Dr. V. "Issa" White is one of the nation’s premier scholars on Islam among people of African descent and Latinos in the Americas. He has appeared on national and international networks such as Al Jazeera, BBC, PBS, NPR, Good Morning America, CNN, and FOX to name a few. In addition, his works have been printed in the London Times, New York Times, Los Angeles and The Jewish Forward Magazine among others.
As a graduate of Bethune-Cookman University, Purdue University and The Ohio State University he has a stellar record in the areas of Constitutional and Legal History, Public History, Labor, and Social History, and Caribbean and Latin American History. Dr. V. "Issa" White was the last academic to interview Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall. In addition, Dr. V. "Issa" White work in Public History and Historical Archeology has been illustrated in major documentaries on the History Channel, Discovery Network, C-Span, and several international networks. In this light, he served as the Head of the Ethnic and African American Studies Department at the University of Illinois and later the Director of Public History at the University of Central Florida.
Dr. V. "Issa" White is one of the few Muslim leaders who have served on White House appointments to both Republican and Democratic presidents, as well as governor commissions in Ohio, Illinois, and Florida. In addition, he has served on major governmental committees of the Department of State and Department of Agriculture. Internationally, he has addressed United Nations delegates and scholars as well as Senatorial assemblies in Brazil and The Gambia, West Africa.
Professor Dr. V. "Issa" White has a stellar academic record of service and publication. He has published scores of articles and books, including an academic bestseller.
Currently, he is an Imam to the Bilal Ibn Islamic Center of Orlando, Florida; Director of the American Muslim Chamber of Commerce (Orlando, Florida), former Vice Chair of Florida Muslim Democrat Caucus and the North American representative of the World Islamic Propagation and Humanitarian Services (WIPAHS—Dar es Salaam, Tanzania), Epidemiologist with the Department of Health and the owner of W&M Enterprises and Farms. He is also a busy scholar—he is completing Blacklisted: The Price for Speaking the Truth, scheduled for publication in 2023.
Dr. V. "Issa" White is an Afro-Latino born to a Costa Rican father and Haitian/African American mother. He is versed in Spanish and fluent in Portuguese. The Professor has traveled to over 120 countries and lived in several nations such as Brazil, Bermuda, and Jamaica. Dr. V. "Issa" White is a family man with three children.
Dr. V. "Issa" White is the last academic to have interviewed former Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall. Dr. V. "Issa" White following the mandate of the Chief Justice and his teacher, Charles Hamilton Houston, the father of the Civil Right litigation movement, who believed that a lawyer was either a “social engineer or a parasite on society.” The Imam Professor wholeheartedly believes in this doctrine. Thus, if he fails to be a social engineer, Houston stated, he is a parasite that must be purged from society. The word lawyer can and should be replaced with the term, “civil servant.” Therefore, if representatives, congresspersons, or senators are not “social engineers;” but merely parasites on the people they should be eradicated from the body. Simply put, Washington has too many parasites that are literally sucking the blood of the American people. As an alternative to this parasitic syndrome that has taken the federal government and the American people hostage—Dr. V. "Issa" White is a card- carrying social engineer.
Dr. V. "Issa" White believes that there is not a fixed and monolithic political position. Politics are the people. The population of the American people is mixed with a wonderful blend of cultures, races, nationalities, ethnicities, and religions. America is a pluralistic mixture of humanitarian spices. Therefore, instead of being a one blend pumpkin soup; America is a holistic, beautiful, and soulful pluralistic vegetable soup. So, is the political stratum a one tier liberal or conservative line? Of course not, it is a puzzle of different shapes, interest, and determinants that is geared toward one direction the betterment and greatness of the United States.
Sadly, this greatness has been stymied by political operatives of both parties that have used lies, corruption, extortion, and terror to achieve objectives that are not always in line with the American people. The People’s House (The Capital) has become a venue of finger pointing, accusations, and non productivity. How do we change the narrative and atmosphere of Congress? By common sense speaking and working on the behalf of the American people. Members of Congress has been entrusted by the American people to enhance, protect, and cherish the legacy and future of the United States. Instead, representatives have harnessed political power for self-promotional influence and wealth. President Eisenhower warned us in 1959 when he said:
"In the councils of government, we must guard against the acquisition of unwarranted influence, whether sought or unsought. . .. The potential for the disastrous rise of misplaced power exists and will persist. We must never let the weight of this combination endanger our liberties or democratic processes. We should take nothing for granted. Only an alert and knowledgeable citizenry can compel the meshing [of our] peaceful methods and goals, so that security and liberty may prosper together."
The time is now, for Biblical and Quranic change of the narrative. Leaders who wallow in mud and who are too weak to speak truth to power must be cast out of the People’s House and replaced by servants of the people who have made a vow before the creator not to deceive or discredit the ones who placed them in power.
Therefore, my philosophy is easy. It is to represent, protect, and honor the people who have entrusted me with their will.