“This a field open to strong men and women to uplift the nation and take your place in the affairs of men”
~Noble Drew Ali in “The Voice Of The Prophet”
It is not a dream. It is not a joke. Donald Trump is currently the 45th President of the United States of America.
There has been a lot of talk about Donald Trump becoming President. The real estate developer/reality TV star Donald Trump not only has NO experience in politics, but he is known for making some of the most inflammatory statements ever towards diverse sectors of American society. Throughout all the controversy, it must be asked from a Moorish perspective, “Did Moorish-Americans drop the ball?”
Despite what some may assume, when I use the term “drop the ball”, I am not referring to any lack of participation in the voting process. I am referring to the fact that Moorish-Americans, as a whole, did not take FULL advantage of the time Barack Obama was President of the United States of America. Now, of course, many will respond with statements like, “Obama was just a puppet” or “Obama did nothing for black folks anyway”. However, I will present to you exactly how the Moorish-American community could have fully utilized the Obama Administration to their advantage.
- My Brother’s Keeper Initiative: This initiative, which came through the Obama Administration in 2014, was a golden opportunity for the Moorish Science Temple of America. The reason being is My Brother’s Keeper was a public-private partnership of the United States Federal Government to promote intervention by civic leaders in the lives of young “men of color” to address their unique challenges and to promote social justice. The Moorish Science Temple of America (founded in 1913) was originally incorporated as a civic organization. Even after it changed its corporation status, the organization still carried out civic activity. So, what other organization would be more qualified as a civic leader in this country. This initiative would have given the Moorish Science Temple of America the immense ability to teach young men the truth about nationality on a MASSIVE scale.
- Clemency Initiative: This initiative, which came through the Obama Administration in 2014, was another missed opportunity for the Moorish Science Temple of America. It encouraged federal prison inmates to petition to have their sentences commuted or reduced by President Obama. This initiative was designed for non-violent offenders who demonstrated good conduct in prison. There is a growing number of federal prison inmates who are proclaiming their nationality as Moorish-American. I have personally witnessed this first-hand while doing volunteer mentoring at FCI Butner in North Carolina. The Moorish Science Temple of America, Inc. actually possessed the ability to be a liaison between the prisoners and the Federal Bureau of Prisons (BOP). In this capacity, the organization could speak on behalf of those prisoners who faithfully attended their meeting while in prison. Organization backing always goes a long way when it comes to the clemency process.
- U.S.A. – Morocco Relations: For the most part, the United States of America has had very good relations with the nation-state of Morocco for many years. However, during the Obama Administration, these relations flourished. Back in 2012, the United States of America and the Kingdom of Morocco signed new agreements that were specifically designed to stimulate significant additional commercial activity between the two countries and within the broader Middle East-North Africa region. These agreements were an expansion to the U.S. – Morocco Free Trade Agreement (FTA) that was already in effect. It is quite a shame that the last significant interaction between Moorish-Americans and the Kingdom of Morocco was the one led by Jerry Lewis-Bey back in 1990. Some have even speculated that this was the cause of the federal investigation against him, which led to him receiving a life sentence in prison. Whatever the case may be, Moorish-Americans has had numerous opportunities, during the Obama Administration, to take full advantage of the FTA as a means of economic empowerment. As Noble Drew Ali stated, “No other one thing is more needed among us at this time than greater economic power”.
Now that Trump is in office, what do Moorish-Americans plan to do economically and politically? I definitely do NOT suggest attempting to “meet” with him the way certain Asiatic celebrities have. We all have witnessed the backlash that people like Kanye West, Steve Harvey and Chrisette Michelle have received (and understandably so). Moorish-Americans need to get serious, stop the petty in-fighting and work on practical strategies for empowerment. After all, the “Obama Era” is over.”