For those wondering why the Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan chose not to release the now controversial 2005 photo he took with former President Barack Obama, he explained it in this message to the arts & cultural community delivered on October 13, 2016 at The Gathering Spot in Atlanta. Minister Farrakhan also talks about Barack Obama’s visit to his home in Chicago when he was a Senator.
This 2005 photo with former President Barack Obama was captured by the Final Call Newspaper’s Senior Editor Askia Muhammad at the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) meeting on Capitol Hill. It was hidden for 12 years and has now been released in the journalist’s book, “The Autobiography of Charles 67X”. #Farrakhan
By Charlene Muhammad | FinalCall.com
It is unthinkable, but happening. Little Black girls are killing themselves.
The causes include disproportionate exposure to violence and traumatic stress, aggressive school discipline, and depression, according to researchers and mental health experts.
Counselors and child advocates believe the disturbing trend can be reversed with love, commitment, and support services.
According to a 2015 study of trends by the Journal of the American Medical Association, children’s suicide rates have significantly doubled for Black children in the last two decades, and decreased for White children.
For Black youth (ages 10-19), the rate of male suicides (5.59 per 100,000) was three times higher than that of young Black females (1.87 per 100,000), according to the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention.
“We’ve been seeing it over the last number of decades within our communities, because there was a time when it really was rare for African American youth, but unfortunately, it’s becoming more and more common,” said Dr. Thema Bryant-Davis, a clinical psychologist and associate professor at Pepperdine University.
“I’m Just Tired. My Life Pointless. I Don’t Wanna Do This Anymore,” blared Nakia Venant’s Facebook page in January. The 14 year old allegedly broadcast her death on Facebook Live.
ccording to the Miami Herald, she was a survivor of physical and sexual abuse, and was in and out of foster care since 2009. Attorneys for her mother, Gina Alexis, said Nakia had “hopscotched among 10 different homes and shelters, including a hotel and a child welfare office building,” according to the Herald. Nakia hanged herself in the bathroom of a Miami Gardens foster home.
According to Dr. Bryant-Davis, under diagnosed depression is the number one reason for Black girl suicide, particularly because of the way the disease manifests itself. Instead of showing up as sadness or despair, which are more recognizable traits, their depression may appear as irritability, anger, or as some would say, a negative attitude, according to Dr. Bryant-Davis.
Dominique Matti, a writer, shared she was full grown before she finally found out she was depressed. Before, she’d called herself lazy, selfish, combative, volatile, nasty, difficult—even evil, because that’s what she was told, she said.
“No one uttered the word depression in my regard. No one supposed my irritability was anxiety. No one told me how trauma touches Black girls,” she wrote in 4 Misleading Assumptions Keeping Black Girls From Getting Mental Health Care.
Her maladies were treated like an inherent character deficit and her mental illnesses were personality problems, Ms. Matti wrote.
Her teachers, counselors, relatives, and family friends, missed it, and nobody saw the blaring alarms and signaling symptoms manifesting in her, she continued.
“When people see someone as sad, they may be more compassionate and sympathetic and reach out to them, but when, as a result of our kind of stigma and stereotype, they misread the depression and despair and hopelessness as this girl is just angry or this girl has a bad attitude, they miss the opportunity to help,” said Dr. Bryant- Davis.
She said other factors leading to suicide among Black girls include their vulnerability to sex trafficking, and severe and violent sexual assault and partner abuse. Further, Black girls are more likely to experience homelessness, separation from families, abandonment, neglect, and incarceration of parents.
It’s important to create spaces that allow Black girls to have a girlhood, instead of treating them like adults by putting the weight of the world on their shoulders under the guise of preparing them for the world, said Dr. Bryant-Davis.
“We can’t prevent everything, but take the steps we can take to try to reduce the risks of violence of youth in trauma, and then putting them in environments that are affirming,” she stated.
It is unusual to see young, Black girls taking their lives, said Dr. Huberta Jackson-Lowman, president-elect of the Association of Black Psychologists.
When they are constantly abused, ignored, or feel invisible, they start to believe they are the source of the problem, that they’re bad, or lack worth and value, she said. Those feelings could easily result in them taking their lives, she explained.
“I think that we need to be communicating to our children that they are loved and they are valued, and whatever it is that they have experienced, or gone through, that we are willing to hear them and to provide whatever love and support and seek out whatever help we can for them,” Dr. Jackson-Lowman told The Final Call.
“Usually, when children do that, they’re not just responding to something internal. They’re responding also to things that are going on in their environment,” Dr. Jackson-Lowman added.
Environment includes the broader society, popular culture, early relationships with boys, and social media, said Dr. Bryant- Davis. Not only are people bullied and humiliated at school, but now it’s prevalent online, she remarked.
