There is always two sides to a coin. Hence, there’s always a duality attributed to one subject matter. Objectivity is informative, explanatory and illustrative. Objectivity offers us the suggestion of confronting issues with a forbearance of an open mind. An open mind merits us with the ability to rightly discern. Discernment cultivates a viewpoint. This is where you, the reader/observer, hold your position of opinion.
Black Lives Matter
Black Lives Matter – BLM.” Is a that movement was established when 17-year-old Trayvon Martin was shot down by George Zimmerman, who was tried and acquitted. Black Lives Matters is a response to the anti-Black racism that seems to permeate the American society. This is a very serious, sensitive topic and deserves respect, for the questionable conduct of what many black American’s think some police officers have seen fit to do, in their line of duty. This topic requires the decency of acknowledging the past atrocities of black history in America and throughout the decades of injustices, suffering and hardships. It also requires an honest, upfront examination of the current situation. Church planter D.A. Horton is executive director of ReachLife Ministries and the national coordinator for urban student missions at the Southern Baptist Convention’s North American Mission Board. Horton shares a excerpt of Anthony Bradley, associate professor of theology, at King’s College in New York City, “In a culture that has done all it can to expunge moral virtue from the aspirations of human life, why are we surprised that we are shouting, ‘Black lives matter?‘” Bradley continued. “When human persons are not expected to be in communion with God and others, why are we surprised that the reverence due to the human person is lost? Black lives matter because persons are not autonomous, self-contained, individualistic creatures who do not need others for their flourishing. Black lives matter not simply because they are black but because blacks are persons — persons who are a necessary variable to the flourishing of others so that we all may attain the end for which we were created.”
“Understanding why black lives matter,” Horton shares, “entails understanding the systemic dehumanizing of blacks that occurred for 400 years of American history.”
Khaliah Sabra is an American born woman with associated ties to the Muslim Brotherhood. She’s been well known for provocative stirrings of Muslims joining the Black Lives matter movement, encouraging BLM to connect with the Muslim cause, in America, to join the revolution against white supremacy. Interestingly, Khaliah strongly supported the 2009 home-grown, Daniel Boyd, sentenced for 218 years, for being involved in a conspiracy to advance violent jihad, contributing and supporting terrorist attacks within other nations, also encouraging acts of murder, kidnapping and disfiguring random people abroad – New York Times. Infiltration’s such as these raise the question of the objectives of both groups? Why the alliance? Why the need for the connection? What exactly is the intention? Also, how closely linked are the two movements? Are BLM and Islamic groups moving towards an “all of Americans,” equality and unity, including white America, or is there a hidden agenda?
Black Lives Matter website, in their “About Section,” states – “Black Lives Matter is a chapter-based national organization working for the validity of Black life. We are working to (re)build the Black liberation movement. This is Not a Moment, but a Movement. When we say Black Lives Matter, we are broadening the conversation around state violence to include all of the ways in which Black people are intentionally left powerless at the hands of the state. We are talking about the ways in which Black lives are deprived of our basic human rights and dignity. #BlackLivesMatter is working for a world where Black lives are no longer systematically and intentionally targeted for demise. We affirm our contributions to this society, our humanity, and our resilience in the face of deadly oppression. We have put our sweat equity and love for Black people into creating a political project–taking the hashtag off of social media and into the streets. The call for Black lives to matter is a rallying cry for ALL Black lives striving for liberation.“
Yusra Khogali, the co-founder of Black Lives Matter in Toronto, Canada – was brought to account concerning a tweet she posted before a rally “”Plz Allah give me strength not to cuss/kill these men and white folks out here today. Plz plz plz.” The tweet caused quite an uproar in Canada and further highlighted the connection between Black Lives Matter and Islamic infiltration. Yusra removed the tweet but not quickly enough. A keen-eyed observer archived it and complained to Toronto Police despite their claim that no one did. Also, in a 2015 Facebook post, Khogali shared, “black people are a superior race because white people are sub-human who suffer from ‘recessive genetic defects,‘” also explaining how they could be wiped out.
