Why is the racist Jibrail Almuhajir allowed to make these posts?
I'd like to address this allegation, but before I do let me apologize if I hurt or offended you Eleos, or anyone else for that matter.
So am I a racist? I've been trying to come up with a good explanation of where I'm coming from, and although I'll probably never satisfy all of you, here goes. The simple answer is 'NO', I am not a racist, if you mean 'someone who dislikes any or all races other than their own'. But this answer of 'NO' is too simplistic. I can't speak for any of y'all (though I suspect many feel the same), I know that I do have racist tendencies when it comes to young, urban African-Americans but I think I was clear in separating Educated Black people and blacks who regularly address themselves
as niggers. I believe that all of you who have read my threads not only understand the difference, but also understand what I meant. But to further clarify my viewpoint, to be a 'nigger' or 'white trash' is a mentality, a way of thinking. I know many white folks who live well below the poverty level and live in trailers but who have never fit the description of 'white trash'. On the converse side, one can be a millionaire and still be 'white trash' (Kid Rock and Rosanne Bar come to mind). I know black youths who wear gold chains and listen to hip-hop who are not niggers. These terms have nothing to do with race or socio-economic positions.
I have many times kissed the icon of St. Moses the Ethiopian with no reservations at all. And in a small town not far from where I live, there is a black OCA priest whom I would have no reservations addressing as Father and kissing his hand, even around my co-workers (many of whom ARE racists). As an Orthodox Christian, I don't simply believe, but know, that all people regardless of color, are made in the image of God.
Regarding my personal views on race, I hope this clears things up a bit. Regarding my views on the booklet, well, sorry, no change there.