This is piece of mine on Irish boxer John Duddy from Eastsideboxing
Monthly Archives: September 2006
Rhodesians are a segment of the Globo population. Globos are urban yuppies who are the victors in globalization and have come to the cities and replaced the poor, union-workers and working-class in general who are the losers in globalization. It is a variation of the term Bobo (Bohemian bourgeois) that David Brooks of the New York Times uses. Rhodesians are the segment of this group who settle in the poor and minority neighborhoods and who open the places up and make it safe for other whites to come in (these shock troops are often artsy types and gay males) and inherit the vision of African colonizers such as Cecil Rhodes and thus the name Rhodesians.
You are a guy and you are walking around wearing capris
You are a guy and you wear tight t-shirts that show off your bony body
You work for six bucks an hour at a shitty job just to get your parents off your ass who are paying your rent (which is probably at least a grand to 2 grand a month)
You are scared to ride the subway at night unless you are with a group.
You eat all-natural food, and may even be a vegetarian, but eagerly support the normalization of sex-change operations and non-traditional child-bearing methods.
You consider yourself a liberal but you hate your black and Latino neighbors and the only time you enjoy seeing people of color is when they are serving you overpriced food in Manhattan or Downtown Brooklyn.
You hate poor people; but have chose to live in a poor neighborhood, but don’t worry; in a few years they will all be gone.
You move in to the neighborhood six months and you are trying to tell people who have lived there 20,30, 40 or 50 years what kind of door knob and door they should have on the home they bought.
You profess to hate manly men but have the cops on speed dial; people who otherwise you would consider to be brutish cavemen.
The pets that you pamper and treat like royalty that you parade down the street get better healthcare then 80% of the neighborhood.
Anyone who has spent a lot of time amongst singles in the American-Muslim community, particularly in diverse masjids, will know that there is often a hostility from the parents of immigrant girls when they want to marry an African-American Muslim brother. This normally happens when a girl has been raised in this country and may not look forward to marrying her cousin from back home or some random guy from her country the family has found and she feels American and wants to marry someone similar to her. Then you have the brother, who probably prefers an immigrant sister to an African-American sister, and this creates the desire. The sister has grown up in the home under the protection of her family and is not wise to the ways of the world (but is book smart) and the brother may come from the streets and have miles of game with an Islamic twist he can run on a naïve girl. If the family objects to there proposed union they are labeled mindless bigots and racists.
Such a situation has recently occurred in Northern Virginia. An African-American Muslim brother from the Bronx, who is a slick talker, met an Indian Muslim girl and she fell madly in love with him. The family fiercely objected; but eventually gave in and blessed the union and this is a good and a bad thing. It is good that the family came around on the issue of race; but it is bad that the family didn’t ask for more information on his family, friends and background.
The couple got married and had a child and things appeared to be going good until he started getting arrested for going onto campus and stealing the textbooks of students and reselling them. Now aside from this being haram, a crime, and a weak hustle the marriage stayed in tact but the girls family separated themselves from the couple and told them they are now on their own (which is typical of Muslim families when they marry off their girls).
Now, to make matters worse, it turns out that this brother from the Bronx has tested positive for HIV! And African-American brothers wonder why immigrant families are reluctant to marry of their daughters to them; they are not sophisticated to tell the difference between a Harvard-educated black man and a dopefiend from the Bronx. To your average immigrant Muslim they are just all filthy and dirty black people.
If this story doesn’t make you think about things while you are gorging yourselves during iftar I don’t know what will.
If anyone gets a chance to watch Mr. Conservative: Goldwater on Goldwater on HBO I recommend it (after watching the back episodes of season 4 of The Wire on Demand) it tells the story, from many different angles, of a remarkable man who is so unlike any figure I can think of day in American political life. The only thing I will disagree with in the message of this film is that Goldwater was a war-monger, anti civil-rights, and far to the right on economic policy and a notorious hater of organized labor; how he can be considered a liberal in any day and age baffles me? Those liberals who speak fondly of him today are those who are in lock step with the right on everything but gay rights and other cultural issues.
He wasn’t quite the devil, but maybe he did have a little sulfur dust emanating from him as he spewed his venom towards the world like a corrupt small town Texas sheriff who has come to town to lay the law down. The only problem is that this man. Mr. Bush, was not supposed to be talking as if he was the teacher and the world were his pupils, rather he was supposed to speak as one member-state of the United Nations.
