Join WORDS MAKE PEOPLE on Sun. April 21, 2019 from 1-3 p.m. EST for a robust discussion on "Why Imam W.D. Mohammed asked that we NOT identify ourselves by racial colors." Special guest: Sister Amatullah Umrani of Milwaukee, WI.
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Imam W. Deen Mohammed often asked his students not to identify our racial/ethnic group by skin color. Here is an excerpt frpm the April 1984 Jumah (Friday) service delivered in Harlem N.Y. at the Masjid Malcolm Shabazz.
Imam Mohammed (April 1984) said, "Sometime, I wonder why the whites like the call us black and them white? Then it came to me. They are speaking to a reality that we would like to ignore or shut our eyes to. That reality is that we lack, we lack the means, supports, etc., to establish our race in America. We are people lacking. Do you know that B.L.A.C.K is “B lack”. We say black but it's “b lack”, be lacking. We are be lacking in so many ways. Now, that's not our language, that's English. I wonder how come they like to call us blacks? I've been talking to them, and I say, "Why are you calling me black?" I show them something that darker than me. I say, "What color is that? They say, “Dark brown." I say, "How come I'm black and that's dark brown and I'm lighter than that?"
Since the passing of Imam W. Deen Mohammed some Muslims havereturned to using racist language by identifying them by skin color. Join us as we delve deeply into this conversation. Read Amatullah's op-ed on this topic in the March 1, 2019 issue of Muslim Journal.
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