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A Group Called The Five Percenters And Their History Might Surprise You

"The Five Percenters (Nation of Gods & Earths) have a shaky, unfair history. The Five Percenters were once considered difficult to classify because many of their young members had street gang affiliations and some viewed the group as a coalition of lawless thugs and ex-convicts running criminal enterprises—selling drugs, gambling, pimping, running numbers, gang banging, ‘thuging’ – disguised as a pseudo Islamic religious organization called the Five Percenters. The Five Percenters were feared by the police to be an unruly group of black teenagers renowned for direct actions, such as muggings and bank robberies. In an FBI memo, the Five Percent Nation was said to constitute a 'mysterious armed group of Negro youth' who were 'prepared to die' fighting white supremacy.

The term Five Percent comes from Nation Of Islam doctrine that sees the world population divided into three groups: 85% of the people are blind to the knowledge of themselves and God, while 10% of the people know the truth but teach a lie for their personal gain; seen as part of this 10% are religious leaders that teach that God is an incorporeal being. The 10% also includes the governments and corporations of the world that deceive and mislead the majority of the world through most of the available media outlets. The remaining 5% are the poor righteous teachers — those who do not subscribe to the teachings of the 10% as they know and teach that God is within the Blackman of Asia, and that "knowledge is worth more than diamonds."

In the late 1980s, it was unearthed that the Five Percenters had cut all gang affiliations. They then obtained recognition as a youth organization, and municipal authorities paid for their headquarters in 1986, 'Allah School Mecca' in Harlem. Initially a New York--based youth group, the Five Percenters had a boom in the late 1980s, with its principle missionaries in the hip-hop movement, and can now be found all over the East Coast, parts of the Midwest, and the greater cities on the West Coast including Rakim, all of Wu-Tang Clan, Grand Puba, Poor Righteous Teachers, Big Daddy Kane, Eric B., Busta Rhymes, Brand Nubian, and Nas "