Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Al-Qaida: Obama a 'House Negro'

Per several news sources, Al-Qaida's second-in-command called President-elect Barack Obama, Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and former Secretary of State Colin Powell "house Negroes," comparing them unfavorably to Malcom X (El-Hajj Malik El-Shabazz), an African-American leader and Muslim who was assassinated in 1965. In 1964, Malcolm X converted from the splintered form of Islam practiced by the Nation of Islam (Black American Muslims) and converted to traditional Islam, taking the name El-Hajj Malik El-Shabazz.

At that time he adopted a less combative attitude toward Caucasians, but possibly was not as conciliatory as some sources report because some people believe he may have only embraced brotherhood with whites who were Muslim, not all whites. However, as El-Hajj Malik El-Shabazz, he shook off some of the teachings of Elijah Muhammad and the Nation of Islam of racial separation and that all whites were devils.

In his own words:
Each hour here in the Holy Land enables me to have greater spiritual insights into what is happening in America between black and white. The American Negro never can be blamed for his racial animosities -- he is only reacting to four hundred years of the conscious racism of the American whites. But as racism leads America up the suicide path I do believe, from the experiences that I have had with them, that the whites of the younger generation, in the colleges and universities, will see the handwriting on the wall and many of them will turn to the spiritual path of truth -- the only way left to America to ward off the disaster that racism inevitably must lead to. . . .

I believe that God now is giving the world's so-called 'Christian' white society its last opportunity to repent and atone for the crimes of exploiting and enslaving the world's non-white peoples. It is exactly as when God gave Pharaoh a chance to repent. But Pharaoh persisted in his refusal to give justice to those who he oppressed. And, we know, God finally destroyed Pharaoh. (Malcolm X as El-Hajj Malik El-Shabazz, source)
It's speculated Malcolm X's change of heart and move toward a "universalistic" message led in part to his assassination. Others believe his assassination resulted from a power struggle.

According to the HuffPo story, Al-Quaida's Ayman al-Zawahri condemned Obama via an 11-minute 23-second video which also included clips of old Malcolm X speeches discussing the term House Negro.
Speaking in Arabic, al-Zawahri uses the term "abeed al-beit," which literally translates as "house slaves." But al-Qaida supplied English subtitles of his speech that included the translation as "house Negroes."

The message also includes old footage of speeches by Malcolm X in which he explains the term, saying black slaves who worked in their white masters' house were more servile than those who worked in the fields. Malcolm X used the term to criticize black leaders he accused of not standing up to whites.

In Washington, State Department spokesman Sean McCormack said the latest message was just "more despicable comments from a terrorist."
The Al-Qaida message further berated Obama for dishonoring his father's blood. In a Bloomberg News story, al-Zawahri is quoted saying Obama turned his back on his father's faith to "pray the prayer of the Jews" and to claim the Christian faith for political gain.

Reading the bit about Obama's father, I thought but Barack Obama also gets his name from his father, Barack meaning "blessed," so may God's blessing be a shield against this nonsense. Obama's father, btw, while born into a Muslim family, may not have been Muslim.
"Things are dwelt on that in our family are non-issues," said Auma. "His [Barack's] father was never a Muslim although he was born into a Muslim family with a Muslim name. He [Barack] himself was never a Muslim." (The Guardian)
As unforgiving as words in the Al-Qaida video seem, the speech stopped short of specific threats to America. More from HuffPo:
He said Obama's plan to shift troops to Afghanistan is doomed to failure, because Afghans will resist.

"Be aware that the dogs of Afghanistan have found the flesh of your soldiers to be delicious, so send thousands after thousands to them," he said.

Al-Zawahri did not threaten specific attacks, but warned Obama that he was "facing a Jihadi (holy war) awakening and renaissance which is shaking the pillars of the entire Islamic world; and this is the fact which you and your government and country refuse to recognize and pretend not to see."

He said Obama's victory showed Americans acknowledged that President George W. Bush's policies were a failure and that the result was an "admission of defeat in Iraq." (HuffPo)
I wonder how these insults play with people who bought Sarah Palin's accusations that Obama "pals around with terrorists." While her accusations were based on Obama's think association with a man accused of domestic terrorism, she pushed her supporters to equate Obama with foreign terrorists. Perhaps her ilk will assume Al-Qaida's only putting on a show for us.


Here is YouTube of Malcom X explaining the psychology of the house Negro. You can listen to a full speech on this subject that he gave in 1963, more than a year before his conversion to traditional Islam, at American Rhetoric.

It's a good thing the President-elect is known for being so even-tempered and cool-headed because he'll be attacked from all sides. We Americans should have the good sense to rally around him and pray for him daily, and that includes black people who might buy into the belief that Obama is a house Negro.

I do not think Obama is a house Negro, but Nov. 5 comments from Independent Party presidential candidate Ralph Nader suggest he may give Al=Qaida's grievance credence. After the election Nader suggested that Obama leans toward being an Uncle Tom. He queried "Will he be Uncle Sam or Uncle Tom?" (Uncle Tom is the quintessential house Negro.)

Nader attempted to explain himself on Fox News, no less, information I found via The Opinion Mill, where Steve Hart calls Fox News, Fox Noise.

I guess al-Zawahri, perhaps due to his isolation, and Nader, for other reasons, didn't get the memo that America's exploring a possible post-racial existence. Some people think this means a color-blind, racism-is-dead world. But before you swallow that view, please see Dr. Cornell West's definition of "post-racial" in this post. We may be progressing, but we're still human.

I think Rush Limbaugh also missed the memo that America wants to move onward and upward. In fact, Limbaugh and al-Zawhri seem to have a something in common; they both spout divisive propaganda and prefer to stir up confusion to further their own agendas.

Apparently the Al-Qaida message also warns:
The speaker reminded Americans that al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden told them to leave Muslim lands.

Bin Laden and Al-Zawahiri are believed to be living in the tribal areas of Pakistan.

"So choose for yourself whatever you like," the speaker warns. "And bear the consequences of your choice, and as you judge, you will be judged." (CNN)
How's that for ominous?

However we feel about the term "house Negro" and whether it applies to our President-elect, Al-Qaida's latest message should raise a different big question in our heads, one CNN correspondent Peter Bergen asks, "Where is Osama bin Laden?"

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Al-Zawahiri reveals himself to be a racist xenophobe who has been consumed by hatred for the last +20 years. It is difficult to believe that this creature used to be a healer. Every time he opens his mouth, he represents the worst of Islam and only helps to justify the bigotry directed at decent Muslims around the world. Al, the god you claim to speak for stands for death and intolerance. The anti-God. You might've had a product life, helping people and treating their illnesses. Instead, you dedicate your life to hate and claim to be holy. A waste of flesh.