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December 11, 2017

Conservative Buffoon or Liberal Tool: Blueprint for Black Pundits

What I’m writing below can apply to a wider set of misfits than the pundits who emerge from the “African-American” community. I understand very well that the status quo loves only those who speak in dog whistles and spread grievances and will not let any rational person who can speak to our common humanity anywhere near the megaphone that is our mainstream media. But I’ve noticed a trait that is possessed by “black” blowhards that is common within the liberal wing and the conservative wings of punditry.

There is a quality of servitude and servility about these would be intellectuals that is at once laughable and sad as they are presented on TV as caricatures that fit the mold of either a liberal shuck and jive jigaboo or a conservative house negro on the right. There is not an original thought to be found in most of them; they just repeat the same mantra and drivel over and over again as if they have the hands of the masters who pay them right up their collective behinds. I’ve said many times in the past that paychecks make slaves of all of us, but hot damn if Republican or Democrat poodles don’t take this truism and run with it in ways that would impress Usain Bolt.

This is actually upsetting to me for there is a systematic constraint that is placed on the “African-American” community that reduces us to either the mouthpiece of one party or the other. I would be remiss if I did not point out that large amount of the onus resides on us for we keep being loyal to ideologies and entities that do nothing but bury us deep into the gutters of insufficiency and dependence. I myself was once a loyal stooge of the Democratic party until I realized that the Democratic party only values us as voters and not as equal citizens. The whole party is dripping with paternalism, which is by the way a form of bigotry as harmful as the ignorance displayed by the most rabid racist in the GOP.

I know people will read into my condemnation of Democrats as some sort of endorsement of the bankrupt Republican party as they skipped right over the last sentence of the previous paragraph—ideological myopia is antithetical to rationality. Let me disabuse anyone of the thought that I’m some conservative shill; for heaven’s sake do we have to reside in the shackles we are given? I do not belong to either party and I refuse to babble the ideology of some rich pricks who are doing nothing to help me and doing everything to kneecap endless communities.

Alas, this level of independence makes one a walk in the wilderness alone for society has been too trained to see everything through the narrow prism of ideology, identity and useless dogmas. The demand is just not there on a broad level for those who offer analysis and assessments with a modicum of independence. I could sit up here and bash Fox News and MSNBC for the yellow hounds that they are, but at the end of the day, consumers perpetuate the mainstream media fatuity by tuning in and ignoring the rational voices who refuse to be the lackeys of either liberal or conservative ideologies.

Add on top of this an intentional suppression by the part of the mainstream media of anyone who does not speak through partisan orthodoxy and what is left is a public discourse that only channels the voices of the most ardent ideologues. If there were no harmful effects associated with the level of inanity that is broadcast over the public airwaves and through the internet, I would leave well enough alone and let coons do what they do. But there is an injurious aspect of these toadies who go on TV and write in newspapers as they spew mind bending level of dependency and neediness to the masses.

Both liberal and conservative pundits are being rewarded for training us to believe that we are insignificant and that we can only achieve our worth if we bow to either the liberal or the conservative mantra. Instead of speaking hope into us and our children, they whisper insignificance and insecurity as they peddle grievance and stoke outrage so that we can always be “the others” who are apart from the tapestry of America. This is a playbook of divide and colonization that bled the continent that was once called Ethiopia as tribalism led to a genocide unparalleled in the history of this planet and the renaming of the continent to Africa.

See what I just did in the last two sentences was speak truth apart from the propaganda we are forced fed that neither liberal or conservative will dare touch. They won’t challenge conventional wisdom no matter how much of a lie that convention proves to be. To speak up and challenge dogma is to engender potential backlash because nothing burns quite as bad as the third rail of identity in America. It takes courage to speak against lies; lacking even an iota of fortitude, these partisan lemmings and ideological tools instead cravenly choose to perpetuate the lies of history and the distortion of the public indoctrination system.

The history of the continent of Ethiopia is profound and the narrative of those who were stolen from the continent of man’s inception is magnificent as well. The uprising in Haiti matches the valor and distinction of the Spartans who were portrayed as heroes in the movie 300. Except the story of Haiti and François-Dominique Toussaint Louverture is true whereas the way 300 portrayed the story of King Leonidas is utter fiction. The story of Adwa is even more astounding than the revolution of 1776 as Ethiopians united to repel a colonial Italian army. But these stories are rarely taught to our children; instead the beginning and end of the “African-American” experience is distilled through the prism of slavery—the better to keep us mired a perpetual state of 3/5th significance.

