Tweet of the Day: If you’re black and angry over #Ferguson, ISIS wants you (so they say)!

Tweet of the Day: If you’re black and angry over #Ferguson, ISIS wants you (so they say)!

Well, isn’t that special? An article in the Washington Post titled “Even the Islamists of ISIS are obsessing over Ferguson” notes that the terrorist organization is using black disenchantment as a recruiting tool:

The Islamic State and other jihadist movements are using the events outside St. Louis as propaganda against the West. One argument they’ve been making for years is that racism and discrimination are rampant in some parts of the West, and they’re hoping the Ferguson riots could help recruit black Americans. “In Islam there is no racism, and we think black people will wake up and follow the example of Malcolm X and others who understood that this way is the only way to justice,” said Abu Mansour, who lives in Germany and is also a follower of the Islamic State.

ISIS is also using social media to spread its message:

There’s even this:

Just one small problem for disillusioned blacks who elect to sign on. Namely, there is a strain of racism running through Arab culture that calls into question ISIS’s motives. The attitude can be traced all the way back to the 14th century when the Muslim historian Ibn Khaldūn wrote:

Beyond [known peoples of black West Africa] to the south there is no civilization in the proper sense. There are only humans who are closer to dumb animals than to rational beings. They live in thickets and caves, and eat herbs and unprepared grain. They frequently eat each other. They cannot be considered human beings.

The sensibility exists to this day. Writing at the website AllAfrica, Radio Netherlands Worldwide’s Jannie Schipper reports on the plight of Africans in Morocco:

“Be careful, those blacks might eat you,” a Moroccan juice seller in the little border town of Fnideq warned us. They might what? “Yes, really,” he replies. “They can do anything.” Taxi drivers waiting for customers at the dusty square are just as unenthusiastic about visiting those Africans camping out in the forest. “Don’t go there, it is dangerous.”

“Arabs hate black people. And that is not from today, it is in their blood,” says Aboubakr, a young man from Senegal who is hoping eventually to cross over into Europe. He spent almost a year in Morocco’s capital Rabat before coming to this forest camp near the Spanish border and his experiences there left him feeling bitter.

Finally, there is this:

(h/t Weasel Zippers)

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