The Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan Invites All People Of Color…
This October will mark the 20th Anniversary of the Million Man March, which was the largest public gathering in the history of America and the largest gathering of Black men in world history. We set an example before the world on October 16, 1995 as Black men stood in ranks and a spirit of love, peace and unity was pervasive. We stood at that time for the necessity of Atonement, Reconciliation and Responsibility and in particular the need for Black men to appeal for God’s pardon for our failures to be the men that we hoped to be and ought to be. That was a magnificent and important day and appeal to the divine Supreme Being, who brought us through a time of great trouble.
Twenty-years later, however, conditions we face and rising levels of tyranny and oppression have brought us to another point in our sojourn in America. Today we suffer from an unbearable level of violence as law enforcement and Whites are able to abuse and murder us but the federal Department of Justice does little and state governments do virtually nothing. Death stalks the Black man, woman and child in America and few seem to care.
Our Native American brothers and sisters often live in abject poverty and are fighting to keep the little land that they have from the hands of a duplicitous U.S. government and corporate liars and thieves.
The Latino community is subjected to scrutiny, mistreatment and disrespect. Women struggle for full recognition of their value and their worth. Soldiers who have served their country in ill-conceived wars and conflicts based on lies, return home to be ignored and their broken bodies and minds left unattended. Even the poor Whites of this nation have no voice as a cruel oligarchy rules on behalf of a small group of individuals.
How much more of this can we stand and how much more oppression must we suffer?
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., the great preacher and fighter for the poor, spoke of justice. He noted that the moral arc of the universe is long but it bends toward justice. What is justice? The Most Honorable Elijah Muhammad taught several important truths about justice: Justice is the greatest principle of fair dealing. Justice is the law that distinguishes between right and wrong. If there were justice, there would be no need for a Judgment. Justice is the weapon that God will use in the Day of Judgment.
We are living in that Day of Judgment at this present moment. And if we are denied what rightfully belongs to us then there has to be unified action that we take that will force the justice that we seek.
It is time that we say enough is enough. Scripture teaches us that inequity and injustice would call God Himself out of his hiding place to address the cries of those who yearn to breathe free. We are at that time. The time requires that we step forward and demand that the U.S. government address the failures of American society and the systemic deprivation of freedom, justice and equality from the masses of the American people.
The time requires that a demand be made on the U.S. government and we must deliver a fearless cry of “Justice Or Else!” We have tried praying in, singing in, lying in and young activists have even employed dying-in to dramatize and appeal for a proper government response to our suffering.
I am convening “Justice Or Else!” the 20th Anniversary gathering of the Million Man March on October 10, 2015 in Washington, D.C. By Allah’s (God’s) grace I plan to deliver an uncompromising message and call for the government of the United States to respond to our legitimate grievances.
If you agree with me, I am inviting you to join me and those from diverse faith traditions, races, political beliefs, spiritual schools of thought, different geographic regions, income levels and a fearless cadre of young leaders, backed by their fearless elders in this demand for “Justice Or Else!” in Washington, D.C.
The other side of this “war on two fronts” is effective organizing of our community to end fratricidal violence fostered by social conditions that breed lesser crimes, while the creator of the social conditions engages in killing, theft, kidnapping and extortion on a global scale. We, however, are clear that it is our responsibility to halt the killings among ourselves and our disrespect of Black life.
“Justice Or Else!” is not a march, but a gathering of those who are sober minded and serious about placing a demand on the United States government and putting power behind that demand to force the government to give us what we deserve.
This is not a march, but a gathering of those who understand that freedom has never been obtained without the loss of life and who step forward willing to give whatever sacrifice that the time and the God of this time demands.
We are certain that God would not bring us out to slaughter but He does require that we take the ultimate stand in order that He may show his power. We recognize that there comes a time in the life of all suffering people where there must be a willingness to lay down their lives for the cause of freedom and a future.
The most powerful weapon in our arsenal is our unity backed by the might of God Himself as this is the time foretold of in scripture as a Day of Judgment, a harvest time for all who have sown evil and who have sown good. We recognize that the Supreme Being is on the scene today and executing his power to punish and destroy the wicked. Our hope is not in carnal weapons of this world but in the power of the Master of this Day of Judgment in which we now live.
We recognize that the work of Dr. King, Jr., and all who came before him, remains unfinished. In his last public message, the civil rights stalwart talked of spreading the pain by engaging in economic withdrawal with strategic pooling and use of over $1 trillion in Black spending to put power behind our demands. We will engage in economic withdrawal in 2016 with a boycott of Xmas Holiday Spending, with its manipulation and exploitation of the emotions of children, parents, families and those we love, with its root in crass commercialism and its perpetuation of pagan practices and base desires when the focus is supposed to be on a righteous man and divine servant.
