Proud to Be an American? Not Quite!

Are you a patriotic American Muslim? Do you willingly sing the Pledge of Allegiance and show your unwavering support for “the land of the free”? Do you constantly parrot the idea of freedom, democracy, and free choice?

In short: have you been programmed like those that came before you? If you’ve successfully drank the Kool-Aid, congratulations! You can now fully appreciate a dystopian society.

What can a Muslim look forward to after they successfully assimilate into America society?

A Divisive Society

One thing that America does well is providing ample avenues for its populations to hate each other. To subscribe to American culture is to justify the prejudice against someone because of their race, ethnicity, gender, socioeconomic status, political affiliation, and the list goes on.

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While Islam allows us to make rationale critiques of other religions and the actions of an individual, American society is obsessed with the different shades of skin color. Ian Bremmer, who teaches at Columbia University’s School of International Affairs and Public Affairs, shows how “United” America is.

TIME:

There is no advanced industrial democracy in the world more politically divided, or politically dysfunctional, than the United States today.

…Begin with race; the [United States]… has been particularly slow to address the structural legacy of that racism—it took nearly a century following the end of the Civil War for the 1964 Civil Rights Act to get passed [end of racial segregation], to cite just one example.

…But as the Black Lives Matter protests this past summer made all too clear there is still much work left unfinished.

Is it any wonder why a Pew Research survey showed findings that Americans feel societal divisiveness is steadily increasing?

Instead of tackling systematic racism, American society instead opts for destructive social groups like the Black Lives Matter (BLM) movement. Not to be outdone in bigotry, counter racist civil rights groups such as the Blue Lives Matter movement have thrown themselves into the mix.

While all of these movements seem to have a positive message, each of them is full of destructive ideals. With Black Lives Matter came the unprincipled riots which led to widespread looting, vandalism, and the resulting white net approval of the movement dropping as a whole from “…24% in early June [2020] to net 3% August [2020]. which [was] lower than before Floyd was killed.”

Essentially, the BLM movement was able to completely alienate almost all of their white supporters because of its actions within a three-month time frame.  It’s safe to say that BLM isn’t going to end systematic oppression anytime soon when burning bridges (figuratively) — and black communities (literally) — is their unique way of ending racism.

And let’s not forget how BLM’s founders have been accused of “appropriating” millions of dollars in donations to buy million-dollar mansions, while little to nothing has gone to the families of actual victims of police brutality.

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And then came the Blue Lives Matter civil rights movement, a direct countermovement that seems to undermine the actual grievances of African Americans. Their purpose is to “back the blue,” in other words, support law enforcement officers and provide funding to police departments to keep the community safe.

But Blue Lives Matter is just another blight on American society in that it indeed does support the systematic racism that is in the very foundations of law enforcement and the justice system. According to Nature, systemic abuse is a hallmark of American society in that African Americans are unfairly targeted and officers are able to weasel their way out of misconduct with impunity.

Nature:

…evidence has continued to support a link. Data from California show that police stopped and used force against Black people disproportionately, compared with other racial groups…Based on information from more than two million 911 calls in two US cities…concluded that white officers dispatched to Black neighbourhoods fired their guns five times as often as Black officers dispatched for similar calls to the same neighbourhoods

…carrying out disciplinary action, let alone firing a police officer, is notoriously difficult in the United States. Union contracts give officers protections that have been tied to increases in misconduct. In many states, a bill of rights for law-enforcement officers shields personnel from investigations into misconduct.

“One thing we need to take a hard look at are those state laws and union contracts that provide either flawed or overly protective procedures that insulate officers from appropriate accountability,” says Seth Stoughton, a former police officer who is a law professor at the University of South Carolina in Columbia.

What Blue Lives Matter fails to understand is that there are legitimate grievances brought by BLM. Why is it okay to keep funding a system that both whites and blacks agree is biased against blacks in America? Turning a blind eye to a racist system by feigning ignorance does not paint Blue Lives Matter and its constituents in a moral light.

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This type of barely-concealed racism hits close to home for the Ummah, as the Muslim community in America has also been unfair targets of brutal law enforcement. We also see similar policies in Israel, which employs them against the Arab and the Muslim populations.

Council on Foreign Relations:

The Arab citizens of Israel, who comprise slightly more than one-fifth of Israel’s total population, possess the same rights as Jewish Israelis under the law…But many of them consider themselves second-class citizens…

“Technically you don’t have redlining, technically you don’t have formal, Jim Crow–type segregation. In practice you do,” says Palestinian American historian Rashid Khalidi.

