So, a woman was beheaded Friday at a vegetable processing plant in Moore, Oklahoma.
The man who did it had just been fired.
He had served time in prison.
He was a Muslim.
He was an African-American.
He was “aggressively” trying to convert fellow workers at the plant.
I don’t image there a lot of Black Muslims in Moore, but it is conceivable that he was initially introduced to the faith in prison by such fellow inmates.
What I do know is that the Associated Press article run by the Northwest Herald made no mention of the man’s race.
The Norman Transcript found a Facebook page “possibly belong[ing to] [Alton] Nolen…under the name Jah’Keem Yisrael.”
Here is one post:
“AMERICA SO CALL HELPS IRAQ (WHICH NOT)- WELL WHY CANT U HELP THE GAZA CITIZENS AGAINST ISRAEL LOL..I UPLOAD THIS PIK BECAUSE AMERICA AND ISRAEL ARE WICKED. WAKE UP MUSLIMS!!!”
Other Facebook posts may be found here.
The Chicago Tribune ran a smaller article at the bottom of page 7.
Again no mention of the man’s race.
Maybe that fact is not important, but last night the Tribune ran the guy’s photo.
No photo in today’s paper.
Showing that its editors do care about beheadings, at least overseas, it ran a story four times as large at the top of page 9, complete with photo.
The Chicago Sun-Times made the story it most prominent article on its “Nation/World” page (number 10).
Now that I have set the stage, I offer up an FBI agent’s affidavit about how a Black Muslim was willing to try to blow up Cherry Vale Mall just east of Rockford in 2010.
The possible relevance is that this perpetrator, Derrick Shareef, was an African-American who claimed to be a Black Muslim, but at the time references to his race or his religion in the mainstream media was difficult to find.