When our lives are taken unjustly it is the responsibility of government to act to prosecute and punish the killers. The federal government, in particular, has the responsibility to end assaults and killings under the color of law and mob attacks. We cannot continue to suffer like this and not organize and demand that government respond to our needs—or admit that we are still not true citizens.
Justice and equity cannot wait any longer and in October we will remember those killed in Charleston, S.C., those killed before Charleston, and those killed in fratricidal violence in the Black community. We will speak directly to government and to the challenges this country faces if it wishes to have any perpetuity and as the divine hand is ever moving toward justice.
“Racial minorities….taught by lower-paid teachers with less experience…” says Department of Education’s Civil Rights Office in March, 2014.
White Supremacy’s Golden Rules of Education & Opportunity Are: Get Rid of Black Teachers & Give ‘Um Young White Inexperienced White Kids Then Leave Them Behind
TOGETHER WE RISE: THIS TEACHER WON’T LET ZIP CODE DETERMINE OUTCOMES
“Here we are, 60 years after Brown v. Board of Education, and the data altogether still show a picture of gross inequity in educational opportunity,” said Daniel J. Losen, director of the Center for Civil Rights Remedies at the University of California at Los Angeles’s Civil Rights Project.
In high school, the study found that while more than 70 percent of white students attend schools that offer a full range of math and science courses — including algebra, biology, calculus, chemistry, geometry and physics — just over half of all black students have access to those courses. Just over two-thirds of Latinos attend schools with the full range of math and science courses, and less than half of American Indian and Native Alaskan students are able to enroll in as many high-level math and science courses as their white peers.
The Education Department’s report found that black, Latino, American Indian and Native Alaskan students are three times as likely as white students to attend schools with higher concentrations of first-year teachers. And in nearly a quarter of school districts with at least two high schools, the teacher salary gap between high schools with the highest concentrations of black and Latino students and those with the lowest is more than $5,000 a year.
“Folks who cannot teach effectively should not be working with low-income or African-American kids, period,” he said, adding that the problem was difficult to resolve because individual districts are allowed to make decisions on how to assign teachers to schools.
Teach for American recruits new college graduates, gives them five weeks of summer training and then places them in some of America’s neediest classrooms, presuming that just a little over a month of training is sufficient to do the job. Critics point out that high-needs students, who are the ones who get TFA teachers, are the children who most need veteran teachers. In fact, some veterans are now losing their jobs to TFA corps members, because TFAers are less expensive to hire, and some school teaching communities are becoming less cohesive because TFA members promise only to stay for two years and leave teaching at a greater rate than traditionally trained teachers.
In his speech to the US Congress on the 24th I heard Pope Frances speak to the issues of poverty and opportunity when he said
“How much has been done in these first years of the third millennium to raise people out of extreme poverty! I know that you share my conviction that much more still needs to be done, and that in times of crisis and economic hardship a spirit of global solidarity must not be lost. At the same time I would encourage you to keep in mind all those people around us who are trapped in a cycle of poverty. They too need to be given hope. The fight against poverty and hunger must be fought constantly and on many fronts, especially in its causes. I know that many Americans today, as in the past, are working to deal with this problem.”
“Now is the time for courageous actions and strategies, aimed at implementing a “culture of care” (ibid., 231) and “an integrated approach to combating poverty, restoring dignity to the excluded, and at the same time protecting nature” (ibid., 139).
“…I think of the march which Martin Luther King led from Selma to Montgomery fifty years ago as part of the campaign to fulfill his “dream” of full civil and political rights for African Americans. That dream continues to inspire us all. “
“I would encourage you to keep in mind all those people around us who are trapped in a cycle of poverty. They too need to be given hope..”
“I know that Let us remember the Golden Rule: “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you” (Mt 7:12).”
“This Rule points us in a clear direction. Let us treat others with the same passion and compassion with which we want to be treated. Let us seek for others the same possibilities which we seek for ourselves. Let us help others to grow, as we would like to be helped ourselves. In a word, if we want security, let us give security; if we want life, let us give life; if we want opportunities, let us provide opportunities.”
What the Pope said is nice, great and true; it was good to hear him tell the wealthy white men in Congress and else where to follow the Golden Rule but it’s my opinion that we need to pick-up the baton and do for ourselves as we did prior to desegregation and that’s to teach our children ourselves and create our own opportunities. Why, because it’s my opinion that whites can’t do it…their culture will not allow them…psychologically, they’er incapable, if but because they usually, aren’t willing to teach racial pride or don’t know how to serve as a role model for our children.