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‘Let Us Make Man’ How To Overcome The Pain of Being a Black Man in White America (Continued)
By The Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan | Last updated: Dec 3, 2013 – 12:21:51 AM
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‘The time and what must be done’—2013 Lecture Series, part 47
[Editor’s note: The following article contains a distillation of the April 11, 1994 “Let Us Make Man (Part 4)” message delivered by the Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan at Pleasant Grove Missionary Baptist Church in Houston, Texas, as part of a nationwide tour of “Men Only meetings” leading up to The Historic Million Man March in 1995. This portion of that address serves as Part 47 of his 52-week Lecture Series on “The Time and What Must Be Done,” which aired on Saturday, November 30, 2013. Click here to order this message it in its entirety on MP3, DVD and CD or call 1.866.602.1230, ext. 200. Be sure to visit NOI.org/TheTime each Saturday at 6 p.m. CST (5 p.m. MST and 7 p.m. EST) to view the ongoing series.]
In The Name of Allah, The Beneficent, The Merciful.
So What Must Be Done? Remember, in the Book of Matthew (Chapter 21, verses 1-3), the scripture teaches: “And when they drew nigh unto Jerusalem, and were come to Bethphage, unto the mount of Olives, then sent Jesus two disciples, Saying unto them, Go into the village over against you, and straightway ye shall find an ass tied, and a colt with her: loose them, and bring them unto me. And if any man say ought unto you, ye shall say, The Lord hath need of them; and straightway he will send them.” There was an ass tied, and a young colt was tied with the ass …
The scripture also teaches (Matt. 4:19) that Jesus, when he met the Disciples (Simon called Peter, and his brother Andrew), he said: “Look, I know you’re a fisherman, Peter, but I don’t need you fishing in that sea. Follow me, and I’m going to make you a fisher of men.” Because our people are in the “sea of sin,” and somebody has to go after them. But they like “the water” that they’re in: So you have to bait your hook with something the fish likes.
But “fishing with a hook” is slow … So Jesus said: “Cast your net on the right side.” This means, “reverend,” that we have to come with “the right stuff”! These Black men are not to be played with … They want a change in their lives, and they want a change in their community!
‘Stating our case’: Why a call to bring one million Black men to Washington
So brothers, in 1995: I would like to take a million Black men to Washington, D.C. Tell our sisters, our wives, our mothers, our grandmothers: “Sweetheart, this time, please stay at home.” “Mother”: You have always stood for us, and we’ve never stood up for our families. But we’re coming of age now, “mom”—wife, sister, auntie, baby; and we want to go to Washington, and state our case.
*Our fathers sweat, blood and tears built this country. Our fathers, and our mothers, worked from “can’t see” morning to “can’t see” night—with no pay—to build the economy of the South to fuel the economy and the industrial revolution of the North. *We fought in all America’s wars for a freedom that we have never achieved. We fought in the Revolutionary War that made America independent of England—but we don’t have any independence ourselves! We are dependent on White people to do for us what we have earned the right to do for ourselves! We fought in The Spanish-American War; we fought in The War of 1812. We fought in The Civil War, on the side of the North and the South: We died right alongside of those fighting to maintain slavery, and those who said they were trying to “maintain The Union.” But in any case, after The Union was maintained: It was back to “business as usual.” *We had congressmen and senators, and we had government representation, but The Night Riders and the “KKK” took it all away from us! They said, “We don’t want no n—as in the Congress! We don’t want no n—as in high political office!”—so they killed us, they hung us, they burned us. *And when they got in trouble, they called us again to fight in a “Jim Crow army.” Some of the older ones here that were in “World War I”: You know you fought Germany; but the German prisoners of war were treated better than the Black soldiers who fought for America against Germany! Adolph Hitler rose; “World War II”: Black men died at Pearl Harbor! Black men died in Guadalcanal, in The Solomon Islands, in The Philippines, and at Iwo Jima (“The Pacific Campaign”)! Black men died in North Africa fighting the Germans (“The North Africa Campaign”)! Black men died at Anzio Beach; at Palermo, and at Naples (“The Italian Campaign”)—to free Rome! To free Paris! To free Europe!
Damn it … We died to build America! And America has rebuilt Germany and Japan, and “The Nigga” is still suffering and dying in the streets of America!
*We tried to build Black organizations to fight for our cause! We, along with Whites, made the “NAACP,” “The Urban League,” “C.O.R.E.” (Congress of Racial Equality), “S.N.C.C.” (Student Non-Violent Coordinating Committee)! *And what was the response of our government? Under J. Edgar Hoover and the Counterintelligence Program (“COINTELPRO”) of the United States government: They treated us like we were aliens—sending spies and agent provocateurs in among all our Black organizations, to discredit our Black leaders, and cause us to fight and kill one another! The government did this; using the dollars of our taxes! *Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. stood up to get us out of a segregated state … And men had to die, women had to die, just so others could drink at a fountain or go to toilet in a public place? People had to die for that simple, basic right.
