I'm not black, but I think both are quite damaging to the black community. Basically, they teach that it is the destiny of the black diaspora to eventually gain some kind of liberation from being marginalized and ripped off. This disables blacks to further the struggle of equality using productive, practical means and instead diverts attention to crazy prophecies, bizarre conspiracy theories, and other self destructive practices. If the black community wants to tackle some of the issues its faced with, it has to organize effectively and has to face those issues in a practical way. Islam may be considered by some to be liberating for blacks, but which blacks? Is it liberating for female blacks? Is it liberating for gay or transgender blacks? Is it liberating for black people to adopt the customs and language middle easterners? I would say Islam, in addition to crackpot ideas like the Illuminati and Marcus Garvey-like prophecies about black kings make it impossible for blacks to rally against the poor schools, crappy healthcare, poor neighborhoods, lack of jobs, growing prison population, war on drugs, death penalty and all the other issues that cause the blacks on average to have the least education, lowest life expectancy, highest unemployment, most impoverished conditions of any demographic. I would think that those who benefit from all of this diversion do not want to discredit Islam or any other goofball ideology blacks have turned to, but would want them more steeped in that to ensure that they will never take any proactive measures to improve their conditions.
· 7 years ago