If I was a powerful white supremacist, and I wanted to dampen the Black Lives Matter momentum, I would have “Black Lives Matter” painted on streets in every major city where there are Blacks, people would consider that an achievement. I would get millions of Black Lives Matter hats, shirts, emblems and coffee cups, and distribute them around the country (make millions, black people don’t make hats), I’d convince hundreds of corporations and white CEOs to say that they support Black Lives Matter (without being specific), and even have them offer Black Lives matter discounts. Then I’d get them and local governments to announce initiation of thousands of new (funded) studies to try to figure out what we can do to help make things better for black people. I’d alter a few policing policies, say… chokeholds, not much else. I’d legalize more weed, and I’d add a Black Lives Matter flavor to blunts wrappers. I’d tear down some statues, and make Juneteenth a National holiday, I’d down-play Black on Black crime, avoid any mention of the Black family, and I’d keep them away from mosques, churches, and prescribe as many mind altering drugs as I could using the top psychologists in the land as my front line. And I’d make efforts to keep them away from the ballot box. That should do the trick. After about 6 months top. Things in the hood will be back to normal. Plantation fully in tact.
I’m not a powerful white supremist, I’m just a neighborhood Black Imam writing a blog post, and I can figure this out without earning a cent for it. . Imagine what those in power and who get paid to think and plan, are actually doing to keep things the same? The best bet for Black people in my opinion is to change ourselves because that is the only way that Allah/God will change our condition. That is what we have the most control over. And that is the very thing that we as a people refuse to consider. And Allah knows best. – Imam Abu Laith Luqman Ahmad
Imam Luqman Ahmad is an associate Imam and Resident Scholar at the Toledo Masjid al-Islam in Toledo Ohio. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org