The second-in-command of Islamic militant network al-Qaeda has condemned US President-elect Barack Obama in an audio message.
Ayman al-Zawahri said Mr Obama was not an “honourable black American” but a “house negro” – a demeaning term implying that he serves white people.
Mr Obama’s plan to shift US troops to Afghanistan would fail, Zawahri said.
If genuine, the message would be the first acknowledgement by al-Qaeda of the president-elect’s victory.
The audio message appeared on militant websites.
By MAAMOUN YOUSSEF and LEE KEATH, Associated Press Writers
CAIRO, Egypt –‘s No. 2 leader used a racial epithet to insult in a message posted Wednesday, describing the president-elect in demeaning terms that imply he does the bidding of whites.
The message appeared chiefly aimed at persuading Muslims and Arabs that Obama does not represent a change in U.S. policies. Ayman al-Zawahri said in the message, which appeared on militant Web sites, that Obama is “the direct opposite of honorable black Americans” like, the 1960s African-American rights leader.
In al-Qaida’s first response to Obama’s victory, al-Zawahri also called the president-elect — along withand — “house negroes.”
Speaking in Arabic, al-Zawahri uses the term “abeed al-beit,” which literally translates as “house slaves.” But al-Qaida supplied English subtitles of his speech that included the translation as “house negroes.”
The message also includes old footage of speeches by Malcolm X in which he explains the term, saying black slaves who worked in their white masters’ house were more servile than those who worked in the fields. Malcolm X used the term to criticize black leaders he accused of not standing up to whites.
The 11-minute 23-second video features the audio message by al-Zawahri, who appears only in a still image, along with other images, including one of Obama wearing a Jewish skullcap as he meets with Jewish leaders. In his speech, al-Zawahri refers to a Nov. 5 U.S. airstrike attack in, meaning the video was made after that date.
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