A New Definition of Darkness

September 18, 2015

We need a new definition of darkness, because it is obvious that this society’s demonization of black (dark) skin has run its course. It’s only the very ignorant or very bigoted that still hold onto this idea. It’s not really a new definition. On the higher intellectual plane thinkers have always seen the physical darkness as a metaphor for the absence of light  (knowledge) and rational thinking in our psyche. In the time of Prophet Muhammad, the society that he brought Islam and intelligent behavior to was described, before Islam, as Jahaliyyah or a Period of darkness i.e.  ignorance. It’s just time now that the common people take another look at darkness and see its true meaning–Ignorance, Fear, Lies, Jealousy

Faith is the light of our lives and Fear is the absence of faith thus darkness. Truth is the light of our moral lives and Lies is the absence of truth and thus darkness. Knowledge is the light of our rational lives and ignorance is the absence of knowledge and thus darkness. So there’s a new group of dark people here today and they’re not African Americans.

The biggest fear that is being stoked by the bigoted leaders is of a greater Muslim influence in America. According to the U.S. military, as of mid-August, fighting the Islamic State in Syria and Iraq has cost U.S. taxpayers $3.7 billion , an average of $9.9 million a day, since the air war began last year. Republican presidential candidates in the debates Wednesday night said they would send thousands of U.S. ground troops into Syria and Iraq to battle the Islamic State. In the biggest trending story in social media last week, a 14 year Muslim student in Texas, Ahmed Mohamed, ingeniously made a homemade clock and took it to school to show to his teacher, and was arrested. One person, who probably couldn’t make a glass of Kool Aid himself tweeted: “How stupid does someone have to be to bring a brief case clock to school.” The real question is how stupid a school full of administrators and teachers could be to not call the bomb squad and evacuate the school if they really thought it was a bomb? And as the recent Republican presidential debate also pointed out, read through all the coded language and you will see the Republicans showing themselves to be arrogant, bigoted and fearful of the loss of centuries of white privilege.

The fear of Muslim world dominance is fed by the lies of history, that Prophet Muhammad spread Islam by fire and the sword. The Prophet himself warned against harming innocent people and even the trees and crops of an enemy. He also emphasized that Christians and Jews were not disbelievers and enemies. Thomas Carlyle, a Scottish philosopher, satirical writer, essayist, historian, teacher and one of the West’s intellectuals and considered one of the most important social commentators of his times said in  the 1840s “Accusing [the Prophet] of relying on the sword for people to respond to his preaching is incomprehensible nonsense!” This conservative fear and paranoia is illustrated by the question posed to Donald Trump and the subsequent second most trending story in social media last week and that was an audience member’s statement that President Obama was a Muslim. Democrats jumped on Trump’s failure to dispute the assertion but Trump said he was not obligated to defend Obama. The question we should ask of any of our potential leaders is do you acknowledge an obligation to defend the truth? No one addressed the real issue though which was: “So what if he was…” My community does not live in fear of an ISIS attack or of the Muslim next door.  I am the Muslim next door. Our fear is of our son or daughter not getting home safely through the violent streets or safely through those sworn to serve and protect us from those violent streets. And too many of the police have the same “dark” mindset as ISIS.

And some of them just have a dark heart like Dylan Roof, a white supremacist who killed nine African American Christian worshippers in a Charleston, South Carolina church because he felt “blacks were taking over the world”. What are we taking over when the whole world is out here working and we’re out here twerking?

There is a direct correlation between high poverty rates, high illiteracy rates and states with the lowest incomes: http://247wallst.com/special-report/2015/09/17/richest-and-poorest-states/2/  For example, Mississippi, highest poverty rate at 21.5%; West Virginia, 18.3%, Arkansas, 18.9%, Alabama, 19.3%, Kentucky, 19.1%, Tennessee, 18.3%, Louisiana, 19.8%. Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana, Arkansas are also among the top ten conservative states. http://www.gallup.com/poll/160196/alabama-north-dakota-wyoming-conservative-states.aspx

Let’s look at the rhetoric coming from the political leadership in those states and their conservative allies. This is no reflection on the people of those states. I have found most of them to be the warmest and kindest people in the country. But political leaders tend to play on the fears and ignorance of their constituents.

Here is what their leaders are doing and saying. Since Republicans took control of the House of Representatives in 2011, they’ve voted 54 times to undo, revamp or tweak the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare), even though the law has provided 9 million more people Health care coverage and reduced the uninsured population to 1 in 10. Ben Carson’s take on Obamacare is that it is “the worst thing that has happened in this nation since slavery. In a way, it is slavery, because it is making all of us subservient to the government.”

Mississippi Republican leaders attended a rally in Blackhawk, Mississippi in July 2003. The rally was put on by the Council of Conservative Citizens, the white supremacist organization that influenced Dylan Roof. Jeb Bush said his brother, former President George W. Bush, had kept the country safe, ignoring the fact that almost 3,000 people had been killed at the World Trade Center and that 4,500 servicemen were killed in Iraq, which had no connection to the Trade Center attack and based on WMDs that never existed. Sarah Palin said that Ahmed, who brought the clock to school was asking for it and her daughter Bristol accused President Obama of promoting racial strife by inviting Ahmed to the White House. Rush Limbaugh said: “The only way to reduce the number of nuclear weapons is to use them.”

So this is your line-up of potential Republican leaders and pundits. The thing I see lacking in all of their positions is light (knowledge, intelligence, facts) and I think this ignorance and fear should be seen as darkness or if you like, the new black.