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By Michelle Malkin  •  March 15, 2006 09:38 AM

Remember how much media attention those racist white nationalist teen singers received last fall? (Indeed, they’re still getting press. Here they are in the most recent issue of GQ.)

Well, here’s a little experiment with race, double standards, labeling, and MSM bias.

My column today is about Autum Ashante, a 7-year-old racist black nationalist poetry “prodigy.”




Autum, of Mount Vernon, N.Y., has performed at HBO’s Def Poetry Jam, The Cotton Club in L.A., The Apollo Theater in Harlem, the African Street Festival, Caroline’s on Broadway, the Russell Simmons Phat Farm Fashion Show, Steve Harvey’s “Big Time,” a prestigious Grammy Foundation event, and at universities and other venues across the country. She recites her radical verses not only in English, but also in fluent Swahiili and Arabic (she attended the Islamic Darul Arkam School in Mount Vernon).

Autum has appeared at a tribute to black nationalist Marcus Garvey, America-bashing 9/11 conspiracy-monger Amiri Baraka’s annual family cookout, and the extremist New Black Panther Party’s Million Youth March. The city of New York honored her with a proclamation for inspiring “her peers, as well as adults, while also demonstrating the power of a father’s love, the importance of education and the limitless boundaries of the human mind.” New York City councilwoman Yvette Clark called her “one of the most precious young talents that this world has ever known.”

Most recently, as New York Post education reporter David Andreatta reported this weekend, she was invited to perform at public middle and high schools in Peekskill, N.Y., for Black History Month. After asking white students to remain seated while she led black students in a recitation of the Black Panthers’ Black Child’s Pledge, Autum (now home-schooled by her single father, a Nation of Islam member and poet) angrily read this original poem:

White Nationalism Put U In Bondage

White nationalism is what put you in bondage
Pirate and vampires like Columbus, Morgan, and Darwin
Drank the blood of the sheep, trampled all over them with
Steel, tricks and deceit.
Nothing has changed take a look in our streets
The mis-education of she and Hegro — leaves you on your knee2grow
Black lands taken from your hands, by vampires with no remorse
They took the gold, the wisdom and all of the storytellers
They took the black women, with the black man weak
Made to watch as they changed the paradigm
Of our village
They killed the blind, they killed the lazy, they went
So far as to kill the unborn baby
Yeah White nationalism is what put you in bondage
Pirates and vampires like Columbus, Morgan, and Darwin
They drank the blood of the sheep, trampled all over them with
Steel laden feet, throw in the tricks alcohol and deceit.
Nothing has changed take a look at our streets.

Complaints from shocked students and parents led to a tape-recorded apology sent to all parents apologizing for the performance. Autum’s father condemned white district officials as “racist crackers.” Autum defended her poem by explaining to the Westchester Journal News that white people are “devils and they should be gone. We should be away from them and still be in Africa.”

She defiantly told the NYPost today:

“I feel good about the response,” Autum said of the firestorm engulfing the Peekskill City School District, where her recitation of a poem at a high school and a middle school offended students. “I know it was the right thing.”

Autum has the backing of NYC councilman and former Black Panther Charles “I want to slap white people” Barron and king of racial demagoguery, Al Sharpton.

My conclusion:

Who is surprised? If you set aside a separate holiday for Black History Month in the public schools, if you set aside separate graduation ceremonies, college dorms, academic departments, recruiting programs, and government contracts and subcontracts by race, you send a message that hardcore racial separatism is not only acceptable — but desired.

Autum Ashante’ is the natural offspring of militant multiculturalism and government-sanctioned identity politics. We reap what we sow.

So here’s the experiment. Google “Lamb and Lnyx Gaede,” the names of the white nationalist teen singers who have ignited a continuing media firestorm. Now, over the next few days, Google “Autum Ashante.”

Will the MSM dare to call Autum and her father’s racial hatred what it is? Will pundits and investigative journalists condemn Autum’s spoon-fed racism with the same conviction as they did in response to the white nationalist teen stars?

Or will they make excuses and hide behind “diversity” double standards?

And will someone in the MSM have the nerve to ask Sharpton pal Hillary Clinton (who is very outspoken about some kinds of racial extremism) what she thinks about the controversy in her backyard?

Stay tuned.


Video clips of Autum at BareKnucklePolitics.


On other race matters, La Shawn Barber reviews Black. White.