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This documentary, which is produced by Nader Talebzadeh, tells the story of Louis Farrakhan, the leader of “Nation of Islam” group, and his recent visit to Iran on the eve of the tough US sanctions against this country; a visit that has brought him much propaganda and different feedbacks. The Nation has been one of the fastest-growing political movements in the country under Farrakhan’s leadership.
In order to strengthen the international influence of the Nation, Farrakhan has attempted to establish relations with Muslim countries. During his visit to Iran, Farrakhan met with Iranian officials and delivered speeches in several gatherings, which brought about closeness and empathy between Iranians and black American Muslims in the United States. However, many of media outlets tried to mislead the importance of the visit by claiming that he chanted “Death to America” in Iran. Stay tuned for “Stand Firm” documentary.
“Nader’s Show” is hosted by Iranian filmmaker and writer Nader Talebzadeh, who has produced programs for an Iranian audience including a vast number of interviews with the US dissidents and whistleblowers. American government couldn’t stand his voice of truth thus put sanctions on him to silent his voice, but Nader started a show to be the voice of the voiceless. Voice of the people who has been sanctioned either by governments or by the corporate media. In “Nader’s Show” he wants to go beyond the borders and let the voices be heard
[Editor’s note: The following article contains excerpts from a message delivered by the Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan on the 24th Anniversary of the Million Man March and Holy Day of Atonement held at Christ Universal Temple in Chicago on October 13, 2019. This is Part 1 of a two-part article. We encourage readers to order this message in its entirety on MP3, DVD and CD through store. finalcall.com or call 1-866-602-1230, ext. 200.]
In The Name of Allah, The Beneficent, The Merciful.
There are no creatures superior to the human being. The human being is the supreme of the creatures of God. In fact, the Bible calls us the Glory of God, but all of us have fallen short of the Glory of God and have not measured up to what God created us to be. Satan has made sure and has done his job, but his time is up.
We thank Allah for all of his prophets and messengers and the scriptures which they brought. We thank him for Moses and the Old Testament, Israelite Prophets. We thank him for Jesus and the Gospel and the Apostles who gave us what is called the New Testament. We thank him for Muhammad Ibn Abdullah, the Great Prophet of Arabia, who brought into the world a final book to finish out the 6,000 year work of Adam and Adam’s progeny.
But we’re entering into a new day now where God and his Christ have come to take over the rule.
The rule of the earth under the wicked has been a horrible nightmare. In the Bible, Jesus made a parable of the wicked husbandmen. The owner of a vineyard let it out to some wicked husbandmen; and he charged them to bring in the fruit thereof. But unfortunately, they were not good.
And then the owner sent his son into the vineyard and they slew him. The wicked will always try to slay one who presents an example of what righteousness is. So, the wicked rulers couldn’t stand the son because a clean glass makes a dirty glass look just like it is.
So, they tried to kill the son and they did. So, Jesus asks a question. He said, “What will the Lord of the vineyard do when he comes?” And they answered saying, “He will utterly slay them.” So, the wicked now are running around trying to put it together. Poor things, because the end has come. …
Brother Ishmael Muhammad, as he was introducing me, said God had come to fulfill His promise that He would come and He would choose a people that were no people at all, a dead nation of a once great living people styled as the dry bones in the valley.
But He would choose them as His People, and He would be their God and He would raise them from a dead level. Some of the wise ones among us say “to a living perpendicular.” I said, “a wise one” says it like that. The foolish don’t know what a living perpendicular is. But it means taking you from living your life on a horizontal level. That means that you’ve never really grown up because babies come in the world and they’re on a horizontal level. And after a while, without any instruction, they look for something strong to pull up on and they start standing up perpendicular to the earth. That’s what is called “a living perpendicular.”
Now, you grow up into physical uprightness. But it’s so sad that we live our lives after the beasts of the field and the serpents and the snakes of the grass. We’ve fallen so low that we are considered by God and the prophets “lost souls.” Some so lost that some of them called them irredeemable. “Nothing can redeem them.” Well, you just haven’t met Jesus the Christ. You have not met Muhammad the Liberator. …
Twenty-four years ago we were in Washington doing an impossible thing. We called for one million men to come to Washington, not to picket, not to beg the government, but to atone to God for our failure as men to shepherd our families, to be the guides of our people, the guides of our family, the good husbands of our wives, good fathers for our children but we knew we had messed up. So, I didn’t want anybody coming to Washington thinking we’re going there to beg the government. Begging the government is folly today. Whatever you think you want from the government ask them can they produce it.
