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White Muslims Made Terrorist Threat to Waitress Because They’re Entitled, Not Because They’re Muslim


Alan and Daphne Crawford (Mug Shots)

Do These Two White Muslims Believe That Isis Will “Make America Great Again”?

By now, we are accustomed to mainstream media accusing the “radical Islamist” of making terrorist threats against the United States. And this “radical Islamist” is usually foreign, a racialized “Other”, never anyone white.

Meet Alan and Daphne Crawford.

According to Fox16 news report, Alan and Daphne Crawford, a white, married couple who had recently converted to Islam, made terrorist threats to a waitress at Mel’s Diner in Praire Grove, Arkansas on May 24.

Based on reports, Alan became irate with the diner’s waitress. He complained about the slow service and price of the meal. He also claimed that the waitress intentionally slammed the door on her way from the dining room area to the kitchen. Vexed, Alan allegedly said, “Only a Christian would treat them like that.” But it was his wife who escalated the encounter. As the couple was leaving, she allegedly told the waitress “People like you are the reason we kill.”

Hours later, the two were arrested in separate incidents, but released on bail.

After logging into Facebook to discover that one of the restaurant’s patrons had posted about what took place at Mel’s and inquired about Crawfords, Daphne issued similar threat on social media. She sent the woman a picture of her husband — kneeling, draped in traditional Muslim thobe and brandishing an AK-47 assault rifle — and said he would find the woman.

That same day, Mr. Crawford was arrested after threatening to kill a car lot dealer with whom he disagreed about damaged vehicle he wanted to purchase.

The Crawfords had already been on the FBI’s radar due to their involvement in prior incidents.

Back in 2009, Alan was arrested and charged with rape and sodomy. The charges were dropped.

During holiday season December 2015, while shopping with their young son, the couple was escorted out of Central Mall in Fort Smith, AK after walking through the shopping center dressed in thobe and hijab, recording mall store entrances. Recording is against mall policy. Security was alerted and Crawfords were asked to leave.

But, on Saturday, June 18, FBI took the Crawfords into custody and brought them in for questioning.

Beyond the obvious facts of this case, none of it — from the mundaneness of each triggering incident to the rape charges — adds up.

For instance, Muslims do not eat pork. Yet, when questioned by police following the Central mall incident, Mr. Crawford, a devout Muslim, said he enjoys devouring bacon cheeseburgers, for which Isis might kill him.

What was the relevance of Mr. Crawford making that statement, aside from signaling his inability to meet one of the basic precepts of Islamic doctrine.

We’re left with more questions than answers.

Did the Crawfords practice Christianity before converting to Islam?

Why are two southern white Arkansas natives drawn to the Isis version of radical Islam? Are they, too, convinced that American republic is corrupt?

Or, is this just another case of two whites who believe that their country has been taken away from them, that America must be made “great again” and that everyone must wait on them, hand and foot”?

I hold my own reservations about the latter. But, if that’s where the buck stops, this would certainly go down as the most bizarre manifestation of white supremacy in recent history.


Antwan is an educator, cultural critic, actor, and writer for Wear Your Voice Mag (WYV), where he focuses on the dynamics of class, race, gender, politics, and pop culture. Prior to joining the team at WYV, he was an adjunct professor in the African American Studies Department at Valdosta State University in southern Georgia, where he taught African American Literature. He has traveled the U.S. and U.K. showcasing a fifty-five minute, one-person play titled Whitewash, which focuses on the state of black men in the post-civil rights era. Antwan received his B.A. in English and Literature from California State University, Dominguez Hills, and M.A. in African American Studies from University of California, Los Angeles. He is a Ronald E. McNair Scholar and NAACP theater nominee.

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