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From The Final Call Newspaper

America’s firm, bitter divisions exposed
By William P. Muhammad
- June 20, 2022





Irreconcilable rifts continue in wake of congressional hearings

The country remains bitterly divided over who should be held accountable for violent insurrectionists breaching the grounds of the United States Capitol. The hearings of “The U.S. House Select Committee to Investigate the January 6th Attack on the United States Capitol” commenced in early June amid the backdrop of a nation that remains at odds with itself.

As witnesses ended a second week of testimonies before the select committee investigating the attacks of January 6, 2021, that occurred just weeks before the election winner was to assume office, questions remain about what if anything will come from the investigation? What has transpired also serves as further evidence of America’s continued downfall and unraveling.

As the hearings continue unfolding before a country reeling from economic woes brought on by skyrocketing gas prices, supply-chain problems impacting the availability of food and other necessities, it bears witness to the divine teachings and warning of the Most Honorable Elijah Muhammad, Eternal Leader of the Nation of Islam.
 



In 1965, Mr. Muhammad warned in his seminal book, “Message to the Black Man in America,” that truth would eventually expose the wicked and their rule over the world and that His words should be taken seriously.

“Do not take what I am teaching and writing lightly,” Mr. Muhammad wrote on page 100 of his landmark book. “It is the truth from your God and you shall soon bear me witness that it is the truth. Allah has said to me that we are living in the end of the world of White rule, a race whom Allah has made manifest to you and me as being real devils,” He said.

His top student and National Representative, the Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan, has warned what is happening signifies the ongoing fall of America as taught by his teacher and the unraveling of a great nation. “The condition of America is puzzling. The world is looking at a country going to hell,” the Minister warned in February 2020 ahead of the pandemic and national elections.

Anger and political contention

Infuriated by his loss in the 2020 presidential race to current President Joe Biden, former-President Donald J. Trump encouraged his supporters—enraged over the certification of electoral votes by Congress—to march on the Capitol, making chaos and violence the primary highlight of their ‘Stop-the-Steal Rally.’

Day three of the select committee hearings, broadcast live on June 16, opened with an explanation of the vice-president’s role during presidential elections. “The Constitution says that the vice-president of the United States oversees the process of counting the Electoral College votes, a process that took place on January 6, 2021,” Committee Chairman Bennie Thompson (D-Miss.) said. “Donald Trump wanted Mike Pence to do something no other vice-president has ever done,” Rep. Thompson began, referring to the former vice-president.

“The former president wanted Pence to reject the votes and either declare Trump the winner or send the votes back to the states to be counted again. Mike Pence said no,” Rep. Thompson said during his remarks.


Violent rioters supporting President Donald Trump storm the Capitol in Washington, Jan. 6, 2021. When a mob loyal to the former president forcibly overtook the U.S. Capitol in 2021, conservative bloggers and social media commentators scrambled to fabricate a different story: that the day was nonviolent, a false flag by Democrats or the brainchild of undercover federal officials. A year later, thousands on social media echoed those falsehoods in their attempts to minimize the day’s events and deflect blame from Trump supporters. Photo: AP Photo/John Minchillo, File

“That courage put him in tremendous danger when Mike Pence made it clear that he wouldn’t give in to Donald Trump’s scheme. Donald Trump turned the mob on him, a mob that was chanting: ‘Hang Mike Pence.’ A mob that had built a hangman’s gallows just outside the Capitol.”

Committee Vice-Chair Liz Cheney (R-Wyo.) added that witness statements over the first two days of the hearings provided clear testimonies that President Trump was told his election fraud allegations were false. “We heard this from members of the Trump campaign, we heard this from President Trump’s campaign lawyers, we heard this from President Trump’s former Attorney General, Bill Barr,” she stated while reading off a long list of White House insiders who disagreed with the former president’s stance.

Vice-President Pence’s words before the Federalist Society, a Conservative group dedicated to limited government, confirmed Ms. Cheney’s statements on day three of the hearings. “President Trump said that I had the right to overturn the election, but President Trump is wrong,” Mr. Pence said in a video clip presented as additional evidence for the public record.

