Farrag explained how Abdullah met with a BLM group in front of the house of Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti: "She led the group in a ritual: the reciting of names of those taken by state violence before their time â€“ ancestors now being called back to animate their own justice:
"'George Floyd. AsĂ©. Philandro Castille. AsĂ©. Andrew Joseph. AsĂ©. Michael Brown. AsĂ©. Eric Garner. AsĂ©. Harriet Tubman. AsĂ©. Malcom X. AsĂ©. Martin Luther King. AsĂ©.'
"As each name is recited, Dr. Abdullah poured libations on the ground as the group of over 100 chanted 'AsĂ©,' a Yoruba term often used by practitioners of Ifa, a faith and divination system that originated in West Africa, in return. This ritual, Dr. Abdullah explained, is a form of worship."
Yes, this helps fuel the fires of the BLM movement: worship of the dead; calling on the dead; asking the spirits of the dead to empower the living today. ...