During the run-up to the American invasion and occupation of Iraq President Bush arrogantly told the UN that it needed to go with him or lose relevance; he had it backwards. If the UN, which represents nearly every nation in the world, would have went against the desires of the vast majority of the people on Earth, in order to placate the desire of Bush and those around him then the UN would have lost relevance. What happened in Iraq is that the US lost relevance as a leader in the world; not the other way around.
So after Bush has been embarrassed in Iraq and his project has become a miserable failure he has the audacity to come in to the UN and start barking out orders as if he rules the world and that he envisions himself as a modern-day Caesar. Who has appointed him as the ruler of the world?
I am not a fan of the regime in Iran, and this is mainly due to its persecution of the Sunnis; but I am steadfastly opposed to a US attack on Iran because Iran, even with nuclear weapons, poses no threat to the US. If Iran would pose a threat to anyone, it would be Israel, and therefore if that is the case then Israel should deal with its problem as a sobering state and not rely on the US.
The mainstream US media in jingoistic fashion failed to critically examine the speech of Bush, or even turn the critical eye towards America and our role in the world, and ridiculed and talked down to the President of Iran Mahmnoud Ahmedinijad and MSNBC even refused to label President Hugo Chavez of Venezuela as anything other than “ a friend of the Axis of Evil” and I guess under the leadership of Dan Abrams, who was a supporter of the war and someone with neo-con tendencies, MSNBC is going to become Fox Light while Anderson Cooper, who was completely disrespectful towards the President of Iran, is Fox Ultra, and that is why we need independent media in America.
Indy media such as WBAI radio in New York which last night featured the show of Platel Benjamin who said what needs to be said and that is that America is doesn’t want to see nuclear weapons in the hands of non-whites and that if America wants to stop nuclear proliferation then it needs to start destroying some of its nuclear stockpile and not increasing it. Unless Bush is planning on reducing his nuclear arsenal then Iran should tell Bush to go to hell, where he will be when he dies unless he repents anyway along with the rest of the murderous cowards around him.
The speech of Hugo Chavez, that while it may have been a little theatrical and over the top, spoke to these truths, and instead of taking the speech serious the mainstream media attacking as if it were the PR firm for the Bush Administration and those you see what kind of media we really have.
The racist bastard Jack Cafferty even went as far as to see that the President of Iran looked like “ he was there to serve dinner”. I pray to Allah that if there is a war on Iran Cafferty becomes an imbedded correspondent with the first unit of ground forces to hit Tehran, which would be e nice ending for him.
Far from being hateful towards the America people and saying we are all bad, as someone I spoke too today said, Chavez aimed is speech towards the America people and tried to educate us about the threat that is emanating from our soil and is the greatest threat to the world at this time- even greater than the cultural decay of Europe of Islamic radicalism. He even suggested we read a book by Noam Chomsky and today he gave a speech in Harlem to promote his low-cost heating oil to the poor program, which he is looking to expand. Are the Republicans offering low-cost heating oil? Or are they in the back room counting the dough with the CEO’s of the big energy corporations? It was also President Chavez who early on offered help the victims of Hurricane Katrina. So, I will say that Chavez does not hate the America people and he has a message for the American people; we can be more than a nation based on white nationalism and democracy for our own and global domination, we can be a people that are more on the lines of Christ and that is a people based on peace and justice for all.
To show you how off the news can be at time Nightline ran a special on the anti-immigration sentiment in the St. Louis suburb of Valley Park. It failed to mention that VP is a place where the Confederate flag is proudly waived, it is a place known for neo-nazi activity going year back, and it is a place infested with Meth and crime, none of this was mentioned.
This show is the best written show in the history of television and is so real and so gritty and so true to its message that many cannot stomach it and retreat to the safer pastures of shows like Weeds (which are yuppie friendly) and the like. The Wire makes you think about things America doesn’t want to think about and doesn’t tell the story of good guys fighting bad guys; rather it paints in shades of grey. The police are not angels, rather as in real life urban America they are racially divided and political minded and underpaid. Black criminals are painted in complexities and the stories of violence and poverty are told better her than anywhere in the history of TV. This season deals with education and children as they become men and women in the 8th grade. I will write on this later.
