By Thomas Peele

ISBN-10: 0307717550

ISBN-13: 9780307717559

When a nineteen-year-old member of a Black Muslim cult assassinated Oakland newspaper editor Chauncey Bailey in 2007—the such a lot stunning killing of a journalist within the usa in thirty years—the query was once, Why? “I simply desired to be an outstanding soldier, a robust soldier,” the killer advised police.   A powerful soldier for whom?

Killing the Messenger is a searing paintings of narrative nonfiction that explores probably the most blatant assaults at the First modification and unfastened speech in American historical past and the small Black Muslim cult that carried it out. Award-winning investigative reporter Thomas Peele examines the Black Muslim stream from its founding within the early 20th century via a con guy who claimed to be God, to the peak of strength of the movement’s major determine, Elijah Muhammad, to how the great-grandson of Texas slaves reinvented himself as a Muslim chief in Oakland and outfitted the violent cult that the younger gunman ultimately joined. Peele delves into how charlatans exploited negative African american citizens with stories from a faith they falsely claimed was once Islam and the years of bloodshed that undefined, from a human sacrifice in Detroit to police shootings of unarmed Muslims to the terrible backlash of racism referred to as the “zebra murders,” and at last to the brazen killing of Chauncey Bailey to forestall him from publishing a newspaper story. 
 
Peele establishes direct traces among the violent Black Muslim association run by means of Yusuf Bey in Oakland and the evangelicalism of the early prophets and messengers of the country of Islam.  Exposing the roots of the religion, Peele examines its forerunner, the Moorish technological know-how Temple of the United States, which within the Twenties and ’30s preached to migrants from the South residing in Chicago and Detroit ghettos that blacks have been the world’s grasp race, tricked into slavery through white devils. regardless of the fantastical claims and hatred at its middle, the state of Islam used to be in a position to construct a following via attractive to the shortcoming of id universal in slave descendants. 

In Oakland, Yusuf Bey outfitted a cult via a company referred to as Your Black Muslim Bakery, beating and raping dozens of girls he claimed have been his other halves and fathering greater than 40 children.  but, Bey remained a well-known fixture locally, and police appeared the wrong way as his violent infantrymen governed the streets.
 
An spell binding narrative that mixes a wealthy ancient account with gritty city reporting, Killing the Messenger is a captivating tale of ways swindlers and con males abused the tragedy of racism and created an intensive faith of bloodshed and worry that culminated in a journalist’s murder.

THOMAS PEELE is a electronic investigative reporter for the Bay sector information staff and the Chauncey Bailey venture. he's additionally a lecturer on the college of California, Berkeley, Graduate university of Journalism.  His many honors contain the Investigative newshounds and Editors Tom Renner Award for his reporting on equipped crime, and the McGill Medal for Journalistic braveness. He lives in Northern California.

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