore. Kerry Washington is a sex symbol because she is beautiful not because she’s black

Muhammad Rasheed - You're respectfully disagreeing from a very specific political angle, Brian, not from objective analysis. That specific political angle -- built from concepts of integration, assimilation, tokenism -- that do not show Black people in a good light at all, is the very point of this thread.

Re: Kerry Washington, the entire point of the Scandal show's core theme is the fetishism inherent in interracial relationships, that's why it's a political button.

Brian Woodman - I am ashamed to admit I’ve never actually watched scandal. I just think Ms. Washington is rather nice looking

Muhammad Rasheed - OF COURSE she's nice-looking! And so is Ruby Gonzalez!

Did you think my point was that we should let that trope go because they are ugly?

Brian Woodman - I understand your point about racial politics being mired in unwanted identification tropes. But when voodoo die was written, affirmative action was a point of discussion. Government agencies like the CIA were in the pressure to hire within a certain framework. Plopping that on the table to dissect or satirize is fair game. Let’s face it. Race, gender, sexual orientation are topics of discussion in this country even though we should have progressed past them. That is our reality.

Brian Woodman - I don’t think Ms. Washington is attractive because she fits some exotic cyst fantasy of mine. I think she has nice cheekbones and beautiful eyes and full lips and a nice figure.

Muhammad Rasheed - Brian wrote: "Plopping that on the table to dissect or satirize is fair game."

That's why I said that once that gag was played out in the novel, it was time to move on. Holding on to the character beyond its expiry turned into something different... something different we've seen a million times over the course of European Imperialism conquering.

Muhammad Rasheed - Brian wrote: "I think she has nice cheekbones and beautiful eyes and full lips and a nice figure."

So?

Brian Woodman - I think there’s a fine line between celebrating diversity and observing otherness. Sometimes it is a fine line. I have a good friend who is African-American and people keep telling him how articulate he is. He finds that annoying and as a white person I find it embarrassing.

Muhammad Rasheed - That's 100% relevant to this discussion just from a different angle. The very reason people do that to him has a direct line to treating the women of his ethnic group in a certain way, too.

Brian Woodman - I think that Ruby has some value to the series as a former member of cure and a seasoned CIA agent. Well that is just my opinion

Muhammad Rasheed - Brian wrote: "Race, gender, sexual orientation are topics of discussion in this country even though we should have progressed past them."

???

"Should have" progressed pass them how and in what way and based on what exactly?

Brian Woodman - And as far as Miss Washington’s beauty, I guess I will just drop the topic. I have said I’m gonna say about it

Brian Woodman - What I mean by that is that I wish race wasn’t such a hot button topic and that we lived in a better world. Unfortunately this is not the case.

Muhammad Rasheed - Brian wrote: "I think that Ruby has some value to the series as a former member of cure and a seasoned CIA agent."

Value to CURE? More than Conn MacCleary did? They killed him off in the first hour of the org's mission.

What realistic value does she bring considering we have the Folcroft Four, Dr. Smith and the House of Sinanju? She's just brown, sassy eye-candy, dude.

Muhammad Rasheed - Brian wrote: "What I mean by that is that I wish race wasn’t such a hot button topic and that we lived in a better world."

Trust that I wish that, too, which is the point of activism.

Muhammad Rasheed - I would honestly prefer to spend all my time talking about cartoons and the knives of eternity and magic power pills hidden in a ring and only silver bullets will work and et cetera, but the more I learn I recognize that I am obligated to do my part to make the world better for my kids. Ignoring the problems and magically waiting for them to change on their own isn't how life works.

Brian Woodman - Understood. I guess people occasionally disagree on particulars.

Kowalskistein Jiminez Yamazuka - That kinda sounds like rationalizing for PC & cancel culture type thought processes.

Muhammad Rasheed - @Kowalskistein... It sounds like you're saying that the world is perfect and should be left as is and we should only talk positively about what white men want to talk about. Ever.

Rob Floyd - I always read Ruby as a strong, cool character that could hold her own and Remo respected....the Detroyer's Pam Grier.

Muhammad Rasheed - Rob wrote: "as a strong, cool character that could hold her own"

That's part of the tokenism checklist. lol If she were created in the 2000s she'd have a bow & arrow...

Rob Floyd - sorry, it the way it reads to me...

Muhammad Rasheed - She's supposed to read as a sassy, "strong, cool character that could hold her own" because that's the entire point of that trope.

Victor Donald Smith - As the series always was satire at the heart of it, many of the groups that have been used can and often also claim exploitation. I have seen that many times. It seems rather small to select one character as the 'worst' when is you take satire seriously all if is exploitative. Such is what satire means.

Muhammad Rasheed - Victor wrote: "It seems rather small to select one character as the 'worst'"

Oh, there's definitely items that are worst than this one. This is just a pet peeve I wanted to address in this particular post after I read a reference to her earlier.

James Onofrio - I realize this a fan based group, but when a person keeps arguing regardless of what anyone else says, I read Troll. And no, I’m not exploiting trolls. 😃

Muhammad Rasheed - James wrote: "regardless of what anyone else says"

What was said that should have ended the argument in your opinion? Bearing in mind, the only reason I'm bringing it up is to share my own opinion from a different point-of-view clearly different from that of you guys' demographic.

Am I to understand that you don't give a shit about anybody else's opinion outside of how your demographic thinks, particularly about women in other ethnic groups/races?

Shelby Rhodes - You ought to go take it up with Pam Grier for her part in starting any sort of "trope." It would be more meaningful than complaining about a minor character who guest starred in a handful of few 70's adventure novels.

Muhammad Rasheed - Shelby wrote: "You ought to go take it up with Pam Grier for her part in starting any sort of 'trope'"

Why would an exploited party be blamed for the creation of a concept designed to exploit them?

Talking to someone in the film industry about the general principle isn't more meaningful that talking to my fellow True Fans of a specific property about the same concept reflected in these works. We're in the community group together to discuss together the different parts of the work that bring us together. Discussing the negative aspects of "a minor character who guest starred in a handful of few 70's adventure novels" is every bit as relevant as discussing you all's never-ending 'exotic fetish chick' lust posts about her.

David Crouch - This post made me realize that I no longer recall what came of the reporter woman? Something like Cheeta Ching?

James Onofrio - @David... ask the author’s, they’re the ones that exploited a Korean-American journalist. 😃

Muhammad Rasheed - lol Pretty sure a "model minority" group isn't being exploited considering they have one of the most powerful lobbies in Washington DC and can get specific laws bearing their names passed in a matter of weeks without the usual jackasses screaming, "No, ALLLLLL lives matter!!!" type bs at them.









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Sunday, May 30, 2021

A New Kind of Shackles

 

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CITATION
Rasheed, Muhammad. "A New Kind of Shackles." Cartoon. The Official Website of Cartoonist M. Rasheed 30 May 2021. Pen & ink w/Adobe Photoshop color.

ARTIST'S DESCRIPTION
This #MRasheedCartoons image was inspired by an article describing the cancellation of the Tulsa Race Massacre Commemoration Event due to officials rejecting the amount the survivor's asked for their reparatory justice compensation.









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