She said her own young daughter was threatened with a negative social media post in elementary school by another child who’d repeated what she heard an older sister say.
“This was like 1st grade, right! So it magnifies the intensity of the issue, that there’s this larger audience and also it can give the girls a false comparison, so they may be comparing themselves to these people they’re seeing online and it’s just not a realistic picture and it’s not a healthy model,” said Dr. Bryant-Davis.
Ashawnty Davis, 10, of Aurora, Colorado, hung herself in her bedroom closet on Nov. 29, two weeks after a fight at school went viral on social media.
“It’s easy; they can get on Facebook and all these apps, but they don’t have an app for help,” Ashawnty’s mother, Latosha Harris, told FOX 31 KDVR TV in Denver.
More than 2,300 people contributed $46,000 to assist with her burial services through a GoFund- Me page created last Dec. 1.
“No one had a clue she was dreading going to school the next day. Ashwanty had her first and last fight at Sunrise Elementary school where she was taunted, and bullied. No one was around to ensure that the children on the playground were safe,” reads the fundraising page that has been shared 10,000 times.
The site appeals on behalf of Ashawnty’s mother, father, and six brothers and sisters that families pray and talk with their children. It also calls for an end to bullying in her memory.
“The ‘bully-in-chief’ is living in the White House, and that is influencing everybody, because people on the streets, at the gas station, everywhere, are bullying people, so I think it’s trickling down from the Oval Office to all of us. It’s becoming a lifestyle,” said Dr. Sandra Cox, executive director of the Coalition of Mental Health Professionals in Los Angeles.
Part of the problem has been the destruction of the Black family, and lack of resources as a result, she said. She blames the federal government’s crack cocaine conspiracy and war on drugs which targets Black youth.
“The Black family has really been destroyed, and it’s really getting worse,” Dr. Cox told The Final Call.
A local media outlet reported residents are calling for an apology from the mayor of Monroe, La., for giving the Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan of the Nation of Islam a key to the city in mid-December, the mayor of the city called for a conversation on race instead.
Mixed feelings, controversy and false characterizations arose about the Minister after a brief visit to the city. Minister Farrakhan was in the area attending the graduation ceremony of his granddaughter at Grambling State University, which was about 40 minutes away.
Mayor James “Jamie” Mayo told The Final Call he personally didn’t receive any calls for an apology. In protest outside a Dec. 27 City Council meeting were two lone individuals with picket signs and inside were very few people including supportive Nation of Islam members, he said. So far, everything opposing the gesture toward Minister Farrakhan came through the media, he added.
“I’m not aware of what they want me to apologize for. … I can’t speculate on what that could be,” said Mayor Mayo. He said all of it is being driven by racism that needs to be openly addressed. “I’m calling on a ‘citywide conversation on race,’” he said. Some calls came from Whites who didn’t like his meeting with Min. Farrakhan and calls came from Blacks unhappy they were not invited to the meeting, the mayor observed.
A firestorm of controversy from the White mainstream press was aimed at the longtime mayor as media outlets initially questioned whether city money was used to pay for a police escort for the Minister. These outlets were also outraged that the Muslim leader received the ceremonial key to the city.
“Minister Farrakhan is a national and international dignitary and we welcome him into Monroe,” said Mayor Mayo. “I’ve given hundreds of proclamations … we have not given hundreds of keys. … We usually set aside that for national or maybe international dignitaries that come to our community,” Mayor Mayo told The Final Call in a telephone interview. This is the first time a controversy arose about giving a proclamation or key to the city, he added.
The key to the city was presented at Monroe Regional Airport where Minister Farrakhan had an informal “meet and greet” with city officials, Nation of Islam regional and local officials and some community representatives before he gave impromptu remarks and words of guidance and encouragement.
When The Final Call asked Mayor Mayo if city financial resources were used on Minister Farrakhan’s visit, he responded, “less than $100.” The whole security detail was an hour and a half, and the officers were on their normal shifts, said the mayor. “The officers were not paid overtime. They were on duty.”
The mayor also said the Minister, his family and delegation spent money on meals and several hotel rooms during the visit, much more than the cost of a motorcycle escort to the airport. “So, when you look at the economic impact compared to the expense; (It) was trivial,” Mayor Mayo pointed out.
White media outlets that learned of the meeting referred to the Nation of Islam as a “designated hate group” referencing a designation from the Southern Poverty Law Center, a notoriously anti-Nation of Islam organization. The Nation of Islam has been doing the work of restoring and resurrecting Black people in America since 1930 and has always emphatically denied and rejected false “hate group” mischaracterizations.
“I’ve been to many Nation meetings and was never taught how to hold or shoot a gun, take up arms or anything like that,” said local community activist T.J. Stevenson. She said the media reports were far different from her years of interacting with the Nation of Islam. “It was never about ‘I hate you, because you hate me,’ ” she said.
