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There are some things that are simply too important to sweep under the rug. That’s why when I saw U.S. Representative Keith Ellison on the final day of filing for election switch to run for Attorney General, rather than his current seat, I was at once taken aback and intrigued. I admit it looked like a backroom deal between him and Ilhan Omar—one Muslim saving the seat for another Muslim. Don’t get me wrong, I love the Somali community. And Ellison once spoke when I was director of the Youth Development League to the participants at no charge. I appreciated that. And his politics mirror mine. But the way he handled the filing on June 5th—on the last day of filing—was unfair to the people of the 5th Congressional District.
The 5th District deserves the best candidate possible for the job, and right now I don’t see where Omar, Jamal Abdulahi, Margaret Kelliher, or Patricia Torres Ray are the best options. Omar, for one, has been invisible as a State Representative. Let her first show her mettle in the job she was elected to in 2016. The first Muslim issue played well in the media a couple of years ago, but now Minnesotans have clearly shown they’re fair in that respect. Let's move on to other concerns. None of the candidates, meanwhile, have shown any groundbreaking initiatives in their political careers. They’ve basically done business as usual, in this state.
Here's a little about my background. I worked as a reporter for the Chicago Daily Defender newspaper and in radio news, before accepting a MacArthur Fellowship in international studies to the University of Minnesota in 1997, where I graduated from the Interdisciplinary Center for the Study of Global Change. Although I worked for a short time for Jesse Jackson’s Operation PUSH, in Chicago, I feel a strong kindred spirit to the Martin L. King movement and realize there’s some unfinished business our elected officials have overlooked, in this new era.
To say black kids today are being shortchanged in the educational system is an understatement. And I’ve dug-up some primary source investigative reporting information that genuine news people can have a field day with. One, there’s been a cover-up of epic proportions concerning black history that needs to be addressed by the Department of Education, and I feel I’m the right candidate to go to Washington and deal with this encompassing blemish on the American character. Black youth are being inundated with popular culture, but lied to about their classical story.
I’ve worked on this issue for some time. And believe me, the quality of life for everyone in Minnesota, and the world, will be enhanced when the unfinished business of merging black people into their rightful place in world history is accomplished. What will emerge is a more sophisticated and confident African-American populace, released from the confining constraints of European whitewashing.
Back in 2011, when the Egyptian Pharaoh King Tut exhibit came to the Science Museum of Minnesota, I was the communication chair of the local NAACP. I spearheaded a campaign to get the museum to depict the black boy king in his likeness on its billboard displays. Instead, they continued with sterile displays of Ancient Egyptian jewelry and a deafening silence on the reality that King Tut was a black man.
Telling the truth about black history will step on the toes of the status quo, but when it’s all said and done, we can move forward on a firm foundation as a nation, and as a legitimate leader in democracy and freedom.
Like Jesse Ventura’s Reform Party win, I believe the good people of the North Star State, when they see the substance of my campaign, will rally behind me and “shock the world," again.Les Lester is a journalist and author of the novel The Awakening of Khufu. The information, herein, is available for use by the press.
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The jury is still out on reconciling whether the Incas, Aztecs, and Mayans were aboriginal looking--what has been called aboriginal looking, or were they the mixed red man (Mongoloid/Africoid) that we have come to call the American Indian. The Egypt Search site had some interesting debate on the issue so I decided to post this artifact that has been posited in some camps as Inca noblemen and in others as Spanish soldiers wearing Inca nose jewelry.
Interestingly, a basic google of "Incas, Aztecs, and Mayans" has the indigenous people of the Americas looking pink colored.
July 13, 2017
The out-of-Africa paradigm that early Africans traveled overland to the far reaches of the world needs to be modified to reflect the more natural patterns of migration, which would have occurred along the Indian Ocean shores. The Dravidians of India, Indonesian, and Pacific Island Black people emerged from natural generation-to-generation migrations of Africans following the coastlines. In some cases, Monsoon storms would have transported lost boaters across the expanse in short periods.
April 17, 2017
The long siege of the Pacific Islands continues. How many more of the West Papua New Guinean's must die before we raise our voices?
Remember, we often ask: Why didn't the continental African's work to help us during our long night of enslavement.
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December 26, 2013
The Torah, or Bible, indicates in Genesis 10:3 that the Ashkenazi Jews are descended from Japheth, not Shem. Thus the Ashkenazi (European Jews) are not descendants of Abraham, who descended from Peleg, a Semite.
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This coin of Hannibal Barca is said to be carbon dated to the time of Hannibal, 247 – 183 B.C., while later European-looking images of the Carthaginian general are reportedly dated a century or more after his death.
Hannibal’s troops won battle after battle against the Romans and were never defeated in Italy. In fact, he was set to breach the city of Rome but administrators in Carthage failed to send reinforcements and siege equipment needed to complete the campaign. In 202 B.C., Hannibal returned to Africa to defend Carthage against invading Roman military forces, and there he was finally defeated by Scipio Africanus at the battle of Zama.
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July 04, 2012
Nigerian's new capital city, Abuja, was indeed forward thinking. But get a look at Lagos' new Eko Atlantic, a city rising from reclaimed coastland.
Savvy African diaspora business people will see the great investment opportunities in Nigeria, nowadays. The potential there for Black Americans is analogous to the boon that Ebony magazine, Johnson Hair Care products, and the blaxploitation films of the 1970s garnered. The fashion industry for Afrocentric couture can reach unprecedented heights right about now. I'll be visiting Nigeria and reporting back soon.
February 12, 2012
Kudos to the Houston Chronicle for covering this tomb wall painting of King Tut at the current exhibitition in that city. Media depictions of the Black pharaoh(s) and other Africans of the ancient world have been few and far between, in modern culture.
Biblical institutions must also step up and accurately display Blacks justly. The current imagery would have our children believe that African people have perpetually played second fiddle to Europeans, which is a total misnomer. In fact, much of what is called the Middle East today would be called Northeast Africa if proper geometric measures were used. Ancient Africans populated the so-called Middle East to Asia. Cush, Akkad (Akkadians), and Assyria, among others, comprised the Black lands.
Northeast Africans in the Melanesian Islands of New Guinea and Fiji are still evident. Bounded by Europe to the north and Asia to the east, the Middle East today is a region of amalgamized people.
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July 29, 2011
Thanks to a great African-American newspaper, this story has seen the light of day. Also, Minnesota Public Radio's Facebook page, Art Hounds, made note of the "Letter." But no news stories have been presented by public radio, any of the White newspapers, or the network TV stations. I am in contact with a Black television reporter who has been out of the office, but until he returns to work, I suppose it's business as usual in America's mainstream news industry. I will elaborate on the "black out" of African Americans in the nation's news rooms in another posting.
Here's what we're asking of the "Science Museum of Minnesota" as a corrective measure, since perhaps they're acting unwittingly on behalf of National Geographic. This is the only just way we see to initiate corrective action to the ongoing wrongs that are being depicted daily in the Omnitheater viewings. Why not present ads that feature King Tut as depicted from his tomb-wall painting and or a depiction of Tutankhamen from the throne picture that clearly shows him as African?
The current golden-coffin cover face depiction (that looks like the golden mask), and the little shabti figure (which may or may not be King Tut) continue to obscure the likeness of Tutankhamun, tacitly implying that he is White. The museum is a steward of the public trust, and tax payers rely on institutions such as the Science Museum of Minnesota to tell the truth. This is the North Star State. Science Museum of Minnesota, please show 'em where you're from.