To understand how Radical Islam can immigrate into the U.S. without a man crossing the border, lets go back…way back.
In 1974, in the middle of a Michael Parkinson interview, Muhammad Ali decided to dispense with all the safe conventions of chat show etiquette.
“You say I got white friends,” he declared, “I say they are associates.”
When his host dared to suggest that the boxer’s trainer of 14 years standing, Angelo Dundee, might be a friend, Ali insisted, gruffly: “He is an associate.”
Within seconds, with Parkinson failing to get a word in edgeways, Ali had provided a detailed account of his reasoning.
“Elijah Muhammad,” he told the TV viewers “Is the one who preached that the white man of America, number one, is the Devil!”
The whites of America, said Ali, had “lynched us, raped us, castrated us, tarred and feathered us … Elijah Muhammad has been preaching that the white man of America – God taught him – is the blue-eyed, blond-headed Devil! No good in him, no justice, he’s gonna be destroyed!
“The white man is the Devil. We do believe that. We know it!”
Maybe, though, it was just a judicious sense of self-preservation that prevented Parky from asking arguably the greatest boxer the world has seen to explain how “God” had taught Elijah Muhammad about white Americans being blue-eyed devils.
To explain that,
Ali would have had to go back to the 1930s and an obscure door-to-door salesman in Detroit. Wallace D Fard, the founder of the Nation of Islam, appears to have arrived in Detroit in 1930 and began by selling silks to poor black families in the city. His wares, he told his customers, came from “their home country”.
“My name is W.D. Fard and I came from the Holy City of Mecca,” he supposedly told one early gathering. “More about myself I will not tell you yet, for the time has not yet come.”
It seems that time had still not come when in 1934, Fard mysteriously disappeared. The FBI took the opportunity to creatively fill in the gaps. It told one newspaper that Fard had in fact been a white man from New Zealand, and another that he had been a Turkish-born Nazi agent who had worked for the Germans during World War Two.
Not surprisingly the Nation of Islam has developed a different narrative. Elijah Muhammad, the man who emerged as leader of the Nation of Islam after the “departure” of its founder, came to identify Fard with Allah.
In this scheme of things, Elijah Muhammad, born Elijah Poole, the son of former slaves in Georgia, became the “Last Messenger of Allah.”
In a 1996 article that is now on the Nation of Islam’s website, Elijah Muhammad’s wife Tynetta wrote that her husband was chosen as the “Divine Representative” who would preach that the “Master’s” mission had been: “to resurrect His lost and found people, who were identified as the original members of the Tribe of Shabazz from the Lost Nation of Asia. The lost people of the original nation of African descent, were captured, exploited, and dehumanized to serve as servitude slaves of America for over three centuries. “
Elijah Muhammad told the faithful that “the Blackman, the Original Man, [from whom] came all brown, yellow, red and white people,” was to overcome the oppression of whites – the “blue-eyed devils” – and form his own nation.
To some, including the black liberal Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall, the Nation of Islam was “run by a bunch of thugs organised from prisons and jails.”