By Bashir Muhammad Akinyele
“All mankind is from Adam and Eve, an Arab has no superiority over a non-Arab nor a non-Arab has any superiority over an Arab; also a white has no superiority over a black nor a black has any superiority over a white – except by taqwa (piety) and good action.” – Prophet Muhammad Ibn Abdullah (may Allah’s peace and blessings Be Upon him).
(This excerpt is from the last sermon Prophet Muhammad Ibn Abdullah, may Allah’s peace and blessings be upon him, delivered on the Ninth Day of Dhul-Hijjah 10 A.H. in the ‘Uranah valley of Mount Arafat’ in Makkah, Saudi Arabia).
THERE IS NO JUSTICE IN AMERICA. BLACK FACES IN HIGH PLACES DOES NOT MEAN BLACK POWER
Right now the Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan, the leader of the Nation of Islam, is traveling overseas with his national laboring staff, which includes his national Imam, Sultan Rahman Muhammad. Their first stops are Medina and Makkah, Saudi Arabia, performing Umrah during the month Holy month of Ramadhan in 2019. (The Umrah is sometimes known as the lesser pilgrimage or the minor pilgrimage, in comparison to the annual Hajj pilgrimage of Al-Islam). On social media, folks are reminiscing and reanalyzing the time a former world leader offered a billion dollars to help the Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan and oppressed Black people in America.
I hope this commentary inspires you all to read this old New York Times article titled- Officials To Block Qaddafi Gift to Farrakhan. The article was published on August 28, 1996. It discusses the US government blocking the former Libyan President Col Muammar el-Qaddafi from giving the Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan, and the Nation of Islam, one billion dollars to help liberate oppressed Black people in America. When Col. Qaddafi was alive, he committed the wealth of Libya to the Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan’s during his World Friendship Tour in 1996. (Col Muammar Gaddafi, the deposed leader of Libya, was captured and killed on October 20th, 2011).
Some political and historical analysis must be studied to really understand the warped reasoning behind the United States oppressing Black people.
Here is how we break down racism in America.
Unfortunately, America is still in denial about any culpability in Black oppression. America’s brand of racism exonerates itself from being racist. America does not want to appear to the world that she is still keeping Black people from being truly equal. America does not want people to understand the system of racism prevents money and resources into the Black community. This is why racism in America could not let Col Qaddafi give billions to Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan and Black people.
When you read this commentary, you will understand why racism had to be legally protected by the system, why there is an illusion of Black progress in America, and why the Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan is constantly being portrayed as a teacher of hate.
The Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan’s World Friendship Tour stopped in Libya while on his way to visiting many of other countries on the continent of Africa. After the success of the Million March in 1995, when over 2 million Black men showed up to recommit themselves to Black women, Black youth, the Black family, to stopping senseless community violence amongst Black people, empowering the Black community, and continuing the struggle against White supremacy and racism; the whole world took notice of the power and respected leadership of the Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan. The world became interested in the struggles of Black people in America all over again.
The Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan filled their curiosity by giving world leaders an analysis on the oppression of Black people, American White racism, and the illusion of Black Progress in America.
Inspired by the international lessons of the Most Honorable Elijah Muhammad (the co-founder of the Nation of Islam), the Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan learned that Black people are all over the world. He said that his teacher, the Honorable Elijah Muhammad, taught him that 196, 940, 000 square miles of the planet earth belongs to the original Blackman and Black women. Believing in the wisdom of the Honorable Elijah Muhammad, the Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan reminded the world that America’s White prosperity came as a direct result of the enslavement, oppression, and the exploitation of Africa, and Black people in America.
Years of organizing and speaking to clergyman, activists, and leaders around the nation, and around the world, cemented his legitimate passport onto the international world stage. He was received by Presidents, governments, dignitaries, clergyman, and leaders in Africa, Asia, Europe, the Caribbean, Latin America, the Arab world, and the Muslim world. The Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan did this to connect and commit the world to help liberate oppressed Black people in America. After suffering from hundreds of years of legal White supremacy, legal racism, legal enslavement, legal racial discrimination, legal racial terror, legal police violence, and legal racial subjugation without any reparations to rectify Black people’s hurt for our past injustices received by racist White people and the America racist system; the Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan told the world that this is why Black people continue to be oppressed and second class citizens.
What people, and some of us Black folks, do not understand, or want to understand, is how the legality of racism in America created Black oppression in America to this very day. No other group, only with the exception of Native Americans, experienced an attempt by White racism to totally make Black people a permanent underclass. Black people were, and, are, purposely forced to be at the bottom of American society. To keep Black people racially subjugated, and second class citizens, racist white people created an American legal system that establishes laws to protect the racial mistreatment of Black people. As a consequence of an American racist legal system, Black people experienced hundreds of years of legal slavery, the legal outlawing of Black marriages, legal outlawing of Black people speaking, reading, and writing in our own African and Arabic languages, legal outlawing of Black womanhood, the legal outlawing of Black manhood, the legal outlawing of Black youth-hood, the legal outlawing of possessing African and Islamic names, the legal outlawing of reading the Bible, the legal outlawing of African cultural traditions, the legal outlawing of Black people practicing African religions, the legal outlawing of the practice of Al-Islam, the legal creation of Black codes, nearly one hundred years of legal segregation, the legal separation of the Black family, the legal outlawing of the Black family, the legal outlawing of Black parenthood, the legal criminalization of Black leaders, legal criminalization of Black youth, the legal denial of an public and private school education, legally denying Black people’s right to own property, legally denying Black people business loans, legally denying Black people justice in the courts, legally supporting White racial violence towards Black people, the legal justification for police brutality, and legally justifying the annihilation of Black towns and cities in America by racist whites.