Say you apologize for calling us violent or we will set your houses of worship ablaze and make you pay in blood.
Say we liberated you, accept the fact of your liberation from the bondage of one of your won and accept the hospitality of the stranger, or fear for you life in Baghdad and Fallujah in the middle of the night.
Say you didn’t mean what you said about our beloved prophet, may the peace and blessings of Allah be upon him, or we will show you his mercy as our blade slices across your throat for the world to see.
Say freedom is on the march in the motherland, and swear allegiance to the great leader chosen by Christ Jesus himself, or face that knock on the door from his private militia and the loss of your privacy.
Say you that it is our faith that reveres women and holds them to the highest level; or will thrust the swords I between our legs into the flesh of the disbelieving woman.
Say I am the way and the truth and there is no other way but me or lose the right to call yourself by the names of your fathers in the home of the brave.
Earlier this week the Pope said some things that angered Muslims such as hen he quoted Byzantine Emperor Manuel II Paleologus who said: “Show me just what Mohammed brought that was new, and there you will find things only evil and inhuman, such as his command to spread by the sword the faith he preached.”
A few days later, after Muslims have caused a fuss, the Pope is now apologizing. Now the initial comments were troubling to me, because they were not based in fact, I am even more angered by this false apology. There may be noting that irks me more than this phony apologized made for the sake of political correctness and this is what Jerry Falwell and Pat Robertson have done in the past. If you mean something then stick by your words and I will respect you; but if you say something and then cannot take the heat I lose my respect.
The fact of the matter is that Islam partially spread by the sword; but the spread of Islam by the sword is minimal compared to the spread of Christianity by force under the Roman Empire. There are large parts of the Muslim Ummah were the sword never touched and the largest part of the Ummah, Indonesia, Malays and the area, never came into contact with any military conquest.
The apology came after pressure; but this comes after a period where Pope John Paul II (a man I admired greatly for his speaking on against the Culture of Death in the West and his defense of the poor), led a period of dialogue between Muslims and Christians. However, this may have blurred the lines; I do not expect Catholics or Muslims to hold the other as theologically correct, and both should publicly proclaim what they believe privately and that is the exclusivity of the correctness of their faith. This is what both believe in private; why not say it in public?
From Bill Maher Last Night;Bill had two good points last night; Muslims are paying more attention to the Pope than Catholics? Bill also said that he favors Latino immigration because he likes Latin chicks, I agree, so maybe we should have unlimited immigration of women from Latin America and restrict male immigration.
I am listening to a press conference given by a very testy, and less than confidant, but still bullheaded President Bush. He seems to be angry about the fact that the Senate, including Republicans Senators, believe that there is still such thing as a constitution and that there are limits to presidential power no matter what Deadeye Dick tells him. He sounds like a little kid who is used to getting his way and has finally been told no. The fact that the US should follow treaties it has entered into, and cannot torture, seems to irk W and his compassionate Christianity.
Two things stick out; the fact that Americas wants to go all round the world and tell everyone how to act and what to do, but is terrified of the fact that anyone else may do the same thing. Bush wants the US to be able to interpret the Geneva Convention himself, so why shouldn’t Iran and China be able to do the same thing? Why shouldn’t they be able to set up their own versions of GTMO? Why shouldn’t US soldiers who have violated treaties be held to account by foreign governments? The US does it all the time. There should be no immunity for US soldiers, and those soldiers committing crimes in Iraq today are committing crimes against the Iraqi people and should be held to account there.
If George sounds this bad now then I wonder how he will sons after the Democrats take over the house and they start setting up investigations and have subpoena power? Or will they not have the courage to prosecute Bush for the crimes against he and his administration have committed against the American people? Personally, I doubt the political will is there for the Dems to do anything other than cause some minor annoyances to Bush and the GOP. One thing we can be sure of though; the Bush Administration will be using scare tactics the entire way to try and scare the American people into supporting them.
However, hopefully a Democratic takeover can somehow stop any plans the Bush gang may have at going after Iran, which would be a disaster that would make the war in Iraq look like a picnic.
The question today is this; who is left to support Bush? The religious-right whoa re still calling for the blood of Muslims and believes that Bush and the GOP will outlaw abortion and gay-marriage (he has done little on either issue), the military and law-enforcement who seem comfortable and being the underpaid and undervalued lapdogs for the right, and Wall Street?
