It amazes me how Americans are quick to accept the narrative that ISIS represents Islam and Islam is a threat to “their freedom” and way of life. It seems so simplistic in thought that it wouldn’t dare be widely accepted….only it is.

Often I have often wondered how would Christians would feel if their religion were held to the lowly of their lows? This country was founded on the pure plunder of the world’s people of color by the Christians who led the way.

Not once have you seen people talking about these references, or the KKK in the mass media…until Kareem Abdul-Jabbar walked on the MSNBC set in February of 2015. I had to wonder no more.


While speaking to MSNBC’s Morning Joe, Abdul-Jabbar said viewing ISIS as representing Islam would be like viewing the Ku Klux Klan as representing Christianity. Both groups derive their ideologies from religion, but neither can be said to make a claim for the vast majority of people within them.

“You can make parallels to things that have happened here in America. Like the Ku Klux Klan saying they are the Christian knights,” Abdul-Jabbar pointed out. “And they do not practice Christianity.”

In much the same way as ISIS, the KKK and other hate groups have always used religion as a way of justifying atrocities and hatred towards other groups.

“People use that as an excuse. It’s not an excuse, it’s no excuse and oppressing one group means that we have to look out, all groups have to get together to fight that type of oppression, because we all should be free.”

In this way, these hate groups have more in common than different.

What do you think of Jabbar’s Statements? How will people respond?


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