Arrest of Yusuf Bey and others in raids on Black Muslim bakery in SF may be related to murder of local journalist
August 3, 2007
Oakland cops detain 19 in raids Associated Press
Oakland Deputy Police Chief Howard Jordan said 19 people were detained in the pre-dawn hours after the raids, but he refused to provide further details. He scheduled a news conference for later in the day.
Television stations reported that S.W.A.T team negotiators and various high-ranking police officials, including Fremont police, were at the bakery to oversee the operation.
The late Yusuf Bey was the founder of Your Black Muslim Bakery, famed for its bean and carrot pies since it opened in 1968 and known for having an open door to struggling families. Bey's reputation took a hit in later years as he defended himself against rape allegations in Alameda County.
Most of those charges were later dropped, and one was pending when he died in 2003.
More recently, Bey's son and other men were identified as the young toughs who bashed liquor bottles in Oakland corner stores and berated the Muslim owners for selling alcohol in the community.
Jordan refused to say whether Friday's raids were related to Thursday's shooting death of longtime Oakland journalist Chauncey Bailey, who had written stories about the bakery. http://www.mercurynews.com/breakingnews/ci_6535295
Justifying Rape through Cultural Relativity
December 30, 2003
The sordid story of "Yusuf Ali Bey Sr." finally hit the big-time media today, with a front-page story in the Los Angeles Times. Most of the news about the former Yusuf Ali Bey Sr. is old hat – the "Your Black Muslim Bakery" and other businesses, the weekly cable television program, the run for mayor of Oakland, Cal., the anti-white and anti-Jewish tirades, the criminal and civil charges that he had repeatedly raped underage girls, including his own daughters, and the decades of his over-awing anyone who challenged his integrity until one of his victims finally got the police to listen to her.
All that, as I say, has been available in the San Francisco-area media for months, for example in a three-part series in the East Bay Express in November 2002 and June 2003. What caught my eye in today's paper, however, was the justification proferred for Yusuf Bey's serial rapes by one Maleek Al Maleek, described as a 62-year-old mathematician:
He was a born leader in the sense of an African chief or a Muslim caliph. What is prohibited here is not prohibited in East India, where there are child marriages. I can show you chiefs in Africa who have 30 wives ….The ways of the high priests are not shared by the commoner.
In addition to waving away the rapes, what so impresses me about his statement is the casual willingness to import the standards of East India or Africa to the Bay area. Another benefit of multiculturalism? (December 30, 2003)