Men are taught about being husbands and fathers and pillars in the community and women are taught how to be better women, wives and mothers, Ms. Stevenson added.
The Nation of Islam Monroe Study Group, led by study group coordinator Verbon Muhammad, blasted the false hate classification at a Dec. 22 press conference. Mr. Muhammad felt the false charges against Minister Farrakhan should not go unanswered.
“We really need to address the elephant that’s in the room and that’s race relations—not only in Monroe, but in this country,” he said. And the mayor should be left alone, Mr. Muhammad added.
The mayor’s gesture partly corrects the legacy of racial terrorism in Monroe against the Nation of Islam and Blacks generally in the state of Louisiana, he continued.
In March 1960, the Monroe police attacked the Muslim Temple and brutally beat men, woman and children; killing one Muslim brother and attempting to lynch the local Muslim minister. Minister Troy X Cade, now known as Abdul Bey Muhammad, was hanged by his necktie over a rafter in the temple but survived. The Muslims fought for their lives and it took the intervention of the National Guard to end clashes that erupted in Monroe. The Muslims, who were attacked by police, were arrested and falsely charged with attempting the overthrow of the United States.
In the book Message To The Blackman, on page 211, under a section entitled “The Persecution of the Righteous,” The Most Honorable Elijah Muhammad wrote:
“If Troy X Cade is guilty of teaching insurrection against the government, then I am guilty, because I am Troy’s teacher. I would rather go to prison in place of Troy if this is the justice for the truth Allah gave me.”
Sentenced to six years in prison in the Louisiana State Penitentiary, isolated from other inmates, forced to sleep on a concrete floor and drink from a commode in his cell, Minister Bey awaited a Louisiana Supreme Court decision that would overturn his conviction.
Before this decision would take place, prison guards removed Minister Bey from his cell, shackled him, and turned him over to police and state troopers who drove him to the Louisiana-Mississippi state line.
Minister Bey was again brutally beaten within an inch of his life by officers who attempted to drown him by standing on his body in a swamp until they thought he was dead. His faith in Allah kept Minister Bey alive, and the fact that he had been a lifeguard, a Navy frogman, and an excellent swimmer with the ability to hold his breath under water.
After the officers left, Minister Bey crawled out of the swamp onto the highway, where he lay bleeding and severely injured, hoping someone would stop and help him.
One of the first Black drivers ever hired to drive for the Greyhound Bus Company was the first to come upon Minister Bey’s body on the highway. The driver, along with fellow passengers, helped Minister Bey onto the bus, after which they took him to a medical facility on the Jackson State College (now known as Jackson State University) campus in Mississippi to be treated.
Minister Bey later returned to prison awaiting the rendering of a state Supreme Court decision and to deter authorities from charging him with “escape from prison” in addition to other false charges. In 1963, Minister Bey received a favorable ruling from the Louisiana Supreme Court, which overturned his convictions.
By Charlene Muhammad & Barrington Salmon | FinalCall.com
Harsh realities await Blacks in 2018, and to overcome hurdles they must unite, better educate themselves and their children, and pool their resources, said activists, educators, and legal analysts.
Black awareness on the basic principles of economics and more involvement are key to a better year and future in economics, according to TeQuila Shabazz, founder and chief strategist of the BRIJ Embassy, which promotes business and economics and is located in Chicago.
It is a collective of over 5,000 members and supporters from all walks of Black life that work to build economic stability within Black America.
“Most of us are simply reacting to the environment without any true understanding of how to move beyond the world created for us. The majority of us are looped into a pattern of group think, stuck as consumers, not owners or creators,” stated Ms. Shabazz.
Black buying power is predicted to top $1.5 trillion by 2021, according to African-American Women: Our Science, Her Magic, a Nielsen report released in September. Ms. Shabazz suggested Blacks get back to the basic understanding of economics and expand the conversation beyond traditional financial literacy and consumerism, and take inventory of their time, money and resources for maximum benefit of their dollars.
Start first with self, then family, next local community, and then the community at-large, she explained. It’s the way at BRIJ, which promotes the Build Black movement through the Neo-Green Book, a guide to Black business and services, and accountability of individual and collective economic practices, according to Ms. Shabazz.
“Are we learning a new skill, like farming, that can help with both individual and collective independence, or are we binge watching our favorite show on Netflix? Are we making excuses of why we can’t support Black businesses, or are we planning ahead to make sure that we can? You have to be honest about who you are and your contribution to the problem or solution,” Ms. Shabazz said.
In criminal justice reform, Blacks must continue the dialogue around ending money bail and jail expansion, said Nana Gyamfi, a Los Angeles-based human rights attorney.
