Tuesday, 18 November 2014


Brother Swiss is an on point brother, one of the best in the british rap/Hip-Hop scene. He has written two excellent books. I worked with him at the Youth for Smiley Culture event that I put on. However, his latest track (above), while it has some great critique says: "Islamic travellers, slavery started with the Arabs to be accurate". 

As far as my studies have taken me, this is INaccurate. Slavery was NOT started by the Arabs, it existed across Africa indeed including in the ancient civilisations of Nubia and Kemet (Egypt and Sudan). Imho, ALL slavery in unjust, but to conflate european colonial slavery with non-european slavery of the Arabs/Muslim civilisations is not correct. 

I repeat, ALL slavery in unjust, however for the europeans slaves were not human but 'chattel' ie., equivalent to owning property such as goats, cows and sheep. Under Muslim Civilisation, they were considered humans with rights. 

The Islam vs Black African schism is one of the most divisive schisms around, and one that holds little water as West African Muslim Civilisations do not hold up the binary of Muslim=anti-Black and Black African=hostile to Islam. 

At the same time, we SHOULD call out ALL prejudice and discrimination be it shadism, intolerance on peoples religion, ethnicity, nationality, tribe and so on and so forth. I know this is an emotive issue, and apologies if I upset anyone. 

But we must have the right to and be able to mutually respectful dialogue and RESEARCH and scholarly studies to unearth truths and resist half truths and falsehoods.

- Sukant Chandan, Sons of Malcolm

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

The black American site www.abagond.wordpress.com has covered the issue of slavery/