All posts by Mahdi Farah

The Hidden Science Behind Starbucks

Starbucks is under a lot of fire today after a video that surfaced on social media this past Thursday, gained nationwide attention with over 3 million views. The video taken at a Starbucks in Philadelphia Pennsylvania shows police handcuffing two African American real estate brokers and escorting them out of the Starbucks. The video shows a white male as well as a few voices that can be heard in the back ground telling the police officers “They didn’t do anything.” It was later reported that the police were called because these 2 African American men sat inside the Starbucks waiting on a friend to show up for a meeting without ordering anything. The friend eventually showed up to the Starbucks as the two black males were being escorted out in handcuffs and being sent down to a county jail. Immediate outrage on social media prompted Starbucks to issue a statement online, writing a public apology to the two individuals as well as customers who were angered by this racial incident. Starbucks stated, “We apologize to the two individuals and our customers for what took place at our Philadelphia store on Thursday.”

Early Saturday afternoon, the Philadelphia Police Commissioner Richard Ross addressed the racial incident on Facebook live. Commissioner Ross stated the 2 black men were “trespassing”, due to them being non-paying customers who wanted to use the restroom. When the Starbucks employees asked the two gentlemen to leave, they refused to comply with the requests which resulted in the police to be called. Commissioner Ross further states “The officers did absolutely nothing wrong.” Immediately following Commissioner Ross’s statements, social media responded to Ross’s claims to be absolutely absurd and incorrect. Shortly afterwards, a hash tag #BoycottStarbucks became a trending topic on Twitter Saturday afternoon. This is nothing less than a classic case of typical racial discriminatory and racial misconduct on behalf of a white owned establishment and the Philadelphia Police department.

In the wake of this incident, I want to take the time to address black America and all melanated people across the world. Many of us have tend to have this false notion that racism is a thing of the past and as long as we carry ourselves in a decent manner, we will have nothing to worry about. Many of us believe that fancy college degrees, having a professional career, and living in the suburbs will eliminate the threats of racism. This idea is easily debunked because the two men arrested in that Starbucks in Philadelphia were real estate brokers which most people would agree, is a rewarding professional career. We as a people, collectively, suffer from a case of extreme escapism and we place a high value on materials that gives us a psychological escape from reality. We don’t want to believe that racism still exists and Jim Crow still very much alive. When dealing with reality, one thing we must come to an understanding of is that we live under a global system of white supremacy. White Supremacy dominates all 9 areas of activity including Economics, Education, sex, labor, law, war, politics, religion, and entertainment. When it comes to all of the industries and the total wealth in the United States of America, African Americans own less than ½ of 1% of the total wealth therefore having no economic base whatsoever. When you belong to a group of people who have no economic base and no continuous flow of income within your community, you will always be susceptible to disrespect from other racial groups as well as being subjected to termination. This is why African Americans are the main targets for police brutality and institutional racism. This is why African Americans continue to deal with racial discrimination today just as much as we faced racial discrimination during the Jim Crow Era. Thanks to camera phones, the world gets to see the deleted scenes from the horror movie known as the Jim Crow Era.  Just 60 years ago, blacks were not allowed to sit in the same restaurants as whites. 60 years later, we are not allowed to sit in coffee shops without the police being called on us. Now I want you to ask yourself, did we really have any racial progress in America? Having an historical consciousness is simply not enough, we must build physiological and sociological awareness in order to combat systematic racism. It is well documented throughout historical records that Africans invented and created the foundation of almost all of the most profitable product the world consumes on a daily basis. This product includes coffee. If you actually pay attention to the Starbucks logo, you will see that the Starbucks logo in fact traces back to Africa.