Brothers: Think about the sacrifice that our fathers have made to build America! Think about what government has done to show their contempt for us! I think it’s time, now, that Black men stand. I think it’s time, now, that Black men put the gun down for the destruction of yourself and your brother!
It’s time, now, for us to say to the government of the United States: Here we are! Here we stand! The Black Men—the children of slaves that built your country! That fought and died in all your wars! Now look, we don’t intend to live in poor housing! We don’t intend to live like dogs! You owe us a debt!
Germany is paying reparations to the Jews for the Holocaust that the Germans put on the Jews! “All Germans” didn’t do this, but all Germans are being taxed to pay for what was done to the Jews. In 1941, when Japan struck at Pearl Harbor, Japanese Americans were rounded up and sent to concentration camps; and the government admits she was wrong. She was wrong! So they’re going to pay reparations to the Japanese.
Look at our condition, brothers: Don’t we need a “repair job”? Don’t we need somebody to repair our broken heads, our broken hearts, and our broken pocketbooks?
Brothers, before I share with you what we have to do, I want to say to you who feel that you are despised and rejected; you that are the “bottom rail”; that you are “the last,” that you and I are a “foolish people,” God said: 1.) “I will choose the foolish things of the world to confound the wise.” 2.) “I will choose the things that are not, to bring to naught the things which are.” 3.) “I will choose the despised and the rejected; and the bottom rail will go to the top, and the last shall be the first. This is the Lord’s doing, and it is marvelous in our sight.”
Whether you know it or not, Black Man, God has chosen you! Not because of your “blackness,” but He’s chosen you because you have suffered in the furnace of affliction! And now, as Reverend Jackson said, the more you burn gold: You never “burn” it; you only purify it by removing its dross. You are pure gold, Black man, chosen by God now to do a mighty work! “There is an ass tied”—somebody is not using the donkey. But God said, “Go loose him, and if anybody asks you what you’re doing, tell them ‘The Master has come. He has need of that donkey.’ ” Brothers, you are more important than you think you are.
A Lesson from scripture: ‘From one blood’ came all life
From the Holy Qur’an, which is the book of scripture of the Muslims, I would like to share the following verse from Surah 4 Al-Nisa (“The Women”), verse 1; it says: “In The Name of Allah, The Beneficent, The Merciful. O people, keep your duty to your Lord, Who created you from a single being and created its mate of the same (kind), and spread from these two many men and women. And keep your duty to Allah, by Whom you demand one of another (your rights), and (to) the ties of relationship. Surely Allah is ever a Watcher over you.”
“O people, keep your duty to your Lord”: Every man among us knows “we owe a duty to God.” And do you know how I know that you know? Because every one of us, when we get in trouble: Each one of us has been in some trouble that is so deep, that you call on who? You call on God.
Now, when you called on Him, brothers, what did you say? What did you say? Pay attention to your words, now, because when you called Him, you were real sincere; because the trouble was deep! You said, “God, if You just get me out of this, this one time”—didn’t you say it? All right … And now, look at what you said you were going to do: “God, if You get me out of this, this one time, I’ll serve You for the rest of my life.” You know you said it—and you know you lied (smile). Brothers, “when you said it,” the Holy Qur’an teaches: “And when I brought them safely to shore, lo! They set up other gods beside Me. Surely man is ungrateful” (Surah 17 Bani Isra’il (“The Children of Israel”), verse 67); you “forgot.”
Continuing with Surah 4, verse 1: “… keep your duty to your Lord, Who created you from a single being and created its mate of the same [essence]…” What does “single” mean? It means “one.” Well, is God “One”? He created you and me from Himself, and He created our mate of “the same essence”; meaning that your woman is from God, and you are from God! Which means what? That The Nature of God is your nature! So every one of you that are from God—and that’s all: You are of Divine. Your nature is “Divine.” You are The People of God!
Let’s go a little further: You are “Black.” Are you “Black” because you’re cursed? No! You are “Black” because you are the first creature that He created, and you took your color from the darkness out of which you emerged! You’re not “Black” because you’re cursed; you’re “Black” because you are The Original Human Being from whom all other human beings came! You are The First from God!
