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- Print Length: 464 pages
- Publisher: Crown (February 7, 2012)
- Publication Date: February 7, 2012
- Sold by: Random House LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00540PB7S
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Fourth was the twenty-year old illegitimate son of church-bakery's founder, Yusuf Bey. The elder Bey raped Fourth's mother. Over the years, he had also raped Fourth, Fourth's sisters, brothers and aunts; he was said to have somewhere between forty and fifty children, all collecting some form of welfare support. Senior Bey owned expensive cars, lived in opulence, and wielded considerable power and influence in local and state politics. Fourth became head of the sect only when elder Bey was jailed for serial rapes of Fourth's thirteen year-old-sister. Given Fourth's life story, it's not difficult to understand that Fourth might become a sociopath who exhibited many of his father's traits plus murdering at least three people including Bailey. So, what about Bey senior? What's his story? Thomas Peele's answer is complex. It includes slavery, Jim Crow, lynching, KKK, red-lining, prejudice, racism, politics, and apathy. By digging for the rest of the story, Peele creates something akin to black history primer, part requiem for the lost, and part love song to Chauncey Bailey and all journalists everywhere. Read it, and weep.
I haven't finished the book yet but I can attest to it being a page-turner. There is one point, however, on which I take issue with the author, Thomas Peele. On page 35 he characterizes the City of Richmond "as one of the most hopeless and violent cities in America." I'm baffled as to how Mr. Peele, being a member of the Bay Area News Group, could make such a distorted and derogatory statement. Richmond residents began turning our City around several years ago. We certainly don't deserve this mean spirited, backhanded portrayal of our city. In fact, I would encourage Mr. Peele to write another book about how Richmond residents, with little or no funding but with popular dedication to a new vision for our city, have stood up to corrupt politicians and the Chevron Corporation, defeated a proposed multimillion dollar Indian casino, reduced the murder rate, transforming our community to the point where it has been chosen to be the home of a huge Federal research lab.Read more ›
In "Killing the Messenger: A Tale of Radical Faith, Racism's Backlash and the Killing of a Journalist," author Thomas Peele starts with a murder and digs around it until he has uncovered the history of the Black Muslim movement in America.
With a sense of immediacy and a descriptive eye, Peele unearths a story of America that only cracked the surface when a journalist was gunned down on an Oakland, Calif., street in 2007.
As an investigative reporter for a newspaper in the East Bay area that surrounds Oakland, the slaying of Chauncey Bailey by members of the Black Muslim cult was right in Peele's wheelhouse. The author hit it out of the park.
"Killing the Messenger" puts the reader into the inner sanctum of Your Black Muslim Bakery, a North Oakland institution run by Yusuf Ali Bey, and after his death, his son Yusuf Ali Bey IV. The author recreates conversations that would have shocked those outside its walls.
Both Beys lived as gods in their compounds, preaching hatred for whites and black self-sufficiency. They surrounded themselves with "soldiers," culled from the ghetto streets and mostly ex-cons, who would kill or die for him. Women were kept as sex slaves, sworn to submissiveness.
The sadistic elder Bey raped women and children at will in his compound while his fearful minions looked the other way. Murder, government fraud and a host of other illicit activities were also overseen by Bey and later, his son.
"Killing the Messenger" starts with the cold-blooded murder of Chauncey Bailey, a reporter for a black newspaper in Oakland who was writing an expose on the Bey cult. After laying the historical groundwork, the book then barrels back toward its starting point.
As the title suggests, Peele takes pains to illustrate how racial oppression gave rise to the radical pseudo-religion. Later in the book, he uncovers the shoddy inner workings of Oakland City Hall and its undermanned police force.
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Having lived in Oakland during the time of the Bey's reign of terror,I can remember passing the bakery on numerous times and oblivious to what was going on inside. Read morePublished 1 month ago by FELIX CURTIS
Excellent non fiction book. Details of the era are excellent Writing is excellent. A must read for anyone interested in the Bey era.Published 10 months ago by Bette B
A great book that was difficult to put down. A real eye opener as to the extensive corruption that takes place within the Muslim mosques when one man uses his position to control... Read morePublished on April 23, 2014 by James Poynor
This book is a discussion of the murder of a journalist who touched the third rail of Oakland, CA politics, by investigating Black Muslims. Read morePublished on June 18, 2013 by Stormy
Author sounded like he was writing to highlight his exploits rather than for the interested reader. A subject of interest but poorly written.Published on June 9, 2013 by R. Sheppard
Chauncey Bailey, editor-in-chief of the Oakland Post, was shot dead on the morning of August 2, 2007. Read morePublished on March 20, 2013 by Troy of AALBC . com
Very informative. Should be required reading in high school.
The story takes you from the civil war up till today. Read more
Killing the Messenger: A Story of Radical Faith, Racism's Backlash, and the Assassination of a Journalist
Thomas Peele has investigated the background of the murder of a... Read more
Monsters are not always those whose heads spin around or have scary faces. Evil can draw others into their web of horrors and those who should be able to stop it are duped as... Read morePublished on August 12, 2012 by wjb