“How did we get to this point? How did we get to the point where President Trump’s most radical supporters led a violent attack on the Capitol and threaten to hang President Trump’s own vice-president?” asked Rep. Pete Aguilar (D-Calif.).

“The violence was no accident, it represents President Trump’s last stand, most desperate chance to halt the transfer of power,” said Rep. Thompson during his opening remarks on day one of the nationally televised hearings.

The first televised hearing attracted about 20 million people tuned in to 11 different networks, according to Nielsen.

“You may hear those words and think, this is just another political attack on Donald Trump by people who don’t like him. That’s not the case,” Mr. Thompson said. “My colleagues and I all wanted an outside independent commission to investigate January 6, similar to what we had after 9/11.”

Yet, the full Congress would not authorize an impartial outside investigation, Rep. Thompson said, recalling how the world watched hundreds of mostly White insurrectionists, angered by Mr. Trump’s failure to secure a second term, stormed the U.S. Capitol building, smashing windows and breaking down doors, as they ransacked offices in search of documents, rampaging through its halls and threatening members of Congress.

Mr. Duncan Kirkwood, 37, who resides in New York as a global resiliency trainer, is a former lieutenant and platoon leader in the Army National Guard. He told The Final Call it is unusual for the government not to have gathered intelligence on and prepared for the presence of groups such as the “Proud Boys” and given the contentiousness of the political climate, for not having had the appropriate personnel on standby as a quick reaction force.

“My first thought was why are they not teargassing the crowds or deploying any crowd control measures like rubber bullets, CS gas, or flashbangs, or something?” Mr. Kirkwood said, referring to the high-profile nature of the U.S. Capitol building. “I know if those rioters were Black, there would have been bodies laid out across the ground, they totally would have treated them differently.”

The unraveling continues

The January 6attack on the Capitol raises additional questions not only on issues of greed and leadership’s state of mind, but also on how inordinate self-interest and the lust for power is sinking the country as the façade of American exceptionalism continues to unravel.

Aaron Dusso, Ph.D., is an associate professor and chair of the Department of Political Science at Indiana University. He told The Final Call that civil unrest and political discord is nothing new to the American experiment and although the country’s institutions are robust and have endured many conflicts up to and including the Civil War, they are not unbreakable.

He also said when people who are in office refuse to abide by what has been a standard method of political succession, it constitutes a clear and present danger to the entire system.

“One of the challenges of what was highlighted in the opening night of the hearings is that this is the first time in United States history that a sitting president has tried to stop the peaceful transfer of power, that’s something the United States hasn’t faced and it’s a particularly big challenge,” Dr. Dusso said the morning after the first hearing.

“People who are elected officials, who are running governments, who have real power, they have to be willing to relinquish power when elections don’t go their way, and when they try to stop elections from happening, that’s when the end of your democracy is coming closer.”

Agreeing that an erosion of the U.S. Constitution is detrimental to the American public in general, other scholars suggest that the adversarial nature of American politics, long maintained at the expense of Black, Brown, and poor people, can no longer countenance the inevitable demographic changes, projected by the U.S. Census, making Whites a minority population by the late 2060s.
 
Footage of rioters are pictured during the Select Committee to Investigate the January 6th Attack on the United States Capitol second hearing to present previously unseen material and hear witness testimony in Cannon Building, on Monday, June 13, 2022. Appearing from left, are Rep. Stephanie Murphy, D-Fla., Rep. Pete Aguilar, D-Calif., Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Calif., staff counsel, Rep. Zoe Lofgren, D-Calif., Chairperson Bennie Thompson, D-Miss., vice chair Rep. Liz Cheney, R-Wyo., Rep. Adam Kinzinger, R-Ill., Rep. Jamie Raskin, D-Md., and Rep. Elaine Luria, D-Va. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call via AP Images)

Dr. Gerald Horne, the Moores Chair of History and African American Studies at the University of Houston, told The Final Call that Black Americans should regard the January 6violence as more than just an expressed desire among disaffected Whites to overthrow the government. He also said the attack is a serious warning for Blacks to reconsider the White liberal model that has called for Black social justice and political inclusion over economic justice and Black political independence.