They’re broke, $22 trillion in debt, that’s why our dear president has put $750 billion into the military because America will say to the world that it owes, “Don’t even try to collect. I’ll blow you off the face of the earth.” That’s why he’s still making new weapons of mass destruction. He’s trying to frighten the world. He owes China over a trillion dollars, Japan, England, poor fella. But he’s keeping up a good show. But in a few minutes, the bubble is going to bust; and in a few minutes you will see how poor and raggedy America is.
God is lashing her now. As my great national assistant said, “Our teacher told us that the day was coming when the temperature one day would be between 80 and 90; and within a few hours, it would drop under freezing. Now it’s happening. This past spring 19 million acres of land failed to be planted because of weather. Those that got planted, planted late. So, it’s a late harvest for them now. But they’re expecting two feet of snow in the Midwest. So, what they thought was going to come out of the earth is buried under the snow.
The words of the Master are coming true. In the 24th chapter of Matthew, he talked about things happening: Wars and rumors of wars. Famine, pestilence, earthquakes in diverse places, nation rising against nation, and kingdom against kingdom and then he said, “This is only the beginning of sorrows.”
Have you seen that the storm clouds of war are gathered not only throughout the Middle East but the whole earth is filled with war talk, war preparation? You can talk about turning your spears into pruning hooks. They’re turning their pruning hooks into spears. Food cultivation is taking second place to preparation for war. Where will you be? What will you be doing when war is declared?
Iran figures big in it, so does Israel. But the scripture says, when Jerusalem is surrounded by armies, don’t go in the house, flee to the mountains. This is just the beginning of sorrows.
Then Jesus says, “Every kingdom divided against itself is brought to desolation. Every city or house divided against itself shall not stand.” And if Satan casts out Satan, he’s divided against himself so how then can his kingdom stand? …
Did you think that you were holy because you’re in church? Don’t deceive yourself any longer. The church is full of devils. The mosque is full of devils. The synagogue is full of devils. Stop it. Don’t argue with me because I have the truth. And, I’m going to hurl it at falsehood until it knocks out the brains of falsehood. So, if you want to hold on to the false idea that you are somehow holy, I’m going to finish that quickly. No. Nothing holy in here. Aren’t you in here, Farrakhan? Yes, I’m in here. Aren’t you holy? No, but who supports me, who backs me, who covers me is holy, so I stand in His holiness to reach out to my fellow sinners.
Remember when Moses met God? God told him, “Take off your shoes. The ground where you stand is holy.” He didn’t say, “Moses, you’re holy.” The ground where you stand is holy because I’m standing here with you, Moses. So, what we have to do is get a closer walk with God. The more you get closer to God and walk with him, His holiness rubs off on you and me and His presence in our lives purifies us from the stench of Satan’s urine. Satan is like a snake and a skunk that has urinated on the human family. Wait, wait, wait, wait, Farrakhan. I’ve got a brand new suit on. I don’t care what you have on. See, the stink is not in the suit. It’s coming from what the suit is covering. You can’t cover up sin with suits.
You can’t cover up sin with white garments. You can’t cover up the funk and the filth of Satan’s world. He’s a skunk of the planet earth. So that’s why Jesus said, wash and be clean. Wait a minute. I’ve tried. You haven’t tried hard enough. We play with God and we play the Jesus game. Jesus is on first. I’m going to bring him home. But Satan is busy and Satan’s helpers are catching. You can’t bring him (Jesus) home. He knocks on the door of your mind and your heart and he’s asking us, “Let me in.” I didn’t say, “sing him in.” I didn’t say, “dance him in.” Time is up for foolish worship, which is disgraceful to God. It’s holiness that He wants. It’s righteousness that He wants. He knocks, will you let Him in?
Paul said, “Let this mind be in you.” What kind of mind, Paul? “The same that is in Christ Jesus.” What kind of mind is that, Paul? That’s the mind of God. What kind of mind do I have now? Look at the deeds of your hands, and the thoughts that we think, and tell me, whose mind do you have? The time for playing games with God is all over. He’s very disturbed. God is angry. As it is written in Revelations 8:18, “The nations are angry and thy wrath is come.” What kind of wrath is that? You talk about when you get angry, “don’t mess with me. You don’t want to put that over on me because I’m ready. I’m a bad Negro.”
