Send a Tweet
Most Popular Choices
Share on Facebook 21 Share on Twitter 3 Printer Friendly Page More Sharing
Exclusive to OpEdNews:
OpEdNews Op Eds    H2'ed 8/20/19

Rohn Kenyatta's '10 Questions:' A Response

By       (Page 1 of 3 pages)     (# of views)   3 comments
Author 50778
Follow Me on Twitter     Message Steven Jonas
Become a Fan
  (20 fans)

"Either this nation will kill racism, or racism will kill this nation." (S. Jonas, Aug., 2018)

----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

Introduction

Recently Rohn Kenyatta, an astute chronicler of race relations and racism and related matters in the United States and for its history published a column on the pages of OpEdNews which raised ten questions about those matters and related policy issues. In a direct communication with Mr. Kenyatta I posed answers to his ten questions. In this column I am bringing that communication to the whole readership of OpEdNews. Mr. Kenyatta's ten questions, in some cases edited for length by me, are each followed by my responses to each. But first, let me present an edited version of Mr. Kenyatta's own introduction to his list of questions.

Mr. Kenyatta's Introduction to his 10 Questions

"For a number of years, I have sought to confront both white Americans, and Black People in America, with their denial and hypocrisy in matters historic, domestic and international. The purpose of my doing so was an attempt to see if there were patterns in conduct; a pathology. I have tried to do so through different modalities. The shrewder individuals resort to deflection. Deflection is a tactic that imperils the defense for many, many reasons. Most of all it shows evasion and cowardice.

"I'll let you figure it out, should you be so inclined.

"In light of the aforementioned preamble, I have decided to make a more direct challenge to white America and, by default, Western Civilization with specific questions. Frankly, I know what is going to happen but that is what I want you to see. The only rule I have is that you answer all ten questions; no matter your answers, a pattern will emerge. . . . .

"The first five (5) interrogatories are pertinent to domestic policy, the second set relevant to international policy. Two or three of the questions have secondary and tertiary queries."

And now to the 10 Questions and my responses.

Question # 1. If you claim, as you do, that the slavery and dehumanization of Blacks was/is "America's Original Sin" and if you claim, as you do, that you "didn't own slaves," it was a horrible institution and you did not benefit from it, why do you not as a nation apologize for it?

Answer # 1. Because as I have written on numerous occasions, the South actually won the Civil War and one of the fruits of their victory was the projection of the Doctrine of White Supremacy over the whole of the country. The fact that an open, proud-of-it racist like Donald J. Trump could be elected President proves the point.

The  Charlottesville Terrorist, aka the Pittsburgh Terrorist; aka the El Paso Terrorist, aka White Supremacist-in-Chief.
The Charlottesville Terrorist, aka the Pittsburgh Terrorist; aka the El Paso Terrorist, aka White Supremacist-in-Chief.
(Image by Spencer Means)
  Details   DMCA

Question # 2. Pursuant to the preceding question, why do you so adamantly, and out of hand, reject reparations to the aforementioned group which you, admittedly, kidnapped, exploited, enslaved, raped, murdered and prospered from?

Answer # 2. I think that reparations are a very good idea, and justified. The major policy questions (not dealing the political questions right now) is whether they should go to individuals, or communities, or both, and beyond African-Americans and Native Americans, to whom else.

Question # 3. Your currency states: "In God We Trust". Your "Pledge of Allegiance" states: "One nation under God". You sing songs about God blessing America. Your Bible states: "Thou shalt not kill". How do you explain the State sanctioned murder of children around the globe (Melanic children in particular) and right here in your own backyard; particularly given your incessant invocations of "God"?

Next Page  1  |  2  |  3

 

Must Read 1   Supported 1  
Rate It | View Ratings

Steven Jonas Social Media Pages: Facebook page url on login Profile not filled in       Twitter page url on login Profile not filled in       Linkedin page url on login Profile not filled in       Instagram page url on login Profile not filled in

Steven Jonas, MD, MPH, MS is a Professor Emeritus of Preventive Medicine at StonyBrookMedicine (NY) and author/co-author/editor/co-editor of over 35 books. In addition to his position on OpEdNews as a "Trusted Author," he is a Senior Editor, (more...)
 
Go To Commenting
The views expressed herein are the sole responsibility of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of this website or its editors.
Writers Guidelines
Contact AuthorContact Author Contact EditorContact Editor Author PageView Authors' Articles
Support OpEdNews

OpEdNews depends upon can't survive without your help.

If you value this article and the work of OpEdNews, please either Donate or Purchase a premium membership.

STAY IN THE KNOW
If you've enjoyed this, sign up for our daily or weekly newsletter to get lots of great progressive content.
Daily Weekly     OpEdNews Newsletter
Name
Email
   (Opens new browser window)
 

Most Popular Articles by this Author:     (View All Most Popular Articles by this Author)

Pope Francis and Change in the Roman Catholic Church

Limbaugh, Santorum, Sex, and the Origins of the Roman Catholic Church

The "Irrepressible Conflict" and the Coming Second Civil War

Gay Marriage and the Constitution

The Republican Party and the Separation of Church and State: Change Does Happen

What the Gunners Want: What's in Rick Perry's Pocket, Unlimited

Comments

The time limit for entering new comments on this article has expired.

This limit can be removed. Our paid membership program is designed to give you many benefits, such as removing this time limit. To learn more, please click here.

