Sir Morien and the Black presence in Medieval Europe (or the real Black Knight)


I thought about writing this in celebration of Black History Month after watching the BBC’s “Merlin” series. In the series they cast quite a few Black actors and even cast actress Angel Coulby as Queen Guinevere. This is how Im usually motivated to do my research. Being an autodidactic learner I either see or read something interesting and I go digging to see if I can find an example of it in art,literature or history. I love digging up little known and obscure facts about Black history through out the world so delving into the legend of Sir Morien was a pleasure

We’ve all heard of the “black Knight” of the King Arthur legend but there literally was a “Black” knight in King Arthur’s court. His name was Sir Morien & his tale is recorded in a 13th Century Dutch Manuscript. This tale more than likely existed in oral tradition & older text that no longer survive. There were actually quite a few people of African decent in medieval & ancient Europe. Sir Morien like King Arthur more than likely is a mythical figure based on an amalgamation of historic figures. Sir Morien more than likely was based on the leader of the Roman Theban Legion St. Maurice who himself has elements of legend attached to him.


St. Maurice and Pope (probably Nicholas V)

Sir Morien is described in the text as such:

“He was all black, even as I tell ye: his head, his body, and his hands were all black, saving only his teeth. His shield and his armour were even those of a Moor, and black as a raven…

Had they not heard him call upon God no man had dared face him, deeming that he was the devil or one of his fellows out of hell, for that his steed was so great, and he was taller even than Sir Lancelot, and black withal, as I said afore…

When the Moor heard these words he laughed with heart and mouth (his teeth were white as chalk, otherwise was he altogether black)…”

For a full read I recommend this sight which has the full tale

 Another Black  Character in the Arthurian legends is Feirerfiz

Feirefiz is referred to as being a Saracen & his mother is the Moorish Queen Belcane (or Belacane) a Black woman & his father the fictional French King Gahmuret a White man

(for a synopsis of the tale see Percival)

Many early Medieval Europeans may not have understood what children of bi-racial relationships would look like so they discribed Feirefiz as having patchy black & white skin Some also theorize the writers may have been describing a Black person with vitiligo.


“Feirefiz is a character in Wolfram von Eschenbach’s Arthurian poem Parzival. He is the half-brother of Parzival, the story’s hero. He is the child of their father Gahmuret’s first marriage to the Moorish queen Belacane (Italian: “lovely meat”), and equals his brother in knightly ability. Because his father was white and his mother black, Feirefiz’s skin consists of black and white patches. His appearance is compared to that of a magpie or a parchment with writing on it, though he is considered very handsome. There exists a skin disease, Vitiligo, which produces such underpigmented patches across the body.”

A Black person in Medieval Europe may seem like an anachronism but Black Africans were more widely known to the North Western European than our mainstream history would have us believe. The fact you have such tales this early in North Western European  history points to the presence of Black people in Western Europe during the medieval period.



The two above examples of medieval art are of Black African knights and noble men,one apparently of a king being crowned.

Its plausible that Black Africans absorbed the North Western feudal culture easily being that in Africa you had a tradition of horseman ship and mounted armored warriors also dating back to West Africa’s  Medieval period

Begharmi Lancers

Knights of the Savanna


Men dressed in traditional clothes ride horses during Durbar festival in Kano

As we see from the above pictures this armored horse riding tradition is still alive today

Archeology also proves Black Africans were present in Europe during the earliest parts of the Medieval period. The remains of a 4th century Black woman were found in Brittan.



Blacks obviously migrated into Southern and North Western Europe throughout history as another ancient skeleton dating circa 3 AD the “Beachy Head Lady” pictured above confirms. Like the remains discovered in York these remains discovered in the    South East England county of East Sussex are of a Sub Saharan female.


Those of use who are familiar with archeology and genetic research understand it was Black Africans who ventured out of Africa reaching Europe and Asia around 60k to 40k years ago as this reconstructed bust tells us.


This skull reconstruction is of the 1st homo sapiens sapiens in Europe dating to about 35k years ago.

As for Black Africans in Europe during the upper Paleolithic I recommend this documentary

So from these examples we see the Black African has long been in Europe prior to the Arab or Trans Atlantic slave trades. There are many more examples of artistic depictions of medieval Black Noble and common folk through out Europe. The below images are from the Medieval period ie: 4th century to 14th century(To the best of my knowledge). I am happy to say there are so many of these pieces of art representing peoples of Black African ancestry in Europe I grew tired of sorting through them & separating the many Renaissance art pieces and those that were made prior to the 15th century. I can only imagine how many more remain hidden or undiscovered.






European Crusaders and Moors clashing




Note the Brother with the Afro sitting in the back(yes I too laughed as I wrote this)


1100 AD England






St. Maurice 13th Century,Germany




From the famous “Book of Games” or Libro de los Juegos” by King Alphonso X (circa 12 AD)

Libro de los juegos 

A Debate with a Coon & a Bed Wench

Uncle Tom syndrome :

is a concept in psychology.[1] It refers to a coping skill where individuals use passivity and submissiveness when confronted with a threat, leading to subservient behaviour and appeasement, while concealing their true thoughts and feelings. (-On a deeper level I think many of these individuals actually feel love, affection and a longing to be like the oppressor group) The term Uncle Tom comes from the title character of Harriet Beecher Stowe‘s novel Uncle Tom’s Cabin,

-I’d like to state I think the term Uncle Tom shouldn’t be used as a pejorative term for sell outs because in the book Uncle Tom’s Cabin, Tom dies from being beaten by slave masters before he will tell on two escaped slaves)


One thing that can irk (& sadden) a conscious Black person such as my self is running into Blacks who posses an uncle tom mentality. I recently ran into two such persons on the Internet & their inability to deal with actual facts simultaneously frustrated and amused me. When ever your debating with someone and their response to facts that you’ve presented is “so what?” the debate is over. You’ve won and the person your debating with is operating solely on emotion. This is what eventually happened with the “coon” I was debating with. As for the “Bed Wench” she blocked me then posted comments smearing my character. I’ve reposted the whole diatribe below. I actually thought the coon was really a White guy trolling the comment thread but he actually is Black …. and probably gay..i mean just watch his vids and you tell me

