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(Editor’s Note: The Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan delivered a powerful message Nov.18 at Mosque Maryam in Chicago, the headquarters of the Nation of Islam. He gave marching orders for how to approach this holiday season without spending any money by acting more like Christ.)
“Now, the last thing I want to say: This week coming up is Thanksgiving. Such a phony holiday. Ask the Indians is it a nice holiday for them The next day is Black Friday. I’d like to give us some marching orders.See, Martin Luther King in his last speech in Memphis, April 3, the day before he was killed. Listen to Dr. King’s words.
He said, “We don’t have to argue with anybody. We don’t have to curse and go around acting bad with our words. We don’t need any bricks and bottles. We don’t need any Molotov cocktails. We just need to go around to these stores and to these massive industries in our country and say, ‘God sent us by here to say to you that you are not treating his people right. And we’ve come by here to ask you to make the first item on your agenda fair treatment where God’s children are concerned. Now, if you are not prepared to do that, we have an agenda that we must follow. And our agenda calls for withdrawing economic support from you.”
Now I hope you haven’t gone shopping yet. Listen, this Christmas, let’s make it a real mass for Christ. Listen to what I’m saying: Christ is not interested in you going into the stores making the already rich, rich; putting yourself in debt for another year to give out gifts. Jesus didn’t ask you to do that. When you go home, take your Bible, look at the 10th chapter of Jeremiah. Going out in the forest, cutting down a tree, bringing it home, decking it with silver and gold: That’s what the heathens do. You don’t need no Christmas tree in your house. That’s pagan practice. Leave the tree. ‘Now, come on, Farrakhan.’ Leave the tree. Leave the lights. Because you’re in the end of the month, Santa ain’t paying your electric bill. Leave the mythical Santa at the North Pole or wherever the hell he is. You leave Santa and don’t you ever again spend money on your children and give the credit to a mythical Caucasian and make your children think that they got to continue to look at White people to get things you give them with your hard sweat and blood.
Now, I’d like to celebrate this Christmas with you. Now, we know that Jesus was not born on the 25th. But here’s what I want you and I to do. There’s a 107th Surah in the Qur’an. It’s titled Ma’un, Acts of Kindness. It doesn’t cost money to be kind. You know what, if you came out of your house, met your neighbor and spoke a kind word, that would be the best gift that you gave your neighbor. ‘Well, my neighbor, they ain’tright. They don’t treat me right.’ I know. But you don’t have to act ugly because they act ugly. You turn it around and you speak a kind word. If you see an elderly person, now they’re going to get suspicious because you usually will knock them over and take their gifts. You know how you do.
But this Christmas, let love break out in the ghetto. They won’t even know what happened the next day when they see a measure of peace. Now, we know that can happen because we did it at the Million Man March. We saw peace and joy just being kind to each other. And if you got money that you want to spend, find a Black business in your neighborhood or wherever you can get to it and spend your money with your own. Keep the money kind of circulating with us. And this Christmas you really will have started a revolution with us. Don’t argue over a parking space. If they say, ‘I got here first,’ and you know you were first, ‘Oh really. Well, gee, I didn’t know. Okay, brother. Have a great day. Have a wonderful day.’ Be kind. Be loving to one another. Have a good word to say.
Sisters, don’t go up to no brother with a big smile, ‘I’m trying to be kind.’ You go to another sister and you be as kind and loving as you want to be to your sister. See, if you give too much teeth to a man, and you ain’t biting him, he takes that serious. ‘Hey, baby, hey you know what I’m saying. You know what I’m saying.’ Be kind. Be loving and when you see this Christmas pass and you come back, and you get the knowledge of where that all started. Then you won’t feel bad not participating. But this year as you’re gaining greater knowledge, it’s expected that you act wiser.
by Brother Jesse
I’ve always enjoyed the music, content and delivery of hip-hop artists Mikal Stands. In fact, a few years ago we crisscrossed the country together for The Teachings 2.0 Social Media Warfare Tour. I watched as he electrified the audiences and they rushed to purchase his Inspiration Mixtape 2.
One of the most popular tracks from that mixtape is Belly (Parts 1 and 2) wherein he addresses the murder of Malcolm X and who was really behind. He is set to release the video for the song on December 25th. And from the looks of the promo, he’s also trying to give Denzel Washington a run for his money, by growing a goatee for the filming. But don’t worry fans, he shaved it off. (smile)
“The unique part of this release, is very controversial. Malcolm X is loved by many, and the organization which produced him, THE NATION OF ISLAM, has taken backlash from government, media outlets and thousands who simply either want to malign its mission in the public eye, or deeply misunderstand what the movement stood for and stands for,” he says. “Maybe because the movement hasn’t died, and because Minister Louis Farrakhan, the national representative of the Honorable Elijah Muhammad, resurrected the teachings and almost single-handedly rebuilt its structure, making it alive and well.”
