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Nationality is the Order of the Day

Reader comment on item: A Century of African-American Islam
in response to reader comment: Proper Investigation of Century of Moorish-American Islam

Submitted by Sheik Melvin M. Velines-Bey, A.G.S., S.G.R., B.A., M.A-P.A. (United States), Jan 18, 2014 at 18:34

First Mr. Pipes our Prophet is not "Black"! As the Great Emancipator Abraham Lincoln declared slavery out in 1865 and to make reference to a person as such is the act of practicing in slavery because people cant be referred to as colors. A color is anything that has been painted stained varnished or dyed. Also I would like to bring to your attention the Prophet Noble Drew Ali Proclaimed his Nationality 1913 making a correction to his name and race given to him at physical Birth. He had to proclaim his Nationality because of the Acts of chattel slavery in this country stripping our people of their true Nationality and Birthrights. I would also like to educate you on the fact that Black according science means death and if you call our Prophet Black then you are calling his children Black and that is volition of the United States Constitution. Black is a synonym for African-American, Colored, Negro, and Afro-American, which are all dubious scientific validities.

As we his children have also proclaimed our Nationality and would love for other people in America to respect our Constitutional right as we obtained our Nationality Legally and Lawfully and beseech you to respect our Allah (God) given rights and I don't think you would want to appear to be a violator of the greatest document ever written. If our forefathers would have followed and enforced the law of 1808 you and may not even be having this conversation. We cant go physically back in time, however we can take our times to make right the aim and purpose of the Prophet Noble Drew Ali and the Moorish Movement as guaranteed by Constitutional law.

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Daniel Pipes replies:

Yes, I am very aware that the MSTA theology considers African-Americans not to be from Africa or Colored or Negro or Black. Indeed, I emphasized that very point in my article.

But, to communicate with a non-MSTA or non-NoI audience, one must use standard terminology. So, this is not a misunderstanding on my part, just my not adopting the MSTA outlook nor confusing my readers by using MSTA terminology.

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