How did the Ottoman Empire go from the leaders of the world to being the “Sick Man of Europe” while under the enlightened leadership and and the blind following of their religious establishment.
If these leaders were so great – both religious and political – then how did they fail to modernize the empire and failed miserably at creating a modern economy and good life for its population.
It should be noted that the Muslim masses were the underclass and the most economically backward segment of the population even under the Ottoman as the Greek Christians and Jews were the business class.
How do those who today who put up the old Ottoman model as a guide to our success for today reconcile the failure of that same model based on similar religious practices of that time.
This article in the Nation gives some anaylsis of the Ottomans and their decent into extreme secularism.
Yesterday, I had limited time on the computer, and I had wanted to post something on the occasion of the 10th anniversary of the death of Tupac Shukur, but did not get a chance. In short, I was a big fan of Tupac’s and his lyrics really spoke to me, and I see him as a symbol of our generation.
However, Rachel has a post about Tupac’s death on her blog that everyone can check out…
In the New York Democratic Primary for US Senate I voted for John Tasini. I couldn’t bring myself to vote for the cold and calculating Hillary who wants to have her cake and eat it too on Iraq. I know that Tasini is in bed with every cultural and social deviant in New York; but this was a one-issue vote for me. Andrew Cuomo and Eliot Spitzer also got my vote.
Here is the link to an interesting article by Sheila Musaji on a film that is being screened by different Jewish groups across the country. I planned to watch it in order to review when it showed in St. Louis, but could not attend, here is her analysis.
Here are a few reasons, in brief, why I do not believe that 9-11 was a conspiracy;
- This administration is like the F Troop of American administrations. They cannot do anything right, and haven’t been able to keep that many secrets, so I doubt they could have pulled off something this complicated. See evidence in incompetence in Iraq.
- In order for this to happen there would have to be a lot of people in on it and keeping secrets; people just are not that good at keeping secrets, especially careerist bureaucrats in government.
- Federal law-enforcement and the military brass just aren’t smart enough to pull off something this complicated.
- Somebody would have tried to get a book deal off the conspiracy already or tried to get even by exposing everyone else.
-There would have been some schoolboy in the government or military who would have blown the whistle.
I was meaning to get up early and write this morning, but I was out late making money all night and had to walk home and that took like an hour, so I was tired. I woke up and turned on the TV at 10:41 and turned the TV to NY1. As I sat sore in the bed I heard Irish names for it seemed like an eternity as those who lost thier spouses on 9-11 read the names of the dead from ground zero. The Mc names went on for over ten minutes and anyone familiar with New York knows what this was; the names of all of those firefighters who fell rushing into the buildings to save people. They represented the Irish-American ethic of honoring the dignity of hard work and service and that irish dream that America is a place where those who work hard will prosper and be able to raise a family and own the ground underneath.
Other names were read; Jewish names, Indian, Arab, Hispanic, Italian and others, and it showed the diversity of the suffering.
On this day I will also say that I am glad that I did not make it to the area; because I would have beat the hell out of those tasteless and disrepectful protesters who made a fool of themselves on this day.
This is also a day that bares witness to the ignorace and stupidity of the majority of Muslims who still belive in conspiracy therories.
A good friend of mine (who is an African-American) called this morning telling me about an embarassing incident at an overwhelmingly immigrant masjid where another African American Muslim was acting out, started cursing and threatening the masjid administration because he was not allowed to pass out some conspiracy literature after being asked not to…twice! The police ended up being called and the troublesome brother was banned from the masjid…For like the third time.
The brother told me that after the banning, a couple (of the few) African-Americans that were there decided that this was racism and complained to the administration.
So, I decided that in the tradition of Chris Rock that I would give some advice to brothers on how to AVOID getting banned from the masjid:
1. Obey the rules of the Masjid – Put your shoes on the shelf and don’t walk into the musullah wearing your shoes. And if you want to pass something out or sell something, ask for permission. If they say ‘no’, politely walk away and do not attempt to pass out your information and/or sell your goods anyway
2. Do not threaten to beat up the administration – Also avoid threatening to beat up any other members of the masjid.
3. Do not steal the Sadaqah box – Also do not fish the money out of the sadaqah box and avoid stealing other masjid properties to include televisions, VCRs, computers, other brothers’ shoes and jackets, and any other property that does not belong to you. Also don’t wear the bathroom flipflops home while leaving the ones you don’t like there.
