Khalid Abdullah Tariq al-Mansour

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Overview

  • Black nationalist
  • Helped Huey Newton and Bobby Seale to establish the Black Panther Party
  • Outspoken hater of the United States, Israel, and white people generally
  • Was a patron of Barack Obama who recommended the latter for admission to Harvard Law School in 1988

A native of Texas, Khalid Abdullah Tariq al-Mansour is a Muslim convert who holds a bachelor’s degree from Howard University and a JD from the UC Berkeley School of Law. After completing his formal education, he went on to become an attorney who sat on numerous corporate boards, including those of the Saudi African Bank and the Chicago-based LaGray Chemical Company.

Before converting to Islam, Mansour, whose original name was Don Warden, was heavily involved in San Francisco Bay Area racial politics as founder of the African American Association in the early 1960s. He also served as a personal mentor to Huey Newton and Bobby Seale, helping the pair establish the Black Panther Party; a subsequent falling-out, however, caused Mansour to end his association with them. After learning Arabic and studying Islam, Mansour took his Muslim name in 1964. “I found,” he explains, “that Khalid Abdullah Tariq al-Mansour, if you put ’em together, it means that, if I’m eternally the slave of God, and I follow the right path, I will always be victorious. I liked that. So that became my name.”

In the mid-1970s, Mansour met and became a friend and adviser to Saudi Prince Alwaleed bin Tatal, who at that time was studying business administration at Menlo College in California. Today Prince Alwaleed is best remembered for having offered a $10 million donation toward 9/11 relief efforts in 2001 – an offer that was rejected by New York City mayor Rudolph Giuliani when the prince suggested that the terrorist attacks were an indication that America “should re-examine its policies in the Middle East and adopt a more balanced stand toward the Palestinian cause.” Not long after having met the prince, Mansour in 1977 was introduced to the king of Saudi Arabia and became his attorney, representing the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries in a lawsuit that had been filed against it.

After Prince Alwaleed earned his college degree in 1979, he returned to Saudi Arabia. Soon thereafter, he asked Mansour to help him invest money in Africa. “He said, let’s make our focus turning Africa around,” Mansour recalls. “He has never told me until today where this idea came from, but it became an obsession.”

A friend of the late professor Edward Said, Mansour — a black nationalist — is an outspoken hater of the United States, Israel, and white people generally. He has accused the U.S. of plotting a “genocide” designed “to remove 15 million black people, considered disposable, of no relevance, value or benefit to the American society.” He has told fellow blacks: “Whatever you do to [white people], they deserve it, God wants you to do it, and that’s whether you cut off the nose, cut off the ears, take flesh out of their body, don’t worry. God wants you to do that.” Alleging further that Palestinians in Israel “are being brutalized like savages,” he has accused Israel’s Jews of “stealing the land the same way the Christians stole the land from the Indians in America.”

Mansour has written numerous books, including such titles as The Destruction of Western Civilization as Seen Through Islam and Will the West Rule Forever?

Mansour made headlines in 2008 when the longtime black activist/attorney Percy Sutton — a former lawyer for Malcolm X and a former business partner of Mansour — revealed that Mansour had once been a patron of a young Barack Obama — by raising money for Obama’s education and recommending Obama for admission to Harvard Law School in 1988. It is likely that Mansour had first met Obama at Columbia University in the early 1980s, when Obama was a student there and Mansour was a guest lecturer. Though reluctant to speak publicly about his ties to Obama, Mansour said in 2008: “I wish him the best, and hope he can win the [presidential] election.” Mansour refused to either confirm or deny Sutton’s claim about Mansour having helped Obama get into Harvard: “I’m not going to say that. That lends itself regardless of the answer and regardless of the truth to the type of sensationalism that I don’t consider productive to the goals that I have. I don’t see how this will promote education. I don’t see how this will promote a global respect. I don’t see how it deals with the basic issues we’re faced with in the country. I try to limit my comments to those kinds of issues, to avoid the tendency of the press to sensationalize both positive and negative.”

Further Reading:Obama and Al-Mansour: Another Radical Connection” (Military Money Matters); “Obama Had Close Ties to Top Saudi Adviser at Early Age” (Canada Free Press, 9-4-2008); “Who Is Khalid al-Mansour?” (by Kenneth Timmerman, 9-4-2008; “Khalid al-Mansour” (The Post-American Presidency: The Obama Administration’s War on America, by By Pamela Geller & Robert Spencer, 2010, pages 81-83); “Barack Obama—The Radical Mansourian Candidate” (Investors Business Daily, 9-24-2012).

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