“Mr. Trump has not been repudiated by the base of the Republican Party, in fact, he has been embraced,” Dr. Horne explained. “We know that Black people will be the primary victim(s) of an impending U.S. fascism which should call into question, once again, the kinds of methods and methodologies that our liberal friends in the Black community have been pursuing in order to vindicate our rights,” he added.

“The Republicans have made it clear that if they take control of the House in November, they plan to investigate the investigators and I’m sure at the top of the list will be Congressman Thompson,” Dr. Horne said. “We need to protect that brother because, obviously, he’s in the crosshairs, but the larger issue is a failed strategy over at least the last 75 years.”

Ray Winbush, professor and director of the Institute of Urban Research at Morgan State University, said Rep. Thompson, in defining the violence of that day as an attempted coup, essentially accused the former president of treason, prompting former officials and members of the Trump family to distance themselves from his assertions while loyalists to the former president doubled down their support.

“Clearly, the insurrection on January 6 consisted of people who are preparing for a race war. Last night, Liz Cheney and Bennie Thompson both referred to the Proud Boys. There is no doubt they are a White supremacist group and what we saw there was like a lynch mob,” Professor Winbush stated after the first hearing aired. “They literally wanted to lynch (former vice-president) Mike Pence and I think what we’re missing as Black people is how serious the White supremacists are in this country (toward) igniting a race war,” he added.

Stating that Mr. Trump’s advisors told him prior to the January 6attack that President Biden had in fact won the 2020 election, Rep. Cheney placed the violence of that day at the feet of the outgoing president and said much of the chaos leading to the violence was premeditated.

“The Trump campaign legal team knew there was no legitimate argument, fraud, irregularities or anything to overturn the election, and yet, President Trump went ahead with his plans for January 6anyway,” Rep. Cheney said. “Hundreds of our countrymen have faced criminal charges, many are serving criminal sentences because they believed what Donald Trump said about the election, and they acted on it.”



Mid-Atlantic Regional Student Minister Abdul Khadir Muhammad of the Nation of Islam’s Washington, D.C. Mosque No. 4, told The Final Call that the peace and love displayed by the 1995 Million Man March, the 2000 Million Family March, the 2005 Millions More Movement, and the 10-10-15 Justice or Else March, when compared to the chaos of the insurrection,reveals the nature of incoming and outgoing worlds.

“There’s no comparison, all of what we have done in the name of Master W. Fard Muhammad, and the Most Honorable Elijah Muhammad, led by the Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan, and all the people that came to help him, we had a great and tremendous positive turnout,” Student Minister Muhammad stated.

“When I found out what (Trump supporters) were in town for, we stayed clear of all the foolishness. You just have to follow the Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan’s instructions and get out of the way,” he said. “Satan is casting out Satan and his kingdom is not standing.”



From The Final Call Newspaper

U.S. missiles to Ukraine add more fuel to the fire of war
By Brian E. Muhammad, Staff Writer
- June 7, 2022


A Ukrainian serviceman fires an NLAW anti-tank weapon during an exercise in the Joint Forces Operation, in the Donetsk region, eastern Ukraine, Tuesday, Feb. 15, 2022. While the U.S. warns that Russia could invade Ukraine any day, the drumbeat of war is all but unheard in Moscow, where pundits and ordinary people alike don't expect President Vladimir Putin to launch an attack on its ex-Soviet neighbor. (AP Photo/Vadim Ghirda)


While the Biden administration insists armaments given to Ukraine are aimed at ending bloody fighting in Eastern Europe, there is fear the opposite is happening: especially with a declaration from Moscow that the latest weapons of war supplied to Ukraine are increasing and extending conflict.

