"cultural appropriation. they love everything about us but us."

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Everywhere we go as Black people we face hatred. Look at it. Angel food cake white people say is white. Devil’s food cake you say is Black. You wear white to weddings and Black to funerals. Black-ball, blackmail. You give us a blond hair, blue-eyed, pale-skinned, buttermilk complexion Jesus in contradiction to the Black Jesus with nappy hair in the bible. Our own babies, according to behavioral scientists, when confronted with choosing a Black doll and a white doll, there has been so much damage done, they choose the white doll and say the Black doll is ugly.

So racism is everywhere and it’s institutionalized. We cannot really be racist because racism is prejudice plus power. Nothing I say up here nor anywhere in the world will impact on any white folks in this audience on your job, in politics, in economics, in housing, in the society. We don’t have the power to do that so we cannot be racist, ya know what I’m saying?

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Dr. Khalid Muhammad on racism. (via disciplesofmalcolm)

(Source: youtube.com, via bigtunahalpert)

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Islam teaches us to walk the middle ground.

There are two extremes:

1) A person totally neglects the world and engages in ibadah all the time. This is monasticism (rahbaaniyyat) and is forbidden.

2) A person totally neglects Allah (swt) and Islam and devotes all his energies to worldly matters. This is abaahiyyat and this is also forbidden.

So one needs to walk the middle ground.

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Shaykh Zulfiqar Ahmad (db)

(Source: suffah-centre, via mindbodychaos)