“Can you prove it, Farrakhan?” Sure! Sure, sure, sure. … When they wanted to find “the origin of man”—they didn’t go to Europe! Where did they go? They went to Africa! They found the bones of a man they called Zinjanthropist: Zinj means “Black”; Anthropus means “man.” He was 750,000 years old—and he had a “daddy”; and they went back and they dug, and they found some more skulls, and some more skulls. And they’re still unearthing skulls that never showed “the origin.” But as far back as you go: They find you. We have Caucasians [reading this]; we have Hispanic brothers [reading this]; and although we have many different hues and colors, the Bible teaches in the Book of Acts, Chapter 17, verse 26 that “from one blood God created all men.” From “one blood”—blood is the life fluid of some living organism; so “from one blood” means from the genetic strain of one life, God made all! The Holy Qur’an says Allah (God) created you from a single being, and created your mate from the same essence; and “spread from these two many men and women.” It started from “one,” and now it’s “many.”
How did you start? You started from sperm mixed with ovum; and when the sperm connected with the ovum, it produced the first cell of life. And from that one cell, now you are billions and billions and billions of cells in this one body. But you started from “one.” Can you “dig it”?
Now, the Holy Qur’an tells us the color of “the first man.” The first man is called Adam; and in The Qur’an it says in Surah 15 Al-Hijr (“The Rock”), verse 26: “Allah created him from black mud, and fashioned him into shape …” — Stop! Since my body is from the earth … if He created the first man “from black mud”: “Step up” anthropologist! “Step up” historian! “Step up” biologist! “Step up” geneticist! Talk to me: If the first man was “White,” the Yellow Man couldn’t even get here, because “two White people” cannot produce anything other than what they are!
I am not teaching “Black Supremacy,” I’m just teaching Actual Facts. White people, pay attention to what I am saying: You can’t produce us; it is a mathematical, genetic impossibility. If you were “the first,” we couldn’t have gotten here; and so, the Black man has within himself the whole range of “color”—because Black is not a “color”: It is The Essence from which all “color” comes.
To love God is to love your brother: Our duty to one another
Brothers: If God created you “from Himself,” that means every one of you is a God, and has God’s Divine Nature in you! As David The Psalmist says, “Ye are all gods, children of The Most High God.” Now let’s get the Bible and Qur’an to back this up!
In the Bible, 1 John, Chapter 4, verses 20-21, it reads: “If a man say, ‘I love God,’ and hateth his brother, he is a liar: for he that loveth not his brother whom he hath seen, how can he love God whom he hath not seen? And this commandment have we from him, That he who loveth God love his brother also.” Let’s stop a minute, and look deeper into what John The Apostle is saying. What do you mean “How can you love God Whom you’ve never seen, and then hate your brother?” Then there is something in your brother that is of God!
So when you hurt your brother, you’re hurting your Father! I’m a father, brothers; I’ve got 9 children, 23 grandchildren, one great-grandchild! And if I ever see my children fighting, it gives me such pain! If you are “God”—not “big God,” but a little “God,” made as the Bible teaches “in the image and the likeness of God,” then Elijah Muhammad said, “Every time I see a Black man, I’m looking at God.” So when I look at you: I don’t have to “wait” to see The Father, for I see The Father in you! And when we refer back to what Surah 4, verse 1 says, “O people, keep your duty to your Lord”—so when I see you, I have a duty by you, brother!
When I meet you, you say, “Oh Farrakhan! I’m real happy to meet you, man!”—and I always say, “It’s my honor, brother, to meet you!” And you look at me confused, saying, “What? How is he ‘honored’ to meet me?” Because when I meet you, I’m meeting a person that has never been on the Earth before, and there will never be one quite like you ever, ever again. So! When I see you, I have to treat you like I would honor God: I have to respect each human being; I have to respect you, brother … Even though you don’t know who you are, I know! And because I know, my duty is to honor and respect you!
Even these little children: They are little babies, but The Power of God is in them! And they’re going to grow up one day, hopefully, to be mighty men, so you start respecting them when they’re in the cradle! You start respecting them when you see the woman forming that child in the womb—you don’t wait till it gets here! And that’s why no man, who’s a real man, will beat a woman …
No man, who is a real man, will beat a woman! No man, who is a real man, will disrespect a woman! Because it’s through woman that we live! If you live to be the age of Methuselah, which is 969 years: You’re still going to die! So how do you “continue”? You continue through a woman. So when she tells you “I love you”: If she means it from the depth of her heart, she is saying, “I want to give life to you. I want to extend your life by my love.” So you and she enter into a “contractual arrangement” that is from Divine; and after 9 months, she suffers the pain of death to give birth to you all over again. ( WILL finish-
First Lady Michelle Obama: ‘I’m Not A Believer In Facebook For Young People’
Dec 1, 2013
By Myeisha Essex
When it comes to their daughters, Barack and Michelle Obama are not fans of Facebook, Twitter or Instagram.
The President and First Lady shared their thoughts on social media during a sit-down interview with Barbara Walters on ABC’s “20/20.” While eldest daughter Malia has limited access to Facebook, Mrs. Obama said the social network is out of the question for their youngest daughter, 12-year-old Sasha.