In a public meeting with Ontario, Premier Kathleen Wynne, stated, “Let’s get one thing straight. The tweet was in very poor taste. It gave many Torontonians the ammunition they needed to uphold their narrow views of BLM — that its an organization full of angry black people that don’t value any lives except for black ones. Our experiences tell you that the threats we face are very real.”
However, in refute to Wynne’s statement, well known Toronto journalist Desmond Cole, suggest the Khogali Tweet was a harmless, “prayer like tweet” to protect her from harm, and give her wisdom in the face of racism, violence and misogyny.
Last year, 2016, BLM celebrated its fourth anniversary. BLM has broaden its horizons having rally’s and events throughout the UK. Statements, grievances and oppositions, such as the above, are going to raise suspicions. An organisation cannot deny, nor run away from controversial words or exertions their members are demonstrating. When negligence to these sorts of statements/actions are put in place, it therefore highlights further doubt and causes the public to question the necessity of identifying how, or whether a cause/organisation can, or does, turn in to a contemptible source of an underlining effort towards something completely different.
For a further comprehensive read of the Federal Officials Close Investigation Into Death of Trayvon Martin, please select the following link – https://www.justice.gov/opa/pr/federal-officials-close-investigation-death-trayvon-martin
Nation of Islam
In 1930, a Detroit clothing merchant named Wallace D. Fard (a.k.a. Wali Farad Muhammad) began preaching an Islamic-flavoured message among blacks. The message? A combination of Christian principles, Islamic ideals and Black Nationalism, offering hope to an oppressed community of people.
Fard, claiming connections with Mecca, began calling black Americans to renounce Christianity (a “white man’s religion”), to embrace Islamic ideals. He founded the Temple of Islam in Detroit and by 1934 had a following of 8,000. After Fard mysteriously disappeared in 1934, his most famous disciple, Elijah Muhammad (born Elijah Poole), carried the movement forward. Elijah Muhammad claimed that Allah had appeared in the person of Fard, he himself was a prophet of Allah, viewing white people as devils preaching against integration.
In 1947, Elijah Muhammad’s message was heard and accepted by imprisoned Malcolm X (born Malcolm Little). In 1952 Malcolm X joined the Black Muslims, known to be an outspoken minister of the group until 1963. Upon a visit to Mecca Malcolm became disillusioned with Mohammad, converting to orthodox Islam a year later. Eleven months later he was assassinated.
In 1955, Luis Farrakhan joined the Nation of Islam, becoming the leader in 1978 of the Nation of Islam, within a group that preserved the original teachings of Elijah Muhammad. Luis Farrakhan led the 1955 Million Man March organized, in part, by the Nation of Islam (N.O.I.). Farrakham emphasised that racial reconciliation offered no hope for black people. Farrakhan argued “The Seal and the Constitution [of the United States—BB] reflect the thinking of the founding fathers, that this was to be a nation by White people and for White people. Native Americans, Blacks, and all other non-White people were to be the burden bearers for the real citizens of this nation.”
The march was unsuccessful in its attempts to raise up the objectives of NOI, no new black movement/revolution proceeded, however, the march stirred the waters, being the catalyst to a political statement which would initiate in any other ways, channeling both the Occupy Wall Street and Black Lives Matter movements.
It’s interesting to note, N.O.I.’s most essential teachings, the creation story, according to N.O.I details a genius named Yakub, perverted the original, black human form by a process of mating lighter-skinned people, together, with the black people, akin to selective breeding, until he had created a race of pale, wicked altered individuals. N.O.I. believe Yakub to be the biblical Jacob creating a world where the lighter-skinned dominated the original darker people. This is paramount to their beliefs, which in turn, has been a prompting to motivate racism.
Louis Farrakhan has shared, “I am giving them a Warning and a Guidance from God to help them to do that which will save America. And I warn them that these calamities are going to increase now in severity so America might humble herself to that call of God to let the Black man and woman go. It is the time that we should separate to go free and that America should provide us with land and implements that would allow us to build a future for ourselves – for they have proved to be disagreeable to live with in peace.”
Sidney Ahlstrohm, Yale University professor of history, shares his views regarding the Nation of Islam “[Their] eschatology teaches that God has come; there is no life after this life; heaven and hell are only two contrasting earthly conditions; the hereafter (which will begin to appear about A.D. 2000) is but the end of the present “spook” civilization of the Caucasian usurpers, including the Christian religion. It will be followed by the redemption of the Black Nation and their glorious rule over all the earth (1972, p. 1068).