Malcolm X stated a long time ago that one of the biggest threats facing the “black” community was the black intelligentsia who are so worried about finding acceptance from the system that they are willing to run over their own people to be embraced by “the white man”. Man was Malcolm X right; we are being led by a bunch of gutless black leaders (notice I did not use quote marks here, this will make sense when you see the video below). Bracketed by conservative loots and liberal stooges, we are being driven over the cliff of self-nullification by a village of partisan jackasses who care not a smidgen about any of us.

I want to be sympathetic to their plight, I really do. I understand very well that speaking out against the system of injustice that is at the root of iniquity that robs hope from all is one that will lead to being marginalized. But then I realize that they are willing to sell their souls and us down the river in order to get exposure on TV and sell their books. It’s all about money you see, the same way that some “Africans” sold their own brothers and sisters into slavery is the same way that black conservatives and liberals in the media are selling all of us down the river.

I know this playbook well. If I tamed what I wrote and channeled the victim mode of Ta Nehisi Coates or the servitude of Larry Elders, I’d be at the New York Times or Fox News by now. If the two books I wrote were about anger and speaking vilifying “white privilege” instead of speaking of our togetherness and the need overcome injustice through unity, man my books would be flying off shelves right now. The status quo embraces the hate mongers on the left or the right for these ignoble trolls and alternate humans are doing the work of the system of oppression even as they speak out of both sides of their mouths against it. But let me walk alone speaking my truth before I sell my soul for the sake of acceptance, rather be penniless than to be wealth at the cost of my people. I will let the black troglodyte who are presented as modern day Moses have the spotlight they so earnestly covet.

I’m talking about the Al Sharptons, Van Jones, Herman Cain and the Ben Carsons of the world. These vacuous parrots get paid handsomely and live like royalty by betraying each and every one of us for the sake of a few million shekels. They are the modern day Judas who crucify the hopes of a people in order to live in chalets in the Hamptons and mansions in Georgetown. The change will never come from these overseers for their job is to make sure that we remain mired on the plantation. Here is a modest proposal, turn the channel off on these soulless and empty suits and seek knowledge for yourself. #BluePrintForBlackPundits 

“I freed a thousand slaves I could have freed a thousand more if only they knew they were slaves.” ~ Harriet Tubman

If you agree with the sentiments expressed in this article and you too are sick and tired of the voices from the “African-American” community being presented through the caricature of the “left versus right” divide, share this article on social media using #BluePrintForBlackPundits  and make sure you Tweet this article to your favorite vacuous pundit @TheRevAl @VanJones68 @larryelder and @SecretaryCarson

If you want to know why I kept using quote marks on “black”, “white”, and “African-American” watch this Ghion Cast below and see what these feckless pundits and educators refuse to teach our children as they bury us into insignificance and antipathy towards ourselves and against others. 

History’s Malevolence

The middle ground is treacherous

Preaching unity to all sides dangerous

I mean trying to find a universal language

Creating consensus out of chaos

Is often laden with insults—profoundly onerous

It’s easier rebuilding the tower of Babel

But lend me an ear brethren and sisters

What if I told you history was malevolent

Facts rewritten by victors and conquerors

In order to split the masses into opponents

Propagating propaganda to prolong injustice

What if I told you that the Civil War

For example to pick one of many instances

Was not truly about slavery

It was about the economy

Forcing one ideology over another

The powerful versus the feeble

A clash of aristocrats and the prosperous

Who duped the powerless to fight each other

Most “white folk” in the south

Were struggling as indentured servants

Deteriorating in barrenness

Now the powerful spread lies

Fracturing society into encampments

Pains of the subjugated

Being used to hide intentions of a system

In the process pitting one against the other

Racism is about power

But they deceive you into thinking

That fellow victims are racists

To obfuscate the true malevolence of bigotry

Hiding the hands of those who bleed society

What if I told you

That poor “white” folk in Antebellum

Had more in common with “slaves”

Than they did with nefarious “slave” owners

And only a fraction of society, the wealthy aristocracy

On both sides of the war irrespective of location

Thrived in the midst of hardship

The multitudes on both sides

Living in destitution and squalor

As they teach that Lincoln was the “Great Emancipator”

Educating us to elevate a president

To the status of God for “black people”