Most people are not aware that the mermaid logo is indeed an African goddess named Yemaya also known throughout West Africa and the Caribbean as Yemoja. Yermoja is an Orisha goddess of the traditional Yoruba religion that came from enslaved Africans in the land of what is present day Nigeria. When the slaves were kidnapped and transported to the western world, Yermaya was said to be the one who protected the slaves on their journey and kept them safe. Yermaya is a very giving and nurturing goddess who rarely gets upset but when she does become enraged, she unleashes a massive hurricane. She is said to be the mother of the fishes in the sea which is why she is shown to the world as a two-tailed mermaid. It is no secret that many of the European owned franchises including Starbucks stole their ideas from African based spiritual systems and created the concept of their organizations as well as profited off the backs of Africans for centuries. Here you have an African goddess printed on the logo of a major franchise that outright discriminates and disrespects the very people it took their ideas from yet no consequences are bestowed upon them as result of that. This is where I want to gather all of the melanated people across the world and get each other on one code so we can establish a solution.

Starbucks should never benefit from the black dollar ever again. I want every black male and black female to see what we did as a people for the Black Panther film. I want every black male and female to see what we did as a people to the city of Montgomery during the Montgomery bus boycott. I want every black male and female to see what we did as a people to build Hollywood and the music industry. I want every black male and female to see what we did as a people to build black wall street. We are the people who hold the power to make and break businesses and industries. Segregation did not come to an end because the power structure finally realized that separating blacks from whites was wrong. Segregation came to an end because it became apparent just how essential the black dollar is to the economy. Without black consumers, the economy would be in shambles and the power structure will have no longer have a choice but to respect our demands. The most effective way to bring a person to their knees is to attack what they value the most and in this case, the American social order worships the almighty dollar. When you interfere with an individual or establishment’s ability to generate income, you immediately hold their undivided attention for as long as you wish. In order to get respect, we must demand our respect. From this moment forward, I advise all melanated people to get on code and never spend one cent in a Starbucks again. Please do not accept a simple apology from an establishment that wouldn’t even think to give you one otherwise hadn’t this story never reached a wide audience. Let us start demanding our respect and set an example of what happens when we are discriminated against.  The time is now to stand together and demand our voices be heard.

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OJ Simpson: Not Guilty

More than two decades ago, the entire country stopped what they were doing and glued their eyes onto their television screen anxiously waiting to hear the verdict of the murder case that is known today as the trial of the century. As the earth-shattering verdict of not guilty rang through the ears of millions across the world, we saw a racial division and tension that could not be ignored.  Although the former NFL star has been cleared of all charges, the murder case of the People vs OJ Simpson continues to intrigue people all across the globe. Following the years after the bone chilling verdict, we have seen many documentaries being released detailing the case. We have also seen a Netflix special titled “The People vs OJ Simpson” starring Cuba Gooding Jr. and more recently, a lost “hypothetical” confession from OJ Simpson that was filmed 12 years ago which aired on Fox this past Sunday. This has yet again stirred up one of the most controversial debates of the century, is OJ Simpson in fact guilty of murdering Nicole Brown Simpson and Ronald Goldman? Given the logistics of this case in regard to the evidence, the blood, the openly racist degenerate cop Mark Furman, the witness testimonies, and the background of the victims Nicole Simpson and Ron Goldman, one cannot simply believe OJ Simpson committed the crime of murder. In this blog, I will break down key points and facts from the case that was proven by the defense team led by the brilliant lawyer Jonnie Cochran. I will give you my insight on all aspects of this case and indeed prove to you why OJ Simpson is in fact innocent of the crime of murder.

The Hidden Background Of Nicole Simpson And Ron Goldman

The United States judicial system and mainstream media have always been unapologetic and never been ambivalent when it comes detailing the negative aspects of innocent African American lives taken by police officers. Victims such as Trayvon Martin, Freddie Gray, Eric Gardner, Mike Brown and Sandra Bland have all been portrayed in the media as thugs, criminals, or a menace to society. Whenever a black life is taken by a white hand, the media wastes no time dipping into the background of the victim and discovering any small piece of dirt in order to defecate on the name of an innocent black life that was taken. This is done purposely to filibuster and attempt to place the victim on trial and ignore the real criminal.   Therefore, I will take the liberty in carrying on that same energy and dipping into the angel and soccer mom fairytale backgrounds of Nicole Brown Simpson and Ron Goldman. As detailed in Faye Resnick’s book “Nicole Brown Simpson: The Private Diary of a Life Interrupted”