“Those in power want to derail its effort to aide and benefit those who the movement represents. Either way, the death of Malcom remains largely an argument as to who was involved, why, what really happened and is there a coverup by the organization, the government and so on. Many have come to conclusions about what happened, some believe they have found the truth, and others still have questions of doubt as to what went down that fateful day at the Ball Room in New York.”
Mikal Stands addresses this major controversy in his recent release, BELLY!
He said, “It took me weeks to research the events, listen to documentaries, interviews, and lectures to study what had happened to Malcolm X, what people thought, and the viewpoints of both the NOI, (which included members, Elijah Muhammad and Minister Farrakhan themselves) to words taken directly from Malcolm X himself.I put my all into this story line, to the best of my then lyrical ability. People often tell me, “Bro, that song made me re-think and re-analyze what happened to Malcolm in a short amount of time.” They often tell me its a classic, the streets rock with the HIP HOP FEEL OF THE MUSIC, and its rides nice in the vehicle when blastin’ it on a dope sound system. But all in all, my over all intent was to stop arguing with people on this touchy subject, and pay visit to the booth responding to those minds using my gift as a Rap Lyricist.”
Video Release: Dec 25th via www.mikalstands.com/bars
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This is an official statement from the Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan on the passing of legendary
It is with great pain and sorrow that we reflect on and mourn the loss of this magnificent woman of extreme value. Her value is not only the beautiful gift of her voice, but also the sweetness of her soul, and the deep sensitivity that was her gift, to feel the hurt and pain throughout the world.
As a people, we needed some form of relief or balm for our wounded soul. Her root was Allah (God), and His Christ and her love for Allah (God) and the wonderful preaching and guidance of her father. She, therefore, offered the gift of her being and life to all of us, who have benefited from her life. Starting with the songs she sang in church and every song that she recorded, whether gospel or otherwise, all touched the souls of those who were uplifted by the majesty of her voice.
Her songs, her soul and her voice did not only reach our ears, but reached our hearts, our souls, and our spirits to lift us above where we were and caused us to survive the horror, the tyranny of our painful existence as ex-slaves, free slaves, Jim Crow sufferers, our souls yearned for relief. She supplied that balm to our pain.
In 1972, when I was minister in New York City, Temple No. 7, the police attacked our mosque. Within a few hours, Aretha Franklin came to the mosque, to my office, and said that she saw the news and came as quickly as she could to stand with us and offer us her support. She asked me if Rev. Jesse Jackson had been there to show support. I said, not yet. She said, he’ll be here within 48 hours. Rev. Jackson came and stood with the Muslims. We marveled at her show of courage, fearlessness which was rooted in her profound love for her people and her desire for justice for us. Her activism, her selflessness caused her to stand with Dr. Martin Luther King and the civil rights movement as she joined the struggle of our people for liberty, equity and justice.
I am personally grateful to Allah (God) for her presence in this world. I am grateful that her voice caused many to survive another day, another week, another year. She could never know how many lives her songs, her soul, have actually saved.
Allah (God) has taken this precious soul back to Himself. We, however, are left with the sweet memory of our communion with her. We thank Allah (God) for her. We praise Allah (God) for the gift He gave to her for us and the world.
I will cherish her life, her voice, and her soul and remember her with deep and abiding love for what she did for me, our people and for all of humanity who were blessed by her time and service among us.
The Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan
National Representative of the Honorable Elijah Muhammad and the Lost Found Nation of Islam in the West
Aretha Franklin: Our Queen And Our Giant In The Black Struggle… I am personally grateful to Allah (God) for her presence in this world. I am grateful that her voice caused many to survive another day, another week, another year. She could never know how many lives her songs, her soul, have actually saved. Allah (God) has taken this precious soul back to Himself. We, however, are left with the sweet memory of our communion with her. We thank Allah (God) for her. We praise Allah (God) for the gift He gave to her for us and the world. I will cherish her life, her voice, and her soul and remember her with deep and abiding love for what she did for me, our people and for all of humanity who were blessed by her time and service among us. (Full statement link in bio) #Farrakhan #ArethaFranklin
by Fudia Muhammad
The Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan once said that the only thing that makes the date of our birth significant is if during our life we accomplish something significant. Going further, he said, “People expect that when they have a birthday, somebody’s supposed to give them something—a life that has done nothing, expecting something. When your birthday rolls around, remember your mother. Because she’s the one who bore you with fainting and pain. And every year that you are blessed to be alive, thank her.”
