For reasons clearly laid out in my other writings, Blackamerican Muslims had been sold on the completely fallacious idea that they were in essence “just Muslims”, a culturally vacuous identity which denied any recognition of their unique contributions and perspectives on the direction of Islam in America.
Nevertheless, despite the crippling effect that this self-abasing philosophy had on the growth and development of Blackamerican Islam, no one was prepared to disabuse them of it, not even their own leadership, who in furtherance of their own careers as personalities on the immigrant set – the conventions, fundraisers, conferences, etc. – consciously adopted safe, non-threatening, race-neutral persona’s. Those Blackamerican Imams didn’t have to be told anything. Subtle gestures and hints conveyed the clear message that topics thought to be “too Black” – that is, too empowering of Black Muslims or even Black people – would not be tolerated.
This debilitating orientation and outlook left Blackamerican Muslims extremely vulnerable to what I call the “immigrant Muslim Syndicate, especially, and most importantly, the Arab wing of it represented by groups like CAIR, MAS, MSA, American Muslim Council, etc. By means of carefully crafted propaganda, disseminated incessantly through books, sermons, rallies, programs, etc, an unassailable – however false – belief came to take hold in the Muslim community that in America we’re “all in this thing together”, sharing the same problems and concerns. This propaganda was framed in terms of “Muslim unity”, a principle definitely enunciated in the Quran and one which no devout Muslim would ever dare question. The community was constantly portrayed as “under siege”, giving force and urgency to this call for “unity”, no matter the issue and at all costs!
And while its certainly true that Muslims in America share some problems in common, that can in no way be construed to mean their problems are all the same. The issues and concerns of newly arrived immigrants are of course quite different than those of indigenous citizens with long and complex histories in the country.
At any rate, most native-born American Muslims, and almost certainly all the Blackamericans within that group, were completely unaware of the real aims and objectives of this “closed ranks”, “community under siege” propaganda, which was in actual fact nothing more than a well orchestrated – indeed sinister -effort to insulate organizations with close ties to terrorist groups like Hamas, Islamic Jihad, and Hezbollah!
In all of this Blackamerican Muslims, reduced to being “just Muslims” and cut off from their “kafir” families and communities, were expected to go along with the program, not ask too many questions, and serve as pawns in an international intrigue they had little to no knowledge of. The real tragedy in all of this is that their leadership allowed them to be used in this fashion.
Very few Americans, including the overwhelming majority of law-abiding Muslims, understand the shady workings of the the “immigrant Muslim Syndicate” in the United States, who see this country as the “cash cow” for their overseas “jihads”. Unfortunately, many Muslims have succumbed to the pernicious message of groups like CAIR and MAS by subscribing to the unfounded belief that the US Government has somehow targeted them. This type of irrational belief, shared by an appreciable segment of the Muslim community, only underscores the marked (if limited) success of the CAIR/MAS propaganda in recent years. If this belief was in any way founded on fact, the entire Muslim community would have been summarily rounded up in the wake of the 9/11 attacks.
No, what this government is after is terrorists, and those who give them aid and comfort! Blackamerican Muslims must recognize this, and not get caught up in the nefarious, dark dealings of imported, ultra-secret groups, who, to be frank, are nothing more than the middle-eastern “Muslim Brotherhood” dressed up in American clothes. When people are paraded in front of us – like Sami Al Arian for example – as “innocent victims of America’s war on Islam”, we need to look a little closer.
Our Blackamerican Imams, the ones projected as the “national leaders”, allowed us to be used as human shields in a fight we have no dog in! What does “suicide bombings”, “Jew hatred”, and an appalling lust for blood have to do with the religion of Islam! If the pathway to fame entailed neglect of their own Black community, let the record reflect that is exactly what they did. While they were busy jumping on planes from one “fund raiser” to the next, raising money to build huge suburban masjids and schools, they counseled us to attend the next “rally for Palestine” in front of the White House”. Its a shame!
We are not “just a Muslim”, we are Blackamerican Muslims with a responsibility to our God, our families, our communities, and yes, our nation. Later for all the rest of that stuff.