Extremist Muslims are recruiting willing American blacks for violent jihad against their own fellow citizens.
Fired food plant employee, Alton Nolen, a black Muslim, beheaded Colleen Hufford and stabbed another woman last week in Moore, Oklahoma, before he was shot and wounded by the company’s chief operating officer.
Nolan reportedly attended a mosque headed by Suhaib Webb, an imam with ties to former al-Qaida mastermind Anwar al-Awlaki. Webb had been the leader of the Islamic Society of Greater Oklahoma City. Amazingly, Webb is head of the sister organization of the mosque attended by Boston Marathon bombers Dzhokhar and Tamerlan Tsarnaev.
Why are blacks so susceptible to being radicalized?
The poisonous atmosphere starts in the home. The father is the spiritual head and protector of the family. But with more than 70 percent (in some cities 85 percent) of black children born out of wedlock, that spiritual protection is missing in most black homes.
This opens the door for evil to get a foothold. Children grow up angry at their impatient mothers, who resent the missing father and tend to focus their frustration on the male child. These boys go out seeking love and acceptance from the world.
Once the boy enters the public schools, Marxist-influenced teachers encourage their anger toward America by promoting the lie that their country is “racist.” Couple that with profanity-laced rap music that promotes violence and disrespect for authority – it’s a recipe for radicalization.
The church has been a refuge for blacks throughout their history in America. But today black churches have been co-opted by racist preachers.
For example, at the funeral of Michael Brown, the thug who was shot by a Ferguson police officer, Bishop T.D. Jakes and other ministers eulogized Brown as a saint. This lie only encourages the hatred of whites and police among black youth.
Remember Rev. Jeremiah Wright Jr., Obama’s minister? Wright’s “God D–n America” and radical “social justice” message is actually a widely held point of view among black ministers. I have interviewed more than 500 black minsters on my radio show. Most of them promote racism and are helping to keep blacks angry.
Blacks are also encouraged to remain angry by so-called “leaders” in this administration.
When Attorney General Eric Holder announced he was resigning, my response was “Good riddance to bad rubbish.” Holder, along with Al Sharpton (the White House’s point man on race relations), has inflamed tensions in Ferguson and across America.
Last week during his address to the U.N., Holder’s boss, Obama, apologized to the world for America’s “own racial and ethnic tensions” and evoked the Michael Brown shooting and Ferguson.
When I moved to Los Angeles from Alabama at the age of 18, I listened to Louis Farrakhan, Jesse Jackson and other black preachers. They blamed white racism for every ill in the black community. Many blacks accepted this lie – further reinforcing their anger.
Farrakhan’s Nation of Islam has since become popular in American prisons. It has been presented as the “authentic” religion for blacks, as Christianity has been presented as the religion of the slave master.
The NOI’s rhetoric about self-reliance, clean appearance and living also appeals to many black men who grew up without a sense of self worth and discipline. Many join, and are radicalized even further, which opens them up to getting involved in jihad.
There are many examples of radicalized black American Muslims:
In June, Ali Muhammad Brown, 29, a black Muslim, shot and killed 19-year-old Brendan Tevlin in New Jersey.
- Abdirahmaan Muhumed, 29, a Somali-American from Minnesota, left his nine children late last year to fight for ISIS in Syria.
- Abdulhakim Mujahid Muhammad killed Pvt. William Long and wounded Pvt. Quinton Ezeagwula in a 2009 Little Rock military recruiting office shooting. A convert to Islam, Muhammad spent time in Yemen teaching English.
- John Allen Muhammad, also known as “The Beltway sniper,” coordinated a series of shootings in October 2002, killing 17 people and injuring 10 others.
- Jamil Abdullah Al-Amin (H. Rap Brown), a well-known ’60s black radical and a convert to Islam, was convicted of shooting two black officers (killing one) in Georgia in 2000. (He too reportedly had ties to former Oklahoma City Imam Suhaib Webb and al-Qaida mastermind Anwar al-Awlaki.)
Then in 2011, I wrote an open letter and an op-ed asking Congress to probe the radicalization of blacks. At that time, Rep. Peter King, R-N.Y., was holding hearings on the radicalization of American Muslims, yet the hearings were short lived. The Council on American Islamic Relations attacked Rep. King as a “modern-day Joe McCarthy.”
If the anger and racism in black America is not exposed and dealt with, we will see more beheadings and bloodshed like we’ve seen in Oklahoma.
It’s time for American citizens and Congress to seriously look into the radicalization of American Muslims – including blacks. There is no time to be timid for fear of offending. The lives of American citizens are at stake.
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