East London Mosque Speaker Rails against “Sagging”, Blames “Faggots”

Harry’s Place has posted footage of a remarkably crude talk given at the East London Mosque in 2007, at which a speaker named Abdul Karim Hattim discourses on “fags” and “faggots” in front of an image of Elton John and the late 2-Pac. Hattim tells his audience that 2-Pac was a “fag” because he lived a gangta lifestyle, a sign of which is the wearing of low-hung trousers – this apparently known as “sagging”. Quoting a book entitled Homosexuality and the Effeminization of Afrikan Males, Hattin explains that the fashion derives from prisons, where trousers would be worn in this way in order to facilitate quick and easy anal sex.

Snopes has an entry on this subject; it is of course an urban myth – the unhappy trend for “sagging” does indeed come from US prisons, but its origins there are in the more mundane realities of ill-fitting prison garb and the fact that belts are banned to prevent suicides.

The author of Homosexuality and the Effeminization of Afrikan Males is Dr Mwalimu K. Bomani Baruti, formerly a Morehouse College sociologist known as Larry Crawford (just to be clear, he has no association with Hattin). Baruti is also the author of a number of other books, including Excuses, Excuses: The Politics of Interracial Coupling in European Culture. From looking around his websites, he appears to take a conspiratorial view of the sociology and psychology of sexuality, in which “white supremicists” use sex to sow gender confusion in order to dominate and destroy black men’s essential “Afrikan male” gender identity. Here’s a taster:

In plain terms, there is a direct relationship between the forced enslavement of Afrikan males into European society, the ongoing fear of Afrikan men by European men, the racist economic order that has gradually but systematically reduced its need for Afrikan labor since the official end of the Afrikan’s physical enslavement and the subsequent growing effeminization of a significant number of Afrikan males in this Western society… In the Western cultural context, men fear men, not women. And European men fear Afrikan men for many good reasons. They understand that the best way to significantly reduce this threat is to turn your enemy’s males into females so that they make themselves into nonthreats.


Attempts to graft the European sex imperative onto the Afrikan personality began well before “old school” music, where a sexual priority was already being pushed beyond its natural limits through the airwaves and personal contact between members of these two groups. The goal has been the gradual but complete internalization of the peculiar bedroom behaviors of Europeans by Afrikans so that the extremes and perversions Europeans naturally practiced would appear less abnormal to a world where Europeans have always been a significant minority…

And so on. Although his essays are written in a radical academic style, one can see obvious similarities with the conspiratorial end of the Christian Right, which sees Communism and “cultural Marxism” as the secret key to explaining all kinds of social trends which are considered unwelcome.