Br Marc Manley has an excellent post about Islam in America. I highly recommend it. It is pretty long (but worth it) and I have excerpted it below:
As it stands, I see much of the Islam I have witnessed coming out of the Blackamerican population has been on of eclecticism. That the process to becoming Muslim required replicating a previous or “other” version of Islam such that when it was donned by Blackamericans it still resembled its old form or context. By this I mean things such as wardrobe, diet, and societal norms. Suits and pants became thobes and turbans. Falafel and hummus became more authentic than steak and fried chicken. And holding down a 9-5 and supporting one’s family was bucked in favor of checking out against the kafir-led regime that oppressed the Palestinians. But instead, if we were to fashion an Islam that spoke to our time, our condition and our history, this bricolage would speak far greater to us than any masquerading could.
I feel that part of this is a self hatred and addressed this in part five of the ‘Why Blackamerican Muslims Don’t Stand for Justice’ series.