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Nick Cannon Goes Full Hotep
UPDATE: CBS ‘Terminating Relationship’

Posted on | July 14, 2020 | Comments Off on Nick Cannon Goes Full Hotep
UPDATE: CBS ‘Terminating Relationship’

 

Never go full hotep:

“America’s Got Talent” host Nick Cannon delivered a racist and anti-Semitic rant in a June 30 episode of his podcast, “Cannon’s Class.”
Cannon hosted rapper Professor Griff, whose record of anti-Semitic comments is well documented, for an interview in which they promoted anti-Semitic conspiracies about Jewish families secretly controlling the world and claimed that black people can’t be anti-Semitic because they’re the real Semitic people. . . .

OK, let me pause here to explain, for anyone who hasn’t followed this, that the idea that black people are the “real Jews” is a claim associated with the Black Hebrew Israelite cult, which was implicated in at least two anti-Semitic terrorist attacks last year. (“Report: ‘Black Hebrew Israelite’ Cult Connection to Jersey City Attack,” Dec. 11, 2019, and “Feds Say Hanukkah Attacker’s Journals Referenced Black Hebrew Israelite Cult,” Dec. 30, 2019.) A few excerpts from the Wikipedia page:

The Hebrew Israelite movement originated at the end of the 19th century, when Frank Cherry and William Saunders Crowdy both claimed to have received visions that African Americans are descendants of the Hebrews in the Bible . . .
Wentworth Arthur Matthew founded the Commandment Keepers Congregation in Harlem in 1919. Matthew was influenced . . . by Marcus Garvey and the Universal Negro Improvement Association and African Communities League. Garvey used the Biblical Jews in exile as a metaphor for black people in North America. . . .
Zimbabwan novelist Masimba Musodza has stated that the doctrine which is taught by Black Hebrew Israelites “force[s] their own ideas onto the text to promote their own agenda, which serves no purpose at all except to engender antisemitism in Black communities in western countries.”

Let us acknowledge that, at the time that these sects were founded — Frank Cherry’s Church of the Living God in 1886, William Saunders’ Church of God and Saints of Christ in 1896, Wentworth Matthew’s Commandment Keepers in 1919 — black Americans were in a desperate situation. The abolition of slavery had not brought black people to the Promised Land. In fact, most former slaves and their offspring found “freedom” in post-Civil War America to mean a life of toil and poverty. Illiteracy was widespread, and very few black people had even as much as a high-school diploma. In such an environment, it was possible to find a credulous audience for the nonsensical and counter-factual claim that black people were the true descendants of ancient Israelites, and that actual Jews were therefore imposters, who had “stolen” their identity. What is more difficult to explain — mind-boggling, really — is how anyone in the 21st century could be so ignorant as to believe this. But such nonsense has continued gaining traction:

Supposedly, hotep is an ancient Egyptian word meaning “peace,” but the word has become slang for promoters of a crude system of Afrocentric beliefs, with overtones of black nationalism tending toward paranoid conspiracy theories:

In Afrocentrism and black nationalism of the late 20th century, influenced by the “Black Egyptian hypothesis”, “Hotep” was adopted as a formula or greeting. Since the 1990s, “a Hotep” has come to be used to refer to a proponent of radical or fanatical black nationalism.

Despite my SPLC-designated hate-list status, I have enormous sympathy for black Americans and their problems which, in many ways, are similar to the problems of rural white “redneck” Southerners. Anyone promoting hate as the solution to such socio-economic problems is not a true friend of the oppressed. Conspiracy theories won’t fix poverty or family breakdown, but I digress. Meanwhile, back on Nick Cannon’s podcast:

“When you have a person who has the lack of pigment, the lack of melanin that they know they will be annihilated, therefore they know that however they got the power, they have a lack of compassion, melanin comes with compassion,” Cannon said.
“Melanin comes with soul, that we call it soul, we soul brothers and sisters, that’s the melanin that connects us so the people that don’t have it, are, and I’m going to say this carefully, are a little less and where the term actually comes from, and I’m going to bring it back around to Minister Farrakhan, where they may not have the compassion,” he added.
“When they were sent to the Mountains of Caucasus, they didn’t have the power of the sun. The sun started to deteriorate them. So, they’re acting out of fear, they’re acting out of low self-esteem, they’re acting out of deficiency, so therefore the only way they can act is evil,” Cannon continued.
Scholars have long debunked the pseudo-scientific claim that skin melanin levels are linked to intellectual abilities.
“They have to rob, steal, rape, kill and fight in order to survive. So these people who didn’t have what we have, and when I say ‘we,’ I speak of the melinated people, they had to be savages, they had to be barbaric because they’re in these Nordic mountains, they’re in these rough torrential environments, so they’re acting as animals, so they’reDe the ones closer to animals, they’re the ones that are actually the true savages,” Cannon said in the video.
“So I say all that to say the context when we speak of ‘Jewish people,’ white people, Europeans, the Illuminati — they were doing that as survival tactics to stay on this planet,” Cannon added.

Oh, dear God, where to start? This is an attempt to combat negative stereotypes of black people by asserting the opposite of white supremacy.

It would be sufficient, as a rebuttal, to reply: “Citation, please?”

That is to say, there is no valid science to support Cannon’s bizarre assertions, which are in fact a pseudo-scientific interpretation of the lunatic ravings of Elijah Poole a/k/a “Elijah Muhammad,” who was a disciple of Wallace Dodd Ford, a/k/a “Walli Fard Muhammad,” the founding prophet of the Nation of Islam. So far as the FBI was able to determine, Ford was actually a white man, who had served time in San Quentin prison, although it has also been claimed that he was a Turkish Muslim who acted as an agent of Nazi Germany. Whatever the truth about Ford/Fard, his disciple Poole had only a third-grade education, and his weird teachings — the ancient scientist Yakub manufacturing white “devils” — were such a tale as only a fool could believe.

It is from this nonsense that Cannon’s claim about “melinated people” is derived, a belief analogous (in obverse) to Nazi mythology about the German people as descendants of ancient Aryans. A truly wise man would say, as regards the origin of differences between races, “We don’t know.” Because I’m a Bible-believer who has always been skeptical about Darwinian theory, I don’t buy into the “millions of years” of prehistory that anthropologists use to explain these differences. Beyond that, however, I have no theory of my own, and don’t really consider any such theory necessary or useful. My own British ancestors first appear in history as warlike barbarian tribes opposing Roman conquest, and just about everything prior to that is anthropological speculation.

Of course, facts and logic are tools of the blue-eyed devils, so I don’t suppose that any of Farrakhan’s followers would care, but I do hope that people will keep an eye out for this trend of black-supremacist conspiracy theories. The #BlackLivesMatter movement has obviously given such kooks an excuse to come out and spew their nonsense in public, and I expect we’ll see more violent terrorism as a result.

UPDATE: Canceled!

So, CBS is against anti-Semitism. Who knew?




 

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