July 6, 2012, - 3:35 pm

Ultimate Racebaiter: Dem Congressman (Who Supports Occupy Grp) Lies About Being 1/2 Black to Get Votes

By Debbie Schlussel

My favorite political story of the last week is that of Democrat U.S. Congressman Hansen Clarke of Detroit. He’s running to be my Congressman and–needless to say–won’t be getting my vote. He advocates the most wacky ideas and is an Occupy supporter and sympathizer. Far-left is a compliment for him. He’s off the deep end. Throughout his political career as a state legislator and now as a Congressman, he’s always maintained that he’s half-Black. His father, a Bangladeshi Muslim alien, was obviously Asian. But there is now a lot of doubt regarding whether or not he’s really half-Black. His mother’s death certificate was dug up by one of Clarke’s many opponents, and per years of rumors, it lists her as White.


Clarke claims his mother was a light-skinned Black woman and that pictures of her prove she’s Black. Problem is, he won’t produce any of said photos to back up that claim. Pony them up, dude. And he announced he won’t participate in any Democratic debates because of “race-baiting.” Um, when you claim your mother was Black to get Black votes, isn’t that “race-baiting”? He has one point in the “yes, my mama was Black” column: her first name was Thelma. On the other hand, back in the day–her day, Thelma was also a White name, and you can probably still find White Thelmas in the South. (My family’s Black maid was Velma, but she preferred us to call her, “Wilma.”) And, since her death was in 1976, that means she lived in the Detroit-area suburb of Southfield at a time when few Blacks lived in the now-majority-Black city. For the record, I never really believed his half-Black claims. He has no physically Black characteristics at all. He looks like a half-Indian/Pakistani/Bangladeshi, half-White person. And he’s one of these neo-hippie schmucks who had a ponytail for almost his entire career in the State Legislature and wouldn’t wear a tie. I even heard that this bozo claimed to be part American Indian, too, as an excuse for that.


Clarke’s bizarre story stretches to the point that he married his wife, Choi Palms-Cohen, during a drunken night in Vegas, after they’d only been friends and never even kissed before. He’s a convert to Roman Catholicism from Islam (but he gets a ton of campaign contributions from extremist Muslims in the Detroit-area Bangladeshi community and does their bidding), and she was adopted and raised by a Jewish family. While he began high school in the dregs of Detroit, he spent most of his high school career at a fancy Massachusetts prep boarding school for rich White kids, from which he graduated. And now he’s learning a lesson: if you live by he fake Blackness, you will die by the fake Blackness. Faking his race is how he got everywhere in life.

I couldn’t care less what race Hansen Clarke is. My favorite elected official, Allen West, is far darker in complexion than Clarke and most others, and I wish he were President, instead of the two lousy choices we’ll have in November. I do know, though, that Clarke is a wacko, that his views are radical, and that he’s a liar and a fraud. He probably lied to get affirmative action admission into the Ivy League’s Cornell University. He also probably lied to get affirmative action admission to Georgetown University Law School. (You know he checked that box on his college and grad school applications and got away with it.) He definitely lied to get elected to the Michigan Legislature from Detroit. And he did it again to run against–and beat–deposed former Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick’s mother, Carolyn Cheeks-Kilpatrick. And even though he’s nutty, he was a welcome improvement over her. But not welcome enough to stay in office, now that his new district is more moderate and is a gerrymandered stretch from the dregs of Detroit to the dregs of Pontiac, with White, wealthy suburbs in the mix. Whoever wins the 14th Congressional District will now represent a hodge-podge of disparate ethnic and racial groups without common interests or lifestyles, not to mention politics. And it will be a Democrat, carefully drawn by the Michigan GOP that way.

But that’s the way it is in Detroit: race matters. It’s the ONLY thing that matters. Your competence and qualifications are irrelevant. The people in the city and most Black voters elsewhere vote based solely on race. THEY are the racists. And it’s why nothing in Detroit ever gets done, and when something is “done,” it’s in the manner of a banana republic run by complete morons and ethnocentrics. As you know, it’s also how Obama got over 90% of the Black vote. It’s silly and ridiculous. And baiting that won’t work anymore for Hansen Clarke.