Interestingly, the early Christians did not celebrate birthdays; and presently, Orthodox Jews, traditional Muslims, Jehovah’s Witnesses and many others do not participate in this practice. So, what is the origin of birthday celebrations? Why do we have parties, give gifts, eat cake, light a candle, make a wish and sing that song? But before we get into that – what do the scriptures say about birthdays?
There is no mention of birthday celebrations in the Holy Qur’an; but the Bible does in-fact mention birthdays four times – what’s recorded may surprise you! The first reference to a birthday celebration was that of Pharaoh’s (Genesis 40:20-22). Pharaoh, as we know, was not a servant of God and actively worked to oppose Him. Consequently, being the man that he was, by the end of Pharaoh’s birthday feast, he had hanged his chief baker, hmm. The second reference is found in the Book of Job (1:4-5). In the King James Version the phrase “every one his day” is used, but the New International Version translates this to “birthdays.” Here, there is a description of Job’s sons who would also have feasts on their birthdays, inviting their sisters to join them. After the birthday feast, Job – a faithful servant of God – would arrange for his children to be purified because he feared that they had sinned, wow. Lastly, the final two references to birthdays are two accounts of the same celebration – Herod’s birthday – another man who did not serve God. Similarly, at the end of Herod’s birthday supper a man dies – John the Baptist – he was beheaded at the request of the daughter of Herodias (Matthew 14:6-10 and Mark 6:21-28).
So, according to the Bible, birthday celebrations involved feasts, large suppers or banquets – modern-day parties. Emerging from this is a pagan-rooted practice that continues to this day. Pagans were spooky. They believed that on the date of someone’s birth they were more susceptible to being attacked by evil spirits, so the more people they had around them with presents, the more protection they had to ward off these spirits. Pagans also believed the candles were “endowed with special magic for granting wishes.” Other scholars claim that we have the early Greeks to thank for the round cakes that represented the Goddess of the Moon, adding the candles was symbolic for moonlight. Modern rituals now include singing the “Happy Birthday” song and even giving birthday spankings or licks equivalent to the age of the recipient (and one to grow on).
The Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan teaches that all of this is rooted in a bigger practice of the enemy’s attempt to mark time. His time is linear, it begins and ends; while ours is cyclical. He asks Allah (God) in the Holy Qur’an to respite him until the day they (the righteous) are raised (in consciousness). Birthdays, anniversaries, New Year’s Day, and many holidays are an attempt for one who knows his end is near to keep track of how much more time he has left to cause havoc on the earth, while keeping the people of God distracted and engaged in foolishness.
We are not saying that there is anything wrong with simply wishing someone well on the anniversary of their birth – that’s fine. And if we so choose, we are certainly also free to give our children gifts. Just don’t get carried away. Perhaps consider giving them a gift because they pleased us; or because they accomplished something great; or just because we felt like being generous – not because they expect a gift on their birthday. The only reason they have that expectation is because we taught them to have it.
Allah (God) is the Giver of Gifts and the ultimate gift He gave us was the gift of life. We should show Him gratitude and be reflective when He permits us to gain another year; committing to represent His Greatness even better as we add a year of maturity. The Minister’s sentiments are also clear – a wonderful display of appreciation for our birth would be to show love, reverence and gratitude for our mother, whose womb God used to bring us forth – she is worthy of receiving gifts DAILY!
How we choose to go forward from this day forward is our prerogative, but it is always more empowering when our actions are informed and made with a conscious mind. Keeping up traditions and rituals without understanding the root is unworthy of us in this age of easily accessible information.
We close with a beautiful and profound perspective from Mother Tynnetta Muhammad: “Normally, we are not enjoined to celebrate birthdays because they accent the aging process. According to the Divine Teachings of the Most Honorable Elijah Muhammad, Allah came to reverse the aging process and not to emphasize age in our evolution to be ever young. The idea of getting older makes you think older as opposed to getting younger because you are what you think. Every time we say, ‘How old are you,’ we are emphasizing the aging process and not the youthful, blissful days of our lives. We must celebrate our birth into the Work and Mission of our Nation’s Resurrection into the New Life of the Hereafter in which we will be rejuvenated and made forever young.” All praise is due to Allah (God)!
