Ebony S. Muhammad (EM): The Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan called for 10,000 fearless men and women to go between the guns and the gangs, to stop the killing in our own communities and to make our communities a decent place to live in. This is clearly waging war against the current condition our communities are in and those who created this condition. How has conflict resolution been a key component in this 2 front war? What are a few of the classes and successes?
Brother Jesse Muhammad (BJ): You know, Minister Farrakhan has reminded us that the Most Honorable Elijah Muhammad said that we must make our own communities a decent place to live. He said that we cannot make our communities a decent place to live if we don’t address the violence that’s going on in our own community.
So yes, he went to the government and addressed it and talked about it, and as Minister Farrakhan said, and he put our case before America and the world that we must receive justice…or else! Then he said the other side of this two front war is that we must address the killing we’re doing among ourselves. So in this calling for the 10,000 fearless, he said they must be trained by the Nation Of Islam. Why is that? He said because the Nation Of Islam has a track record of doing conflict resolution, and we didn’t have to go to any university or college. We didn’t have to go to any ivy league school. We didn’t have to take an online course. All we had to do was submit to the knowledge, wisdom and understanding that’s contained in the Teachings of the Most Honorable Elijah Muhammad and arm ourselves with our weapon of choice, which is love and go out and effectively among our people and help them deal and solve their problems without killing each other.
So since the Nation Of Islam has that track record, then its only befitting that through Minister Farrakhan’s guidance and under his instruction that we offer training to our people to teach them how to do mediation. Now the beauty of this, Sister Ebony, is that before Minister Farrakhan called for this 10,000 fearless, he had already been telling us that our work is in the streets. And so Student Minister Willie Muhammad of Muhammad Mosque No. 46 in New Orleans and the brothers of the mosque and community members, they started to help resolve issues and beefs in the community coupled with the Peace Keepers, now Peace Makers, that Brother Dennis Muhammad has been doing for several years, Brother Willie took that model and also started the “Stop the Beef Conflict Resolution Hotline”. They’ve put up billboards. The Minister had already been telling us we must help our people resolve their issues. Therefore, by following Minister Farrakhan’s guidance, Brother Willie and those in New Orleans have successfully mediated 27 beefs. The beauty of it is these beefs have not just been between gangs members. They’ve been between grown folks who can’t solve their problems as business owners.
So they have done a wonderful job and have given a wonderful template and model of how to do it. We’re utilizing social media and showing that Justice Or Else is not a moment, therefore, we hosted a conference call with Brother Willie called “The 2 Front War Conference Call” where people called in all around the country to learn how to set up these conflict resolution centers that Minister Farrakhan is calling for. Brother Willie has layed out a beautiful strategy, proven tactics on how to do it and it’s definitely not hard. It’s very simple, it just takes the hunger, the love and the desire to execute it.
Now, since then, he has been reporting back that several other cities now have hosted their first community forum meetings to announce it, they’ve held press conferences, they’ve started many trainings. Right here in our city of Houston, we did five weeks of training, going over information about anger management, mediation, first aid, self-defense. Then when we look over in Atlanta, Student Minister Abdul Sharrieff Muhammad – he’s not playing out there not one bit (laughs). They went out to an area called “The Bluff”, but he’s definitely not bluffing! He’s a man that says, “If Minister Farrakhan wants it, I want it”. They have taken over a house, have repainted it, renovated it, called it “The 10,000 Fearless Headquarters of the South”, they have a patrol car, a shuttle bus, they’re doing Tuesday classes, and the thing again is that he’s utilizing social media to let people know that Farrakhan’s word is being made bond. So I’m able, and others have been able to watch their training’s on Periscope the last couple weeks.
There have been others who have gotten a chance to see that I’ve live tweeted from our training. Now Brother Willie, from what I have been told and seen, they’ve been featured on the local news channel for the work that they are doing with the Peace Makers. It’s a beautiful thing, but we have to increase.
I believe and I humbly want to say this to all: You know when Minister Farrakhan says he wants something, many of us who are his helpers, we like to say, “We’re trying to wait on further instructions. We’re going to wait”. When a man gives a command to do and you know instinctly you already have been equipped with tools, my question is what are we waiting for? Jesus had to ask the question. He said, “Who are my helpers in the cause of Allah? And, “Who will be my helpers …?” He didn’t say, “Come over here so I can give you some more so you can help me.” Evidently he had already given them enough to properly help him and he’s just trying to figure out why y’all waiting! I believe that’s what’s happening with us by Minister Farrakhan.
Those of us that’s in the Nation[Of Islam], we have already been trained on how to solve our people’s problems. We have a history of cleaning up the projects. We have a history of cleaning up neighborhoods. We have a history of going into the schools speaking to our young people. We have countless F.O.I. and M.G.T. who are principals over schools who have stopped beefs in the streets, who have stopped children from fighting one another, who have stopped relationships that have gone bad domestically and stopped husband and wife from killing one another. This is not new to us! For those who want to use Minister Farrakhan’s name as a cover for our inability, our slothfulness and laziness: we will be required to answer for that. So I don’t want to be, and others don’t want to be – who really love this man – we don’t want to be found using him as an excuse and a cover for our weakness and our inability to stand up and move out. He’s waiting on us.
I’m excited for this call for the 10,000 fearless, but there’s so much work to do. I am a witness, as we’re interviewing right now, there are people tweeting Minister Farrakhan, posting on the Justice Or Else Facebook page. They’re calling out their cities to ask when are we going to get this started in so-and-so city? “I haven’t received an email yet”, “Who’s going to get in touch with me?” That’s not Farrakhan’s job! That’s OUR job! So I say let’s go ahead and do the work that needs to be done so we can fulfill what the Most Honorable Elijah Muhammad, through His Star Student, Minister Farrakhan has instructed us and commanded us to do. Let’s make our own communities a decent place to live.
EM: No excuse necessary, that was brilliantly said dear brother!