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‘There is a problem with color in our country’

05 3 15



April 30, 2015 | By Azra Haqqie
He did not mince words. Naeem Baig, president of the Islamic Circle of North America, wrote frankly and tersely regarding the Freddie Gray situation in Baltimore:

“I hear the words of mothers about their sons saying, “I don’t want him to become the next Freddie Gray.” This is the everyday reality for the African American community and they are rightfully angry and afraid. We should never allow ourselves to be silent in a society where people fear the very people who are sworn to protect and serve them.

“African American youth are repeatedly denied opportunities to realize their potential. We see the severe socioeconomic disparity, the structural inequality, and the racial targeting. We have seen this in Ferguson, in South Carolina, in New York, and in numerous other places across the country. If not for videos put online, we would have been unaware of what atrocities our brothers in humanity endure, and no one would have stood against these crimes.

“There is a problem with color in our country. There is a problem when law enforcement officers are prejudiced against minorities and abuse them. Police violence only gets worse when compounded with racial inequality and poverty. We must all stand up and say enough is enough.”

Read the whole column here.

Article Courtesy: Times Union


  • JA

    We have to start with getting racism out of our masajid.

  • Hakim Rasheed

    As Salaam Alaikum It is refreshing to know ythat there are some real practioners and true followers of Islam in this country.Many so-called Believers and people who identify themselves as Muslim who deny, run away from and even try to defend the race consciousness and bigotry that is you say everyday business as usual for us-“Africa American Black Folk’..As you so eloquently put it it’s as clear as anyone with eyes who wants to know about it can see for themselves. No one outside of Islam or the Black Community who have experinced the race problem for the past nearly what five hundred years now in this country know how it really is and not what the fearful ones what to water down the truth. Alhamdulillah

  • Hakim Rasheed

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