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Archive for November 21st, 2015

Before watching the film Malcolm X I really didn’t know much about the man except that he was someone influential during the civil rights movement. Although I don’t deny his influence in history, what he preaches in the film is not really something I’d agree with. This “Nation of Islam” he preaches and the separation of blacks and whites is ultimately black supremacy. The movement skews the true teachings of Islam to almost justify their own beliefs – saying it’s all in the name of the prophet Muhammad. It really doesn’t put a good face on the tradition from an outsider’s point of view. It also reminds me of other extremist movements, like Daesh, that say their actions are in line with Islam, although they are far from the true teachings and practices of the religion. Although some of the ideas Malcolm X preaches have a good end in themselves, like not using drugs or drinking heavily, knowing and loving oneself, etc., the reasons for doing these things, like the white man’s nature is wickedness so one should not accept the white man’s poison, are not fair ideas to be voicing for others to follow and believe.

In response to reginaphalange104, the idea that everyone is responsible for the injustice in the world seems like we’re all bound to fail. But justice is also an ideal, a process we are continually working towards – an ultimate end or perfection. Although unattainable, it’s still something to strive for in order to make this world a better place for all. The concept is a good one, in which it justifies that one person cannot “fix” the whole world, but that it must be a collective effort to strive for this ideal. Another part of the lecture I wanted to highlight was the injustice of preaching fear, particularly those with political influence. In a way, it seems this tactic is used all the time to try and convince people to follow or movement or act on something. It’s not a particularly pleasant or fair way of persuading people, but it definitely seems to still have a lot of influence in doing so for one’s cause.

 

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We continued watching the Malcolm X movie and it has left me with many questions. First, I don’t understand what the Islamic context is at all. For example, not once is a character of this movie seen praying. Also, the women do wear head scarves but they are worn very loosely and a majority of their hair is showing. Additionally, the Prophet Muhammad is not mentioned in any of their speeches. It appears that what is being idolized by this group of people is Elijah Muhammad and not the Prophet Muhammad or most importantly, Allah (swt). The movie depicts the entire movement to be one of politics with a loose idea of Islam that bonds them all together. However, the real glue of the movement is not Islam but black people standing together against the white status quo.

In response to lucrambler1234, I am not really sure that black supremacy is a thing. Malcolm X saying the “white man is evil” in my opinion is not racist or a sign of black supremacy. Neither was the scene that you mentioned about the white girl at the university asking what she could do to help the cause. Black people in the time of Malcolm X (and now) continue to be trapped in a system of oppression precipitated by white people. Unfortunately, racism in this country has not ended, it has only morphed into different aspects of living. In my opinion there is no room for white people to question how people of color feel as many of us do not know what it is like to be continually marginalized and discriminated against. And the reason that there is really no thing as black supremacy or racism against white people is because we all live in America, where the default race in this country is clearly white.

 

 

In class this week, we continued watching the film Malcolm X. I never really knew too much about The Nation of Islam before this film. I found it very interesting that they supported complete segregation of blacks and whites. Their support for complete segregation stems from the fact that they believe the “white man is evil.” One scene that stood out to me in the film was when a white student went up to Malcolm and told him she agrees with his views and wanted to know what she could do as white person to help his movement. All Malcolm did was reply, “nothing” very rudely and kept walking. Malcolm and his followers also believed in black supremacy. It is clear to me that although they are called the Nation of Islam, there are many aspects of this group that are not Islamic at all. Islam does not favor one race, but instead preaches equality among all.

In response to ew1795, I completely agree that the thoughtless and incorrect things that people say on the news and social media are very irritating. This week, Donald Trump suggested shutting down mosques and even making Muslims wear special ID cards. The latter suggestion is something similar to what Hitler did to the Jews during Nazi Germany. It is crazy to me that in this day in age, the world come has to this and people like Donald Trump could even suggest resorting to such means. Also this week, some state leaders came forward and said they do not want to accept Syrian refugees anymore. To me, this doesn’t make too much sense because the Syrian refugees are fleeing from the same people (ISIS) that we are trying to protect ourselves from too. I am Muslim and I feel that the level of Islamophobia will continue to rise in the next year, which is very unfortunate.

Today this week in class has been a great and memorable one. We are watching an amazing movie Malcolm X. I love this movie for many reasons and Denzel Washington is phenomenal throughout the whole thing. He really gives it that edge and makes the character come alive and pops off screen in each and every single scene. It really goes to show that around any part or time in the past, being Muslim hasn’t been a walk in the park even in its slightest. I really looked into how the Nation of Islam comes together and really gives their support and helpfulness towards Malcolm and his followers. He has a strong message for everyone and even though everyone doesn’t give him the support they all want to, he finds himself much more up against bigger conflicts and restrictions. That being said, it was very interesting for me to see him trying to make himself look white. He would die his hair, wear fancier clothes, and talk with a different accent and tone.

 

I want to comment on @hashir1211 and I couldn’t agree with you more my friend. I feel that often in Islam and within many Muslims that there is always a struggle to find peace with everyone in any aspect. Everyone is entitled to their own religion and philosophy towards what they feel they want to believe in. Who is it up to so that they have to tell other that they are wrong and not being supported? Look at all the people behind Malcolm. He is their leader and wouldn’t make fun of or take them for granted in the slightest. Their certain race or gender role has nothing to do with the fact that they are trying to live their live in society and be equals amongst everyone. The nation of Islam has spoken and support these highly intelligent individuals in all aspects of race and color.