In addition to the 1.6 million people incarcerated in federal and state prisons, there are 646,000 people locked up in more than 3,000 local jails throughout the U.S., according to Prison Policy Initiative. Seventy percent of those in local jails are being held pretrial—meaning they have not yet been convicted of a crime and are legally presumed innocent.
“There’s a real push to reform the bail system, and I think that that push is getting a lot of traction, and that we may find in 2018 that in some places, bail is no longer an issue, unless we’re dealing with super serious cases and that we have less people that are spending months and years of their lives in jail, innocent until proven guilty, just because they can’t afford bail,” said Atty. Gyamfi.
She said Blacks must also continue to push back against jail expansion, and the investment of hundreds of millions of dollars into incarceration and policing.
In addition, connect the dots between immigration and detention centers and mass incarceration, she said.
The new year demands Black college students focus on acquiring the knowledge necessary to build a nation and a better future for their people, said Salih Muhammad, chairman of the Afrikan Black Coalition, which works to unify Black students across California and resolve issues concerning academic retention, academic policy, campus climate, matriculation, and political education.
According to a recent study (“The Asset Value of Whiteness: Understanding the Racial Wealth Gap,”) published by DEMOS, the median White adult who attended college has 7.2 times more wealth than the median Black adult who attended college and 3.9 times more wealth than the median Latino adult who attended college.
“Strategically, we must find innovative ways to best organize the resources we do have toward meaningful freedom-based objectives. Toward this goal, our biggest issue continues to be the lack of knowledge of self, which produces a downward spiral of productivity. The lack of self-knowledge robs our people the benefit of ‘education,’ ” he said.
Parents, guardians, and mentors should consider guiding young, Black people toward making a future for themselves, he argued. College access isn’t necessarily the pathway to freedom, personally or collectively.
Learning trades certainly helps, according to Congresswoman Brenda Lawrence of Detroit, Mich., who sponsored the “Putting Black America to Work: the New Skilled Trade Workforce” panel at the 47th annual Congressional Black Caucus Foundation’s Annual Legislative Conference in September in Washington, D.C.
The United States is importing foreign welders for jobs that pay from $30-50 an hour, observed Gregory Clay in the AFRO.
According to Rep. Lawrence, the average age of skilled trade workers is 53, and the trades are one industry that needs an infusion of youth, especially from the Black community, wrote Mr. Clay.
Rep. Lawrence sponsored the panel to determine why young Blacks are seemingly shying away from the trades, such as welding, plumbing, construction, electricity, heating and air conditioning, post office positions, railway occupations, etc.
Salih Muhammad, a young leader and Nation of Islam student minister, cautioned against steering Black students into the social sciences and liberal arts without thought to what their educational outcome should be.
Others advocate self-education as a supplement to formal education to ensure Black students land on the right side of the economic track.
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Strategic boycotts for justice hit third year
Americans are on target to spend almost $700 billion on Christmas and Thanksgiving holidays to the first of next year, but activists, entrepreneurs and organizers have escalated boycotts to curb holiday spending in their fight for justice and battle against racism and police brutality.
Across the country, there have been “buycotts,” petition drives, and protests outside shopping malls, such as the Magnificent Mile, where some 300 demonstrators blocked entrances to stores in Chicago’s upscale shopping district on Michigan Avenue after Thanksgiving.
The Chicago Alliance Against Racist and Political Repression called the Black Friday Boycott for Nov. 24 to underscore determination to get justice for 17-year-old Laquan McDonald, who was killed by Chicago Police Officer Jason Van Dyke on Oct. 20, 2014.
“The first two shots put him on the ground. This child was laying on the ground, helpless, and he shot him 14 more times,” said Frank Chapman, field coordinator of the Alliance. “In fact, his clip ran out and he was getting ready to put another clip in the gun, when fellow officers stopped him.”
“They don’t issue a report telling us about what profit losses we cause, but we know we caused some because we passed out several thousand flyers, and there were people who would have been shopping in those stores that walked right on by them,” Mr. Chapman told The Final Call.
There was mass media coverage of the protest, a mass police presence, and two police snipers situated on nearby roofs, he said.
“They don’t care about us demonstrating in our own neighborhood, but when we come down there, in the central business district of this city, and start raising hell, they care about that. They don’t want us down there … We’re going to continue to go down there until we see some justice,” Mr. Chapman told The Final Call.
Their next move is to go after the banks, namely Chase Bank and Bank of America, for their roles in bilking Blacks out of wealth during the mortgage scheme of 2007-2008.
The plan is to ask everyone, but particularly Blacks, to shift money from those two banks and Wells Fargo, into Black-owned community-based credit unions, such as the Trinity United Church of Christ Federal Credit Union.