This all began when I  had made a comment to another poster then the bed wench jumped in with her two cents

Hugh Cipher

Hugh Cipher3 weeks ago

Hugh Cipher1 month ago (edited)

+gomasonpatriot1 I agree in part that both brothers wish to “fix” the Black community but what Jesse Lee fails to understand is the culpability of systemic racism  and that we must teach our people to be on guard for efforts to destabilize our efforts for success. I mean from housing red lining ,employment discrimination, unfair educational practices we have to form our own country with in this country to survive the onslaught of White supremacy. We most definitely cant ignore it

(Now enters the bed wench)


Hillary For Prison

Hillary For Prison1 month ago

+Hugh Cipher – Tariq is a fraud calling himself a “relationship expert” when he deals with strippers, prostitutes,etc being a married man. Dude is bad news. For sure he is NOT trying to fix the Black community. Only thing he’s trying to “fix,” is his bank account off the backs of Black folks. Gimme a break. I can respect Peterson or anyone who acknowledges openly that Black folks are NOT on this earth to flunky to any pre-disposed cause, being yassa massa to the Demon-Crap-ic party and knowing the standard reality is we can pick any party + vote for anyone we darn well please. I’m not beholden to any slave master white OR Black. However, that’s what these so-called Black leaders are expecting. They can take a flying leap at the moon. I don’t follow a darn thing they tell me to do.

Hugh Cipher

Hugh Cipher3 weeks ago

+Hillary For Prison you’ve got it totally misconstrued. If your some Black Republican your following a “demonic” party. your very screen name advocates for #HillaryClinton to go to jail but #DonaldTrump has committed fraud,sexual abuse,crooked tax practices & is being charged for raping a 13 yr old. All of this & you cry for Hillary to go to jail for some emails? Seriously? Tariq advocates Black pride & knowledge of self. What self respecting Afro American would have a problem with this? I dont care about Tariq going to a strip club anymore than those angry White racist #Trump supporters care about trump grabbing a handful of pussy. Blacks must learn to do for self & the majority of us will only be able to do so by understanding our history & understanding this racist system will always throw road blocks infront of us in attempts to stop our success. Understanding this is the only way to be on gaurd for this. Blacks (if you are Black) such as your self dont understand you’ve achieved success(if you are successful) inspite of this system not because of it. Most Blacks can’t kill their souls by becoming uncle tom minded subservient drones nor would this insure our success. Not when all of the systemic oppression still exist that keeps our success in check. Our family values were destroyed by this racist system. Not to recognize this is delusional

Hillary For Prison

Hillary For Prison1 month ago

+Hugh Cipher “Some Black Republican?” Thanks for helping me make my point! I have/never will let anyone or group force me into a label or boxed category. If that’s your gig, good for you! But you can’t impose or guilt me into that. Too bad other Black folks fall for that garbage, remain mentally enslaved to frauds, phony “conscious” fools screaming about the “white man.” Meanwhile, they are robbing their own people blind who remain MORE disenfranchised by dealing with so-called “pro-Blacks” who are nothing but pimps, frauds, schemers. But guess what? I NEVER gave any of the nuts ½ second of my time but still made it through school, started my own biz. I married someone with the same mindset and we’re raising our kids to be no one’s fool, like we both were raised. Live doesn’t have to include the misery of brainwashing and indoctrination, like you’re in. You folks are nuts, especially defending these frauds. It makes 0 difference what you say about Trump or whoever. What? You expect me to cry or something? I worship no one on earth and my family is priority #1, not the thieving pimps & frauds you worship!

Hugh Cipher

Hugh Cipher1 month ago (edited)

+Hillary For Prison lmao ok uuhh thank you for making “my” point.  ” I have/never will let anyone or group force me into a label or boxed category”  -ha man you are in a box and it has ” Tom ” on the label. All toms think since they made it through this White supremacist system all brothers and sisters should be able to skate through it. What you toms don’t realize is that you are the exceptions to the rule and that you’d probably be further along what ever career path you’ve taken. You sound crazy frothing at the mouth about a Black man who promotes pride of self and learning your own history with out a Eurocentric skew. I don’t have to agree with every thing Tariq says to acknowledge the valid points he makes. You speak of brainwashing and indoctrination but your mind set is programmed by White supremacy. Actually man I doubt know if your actually Black or if your some alt- right White troll but again your screen name proves my point…crying for a lady to go to jail when the presidents a sexual pervert and pathological liar …..yeah you got nerve calling someone brainwashed

Hillary For Prison

Hillary For Prison1 month ago (edited)

+Hugh Cipher – If you don’t pay your personal of biz taxes and wanna risk prison; that’s your biz. As I said before; no amount of name-calling in the world will ever guilt or shame me away from the path I took or am on. Thankfully; found/met a man just like me; able to set our 4 sons up for life; done by MAKING our own money…not GIVING money to Afro-Svengalis trying to guilt call us w/uncle toms, coons, agents. etc.; shyt is tired + as old as the hills. Funny how so many bum azz Negroes tried to get this; “uncle tom, coon, agent” $$ + tried to move into this “uncle tom, coon, agent ” 3 bedroom town home just when I was single. Yeah right! I sold that bad boy when I got married & the $$ is still collecting interest, & contributes to the pool of savings for our sons as each was born. Do you ever do stuff like this? Oh…no, I forgot; “the white man” won’t let you. Go ahead be poor and the gov chase you for not paying child support. My husband supports his sons; as do I.

Hugh Cipher

Hugh Cipher3 weeks ago

+Hillary For Prison 1st is this a typo? ” If you don’t pay your personal of biz and wanna risk prison; that’s your biz” I’m not sure what your getting at. Don’t think just because I talked about tom’s being “successful” means I or other conscious brothers are not. Hey you have a great family “a mansion and a yatch” Like I said not everyone’s held totally back by White Supremacy and remove it a person like you possibly would have achieved more. Also i’m not going to run through my resume’ in a competition with you on the net because hey people can be what ever they type on the net but I will say I am secure and my profession(s) are coveted by many. Unlike you I’ve been able to achieve my success with out selling my soul our spreading a life philosophy that doesn’t do the average Afro-American any good because it identifies with the oppressor and the majority of brothers and sisters cant stomach that nor are they in the position to feel in such a way being that far to many take the brunt of systemic racism. You fail to realize your good fortune and you seem to be angry at the Tariq types as if your White…this is strange to say the least

(Now enters the  Coon)


CuRrUpt SyStEm SLaVe

CuRrUpt SyStEm SLaVe1 month ago

+Hillary For Prison Agreed.


