Monday, October 23, 2006

Farrakhan Speech at "State of the Black Union" forum

Minister Louis Farrakhan of the Nation of Islam discussed the plight of black America along with other panelists at the annual "State of the Black Union" forum. Throughout much of his speech, Minister Farrakhan has Tavis Smiley's The Covenant in hand. Though Minister Farrakhan applauds the book, he seems to suggest that Smiley commits a Himalayan blunder by neglecting to discuss the giant elephant in the room.

"If you don't have the testicular fortitude to say what needs to be said, then sit down and stop trying to say [that] you speak for our people and the hurt of the poor."


Brother Spotless said...

"Don't look to them. Look to God, and look to yourself."


I am not one to fall in line behind dynamic speakers, because most of them use charisma to fill truth's place. So please forgive me if I am not ready to join the Nation...

However, The Minister did in fact speak truth in his speech. I for one am a firm believer that while white folks put us in this hole, and that they continue to profit from our low foot-hold in society whether they are racist or not, we have to take responsibility for ourselves if we want to make a move up society's ladder. We can charge that white folks are racist all we want, but until we take responsibility for ourselves (and take responsibility out of the hands of white folks, as my friend Jason Whitlock pointed out), we can't complain about the amount of crumbs they wipe off of their dinner tables to give us.

And I also agree with The Minister as he talks to potential black leaders. No, if you are not going to talk about the real issues that affect my community, then you cannot speak for my community.

to quote James Brown, The Minister is often "Talkin' loud, but ain't sayin' nothin'." In my opinion, while he couldn't help but speak with his usual charisma, he actually spoke truthfully.

Brother Smartness said...

"Talkin' loud, but ain't sayin' nothin'."

I did a youtube search for Farrakhan after reading what you wrote and found numerous occassion where he was talkin' loud and definitely saying a helluva lot.

I encourage you to do the same if, like me, you've only heard about his mission from what he would call "the folks over at CNN".

Anonymous said... News
May, 2006

This past February in Houston, Texas, the Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan gave brief comments at annual "The State of Black America" conference convened by Tavis Smiley. Those comments seemed to create some confusion; although the audience mostly understood him, there appeared to be some misunderstanding from the panelists.

Minister Farrakhan recently gave an address in Washington, DC from the Union Temple Baptist Church wherein he clarified and expounded on his comments at the State of Black America Conference. For the text of Minister Farrakhan's complete News column, see:

The following are excerpts from Minister Farrakhan's address:

When I participated in “The State of Black America” symposium on Feb. 25, the great forum that Tavis Smiley convenes every year, I was the last speaker. What I said seemed to create some confusion; although the people mostly understood me, there appeared to be some misunderstanding among some of the panelists. But I do not want anyone to think that I would disrespect the work of Tavis Smiley and the group that worked with him to produce that document called “The Covenant.” Brother Tavis and those working with him did a wonderful job.

I listened carefully to every panelist who spoke at the symposium, but I did not hear them mention the Name of God. There is no affair of great resolution that can be accomplished without God. The scripture says, “And lean not on thine own understanding, but in all thy ways acknowledge Him and He will direct your path.” Although I did not hear an acknowledgement of God, I heard an acknowledgement of scholarship. It was not my intention to speak condemningly; I passionately pointed out that our sickness is not only mental and intellectual, but it is also spiritual. So, without a spiritual remedy, any intellectual solution will not win.

Brother Tavis shared two letters from the head of the Democratic National Committee and the head of the Republican National Committee and their promise. He had already stated that a nation that does not fulfill its promise is not good. So I begin by saying that America is no good at all. Was I wrong? If I am not wrong, then do not hold up any papers from known liars, who do not have any power, which cause us to hope again in liars and deceivers. I cannot support you. I am sorry if I hurt anyone’s feelings with my words because that was not my intention—but the leaders of this government are liars. Satan promises only to deceive.

You think President George Bush has power because you do not see the hidden hand that controls him. Even when you meet with figureheads of power, they have to meet with someone else. Black leaders have never met with the people who really exercise power, like the head of the Federal Reserve, bankers, heads of multinational corporations that control your government, neo-conservatives and Zionists that control the government. If you do not meet with these people, then whatever promise you receive from figureheads cannot be fulfilled without their approval. The sooner you recognize your impotence, you will understand that you have to go somewhere else to get the power to deal with the real powers that control government.

Most of our leaders are already covenanted. I recently received a call from a leader and I thought we were going to discuss problems of Black people, which we did for 20 minutes. Then the caller said, “The real reason I called is that I got a call from (Abraham) Foxman (head of the Anti-Defamation League) about something you said and I have not been able to hear it.” I said, “I’ll send it to you, Brother, but you tell Mr. Foxman, since you all like reality TV, you get out of the way and bring them and me into a meeting. I will take on the 12 presidents and whoever else they want to send. I will walk in with God and show you that they cannot defeat truth.” Black leaders are afraid of them and it is their fear that makes them slaves. Jesus is not real if you are afraid.

For the text of Minister Farrakhan's complete News column, see:

Brother Spotless said...

Smartness, I will do as you suggested. I will state that Farrakhan has come to speak with substance in more recent years, and I failed to mention that in my original comment. In years past, he was a soundbite seeker who would preach about how whites (namely Jews) were evil, and didn't say much about self responsibility or even God.

Being raised a Muslim, I was often confused by many as being a part of the Nation of Islam. Many black Muslims, having to explain the differences between Sunni Islam and the Nation, have come to dislike Farrakhan because his comments were always biting us in the ass. But again, his words at the State Of the Black Union were very substantive and, in my opinion, true.

Brother Spotless said...

A quick Google search brought these recent comments of his, categorized by the Anti Defamation League as anti-semitic.

Saviours’ Day, Chicago, Illinois, 2/26/06

“These false Jews promote the filth of Hollywood that is seeding the American people and the people of the world and bringing you down in moral strength…It’s the wicked Jews the false Jews that are promoting Lesbianism, homosexuality. It’s wicked Jews, false Jews that make it a crime for you to preach the word of God, then they call you homophobic!”

As I continue to read, the above is the only anti-semitic (and homophobic) view he expressed. That, and he seems to have a pre-occupation with "bad Jews." You be the judge.

Anonymous said...

RAK again...

Look at the posting by anonymous above. the reference to zionists running the government is a classic anti-semitic canard about a jewish conspiracy running the government. even if farrakhan is nice enough to acknowledge its only some jews, the zionist conspiracy theory is extremely anti-semitic, wholly illogical, and a sign of a troubled, if charismatic, mind (as the saying goes, even a stopped watch is right twice a day. he might not be that off, but he's off on zionism and jews).

for more quotes:
(the first page isn't the strongest example...check out page 2 and beyond)

many of these quotes are potentially borderline, but considering the overall views of farrakhan, he doesn't get the benefit of the doubt as much as those who have no history of anti-semitic statements.

an example:
"“If we dig, we run into the Jewish pot of the trans-Atlantic slave trade.”"


""You say I hate Jews. I don't hate the Jewish people, I never have. But there [are] some things I don't like. 'What is it you don't like, Farrakhan?' I don't like the way you leech on us. See a leech is somebody that sucks your blood, takes from you and don't give you a damn thing. See, I don't like that kind of arrangement. You become our manager, you become our agent. Every one of us that got talent, we can't make it because you opened the door, and when you opened the door you get and we end up dead with nothing, owing the IRS."

Brother Spotless said...

Farrakhan is a controvertial figure, no doubt about it. And I would be highly upset if someone spoke about blacks the way he speaks about Jews.