“We believe that the U.S. is deliberately pouring oil on the fire. The U.S. is obviously holding the line that it will fight Russia to the last Ukrainian,” Kremlin spokesperson Dmitry Peskov recently told reporters.



President Biden announced a new $700 million weapons package for Ukraine, June 1, that included high mobility artillery rocket systems that can accurately hit targets as far away as 50 miles.

The rockets are the centerpiece of more massive aid contained in the 11th U.S. package approved since the beginning of the war. America has given over $54 billion in military and humanitarian aid to Ukraine. The Ukraine had long requested the weaponry, but America was reluctant to provide the missile system fearing its use against targets inside Russia.




Washington says Kyiv has promised this will not happen. But analysts and observers say the move means increased war.

“We see this as a dangerous escalation,” said Ajamu Baraka, national organizer with the Black Alliance for Peace. “It is in fact adding fuel to a fire that was lit by the U.S. and the West. A fire that did not have to be lit.” Mr. Baraka stated the action helps move a deteriorating situation closer to an existential threat to humanity because both Russia and America are nuclear powers.

“When Russia says that this represents a line of demarcation, they’re serious, because the U.S. can’t pretend that they are not party to the conflict because they don’t have boots on the ground,” Mr. Baraka warned.

Providing lethal weapons to Ukraine that can strike Russian territory brings America another step closer to the possibility of direct military conflict with Russia.

“Because if there’s an attack into Russia, the Russians have a right to respond and who knows where that might go at that point,” said Mr. Baraka.

 
U.S. Marines conduct live-fire training with a Mobility Artillery Rocket System (HIMARS) during Emerald Warrior 22.1 at Avon Park, Florida, May 10, 2022. Emerald Warrior provides annual, realistic pre-deployment training encompassing multiple joint operating areas. The exercise prepares special operations forces, conventional force enablers, partner nations and interagency elements, to integrate with and execute full-spectrum special operations around the globe. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Joseph P. LeVeille)


Ukraine’s “assurances” American missiles won’t cross Russian borders can’t be for certain, continued Mr. Baraka. There is no guarantee there is operational control of all of the units on the ground in Ukraine, he said. Instead of pouring more lethal weapons into Ukraine, America should recognize they have “created a debacle for themselves,” and seriously move toward a negotiated settlement, he said.

America and Western European nations have been backing Ukraine with military, humanitarian, and financial aid since Russia attacked Ukraine over 100 days ago.

“Such supplies do not contribute to the Ukrainian leadership’s willingness to resume peace negotiations,” said the Kremlin spokesman.

The Biden administration is causing the war to be protracted, according to Richard Becker of the Act Now to End War and Racism (ANSWER) Coalition.

Sending this kind of massive shipment of advanced weaponry is meant to “prolong the war” and as U.S. Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin stated “to weaken” Russia, he argued.

“Anyone who’s looking soberly at this can see that this could escalate into a global war. It could be World War III,” said Mr. Becker.

President Biden wrote in a New York Times opinion piece May 31 that America does not seek a war between the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) countries and Russia, nor is it trying to overthrow Russian President Vladimir Putin.


1st Lt. Ryan Rogers assigned to 3rd Battalion, 187th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), fires the Javelin shoulder-fired anti-tank missile during platoon live fire exercise at Fort Campbell, Ky. Jan. 30, 2019. (U.S. Army Photo by Capt. Justin Wright)

“So long as the United States or our allies are not attacked, we will not be directly engaged in this conflict, either by sending American troops to fight in Ukraine or by attacking Russian forces,” wrote Mr. Biden.

Critics say the U.S. president’s words against direct conflict with Russia while doubling down with more lethal aid to Ukraine are a contradiction.

The central component of U.S. foreign policy is there must be only one superpower that dominates the globe and that is America, said Mr. Becker.

He told The Final Call the world is at a time of “major party competition,” primarily America versus Russia and China who have come closer together in recent years.