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By: Kofi Taharka – Special to Black Guerrilla Media (BGM)
I woke up at 5:00am on a summer morning July 2019 in Washington, D.C. preparing for a trip which was 25 years in the making. I stepped outside in the dark to cool and refreshing air, especially compared to the heat and humidity I just left in Texas. During the 2 hour drive up to the Allegheny Mountains of western Maryland, many thoughts and considerations raced through my mind. My life- long confidant and driver was the perfect person to share this trip with because throughout our lives we have experienced many important milestones together. About a week earlier I told him, “I need you for some soldier work,” he immediately agreed. Our ride through this beautiful area was filled with discussion, mainly me explaining the importance of the person that I was going see and the overall context of why it was so meaningful. One road sign read “Be aware of Bear and Deer”. Coming from a primarily flat part of Texas, the lush green rolling hills and picturesque valleys were inviting, I even joked to my brother to leave me out there so I could take in what nature had to offer.
After a brief stop for directions, we went down a winding road , nestled in a small valley with mountains jetting up in the rear we had arrived at our destination. I felt strong, confident, and determined. After emptying everything out of my pockets, leaving my belongings in the car I got out taking note of the large fences, razor wire, and the natural environment surrounding this edifice. I walked in the doors of the Federal Correctional Institute in Cumberland, Maryland. Three guards were sitting behind a desk waiting for my arrival. They took my I.D., sent me through a metal detector, and stamped my hand with an invisible fluorescent substance. Then a guard walked me through a corridor outside to the interior of the prison up a sidewalk to another building, seating me in a room with two chairs, a table, and a television monitor. While walking the guard told me the prison was on lockdown because of some problems. Now inside I could see the well-manicured grass, fences, razor wire up close. The room was extremely cold, however my focus on this meeting outweighed anything else in the environment.
After a few minutes, a man walked in by himself in a beige colored khaki prison uniform, no handcuffs or guards, carrying a large postal envelope with a handwritten inscription which read “Legal Correspondence.” I was a little surprised because I didn’t see where he came from, almost like he just appeared out of nowhere. I rose from my seat and grabbed his hand, we bumped shoulders in a brief embrace. I said “Brother Sundiata ”, the fairly small framed 82-year-old returned the greeting. He is Sundiata Acoli, government name Clark Squire a former member of the legendary Black Panther Party (BPP) and Black Liberation Army (BLA) of the 1960’s and 1970’s. We sat down and began to talk. He giggled a little and said, “Well Brother Kofi, it is good to finally meet you person.” He asked about some other anticipated visitors who were unable to make the trip. Going in I didn’t know if he would have any forewarning of my visit or not, but he did have prior notification. Our voices seemed to bounce off the walls as if we were in a soundproof booth. The visit had come to fruition based on a request made to Congresswoman Sheila Jackson-Lee of the 18th Congressional District in Houston, Texas.
During our conversation I asked questions, he then gave extended answers. Sundiata articulated his upbringing in the small towns of Decatur and Vernon, Texas, his family life and experiences, and his educational experience at Prairie View A&M University, graduating in 1956 with a degree in mathematics. He explained working at NASA, on some occasions interacting with astronauts. He told me about going to New York City exploring different activist circles. In 1964 after the murder of civil rights workers James Chaney, Andrew Goodman and Michael Schwerner in Neshoba County, Mississippi he said he felt the need to up his commitment to changing society. He stated the news media was reporting that the murders would scare people away from participating in the Freedom Summer and going to Mississippi to register African-Americans to vote. He wasn’t afraid, so he paid for his own travel and went and worked on the project.
While we didn’t discuss any of his work in the BPP or BLA, it is important to understand the context of the era that ultimately placed Sundiata in his current situation as a Political Prisoner. Sundiata increased his commitment to structural change in this society by joining the Black Panther Party Harlem New York Chapter in 1968. He spent 24 months incarcerated from 1969 to 1971 as a co-defendant in the Panther 21 case. All 21 Panthers were acquitted of the charges set against them. Due to intense harassment, surveillance, and provocation by the FBI he was driven underground.
