Listening to Lupe Fiasco


All muslims are not terrorists. As a matter of fact here’s a muslim brother adept at pointing out the home-grown terrorists here in North America.  Apparently American history has a long line of terrorist activity.

American Terrorist

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7 thoughts on “Listening to Lupe Fiasco

  1. As the word implies…a kind of extended kinship term used by black folks. You want a more sociological definition? Do you know any black folks? Ever noticed how some black folks that don’t know each other refer to each other as ‘brother’?

  2. beyond the “fictitious kinship” that Black folks are apt to claim at any time, what about the kinship we should feel to each and all as fellow creature? or does this brotha’s muslim-ness somehow make him so “other” than us that we ought not claim him as part of the humanity that God so loved? or is it that america is too sacred to be critiqued and anyone who does so is definitely not one of us, undeserving to be a part of this family? what do you mean, brother christopher?

  3. Christopher,

    Good questions all around. I’ll try to give brief answers.

    “beyond the “fictitious kinship” that Black folks are apt to claim at any time, what about the kinship we should feel to each and all as fellow creature?”

    I agree. The post was addressing one particular person, Lupe Fiasco. It wasn’t a commentary on the rest of creation. I hope you didn’t interpret my particular post as an exclusion of the rest of creation being a part of kinship.

    “or does this brotha’s muslim-ness somehow make him so “other” than us that we ought not claim him as part of the humanity that God so loved?”

    No. But I am also the aware of the tyranny of sameness. The gospel habituates me to seek a harmony of difference. Other-ness and difference are good gifts from a God who is both particularity and unity all at once. Recognizing a person’s muslim-ness does not commit me to exclusion of the muslim other. It can be the recognition of his particular expression of humanity. Are we all the same? The 17th-present is a long story of ‘forcing’ sameness on the planet. It is called imperialism. I am not imperialist…at least not consciously.

    “or is it that america is too sacred to be critiqued and anyone who does so is definitely not one of us, undeserving to be a part of this family? what do you mean, brother christopher?”

    Lupe Fiasco is an American citizen. His critique of America stems from his being a part of one of many black folkways and a part of his particular embodiedment of black Islam. There are aspects of American society that are unwilling to accept critique. Which is dangerous in my opinion. The moment anyone or anything is beyond critique becomes an idol. In many ways such a sentiment towards America is rampant…especially in Christ’s body. We conflate God’s kingdom with the modern nation-state called the United States. Brothers like Lupe remind of the dark-side of American history that Christians want to white-wash with homeschool curriculum that gives a purported ‘true Christian history’ of America. Lupe’s critique is welcomed here in my home. In many ways Lupe echos the prophetic rhetoric of the Hebrew prophets.

  4. Melvin,

    I just realized that I was responding to you. I totally read that wrong. I didn’t realize you were responding to Christopher. Hopefully he’ll respond to your good questions.

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