Hillary For Prison

Hillary For Prison1 month ago (edited)

Hillary For Prison1 month ago

+Hugh Cipher – Good fortune? No it’s NOT “good fortune.” It is HARD freakin WORK. Not a freakin thing was ever given to me (or my husband. I had my 1st job at 14. He at 16. Both went to college; met well later on in life. That’s what I don’t get. Who stops people from doing the same? No one. Mo-fos DECIDE to start robbing/stealing; whatever they do illegally. That’s such B.S. about the “white man.” Yeah; they fk w/us. But they can not STOP us literally. I wish any one of our 4 boys would start doing any of that shyt. None of me/7 sibs did that shyt either. No one in my husband’s family either. So why the fk are we gonna put up with that shyt from our sons? Are you crazy? “So you’re into those pro-Hack (not pro Black) and unconscious (not conscious) money grubbers mode Meanwhile, we’re into security for our/our sons’ future. That’s why we worked so hard; w/o those frauds, like Tariq “crooked advice.” A freakin yacht?” That’s your gig, not ours. We spend money on sports. A 3 bedroom town house is a “mansion? Hardly! Nor is a 4 bedroom house, one which our boys would rather share rooms vs move out. You’re stuck in that money mode. That’s the brainwashing of frauds like Tariq $$$; always, beggin’, borrowing, stealing, demanding, jackin up Black folks for money & he gets people like you do it for him; sing his praises. Then he goes & spends it on hookers & sex workers + he’s married. He’s nothing but another umar johnson. You can’t see the scam? It’s soo obvious!!

Hugh Cipher

Hugh Cipher3 weeks ago

Hugh Cipher1 month ago (edited)

+Hillary For Prison oh? no good fortune? Was your mother a crack addict? Did you grow up in a gang infested neighborhood? Were you raised in a single parent home?  Did you see your friends slaughtered by gang violence? I have no idea how old you are but if your in your 30’s you lived through the beginnings of the crack era and either you didn’t live in the ghetto or you had support structures around you that assisted you in escaping the pitfalls of the ghetto.  Of course hard work is to be saluted but where you are born and who your parents are and were you grow up at are things you had no control over and either your childhood was serendipitous or it was calamitous or various portions of both.Your works are your works but faith is rewarded by God and one needs both faith and works to succeed. oh by the way “A mansion and a yacht” was just a euphemism …I didn’t mean you literally had a mansion and a yacht


Hillary For Prison 

Hillary For Prison1 month ago

+Hugh Cipher Life comes with challenges; no matter where one lives. It’s not restricted to people living in rough neighborhoods whether or not the were in good or bad neighborhoods.


Hugh Cipher

Hugh Cipher3 weeks ago

Hugh Cipher1 month ago (edited)

+Hillary For Prison true every ones life has challenges but things in rough or bad neighborhoods you  add violence ,drug addiction ,gangs and a nonchalant or even angry attitude opposed to education . I remember studying for exams while gun shots, loud music and arguments erupted outside my window. I remember being bullied and teased because I was smart and actually went to my classes with out cutting. I can say so much more but the hood made me tough. I resisted the peer pressure not to take my studies seriously and learned to fight and stand up to my bullies and this has helped me business and the office environment with both Black and White wanna be alpha males all to eager to push my buttons and under play me.. I had my slips and falls but I survived. I started an independent record company at the age of 18 and moved units by the 10’s of thousands…today I run a non profit and work for my city and county. I recognize my hard work but I also recognize my good fortune to have my mother and father to guide me through the jungle. I’m not a (moderately)successful person that looks at my brothers and sisters still in the struggle and think “hell I did it why cant they?” I understand most didn’t have my Cliff Huxtable like father and doting mother-both who helped me study and demanded I do my homework. I understand most didn’t have a work ethic instilled in them from a young age.  And note when  I say “successful” in regards to African Americans in a systemically racist system any person who has a job a place to stay and isn’t on drugs or in jail is successful. This is why I advocate knowledge of self and knowledge of the truth of this system because during the time of my fall only the knowledge of what this system really is saved me and stopped me from playing into the oppressor’s hand  by selling dope (yes I was a fairly successful drug dealer once upon a time)  My knowledge of self allowed me to enter work spaces and offices like Othello the Moor not Chicken George. For people who did not grow up in the neighborhood and or  family environment you grew up in knowledge of self is essential to make a change. Again you don’t have to agree with every thing Tariq says or send him any money…ive never sent him a dime nor do I agree with every thing in the Hidden Colors serious but the bulk of it does what’s needed and that’s instill pride in a people who lack it and  a proud person works hard and conducts themselves in a stand up fashion

Hillary For Prison1 month ago

+Hugh Cipher – Totally disagree; it’s all about choice. Most people in poor neighborhoods have solid morals. It’s all about one’s value system and has 0 to do where income level or zip code. Drugs are everywhere; not just in poor Black communities. If it’s so much worse in the poor, Black communities, then white folks when be killing themselves at much higher rates than poor people and/or Black people? It makes no difference if a woman (or man) is a prostitute via a high priced agency or in a back alley. Tariq is abusive and disrespectful toward women and other people; don’t care about his film and won’t support it; he used women in scantily clad clothes to promote it . He’s a fraud, just like umar johnson.

The Coon strikes again


CuRrUpt SyStEm SLaVe1 month ago

+Hillary For Prison Damn right tariq is a fraud and a biggot retard…ty brother

I Bite

Hugh Cipher

Hugh Cipher1 month ago

+CuRrUpt SyStEm SLaVe brother what is your damage?

