Farrakhan Urges Self-Reliance
Beware Obama, Reach Within To Boost Community, He Says
Photo by Jim Weber
Farrakhan urges the faithful to pray for President Barack Obama -- but not expect him to solve the problems of the black community: ''He is the American president, not the black president.''
By Juanita Cousins
Memphis Commercial Appeal
Originally published 08:49 p.m., October 18, 2009
Updated 11:23 p.m., October 18, 2009
The black community has become toxic and must cleanse and restore peace from within, said Nation of Islam Minister Louis Farrakhan.
The 76-year-old leader gave his keynote address Sunday at the Cook Convention Center to observe the Nation of Islam’s Holy Day of Atonement, which commemorates the 14th anniversary of the Million Man March in Washington.
“It’s like what we saw 14 years ago, but there is no time to march,” Farrakhan said. “We are at the same crossroads again. When people see our young black men they recoil. They are afraid.”
This toxicity is filled with self-hatred that results in destructive behavior toward one another, he said, and will ultimately lead to the black community’s destruction.
“What you saw in Gaza and Lebanon you will soon see in the inner cities of America. You have become toxic waste and the people at the top are planning our destruction as I speak.”
The solution, he said, is to model the government after the human body, which he said is created in God’s image.
“If we study this magnificent body … we can relate all these 10 systems to 10 ministries with subgroups and tasks forces that will allow us the privilege of building our own communities.”
Farrakhan spoke about his 1985 vision, the journey that motivated him to restore the image and confidence of black men in America through the Million Man March on Oct. 16, 1995.
He warned listeners to not become satisfied with President Barack Obama’s election as the nation’s first black president.
“This can pacify you and lull you to sleep in a dangerous time, making you think that we live in a post-racial America when the opposite is true,” Farrakhan said.
Instead, Farrakhan urged his followers to pray for Obama and not expect him to solve the problems of the black community.
“You have to understand that he was voted in to take on the affairs of a nation, not yours and mine. He is the American president, not the black president. We’ve got to marshal our energy and talent to do for ourselves.”
During his near three-hour speech, Farrakhan discussed his views on an array of subjects including American foreign policy, war, conception and diseases.
He said the U.S. government invited the Taliban to Washington in July 2001 to ask the extremist Islamic group’s permission to build a pipeline through the Middle East to get oil to the Persian Gulf.
“You either accept a carpet of gold or a carpet of bombs,” he said American leaders told Taliban leaders, but the Taliban would not approve.
President George W. Bush’s administration then used the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks as a reason to invade Afghanistan, Farrakhan said.
“It has nothing to do with anything but oil,” he said, and the American government used Osama bin Laden as a “patsy” to make Americans hate Islam.
Farrakhan voiced his distrust in the H1N1 swine flu vaccine, saying “many wise people won’t take it.”
“The Earth can’t take this 6.5 billion people. We just can’t feed that many. So what are you going to do? Kill as many as you can. We have to develop a science that kills them and makes it look as though they died from some disease.”
Before Farrakhan’s message, several Nation of Islam leaders and Memphis officials spoke highly of him.
“His message is one that we all need to hear, heed and follow because it’s a message of self-reliance,” said Mayor Pro Tem Myron Lowery.
Former mayor Willie Herenton also greeted Farrakhan, a man he said “represents truth and wisdom.”
“We are honored to have him in the great city of Memphis,” Herenton said.
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Nation of Islam Leader Louis Farrakhan says the African-American community should study the human body and organize itself in a similar fashion. (Photos by Earl Stanback)
State Rep. Joe Towns Jr. noticed it at the Leadership Forum. Minister (Louis) Farrakhan, he said, you are looking well.
Two days later, Farrakhan, leader of the Nation of Islam, delivered a keynote address to several thousand attending the World Day of Atonement observing the 14th anniversary of the historic Million Man March. Moments afterwards, his personal assistant, Minister Ishmael Muhummad, gave the crowd a chance to reflect on the energy and vigor of Farrakhan who he reminded them is 76 years old.
The crowd – heavy with Nation of Islam followers and others drawn by the appeal of Farrakhan – clapped and voiced its agreement that Farrakhan delivered plenty of fire. This from a man who a couple of years ago was in a prostate cancer struggle severe enough to stir rumblings about who would replace him.
During his three-day stay in Memphis, Farrakhan was on the go making public appearances, including a leadership forum on Friday, a health care summit on Saturday and the culminating event Sunday at the Cook Convention Center. With his health no longer a front-burner issue, Farrakhan is free to hone his message, which is bolstered by his assertion that “I am exactly what I am.”
He asserts that he is anointed by God, taught by the Honorable Elijah Muhammad and guided by an intelligence that is in this world, not of this world and generally not recognized as present. With that background and that guiding intelligence he says he crafted the Million Man March of 1995 and today has information that world leaders and everyday people need to know.
For example, he says while Barack Obama inherited wars, the president owns them now. And if Obama decides to stay and ratchet up the war in Afghanistan, Farrakhan said it will not come out well for America and its children will be slaughtered.
Farrakhan is a self-described teacher. And while in Memphis, his subject lessons included: the history of the Taliban and how the war got started; how men and women should view and treat themselves and each other; what can be done to help children; and how the definition of terrorism should include those in Washington who vote their self interest even when their position is not in the best interest of America.
President Obama, he said, is “a good human being” who has raised America’s level in the world and who realizes that American foreign policy has injured third world peoples.
“Some say Barack has (done) nothing for us,” Farrakhan told the leadership conference on Friday. “He is not the person to advocate for us. He is an advocate for that in the best interest of the whole….You thought he was going to stand up and talk about black issues. Are you crazy? He has to walk a fine line. It is our job to advocate for our people.”
The theme for the three-day gathering in Memphis was “Accepting Responsibility to Rebuild Our Community.” Farrakhan said he came to Memphis with the intention of starting a dialogue to develop a comprehensive plan, an agenda and strategy for the community.
He said the Nation of Islam is linking with others in Chicago in such a process and he envisions Memphis and other centers following suit, with the best of such efforts shared en route to an overall plan that works.
Among the Memphis notables present during the events held by the Nation of Islam were County Commissioners Sidney Chism and Henri Brooks, State Rep. G.A. Hardaway, state Sen. Reginald Tate and City Councilman Joe Brown. On Sunday, Mayor Pro Tem Myron Lowery brought symbolic gifts and called the Memphis gathering a historic occasion for the city. Lowery said everyone needed to hear the message of self-reliance and “we need to take the message back to others.”
Former mayor Dr. Willie W. Herenton was a prominent figure at the leadership conference and at the Sunday event. Farrakhan said Herenton had earned the support he should receive in his bid to become the Ninth District representative and noted that as mayor, Herenton had the courage to present him with the key to the city.
On Sunday, Herenton said it was easy to extend the key to Farrakhan, whom he described as worthy, a man who speaks the truth and who is anointed and committed to improving the human condition.
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