Now, the competition is steep and White voters are in the mix. He’s running against extremely pro-Israel, White Democrat Gary Peters, who will probably win. And the Black vote will likely be split between Southfield Mayor Brenda Lawrence (whose supporter dug up the death certificate, but she claims she has “nooooothing” to do with it!) and Mary Waters, a former State Representative. And for those who still believe he’s Black, Hansen Hashim Clarke. The Black Slate, a powerful Black endorsement group, isn’t stupid. It endorsed the White Gary Peters, because he’s the likely winner. A more radical Black group, the Fannie Lou Hamer PAC, just endorsed Clarke and bought his phony Blackness act.

I am waiting on the Official Blackness Kosher Seal of Approval from Clarke’s fellow race baiters Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton. But, until then, the irony is thick.

Now, after years of Hansen Clarke–who changed his name from Molik Hashim–lying and race-baiting his phony Blackness, he’s a hypocrite in his faux-outrage and claims that he’s the “victim” of race-baiting. He’s only one thing: the perpetrator.

Pot. Kettle. (Not Half-)Black.

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Do you have any clue what this sounds like to the majority of us out here who don’t live in Haiti-lite, AKA Detroit?

Guess not.

FU: Did you bother to actually read this? Doesn’t it sound to you like I think this is ridiculous? DS

fed up on July 6, 2012 at 3:41 pm

I wonder if he and Elizabeth Warren attended the same school? Good grief. Don’t any of these idiots realize you cannot tell little white (pun intended) lies these days? The internet makes it too easy to find the truth.

The bigger problem is that too many voters are uninformed and apathetic and vote solely on race/religion or whatever.

You were spot on, Debbie, regarding his mother’s name. I had an aunt named Thelma and that side of the family was from the south.

Road Warrior on July 6, 2012 at 4:11 pm

Wow!!! That’s sad!!! Good job DS!!!

Hollywood on July 6, 2012 at 4:17 pm

Hansen Clarke doesn’t sound like what Martin Luther King had in mind when he famously said, “I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character.”

Sure, everyone today needs an edge to get ahead in life, but can’t that edge be based on character, ethics, integrity, talent, skill, knowledge, ability, judgment, training, expertise, achievement, effort, and other such qualities? Apparently, not yet. It’s still a good dream, though. But we have a very long way to go before we get there—especially when we go in the wrong direction.

Ralph Adamo on July 6, 2012 at 4:23 pm

Great, interesting story, Debbie.

DS_ROCKS! on July 6, 2012 at 5:04 pm

He’s not even Halfrican like our Prez.

At least Obama is legitimately part African. No such background for Hansen Clark.

And he’ll lose. Yup, his story is contrived – and ridiculous!

NormanF on July 6, 2012 at 5:48 pm

Debbie, a few things. Cornell to me is Ivy League lite. Other Ivies are far more competitive to get into. And if this guy can fake being Black then good for him. All the quotas, set asides, etc. that Black people can get are just fancy handouts that reinforce the status quo. It seems reasonable that a fake Black person should benefit from a corrupt system. Finally, I don’t like filling out my race on official forms, as I understand the information will be used against me. All white people should refuse to identify themselves by race out of self interest. And our government shouldn’t be assigning people to racial hierarchies. As a Jew I don’t trust the process. Good shabbes, Debbie.

A1 on July 6, 2012 at 6:26 pm

I have an African American security guard that works for me. His dad is from Ghana, and is so black he is almost purple in color. His mom is from Finland, and is so blond she is almost translucent. On his birth certificate it lists him as WHITE. Go figure?

Tasso on July 6, 2012 at 6:35 pm

    Tasso (Rhymes with asshole) have some balls for once and your life and stop with the beating-around-the-bush crap. It’s not effective and gives you away more than your stupid brain realizes.

    Skunky on July 7, 2012 at 9:05 pm

Thelma Ritter.
Thelma Schoonmaker.
Thelma Todd
Thelma and Louise.

Thelma, Alabama. (Oh, wait.)

Louie Louie on July 6, 2012 at 6:38 pm

Too bad Thadeus McCotter resigned today….

