Black unity is the key to the rise of Blacks in America, so it is not with vitriol that I write this piece, but I’m taught by the Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan to argue in the best of manner. It is in this spirit that I, an 18-year-old Black Muslim girl, write to disprove claims made by activist Kwame Rose.
“Minister Farrakhan displayed that he’s much further behind on such issues (pertaining to the LGBTQ community and sexual violence), and that his views don’t reflect the masses of Black people as they once did,” Kwame Rose wrote.
Addressing the first part of his statement, it’s not that Minister Farrakhan is behind on issues relating to the LGBTQ community but that he speaks straight from scripture. The Minister loves his people – Black people – with an intense type of love. He loves the dope dealer. He loves the cigarette smoker. He loves the adulterer and the fornicator. In the same vain, he loves the homosexual and the lesbian. However, he recognizes that in scripture, God destroyed Sodom and Gomorrah because of homosexuality. He also recognizes the cause of homosexuality, which is, in part, caused by chemicals the White scientists use in food. If they can make a pill that makes men develop breasts – we’ve all heard the commercial – and if the White scientists can make a pill that causes suicidal thoughts, then why is it so far out to suggest that they also put chemicals and hormones in food that cause homosexuality? So, it is not the Minister is behind on the issues, but it is that he wishes to see Black people come back into ourselves.
The next part of Kwame Roses’s statement is about the Minister being behind on sexual violence. I have heard the Minister say once that so many sisters just in the Nation of Islam raised their hands that they have experienced sexual assault or violence. The Minister presented a tool that could help relieve Black women of their painful experiences, a tool called Dianetics. Dianetics has an exercise that walks you back through a certain painful experience over and over again until you no longer feel the burden of that experience. The Minister is aware that Black women and children are victims of sexual assault too much and too often. He loves the Black woman because he recognizes that through the Black woman’s womb, the answer to our cries and our ancestor’s cries will come. In essence, his divine love for the Black woman sparks his comments about covering up and displaying modesty.