In the 1950s, Black people got tired of the racial subjugation and daily racial discrimination by racist White people in the Twentieth Century. In mass demonstrations, Black people fearlessly began to fight back against racism and White supremacy in America. As a result of mass rallies by Black people, and the unfortunate murder of Black Freedom and revolutionary activists; we won our right to Civil Rights. We also develop some Black pride while holding racism and White supremacy accountable to social justice. By the way, we had to redevelop and reconstruct Black cultural pride in the 1950s, 60s, and 70s because White racism deliberately created Black self-hatred in Black people for hundreds of years in America.
While Black people struggled for civil rights, Black people forced all kinds of coalitions and alliances with progressive Whites and other non-Black cultures (i.e. Latinos, Native Americans, Jews, etc) to change racist laws that subjugated Black people down to the lowest realms of America society. Black people put the Black agenda on the hearts and minds and lips of all people in America. As a result of Black people successfully organizing massive protests locally and nationally for civil rights, the racism system had to make concessions to Black oppression for a minute. The system of racism allowed some Black faces in high places. When this happened, many people in America, including many Black people, believed Black freedom was achieved. By the 1970s, we had more Black Mayors, Black Councilpersons, Black judges, Black Congressman, Black Businesses, Black educational opportunities, Black TV shows, Black entertainers, Black athletes, and Black Freedom that we ever experienced before in America. But at the end of the day, racism controls Black faces in high places always in America. Black faces in high places get its marching orders from America’s racist power structure. This is why since the 1970s, policies, and laws were not put in place give Black people justice.
Just like in today’s contemporary Black America, Black faces in high places are still controlled by the racist power structure. Policies and laws have not been passed to give Black people justice. For example, we had eight years of Barack Obama as President, he sat in the chair of the most powerful position in the world, but did nothing to support reparations.
But before Black leaders, Black organizations, and Black movements can organize the Black masses past White racism and Black apologists for the racist power structure in America to seize real Black power to achieve justice in America, the system works to wipe out Black leadership. This is what happened to Black leaders, Black organizations, Black movements, and Black people in America.
The racist power structure reorganized itself to again force Black people down to the bottom of society. The racist power structure bounced back by unleashing clandestine attacks against Black leaders, Black organizations, and Black movements in America. Black leaders and organizations and Black movements, such as Dr. Martin Luther, Jr, Malcolm X, the Honorable Elijah Muhammad, Dr. Maluana Karenga, Stokely Carmichael (Kwame Ture), H. Rap Brown (Imam Jamil Al-Amin), Huey P. Newton, Imamu Amiri Baraka, Imari Obedele, the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, the Student Non Violent Coordinating Committee (SNCC), the Nation of Islam, the US organization, the Original Black Panther Party, the Republic of New Afrika, and many more Black movements in the Black community.
Although Black people made tremendous gains during the 1950s, 60s, and the early 70s, due to the Civil Rights and Black Power movements in America; unfortunately, Black people did not achieve true equality with White people in America.
Unfortunately, Black leaders, Black organizations, and Black movements for Civil Rights and Black Power were obliterated by the US government. Racist former F.B.I director J Edgar Hoover created a secret racist counterintelligence program called COINTELPRO to destroy and discredit Black leaders, Black organizations, and Black movements. And Cointelpro did just that to the Black liberation movements in America.
When this happened, the interests of Black people subsided. Black people and our Black agenda were pushed aside for other non-Black oppressed agendas. The coalitions that Black people created with other non-Black oppressed cultures (i.e Latinos, Jews, Asians, Mexicans, women, Gays, and lesbians, etc) to help empower Black people, and at the same time, fight for the liberation of all oppressed people, broke apart. Now, other non-BLack oppressed cultures began to leave Black people and the Black agenda for their own agendas (i.e. Latino rights, Gay rights, women’s right, etc). Non-Black oppressed cultures left Black people, and our Black agenda, alone.
By the late 1970s, Black progress was stopped. Black leaders and Black organizations were not around anymore to give push back to racism and White supremacy to make room for Black progress in this country.
By the 1980s, and in the 1990s, the ashes of the Civil rights and the Black Power Movement left many masses of Black people in the dust. The Black incarceration rates soured in Black America. Disproportionate numbers of Black people began to be locked up in the penal system compared to whites. Police violence increased. Good paying livable wage jobs dried up in and around the Black community. Poverty and joblessness increased dramatically. Black people began to live under depression levels of poverty. Black wealth never became equal to white wealth. Black drug addiction increase in America. Senseless violence in the Black community increased. Black people became the majority of Black homicide victims in America. Racism drained the Black community of money, jobs, and resources. Eventually, these poor conditions created a Black ghetto. Black people and the Black community became self-destructive.
