Wednesday, November 19, 2008


Al-Zawahiri also referred to Obama and other African-Americans who have served in US government in a derogatory manner as "house negroes".

The term is a reference to a speech by US African-American rights activist Malcolm X in the 1960s about slavery in the US, in which he compared African-American leaders who did not stand up to discrimination against blacks as US house slaves - who were depicted as more docile and on better terms with their masters than field slaves who worked outside the home.

Al-Zawahiri's message appeared chiefly aimed at convincing Muslims and Arabs that Obama does not represent a change in US policies.

Al-Zawahri said that Obama is "the direct opposite of honourable black Americans" such as Malcolm X.

"America, the criminal, trespassing crusader, continues to be the same as ever, so we must continue to harm it, in order for it to come to its senses," al-Zawahri said.

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