I’m beginning to get very excited about 2008. Maybe its because I’ve discovered this blogging thing and have finally been able to address some long overdue issues related to race and class in the ummah. I think that the discussions have been wonderfully productive and will result in positive change (inshallah).
My man Amin Nathari is kicking off his blog this week, and I know he’s going to set it off cause he’s a sharp guy with some good ideas. And that is really what it is all about…ideas.
Some people have tried to assert recently that I am in some way “anti-immigrant”, which is ridiculous and unfounded. I know why they say this though. It is because they’re not used to hearing the real thoughts and opinions of “field Negroes” like myself, those who don’t pretend that everything is rosy and sweet. I’m not, nor have I ever been, part of the “Muslim Establishment” in America and have never gotten my paycheck from them, meaning I can speak my mind without worrying about feeding my family. The field Negro speaks a little differently from that happy “house Negro”, whose satisfied with the crumbs that fall from master’s table. These satisfied, so-called leaders (who don’t work real jobs like everyone else) are completely out of ideas and quite frankly out of touch, yet they continue to paint an overly optimistic picture of our condition as Black people, both Muslim and non-Muslim.
I suggest to my second generation brothers and sisters, many of whom are doing tremendous work in the community, that rather than being offended all the time to just listen for a moment and learn. I’m sorry, but the dialogue more often than not has been one way, and now it is time for you to heed the voices of dissatisfaction – suppressed and marginalized for years – and pretty much disregard what the happy Negroes tell you.
And just like I don’t know the first thing about “Desis”, “FOB’s”, and the like, I don’t care to be lectured by you about what is an essentially an internal discussion within a segment of the Muslim community. The truth is that you don’t know what’s going on, and refuse to humble yourself in order to learn. This is something new, us speaking for ourselves without our “happy” interpreters getting in the way, so get used to it.
I am thankful to Allah for all of my readership, as well as the many good brothers and sisters out there making a difference. But my blog is not for the faint of heart! Having said that, no one should interpret my criticisms of what has passed for leadership over these many years as an attack on the good they’re doing today. KEEP DOING GOOD WORK NO MATTER WHAT. In fact, that is why I’m feeling good about this year, because I seeing real engagement in the struggle to establish Islam in America.
Again, keep reading and you’ll soon get it.