“The U.S. policymakers, imperialist leaders, I would say, don’t want to see either of those countries … in combination rise to challenge U.S. domination of the world,” explained Mr. Becker. “It’s not that they want war with the U.S., they don’t. But the U.S. wants to put them in positions where they perhaps don’t have a choice, or very limited choices,” said Mr. Becker.

For Russia, America, the Ukraine and the collective of Western nations involved in war, there will not be any winners at the end of the day.

In his illuminating book called “The Fall of America,” the Most Honorable Elijah Muhammad, the eternal leader of the Nation of Islam, wrote these events are occurring at the end of White world rule, the fall of America, and the establishment of the kingdom of God.

“We do not hope for peace as long as we add to the war that which serves as fuel to a fire,” he wrote. “The fire cannot go out as long as we keep it burning by adding more fuel. A dying, burning fire is increased when more fuel is thrown into it.”

His book was originally published in 1973.


U.S. Marines load an M777 towed 155 mm howitzer into the cargo hold of a U.S. Air Force C-17 Globemaster III at March Air Reserve Base, California, April 21, 2022. The howitzers are part of the United States’ efforts, alongside allies and partners, to identify and provide Ukraine with additional capabilities. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Austin Fraley)


“How can we expect peace where the method used to bring about peace is the same method that started the war—instead of finding a right solution and then practicing the right solution?” he asked.

These times were foretold in the scriptures, which say there is no peace for the wicked and the world is in a time of reaping what was sown, he said.

His National Representative, the Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan, has been warning nations, in particular America, of divine judgment and divine destruction for evil done. The source of God’s anger and wrath is not just U.S. foreign policy, but the evil and murderous U.S. history against Blacks ripped from Africa and Native Americans.

Minister Farrakhan delivered a near five-hour presentation Feb. 27 at Saviours’ Day 2022 in Chicago at Mosque Maryam. His address was titled “The Swan Song.”

He warned that the war in Ukraine would draw the United States in and the final result would be the breaking of U.S. and Russian power. The Honorable Elijah Muhammad said U.S. soldiers would go away to war in the thousands and come back in the tens, added Min. Farrakhan.

“Have you been reading the news? Russia struck Ukraine. What does that mean? It means the war to end all wars has started,” the Minister warned. “Do you know how the War of Armageddon starts? It starts with a Messenger of God teaching people the truth. Then people fall on either side; if you disbelieve the truth then you will continue in your way.

“The liars are so thick that you can tell the truth and the truth does not seem to move the lie. Do you know why? Because the forces that uphold the lie are upholding the lie with their power. So, the Honorable Elijah Muhammad, my teacher, said that means that it has to be physically removed. It is about to happen,” the Minister continued.

Min. Farrakhan has also warned his teacher has taught that the war in Europe would start with conventional weapons but would eventually involve nuclear weapons.

“For the past four thousand years and more Allah (God) has already given the prophecy through the mouth of His prophets of the doom of the wicked. Now is the time and we cannot do anything but take it, and it is dangerous to add fuel to an unwanted fire. THE FIRE IS THE WAR,” wrote the Hon. Elijah Muhammad.







From The Final Call Newspaper

War, conflict is fueling famine abroad, fear at home

By Brian E. Muhammad, Staff Writer
- May 31, 2022





“O people, keep your duty to your Lord; surely the Shock of the Hour is a grievous thing.

—Holy Qur’an 22:1

Global food shortages are causing panic and concern as a grim reality is setting in for the United States. The impact of shortages of grain, wheat and other critical food supplies resulting from the Russia-Ukraine war is still raging and growing more dire day by day.

Global trade held up in the war-ravaged area is dangerously compounding existing economic troubles enveloping Europe and food security issues in Africa, the Middle East and Asia. No corner of the Earth is seemingly spared, including America, the top worldwide economic power.



Many countries, including some of the world’s poorest, count on Russia and Ukraine—which combined, accounts for nearly one-third of the global wheat supply—for more than half of their wheat imports.