4 people are discussing this page, with 5 comments


Rohn Kenyatta

Become a Fan
Author 512335

(Member since Nov 1, 2018), 2 fans, 18 articles, 85 comments
Facebook page url on login Profile not filled in Twitter page url on login Profile not filled in Linkedin page url on login Profile not filled in Instagram page url on login Profile not filled in


Add this Page to Facebook! Submit to Twitter Share on LinkedIn Submit to Reddit


  New Content

Okay, Dr. Jay, let us continue full disclosure...to a point. You are aware that data is kept on readership and broken down in many ways. The Big Ten was widely read and there were a number of comments, but not a single person had the intellectual courage to answer the questions; fifth amendment privilege notwithstanding. I exclude Dave Pear, as he marches to a different drummer consistently.

In our direct communications, the first thing I said to you was "thank you for the courage you exhibited". That statement stands, today.

With regard to one point, and a well taken one, pertinent to wars against people of color, I must dissent a bit. You see, in the last 100 years, white people have only attacked other white people twice. Germany and Bosnia/Yugoslavia. In both cases it was a matter of white folks taking it to other white folks; which white folks don't like. Conversely, you have never, in the history of the world, had a white nation attack another white nation because they were kicking some black, brown, red or yellow people's asses. So let's keep it real, Doc. Hitler and Milosevic died luxurious deaths compared to Sadam Hussein, Muammar Gaddafi, and Osama Bin-Laden. And you'll notice that these black and brown enemies are always "hiding in a cave", "hiding in a spider hole", "hiding in a tent". Then, the "Western Forces" brag about how they murdered someone and their children and vapid sycophants applaud it; while basking in self-righteousness. Good grief.

Where is an air sickness bag when you need one?

Lastly, Doctor Jay, I mean not to embarrass you, but I am so very honored to have a person of your caliber and intellect think enough about the questions posed to write such a courageous and excellent piece.

We will speak further, directly. I believe in harnessing synergy.

Submitted on Tuesday, Aug 20, 2019 at 3:59:31 PM

Author 0
Add New Comment
Share Comment
Reply To This   Recommend  (0+)
Help
 
Indent

Dana Clark

Become a Fan
Author 512738

(Member since Dec 26, 2018), 54 comments
Not paid member and Facebook page url on login Profile not filled in Not paid member and Twitter page url on login Profile not filled in Not paid member and Linkedin page url on login Profile not filled in Not paid member and Instagram page url on login Profile not filled in


Add this Page to Facebook! Submit to Twitter Share on LinkedIn Submit to Reddit


Reply to Rohn Kenyatta:   New Content

The short answer to all ten questions is: racism, perceived white superiority and Manifest Destiny (aka my god is better than your god).

Submitted on Tuesday, Aug 20, 2019 at 4:09:14 PM

Author 0
Add New Comment
Share Comment
Reply To This   Recommend  (0+)
Help
 

Steven Jonas

Become a Fan
Author 50778

(Member since Jul 8, 2010), 20 fans, 370 articles, 101 comments
Facebook page url on login Profile not filled in Twitter page url on login Profile not filled in Linkedin page url on login Profile not filled in Instagram page url on login Profile not filled in


Add this Page to Facebook! Submit to Twitter Share on LinkedIn Submit to Reddit


  New Content

th anniversary of the Russian Revolution). It began with development of the "Intervention," which was started almost immediately after the Russian Revolution in 1917 (a major leader of which was Winston Churchill), continuing with both violent and non-violent means until its conclusion in 1992, the War Machine of the United States having spent the USSR into the ground. The objective was to prevent the peaceful development of socialism in any country in which it might have arisen, in one way or another.

But let me finish with another "thank you" to Mr. Kenyatta for the high praise for both its thinking and its writing with which he has honored my column.

As for Mr. Clark: what a great one-sentence summary of the state of being in which our nation finds itself. I just wish that I could learn to write meaningfully with that brevity!

Submitted on Tuesday, Aug 20, 2019 at 6:01:25 PM

Author 0
Add New Comment
Share Comment
Reply To This   Recommend  (2+)
Help
 

Savannah Goldberg

Become a Fan
Author 512343

(Member since Nov 2, 2018), 21 comments
Not paid member and Facebook page url on login Profile not filled in Not paid member and Twitter page url on login Profile not filled in Not paid member and Linkedin page url on login Profile not filled in Not paid member and Instagram page url on login Profile not filled in


Add this Page to Facebook! Submit to Twitter Share on LinkedIn Submit to Reddit


  New Content

Dr. Jay, I was fortunate enough to read Mr. Kenyatta's "The Big Ten" article. Your follow up piece was refreshing as the comments following Mr. Kenyatta's article were... disappointing in most ways, but enlightening in others. One thing I have noticed, even with your answers to some extent, is that people will agree with his questions, but an agreement is not an answer. In many of these questions, Mr. Kenyatta asks why. And this is the aspect of his questions that have largely been unanswered.

Submitted on Tuesday, Aug 20, 2019 at 9:18:51 PM

Author 0
Add New Comment
Share Comment
Reply To This   Recommend  (1+)
Help
 
Indent

Dana Clark

Become a Fan
Author 512738

(Member since Dec 26, 2018), 54 comments
Not paid member and Facebook page url on login Profile not filled in Not paid member and Twitter page url on login Profile not filled in Not paid member and Linkedin page url on login Profile not filled in Not paid member and Instagram page url on login Profile not filled in


Add this Page to Facebook! Submit to Twitter Share on LinkedIn Submit to Reddit


Reply to Savannah Goldberg:   New Content

The why is racism, racism and more racism. It likewise seems that if the people answering the questions are white, then they have already failed in the task. If you haven't lived the experience than you are not qualified to even begin to answer. I don't know what else to say. What are the answers? Do you know?

Submitted on Tuesday, Aug 20, 2019 at 10:36:11 PM

Author 0
Add New Comment
Share Comment
Reply To This   Recommend  (0+)
Help
 

 
Want to post your own comment on this Article? Post Comment