CuRrUpt SyStEm SLaVe

CuRrUpt SyStEm SLaVe1 month ago

+Hugh Cipher Hes an American brother unlike the anarchist like blm tariq and many others who want to undermine this great republic. My father served this nation and I did as well. Racist who want to destroy progress of uniting our fellow man in this country need to find some place elsewhere. Martin luther marched with white and black and if pro black domestic terrorist dont get that then they will be left behind in this modern era. I have to thank liberals white, black, or whoever for helping trump get elected.😀 The more racist and retarded you guys sound the more it helped trump get elected and also in the now…ty. I want help for the innercity. Thank god obamatard will be gone. Time to usher in a new goldenage of prosperity for all of America…☺ Thats my positive damage😊

Hugh Cipher

+CuRrUpt SyStEm SLaVe no thats your “positive delusion” Those white folks who arse your kissing won’t stop discriminating against “you” because you wear a red white & blue do rag & vomit pro #trumpism’s. Im fighting for all my people  not just a select few who bow down & get patted on the head & id have to ask what is your pro whitey kumbaya philosophy doing for you? You dont appear to be terribly afluent. At least you could reap the usual benifits toms get for selling their bretheren out. Hey my grand father & dad served in ww2 & Vietnam respectively so thats even more reason to demand I be treated equally in this country. Also liberals didn’t help #trump get elected. White racist reaction to a Black man winning the presidency twice is what got Donald “#chump” elected.

Hugh Cipher

Hugh Cipher1 month ago (edited)

+CuRrUpt SyStEm SLaVe oh by the way i checked +Hillary For Prison past post & she’s a married female not a “an American brother” unless he’s in a gay marriage which i doubt

Now for some reason this pushed this bed wench bitch over the edge because she blocks me then  types

(Now this is where this bitch goes over board and calls me a sex offender)

Hillary For Prison

Hillary For Prison1 month ago

By I checked HughCipher’s profile and background. He’s a Black male who’s was so into under-aged white boys he got busted; and now has to register as a SEX OFFENDER. Now he’s riding Tariq’s putrid pole. He changed colors of his surgar britches preferences but he continues to pork dudes and vice-versa.

(Ok now you know I wanna e-slap this bitch thru the screen right. I think she got upset because I questioned if she was a man or woman but I actually wasn’t sure)

she then type to her coon in arms

Hillary For Prison

Hillary For Prison1 month ago

+CuRrUpt SyStEm SLaVe -LOL LOVE the response. I blocked that dumb ass SOB. Hugh c. after he posted that LIE he never read anywhere about me nor did I ever tell him.I don’t even know the crazy mthr fkr. He just got mad after he couldn’t hang in a debate and I made it clear I never have/never will kiss Tariq’s azz. He’s the kind who can dish it out but can’t take it!

She talks about not being able to take it but she totally ran from the debate and tried to smear me with out my knowledge. Luckily people I know pulled my coat to this bitches fuckery. What lie she’s talking about I don’t know. To see if she was a he or her I checked her earlier post and saw her state sshe was married earlier in the thread. What she’s talking about here I have noooo idea

So now its just me and the Coon.

+CuRrUpt SyStEm SLaVe you say this as if being proud to be Black is un American….this is the thinking of the alt-right White

CuRrUpt SyStEm SLaVe 

+Hugh Cipher Your a Racist you wouldn’t know…

CuRrUpt SyStEm SLaVe 

+Hugh Cipher being black unAnmerican??????? No being black is your racist narrative. SIMPLY PUT YOU😜 BELIEVE BLACKS ARE OWED AND SLAVERY IS YOUR CARD TO SAY THE PAST IS YOUR MAKER…I CALL BULLSHIT.!!! ARE THERE ANY WHITE SLAVE MASTERS TODAY MAKING YOU PICK COTTON AND SEPERATING YOUR FAMILY? YES OR NO? Are you under a master now like literally? Let me know ill call the police. Give me your location ill tell the 911 operator im serious. 😯Did the white supremist guard go on break? Ill get some retard pro black nigtards to plan a escape route before your white supremist guard gets back. He will be slow by the way from his sub sandwich😁…hes enjoying at lunch on his American break from racist libtardians.

+CuRrUpt SyStEm SLaVe man stop being silly. “No being Black is your racist narrative” wtf🤔 are you frakkin serious? You actually typed that shyt? Being Black is my & your reality. Talk about delusional.  Of course our people are owed reparations. You dont see Jews or the Japanese saying to Germany & the Americans government “naw naw thats cool yall fuck us over took all our shyt locked us up & killed 6 million of us but naw hey yall can keep the $ that you gave us as a sign of respect & an attempt to help those who lost so much”

Do you deny Nixon did this? Report: Nixon aide says war on drugs targeted blacks – Report: Nixon’s war on drugs targeted black people

Do you deny the cia did this? Key Figures In CIA-Crack Cocaine Scandal Begin To Come Forward | The Huffington Post

Do you deny we got no 40 acres nor mule  & Reconstruction took away the political gains we eeked out shortly after emancipation?

Ill stop here but humor me answer me these queries & answer me if Jews & Japanese received reparations for shyt that only lasted 7 to 12 yrs why shouldn’t Afro Americans get reparations for something that lasted 400?

Needless to say this closet queer coon ran from answering so I pestered him with it again and he finally responds…


 CuRrUpt SyStEm SLaVe 

CuRrUpt SyStEm SLaVe3 weeks ago

+Hugh Cipher Okay so what? What does it matter? Every white human is responsible? Lol. Come on man give me a little intelligence so I can engage. I see your narrative but your not telling me why your making every white human responsible who had nothing to do with nixon today? Your in a box but saying everyone is responsible for others actions. I dont get ur narrative using common sense😮 Still what is the solution? Its not fair to use the past and make new born babies responsible. You got to be smarter then this. Your blowing me away with the thinking…Ive had so many white people who have just lent a hand and didnt even know me. Humans have the gift of god in general. Ive met whites who have done me wrong, spanish and black. And we all culturely are not perfect. So do I now hate all human beings born of God? Im just using basic commonsense with you. If your to ignorant and use grade school antics then I cant conversate with you. Find another that will fall into your narrative please…

