The Blood Libeling of the Luo Tribe of Kenya

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The Blood Libeling of the Luo Tribe of Kenya

by baldilocks

With scan­dal, after scan­dal, after scan­dal, after scan­dal being per­pe­trated by the Obama Admin­is­tra­tion — word­ing inten­tional – I thought that I would finally take the time to address an issue regard­ing the reac­tion to Obama’s acknowl­edged Kenyan Luo her­itage—a her­itage which I share.

For the last six years, it seems that every­thing that Barack Obama has touchéd or touted fails and that has included the insti­tu­tions of this coun­try. One might con­clude that Pres­i­dent Obama’s touch on the very coun­try itself is caus­ing it to fail.

But, the wide­spread demo­niza­tion of the Luo tribe of Kenya — that it is an Arab Mus­lim tribe of slavers– can­not be blamed on the pres­i­dent. (The tribe exists in sig­nif­i­cant num­bers in Uganda and Tan­za­nia as well.)

It seems like a long time ago but I most cer­tainly remem­ber the ori­gin of the notion that Barack Hus­sein Obama is 50% white, 6.25% black African and 43.75% Arab. It came from a man named Ken­neth E. Lamb. Lamb laid out a mean­der­ing blog post, sans ref­er­ences, on how he allegedly found this infor­ma­tion. I recall send­ing him an email and com­ment­ing on his post. Both my responses refuted his find­ings and I found it inter­est­ing that he had no linked sources to back up his claims. So when I was con­tem­plat­ing this post, I went look­ing for Mr. Lamb’s post and, lo and behold, the post has been deleted. Per­haps Mr. Lamb had an attack of con­science — though dele­tion smacks more of cover-​up. But, the dam­age — the Blood Libel­ing of the Luo Tribe — had been set in motion. There is always the Web Archive, how­ever, and thank God for it.

From Feb­ru­ary 2008:

Doc­u­men­ta­tion of his actual eth­nic back­ground demon­strates Mr. Obama is not an “African-​American” as defined in United States law. This research was ini­ti­ated by a request from a daily news pub­li­ca­tion of inter­na­tional rep­u­ta­tion in New York City.

The story then moves to doc­u­ment­ing his father’s geneal­ogy. This study indi­cates Sen. Obama is actu­ally Arab-​American.

Mr. Obama is 50% Cau­casian, that from his mother. What those who want Mr. Obama to write his­tory by becom­ing “America’s first African-​American pres­i­dent” ignore is that his father was eth­ni­cally Ara­bic, with only 1 rel­a­tive eth­ni­cally African Negro — a mater­nal great-​grandparent (Sen. Obama’s great-​great grand­par­ent, thus the 6.25% eth­nic con­tri­bu­tion to the senator’s eth­nic composition.).

That means that Mr. Obama is 50% Cau­casian from his mother’s side. He is 43.75% Ara­bic, and 6.25% African Negro from his father’s side.

The ques­tion no one wants to answer — par­tic­u­larly Mr. Obama and his sup­port­ers, is, “Why do you think he has an Ara­bic name? Why does his father have an Ara­bic name? Why does every ances­tor on his father’s side have an Ara­bic name?”

The answer is obvi­ous: They have Ara­bic names because his father’s side of the fam­ily tree is Arabic.

Need proof? Research the Kenyan records for your­self. You will find that his father was offi­cially clas­si­fied as “Arab African” by the Kenyan government.

Here is the truth about Mr. Obama’s name, and his father’s ancestors:

True Negro tribal mem­bers of west­ern Kenya where his father was born have Chris­t­ian names, not Ara­bic. His father’s deci­sion to name him with an Ara­bic name is a mat­ter of his father estab­lish­ing his eth­nic iden­tity in Africa — it is done delib­er­ately to sep­a­rate him from the African tribes. He may live among them, but he is not one of them. His father’s mes­sage is that he is Ara­bic, not Negro.

Many will find these truths unset­tling. I’m often asked, “But I thought his father was Kenyan. How could Mr. Obama not be African-​American, how could his eth­nic com­po­si­tion be so Arabic?”