In 1973, Sundiata Acoli, Assata Shakur and Zayd Malik Shakur of the BPP/BLA encountered the New Jersey State police during a traffic stop. A confrontation took place, when the smoke cleared Zayd Malik Shakur was dead, Assata Shakur was shot, a New Jersey State Trooper was dead, another New Jersey State Trooper was wounded and Sundiata Acoli was captured a few days later. In 1974 Sundiata and in 1977 Assata were convicted of the murder of the State Trooper Werner Foerster. In 1979 Assata Shakur was liberated from prison and later received political asylum in Cuba. In the last few years the FBI has placed her on the 10 Most Wanted Terrorist List and a 2-million-dollar bounty is being offered for information leading to her capture. It may be hard for those who did not live through it or are unaware of history to fathom the political environment of repression that took place against Black activist/organizations across a wide spectrum of ideologies critical of the U.S. government treatment of Black, Brown and poor people. Targets of these efforts ranged from Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC) to the Black Panther Party and many others. The government program entitled Counter-Intelligence Program or COINTELPRO for short was designed to “expose, disrupt, misdirect, discredit or otherwise neutralize”… “prevent the rise of a ‘messiah’ who could unify and electrify the militant black nationalist movement”. Various methods were used to accomplish the stated goals from assassination to marginalizing of organization leadership. Off-shoots of COINTELPRO such as “New Kill” and “Chesrob” were also initiated.
While political activist, organizers of the period were aware of government surveillance of their activities, it is generally accepted that most were not fully apprised of the depth of the actions being taken against them. It would be later that more information would be revealed about government efforts to silence its critics. The BPP was identified by the FBI as a major threat. Subsequently, the organization across the country was attacked by local police forces in conjunction with federal agencies. This 1960’s early 1970’s era is often presented as a 1 second MLK sound bite of “I have a dream.” In fact, its scope produced much more than a few single charismatic leaders. Put plainly the government of the United States sought to destroy any dissenting organization and its leadership by any means necessary. These facts are not up for debate, the records from the agencies themselves document the intent. I suggest we all study them to get a fuller understanding of what is happening in 2019. See the Church Committee Report 1975 for additional information on government intelligence programs against dissent. We can see potentially a COINTELPRO 2.0 version taking place with the FBI designation “Black Identity Extremist” label placed on some formations.
Back to my visit with Sundiata, he explained his multiple frustrations with the parole process over the years. His hopes having been dashed several times over these plus four decades. At 82 years old, with a good record over several decades no other reason could explain his denial of parole other than his political beliefs. With no clock in the room, we had to estimate whether we were closing in our allotted time for the visit. After two and a half hours of non-stop talking, we summarized our visit, I assured him I would continue to write and bring his greetings to those on the outside. We embraced shoulder to shoulder as we had in the beginning, he gave me that kinda half grin laugh as he walked away. The guard stationed outside of the visitation room walked me back through the process in reverse to exit. The place was as quiet as a church mouse. I stepped back outside in the parking lot area and waited for my ride to pick me up. During that forty-five-minute wait, I was standing out in the middle of nowhere, watching prison staff exit and enter. While I am no stranger to visiting prisons, this set up seemed a little different from my experiences. It appears that the prison was dropped down in the mountain depending on the angle which you are looking at it from. So, on the one hand it is beautiful scenery on the other hand it is a prison. My ride came, I felt like I had fulfilled a major unspoken life commitment to meet Sundiata in person. His profile walking away back into confinement was forever etched in my mind. In the early 1990’s being a part of the National Black United Front (NBUF), I became better educated on the existence of political prisoners (PP) and prisoners of war (POW’s). Our chapter began to support efforts such as letter writing campaigns sponsored by groups whose sole purpose was freeing PP and POW’s. We made a special connection and commitment to stay in contact with Sundiata Acoli. I remember once being at a national meeting and in the room were representatives from various diverse movement formations were present. These people represented in total hundreds of years of dedication to liberation work and close to a hundred years of incarceration based on their political beliefs. As a young observer I thought “Damn, this is not a book, not a movie, not a documentary, these are real people, this is not a game or something to be romanticized, they really believe in the cause of liberation for African people.” In twenty – five years of correspondence with Sundiata we have developed a friendship, a bond. Through the ups and downs of my life, I’ve done my best to honor our commitment of support to him. Often when faced with challenges I use him for comparative inspiration to help me push through. He has been a source of wise counsel on a host of situations. Even though I just met him in person, I’ve known him for a long time.