(Can you believe this dude…an actual Black man looked at all those facts and said “so what”..sad and scary)

Hugh Cipher

Hugh Cipher3 weeks ago

+CuRrUpt SyStEm SLaVe now your putting words in my mouth conflating my argument with what you assume I think. When & where do i say “every” white person is responsible for this systems evils? Where do i say I hate “every” White person? Al it takes is the elite who control this system, & a high % of Whites who ignore those evils or support them i.e.: all those Donald #chump  supporters. The only argument of mine your beating is the false one your creating. A whole lot of White people voted for #Hilary  & are called libratards by your White quasi racist & uber racist friends. I’m cool with those White folks. they don’t deny the truth & the effects of all the systemic fuckery this system has & is implementing


So that was the gist of this whole argument. I was gob smacked at the conviction these Toms had in their belief system. A belief system that consist of them hating those Afro-Americans who’s development has been stagnated by this countries systemic racism. They have a belief system that consist of swallowing the racism Whites perpetuate and deflecting any blame back upon the victims. These people always have a core seed of self hate. Most are usually intelligent and have achieved moderate success in this system.(although I doubt CuRrUpt SyStEm SLaVe  has any real money. The do-rag he wears kinda gives away his economic status…but I could be wrong) They fall under the false belief that since they are successful or come from a successful family all other Afro-Americans should be able to achieve this success also. They don’t understand that they’ve benefited from a more positive environment, were raised in house hold that fell in a higher social economic bracket or they had mentors and other aspects of a support structure that helped them survive the utter and total stagnation Blacks in this countries many ghettos become victim of. It is these factors and the fact that just as roach spray only kills a certain percentage of roaches so does White supremacy’s chief weapon systemic racism only effect a majority of oppressed peoples allowing a smaller percentage to escape, rise above or suffer minimally from its effects. Also being a coon or an “Uncle Tom” main purpose is to tap dance, be submissive and agreeable so that “Massa” doesn’t oppress you as hard as he oppresses those rebellious “niggers”(you will notice when the White man isn’t upset he call you colored,coon ,ect but when Black folk do anything Whitey doesn’t like and goes against t his own belief system he is quick to yell nigger) I am a Black man born in the ghettos on the west coast of this Babylon. I’ve risen over much and could easily be one of these people who feel my less fortunate brothers and sisters are naturally lazy and un motivated and if only if they did what I did they could be successful too. Luckily I have a strong grasp of psychology and human dynamic and under stand most of my brothers and sisters in the “hood” fell victim to White Supremacy’s plot from birth. Being born into a family with low regard for reading and or any form of  education is all it takes. Low wages and a drug filled environment only exasperates this foul circumstance. It angers me when I see these “Tom” types expound rhetoric that implies our fellow brothers and sisters are inherently stupid and lazy and they themselves are inherently  “special and different” when the only thing special about them is they represent that .001% of germs not killed by the germicide of White supremacy and systemic racism

Election 2016: An observation of my morning the Day After “or” The Calm Before the Storm?


As I rode to work the day after the election I noticed the normally crowded 7th street route I took to work  was  eerily devoid of traffic. I passed a square looking brother probably on his way to UCSF or the arts college and he locked eyes with me and nodded his head towards me in what felt like a sign of  solidarity. I remember how I felt when Obama 1st won and the prideful looks Black Americans would exchange with each other as we passed each other on the street. Today those looks of pride and elation were replaced with expressions filled with trepidation.

I then role by a White guy who was  walking  towards me and it seemed like he put a smirk on his face. I would notice later through my day quite a few white males in particular all had these “smirks”  on their faces (seriously I bull shyt you not).  Needing a bit of caffeine and sugar I go to Starbucks and I’m standing in line with two PG&E workers. Both White males. Both had “Trump supporter” written all over them. Feeling this vibe I mentally prepare myself to deal with any potential uncomfortable interaction.  I’m hyper sensitive to human emotions. It has aided and hindered me in life but for the most part it has made me a great communicator. I have the ability to converse with most anyone in spite our cultural differences or opposing point of views and leave the conversation on amicable terms.  As we are standing in line I notice the silence is a bit awkward so to ease a bit of tension I blurt out “hey I have to pay my PG&E bill today (which is was so very true). The older guy laughs and says “yeah you better pay, I have to beat my wife to pay ours” I think to myself   “ok this guy diffidently did not vote for Hillary”.  I ask him did he get a discount on his PG&E  bill since he was an employee.  After he states he indeed does get a discount the younger guy blurts out  “maybe the bills will go down now Trump is president.” Mentally my eyes roll all the way back into my brain stem. Now as I stated I’d already sized these guys up as Trump supporters so I’d made mental notes not to bring up anything in our conversation resembling politics. You hear white people talking about how Blacks bring up “the race card” when talking about certain subjects but the truth is most of the time we try to avoid talking about race. Its only when some white guy or gal broaches a subject do we rightfully so speak our truth. So now here I am in a situation I’ve been in countless times where some White guy brings up a subject that’s not only race related but we obviously share opposing opinions on.  As I stated though  I’m a pretty good communicator and for me that means being able to parry verbal jabs and respond to insult or bluster appropriately, not overtly insulting the person but also  without compromising my beliefs or integrity (ie: not just taking their shyt).  So after this guys statement about Trump bringing long gone jobs back I state “ I don’t see how he’s gonna do that the stock market is plummeting already (as of now its bounced backed) They  both mention Trumps gonna bring jobs back from China and overseas. I mention that the steel jobs are now automated so none of those jobs are returning and the jobs in China are extremely low paying jobs that no American wants.  After the usual “he’s not a career politician like Hillary and Obama” remarks  the younger guys last words was “let’s give him a chance” ( I’d be hearing that phrase a lot over the next few weeks and its become a mantra now) I simply said “the next 100 days will tell it all”. He wished me a good day as we departed and I thought “those previously angry White males are cheerful as a muthafucker right now”. I don’t know how long this cheerful mode will last nor do I know if that will affect  so called race relations or not affect them at all.  I don’t know what will happen in the next four years but I’d be lying if I didn’t say I was fearful.


