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 April 7, 2014

Obama's Buddy Jay-Z causes outrage by wearing gaudy medallion of 'Five Percent Nation' group who believe whites are 'wicked and weak'

•The Brooklyn-born rapper wore a medallion representing the Five Percent Nation at a Nets game last week

•One of the main tenets of the Nation of Islam offshoot is that white people are 'weak and wicked' and that black men hold the power of God
•When asked if the medallion holds any importance to him, Jay-Z said: 'A little bit'
•Jay-Z was spotted wearing the nation's symbol last year while giving radio interviews for his new album, Magna Carta Holy Grail

Jay-Z raised eyebrows at the Barclay's Center last week when he wore a medallion symbolizing the Five Percent Nation.

The Brooklyn-born rapper was sitting court-side at a Nets game on Tuesday with wife Beyonce when he was snapped wearing the controversial symbol.

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.

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.


Early days: The Five Percent Nation was founded in 1963 as an offshoot of the Nation of Islam by Clarence Smith of Harlem

Early days: The Five Percent Nation was founded in 1963 as an offshoot of the Nation of Islam by Clarence Smith of Harlem

The Five Percent Nation was founded by Harlem, New York native Clarence Smith in 1963.

Smith was originally a student of Malcom X, leader of the Nation of Islam, but split from the movement because he didn't agree with their definition of God.

Followers of the Nation of Islam believe that founder Wallace Fard Muhammad is God, but Smith doesn't agree since he believes that God can only be 'purely black' and Muhammad was bi-racial.

Smith, who changed his name to Allah, also believe that God wasn't a supernatural being, but something found in all black men.

Black women did not possess God, according to his beliefs, but were subordinates of black men.

Still they hold a higher position that all white people who are considered 'weak, wicked and inferior' according to Michael Muhammad Knight, who was written two books on the group.

The Five-Percenters get their name from the idea that only five per cent of humanity known the truth about existence and are 'poor righteous teachers' trying to tell the rest of the world the truth

Another 10 per cent also know the truth but propagate a belief in a 'mystery God' to the ignorant 85 per cent.

Clarence Smith died in 1969 after being murdered in his Harlem housing project.

The Five-Percenters continue today with many followers in the rap world.

Busta Rhymes, the Wu-Tang Clan and Lord Jabar of Brand Nubian are all noted adherents.

« Last Edit: April 09, 2014, 04:43:59 PM by rangerrebew »
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