|Noble Drew Ali|
Christianity was spread by violence and treachery when it came to my people the Haitians so I wanted no parts of it. Malcolm stood up to "The Man" and told him to his face that the image of Jesus as a white man was fubar. There was an underground movement of Muslim activity that I wanted to be part of. If Islam was good enough for El Hajj Malik El Shabazz then it was good enough for a young "god" like me.
|Wu Tang Clan|
Middle school is also when I learned that Haitians had options in the religion market besides Christianity and Voodoo (the proper term is Vodou). I met my first Jew in elementary school and he seemed cool. So I was developing a new awareness of the diversity of thought all around me that was never thought to me by my parents and other influential outlets.
|Noble Drew Ali in the middle of some Moors|
I remember not being the only one who was considering converting or following or learning this Black religion. A girl named Sandrine considered converting. That was important because there was a rumor that Islam was harsh on the ladies and I was a latent feminist. Islam spread to all different parts of the world including to North Africa. Word on the streets was that they did it through violence. I was unable to confirm or deny these allegations but the combination of female subjugation and proliferation via violence kept me from exploring further.