We are in the age of the wolf. There will be no running or hiding form this wolf. It won’t matter if you see this wolf coming because he will devour you regardless of the amount of vigilance you possess. A fox can only trick those who do not realize they are dealing with a tricky fox. Are we ready to deal with the wolf?  Well we have no choice now. We either get down or lay down

The Wolf or the Fox, Shatan or Lucifer, The Adversary or the Liar




adjective: pragmatic

  1. dealing with things sensibly and realistically in a way that is based on practical rather than theoretical considerations.

“a pragmatic approach to politics”


“a pragmatic approach to politics”

synonyms: practical, matter-of-fact, sensibledown-to-earth, commonsensical, businesslike, having both/one’s feet on the ground, hardheadedno-nonsense;


“she remains pragmatic in the most emotional circumstances”

    • relating to philosophical or political pragmatism.
    • antonyms: impractical

I always tell people I’m a pragmatic voter and I’ve been moved to write this blog after seeing and hearing so many varied political views and opinions on the 2016 election. I perhaps may have written this to late, it being the eve of one of the biggest elections in the U.S. history but nevertheless I’m writing this to briefly explain my political philosophy.  I tell people if you’ve ever voted for any political candidate in any election you’ve voted for a lesser of two evils. This is even more so a fact if you are African-American. For us  it has always been a choice between the “Wolf or the Fox.” This terminology was 1st brought into popular usage by Black activist Malcolm X. African-Americans coined the term “the wolf and the fox” in allusion to the nature of northern Whites towards Blacks in comparison to southern Whites. Northern Whites were regarded as “foxes” because they are thought to be more subtle about the racism or implicit bias they may posses whereas southern Whites in general have more open and  aggressive racist attitudes. Saying this it’s obvious there are both wolves and foxes in the north and south but this is the general view taken by conscious Blacks. Malcolm X was alluding to liberal Whites as foxes and today the term “wolf and fox” is applied to conservatives and liberals respectively.

Malcolm X –

Malcolm argued the liberal is the fox and unlike the wolf you can’t see the fox coming. This can be true but I will argue that the wolf is ravenous and will utterly devour you whereas long as you are aware you are dealing with a fox and treat he or she accordingly you have enough time to strategize a plan for victory when dealing with the fox. This is where education and consciousness is key. We must be educated and socially conscious to function successfully in this American system because every day we deal with wolves and foxes on varying levels.  (I will build on this more in-depth in the future).

My political philosophy is to engage the fox with full awareness of the fox’s nature in order to avoid direct aggressive oppression from the wolf. The fact is we have no other choice other than disengaging from the political process all together. I believe we have voting power but we have yet to fully muster its total strength. Evidence of this political power is the fact conservative Republicans have attacked voter rights throughout the U.S. 

These “wolves” would not be making it difficult for minorities to vote if people of color had no voting power. As for the presidential candidates this election and  my views on their candidacy I will briefly break them down accordingly and explain why I will cast my vote for Hillary Clinton

1st we will deal with the “Wolf”. The indomitable Donald Trump is a car wreck that has taken place already but is threatening to cause a major severe 50 state car pileup. The very fact such a blatantly racist demagogue could possibly become our chief of state should scare all decent Americans (and I’m writing this a day before the election so orange Hitler might be our head honcho by the time your reading this) I won’t go through all of his questionable deeds done and the asinine words spoken but it been well documented herr Drumpf is clearly unfit to be commander-in-chief.

Also what Trump represents is the empowerment of the most ugly aspects of American culture. His candidacy has shed light on all the ugly unsaid sentiments of far to many members of this society. If he were to win it would validate all the bigotry this country has attempted to rid itself of for the past 50 yrs. Trump has so many parallels to Hitler its frightening that this phenomenon is occurring in the so-called land of the free. All of the systemic racist policies pushed by the Clinton’s will pale in comparison to what this egomaniacal blow hard will implement. Trump is supported and endorsed by the alternative right/White Supremacist for a reason. He is preaching their gospel. We cannot allow this into the oval office.  Remember this is a man who took out a full-page ad in the New York times calling for the execution of 5 innocent Black youth wrongly accused of rape. Trump has yet to apologise for the part he played in their wrongful conviction. Imagine this man with the power to implement policy? Clinton’s crime bill will look like voters rights act in comparison.

Now as for the “Fox” Hillary Clinton I wont attempt to defend the racist inferences she’s made nor the deadly policies her husband put into place that set so many of my brothers and sisters in prison.

Again I understand she is the fox. Again this whole system has been set against us from day one. In fact her husband Bill Clinton put those policies into place under the advice from a conservative Republican and yes he did it for political gain after his sex scandal with Paula Jones jeopardized his political strength and any future re-election.

 The thing is that in regards to the issues that effect Afro-Americans one can work with Hillary far more so than Trump. Hillary meet with Back Lives Matter but this is something Trump as yet to do and I doubt he ever will. In the presidential debates when asked about racial relations between Blacks and police Trump’s first words were “Law and Order”.

This infers he doesn’t see the epidemic murders of Afro-Americans by police through out this country as a problem. In fact it infers he would like to see more of the same. he would like to see the hands of the beast squeeze upon our necks until we shut up and stop crying for justice. He is advocating for more Gestapo police tactics such as “stop and frisk”.  How is this supposed to “heal” race relations  between Blacks and the occupational force in our neighborhoods we call the police? This is the ravenous wolf and there is no bargaining no parlaying with such a creature.

As for the two other candidates I call the “Rabbit and the Dodo” Jill Stein and Gary Johnson respectively they stand no mathematical chance to win this election and in fact any Black vote going to them benefits Trump and again the wolf cannot be allowed into the White House. Pragmatic voters do not waste their vote on a fruitless protest. screen-shot-2016-06-18-at-7-47-42-am



In fact I can’t even find Jill Stein on any major polls.

The thing is I must admit If you have the  good sense not to vote for the “wolf” Trump but can’t bring your self to vote for the “Fox” Hillary Clinton I’d say cast your vote for the “rabbit” Jill Stein. I most definitely respect those who for religious or philosophical reasons choose to vote for her (but I hope I sway you to my view of politics) As for the  “Dodo” Gary Johnson has no clue as to deal with the racial issues in America today 

In fact some of his policies are conservative leaning and conservatism is the philosophy of the wolf.