Nicole Brown Simpson was far from an angel and the soccer mom that the mainstream media portrays her to be. Nicole Simpson was a known drug addict and carried on sexual affairs with men such as Marcus Allen who was friends with her ex-husband OJ Simpson. Faye Resnick was a good friend of Nicole and she detailed how her and Nicole would often hang out in Brentwood with known criminals engaging in sexual behaviors, drinking all night and snorting cocaine. Faye Resnick went on to explain how her and Nicole engaged in lesbian sex and Nicole would say that OJ Simpson molded her sexually and she can only be satisfied by Marcus Allen and OJ. Nicole began dealing with OJ Simpson while he was still married to his first wife Marguerite.

Nicole took on the role of a mistress before OJ left his first wife to marry Nicole. Ronald Goldman was a 25-year-old waiter working at Mezzaluna restaurant where he met Nicole Simpson. Ron was in shape and was a martial arts fighter which are some of the few qualities that attracted Nicole to him and he would often take Nicole out to dance halls with him. The pair grew close to the point Nicole and Ronald would often hang out at the Mezzaluna restaurant for more obvious reasons that the media failed to show. What most people don’t know is that the Mezzaluna restaurant was a known mafia hangout and an establishment where the mobsters would sell drugs at. A few of Nicole and Ronald Goldman’s friends were killed before and after their murders had took place. Michael Nigg was a 26-year-old waiter at the Mezzaluna restaurant and worked with Ron Goldman. He was involved in drug trafficking and was a small-time drug dealer leading up to his demise. On September 8, 1995 Michael Nigg was shot in the head while sitting in a car with a woman after being approached by two men who demanded that he hand over cash. Another friend of Nicole and Ron Goldman was a man named Brett Cantor who was also killed just a year before Nicole and Ron. Cantor was also friends with Faye Resnick and was a co-owner of the Hollywood night club/bar called The Dragon Fly. Nicole Simpson, Ron and Faye Resnick frequently visited this club. Eleven months before Ron and Nicole were murdered, someone broke into Brett’s home, and killed him in the same fashion in which Ronald Goldman and Nicole were killed. Given all of these murders of people who were friends of Nicole and Ron, is it far-fetched to say that the same killers linked to these murders are also responsible for murdering Ron and Nicole Simpson? Perhaps Ron and Nicole’s drug affiliated past had caught up with them? It was also documented that Ron Goldman was going through some financial troubles during the time of his murder. Could it be that Ron was involved in the same drug activities as his Mezzaluna coworkers?

Motive

Another important piece of information to note is the motive behind why OJ Simpson would kill Nicole in the first place. It is often said that OJ Simpson was a jealous and enraged ex who just couldn’t stand the fact that he could not be with Nicole anymore. He grew resentment and bitterness from seeing Nicole moving on and decided a year later after their divorce to go over to Nicole’s home at 9pm at night and murder his ex-wife before getting on his flight to Chicago. This theory for motive to commit murder is easily debunked for the simple fact that OJ Simpson wasn’t the one who wanted Nicole back. Nicole was indeed the one who desperately wanted OJ back. In fact, Nicole Simpson decided to write the love of her life OJ Simpson a thoughtful letter expressing her desire to work things out. If Nicole was seeking to work her marriage out with OJ then what reason would there be for OJ to kill her? Another piece of important information to note are the phone records that show Nicole exchanging phone calls with her mother on the night she was murdered. The prosecution refused to release these phone records and OJ’s defense team failed to obtain them. If Nicole Simpson was talking on the phone at 11pm then that would prove without a shadow of a doubt that OJ Simpson did not commit those murders. Those phone records would show Nicole being alive at the same time OJ Simpson was already in a limousine on his way to Los Angeles international airport.

Mark Furman

The LAPD is famous and historically well known for being the most corrupt and  racist police force in the United States. In 2006, the FBI released a memo detailing that white supremacy groups have infiltrated law enforcement but the FBI was a little late on the tea as the cat has already been out of the bag since the 1940s. The chief of police at the time of the OJ Simpson case was a man named Daryl Gates who was no different from Mark Furman. Daryl Gates never denounced racism and he help start what later became known as SWAT.

