A revived article from the St. Petersburg (FL) Evening Independent in 1979 by Obama adviser Valerie Jarrett’s father-in-law Vernon Jarrett recalls how oil-rich Arabs, specifically the Saudi royal family provided financial aid to American black leaders and minority institutions.
Frank Miele reports,
So far as I know, this 1979 column has not previously been brought to light, but it certainly should be because it broke some very interesting news about the “rumored billions of dollars the oil-rich Arab nations are supposed to unload on American black leaders and minority institutions.” The columnist quoted a black San Francisco lawyer who said, “It’s not just a rumor. Aid will come from some of the Arab states.”
Well, if anyone would know, it would have been this lawyer — Donald Warden, who had helped defend OPEC in an antitrust suit that year and had developed significant ties with the Saudi royal family since becoming a Muslim and taking the name Khalid Abdullah Tariq al-Mansour.
Al-Mansour told Jarrett that he had presented the “proposed special aid program to OPEC Secretary-General Rene Ortiz” in September 1979, and that “the first indications of Arab help to American blacks may be announced in December.” Maybe so, but I looked high and wide in newspapers in 1979 and 1980 for any other stories about this aid package funded by OPEC and never found it verified.
Mr. Miele also says that with the amount of $20 million per year for ten years to aid 10,000 minority students, he would have thought that this would have been widely published, but he claims this is the only account he has been able to find so far.
The question becomes, who is Al-Mansour? He is a black nationalist and Muslim lawyer from Texas who campaigned to get Barack Obama into Harvard. In the interview below, Al-Mansour tells just how involved he was in getting Obama into Harvard.
To get a little flavor of the theology and worldview of Al-Mansour, check out these two brief videos where he discusses Jews and the “birth and death of Christianity.”
Mansour has reacted to the claims of Jarrett in the piece. Buzzfeed reports,
Jarrett writes that Mansour approached Ortiz with “a proposed special aid program.” Mansour is quoted saying, “The idea was fully endorsed by Ortiz and other OPEC administrators.”
Mansour, who lives in San Antonio, said the story was “definitely not true.”
“It’s not true, it’s not accurate,” Mansour said. He said that he had represented OPEC in a lawsuit in Los Angeles, but that this was the extent of his involvement with the organization.
As for the column, “I’ve never heard of it. I have no idea what the motivation of Mr. Jarrett was.”
Mansour said that he “absolutely not” had had anything to do with Obama’s education.
While Mansour denies involvement with Obama, he allowed this press release earlier this month to go out:
Renowned global speaker, Muslim Lawyer, black nationalist and author, Dr. Khalid Abdullah Tariq Al-Mansour is scheduled to deliver the UTech Distinguished Lecture on Thursday, September 27, 2012 at 5:30 pm at the Wyndham Kingston Hotel. He will speak on the intriguing topic: “World Opportunities for Wealthcreation – WOW!”
Al-Mansour who made news in 2008 when it was revealed that he had been a patron of Barack Obama and had recommended him for admission to Harvard Law School in 1998, is co-founder of the International law firm of Al-Waleed, Al-Talal and Al-Mansour and Special Advisor to Saudi Arabian Prince, His Royal Highness Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal Bin Abdulazziz.
Yet even knowing this, we aren’t hearing about it in the mainstream media. We are not hearing about the deep involvement and possible financial support from the Arab world and Islamists over the highest office in our land and the most powerful position in the world. Even Republicans won’t touch this with a ten foot pole because of political expediency. Seems to me they could use the argument of the Democrats, “It’s the seriousness of the charge” to get some investigating done on this. I’m not holding my breath though.