…the Arab citizens of Israel face discrimination that contributes to poverty (the poverty rate stands at 36 percent, twice that of Jews); poor access to education, jobs, and services; and underrepresentation in politics.

Despite this, it would be a tad hasty to smear the Blue Lives Matter’s constituents as plain racists. But we can’t ignore the parallels between racism in the apartheid state of Israel towards its Arab population compared to racism in America against the African American population.

This is, unfortunately, the only common ground between the two social movements: they exacerbate inequality, racism, and are great tools for dividing American citizens.

All this only scratches the surface of just the issue of race alone!

Disturbing Psy-Ops and Wars

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Psychological operations are a staple of American population control, something that the CIA and FBI take great pride in. According to the U.S. Army John F. Kennedy Special Warfare Center and School, being a patriotic American means having to accept that American psychological warfare is an official governmental undertaking and not just anti-patriotism.

The Special Operations Center of Excellence:

Since the 9/11 attacks, the PSYOP Regiment has been heavily engaged in Afghanistan, Iraq, the Horn of Africa, the Philippines and other areas around the globe. On Oct. 16, 2006, PSYOP became an official branch within the Army…

Psychological Operations (PSYOP) Soldiers who conduct Military Information Support Operations (MISO) are experts in mass media communication and use their unique skills to persuade, change, and influence foreign audiences. These Soldiers communicate to large audiences by various means such as newspapers, radio, television, leaflets and loudspeakers.

Psychological warfare in of itself has been used by many nations in history against their enemies — no one could deny that. But what makes America’s approach so wrong and disturbing?

Rolling Stone:

The U.S. Army illegally ordered a team of soldiers specializing in “psychological operations” to manipulate visiting American senators into providing more troops and funding for the warRolling Stone has learned – and when an officer tried to stop the operation, he was railroaded by military investigators.

The orders came from the command of Lt. Gen. William Caldwell, a three-star general in charge of training Afghan troops…When the unit resisted the order, arguing that it violated U.S. laws prohibiting the use of propaganda against American citizens, it was subjected to a campaign of retaliation.

“My job in psy-ops is to play with people’s heads, to get the enemy to behave the way we want them to behave,” says Lt. Colonel Michael Holmes, the leader of the IO unit, who received an official reprimand after bucking orders. “I’m prohibited from doing that to our own people. When you ask me to try to use these skills on senators and congressman, you’re crossing a line.”

The idea that the American armed forces and intelligence agencies have the best interests of ordinary Americans in mind is a complete and utter fantasy. The reason these psy-ops have to be employed by the military is to perpetually keep the country in unpopular wars. These wars raise the economic debt which trickles down and has a huge economic impact on the daily lives of Americans due to increased taxation and inflation.

Speaking of wars, America, since its inception, has spent an astounding 226 out of 244 years in non-stop war. With the country being at war for roughly 95% of its history, it’s not hard to see why the country is over 30 trillion dollars in debt with the average American having to foot the bill for these psy-ops and wars that are designed to benefit the military-industrial complex.

Is this how they keep us safe?

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The Islamic Silver Lining

Fortunately, American Muslim have a unique opportunity of presenting the truth that can solve all the issues that America faces. A truth that civil rights leader, el-Hajj Malik el-Shabazz (Malcolm X) realized decades ago and is still known to all American Muslims today.

His Letter from Mecca 1964:

If white Americans could accept the religion of Islam, if they could accept the Oneness of God (Allah) they too could…cease to measure others always in terms of their “difference in color”. And with racism now plaguing in America like an incurable cancer all thinking Americans should be more respective to Islam as an already proven solution to the race problem.

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Because of its abhorrent history, it’s easy for Muslims around the world to resent the United States as a whole. But we should have empathy for American citizens — not the government! — due to the fact that the ordinary American citizen has been victimized either with systematic racism or never-ending psy-ops used to coerce, trick, and brainwash them into acquiescing to destructive, genocidal foreign policy. If Americans understood that Islam and Shariah is the best alternative to the endless wars, ugly racism, crippling taxes, and 21st-century loneliness, they could come to Islam, as Malcolm X hoped.

InshaAllah, if Muslims can stop trying to blindly assimilate but rather opt to spread the deen out of a sense of concern and mercy in order to solve the immoral scourges that infect society, there can still be a silver lining to being American, where Islam is the norm and everyone is proud of being on the Haqq.

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