Dr. Kwame Okoampa-Ahoofe, Jr., a Bronx-based Ghanain scholar, stated on his blog that he was both amused and not surprised by the events surrounding Dr. Gates, and claims that the Black Studies scholar not only hates whites, but Native Africans as well.
I'll let the Good Doctor speak for himself. First, the distinguished Dr. Kwame's credentials:
DR. Kwame Okoampa-Ahoofe, Jr., Ph.D., is Associate Professor of English, Journalism and Creative Writing at Nassau Community College of the State University of New York, Garden City. He is the author of 20 books, including “The New Scapegoats: Colored-on-Black Racism.”
In a blog entry Dr. Kwame posted earlier today at the Ghana-based website myjoyonline.com, entitled "Prof. Louis Gates: the Convenient Concoction of Racial Profiling," Dr. Kwame had shocking words to say about Dr. Gates and his ideological contempt toward not only whites, but all Native Africans like himself as well:
In essence, my book, “The New Scapegoats” frankly and poignantly exposes two anti-African stances adopted by Professor Gates over the past decade, namely, that continental Africans, rather than Europeans and European-Americans, both unilaterally instigated and subsequently collaborated with Westerners to callously and massively enslave their fellow Africans.
Two, that America’s post-civil rights dispensation, with direct regard to the implementation of Affirmative Action policies and programs were primarily tailored for the exclusive benefit of African-Americans who could directly and forensically claim ancestry from America’s “Plantation South,” and thus it constitutes the flagrant height of abject criminality for mainstream American academic institutions to extend the same favors to Africans of Caribbean and continental African descent.
On both counts, as more amply discussed in my book, “The New Scapegoats: Colored-on-Black Racism,” I vehemently refute the “Gatesian” stance by detailing the collective and bilateral – or mutual – scourge that was the massive African enslavement by the West between the fifteenth and nineteenth centuries.
Here is a free e-copy of that book at Google Online. It is basically a compilation of thirty separate essays Dr. Kwame wrote on this subject over time.
In his blog post, Dr. Kwame assesses events in Cambridge through his own unique perspective and personal knowledge of Dr. Gates. Dr. Kwame also claims that Dr. Gates, whom, Dr. Kwame said disrespected him as a Ghanaian and Native African, engaged in Machiavellian subterfuge with his employer, Nassau Community College, where Dr. Kwame worked as an Associate Professor of English and Creative Writing studies, to have him fired by waving a juicy Harvard endowment in their faces.
And that all that is just on top of Dr. Kwame's allegations of Dr. Gates hating whites with the same utter contempt. Should you wish to contact Dr. Kwame, you can reach him at the myjoyonline blog linked above, or at email@example.com and ask him to verify his story. I am reporting all this as what I believe is a relevant news story based on the allegations and the evidence, facts, and testimony presented, which accuses Dr. Gates and others of holding these views.
Dr. Kwame's claims, given events that transpired, and have since been widely reported on regarding Dr. Gates' conduct prior to his arrest at his home in Cambridge, are at least troubling and even very convincing in places, and raise more disturbing questions about Dr. Gates than they answer. Dr. Kwame's has stated his case and his allegations both sharply and most publicly on the internet, in essays and in hardcover. It is up to you, the Court of Public Opinion, to asses the testimony and evidence at hand and decide for yourself. I have linked to it all here.
You are also free to question Dr. Gates himself, if you can get a hold of him. Somebody call 911.
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