It is our obligation not to allow a historical disconnect to widen between younger generations and our political prisoners and prisoners of war. There are other PP’s and POW’s that need support. You can find them through organizations such as the Jericho Movement (www.thejerichomovement.com), the Malcolm X Commemoration Committee (mxcc519.org) and the Black August Organizing Committee. By looking into these groups, we can learn about the most up-to-date information. The groups can also give direction on how to best help PP’s, POW’s and their families. Organizations must make it a part of their program to teach on this most important area of our movement. The hour is late in this arena sisters and brothers. A friend of mine told me in discussing the 1960’s and 1970’s “It is almost a by-gone era brother.” Over these 25 plus years I have the good fortune to see a few of our Political Prisoners and Prisoners of War released from prison. I went from seeing them on posters or websites to meeting them in person. Conversely, several of them have joined the realm of the ancestors while still locked down. Many are reaching their latter years; I am not aware of any successful movement that leaves its soldiers on the battlefield. This is an actionable item in the push for social justice and resurgence of the demand for reparations.
The hour is late in this arena sisters and brothers. A friend of mine told me in discussing the 1960’s and 1970’s “It is almost a by-gone era brother.” Over these 25 plus years I have the good fortune to see a few of our Political Prisoners and Prisoners of War released from prison. I went from seeing them on posters or websites to meeting them in person. Conversely, several of them have joined the realm of the ancestors while still locked down. Many are reaching their latter years; I am not aware of any successful movement that leaves its soldiers on the battlefield. This is an actionable item in the push for social justice and resurgence of the demand for reparations.
(Kofi Taharka has the privilege, honor and responsibility of being the National Chairman of the National Black United Front (NBUF). You can follow him and NBUF on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter @Kofitaharka or contact him at 832-422-7806 or firstname.lastname@example.org)
In an appearance on The Breakfast Club Show, comedian Corey Holcomb shared his thoughts on The Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan being unjustly banned from social media platforms such as Facebook and Instagram.
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The Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan delivered a major address at the Nation of Islam’s headquarters Mosque Maryam on July 21, 2019. He spoke on a wide range of issues including President Donald Trump’s desire to run the USA as a king, possible war with the Islamic Republic of Iran and guidance for Black America in these perilous times.
“I thank Allah so much for His coming to us in the Person of Master Fard Muhammad, the Son of Man of your scripture. The Son of Man: think over such a name. We’re celebrating the 50th anniversary of mankind’s steps on the moon. When mankind set their foot on that part of this planet, they exclaimed, it was a giant leap for mankind, but just a step for Man. The Man who that was just a step for is the Man who put the moon there for them to step on,” said Minister Farrakhan.
“The Originator of the Heavens and the Earth set into motion that which the Qur’anic word rabb denotes of His attributes: He’s a Being that sets something into motion then causes it to attain stage after stage after stage, until it reaches its eventual perfection,” he continued. “The perfect God set into motion His perfect Will, that in the fullness of time a child would be born, born to master the creation of the Originator of the heavens and the earth. Born to become the Supreme of Beings, born to become the Best Knower, one born to deliver humanity from the scourge of a made man who is considered a kind of a man who has been our so-called master. When we talk of this newcomer to our planet, we call him, “the man.” Shame on you.”
by Demetric Muhammad
(Source: FinalCall.com) All throughout the history of the Black experience in America, various Black leaders have been dubbed or identified as “Black Moses.” Harriett Tubman and Marcus Garvey are just two who were considered to be “Black Moses.”
That a Black leader would be designated as Black Moses is significant. And it powerfully suggests that if the suffering of Black people in America gave birth to leaders who fit the description of Moses, one day our suffering would give birth to leaders who fit the description of Jesus.
From my study, both the Most Honorable Elijah Muhammad and the Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan fit the description of Jesus. One only need examine their teachings, their beneficial impact on Black people and their suffering as a result of the truth that they have taught to understand why I have drawn this conclusion.
Jesus’ love of God and righteousness made him bold and courageous. In Jesus’ life and work we see how “love removes fear.” And the New Testament records that his ministry became a problem for Jewish leaders whose corrupt practices enslaved the poor; Jesus challenged them and they opposed him.