“They literally robbed the African American community of billions of dollars in real estate and we’re still walking up in there making deposits, and that needs to stop! The reason why we’re stopping it is because no justice, no profits! We can’t get justice for LaQuan McDonald. We can’t get justice for the over 100 torture victims that are now languishing in jails in the state of Illinois … then we will not contribute to your profits. We’re gonna spread the pain.”
His sentiments reflect the Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan’s call for the “Up With Jesus! Down With Santa!” national economic boycott of commercial spending.
Stop shopping until the end of this holiday season, Jan. 2, 2018, or shop with Black-owned businesses, not those who could care less for Blacks, and make mockery of their real love for Jesus during “Christmas,” instructed Min. Farrakhan during organizing for the Justice or Else! gathering that marked the 20th anniversary of the historic Million Man March on Oct. 10, 2015 in Washington, D.C.
He gave the command, “Up with Jesus! Down with Santa!” following the beautiful instructions of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
“Christmas is a pagan holiday that the enemy invented; it came out of the Babylonian era,” the Minister said. Sun worshipers that were heathens would go in the forest and cut down a tree, deck it with silver and gold, and fasten it with nails on the floor, Min. Farrakhan said. The practice is condemned in the Bible, Jeremiah 10:1-5.
When the pagans became Christians, they didn’t give up pagan practices. Those practices were simply incorporated in their new Christian religion.
“Did you know that when you put your lights on, put it all over your house, put a candle in the window, and a wreath, that’s because the people worshiped the Sun?” Min. Farrakhan observed.
On Dec. 21, the shortest day of the year, sun worshippers thought their god was leaving them, so they burned a yule log, lit candles, and cut a tree out of the forest to entreat their god back to them. When Constantine decided to become a Christian, instead of a pagan, he substituted the worship of the sun for worship of the son of God, said Min. Farrakhan.
Thousands of people from across the country and the world watched and commented live via social media as the Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan delivered a serious final warning, from the Most Honorable Elijah Muhammad, to President Donald Trump and the U.S. government. Seated in front of him at the Watergate Hotel were over 500 persons packed inside the ballroom—including members of the press.
Situated at a table, stage left, were members of the #FarrakhanTwitterArmy, the social media wing of the Nation of Islam. For the past several years, every time Minister Farrakhan speaks, live tweeting and engaging people with intelligent dialogue has been a critical component to ensuring the message is spreading online as far as possible. The digital truth trafficking strategy has not only included righteously weaponizing Twitter, but also YouTube, Instagram, and Facebook.
Along with streaming live via the Nation of Islam’s official website (NOI.org) and YouTube channel, the entire message was seen on Minister Farrakhan’s Facebook page. Audience members could be seen using their smartphone devices to post on their personal Facebook and Periscope accounts. His words created intense dialogue as the hashtags #Warning-ToTrump and #Farrakhan became top trending topics on Twitter.
The online discussion surrounding that Nov. 16 address hasn’t stopped. The full video file and countless clips are still being posted daily on Minister Farrakhan’s pages and many others. This has led to well over a combined five million views and over 50,000 comments from various parts of the world. As with every message he delivers, the short clips of salient points are keeping the conversation going.
Here are some of the reactions compiled from the many social media platforms:
“We as Muslims should align ourselves with Brother Farrakhan instead of aligning ourselves up with America. We have become weak Muslims losing the backing of Allah and claiming we know better.” (United Arab Emirates)
“A powder keg has been lit and Farrakhan is not to be played with. I think Trump senses that otherwise he would have been tweeting while The Minister was talking. Jesus lives.” (United States)
“The Islamic world needs to play this message from the towers of Mecca for everyone to hear… this brother is a light of The Prophet … I admit I was of those who called him non-Muslim but now I see he’s in the path of Allah without deviation.” (Turkey)
“Minister Farrakhan, I believe you 100% emphatically. Elijah Muhammad must be a living Jesus.” (Canada)
“The pope got replaced today. Farrakhan represents Christ. This is serious.” (Jamaica)
“I’m from Egypt. You’re a deadly voice to those who hate truth.” (Cairo)
“Farrakhan knows the Truth. No matter how farfetched it may seem. I’m not a follower of any religion. But this man, I feel in my spirit, in my soul is genuine.” (Guyana)
“Farrakhan just replaced The Pope as the leader of the world of religion according to the True and Living Christ.” (United Kingdom)
“Damn I know the Clintons are saying why don’t this ni–er leave us alone. All of the presidents I’m sure are sick of him exposing their high level plans. What will Trump do?? Let’s see.” (Trinidad)