FK: Nah, he was a CAIR-supporting dope. I’m glad he’s gone. Will be writing more about him, next week, which might change your mind on him. DS

FrenchKiss on July 6, 2012 at 7:34 pm

Add to the current question of his veracity this: Now that Mr. Clarke (nee Hashim) is married, a member of Congress, and candidate for reelection, I wonder if my congressman still enjoys painting nude women, as reported by the Detroit Free Press, April 14, 2006?

Jay Hackleman on July 6, 2012 at 7:46 pm

As another poster noted, this is just a male version of Elizabeth Warren. At least it seems that Clarke is headed for defeat, unlike Warren. It apparently does not occur to some voters that a person who will lie about their race would have no problem with lying about other lesser matters.

Worry on July 6, 2012 at 8:15 pm

Cherokee Run

pat on July 6, 2012 at 8:31 pm

A Hispanic friend of mine married a woman of Polish decent. Her last name became Gonzales, so she received a minority business loan because she was now Hispanic, AFTER she divorced him!

Dr Dale on July 6, 2012 at 9:56 pm

Wait, hold the phone. Now it’s “racist” to challenge a scammer’s claim?

THAT TEARS IT! I am submitting my application to Harvard, TONIGHT, and telling them that I am black.

When I show up for classes, I DARE them to even look at me the wrong way. I’ll bring a civil rights lawsuit against them for their FILTHY racism if they tell me I “look” white to them.

That’s probably the only remaining way to achieve true racial justice. If all the whites climb on board the affirmative action gravy train with everybody else, it will become equal opportunity.

Statusmonkey on July 7, 2012 at 9:15 am

this guy sounds like an absolute radical,ultraliberal, left-wing nutcase who’s off the deep end!

Dave on July 7, 2012 at 10:58 am

“Race matters”? What if when the ample Chinese army invades the USA, everybody whom they happen to not like, gets killed? Is that possible?

PhillipGaley on July 7, 2012 at 10:59 am

@ Tasso: so what’s your point?

Your bi-racial security guard buddy is so black that he’s “purple” according to you, but Hashim doesn’t look like he has any black DNA at all.

DS_ROCKS! on July 7, 2012 at 12:18 pm

The REAL person or persons to blame are the idiots of this race baiters district that vote. If there were no fools putting people like this in power, politicians like these would be regulated to the looney bin. Unfortunately with the current voting process corrupt as it is and a class of dependency having been created a generation ago, these kind of politicians will be more common.

Mario on July 7, 2012 at 12:18 pm

This nu-age practice is becoming de rigueur. Re-inventing oneself to suit the audience at the expense of honesty, integrity and trust. It worked for Barry. We still don’t know who he is or where he comes from.

Now, who in their right mind would vote for such people, as I’ve posted before ‘only hypnotised sheeple’…..

Eyes Wide Open on July 7, 2012 at 8:26 pm

He has one point in the “yes, my mama was Black” column: her first name was Thelma.

Ever hear of Thelma Ritter?

Miranda Rose Smith on July 8, 2012 at 3:18 am

Hasheem looks like a regular Paki

jerry1800 on July 8, 2012 at 5:59 am

Debbie it sounds like this dope and Lizzy Warren have something in common. You have to hand it to democrats like Clarke one the one hand he is using race baitng tactics to get votes and on the other hand he won’t be in any of the debates because he said that it would be racist.I wouldn’t care if this guy was green with horns coming out of his head I would never vote for a screwball democrat. I also agree with you about Allen West. He would make a great president and would be so unlike the thinned skinned, unethical and clueless stooge that we have now.

Ken b on July 8, 2012 at 2:57 pm

Sounds to me like he is an ideal candidate for Congress. He lies, misrepresents, and plays the race card. Fits right in.

Little Al on July 8, 2012 at 9:30 pm

Somehow this story makes me sad. To think people vote for reasons of race and not ideas is very depressing. I guess that’s how we got today’s Detroit.

Charles Kirtley on July 9, 2012 at 6:28 am

debbie why do you live in detolit,that place is run by the bell curve.

BRUCE on July 19, 2012 at 9:14 pm

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