Al-Qaida No. 2 Insults Obama with Racial Epithet
Updated 2:26 p.m.
The Post's Craig Whitlock reports that this morning a leader of the al-Qaeda terrorist group issued a message insulting the new American president-elect and seeking to stir up tensions in American society by unfavorably comparing America's first black president to Malcolm X, who converted to Islam in the early 1950s while in prison:
BERLIN, Nov. 19 -- Al-Qaeda's second-in-command used a racially demeaning term to refer to President-elect Barack Obama in a videotape released Wednesday, and said Obama's election represented "the American people's admission of defeat in Iraq."
In the 11-minute video, posted on the Internet, al-Qaeda's deputy leader, Ayman al-Zawahiri, repeatedly and unfavorably compared the first black U.S. president-elect to Malcolm X, the black Muslim leader and activist who was assassinated 43 years ago.
"You represent the direct opposite of honorable black Americans like Malik al-Shabazz, or Malcolm X," Zawahiri said, according to English subtitles of his Arabic remarks provided by al-Qaeda's propaganda arm. "You were born to a Muslim father, but you chose to stand in the ranks of the enemies of the Muslims, and pray the prayer of the Jews, although you claim to be Christian, in order to climb the rungs of leadership in America."
Zawahiri said Obama, Colin Powell and Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice "confirmed" Malcolm X's definition of a "house negro," a term the militant black leader used to describe black leaders who were subservient to white interests. He used the Arabic phrase "abeed al-beit," which literally translates as "house slaves," but the English subtitle said "house negroes."
Posted at 11:28 AM ET on Nov 19, 2008
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