Also Gary is not the brightest bulb on the tree.

The fact is that we must not only vote but we must hold our elected officials accountable and we must begin to lobby in Washington DC to flex our full political might. Other groups vote and finance politicians whereas at this point we only vote. Nevertheless this is our chief political power and by all means we must use it.

So by all means vote but I hope you do so “pragmatically”.

Make your vote count.

The Exodus Cipher: A Brief Look at the Afro-American experience through a Biblical lens


Book Of Nahum

Chp 3 v 9 to 11


Ethiopia and Egypt were her strength, and it was infinite; Put and Lubim were thy helpers.


Yet was she carried away, she went into captivity: her young children also were dashed in pieces at the top of all the streets: and they cast lots for her honourable men, and all her great men were bound in chains.


Thou also shalt be drunken: thou shalt be hid, thou also shalt seek strength because of the enemy.



Early Assyrian depiction of Hebrew slaves in Babylon

The 1st time I read this scripture I immediately was reminded of the enslavement of Africa’s peoples & how her great kingdoms where laid low. There are some Blacks who beleive we literaly are the true Hebrew peoples. I do not necessarily subscribe to this belief in the literal sence but I do beleive African Americans are the true children of Isreal on a spiritual and symbolic level. Perhaps both of these might be true because there are genetic links between many Jews and Black Africans.

As recent DNA studies point out…..

“A diverse array of Jewish populations can date their Sub-Saharan African ancestry back roughly 72 generations,”

“The older-mixture dates among African and Jewish populations are consistent with events in biblical times, such as the Jewish diaspora that occurred in 8th to 6th century BC.”

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“But the LORD hardened Pharaoh’s heart, and just as the LORD had predicted to Moses, Pharaoh refused to listen.” 

-Exodus Chp9 v12



I see the exposing of & current increase of police murder & White racist anger as God hardning this nation “Pharoahs” heart against Afro Americans & forcing Black people into an extreme action mode.

African Americans are in action mode and look to go into overdrive in the fight against oppression.

Afro-Americans have suffered opression beyond Biblical levels. I say beyond because the Hebrews were enslaved but Egypt & Babylon never stripped the Hebrew people of their language & history nor whipped them saying “your name is Amon Ptah not Yossef”

Besides this our stories parallel on such a level it amazes me at times. When my mother 1st read the bible to me she also would read to me about Black heroes like Harriet Tubman & I easily felt that the bible was speaking about my peoples plight. Harriet following the north star to freedom was like the three wise men following the eastern star to Christ. I interpret the bible this way often & Ive been thinking about Exodus quite a bit lately. When your in a country that has systemically oppressed you & continues to kill your people with impunity you tend to have taughts like 

“I wonder how cold winters are in Canada?” 


” how hot does it really get in Africa?”

Many of our modern day prophets have advocated our leaving out of America & repatriating to Africa.

Ive always believed in a mental &  “cultural” repatriation to Africa meaning we must relearn our history & roots of all things African & throughout our diaspora & fix our dysfunctional culture. Peraphs we may need to do both but just as the old generation poisened by the slavery in Egypt died off during those 40 years in the wilderness so I believe relearning our culture & history is a necessary 1st step to rid our selves of self destructive behavior & uncle tomism before returning to our mother land.

I’d also like to also point out that the Hebrew people didn’t just up & leave Egypt broke. They grabbed gold,food and anything else they needed before leaving

Kemit Nüt(Egypt)

“The Israelites did as Moses instructed and asked the Egyptians for articles of silver and gold and for clothing.”

“The LORD caused the Egyptians to look favorably on the Israelites, and they gave the Israelites whatever they asked for. So they stripped the Egyptians of their wealth!”

Exodus Chp 12 v35 to 36

You could call this a form of Reparations the Egyptians paid the Hebrews for the centuries of enslavement they endured. African Americans are asking for nothing more from America yet so called White Christians and many White Jews scoff at the idea of recompense for Blacks that have endured the most volitile form of servitude and oppression ever implemented.

So scripture tells us what we need to do before & towards our Exodus,be it mental,physical or both. Relearn who we are,become that & stack the money we will need to rise to our rightful position in the world & the current treatment we’ve received from this system is pushing us towards this just as Pharoahs armies pushed Moses to split and cross the Red Sea towards the promise land


Colin Kaepernick: The National Anthem,Afro American Athletes and Activism


OK I’m gonna weigh in on Kap’s passive aggressive protest against the systemic oppression this country has at best ignored & at its worst consistently perpetrated.

I remember back in the 90’s being at my cousins basketball game in rural Kentucky & the pledge of allegiance started up. I’d recently came into knowledge of self & my Black consciousness so I found my self having a crisis of conscience. Do I hold fast to my principles & beliefs & refuse to stand or sing the anthem of a country responsible for flooding my community with narcotics & guns? Or do I give in to the peer pressure I feel from a family full of vets & an uberly patriotic conservative community?

Well I didn’t stand & I’m thinking I’m about to get stink eye from the whole gymnasium. (Or worse from all them country White folk) Well no body paid attention to my small passive aggressive protest. I now laugh about how caught up I was in “not giving in to the man“ & caring about what those people thought about me.



Saying the “Pledge of Allegiance” is seen as almost a religious obligation by much of main stream America

It just wasn’t that serious …at least that’s the way it seemed back then. The fact #Gabby‘s perceived slight & #Colin‘s purposeful protest have been responded to by some so violently points to the increased racial tensions in America. In fact White athletes doing the same or similar actions seem to go unnoticed by the same angry patriots that attacked Gabby.

Three Olympic national anthems, no hands over hearts — but only Gabby Douglas draws outrage


Gabby Douglas was harassed and even threatened on social media after she was perceived as being unpatriotic for not placing her hand over her heart during the nation Anthem

This is one reason I respect #Kaepernick all the more. Its not easy doing or not doing something millions of people will literally hate you for. He’s using his status to bring more attention to an issue that should be tackled by our government. America’s inaction is complicity.


