dr. umar johnson

Have you ever heard of Dr. Umar Johnson? If you have never heard the man speak its a great chance that you have heard countless people that look like you call him a “fraud,” “thief,” “liar,” and “misogynist” among numerous other character assassinating terms. Why is this? Because as usual, black people are much more likely and quicker to doubt and tear down one another before embracing and respecting someone attempting to offer something different than the typical whitewashing we all have grown accustomed to. The popular reluctance to respect a different narrative from fellow blacks is what keep’s the white man’s penis and white woman’s breast in our mouths and foots up our own asses.

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I’ve dragged my feet in writing this piece, because much like what happened to Dr. Johnson I am sure that I will be met with apprehension, defensiveness and shot down by black masses. Why will I be shot down? Well, mostly because what I have to speak does not fit within the rhetoric of my white oppressor, black pessimist or the mentality of the neutral and indifferent black person.

I am no black nationalist, Pan Africanist or hotep though your own attachment to labels may influence you to categorize me as such. There are four things I want address here. One being the Dr. Umar Johnson Doctorate degree controversy; two being the controversial Fredrick Douglas blood relative claims; three being the Dr. Umar Johnson receiving funds from the public for a school controversy; and lastly the interracial dating controversy.

First, lets get to the Doctorate degree controversy. For whatever reason unbeknownst to me, folks on #Blacktwitter and across social media seems to believe that Dr. Umar Johnson is not in fact a Doctor, as they claim that the brother never graduated with his Doctorate degree. Though he has used the prefix “Dr.” since he first gained popularity as the “Prince of Pan-Africanism” and he has said on numerous occasions what schools he attended, and what institutions he received his degrees from, for some strange reason the validity of his degrees has been questioned by the court of public opinion by nobody but who? Yep, you guessed it! BLACK AMERICA.

The invalid use of the honorific, “Dr.” is in fact a misdemeanor offense in many states and a person of Dr. Umar Johnson’s magnitude does not usually go around calling themselves something that they are actually not. With fact checking being a call or click a way, Dr. Umar would have much more to lose than gain by telling such lie.

The fact that we are skeptical of his accomplishments and degree reveals a rotten truth, much too prevalent in the black community. This doubt and mistrust that we have among each other is as stifling and harmful as the gun in the waist of a Darren Wilson or in the hands of a George Zimmerman. Often times, we as a people do not need others to poke holes at us or destroy us as, we routinely show that we are best suited for the job, just ask Nate Parker or better yet Colin Kaepernick.

It’s one thing for Donald Trump to question the validity of the first Black President’s place of birth but its an entire different thing for blacks to question the education credentials of a black man. I ask all those skeptical of his education a simple WHY? Did he strike a cord personally with you? Did you not like his stance on homosexuality? Christianity and the black church? Feminism? Interracial dating?

Did your disagreement and perhaps anger lead you to question his relevancy and education? How childish and resentful of you but if its that serious to you, instead of you believing what white entities posing as black, like ummm say theroot.com and BET tell you how about you do your own fact checking and pick up the phone and call the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine or the National Student Clearinghouse so they can verify or deny? Being that it is so unrealistic for a brother like Dr. Umar Johnson to have a Doctorate degree. Because of course, a BLACK man with his type of rhetoric just couldn’t have a Doctorate, especially from a PWI with his type of messaging correct?

Now since we are on OUR favorite thing to do as a people which is…you guessed it, poke holes at the legitimacy of a black person with a nonwhite washed mentality, how about we get to the second topic under question which is Dr. Umar Johnson’s claims of being a “blood relative” of the great Fredrick Douglas.

The noise garnered from OUR questioning of Johnson’s family ties to Douglas got so loud that “the family” (whoever they are and whoever fact checked their legitimacy) actually put out a statement disputing and alienating Dr. Umar Johnson and his claims of any blood relation to Fredrick Douglas. Well sort of, kind of that is. They claimed that Dr. Johnson is telling a half truth and not correcting people on what’s not true but their statement failed to bring clarity to anything at all.

The fact that many dispelled Dr. Johnson’s accounts of who his family is, reflects again of the poor mentality of US as a people. The constant reach to discredit, diminish and sabotage the reputation and character of a black person with what could be a meaningful message is what helps keeps us mentally enslaved not to nonblacks but to ourselves. True to Willie Lynch, we have become our OWN worse enemies by constantly inflicting unreasonable doubt, unnecessary ridicule and strife onto each other. How can we fight white supremacy when we are too busy bickering and quarreling among each other? Why must it be a myth and fable that Dr. Umar researched his history and found lineage to Fredrick Douglas? Could it be because you didn’t bother to research your own history so, you find yourself being skeptical of his?

Now to this interracial dating thing. Before you popped off on the defensive did you bother to listen to what Dr. Umar Johnson said or did you shut down because it wasn’t a message that you are accustomed to hearing? Have you ever asked yourself is marriage a political statement or decision or did society’s urge to make you believe that you live in a post racial society, spark you indifference and neutrality to who you make your significant other?

This may be news to many black folks but love is absolutely a political statement. If it’s not that serious to you, perhaps you ought to check your priorities and get real about whats real. It is a reason why Jewish men, usually marry jewish women, Asian often marry Asian, African usually dibble and dabble in “other” but marry African. Everyone seems to get the concept of maintaining a bloodline, except the African American. It could be because many of our bloodlines were compromised and broken dating back to slavery and many of us, find no reason to ever restore what’s already been broken since before birth.

For many people it unfathomable to find love in the arms of the descendants of our oppressors, while in contrast for others its just not that serious and “race doesn’t matter.” (except of course when you get pulled over by the police or applying for a job in a white space/industry). I mean, there were white abolitionist back in the day so that shows us all that not all white people are devils and racists. I mean, so we think.

