Article In Pro-Al-Qaeda Women's Magazine: Racism Is Deeply Rooted In The U.S., Protests And Legislation Will Not End Racism

July 15, 2020

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On July 12, 2020, the pro-Al-Qaeda Bayt Al-Maqdis foundation released[1] a new issue of its magazine, Daughter of Islam, which included an article arguing that racism is deeply rooted in the U.S., and that protests and legislation will not end racism.

In the article, which was titled "The Killing of George Floyd is an Episode in the Series of Deep American Racism," the writer Kifah Al-Maqdisiyah wrote that the death of George Floyd "has reignited" the issue of racism in the U.S.. The article accused the U.S. of contradicting itself by "lecturing the world about freedom and democracy" and at the same time "entering Muslims countries with its tanks to impose its racist mentality and its Western style on a Muslim nation."

The article then downplayed the achievements of the civil right movement in the U.S., saying that "racism is psychological issue that cannot be treated with mere legislation" and that the legislation which has been passed as a result of the movement "was meant to calm the streets, which were enraged after the killing of the leader of the anti-racial discrimination movement."

According to the writer, "legislation may rule that racism is illegal, but it cannot end racist behavior and its various forms. It can end protests only for a while. Why else was the leader of these demands assassinated?"   

The writer also downplayed the election of former U.S. President Barack Obama as the first president of African descent, saying he was unable to stop racism in the U.S. and couldn't stop the killing of Trayvon Martin, Keith Lamont Scott, and Freddie Gray.

The writer then accused President Donald Trump of being "a blatant example of American racism," saying that he referred to black neighborhoods as "filthy," pushed for building a wall on the border with Mexico, and banned citizens from certain countries, most of which were Muslim countries, from entering the U.S..

After mentioning the U.S.'s history of slavery and its use of the atomic bomb against Japan, the writer accused the U.S. not only of being racist towards black people, but also towards Muslims and immigrants.

"Treating this rooted racism," the writer said, "require an ideological and religious approach, not just protests and passing nominal legislation, while racist sentiments remain active within people."

The article concluded with a quote attributed to Malcolm X stating that the issue of racism in the U.S. can only be resolved by adhering to the teachings of Islam.

[1] July 12, 2020

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