For a few years now, I've been building with the Five Percenter culture. For those who don't know, I'm a white Muslim, and the Five Percenters a) believe that white people are devils, and b) reject association with Islam. So when I tell people that I'm into the Five Percent, I have to explain it on more than one level. White people wonder why I'd hang out with "black supremacists" and Muslims wonder how I'd find value in a movement that calls a man Allah.
I wrote an ethnography on the culture, The Five Percenters: Islam, Hip Hop and the Gods of New York, but for the purposes of the project, I mostly kept my own voice out of it. In the past week, I've had the opportunity to write two articles dealing with the Five Percenters on a more personal level. For Wajahat Ali's site, I have "Yes, White People are Devils. Yes, That Includes Me."
It gets into the Five Percenters' idea of race, how devils can learn from it, and why the Muslim community could benefit from people that it generally condemns as heretics (i.e. Elijah Muhammad and Louis Farrakhan). For the great website Killing the Buddha, I wrote "The Man I Call Allah," which deals with the Five Percenters' critique of organized religion, and how it has enabled me to grow as a Muslim.