Originally Posted by Zafran
Yes, we all have prejudice of one sort or another, no one is denying that. He studied with black scholars, he has a mexcian wife, these are moot points as the white racists use the same logic saying "i'm not racist, i have black friends", have read here:
What you and others are missing is the underlying message of what hamza said. You may have missed this from the article, let me highlight here it:
I know how hard it can be to swallow the idea that a person you have revered for years—a person whose teachings brought you deeper into the fold of Islam—can have racist views. I get that you experience it as a loss, and I get that there is a bit of grieving involved for the image you once held. But after the shock subsides, recognize and acknowledge the danger of black pathology and how it was wound all up and through Yusuf’s RIS 2016 rhetoric.
Black pathology is the idea that black people are—perhaps simply by virtue of being born black—steeped in pathology, unable to think and behave normally, healthily, sanely. Black pathology states that we are inherently flawed, not in a “all of mankind is flawed” sort of way, but in a “something is specifically wrong with those people” sort of way. So the many problems that have befallen black people have nothing to do with concerted efforts of concentrated racism and everything to do with our messed up wiring, which prevents us from pulling ourselves up by our bootstraps like so many others. Yes, I know Yusuf never made such bold and direct claims, but there was definite danger in his words.
Why? Because he had an opportunity to educate a mass of mostly non-black Muslims on the oppression of their black brothers and sisters but instead spoke on black on black crime and how America’s anti-discrimination laws are top notch. Translation: “The problem is them.”
And then to add insult to injury, Yusuf brought up the racism “in our own communities” but only addressed anti-Jewish sentiment and Arab vs. non-Arab (i.e., South Asian) racism. He made no mention, not even in passing, of the very real and visible issue of anti-blackness in Muslim communities.
All that was required was a sincere apology, an admission of insensitivity, an acknowledgment of the fact that you don’t have the understanding or cultural sensibilities to speak to such issues.
But that’s not what happened. Instead, you crawled deeper into the cave of black pathology by saying the breakdown of the black family is the greatest issue facing black Americans, not racism. I must ask, how on earth can any person with any bit of black history under their belt discuss the tearing apart of black families, which is a real thing, WITHOUT centering the structural racism that was put in place specifically to do just that?
Originally Posted by Zafran
I never said racism doesn't exit in other communities or races. The zionists are the same in they think they are God's "chosen people" and we all are below cattle. The Brahmans of hinduism think the same that they are superior to all others. And the arabs of the Gulf think the same, that they are "Pure arabs" and all other arabs are fake. So yes, such racism does exist in other communities as well. BUT the topic on hand is white racism and especially among white Muslims. And no, in white communities this is not being discussed which is why the OP brought this issue up and something he mentioned in his article as well.
I knew someone would come around here taking the defensive stance and would take anything said by a non-white as nothing more than "jealous rant". So to quote from the OP's article:
"Due to the inherent racism and still colonized minds of so many in the Muslim community, my voice as a white Muslims is heard whilst so many others who are perhaps far more qualified to speak on this topic are ignored..."
So does the white racism exist ? Again i would agree with the OP and his article where he stated:
"I would argue they are and as a white revert, involved in new Muslim support activities and Dawah one of my responsibilities [is] to check that racism so it cannot just be dismissed as another bitter rant by an angry person of colour."