Sunday, 26 August 2012

Two things are apparent from this profile in the New York Times. The first is the close connection between Islam and crime. It is a belief system that is readily appealing to criminals. Second, the extraordinary sense of entitlement that the invaders have. They actually think they have some kind of right to immigrate to someone else's country and then utterly change its character. They even think they are doing the country some kind of favour by doing this.
In his early life, before he left the violent projects of Strasbourg, before he was acclaimed as a rapper and a poet, Abd Al Malik was a confusion of identities — “schizophrenic,” he says. A Catholic altar boy turned Muslim proselyte, he was at once thug and scholar, dealing hashish and reading philosophy, picking pockets after Sunday Mass.

As a teenager, he lost friends to heroin, murder and suicide; rattled and angry, he sought explanations in “On the Shortness of Life,” by the Greek thinker Seneca. At 16, Mr. Malik says, he renounced crime, burned everything he had bought with “dirty money” and fell in with a rigid Muslim sect. Later he gravitated to Sufism, the mystical strain of Islam.

He was born Régis Fayette-Mikano, the French son of Congolese immigrants, constantly pulled between worlds. Now, Mr. Malik maintains, he is “one.”

“I made peace with myself,” he said.

His country is another matter, he says, still coming to terms with its ethnic and religious diversity. He is deeply, proudly French, says Mr. Malik, 37, but he has made a remarkably successful career parsing French identity in verse, deploring what he calls an over-proud society and the hypocrisy with which it treats its nonwhite sons and daughters.

Many French rappers sing about racism, identity and the plight of the “banlieues,” France’s impoverished suburbs, but few with Mr. Malik’s poise and poetry.

“There’s really a lag between how France sees itself and what France really is,” he said, speaking with the same precise syllables and crisp consonants that distinguish his music. “So long as we haven’t realized that diversity is part of French identity, at a certain point we’re telling ourselves that a Frenchman, after all, is a white man, Christian, who’s between 25 and 45. And everything that doesn’t fit that description is tossed aside.”

France is “not capable of recognizing, directly, her own children,” he said. “From my point of view, this is our country’s major problem.”

...Mr. Malik was born in Paris but raised in Neuhof, a neighborhood of Strasbourg. A brilliant student, he was sent to a private Catholic middle school, where he was for a time the sole black student.

He was also a pickpocket and a thief. By the age of 11 or 12, Mr. Malik recounted, he sometimes stole as much as $1,000 in a weekend, working with his friends in downtown Strasbourg. “I had a double life,” he said. “I was a good student during the day and a delinquent at night. And over vacations. And on the weekends. But for me it was normal.”

He bought jeans, watches and the latest Nike Air Max sneakers, and went out to restaurants and nightclubs, he said. He sold hashish, too, though never the heroin that killed several friends.

AT 16, his socks stuffed with drugs, Mr. Malik and a friend met a group of local men who preached to them about Islam and death. The two resolved to start anew. They gathered their drugs and everything they had bought with drug money, drove to an abandoned field, doused it all in lighter fluid and set it ablaze. They set out for a downtown mosque the next morning, asking a Hasidic Jew for directions, Mr. Malik said. The man assumed that the boys were mocking him; they insisted that they were sincere, and he pointed the way. “We came with this faith that we were going to change our lives, that it was going to be marvelous,” Mr. Malik said of Islam. “And it was marvelous.”

He fell in with the missionary Tabligh movement and for six years traveled across France to preach, sleeping on mosque floors. But he came to feel he was manipulating the people to whom he spoke, he said, and grew disenchanted with a “simplistic” Islam that deemed non-Muslims to be sinners.

Mr. Malik cited the Koran: “God says, ‘I created you different so that you might know one another.’ ”

He turned to Sufism and discovered writers who celebrated difference. “The problem was that all of the people who spoke about this were from the 11th century, the 12th century, the 16th century,” Mr. Malik said. “I cried, I spent entire nights crying, saying to myself, ‘My God, I live in the wrong era.’ ”

In eastern Morocco he found a spiritual leader who spoke in those terms, however. (A favorite proverb: “In a garden the flowers are diverse, but the water is one.”)

Sufism taught him to love France, he says, a place where he nonetheless feels a “deep” and “perverse” racism. One cannot move forward through life if he cannot “put down his sack of grievances,” Mr. Malik said, repeating a teaching.

Islam has “helped him to untangle a sort of ball of knots that he’s dragged with him since his childhood,” said his wife, the hip-hop singer Nawell Azzouz, known as Wallen. She and Mr. Malik live in Paris with two young sons.

For all his frustrations with France, he views himself as profoundly French — it is a question of language and upbringing, he says — with a responsibility to help the country come to terms with itself and to define a new French identity.
Source: New York Times


Anonymous said...

Many Blacks that I've met, born in the UK or emmigrated to the UK, believe that Europe is institutionally racist This is a common syndrome among Black people.

They never seem to ask themselves why they chose to come to the UK, or why still stay on, and not go back to Africa.

To me this is pure hypocrisy at best, or just the standard tactic to continue to live on the charity of the White man.

Anonymous said...

Rap sucks.

I wonder if his new life has inspired him to try to find and compensate, or at least apologize to, any of the hundreds of people he victimized as a teenager?

Why do immigrants always blame their troubles on "racism", and think that this "racism" just magically appears out of thin air without cause, for no reason?

Anonymous said...

Has he asked France if it actually wants a new identity? Of course not! Any negative answer would be "racism", and can therefore be ignored by immigrants and the ruling elite.

By what logic is it always the immigrants who have the right to "redefine" society in a country, while people with an actual ancestral and cultural stake in the country are supposed to meekly step aside and keep their mouths shut?

What if France doesn't want to be redefined?

Is it supposed to be an improvement that he went from stealing wallets with his friends, to stealing an entire nation?

Anonymous said...

When they invade a country and change its identity, usually for the worse, it's called "eclectic multiculturalism" and "demographic vibrance." When we invade a country and change its identity, usually for the better, it's called "colonialism."

I wonder how much longer the Western world can survive this insanity.

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