Louis Farrakhan, continues to fight for his black brothers and sisters, his dedication to rally against oppression wherever he finds it, whether the educational system, government or urban communities. “But if I thought on it, I would like to be remembered as a brother who loved his people and did everything that I knew to fight for them, the liberation of our people.”Louis Farrakhan
Author and former nation of Islam member and friend of Farrakhan, Vibert L. White Jr., wrote a book titled ”Inside the Nation of Islam.” White spent almost two decades with N.O.I. his enlightened experience shares within the book, ”What I thought was an aggressive and egalitarian movement with the best interests of the black underclass at heart was (really) about controversy, about attacking other groups for the political agenda of the leaders and about the personal empire of Louis Farrakhan and the top leaders…..” White didn’t want to believe what he was witnessing, however, he continues, “As I got closer to the center, it was disheartening.” The two decade experience led White to recount his knowledge in full details in his book. http://www.apologeticsindex.org/n06.html
It seems Malcolm X had quite a different take and view than Louis Farrakhan, regarding his objectives, he once stated – “Our people have made the mistake of confusing the methods with the objectives. As long as we agree on objectives, we should never fall out with each other just because we believe in different methods, or tactics, or strategy. We have to keep in mind at all times that we are not fighting for separation. We are fighting for recognition as free humans in this society.“
Council of American Islamic Relations
Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) is an American-Islamic Relations organisation, the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy, according to the CAIR Website. CAIR’s vision is “to be a leading advocate for justice and mutual understanding.”
CAIR’s mission is “to enhance understanding of Islam, encourage dialogue, protect civil liberties, empower American Muslims, and build coalitions that promote justice and mutual understanding.”
Following the horrors of 9/11, CAIR was named as being part of an extensive network supporting terriorist groups, such as, Hamas and Muslim Brotherhood. Only recently did CAIR attempt to block a bill presented to officially authorise the Muslim Brotherhood as a terror organisation. Interestingly, countries such as Israel and Egypt already have such a bill in place. CAIR rejected the notion of blocking the bill, smearing Senator Ted Cruz, stating that such a bill was written by an FBI agent who had Islmophobic tendencies and made an intentional purpose of slamming Muslim’s and Islam. Upon investigation of this FBI agent it was clarified that CAIR’s accusations were false and unfounded.
The former said agent was Agent John Guandolo, accused of drafting the 2014 Bill, “John Guadolo had absolutely nothing to do with the drafting of the bill, nor did anyone from his office seek his contribution,” according to Michelle Bachmann,” former member of the United States House of Representatives. “Unable to address the findings of the bill, CAIR is engaged in a transparent attempt to attack this effort through smears and guilt by association,” Bachmann concluded.
Consequently. CAIR spokesperson Ibrahim Hooper attempted to distance CAIR away from the false claims, requesting that WorldNetDaily should be contacted, indicating they had made the claims. Upon further investigation with WorldNetDaily, Hooper’s claims were unequivocally untrue the original press release confirmed the information was indeed provided by CAIR.
CAIR establishes, the following, within the “About” section of their Website – “Top Internet Misinformation and Conspiracy Theories About CAIR” tab
Internet Disinformation #1:
CAIR was born out of a desire on the part of its founders to “concentrate on combating anti-Muslim discrimination nationwide.” The organization’s advocacy model — work closely with media and provide direct services to local Muslim communities — was developed when Nihad Awad and Ibrahim Hooper worked as community activists. CAIR is not “the Wahhabi lobby,” a “front-group for Hamas,” a “fund-raising arm for Hezbollah,” “…part of a wider conspiracy overseen by the Muslim Brotherhood…” or any of the other false and misleading associations our detractors seek to smear us with.”
Democrat Senator Dick Durbin, Illinois stated, in 2003 that CAIR is “unusual in its extreme rhetoric and its associations with groups that are suspect.” Schumer also verified, “CAIR is known “to have ties to terrorism.” In a letter dated 2009, Schumer identified a “cutting off contact” with the Islamist group should be government-wide policy.”