Black people’s achievement began to lag further and further behind Whites and other non-Black cultures in America.
It is In this context, the Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan rebuilt the Nation of Islam to continue the fight for Black liberation. He believed that Al- Islam, as interpreted by the Honorable Elijah Muhammad, was, and, is, absolutely needed to give some push back to America’s racist system to organize Black people for Black power.
In 1978, the Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan made the decision to leave the Muslims under the leadership of Imam Warith Deen Mohammed to rebuild the teachings of the Honorable Elijah Muhammad and the Nation of Islam.
(Imam Warith Deen was once named Wallace Muhammad. In 1975, after the Honorable Elijah Muhammad departed from the Nation of Islam, the Muhammad family elected Imam Warith Deen Mohammed as the next leader of the Nation of Islam. In three years, Imam Mohammed directed the Nation of Islam into Sunni Al-Islam. His leadership led to one of the main foundations for Al-Islam in America).
Unfortunately, racism does not let up. It continues to use the law, cultural interests, cultural divisions, White supremacy, and all resources to racially subjugate Black people.
But equally importantly, the system of racism in America learned from the Black liberation struggles of the 1950s, 60s, and early 70s; how to continue to discretely use cointelpro tactics in the modern era to portray and label any Black opposition to racism as hate teachers, as unAmericans, as anti-Semites, as homophobic, and as extremists. This is what racism does to Black leaders in America, especially to leaders like the Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan. Despite all the good work he has done for Black people in America, racism must protect itself at all costs by castigating the Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan as an unIslamic anti-Semitic homophobic Black racist. Racism knows full well that the Honorable Minister Farrakhan is not a racist. He is not anti-Semite. He is not homophobic. He has no political or economic power to keep an entire culture of people at the bottom of society. The Honorable Minister Farrakhan has not encouraged his followers to violently attack Whites, Jews, or Gay people. However, to the racist system America, he is the last known Black world leader still pointing out the contradictions of racism in the United States. This is why the racist power structure works to try to silence his voice in America and in the Muslim Ummah (an Arabic word for community), but especially amongst oppressed Black people. Racism does not want the Honorable Louis Farrakhan’s voice to inspire masses of Black people to rise up against racial injustice in America.
Therefore, as we continue to argue and debate issues (i.e. what Black Mayor is going to control city hall, what Black Councilperson is going to control such and such ward in a city, Is Rev Al Sharpton a real leader of Black people, who is going to control the board of education in the Black community, who is going to control the police department in the Black community, was the Black Lives Matter Movement sold out, are charter schools the best place to educate Black children, are public schools the best place to educate Black children, Is home instruction the best place to educate Black children, are Afrocentric schools the best place to educate Black children, are Islamic schools the best place to educate Black children, Is Cardi B the realist female rapper on the planet, are City Girls a real Hip Hop group, Is Hip Hop good for Black people, Is rap Music whack, Is Rap music really Hip Hop, Is Love and Hip Hop really reality TV, Is someone ghost writing for Drake, Is Hennessy the real drink for Black people, Is Afrocentricity the true pathway for liberating Black people, Are African religions the best spiritual path of Black people, Is Al-Islam the best spiritual path for Black people, are the Crips the real perpetrators of violence in the Black community, are the Bloods the real perpetrators of violence in the Black community, are the Vice Lords the perpetrators of violence in the Black community, are the Gangster Disciples the real perpetrators of violence in the Black community, Is the Honorable Minister Farrakhan a real Muslim, Is the Golden State Warriors the greatest NBA team of all time) we believe are important to us Black folks, and we should argue these things, but at the end of the day, we are all being misled under an illusion of Black progress and Black Freedom in America
We are not free!!! And we have not achieved Black power to force America’s racist power structure to address a Black agenda, nor reparations, to create real equality for Black people in America.
At the end of the day, racism is still subjugating Black people in America down to the lowest realms of society. Black progress is stagnant. We are still unequal to whites, and now, unfortunately, to other cultures in America
This is why at one time in the 1990s the former Libyan President Col Qaddafi saw the Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan as the best chance to help oppressed Black people. The Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan was, and, is, the last man left standing for Black liberation. As the onslaught by America’s brand of racism continues to devour Black lives in America, the Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan and the Nation of Islam are still fighting for Black liberation. Insha’Allah ta’alaa (an Arabic phrase that means Allah will, he is most exalted) inspire a new generation Black people to continue the fight for justice in America.
Jazak Allahu khair
(An Arabic phrase that means may Allah reward you with goodness)!!!
As Salaamu Alaykum wa Rahmantuallahi wa Barakaatahu!!!
-Bashir Muhammad Akinyele
-Co-Founder of the Newark Anti-Violence Coalition (NAVC)
-Co-Host and Co-Producer of the All Politics Are Local radio show-the Number #1 Political Hip Hop Radio Show in America.