So the Jesus Model of Leadership, among Black people in America, is recognized when we see Black leaders facing the powerful opposition of America’s Jewish leaders. The Jesus model is characterized in loving and kind leadership; the Jesus styled leader is gentle and merciful in his interactions with the poor; yet he is simultaneously a man known for a bold and courageous ministry that speaks truth to power. And these are characteristics of the life and work of the Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan.
|(L) Abraham Foxman Photo: AP Photo/David Karp (R) Jewish Defense League leader Mordechai Levy, forground, and members of the JDL protest outside Manhattan Community College in New York where Louis Farrakhan was speaking, May 26, 1988. Photo: AP Photo/Adam Stoltman|
For instance, as a beautiful photo of Minister Farrakhan and Sen. Barack Obama was made public for the first time in over 12 years, Jewish leaders like Alan Dershowitz and Jonathan Greenblatt have reacted negatively. Greenblatt, the current leader of the ADL (Anti-Defamation League of B’nai B’rith) has called for former President Obama to repudiate Minister Farrakhan. In a Twitter post he wrote:
|Attorney Alan Dershowitz Photo: AP Photo/Frank Franklin II|
“In Israel catching up on news about 2005 photo of Obama & Farrakhan. Over his career, @barackobama has denounced the bigotry of Farrakhan. Time to do so again. Leaders always should make sure that there’s no doubt: America is no place for those who advocate #antisemitism or hate.”
Similarly an ADL memo from 1994 entitled the “Legitimation of Louis Farrakhan” wrote that:
“Minister Louis Farrakhan, leader of the Nation of Islam (NOI)… has recently attained a new level of acceptance among certain mainstream Black organizations and leaders. His ‘legitimation’ has been reflected most notably by his participation last summer in the Parliament of the World’s Religions, his obtaining federal funds for NOI’s anti-AIDS efforts and the security services it has been providing at several federal housing projects, and his warm reception at the annual legislative meeting of the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) last fall.”
The memo’s author Steven Freeman declared:
“ADL is not going to make Farrakhan go away. What we can and should do is impose an obligation on those who deal with him, or, as in the case of universities, give him a platform.”
Freeman’s recommendation that the ADL “impose an obligation” on all who accept the Minister is like the coded language seen in movies like “The Godfather,” when the Godfather, portrayed by Marlon Brando, says, “make him an offer he can’t refuse.”
Freeman’s coded language of retaliation for those who refuse repudiation of the Minister is the modern equivalent of what we read of in the New Testament book of John. The book of John reveals to us that not only had the Jewish leaders planned to crucify Jesus; they had also planned to crucify Lazarus.
“When all the people heard of Jesus’ arrival, they flocked to see him and also to see Lazarus, the man Jesus had raised from the dead. Then the chief priests decided to kill Lazarus, too, for it was because of him that many of the people had deserted themand believed in Jesus.” –John 12: 9-11
From the perspective of the Jewish leaders who opposed Jesus, Lazarus had produced the “legitimation” of Jesus and was causing many others to believe in Jesus. In the modern era persons such as Rev. Jesse L. Jackson Sr.; actor Bruce Willis; Mayor Ed Rendell; Congressman Keith Ellison; Congressman John Conyers; and presidential candidate Barack H. Obama are just a few famous individuals who Jewish leaders have demanded that they repudiate Minister Farrakhan.
Another parallel from Jesus’ Jewish controversy to Minister Farrakhan’s Jewish controversy is to compare the scripture found in John 7:13 to the comments of journalist William Raspberry. From the Book of John, we read:
“But no one had the courage to speak favorably about him in public, for they were afraid of getting in trouble with the Jewish leaders.”
From Journalist William Raspberry,The Washington Post, March 2, 1990, we read:
“Farrakhan says what so many black people believe but have learned not to say in public: for instance, that Jews wield tremendous influence in the news and entertainment media. That doesn’t mean that most blacks accept Farrakhan’s notion of a small Jewish cabal that meets in Hollywood or in a Park Avenue apartment to decide which ideas and trends are to be foisted off on the public. But few of us doubt the disproportionate influence of Jews—for good or ill—on what we see on television or in the movies. Nor do blacks doubt the disproportionate influence of Jews on American foreign policy, particularly with regard to political and economic support of Israel. But we also know that to say these things is to be accused of antisemitism. That’s why blacks can cheer when Farrakhan says them, even in gross overstatement.”
Another parallel is found in John 7:1 wherein we find the following:
“After this, Jesus traveled throughout Galilee. He did not want to travel in Judea, because the Jews there were trying to kill Him.”
Compare this to Professor Mattias Gardell, in his book“In The Name of Elijah Muhammad Louis Farrakhan and the Nation of Islam,” who wrote of Jewish efforts to kill Minister Farrakhan:
“Pickets with Jews shouting ‘Who do we want? Farrakhan! How do we want him? Dead!’ are far from unusual and the Jewish Defense Organization had Farrakhan on top of the death list found by police investigating a bombing of Arab-American facilities. The Jewish Defense League has staged at least one ‘Death to Farrakhan’ march, on Saviours’ Day, October 7, 1985.”