He took on the same ideologies as the previous chief of police for the LAPD William Parker. The LAPD was terrorizing, mistreating, tampering with evidence and falsely accusing African Americans of many crimes for decades.  Mark Furman was the typical renegade police officer on the LAPD police force. He openly admitted his strong hatred for African Americans and being a white supremacy extremist. Mark Furman dedicated his life to mistreating and oppressing black people and even went as far as to discuss his racist views with Laura Hart McKinny. She recorded Mark Furman detailing how he falsifies police reports, how much he despises interracial relationships, how he would often plant evidence on black men, and his constant use of the N word (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C6pymcUV8v4). She later took the stand and testified on how Mark Furman used the N word 42 times. The “OJ is guilty” community always try their best to avoid the Mark Furman topic and try to dismiss his role in this case due to these hardcore facts. Another woman named Kathleen Bell met Mark Furman at a marine recruiting station in 1985 and she explained how Mark Furman would described his hatred for African Americans. Mark Furman also had previous dealings with OJ Simpson and has been to his home on a domestic call in 1985. So now we know that the lead detective on the OJ Simpson case is a man who openly admits his hatred for interracial relationships, plants false evidence, and already had a hatred for OJ Simpson yet it is still crazy to assume the evidence at the scene was not tampered with?

Blood Samples

At the scene of the crime, a bloody sock was found behind the gate at Nicole Simpson’s home. The sock was said to have OJ’s blood all over it and his blood was also found on the gate of the house. They also said that OJ’s glove was soaked in blood and blood samples were taken from both Nicole and OJ Simpson after the murders. It was later discovered that OJ Simpson’s blood samples were missing from the lab and a chemical called EDTA was found sprinkled in OJ Simpson’s blood samples. EDTA is a chemical that is used for DNA extraction. It is an anticoagulant used to prevent clot formation. The prosecution was never able to explain why the EDTA chemical was found at the scene of the crime. The police initially said they overlooked the blood that was smeared on the gate and collected it several weeks later after the murders of Nicole and Ron Goldman. The defense argued that the police planted the evidence after the fact and the blood on the sock. There was also a cut on OJ Simpson’s finger and it was said that scratch came from Nicole Simpson. If there was a cut on OJ Simpson’s hand then that would mean there was a cut on the glove. It was shown later on that the same glove that did not fit OJ’s hands also did not have any cuts in it.

The Hypothetical Confession

The bottom line to this case is that OJ Simpson was found not guilty in a court of law. The prosecution failed to prove their case and just like all other cases, we should respect the law and get over it. We as a people are led to believe that OJ Simpson went to Nicole Simpson’s house, he was wearing a sweatsuit and a cap, stabbed Nicole to death, stabbed Ron Goldman who is a black belt and just so happen to beat Nicole’s House unexpectedly, got rid of the murder weapon, got rid of his clothes, managed to not get a bruise or a scratch on his body and still made it on time to catch his flight to Chicago. OJ Simpson must have been a superhero who possesses some undiscovered powers that no other human being has. These murders were professionally done and we all know that OJ Simpson has never been the sharpest knife in the drawer to pull off a murder to this magnitude. The whole purpose of the OJ Simpson case continuing to be brought up is because it generates a lot of money. Shortly after OJ Simpson’s acquittal, he was immediately a target in a civil case and the purpose was to erase any financial assets OJ Simpson had. They wanted to make sure that OJ Simpson had no major streams of revenue coming in and that is what led to the book deal. OJ Simpson was approached by a publisher to write a book titled “If I did it” where it was not a confession but a hypothetical on how he would commit the murders. Also, a part of that deal was to film a hypothetical confession on tape which was to be released 12 years later. OJ decided to do the book deal because he had no other ways to make money and his back was against the wall. There is a new generation of people who are not aware of the facts behind this case and the release of footage from 12 years ago is an attempt to keep the “OJ is guilty” money machine alive.

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