The defin­i­tive clue to that answer is to look at his name, his father’s name, and the names of all his ances­tors on his father’s side. They are all Arabic.

Research­ing his roots reveal that on his father’s side, he is descended from Arab slave traders. They oper­ated under an extended grant from Queen Vic­to­ria, who gave them the right to con­tinue the slave trade in exchange for help­ing the British defeat the Madhi Army in south­ern Sudan and the Upper Nile region. Funny how cir­cu­lar is his­tory; now the British again face the Madhi Army, albeit this time Shi­ite, not Sunni, as in nine­teenth cen­tury Sudan.

Not one sin­gle ref­er­ence link.

All over the con­ser­v­a­tive blo­gos­phere, in posts and com­ments, on Face­book, I’ve seen the Big Lie about my tribe being repeated — some­times by peo­ple I respect and whom I con­sider friends. Often, there are links offered as proof. When­ever I check them, how­ever, there is not one, not a sin­gle one, which links to a Kenyan site, a his­tory site, an anthro­po­log­i­cal site, an aca­d­e­mic site, or any­thing of the kind. And, at some point, the trail always leads back to Ken­neth Lamb. (There have been a few who noticed the lack of doc­u­men­ta­tion and who have used posts on my old site as back up, but these have been in the minor­ity. And, of course, I don’t know what I’m talk­ing about — accord­ing to the will­ing believ­ers– even though half my fam­ily is Luo and I actu­ally do pro­vide reli­able links.)

The Big Lie wasn’t just repeated and believed by blog­gers, how­ever. The one and only Rush Lim­baugh helped to spread it (too many Left­ist sources; click one at your own risk). I actu­ally heard Mr. Lim­baugh repeat it live, how­ever, and sent him a note. But, I don’t know what became of it. Here, how­ever, are some facts about my tribe. You’ll note that I pro­vide mostly non-​opinion links.

  • Since roughly the begin­ning of the 20th cen­tury — and colo­nial­ism – the Luo tribe is 90% Chris­t­ian: Angli­can, Sev­enth Day Adven­tists and a grow­ing num­ber of Evan­gel­i­cals. Before this, they prac­ticed tribal beliefs (start at page 166) — not Islam.
  • Tra­di­tion­ally, the Luo have never prac­ticed what is euphemisti­cally called female cir­cum­ci­sion — a com­mon prac­tice among Muslims.
  • Black African con­verts to Islam—and other coverts—often change their names to Arab names. Often they begin to refer to them­selves as Arab. Many African gov­ern­ments go along with this fiction.
  • Barack Obama’s grand­fa­ther, Hus­sein Onyango Obama, was a con­vert to Islam and added the name ‘Hus­sein’ upon con­ver­sion. (If the tribe were Islamic, why would he need to convert?)

    [cap­tion id=“attachment_56768” align=“alignright” width=“150”] Barack Obama, Sr.[/caption]

  • If Barack Obama were 43.75% Arab, that would mean that Barack Obama Sr. was close to ninety per­cent Arab. Call me crazy, but I have a hard time believ­ing that Obama Senior — a man iden­ti­cal to nearly every black African man in the region — is mostly Arab, in spite of the Bravo Sierra I’ve read from Big Lie believers/​amateur geneti­cists regard­ing dom­i­nant and reces­sive traits.

Let’s get one thing straight: I am not deny­ing that Barack Obama him­self may be a Mus­lim. (This is a change of opin­ion on my part and I have had to eat crow on that post.) Nor am I deny­ing that his imme­di­ate fam­ily on the Kenyan side is Mus­lim.

I am deny­ing that the Luo tribe is Mus­lim tribe.

Why is this impor­tant? Because, as many are becom­ing more famil­iar with Ara­bic Islam’s role in the sack­ing of the African con­ti­nent and in the enslave­ment of black Africans, those who believe the Big Lie have a ten­dency to fur­ther con­clude that the Luo tribe was and is the slaver of the other tribes in the region and, there­fore, the lack­eys of the Jihad.