In another place in the book of John we read:
“Nevertheless, many of the leaders believed in Him; but because of the Pharisees they did not confess Him, for fear that they would be put out of the synagogue.” (John 12:42)
Compare this to the history of Minister Farrakhan being loved and lauded by many leaders in various fields; yet many of these leaders become quiet when the Minister is condemned by Jewish leaders. Rapper Nas, in an interview with The Final Call newspaper, spoke on this phenomenon when he said:
“It’s like everybody’s scared to speak out about what’s in their heart, just because they’re scared of who is going to come down on them. They’re scared they’re going to get ‘blacklisted.’ They’re going to get all their endorsements taken away from them. They’re scared that they can’t feed their families.”
Yet despite all of this opposition and harassment of his supporters and admirers the Minister continues to be strong, courageous and mighty! As former ADL director Abraham Foxman,in April 2013 issue of Ha’aertz magazine, said of the Minister, he really is the last man standing. Foxman noted:
“The only leadership that now exists in that community—the African American community—is Louis Farrakhan. Farrakhan can assemble 20,000 people several times a year…”
The Minister’s strength and widespread appeal is the result of his anointing. So just as the Jewish leaders in the New Testament falsely attributed Jesus’ fame to Lazarus; the modern Jewish leaders falsely attribute Minister Farrakhan’s “legitimation” to Black celebrities and politicians. Truth be told, it is not Minister Farrakhan who is the net beneficiary of his interaction with famous folk. It is quite the opposite.
Yes, we have had “Black Moses,” but we now in the life, work and ministry of Minister Farrakhan we can behold “Black Jesus.” The dilemma now before Black America is a question of whether or not we are going to stand by and allow the modern Jewish leaders to crucify a man who has always defended the Black community, even when it has been unpopular? Theology Professor Andre C. Willis is spot on when he says of the Minister:
“There is simply no Black person in the world that has—over so many years—been as consistent, as unrestricted, and as forthright in defending the humanity of Black people throughout the world against its attackers.”
Who then among us will defend Minister Farrakhan? Or will we once again allow a good man to be crucified?
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(Source: FinalCall.com) Twitter, one of the world’s largest social media companies, has frozen the official account of Nation of Islam Minister Louis Farrakhan under a new policy guideline. The decision came 60 days after Facebook and its Instagram platforms imposed a lifetime ban on the Minister’s accounts, leading to a backlash from those who respect and follow his work and those concerned about restrictions of free speech.
The move came amid mounting pressure on social media companies to regulate and police content and constant attacks on Min. Farrakhan from the Anti-Defamation League and other Jewish and White groups demanding he be removed from all social media platforms and repudiated in public life.
“This is definitely about a blatant and personal attack against the Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan,” said Jesse Muhammad, social media manager for Minister Farrakhan.
Groups like the Southern Poverty Law Center, which faces its own accusations of racism, and the Anti-Defamation League, which has been accused of being anti-Black, are among those who have led the anti-Farrakhan effort. “Obviously they continue to put pressure upon these executives in Silicon Valley to continue to remove the Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan,” Mr. Muhammad said.
Twitter notified Mr. Muhammad in an email about the decision citing a post on Minister Farrakhan’s account from October 2018 that attracted nearly four million views.
“We received two notifications from Twitter, Inc., that the Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan’s Twitter account will be locked up based upon a policy that they just added,” Jesse Muhammad told The Final Call. The notice, effective immediately, was emailed July 9, the same day Twitter announced new rules that will remove past tweets with language it deems offensive toward religious groups. The Minister’s account is still up on the platform but cannot be updated.
Mr. Muhammad said the policy appears to be “recrafted to target the Minister” as part of an ongoing and wider anti-Farrakhan media campaign.
Twitter Safety, the company’s oversight department that receives complaints about offensive content, said the policy is an expansion of Twitter’s “hateful conduct” policy to include a clause against posting “dehumanizing language” toward religious groups. It said the clause will apply to other groups over time.
Last year Twitter collected 8,000 user responses to a survey it conducted asking how it can modify its hateful conduct policy to include dehumanizing language. Twitter says the policy applies to content that dehumanizes others based on their membership in an identifiable group, even when the material does not include a direct target.
