by Akan Ido
The Caters always are show stoppers and eyeraisers where ever they go with their talents and sense of fashion.
This time it was hard to ignore Jay-Z at the Barclay’s Center last week because of the striking accessory he wore – a medallion symbolizing the Five Percent Nation.
The rapper was sitting with his superstar wife, Beyonce at a Nets game when he was snapped wearing the controversial symbol.
Jay-Z raised eyebrows at the Barclay’s Center last week when he wore a medallion symbolizing the Five Percent Nation.
One of the core tenants of the Five Percent Nation – an off-shoot of the Nation of Islam – is that white people are ‘wicked and inferior’ to black men.
Daily Mail reports:
Race game: The Five Percent Nation is an offshoot of the Nation of Islam and one of the core tenants is that white people are ‘weak’ and ‘inferior’ to black men who hold the power of God. On the left, a zoomed in view of Jay-Z’s medallion compared to the group’s official symbol on the right
When asked by a reporter whether the medallion is meaningful to him, Jay-Z shrugged and said ‘A little bit’.
This isn’t the first time that the rapper has been connected to the Five-Percenters.
He was photographed wearing another similar medallion while giving radio interviews for his album Magna Carta Holy Grail last summer.
And in ‘Heaven’ a track on that album, Jay-Z references the Five-Percenters acronym for Allah by rapping ‘Arm leg leg arm head’.
The Five Percent Nation was founded in 1963 by Clarence Smith, a former student of Malcolm X.
But Smith decided to split off from the Nation of Islam after disagreeing over the idea of God.
Smith didn’t believe that God was a supernatural being, but rather something found in every black man (black women do not have God in them and are considered subordinates, but still hold a higher standing than white people).
Which means he disagreed with the Nation of Islam’s belief that founder Wallace Fard Muhammad was God since Muhammad was bi-racial and not ‘purely black’.
‘The rationale is that the black man is God and created the universe, and is physically stronger and intellectually stronger and more righteous naturally,’ author Michael Muhammad Knight told the New York Post.
‘Whiteness is weak and wicked and inferior — basically just an errant child who needs to be corrected.’
Knight, a white converted Muslim, has written two books on the the Five-Percenters and told Vice: ‘The first lesson I learned from the Five Percent was simple. F*** white people. White people are devils’.
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