Ironically, the NOI is attacking Gates because he’s calling for slavery reparations, only he wants African nations involved in the slave trade to pay alongside America…
Professor Henry Louis Gates can’t seem to win. Nearly a year ago, following his well-publicized clash with a Cambridge police officer, he was, to many conservatives, the poster child for the “angry black man.” Yet these days, Gates, a Harvard professor and the director of the W.E.B. Du Bois Institute for African and African-American Research, is taking flack from the African-American far-left for an op-ed he wrote for the New York Times in which he highlighted the “considerable role” that Africans played in the trans-Atlantic slave trade. In the April 22 essay, titled “Ending the Slavery Blame-Game,” Gates wrote, “The sad truth is that without complex business partnerships between African elites and European traders and commercial agents, the slave trade to the New World would have been impossible, at least on the scale it occurred….the conquest and capture of Africans and their sale to Europeans was one of the main sources of foreign exchange for several African kingdoms for a very long time.
Although the facts regarding African complicity in the slave trade are well-known and well-documented, that didn’t stop the Nation of Islam from pouncing on Professor Gates in an April 28 screed titled “The Mis-Education of Henry Louis Gates, Jr.” Written by Abdul Arif Muhammad, an attorney and former editor-in-chief of the Nation of Islam’s Final Call newspaper, the essay slams Professor Gates as an “apologist for the evil of white America.” “(Gates’) article is a perfect example of the ‘educated Negro’ who has been taught to find his ‘proper place’ at the back door,” Muhammad writes. “Professor Gates demonstrates through this article that he has accepted his proper place at the back door, showing he is in the category of an ‘educated Negro’ that (sic) has, in fact, been mis-educated.”
….The irony of this controversy is that the ultimate point of Gates’ April 22 op-ed was to argue in favor of reparations for slavery (something which the Nation of Islam strongly advocates). Gates was merely making the point that the reparation money should come from African governments as well as from the U.S.
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