“I watched and Minister Farrakhan was very knowledgeable and informative. When he explained the conspiracy on black people but black males in particular over 6 presidents was phenomenal. I had never heard it explained this way but it made sense. I knew about Clinton’s hardline approach BUT had forgotten or never knew about Reagan. Just a great press conference all the way around. Hope Trump listens but doubt very seriously.” (United States)
“You made me fall in love with Elijah Muhammad much more today. What a teacher!” (Nigeria)
“I accepted Farrakhan’s challenge to prove that Elijah Muhammad is not the Jesus of Qur’an and I must say thus far, as I am reading more about him from the NOI’s content, his words and works parallel what is written. We all must humble ourselves and remain students… thank you Brother Farrakhan.” (Dubai)
“Black Youth: This man I’m watching on YouTube named Minister Farrakhan is the only voice we need to listen to. He just put his foot in the a–es of Trump, Black folks, fake news, Arab Muslims and everybody else you can think of and ain’t scared one bit … THAT’S BOSS STATUS!” (South Africa)
“This is the champion of our struggle who has Satan on the ropes. Those who run the shadow government, that he exposed, are the ones he’s going after, not trump. In the scheme of things, I think trump is not equipped to deal with all that was presented so he’s pretending to ignore it. But the world is watching …literally… this is a new day.” (Brazil)
“You may think this man is (a) trouble maker, but everything this man has said concerning the Government and the agenda it has for the black youths who are not being productive in this country look at your prison system, locking up black men is now Big business in this country. … Listen to this Brother he speaks the Truth!” (United States)
Fear of Minister Farrakhan’s impact on social media
Next year, Minister Farrakhan will mark seven years of personally being on social media and his digital reach still continues to widen. His tweets, Facebook videos, Instagram memes and clips, You- Tube videos, images and more are daily staples across social media platforms, even amongst celebrities and athletes who have millions of followers. This effort of spreading his messages is led largely by the young members of the N.O.I., who are relentless in acquainting their social media followers with the wealth of words stemming from Minister Farrakhan’s near 63 years of work.
Seeing his words and videos going viral is still considered dangerous to those who oppose him. This is why one of the first headlines from his Nov. 16 message was so-called Jews and right wing news outlets calling for his Twitter account to be deverified by having the blue check removed from his account. This futile attack sends a clear message that they are upset that Minister Farrakhan is no longer in a prison without bars made for him by Zionist-controlled mainstream media and his enemies. They worked for decades to defame his image, yet his presence on social media has afforded people the opportunity to see and hear him for themselves.Do yourself a favor and follow this beautiful man on Twitter (@ LouisFarrakhan), Instagram (@ LouisFarrakhan) and Facebook (OfficialMinisterFarrakhan). Please join us in continuing to spread the Nov. 16 address— which was more than a press conference.
[Editor’s Note: On June 25, 1989, the Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan delivered a message titled “Revealing the Conspiracy: Youth, Gangs, Violence and Drugs” to nearly 1,200 youth, many members and leaders of so-called gangs. The following text is part one of two edited excerpts of the speech, which consecutively appeared in the July 31, 1989 and August 22, 1989 editions of The Final Call newspaper (Vol. 8, Nos. 12-13.)
In The Name of Allah, The Beneficent, The Merciful.
What you may not know, Beloved Brothers and Sisters, is that there is a remedy. Allah does not show us what the enemy is planning without giving us a way to overcome his plans. The fact that what is about to happen has not happened yet and someone among you sounds the alarm is God’s Mercy to you.
Today, I asked to speak to the Youth Leadership that is called by the enemy, “gang leader.” I don’t like the term because it doesn’t properly describe you. So I will call you “youth leaders,” but I want to tell you today why the enemy refers to you as gangs and gang leaders.
Our community, and Black youth in particular, are about to become the victims of a conspiracy emanating from the government of the United States that is designed to bring about the destruction of our youth.
I want you to listen, if you never listened to a man before in your life, please hear me today. You may ask, “Brother Farrakhan, how do you know what the Government is planning?”
The Honorable Elijah Muhammad said to me that, whatever Allah (God) reveals, that is the Truth.
While in Phoenix, Arizona, I saw on television the tanks and the armed forces of the Peoples Republic of China rolling over young people, murdering them because they wanted a change. The news also came that the Leader of the Islamic Republic of Iran, Imam Khomeini, had passed away. As I watched these two apparently unrelated events, a shudder went over my body and I was literally gripping myself, looking at the television screen, because I knew that there was a connection between what was going on in China and what is about to take place in America, but I couldn’t put it together at that time.
