Disenfranchised blacks have sought ways to advance their cause by joining groups that promise to be the remedy for injustices done to them.
This is not a new phenomenon. Communists promised a social and political utopia, and millions joined the cause. Its revolutionary rhetoric and calls for economic justice led people to believe that utopia was just around the corner. Cuba and North Korea are all that’s left of the promised world of the communist architects.
During the 1960s, many young people believed that radical groups like Students for a Democratic Society (SDS) would bring down the oppressive war-mongering government. After a few bombings and murders, the movement went underground, its leaders put on suits and ties, and entered academia and politics to change things from the inside.
Many blacks were drawn to groups like the Black Panthers and the Nation of Islam.
Some whites believed an organization like the Ku Klux Klan was a moral, social, and apolitical option.
These have all been traps.
Of course, not everybody falls into the trap, but enough of them do believing that some new method, some new claim that will change everything that will transform their lives.
Don’t get me wrong, there are a number of changes in worldview assumptions that do transform lives, but these are mostly internal changes that result in external changes for the good.
Radical groups are always looking for new recruits. They can spot the vulnerable and susceptible from a mile way.
It seems that Ferguson, Missouri, is the new recruiting station for ISIS.
The Islamic State looks at the rioting of black youths in the streets of American cities and sees red-meat – an untapped treasure trove of new recruits.
Within hours of the Ferguson grand jury’s decision not to prosecute Officer Darren Wilson in the fatal shooting of Michael Brown, members of the Islamic State, also called IS, ISIS or ISIL, started Tweeting messages directed at angry protesters. Some promised to send in soldiers to help, for a price:
Abu Hussain Al-Britani tweeted:
“We hear you and we will help you if you accept Islam and reject corrupt man-made laws like democracy and pledge your allegiance to Caliph Abu Bakr and then we will shed our blood for you and send our soldiers that don’t sleep, whose drink is blood, and their play is carnage.”
“To a sane person it sounds ridiculous, but to an insanely angry person it is very tempting,” said the Rev. Jesse Lee Peterson, founder of the Brotherhood Organization of New Destiny, a Los Angeles-based ministry that works to strengthen black families by building better fathers. “If they can pledge their allegiance to Louis Farrakhan then they can pledge their allegiance to ISIS.”
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