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.
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.
We Must Eradicate the Mentality Of the Negro Imam!
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