After returning to Chicago, Minister Don Muhammad (Eastern Regional Representative of Minister Farrakhan, based in Boston) told me of an incident in Boston, Massachusetts, involving a group of our young brothers, who are considered “gangs,” who had shot up Roxbury, a section of Boston, with sophisticated weapons, and the police were at their wits end as to what to do. The brothers in the gangs felt that the only person whom they could turn to was Minister Don, and they recognized that the only persons who could solve their problems were the Muslims. The “gang leaders,” as they are called, said to Brother Don, “If you can bring us a message from Brother Farrakhan, if he wants us to stop, we won’t shoot each other. But we would like to hear from him.” I told Brother Don, “I will go immediately and make a broadcast to them.”
As I began to dictate to Sister Ava Muhammad (the Administrative Assistant to Minister Farrakhan) what I would say, I immediately began to feel relief, because now it was clear to me what God wanted me to say to all of you, and through you, to young Black people all over America.I say it again, the Government of the United States of America is planning an assault on the Black community, specifically aimed at our youth. And the conspiracy is so deep and so diabolical that many of you will not even believe that at this very moment that I am talking to you, your lives hang in the balance, whether you are living in Chicago, Detroit, Boston, Washington, D.C., Los Angeles, or any city in America. Black youth, particularly Black young men, are at risk today, and unknowingly, Brothers, you are playing into the hands of your enemy, and he is using you to set up your destruction and using the fear and the pain of your mothers to call for your destruction.
“Could this be possible? Farrakhan, are you making this up?” Even though consciously you may not wish to agree with me, in your subconscious mind, you know something deeply wicked and diabolical is going on. Now let me, by God’s Grace, point it out to you.
When the Honorable Elijah Muhammad said to me that Nature didn’t put good in the enemy, I had to study that carefully. Then he said, “The time of the rule of the wicked is up and a new day is dawning on the Black man.” As it was in the Beginning, now so shall it be in the Ending; that you and your fathers ruled in the Beginning, now God is calling you to come back to your original position. If now is the Time of the fall of one world and the rise of another, then the wicked have an agenda. The thing that they must do to stay in power is to keep you ignorant to the knowledge of yourself, the knowledge of the Time and the knowledge of what must be done.
Do you see what I am saying? The wicked may smile to keep you thinking that they have changed, so you don’t want to do what God wants you to do, which is build a Nation of righteousness. You want to stay with your enemy thinking he has changed and will open up a way for you.
I am telling you that right now, as we speak, your death is planned and is in motion. I am going to prove what I say.
How are we going to get an indication of what is in the mind of President Bush? How are we going to get an indication of what secret plans are going on in the basement of the White House under the name “National Security?” Where shall we look to find out what the government is thinking with respect to you, Black young man? Where would you look? We don’t have anybody in the White House to tell us. And when they plan these wicked plans, there is no Black brother or sister involved. This is a very small group. Where would we find the answer to their plans?
You have it at home on your shelf. It is called Bible. It is called Qur’an. Both of these books give you an indication of what is in the mind of the present- day rulers.
The Bible gives us the mind of ancient rulers. For what? So we can talk about how they thought? No. God is showing us how ancient rulers thought to give you a picture of what is being thought today in the present rulers of the world.
You don’t live in Africa; you don’t live in China. You live in a house that brought your fathers into slavery; a house that never permitted us to receive either justice or equity.
What are they planning?
HOUSTON—Accompanied with his research and lectures, Dr. Wesley Muhammad released his thoroughly documented publication Understanding the Assault on The Black Man, Black Manhood and Black Masculinity, in which he points out the connection between the feminization of Black men through chemically altered marijuana and other methods as part of the U.S. government’s desire to control Black men and neutralize Black male aggression.
The Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan has sent the book to politicians, religious leaders and President Donald J. Trump.
Dr. Muhammad has also received threats and ugly comments as he has taught about the wicked plans of the government against Black people and as he has pointed out negative individual behavior that hurts Black people.
Last month, Tree Of Knowledge Entertainment, a Houston-based organization arranged for Dr. Muhammad to give a lecture and town hall meeting dealing with “Chemical Feminization & The Assault On Black Manhood.”
The event was to take place at the historic SHAPE community center in Third Ward Houston. During the week leading up to Dr. Muhammad’s visit, threats began to rain down aggressively from members of the LGBTQ community. The center eventually backed out of hosting the event.
Event co-organizer Robert Muhammad of Tree of Knowledge Entertainment said Deloyd Parker, co-founder of SHAPE community center was approached about having Dr. Wesley Muhammad there for a lecture and town hall meeting. Mr. Parker admitted that he didn’t know much about Dr. Wesley Muhammad, but agreed to the event, said Robert Muhammad.
Mr. Parker also began to do research and watching YouTube videos of Dr. Wesley Muhammad, said Robert Muhammad.
Then a flier began to circulate of the lecture and town hall meeting and outcry from the LGBTQ group began to flood the SHAPE community center Facebook page. “It [threats] was on social media. That’s where I first saw it,” shared Robert Muhammad. Michael Clark, who is co-founder of Tree Of Knowledge Entertainment, also saw the messages.
