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RIOTS NEVER MAKE SENSE, YET THEY DO

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RIOTS NEVER MAKE SENSE BUT YET THEY DO By Imam Al-Hajj Talib ‘Abdur-Rashid
Like dark clouds gathering on a stormy horizon, the specter of anger and violence erupted this week in Baltimore, Maryland, and threatens to engulfthe nation. Once again we have witnessed images of black youth rioting in urban America.Still pictures and video footage have been broadcast throughout the nation and beyond, via global media. When I was a teenager in the 1960s those same images were beamed into American homes on seven T.V. channels. Now my electronic remote reveals to me that there are 2,000 channels.The irony though is that neither the sights of uprising nor their accompanying narratives have changed in 50 years or more. On Monday, April 27th, 10,000 predominantly Americans of African descent and those in solidarity with them, protested peacefully in the streets of Baltimore in affirmation of the belief that “Black Lives Matter”, and protesting the police killing of 25 year-old Freddie Gray. However…

HARLEM COMMUNITY MEMORIAL SERVICE FOR DR. YOSEF BEN-JOCHANNAN

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The following is the complete, unchanged text of the original remarks prepared by me for the communal celebration of the life and work of Dr. Ben. There were many speakers (see program) and so by the time I spoke we were asked to keep our comments brief. I did so (five minutes, see here  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vch7r9r9g0I ) but decided to publish what I wanted to say but couldn't, as a testimony to our widely beloved elder, an affirmation of his acceptance of Islam, and an address unto those who weren't aware of this (evidently because they really hadn't known what's been going on with him over his last years, beyond reports of his declining health) , but upon receiving the news of Dr. Ben's acceptance of Islam years back (something which I for one stated after his death as a matter of record, nothing more or less) have responded with outright hostility - even going so far as to publicly accuse me of intentionally lying about such a thing (what madness !) …