In mak­ing base­less claims about Barack Obama’s African her­itage, such peo­ple have suc­ceeded in Blood Libel­ing me, mine and mil­lions of other per­sons who don’t deserve it. A tribe of slavers…you can­not imag­ine the incredulity on the part of my Kenyan fam­ily — all Sev­enth Day Adven­tists – when I told them about the Big Lie. It was col­lec­tive WTF moment.

I still see this tar­nish­ing of a peo­ple all over the place and, though I actively bat­tle it, I had become com­pla­cent. Then, after an online friend repeated the smear, I had enough. I mean, it isn’t as if other eth­nic groups haven’t been tar­geted for geno­cide in the wake of Big Lies and Blood Libels being spread about them. Right?

I hope that the truth gets around as quickly as the false­hood did, but, of course, I know bet­ter. It’s the way of this world of lies.

Juli­ette Akinyi Ochieng blogs at baldilocks. Her first novel, Tale of the Tigers: Love is Not a Game, was pub­lished in 2009; the sec­ond edi­tion in 2012. Her new novel, Arlen’s Harem, is due in 2014. Help her fund it and help keep her blog alive!

by baldilocks

With scandal, after scandal, after scandal, after scandal being perpetrated by the Obama Administration—wording intentional–I thought that I would finally take the time to address an issue regarding the reaction to Obama’s acknowledged Kenyan Luo heritage—a heritage which I share.

For the last six years, it seems that everything that Barack Obama has touched or touted fails and that has included the institutions of this country. One might conclude that President Obama’s touch on the very country itself is causing it to fail.

But, the widespread demonization of the Luo tribe of Kenya—that it is an Arab Muslim tribe of slavers– cannot be blamed on the president. (The tribe exists in significant numbers in Uganda and Tanzania as well.)

It seems like a long time ago but I most certainly remember the origin of the notion that Barack Hussein Obama is 50% white, 6.25% black African and 43.75% Arab. It came from a man named Kenneth E. Lamb. Lamb laid out a meandering blog post, sans references, on how he allegedly found this information. I recall sending him an email and commenting on his post. Both my responses refuted his findings and I found it interesting that he had no linked sources to back up his claims. So when I was contemplating this post, I went looking for Mr. Lamb’s post and, lo and behold, the post has been deleted. Perhaps Mr. Lamb had an attack of conscience—though deletion smacks more of cover-up.  But, the damage—the Blood Libeling of the Luo Tribe—had been set in motion. There is always the Web Archive, however, and thank God for it.

From February 2008:

Documentation of his actual ethnic background demonstrates Mr. Obama is not an “African-American” as defined in United States law. This research was initiated by a request from a daily news publication of international reputation in New York City.

The story then moves to documenting his father’s genealogy. This study indicates Sen. Obama is actually Arab-American.

Mr. Obama is 50% Caucasian, that from his mother. What those who want Mr. Obama to write history by becoming “America’s first African-American president” ignore is that his father was ethnically Arabic, with only 1 relative ethnically African Negro – a maternal great-grandparent (Sen. Obama’s great-great grandparent, thus the 6.25% ethnic contribution to the senator’s ethnic composition.).

That means that Mr. Obama is 50% Caucasian from his mother’s side. He is 43.75% Arabic, and 6.25% African Negro from his father’s side.

The question no one wants to answer – particularly Mr. Obama and his supporters, is, “Why do you think he has an Arabic name? Why does his father have an Arabic name? Why does every ancestor on his father’s side have an Arabic name?”

The answer is obvious: They have Arabic names because his father’s side of the family tree is Arabic.

Need proof? Research the Kenyan records for yourself. You will find that his father was officially classified as “Arab African” by the Kenyan government.

Here is the truth about Mr. Obama’s name, and his father’s ancestors:

True Negro tribal members of western Kenya where his father was born have Christian names, not Arabic. His father’s decision to name him with an Arabic name is a matter of his father establishing his ethnic identity in Africa – it is done deliberately to separate him from the African tribes. He may live among them, but he is not one of them. His father’s message is that he is Arabic, not Negro.

Many will find these truths unsettling. I’m often asked, “But I thought his father was Kenyan. How could Mr. Obama not be African-American, how could his ethnic composition be so Arabic?”

