..Calling out, naming and defining the three-headed demon that we as black people; that we as Americans were fighting, racism, militarism, and capitalism.There is of course some nuance in how the terms 'militarism' and 'capitalism' were defined by King, but the C word seems to be a common bogeyman used by friends and associates of our new president. And perhaps now even by the administration itself.
Speaking of friends, associates, and themes, during the campaign a minor brush fire erupted when legendary New York civil rights fighter and former borough president Percy Sutton mentioned a connection between Obama and a man named Khalid al-Mansour:
A Manhattan borough president for 12 years and a credible candidate for mayor of New York City in 1977, Sutton spoke knowingly about the Obama candidacy. Although unspecified as to date, the interview likely took place within the last few months.That rich man was suspected to be Saudi Prince bin Talal. During a subsequent interview with Ken Timmerman, al-Mansour refused to confirm or deny Sutton's story. Both are from San Antonio and have not denied a relationship. The campaign went on to effectively throw the venerable but aged civil rights lawyer under the bus to join Reverend Wright and we haven't heard a word since, nor have we heard anything more from al-Mansour or Rashid Khalidi.
"I was introduced to [Obama] by a friend," Sutton told the interviewer. The friend's name was Dr. Khalid al-Mansour, and the introduction took place about 20 years ago.
Sutton described al-Mansour as "the principle adviser to one of the world's richest men." He also implied that al-Mansour was currently raising money for Obama.
Granted, in watching the interview Mr. Sutton seems to have lost some of the sharpness he no doubt once had as a fighter pilot for the Tuskegee Airmen or when serving as counsel to Malcolm-X and other civil rights figures. But, if any of the above is true and Obama does indeed owe some of his Harvard education to Saudi benefactors then it perhaps puts his recent bow into more perspective.
Speaking of bows, LGF is calling this a bow.
Does bending over to get a medal count as a bow? Whatever, it's nevertheless creepy in a kowtow sort of way. The difference is that Bush was in the Saudi Royal palace when this happened while Obama was attending an international meeting with 18 other heads of state. One man had a proven track record in facing terrorism while the other has yet to be tested. But it certainly illustrates just how much we suck up to these folks over oil. Kudos to Johnson for trying to be fair, but this doesn't change my position on the issue one bit--a POTUS should NEVER formally bow. Ever.