Robert Muhammad said he learned of a meeting between SHAPE community center staff members and the LGBTQ group. And he also said he reached out to someone opposed to the lecture and town hall. “I reached out to him and invited him to have a seat at the table for intelligent discourse, because it’s going to be an open forum,” said Robert Muhammad said. The offer was declined, he said.
According to Robert Muhammad, during the meeting between SHAPE community center and the LGBTQ group, Mr. Parker offered critics a seat at the table and the ability to host their own event to share their beliefs. Both offers were turned down, he said.
Videos of individuals present for those meetings began circulating on social media along with threats of coming to the SHAPE community center to cut off power and block entrances, he said.
Subsequently, Robert Muhammad and Michael Clark met with Deloyd Parker who informed them of threats being made against him and SHAPE community center by the LGBTQ community.
Minister Abdul Haleem Muhammad, regional student minister for the Nation of Islam, learned of the threats as well as the vandalism and defacing of the SHAPE community center. He made sure Dr. Muhammad spoke at a Nation of Islam facility in Houston, so the venue changed but the event went forward.
The subject “Chemical Feminization & The Assault On Black Manhood” was chosen by the event organizers, said Min. Haleem Muhammad.
Min. Haleem Muhammad observed that the tensions were an opportunity for an enemy to step in. “We don’t know whether it was the LGBTQ community that vandalized the SHAPE. We don’t know if it was the LGBTQ that called in the threats,” he said. He also called for a meeting with the Black community and SHAPE so that the conflict could be sorted out. Mr. Parker has a 48-year track record of standing up for the community against police brutality, the U.S. government, standing up against the death penalty and other issues that directly affect the Black community.
Min. Haleem Muhammad observed that during a Nov. 16 major press conference, Min. Farrakhan said, “Muslims, do you know that we are the only thing that stands in between their wicked plan of the de-masculinization of the Black man? The only thing that stands between that is the Nation of Islam.”
Dr. Wesley Muhammad told The Final Call that the problems in Houston mirror a cancellation in Philadelphia. The title for his keynote at a Philadelphia conference in October was “How To Make A Homosexual: The Scientific Assault On Black America,” which was scheduled for the Universal Audenried Charter High School at the 23rd Annual Locs Conference. He had changed his subject from “The Assault On The Blackman.” “When I decided to deal specifically with the subject that I chose, ‘How To Make A Homosexual: Understanding The Chemical Assault On Black America,’ that’s really where all hell broke loose,” Dr. Wesley Muhammad said. A flier was posted and Monica Roberts, who is based in Houston and is editor of TransGriot blog responded, he said.
He later found out a local state representative intervened and his presence was protested in local newspapers. “I read, I believe it was, the Philadelphia Tribune, one of those Philadelphia newspapers that quoted Mayor Jim Kenney as saying that I am a totally unacceptable speaker to come to Philly, because I have a message of pure hate,” said Dr. Muhammad.
Dr. Wesley Muhammad reiterated that protests were based on the flier, because the lecture had not been given. A decision was made to disinvite him from the Locs Conference. “A trend was set, however, and an unfortunate precedent was set that was followed into Houston,” he said. Monica Roberts was a part of the LGBT community opposition, he added. “She is based in Houston, and when the flier for Houston went up Monica Roberts posted a blog saying, ‘You can change the title of the lecture, but it’s still the same,’ and declared to make sure that I never come into Houston,” he said. “You can bet all of my writings, there is not a single word of threat or harm to the Black LGBTQ.” His writings are about the different assaults on the Black community.
He pointed out the irony of the LGBTQ activists in Houston using the mantra “All Black Lives Matter” against him. “It was me who introduced that phraseology when the LGBTQ was trying to convince White people that Black Lives Matter when White racists were retorting to ‘All Lives Matter.’ I introduced this specifically in defense of the humanity of our Black LGBTQ family. Their life does matter to us,” he said.
Either they don’t know what I teach or “they’re fully aware and they are being deliberately deceptive regarding our message,” he said.
Dr. Wesley Muhammad expressed disappointment regarding censorship and refusal to have a public discussion. “Once we allow people to frighten us out of certain public discourse, then we have come to a very, very sad place,” he said. Still, he remains a popular, rising, sought-after speaker.
Min. Farrakhan defended Dr. Muhammad in his October Holy Day of Atonement keynote address, noting Dr. Muhammad’s research into how the government had weaponized marijuana and its impact angered some people. “My brother has made so many people angry with him, but I want you to know something, he has to teach what God has shown him to warn you of the consequences of your actions,” said the Minister. “If I were you, I’d let him preach … because we will hurt you if you try and hurt a brother that’s trying to help you save your life.”
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