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But was Prince Abdul Rahman Ibrahima Sori even a Muslim? The fundraising letter calls him only a nominal one. And during his grand tour of America, he promised to introduce Christianity to Africa. Of course the Prince may have merely been a liar telling his hosts exactly what they wanted to hear. There is certainly evidence of that. Which raises the question of how much of his story was even true at all.
Prince Rahman was indeed a bridge between Islam and African-Americans, in the same sense that the slave traders were. His story is a reminder that Islamic racism has a long history and played a role in the destruction of African cultures, just as much as the European variety did.
The exploitation of Rahman’s story with “Prince of Slaves” also shows how Muslim propaganda operates in America today.
“Prince Among Slaves” is a project of UPF, the Unity Productions Foundation. UPF was created by Safi Qureshey, a Pakistani computer tycoon. Its budget is in the millions and is connected to a number of high profile Islamic PBS productions such as “Islam: Empire of Faith”, “Inside Islam: What a Billion Muslims Really Think” and “Ground Zero Dialogue”.
The public faces of UPF are Alex Kroenmer and Michael Wolfe, Muslim converts who pull down roughly 200,000 dollar salaries for their work at UPF. Both Kroenmer and Wolfe are the products of Christian-Jewish interfaith marriages. Wolfe describes this as “my mongrel background” and writes that he was “repelled” by Christianity.
Kroenmer and Wolfe have served as producers for these features, including “Prince Among Slaves”, “Talking Through Walls: How the Struggle to Build a Mosque United a Community” and “Cities of Light: The Rise and Fall of Islamic Spain”. Additionally Kroenmer participates as a trainer in Connecting Cultures, his Muslim wife’s diversity training program.
Both men are listed as having participated in ISNA’s 48th Annual Convention. Safi Qureshey had moderated a CAIR event in the past. ISNA was created with the aid of Sami Al-Arian, the American head of Islamic Jihad. CAIR also has ties to terrorism.
The majority of these films were directed by Rob Gardner who went from Holocaust films to documentaries glorifying Islamic civilization. UPF and Gardner’s latest collaboration is “My Fellow American”, a movie and campaign promoting the Muslim presence in America.
Despite the available contradictory material demonstrating that Prince Abdul Rahman was a Muslim racist who despised Africans, “Prince of Slaves” won Best Documentary at the American Black Film Festival for two years running, and aired on PBS during Black History Month. Oddly though the American Black Film Festival site lists entirely different movies as the winners for those years.
“Prince of Slaves” received major funding from the National Endowment for Humanities, an agency of the United States government. And it aired on PBS, which also receives government funds.
One of the Muslim clerics featured in the movie, Zaid Shakir, was caught threatening the destruction of the United States last year. Another, Hamza Yusuf Hanson, had proclaimed three days before September 11, “This country unfortunately has a great, a great tribulation coming to it. And much of it is already here, yet people are too illiterate to read the writing on the wall.”
But then it seems only appropriate that a documentary which promotes a Muslim racist and murderer of their people to African-Americans as a leader and role model, should also be funded by the very country that the Muslim clerics and their Islamic ideology seeks to destroy.
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