You will never get real freedom and recognition between black and white people in this country without destroying the country, without destroying the present political system, without destroying the present economic system, without rewriting the entire constitution. It will be a complete destruction of everything that America supposedly stands for.
– Malcolm X
Only Malcolm X’s autobiography seemed to offer something different. His repeated acts of self-creation spoke to me. The blunt poetry of his words. His unadorned insistence on respect. He promised a new and uncompromising order, martial in its discipline.
– Barack Hussein Obama
Watch this video to hear these quotes spoken by these two men.
Clearly, Obama has a unique respect and appreciation for Malcolm X.
And Malcolm X’s daughter has a unique respect and appreciation for Obama:
Ilyasah Shabazz, the daughter of Al Hajj Malik Shabazz, aka Malcolm X, says were her father alive today, he would “share everyone’s joy about the prospect of returning the United States to a position of credibility, respect and leadership.”
“Forty-four years after his martyrdom, he remains the most famous and recognized Muslim American, as well as a role model for men and women alike advocating for social justice,” she writes.
“Forty-four years ago, the idea of an African American as president of the most powerful nation on earth – let alone president with a name that is common among Muslims – wasn’t even imaginable. Yet in 2008, the people of the United States of America voted,” she said.
“I believe that President Obama and the citizens of the world will also come to understand that Islam is a religion of peace and unity, which in effect, are the same ideals for which my own father advocated,” she continues.
As an African American Muslim, I can say my prayers were answered when Obama was elected“, and she also gets Robert Spencer’s response.Atlas Shrugs expands on this in her post, where she quotes Chavis Muhammad, “
As we witness Islamic Imperialism around the world, and as the “57 States” of the Organization of the Islamic Conference plan to make Christians criminals under international law, remember that Obama promised he will “stand with [Arab and Pakistani Americans] should the political winds shift in an ugly direction.”
Actual quote from “The Audacity of Hope” [pg. 261]:
Of course, not all my conversations in immigrant communities follow this easy pattern. In the wake of 9/11, my meetings with Arab and Pakistani Americans, for example, have a more urgent quality, for the stories of detentions and FBI questioning and hard stares from neighbors have shaken their sense of security and belonging. They have been reminded that the history of immigration in this country has a dark underbelly; they need specific assurances that their citizenship really means something, that America has learned the right lessons from the Japanese internments during World War II, and that I will stand with them should the political winds shift in an ugly direction.
That is highly “nuanced”, as Obama can claim that he was merely describing the needs of the Arab and Pakistani Americans with whom he met…but he doesn’t deny that he would indeed “stand with them should the political winds shift in an ugly direction”.