Athletes that are brave enough to take a solid stance on serious issues can find themselves ostracized

Like so many other issues in Black America your finding some of our own people jumping up to condemn Kap. This just points to how confused some of us are on the issue of systemic police violence & our governments role in it. Many of us dont understand the connection (and or are in full blown uncle Tom mode) so you hear certain rappers saying #alllivesmatter & others saying we should ignore police murdering Blacks because of inner city gang violence. This is like saying we should ignore the fact Sugar corporations caused the diabetes epidemic simply because Americans have a problem with eating to much.


You had so called “non oppressed Blacks” like Allen B. West taking it upon themselves to chastise Colin Kaepernick for expressing his right to free speech

Also Black folk have just wanted to belong in this country for so long I think in an attempt to “fit in“ with mainstream America some of us attack those of us who speak truth to power. Colin has risked finances & his career by making this statement. Not an easy thing to do & far from cowardly. More of today’s sports stars need to take a stand against racism in all its forms.



Tommy Smith and John Carlos’s Black Power salute during the 1968 Olympics was one of the most iconic moments in sports history


Bill Russell, Muhammad Ali, Jim Brown, Lew Alcindor, Carl Stokes, Walter Beach, Bobby Mitchell, Sid Williams, Curtis McClinton, Willie Davis, Jim Shorter, and John Wooten

Former Cleveland Browns Hall of Fame running back Jim Brown presides over a meeting of top African-American athletes who supported boxer Muhammad Ali’s refusal to fight in Vietnam on June 4, 1967. Pictured: (front row) Bill Russell, Muhammad Ali, Jim Brown, Lew Alcindor; (back row) Carl Stokes, Walter Beach, Bobby Mitchell, Sid Williams, Curtis McClinton, Willie Davis, Jim Shorter, and John Wooten. (AP Photo/Tony Tomsic)


The Los Angeles Lakers made a “team” protest by wearing “I Cant Breathe” t-shirts after the murder of Eric Garner by NYPD

Yeah Colin pissed a lot of people off but instead of being mad at his protest be mad at the reason the protest was necessary -#Cipher

4th of July-my perspective as an Afro-American(or fuck that I aint popping no fire crackers for the cracker)


Once again its the 4th of July and millions of Americans, Black, White and everything else in between will be firing up grills roasting chicken, cow and pig meat. I have fond memories of celebrating past 4th of the July’s. I even fondly remember the times when I had to walk through the hood in my Cub Scout uniform and cats would throw fire crackers towards me as I made my way through the Virgos set and Fulton street areas to my Den meeting. (Yeah that’s life living in the ghetto. In order to get to a positive character building activity I had to walk through three blocks of gangsters and drug dealers-but that’s another story.)

I am proud to be an American. Even prouder to be an “AFRICAN” – American (*coff *coff #RayvenSimone) So like many conscious Afro-Americans I am conflicted about celebrating a holiday of a country that has actively enslaved then socio-economically oppressed my people for the past 250 plus yrs of its existence. Yes I’m fully aware of the righteous Whites who have attempted to help right the wrongs and correct the mistakes made during this countries history and this tempers my anger. I sincerely appreciate the fact that we have Anglo-Americans who at the very least try to practice tolerance and understand the sorrow and anger felt by Black America. Despite this we still have systemic racism in this country and it continues to hamstring Black people to the point we self perpetuate our own destruction.

Over the years I’ve used the fact my grand father fought Nazis in World War II, my father served in the U.S Navy, my brother in the U.S Army and my cousin fought in the 1st Iraqi war as reasons to celebrate the 4th of July but now more and more these feel like excuses to me.  In these days and times I find my self even more conflicted by the 4th of July because the current state of popular American bigotry throws the past disrespects back in our face. Every time a court rules in favor of a cop that blatantly murdered an unarmed human it grows harder for me to pledge and salute that flag. When I see rabidly angry White people yelling ” Go back to Africa!! ” as if  they’ve forgotten  not only did they bring us here unwillingly but seem oblivious to the fact they themselves are immigrants, it grows harder to enjoy this holiday called the 4th of July. When I see a blatantly proactive racist so popular he could possibly become our next president it grows harder for me to think of this country as a place I can feel secure in and call home. I mean who would so eagerly take pride in a country that does these things to its people?

The consistent oppression and mistreatment of Blacks at the hands of White America has fueled this hatred and resentment.


Anger over spilling

This pic brings back a memory of one of my  performances when the Rap group Project X and I.J.P (International Jah Posses) burned an American flag on stage -ahh my younger more radical days)



The Under Educated, Politically Manipulated,Angry White Man- Trump’s bread and butter


I don’t suffer from any form of #Stockholm’s syndrome so I cant implement the “#Uncle Tom” mentality as a defense mechanism (*coff *coff #BenCarson, *coff  #Whoopi *gag #StaceyDash ) so I soberly deal with the painful reality of this countries racist culture and system. It is as if I’m in a dysfunctional toxic relation ship were I’m forced to live and stay with a partner that periodically insults and beats me. Like most victims of domestic abuse I find myself in a love hate relationship with this partner. I’m of course using domestic abuse as a metaphor and like most people trapped in an abusive relationship simply leaving or “Going back to Africa” is not a financial or physical possibility and in our case apparently there is no police man to call for help. So until our “#Moses” comes we must soldier on and do our best to make America a better place for all people to live in(because as we know other ethnic and culture groups have greatly benefited from the rights Blacks have fought & fight for). Today I’m forced to look at the 4th of July the same way I do  Christmas. Even though I’m not a traditional Christian thus know Jesus was not born on December 25th I celebrate the winters solstice as a holiday for family and friends to get together and enjoy each others company. Its some what the same for the 4th of July at this point for me. So today I’m going out to hunt down some barbeque like millions of other Americans and sit and reflect on the state of American culture and politics this 4th of July.

APTOPIX Charleston Shooting

People join hands against the backdrop of an American flag as thousands of marchers meet in the middle of Charleston’s main bridge in a show of unity after nine black church parishioners were gunned down during a Bible study, Sunday, June 21, 2015, in Charleston, S.C. (AP Photo/David Goldman)