(Sister Fudia Muhammad is a member of Muhammad Mosque No. 64 in Austin, Texas. She is married to Student Minister Robert L. Muhammad and they have been blessed with four children. Sister Fudia holds a Master’s degree in Education – she is a writer, an educator and an advocate for God-centered child-rearing.)
The U.S. is not as innocent as it may seem, according to President Donald Trump. When Fox News host Bill O’Reilly called Vladimir Putin “a killer,” Trump responded: “We’ve got a lot of killers.”
Mr. O’Reilly asked if Mr. Trump respects Russian President Vladimir Putin, to which he replied, “I do respect him. Well, I respect a lot of people, but that doesn’t mean I’ll get along with them.”
Seemingly surprised, Mr. O’Reilly goes on to ask him why.
“He is the leader of his country. I say it’s better to get along with Russia than not, and if Russia helps us in the fight against ISIS–which is a major fight–and the Islamic terrorism all over the world, that’s a good thing,” Mr. Trump answered.
“Will I get along with him? I have no idea.”
Mr. O’Reilly then challenged Mr. Trump, calling the Russian president “a killer.”
Mr. Trump shrugged the comment off, saying: “There are a lot of killers. We’ve got a lot of killers. What, do you think our country is so innocent?”
It is not the first time that Mr. Trump has made such comments when journalists question his stance regarding the Russian leader.
At the end of 2015, the host of MSNBC’s Morning Joe told Mr. Trump that Mr. Putin “kills journalists,” to which the unfazed then-presidential candidate replied, “I think that our country does plenty of killing, too, Joe.”
“I’ve always felt fine about Putin. He’s a strong leader. He’s a powerful leader,” Mr. Trump added.
At the end of January, Mr. Putin and Mr. Trump held their first official phone call, which, according to the Kremlin, was “good and constructive.”
“Over the past years, the lack of mutual respect became the main reason for the deterioration of relations,” Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov added.
Another important thing is that Washington is prepared for dialogue, the spokesman concluded.
“This is what President Putin called for rather consistently but where unfortunately he did not see reciprocity over the past years,” Mr. Peskov said.
Earlier in January, however, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov emphasized that the first meeting between Mr. Putin and Mr. Trump may “happen in months to come,” not “in a matter of weeks.”
Mr. Peskov also said, “it is maybe the biggest mistake on the part of Western analysts to think that Trump is ‘our man.’ He is an American man.”
Former Deputy Speaker of the Belgian Parliament Lode Vanoost told RT that it is way too early to be overly optimistic about Trump.
“To me, he remains as unpredictable and unreliable as he was before. We didn’t see the full interview yet, and the follow-up questions that came after this very astonishing remark. Basically, what Trump is doing is he is applying the same moral principles to the U.S. as he applies to other countries. That is indeed without precedent in U.S. political culture.”
Also, he expressed concern over forces that could interfere with Mr. Trump’s mending ties with Russia.
“If he remains on the path of improving relations with Russia, it could be quite dangerous: my fear is that all conservative governments in the EU, NATO, will create provocations to force him back into line.” (RT.com)
“Rape Culture” is a term that has been used since the 70’s to describe a normalization of sexual violence in a society. It’s systemic, but it starts off small. It can start with conversations that are considered to be “locker room talk”, and then advance into crimes that violate human beings, or at least justify those actions.
The “jokes” that are told, and the inappropriate conversations people have concerning sexual assault are toxic and sickening. When Donald Trump was found on tape bragging about his dominance over women’s private parts, that was definitely a promotion of rape culture. His supporters didn’t seem phased by this at all, and even encouraged his behavior, while calling others “ too sensitive” for condemning him. Rape culture in America has gotten so far in this society, that the thought of something who is running for president sexually assaulting many people, is not a troubling thing to his supporters. Why is forcibly taking something from someone who doesn’t wish to give it to you a good enough punchline?
Rape culture is not rape itself, as some have confused it as. It is merely normalized actions that can lead up to rape, or justify rape/sexual assault. There’s levels to this “culture”. It’s much more than making memes about raping someone, although that is definitely part of it. It’s also victim blaming. When there is a story about a little girl who was raped on social media, and the comments are full of people blaming the victim and basically saying “oh well” to the situation, that is rape culture. You are protecting the actions of the attacker and shaming the victim. This, and the notion that they’re all somehow lying, often results in women not reporting their assault. This goes for male rape victims as well who, with the help of hypermasculinity, don’t have their sexual assault stories believed enough. There’s a silent rule that says that they’re supposed to appreciate the assault, because men are the dominant sexual predators. The assault that they go through is overlooked yet normalized as “natural” for them.
