Rebel Flags in Michigan and White Supremacy

A colleague of mine who is a Native American sent me this yesterday.

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Obviously after the national stories about removing the Confederate Flag in the wake of the Charlestown terror attack, capitalism dictates that the demand for the rebel flag has increased which means there is money to be made.

Meanwhile at the camp ground close to Chelsea, Michigan, a white man just put up a flag at his trailer.

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The neighboring trailer is resided in by an African American family.  I was informed that upon the raising of the flag that the African American family left the camp.

Mind you that in the whole discussion about the Confederate Flag and southern heritage, Michigan was not part of the Confederacy.  Moreover a significantly large percentage of white Michigan’s residents trace their lineage back to immigrants from Germany, Netherlands, Poland and other European lands who were not residing in the States at the time of the Civil War.  Thus they cannot even invoke the whole southern pride nonsense.

People are flying this flag and wearing this symbol as an expression of white supremacy.

If you lacked doubt about the meaning of this flag and the power of intimidation that it has, I hope that you get it now.

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AUDIO: Maintaining the Ramadan Spirit

Today’s khutbah was given at The Muslim Center in Detroit.

The first portion was about maintaining the spirit of Ramadan through extra fasting, praying in the masjid and reading the Qur’an.

The second portion was about the story of Harun “Ar-Rasheed” asking his wife’s permission to get married to a second wife, her refusal and the verdict given by Sufyan Ath-Thawri (RH) against him.

AUDIO: Centering Blackness in Early Islamic History

Yesterday’s lecture was given at The Muslim Center in Detroit.

The following points were touched upon:

1) The reasons why Blackness in early Islamic history has contemporary relevance.

2) Arabness & Blackness are not mutually exclusive, and the problems of Black erasure & Black Orientalism.

3) Highlighting some of the Black Salaf and how Bilal (RA) has been tokenized.

Click here to listen.