Although, interestingly, in a letter dated 2015, Schumer is found expressing his praise to CAIR and his appreciation of CAIR’s continued efforts in spreading humanity, worldwide and cultivating a supportive, mutual understanding among all Americans throughout all cultures and backgrounds.” He states, “I know that the Council on American-Islamic Relations will continue to serve New York State and the nation for many years to come.”
David Reaboi, a national security expert and political warfare consultant, advised that CAIR’s main drive is to stop the Muslim Brotherhood from being designated as a terror group. “As the debate on the Brotherhood heats up, Americans shouldn’t be surprised to see those who’ve argued for decades that Hamas isn’t a terrorist group are also adamant that the Muslim Brotherhood isn’t one either,” Reaboi said.
FBI’s former chief of counterterrorism, Steven Pomerantz noted “CAIR, its leaders, and its activities effectively give aid to international terrorist groups.”
Considering the controversy which has been circulating around CAIR for quite some years, now, Abdur-Rahman Muhammad, a former member of the IIIT who renounced the group in disgust, was an official eyewitness to the creation of the word – Islamophobia, he reveals, “This loathsome term is nothing more than a thought-terminating cliche conceived in the bowels of Muslim think tanks for the purpose of beating down critics.”
Muhammad also shares his thoughts on political Islam, “Political Islam as a system of governance in which Muslims are “given superiority over non-Muslims in society” and “that superiority is codified in the laws and its presided over by a ruler with arbitrary and unchecked powers…with a class of clergy who interpret the law and impose that law.” In that political system “there’s no freedom of speech to combat those interpretations or any type of pluralism in the society, where other religions are suppressed”
In contrast to Abdur-Rhaman Muhammed, CAIR shares on its website, “CAIR its staff, and board members are honored to have received at least 80 awards and recognitions during the 2011-2016 period. Seventeen U.S. Senators and 85 U.S. Representatives from both sides of the political aisle have praised the organization in that same period. Major news outlets, international delegations and interfaith partners have all applauded the group.”
The Controversy Dilemma
A cause or social organisation usually establishes itself on good, constructive and worthy grounds. The objective, generally, is to create a service to the community, providing help in a particular area, addressing injustices and/or establishing programs that aid, educate and raise awareness in delivering an informed position to furthering their objective cause.
Unfortunately, even though many causes and organisations start off with honourable, valid and worthwhile intentions the sentiment, sometimes, fades away and is replaced with ethical and social violations. The vision may become overlooked with propositions accepted on the wayside to profit the organisation further into popularity, or maybe, politics.
On the other hand, we’re all well aware some causes and organisations are specifically set up as a front for additional masquerading purposes and therefore, become their own undoing as further investigations are explored, which in turn, uncovers and exposes their motive. We need to be very watchful
The above three organisations have been quite outspoken and widespread in their objectives. There is a common thread between them, in some form, or another, whether it be supporting each other, taking up the other’s cause with their own, or highlighting their similarities and their target audiences.
Each organisation, it appears, has their own intention for America. Each organisation is intent on forwarding their vision into America. Black Lives Matter, Nation of Islam and CAIR may also be exploiting each other to strongly forward their own agenda, it seems apparent that a common cause may be at hand. Unity is required. Division within any nation leads to a nation in crises, citizens at angst with each other, also a country in anguish with itself.
Advancing any principle through division, conflicting fixations, apart from inclusion and unity can be a liability to any cause or organisation. If there is no allowance for critical thought and planning, examination and clear identification regarding a social organisation, then it can only emphasize contention and controversy.
Moderate friends of Terror – http://www.danielpipes.org/394/cair-moderate-friends-of-terror
Elijah Mohammed – Nation of Islam – http://www.biography.com/people/elijah-muhammad-9417458#nation-of-islam
Democrat Senator Dick Durbin – http://www.investigativeproject.org/documents/testimony/405.pdf#page=15
Democrat Senator Dick Durbin 2009 letter – http://www.investigativeproject.org/documents/misc/242.pdf
Investigative Project – http://www.investigativeproject.org/documents/misc/880.pdf
Justice News – https://www.justice.gov/opa/pr/federal-officials-close-investigation-death-trayvon-martin