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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.
Muhammad Rasheed - A Visual Representation of the #ADOS Movement's So-Called 'Divisiveness'
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.
MEDIUM: Scanned pen & ink cartoon drawing w/Adobe Photoshop color.
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