The definitive clue to that answer is to look at his name, his father’s name, and the names of all his ancestors on his father’s side. They are all Arabic.

Researching his roots reveal that on his father’s side, he is descended from Arab slave traders. They operated under an extended grant from Queen Victoria, who gave them the right to continue the slave trade in exchange for helping the British defeat the Madhi Army in southern Sudan and the Upper Nile region. Funny how circular is history; now the British again face the Madhi Army, albeit this time Shiite, not Sunni, as in nineteenth century Sudan.

Not one single reference link.

All over the conservative blogosphere, in posts and comments, on Facebook, I’ve seen the Big Lie about my tribe being repeated—sometimes by people I respect and whom I consider friends. Often, there are links offered as proof. Whenever I check them, however, there is not one, not a single one, which links to a Kenyan site, a history site, an anthropological site, an academic site, or anything of the kind. And, at some point, the trail always leads back to Kenneth Lamb. (There have been a few who noticed the lack of documentation and who have used posts on my old site as back up, but these have been in the minority. And, of course, I don’t know what I’m talking about—according to the willing believers– even though half my family is Luo and I actually do provide reliable links.)

The Big Lie wasn’t just repeated and believed by bloggers, however. The one and only Rush Limbaugh helped to spread it (too many Leftist sources; click one at your own risk). I actually heard Mr. Limbaugh repeat it live, however, and sent him a note. But, I don’t know what became of it. Here, however, are some facts about my tribe. You’ll note that I provide mostly non-opinion links.

  • Since roughly the beginning of the 20th century—and colonialism–the Luo tribe is 90% Christian: Anglican, Seventh Day Adventists and a growing number of Evangelicals. Before this, they practiced tribal beliefs (start at page 166)—not Islam.
  • Traditionally, the Luo have never practiced what is euphemistically called female circumcision—a common practice among Muslims.
  • Black African converts to Islam—and other coverts—often change their names to Arab names. Often they begin to refer to themselves as Arab. Many African governments go along with this fiction.
  • Barack Obama’s grandfather, Hussein Onyango Obama, was a convert to Islam and added the name ‘Hussein’ upon conversion. (If the tribe were Islamic, why would he need to convert?)

    Barack Obama, Sr.
  • If Barack Obama were 43.75% Arab, that would mean that Barack Obama Sr. was close to ninety percent Arab. Call me crazy, but I have a hard time believing that  Obama Senior—a man identical to nearly every black African man in the region—is mostly Arab, in spite of the Bravo Sierra I’ve read from Big Lie believers/amateur geneticists regarding dominant and recessive traits.

Let’s get one thing straight: I am not denying that Barack Obama himself may be a Muslim. (This is a change of opinion on my part and I have had to eat crow on that post.)  Nor am I denying that his immediate family on the Kenyan side is Muslim.

I am denying that the Luo tribe is Muslim tribe.

Why is this important? Because, as many are becoming more familiar with Arabic Islam’s role in the sacking of the African continent and in the enslavement of black Africans, those who believe the Big Lie have a tendency to further conclude that the Luo tribe was and is the slaver of the other tribes in the region and, therefore, the lackeys of the Jihad.

In making baseless claims about Barack Obama’s African heritage, such people have succeeded in Blood Libeling me, mine and millions of other persons who don’t deserve it. A tribe of slavers…you cannot imagine the incredulity on the part of my Kenyan family—all Seventh Day Adventists–when I told them about the Big Lie. It was collective WTF moment.

I still see this tarnishing of a people all over the place and, though I actively battle it, I had become complacent. Then, after an online friend repeated the smear, I had enough. I mean, it isn’t as if other ethnic groups haven’t been targeted for genocide in the wake of Big Lies and Blood Libels being spread about them. Right?

I hope that the truth gets around as quickly as the falsehood did, but, of course, I know better. It’s the way of this world of lies.

Juliette Akinyi Ochieng blogs at baldilocks. Her first novel, Tale of the Tigers: Love is Not a Game, was published in 2009; the second edition in 2012. Her new novel, Arlen’s Harem, is due in 2014. Help her fund it and help keep her blog alive!