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“I still am not a big believer in Facebook for young people … particularly for them, because they’re in the public eye,” she said. “Some of it’s stuff they don’t need to see and be a part of … So we try to protect them from too much of the public voice.”
Even though they can’t tweet or post pictures on anybody’s wall, the Obamas said their girls try to live a normal life. For example, 15-year-old Malia is allowed to date now — even though the Mr. and Mrs. Obama said she’s not seeing anyone right now.
“You know, we think about not just her life here, but her life after,’ the FLOTUS said. “Because she’s gotta be an independent, strong, smart, capable woman in the world. So she has to get her training now.”
She added that the teenager “can’t wait until this light has dimmed to start becoming a person.”
BLACK WOOLLY HAIR IS THE MOST BEAUTIFUL HAIR IN THE WORLD! -SCHOOL WANTS TO EXPELL BLACK GIRL BECAUSE OF HER WOOLLY HAIR!-WE ARE STILL ON THE amerikkkan white SLAVE plantation!December 5, 2013
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Florida School Threatens to Expel African-American Girl for Wearing Natural Hair
By Dominique Hobdy
According to ClickOrlando, Vanessa VanDyke, 12, is facing expulsion after being bullied over her natural hair.
VanDyke says that she informed administrators at Faith Christian Academy in Orlando, Florida that students were bullying her over her natural hair; in response school officials deemed her hair a “distraction.”
Vanessa, who has worn her hair natural all year long, says it only became an issue once she complained about being teased.
The academy has a dress code that states: “Hair must be a natural color and must not be a distraction,” and the examples of a distraction include but are not limited to, mohawks, shaved designs and rat tails.
“A distraction to one person is not a distraction to another,” said VanDyke’s mother Sabrina Kent. “You can have a kid come in with pimples on his face. Are you going to call that a distraction?”
She was given one week to decide whether to cut her hair or leave the academy that she has attended since third grade. The family plans to stick to their decision to wear her hair naturally.
“I’m depressed about leaving my friends and people that I’ve known for a while, but I’d rather have that than the principals and administrators picking on me and saying that I should change my hair,” Vanessa said.
“I’m going to fight for my daughter,” Kent said. “If she wants her hair like that, she will keep her hair like that. There are people out there who may think that natural hair is not appropriate. She is beautiful the way she is.”
The academy’s administrators responded to an email about the issue, but did not provide any answers to questions. ￼
. There are people out there who may think that natural hair is not appropriate. She is beautiful the way she is.”
The academy’s administrators responded to an email about the issue, but did not provide any answers to questions.
The Crucifixion of Black female hair…
BY MENELIK CHARLES
The ‘ghetto’s a get go!
An Afro’s a no-no!
& locs just shut
Up the shop
Why is my hair such
A horror show?
This is a story I’d
Like to know
My skin was subject of sin
My lips the subject of quips
My rear the subject of sneers
Now my hair’s treated as queer
This is no longer cynical
The subject’s almost Biblical
You may not believe us but
My hair’s like Jesus
And you are the Romans
Doing the stoning
But you’ll soon be
Running when my
Hair makes a
(c) Menelik Charles
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President Obama Calls Kanye West A ‘Jackass’ … Again
April 12, 2012
In September 2009, everyone had a comment on Kanye West’s behavior after he interrupted Taylor Swift’s VMA acceptance speech — even President Obama. Well, it seems like the incident has stuck with the president, because during a recent interview, when he was asked to choose between Jay-Z and Kanye West, he opted for Jay.In the president’s interview with The Atlantic, he of course talked about political affairs, but at some point, the questions veered toward his musical preferences. After confirming that his favorite Throne MC is Jay-Z, the ever-diplomatic Obama threw in a few nice comments about ‘Ye. “Although I like Kanye. He’s a Chicago guy. Smart. He’s very talented,” the president said.The interviewer didn’t let the subject drop without mentioning that President Obama once referred to Kanye as a “jackass” when he interrupted Taylor Swift’s VMA speech, but Obama didn’t shy away from the comment. “He is a jackass,” Obama replied, with a perfectly even voice. “But he’s talented.”Even without the whole VMA fiasco, it’s clear the Obamas have a very close relationship with Jay-Z and his wife, Beyoncé. Jay has been outwardly supportive of President Obama’s campaign from the beginning, and B recently joined a group of celebrities who designed personal swag for Obama’s re-election campaign.This week, Beyoncé even penned a heartfelt letter to Michelle Obama, thanking her for being a great role model. “I am proud to have my daughter grow up in a world where she has people like you to look up to,” she wrote. The two have previously collaborated on the first lady’s Let’s Move! Campaign, which targeted obesity in children. Beyoncé reworked her hit single “Singles Ladies (Put a Ring on It)” into “Move Your Body,” encouraging kids to get fit.