Maybe you should read Lincoln’s speech

“A House Divided”

And you would realize that history

Is full of utter bullshit

Injustice only prospers

When the people are splintered

And feed into the propaganda of the system

Did you get mad, think of me as a sellout

As if I was dismissing the horrors of slavery

Or diminishing the pains of its legacy

Do you think I am trying to erase Jim Crow

Will you accuse me of negating

The terrors of Reconstruction

Or do you understand

That the ancestors of “black” and “white”

The children of the masses

Irrespective of color

Are besieged in poverty and squalor

At this precise exact moment

For the Civil War is still raging

As they pit races against each other

Trying to instigate strife and friction

As they manipulate society

To rupture into racial warfare and hostility

Think about this for a moment

Who shares the burdens of the broken

Of “black folk” who shiver in Chicago?

Is it the bourgeoisie Congressional Black Caucus in D.C.

Is it the “first black president”

And the jive talkers like Sharpton

And his ilk who live in Manhattan partying in the Hamptons

Attending soirées in Martha’s Vineyard chalets

Or do poor “black” folk in the cities

Have more in common with their brethren

The impoverished “white people” in the Appalachians?

It’s always easier to speak to individual grievances

To impassion flames instead of spreading light

Insults follow the ones who preach universal justice

Applause given to those who demagogue incessantly

See history is meant to cleave people

To teach that others are dissimilar

But in truth the lives of most are unbearable

Slavery has taken on a new concept

Where debt has become the new bondage

And poverty is the new shackle

Most of us are ensnared in irrespective of identity

More and more falling into this depraved captivity

When it comes to historical injustices

The sins of a diabolic few

Cannot be blamed on the masses

I mean Mussolini’s army not too long ago

Terrorized my native land Ethiopia

As mothers and children

Innocent civilians

Perished by the hundreds of thousands

Charred up by chemical weapons

A holocaust visited upon my ancestors

But I can’t blame Italians

For the horror of a murderous cabal

For there are masses in Italy

Suffering just like the masses in my country

This same message I preach to my fellow Ethiopians

Those who are blinded by tribalism

As they insult their countrymen

Letting animosity overcome their emotions

This is the reason Ethiopia is shattering

And why tyrants rule with iron fists

Injustice making us forget our common heritage

Making us disregard that we are one people

United by one common struggle

It’s always easier for the powerful

To pilfer the citizenry and fleece us blindly

As long as we are distracted by differences

To “white people”

This message I reiterate

So called “minorities” have identical struggles

The same burdens that you go through

So why get mad at the meager means

Of those who are broken by poverty

The pittance given to those caught in bleakness

Instead of being outraged

By the thievery being undertaken by the few

The billionaire class who we worship

As they swindle our life savings

History is mendacious

Truth subverted into propaganda

Instead of dwelling on past pains

And residing in separable grievances

Why don’t we unite as one people

If you want to end injustice

Stop monopolizing pain

And understand one thing

We are all in this together

Or we will suffer forever fractured

This is why I keep using quote marks

Around the words “white” and “black”

Because these labels are pernicious

They prevent us from realizing our cohesion

For we are more than labels

We are humans united by the same purpose

History is full of lies and divisiveness

It’s in our hearts we find humanity’s oneness

~ Excerpt from Serendipity’s Trace, a book of our common struggles and connective hopes. Search “Serendipity’s Trace”, click HERE or on the picture below to read further excerpts from the book. ~ 



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Teodrose Fikre

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Teodrose Fikre is the editor and founder of the Ghion Journal. A published author and prolific writer, a once defense consultant was profoundly changed by a two year journey of hardship and struggle. Going from a life of of upper-middle class privilege to a time spent with the huddled masses taught Teodrose a valuable lesson in the essence of togetherness and the need to speak against injustice.

Originally from Ethiopia with roots to Atse Tewodros II, Teodrose is a former community organizer whose writing was incorporated into Barack Obama's South Carolina primary victory speech in 2008. He pivoted away from politics and decided to stand for collective justice after experiencing the reality of the forgotten masses. His writing defies conventional wisdom and challenges readers to look outside the constraints of labels and ideologies that serve to splinter the people. Teodrose uses his pen to give a voice to the voiceless and to speak truth to power.
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Asante Kotoko

Word!!You can extend that sentiment to almost ALL Ethiopian political leaders,past and present.



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