Catcalling is also a part of rape culture. Catcalling is when a stranger will shout to a woman in the street, usually to inappropriately comment on her body and overall appearance. This is not a compliment. The objective of catcalling is for the attention of other men and the degradation of those women. Those who do this only try to humiliate people, and establish their dominance over that person. The woman is not expected to have a voice. There’s no respect for them. Again, it is NOT a compliment. There is a huge difference between:
“Hi, I just think you’re really pretty. Have a good day.” and “AYE MA!! YOU SO FINE! LEMME SEE THAT SMILE!!”
When I mentioned rape culture on my Instagram page, there were men who disagreed and said that rape culture didn’t exist, and that women were just complaining (even though rape culture impacts men as well). They denied the reality of rape culture, mainly because they are guilty of participating in it. They might have catcalled before. They have made vulgar jokes. They didn’t have much true respect for women but will use their sisters and mothers as good enough examples of their fake solidarity with women. Women are human beings just like anyone else. When you contribute to sexual violence against them, that contradicts the said “respect” for women you claimed to have.
Catcalling and pathetics jokes are not new ways to rape someone, however, it does create the layers of a system in society, so much to the point where rapists can go free. Perfect example of this is Brock Turner, who only served 3 months in jail for sexual assault. The justice system cares little for sexual assault survivors. Me being raised in the Nation of Islam, I was taught that the proper punishment for rape is death.
To lessen this social norm, it first has to be acknowledged that it exists. Check your conversations with friends and call our what they’re saying. Don’t blame people for their sexual assault. Support survivors and hear their stories. Rape culture shouldn’t be a global way of life.
(Nzinga Muhammad is based in Rochester, NY. Follow her on Twitter @QueenNzinga13)
(Source: https://www.noi.org/fidel-castro/) “The Honorable Elijah Muhammad taught me that there is a law in nature that whenever a people are deprived of that which God intends for that people to have such as freedom, justice, equality of opportunity and equal membership in society; the longer the people are deprived the greater the manifestation of the one who is born out of that longing from a simple woman to answer that need, that cry, that prayer of those deprived who long.
In my last conversation with Comandante Fidel Castro we were to have 20 minutes. It lasted for a little over three hours. And in the last 20 minutes I spoke to him about himself. I gave him the aforementioned words saying that he has been an answer to the prayers and the longing of people not only in Cuba, in the Caribbean and Central and South America but people all over the world who have longed for these natural rights that God intends for his creatures but they have been denied under slavery, colonialism and neocolonialism.
In answering the prayer of all he becomes a messenger of Allah; he became a messenger to All from the God of All to answer the critical needs of All. And like Jesus who said he came into the world that those who say they see may go blind and that those who are blind may see. The revolution that Jesus was to bring about would take those that were up and sit them down and those that were down and deprived would be raised up. Such a man was Fidel Castro. No wonder people hated him. They hated him because of their privileged position exercised over the Black and peasant class of Cuba, Central and South America—and the Black and peasant class of the world.
I said to him, dear brother we all have to leave this earth at some time, physically we all will taste of death. I said, but you sir—there is no such thing as death for you that the ideas and the principles, universal principles, and the internationalist thought that you put in the people is the seminal fluid of the Kingdom of God on earth.
Brother Abdul Akbar Muhammad was with me and he saw tears come up in Comandante Fidel Castro’s eyes and I quoted to him from the Qur’an. “Speak not of those who die or are slain in the way of God as dead. They are alive but you perceive not.” The physical flesh and blood and bones of my brother are gone from us but the revolutionary ideas and principles that he lived are alive. They’re in the people that his revolution quickened to international consciousness. And those characteristics and principles are found all over our planet today among the poor and the oppressed and the weak. He lives! In my heart and in the heart of all of us who understand his role, he will never die.
Long live the memory of Fidel Castro. Long live the Cuban people who have endured this savage blockade for over 50 years and have produced magnificent things in medicine, in science, in culture for the world to receive.
Long live the Cuban revolution. And may we be on the side of those who admit that we were once blind but it’s our time to see as the confusion of Western heads of state and government is so clear that they are going blind. The confusion that exists in the heads of state and government of the Western world will continue. They will continue to break apart as the poor, the weak, the Black, the Brown and the Red will continue to rise by the grace of Allah (God).”
