"HisPanic," Geraldo, and some Latino Muslim Tidbits
By, Khalil Al-Puerto Rikani
I would like to fully endorse Geraldo Rivera's new book His Panic: Why Americans Fear Hispanics in the U.S. Even though we saw a surge of conservatism on his part in regards to his position on security and war after 9-11, he is going all out for Latinos now. This book is a book dealing with the way Latino are feared in this country. The outragous comments about immigrants and Latinos (His-panics) in this day is rampant. Lou Dobbs, Bill O'Reilly, Michael (Weiner) Savage, and other media pundits seem to have a deeply-rooted hatred against Latinos. It in interesting that see that why the demographics of the country keep changing, and it is starting to look more like the rest of the world, there is this sea of resistance on the part of many from White folks. We can see this in the way Muslims are vilofied in the media. We can see this in White support for Clinton. It is interesting to see what will be the outcome of it all. While Islam is the fastest growing religion, Latinos are the fastest growing "racial" group. Will Latinos not see the many similarities between Islam and Latinos. Will there be more of those like myself in the future (ie, Latino Muslims), or am I dying breed. I am just a dinosaur. Allah know best how this will all wind up. As Allah says "You do not guide those who you love, but Allah guide whom He wills." Guidance is from Allah. I cannot make any Muslim. What will the fact the Hispanic peoples have a connection to Islam through Islamic Spain (which lastest for 800 years) have upon the consiousness of young Latinos. Will not those oppressed realized that they have more to gain and more in common with Islam than Christianity which was imposed upon them by White Europeans. While young White realize that they too were forced to become Christians. Either way, whatever ethnic or racial group one mya come from Allah is, was, and will alway be One. He created us without any partners. He alone deserves to be worship. As Allah says, "There is nothing worthy of worship except Him." Islam is not a religion of oppress. Rather it is one of liberation. It is free from worship anyone or anything except Allah. Let us change our own destiny. As Allah says, "Allah will not change the condition of a people until they change what is inside themselves."