Love who you want to but understand that this indifference and neutrality mindset is most prevalent among US. Marriage and that attitude is a political statement rather or not you would like to admit it or not and arguably it shows a lack or regard for your own personal involvement to the progression of your race and hue. Therefore, this “love sees no color” mentality is popular among US, as we clearly have a very low if any commitment to one another which is considerably problematic. Rather it be self hate; lack of self identity; search for refuge and social elevation or whichever the reason the fact remains the same. Blacks truly do not care one way or the other about the black next to him/her and thats REAL.

So now the question of course is what about all the black folks marrying black folks and doing nothing to advance black people? In contrast are you going to knock a black person who marries nonblack and still puts in work to advance black people? Well, to answer that I will say that I can respect the contributions and actions without too much caring for the actor. I am aware that Sidney Poitier, Harry Belafonte, Quincy Jones are all married to Caucasian women, (just to name a few), as I cannot answer why but the fact remains. Sure, no one can tell you who to love, but the same can be said, that no one can tell you who to criticize and who to not. We are all open to ridicule and criticism, just ask Christ, or anyone you believe in. (The same that will tell me not to criticize interracial marriage are likely the same that will criticize Dr. Umar Johnson in a heartbeat). Criticism is fine, just make sense of it.

Lastly, about this private school for boys that Dr. Umar Johnson began collecting donations from the public for in 2015. As a nonprofit organization and 501(c)(3) holder, yes he is mandated to make internal numbers visible and accessible to the public. In terms of when that must happen there is no such law that dictates when a school that does not yet exist have to report those numbers. As much as it may suck to hear and may be difficult to accept from a black person, Dr. Umar Johnson does not have to move to the beat of your drum, your momma’s drum or your daddy’s (your black one or white one). He does not have to move by your standards, your church standard’s, charter school standards or anything else you want to draw comparisons to.

But if you rather make yourself useful instead of being an ordinary, pessimistic sheep feel free to email the brother and get in contact with him to see how you can be of assistance to help his cause. If you are not a part of the solution you are a part of the problem and your knocking his legitimacy may provide you some weird self satisfaction but its not going to move the bar for US one bit. Maybe it’s time for you to change things up and become a part of the positive 1%. If Dr. Umar Johnson is this “fraud” and “phony” that you claim him to be, then what is done in the dark will illuminate in the light in due time with or without your loud commentary.

At the end of the day, what do you stand from knocking him? Ask yourself how productive is your criticism and character assassination of this black man? Well if you ask Bill O’reilly, Fox news and The Blaze, you’re being VERY productive, so from them to you, I will tell you, THANK YOU! Just another flame they won’t have to put out. You Uncle Ruckus you!

~TayJordan

By the way if you don’t want to do the work yourself, here you go. Maybe now you can shut up!

 

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2 COMMENTS

  1. I absolutely love this! Thank you for taking the time to highlight these points. I admire him for his stance and not just going with the “this is what has always been done” reasoning of how things should be.

  2. Black love has always been a sensitive topic for blacks themselves because there are a lot of black people walking around with self-hate. Interracial dating and homosexuality are sensitive topics among the black community that Dr. Johnson touches on, but it’s not a topic that should be avoided. Blacks just don’t want to talk about it, and when someone speaks in it, this type of foolishness comes from it. People start to discredit you and think that you’re just the typical “street corner talker” with no education to back it. And that’s all because a brother is saying something that black people don’t want to hear.

    Truth be told, you can’t tell a black man he’s wrong for dating a white woman, just like you can’t tell a black woman to stop putting long silky weave in her hair to mimic European women. I understand it’s all a thing of preference, however, it is a very common “whitewash” that blacks have had for years, and it continues despite any controversy. It took me about a decade to figure these things out myself. But fortunately for me, I’m self aware in a sense that I educated myself on what is going on in American society. And to be honest, a lot of blacks are buying into white society by the masses. Blacks have forgotten that this country was not built for us. We just live here. We don’t own ANYTHING on this “white mans land.” I don’t care how many houses you buy or cars you lease. Just open your eyes and pay attention. Really look and observe they way American society works. Study it and contemplate it. Really think about how this country is run and the principles it is ran on.

    We were led in the White House by the first black family from January 2009 to January 2017. This white washed country didn’t even respect the first black president, a man who held the highest office in the land, to the highest regard. So if that still doesn’t give you a clue, just look at who followed the nations first black president…..you guessed it!!! A racist, sexist pig who prior to taking oath, disrespected Barack Obama by accusing him of not being an American citizen, which in turn disrespected the constitution by arguing that the country would allow a non-citizen into the White House. Obama’s education was questioned, as well as his religion. He was even accused of having ties to terrorists based on his name alone.

    Donald Trump trails Obama and is dedicated to erasing everything that he has done in his eight years of service, no matter what the cost. So what does this tell you?? If there is any black person in this nation that truly believes in some way that they can connect with whites on a deeper level, you are sadly mistaken. There are young white nationalist on the rise in this country as the elders die off. White supremacists will continue to walk this country for decades to come believe it or not. You have to be a fool to believe that we have a real place and acceptance here in this country. As the writer said, I don’t care how many white penis’s and white boobs you have come across. I don’t care how many Mariah Carey looking children you have, you will still be black. And being black is something that blacks have to deal with.

    I can go on and on in more detail about this but I am tired of typing lol. If anyone comes across my post in the future and would like to further discuss, or even challenge me on this, feel free to email me at aneajohn@gmail.com as I am no longer on Facebook for various reasons that I won’t get into just yet.

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