New York Knicks superstar forward Carmelo Anthony is a guy who loves his family, his roots, his community and representing the Knicks. He's recently been wearing a necklace with the emblem of the 5% Nation. That controversial affiliation led to him going to Harlem to visit the Allah School in Mecca.
Before making any judgments lets educate ourselves on what the 5% Nation is. The 5% Nation is an organization founded in 1964 in the Harlem section of the borough of Manhattan, New York City. It was founded by a former member of the Nation of Islam named Clarence 13X, also known as "Allah the Father".
Clarence 13X was a former student of Malcolm X who decided to leave the Nation of Islam after a difference of opinion over the nature and identity of God with the Nation's leaders over. Clarence 13X taught the black man was himself God personified, a major change from the teachings that the Nation's founder W. Fard Muhammad was Allah.
The name 5% Nation comes from the theory that only 10% of the people of the world know the truth of existence. They believe that those 10% purposely keep 85% of the world in ignorance and under their control. That remaining 5% know the truth and attempt to enlighten the 85% without the knowledge.
The 45 Nation is also known as The Nation of Gods and Earths. They teach that pure black people, not mixed — especially with white people, are the original people of the planet Earth. To them, that makes them the fathers — Gods — and mothers — Earths — of civilization.
The controversy, of course, comes from the affiliation of the Nation of Islam. Even though this group has broken off the Nation most hear anything about the Nation and check out of the conversation from there on out.
Sha Be Allah of The Source reports Anthony went to Harlem to visit the Allah School in Mecca.
After the media and fan inquiries in April over Jay-Z and Carmelo Anthony’s bearing of the Universal Flag, the flag of the 5% Nation, Carmelo cleared the air in terms of his stance after briefly stopping by Allah School In Mecca yesterday.
According to reports, Anthony was there to donate 48 Jordan brand basketball uniforms for a tournament being held in commemoration of neighboring Saint Nicholas Projects’ Old Timers Day as well as the memory of Darrell Clark. Clark was a 16 year old aspiring basketball player and Five Percenter with asthma who passed away during a game.
One of the school’s facilitators, Allah B, was not expecting Anthony to visit the school and was surprised by his appearance.
“Black Just told me that he was coming to drop the uniforms off. I didn’t even know that he was bringing Carmelo”, says Allah B. “He went in the yard with the women and children and interacted with the people passing by. He wanted to be here for the tournament, but he was going out of town last night, so he stopped by first and dropped the uniforms off. He said Fat Joe was having a game, so he said he was headed there, then out of town.”
Quite frankly, Anthony is entitled to believe what he wishes. If he likes the teachings of the 5% Nation, good for him. That's not for anyone but Anthony to decide.
What's good is Anthony is getting involved in the New York community. It's also good to see that Anthony will go support a community who lost a young kid. Hopefully that would be the case in any New York neighborhood no matter if it was primarily black, white, Hispanic, Asian or whatever.
Overall, the biggest distraction in this story is the connection to the Nation of Islam and the fact that most don't know what the 5% Nation is or what their beliefs are. However, that shouldn't take away from the fact that Anthony did a good thing and got involved in the New York community. That's definitely a good thing.
Hat tip to Wikipedia for information on the 5% Nation.
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