“What they decided to do was to troll back to the Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan’s tweet that posted October 16, 2018 with the headline, ‘I’m not an anti-Semite; I’m anti-termite,’ ” Jesse Muhammad explained. Although there were relentless demands from groups like the Anti-Defamation League and others to remove the post, Twitter representatives at the time stated it didn’t violate their terms of service. Others see the change as an attempt to rob both Minister Farrakhan and the masses of people of the exercise of free speech guaranteed by the U.S. Constitution.
Under the new policy, Twitter is now saying if Minister Farrakhan deletes the post, they will unfreeze his account, which Mr. Muhammad says is not an option. He said to delete the post will send a signal that detractors against the Minister were correct in their “lie” that the tweet was hate speech and anti-Semitic.
An appeal of the decision was submitted to Twitter by Minister Farrakhan’s Social Media team.
In early May 2019, Facebook and Instagram stripped accounts from Minister Farrakhan and several other public figures. In Minister Farrakhan’s case, there is no record of violence being incited from his words, nor any history of him calling for violence, wrongdoing or mistreatment of anyone or any group.
Many users, observers and social media policy watchers rejected the ban as politically motivated targeting. For several months after the ban was enforced, #WeAreFarrakhan, and words of the Minister were reposted, flooding the platforms with his image and viewpoints. Mr. Muhammad anticipates the same reaction with the Twitter decision.
“They obviously have not learned the lesson of the Facebook and Instagram ban,” he said. “You saw more of Minister Farrakhan’s videos, his words … more of the witness bearers coming out of the woodwork testifying of what he has done for them.”
Minister Farrakhan is on record advocating against negative expressions on social media—even when those who love him are responding to attacks against him. The Nation of Islam has codified Minister Farrakhan’s positions in a “Social Media Guidebook: The Wise Use of Social Media.”
In speeches, Minister Farrakhan has said social media has been a tool that has freed the masses and the masses see him as a prominent voice in that awakening.
Dr. Jared Ball, professor of communications at Morgan State University, called for developing alternative and independent media outlets in the face of the bans and he sees the Minister’s words as constitutionally protected speech.
“My first thought is that all communication is political,” said Dr. Ball. “Whatever illusions we all have or are encouraged to have … about our media environment … all of it’s political.”
Advertisers and intelligence agencies have more to do with content than actual media owners, he added.
“There’s been a longstanding problem, of particularly liberals painting with a broad brush, what they call as hate groups,” Dr. Ball said. “Whatever the Minister is saying could never be equated to anything coming out of the mouths of White supremacists, White nationalists, certainly the president of the United States. I’ve never liked that false equivalency that has been drawn between the Nation of Islam or any Black group with so-called hate groups,” Dr. Ball told The Final Call.
This is a reminder of the importance of developing independent media not subjected to powers that don’t care about the interests of Black people, he added.
“It’s a reflection of the history of even The Final Call. It’s important to remember that we will always need alternative, unsanctioned, and protected media outlets and places where we can always recreate a political and, hopefully, radical public sphere,” Dr. Ball said.
“What we get and what we have access to is highly manicured and selected,” he added.
“I am frankly not surprised at all, and I’m sure the Minister is not surprised that this would be done,” said Johnnie Cordero, chairman of the Democratic Black Caucus of South Carolina.
“They’ve been trying to silence the brother for a long time,” he said.
Mr. Cordero said one doesn’t have to be a member of the Nation of Islam to understand what they are doing to Minister Farrakhan. “That it’s unfair is obvious, but this country has never been fair to us,” he observed. But, he added, “we are long past the time when they (Twitter) or anyone else will tell us who we support … and what we believe.”
Dr. Ball said, “If it’s the Minister today, it’s been others in the past already; it’ll be someone else in the future.”
These platforms aren’t truly open spaces, but are subjected to ideological influences and groups and individuals with agendas, like the ADL and other organizations, that aren’t necessarily pro-Black, said defenders of Min. Farrakhan.
Mr. Cordero agrees that with social media companies seeking to shut down voices like Minister Farrakhan, Blacks must establish their own platforms. As a remedy, there must be investment and a strengthening of Black media organs dedicated to speaking truth to power to protect the Black voices, he said.
Still, Mr. Cordero continued, targeting Minister Farrakhan, who has a 64-year track record of serving Black people, is like putting “gasoline on fire.” In the end, it’s going to backfire on them, he predicted. What they are doing is raising support for the Minister in the Black community angered by the singling out of their spokesman and leader, he said.