The Sad Saga of the Negro Imam!

More than an individual, the Negro Imam reflects and represents a mindset; a way of thinking and thus, acting. Once you know the characteristics of the Negro Imam, which is highlighted most blatantly by his consistent, sometimes exclusive engagement of, concern for and service to and for institutions and organizations whose agenda is most often indifferent to the best interest of his people, the disenfranchised Black masses, and it is easy to identify just who embodies those traits; and how dangerous he, the Negro Imam as well as those he influences is to the independence and self-determination of the Muslim Black man and women, and Islam in America in general.

Just as Malcolm X once explained about the House Negro and the Field Negro, the Negro Imam,(Just like the Negro preacher that the Honorable Elijah Muhammad said was his worse enemy and critic) protects and promotes the agenda and objectives of his “boss”, at the expense of his own community, in the same way the House Negro did for his master on the plantation. The evidence surrounds us and does not lie.

As Muslims, we firmly believe in the Islamic concept of universal brotherhood. Our problem with the institutions which Immigrant Muslims have established is not based on the fact  that they consist of Immigrant Muslims. Our problem is that the institutions which Immigrant Muslims have established in America instead of allying themselves with the Black Muslim tradition of a holy-protest against white supremacy, more often than not, they acquiesce to it.

 “The Negro Imam”  affiliated with said institutions will be completely  devoid of an agenda to advance Islam in Black America  with a consistent engagement with disenfranchised Black communities. Whereas, Malcolm X upon being leaving prison went up and down Detroit’s Black ghettos to speak with drug traffickers, gang members, and other disenfranchised Black folks about Islam,  “the Negro Imam” is comfortable being a token in immigrant Muslim institutions which have at best, abysmal engagement with Black communities.

 When Black Muslims organize for their own self determination, Black Muslims are accused of being “nationalistic” or “separatists” and have to endure the tongue lashing and false narrative of “there is no Black or white” or “racism in Islam.”   In contrast, Immigrant Muslims get away with their separatism because “The Negro Imam” is with them. Thus, this gives the illusion that their organization “serve all Muslims” when in reality their agenda is diametrically opposed to the necessary steps Black Muslims must undertake to advance Islam in Black America.

   We Must Eradicate the Mentality Of the Negro Imam!

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