With the riots happening all over the country due to police brutality, with most recent being in Milwaukee, many choose this time to demonize the rioters instead of calling out the reason why they’re rioting. They have been labeled thugs, animals, criminals, etc. We see burned down stores and smashed windows, all out of anger. While even I don’t like riots, it has to be understood why it is happening.
When black people, or any oppressed group riot, it’s usually a response to the constant injustices they face on a daily basis. At a certain point, the people get tired of it. What else can they do? Their anger is justified. When every day another black person gets killed in the hands of police and there’s no accountability for it, that makes people naturally upset. Why do black people always have to stay silent in the face of oppression? This isn’t a new concept. America’s very independence was birthed through the fed up anger of the colonists.
Do you know that during the American Revolution, there were colonial riots? The people were tired of British control and mistreatment. That’s American history. I wonder if anyone said “What about colonist on colonist crime???” to shift the focus, or if today people shake their heads and shame them for rioting, looting, etc.
Do you know that there have been white people rioting over sports and festivals? They are never labeled “thugs” or “criminals”, or any derogatory term. Mainstream media is forever demonizing black people, and favoring white people.
I know a lot of people who are more upset with the damages done on buildings and not the permanent damages done on black people by rogue policemen. They are more furious about a CVS getting burned down than the reason why it happened. I am in no way condoning violence, but I’m also not unaware of the harsh circumstances that produced the violence.
I find it interesting that the same people who watched the Hunger Games and understand why the districts were rioting, are the same ones condemning the uprisings in Ferguson, Baltimore, and Milwaukee. All throughout the movie and book trilogy, the constant oppression that the people faced was too much to bear. When Rue, a young black girl, was killed in the games, the first riot began in one of the districts. Fire to the Capitol flag, destruction of buildings, Peacekeepers in riot gear. If I hadn’t known any better, that sounds like black people in America. Fire to the American flag, destruction of buildings, policemen in riot gear. But this is just a movie showing what happens when you harm a people for years and they finally get tired of it. It elicits a response, naturally. Did any of the fans blame the rioters in the movie? Or was there a clear understanding because of the depicted frustration all of the districts went through everyday?
And of course, we will get the pathetic mentioning of Martin Luther King Jr, in order to silence black people. “Dr. King would be so disappointed!! He would disapprove of these thugs!” I think the whole “nonviolent MLK” has gotten to people’s heads to the point where they revive his dead body in order eradicate his “radical” ideologies in favor of a white supremacist rhetoric. He said in 1966, “A riot is the language of the unheard”. America, you are not listening to us. Instead, our anger is used against us in order to further demonizing us in our frustration. Black people who have rioted are not thugs. They are not criminals. They are not animals.
Police have been brutalizing black people for years. I have been ignorantly told that “White people are killed by policemen all the time and they don’t riot.” Well that’s probably because
1. They are not being disproportionately killed by police like black people and
2. They are not in any position of oppression where the police aids in a systemic supremacy against their entire race.
Trust me, if white people were in our condition, they would have burned this country down without hesitation years ago.
(Follow Nzinga Muhammad on Twitter @QueenNzinga13)
I’ll be honest, I didn’t know picking up trash off the side of the road would make me feel so good. Being in the community and showing our people that we have taken the initiative to clean up our own on our own brought great joy.
We have been charged by The Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan to go into our communities and make them a decent place to live. What better way to do this than by going to and cleaning up our streets, parks and home grounds!
On Saturday, July 30th, I was blessed to take part in the efforts of a Community Clean-up along with several other people and organizations. The experience was definitely one that I will remember.
While we were out in the streets, many of the residents started coming out of their houses and asking why we were out picking up trash and did the city send us. We shared with them the words of Minister Farrakhan and how important it is that we put forth an effort to do for ourselves. People were driving by, rolling down their windows just to say ‘thank you’. Needless to say, we received lot of smiles and gratitude for our presence and work.
This further proves that our work is definitely in the streets. The people need to be presented with a different way of living and surviving. They need to know that there are people who look like them that genuinely care about them and their well-being. It was truly an honor to clean up and serve my community and will not be my last time.
(If you’re interested in being apart of the on-going Houston community clean ups spearheaded by Melanated Men of Action, connect with coordinator Benjamin on Facebook below. Attend the Houston Local Organizing Committee Meetings every Thursday at 7pm at SHAPE Community located at 3815 Live Oak.)