4. Do not destroy the masjid property
5. Do not correct the Khateeb during the Khutbah – You probably don’t know what you’re talking about anyway. It is also probably a good idea to just shut the fuck up the whole time you are there.
6. Do not attack or shout down a brother for having thikr beads. – You probably should leave the brothers with no beard alone too. (SEE: Point #5)
7. Don’t harass the sisters. - Don’t approach the sisters and tell them how they are not wearing hijab properly and then invite them to your place so that you can show them how to properly wear it. Also, if you just have to make ghusl because you just ranup in your baby’s momma, don’t curse a brother for his wife not wearing proper hijab
8. No illegal drugs in the masjid - This includes doing and selling and don’t tell us that you have to sell them in order to make a living.
9. Do not start a bogus non-profit organizations with the aim of taking over the masjid
10. Avoid bringing a gun to the masjid while calling it “your sword” -You probably don’t want to bring a knife or an actual sword either
If you follow these rules, you probably will NOT be banned from the masjid!
I went for a long walk the other night at about two in the morning. I started out in the Maspeth section of Queens and ended up in the Williamsburg neighborhood in Brooklyn. I walked for blocks and blocks along Grand through an area that has been described as desolate and in need of development so that it can merge nicely into the working-class areas of Maspeth and the gentrifying globoland of Williamsburg. Yet as I walked block after block I saw factories and warehouses that were open late at night, parking lots full of the cars of workers, and the sound of American industry in the air.
If America is going to be a nation that has a middle-class in the future, and if New York is going to be a city that is home to a working-class, than it is these kinds of areas that need to be preserved as they are slowly dying. In New York there are few left to fight for these places; so called liberal globo progressives are more concerned about creating urban lifestyle centers where they can live like grad students until they are forty and be served liked queens by underpaid undocumented workers at high-end restaurants and coffee shops and those on the left that are fighting the Rhodesians* are only concerned about issues such as affordable housing and raising the minimum wage, that while crucial, doesn’t address the issue of keeping good paying jobs in the city.
As I looked at the plates on the back of the cars of the workers I wondered how far they had driven to get to work. Could they afford to live in the neighborhood? Or did they not want to raise their families in neighborhoods with failing schools and dangerous influences?
On issues like these I feel that many Muslims are lacking in perspective. First of all there are few Muslims in America like me, that are white American converts who grew-up amongst the folk and connected to the culture. African-American Muslims understand these issues in some ways, as the economic effects of globalization on American workers has hit them the hardest; but the preservation of urban neighborhoods has not been the issue until recently amongst blacks because of the fact that the migration of the black middle-class to the suburbs has been even greater in the black community than it has in the white community. A young black professional that buys a brownstone in Bed-Stuy will likely get a “man, you paid a million dollars to live in the hood? You could have lived with my aunt for a few hundred bucks a month” while the white globo will get a “wonderful, that’s marvelous, is it a pre-war, my what character in that building”.
Immigrant Muslims in large part have never been connected to the folk and are largely connected to corporate America and have grown-up on MTV, suburbia, mindless consumerism, and shopping and eating at chain establishments (or aspiring to). When they see the white working-class they frown at the rednecks while welcoming the emasculated globos and when they see African-Americans they are locking the doors when they are not passing them up in their cabs or selling them rotten meat.
Then my thoughts pass to this; what would be the ultimate dream for the Rhodesians? Well, it is not a dream it already occurred, and that is Hurrican Katrina, and wouldnt they love to see a Hurricane like that hit every Lower 9th Ward in every city in America? So they could come in and by up the land and then rehab and sit in their sidewalk cafes and read The Nation and talk about how liberal they are after the only poor people that are left in the hood are those that are serving them. Or was I thinking about my converstaion with a Chinesse cabbie and he asked me how could Muslims pray five times and day and then sit at the cab stand and brag about ripping off thier passengers?
I think of this as I walk, and maybe I think too much, because I am tired as hell, remember I have an appointment in a few hours, and don’t feel like walking back, but I do. And now all I am thinking of is my bed.
This article also appeared on NYC IndyMedia