Russian forces have effectively tied up trade traffic in the Black Sea, the key waterway of shipping Ukrainian grain and goods to world markets. Regions from Europe to Africa, the Middle East as well as America have been adversely impacted. The war and Western sanctions on Russia have sent the cost of grain, cooking oil, fertilizer, and energy surging. America and western nations say Russia is to blame for invading its neighbor. Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy is calling on western powers to impose more sanctions on Russia calling the sea blockade a “new threat to everyone on our continent.”

“It’s impossible, utterly unrealistic in the modern world” to isolate Russia, said Russian President Vladimir Putin, virtually addressing members of the Eurasian Economic Forum. Those who try would “primarily hurt themselves,” he said referring to the food supply chain crunch.


Gaylord resident Stephanie Kerwin, center, holds her baby Octavius in one arm and dog Pixie in the other as she and her family carry what they could salvage from her home n Nottingham Forest Mobile Home Park, seen here on Saturday morning, May 21, 2022 in Gaylord. At least two people died, both in their 70s, after a tornado touched down in Nottingham Forest Mobile Home Park. An additional 44 injured after the May 20 natural disaster according to Michigan State Police. “This morning is when it first hit me — I could have lost people that I really love. I am so grateful,” she said. (Jake May | MLive.com)

Moscow urged the West on May 27 to lift debilitating wide ranged sanctions placed on Russia over the war in Ukraine. Moscow “is ready to make a significant contribution to overcoming the food crisis through the export of grain and fertilizer on the condition that politically motivated restrictions imposed by the West are lifted,” said a Kremlin readout of a call between Mr. Putin and Italian Prime Minister Mario Draghi.

A growing international food crisis has been worsened by Ukraine’s inability to ship millions of tons of grain and other agricultural products during the war.

Meanwhile the Russian Defense Ministry said on May 25 that it had finished demining the port of Mariupol in Southeastern Ukraine where tense fighting took place in recent weeks.

Defense officials said foreign ships stuck there will be able to leave, reported Radio Free Europe-Radio Liberty. Ministry spokesman Igor Konashenkov told a press briefing that the port had started “to function normally.”

However, Western nations and America are scrambling to mitigate the precarious position Russian control of the Black Sea ports has placed them in. Despite the massive American led economic sanctions and political isolation heaped on Russia, the reverberation has been global food insecurity and intensified war.

More than 22 million tons of grain are stuck in silos and zero room to store Ukraine’s harvest.

“And while there will be a food crisis unfolding in some parts of the world, Ukrainian grain will be getting rotten under open skies,” said Dmytro Kuleba, Ukraine’s Foreign Minister on May 25.

“If this problem is not resolved, Ukrainian farmers will not plant another crop and the whole agricultural cycle in Ukraine will be interrupted, and that will mean a multi-year food crisis,” he said.

European Commission head Ursula von der Leyen called for talks with Moscow about unblocking wheat exports trapped in Ukraine.

“Russian warships in the Black Sea are blockading Ukrainian ships full of wheat and sunflower seeds,” Ms. von der Leyen told the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, on May 24.

The EU chief argues Russia is weaponizing food supplies with global repercussions, like it employed in the energy sector.

Fighting has already placed indirect pressure on global grain prices. While the threat of Russia’s naval blockade continues to deter access by commercial shipping to Ukrainian ports, the resulting supply shortfalls will further increase the price of many staple products worldwide.

Russia-Ukraine conflict compounding problem
 


United Nations Secretary General Antonio Guterres has urged Russian authorities to unstop the shipping ports to avert global food shortages. He warned the world hunger crisis would worsen for years to come if the state of affairs compounded by the Russia-Ukraine war is not reversed soon.

The UN head said he has had intense contact on the issue with Russia, Ukraine, Turkey, America, the European Union and several other key countries. He said it will take goodwill on all sides to reach a package deal and pull through the crisis. Mr. Guterres would not publicly elaborate on the details of such an agreement, saying it could undermine the chances of success.

Food insecurity and U.S. policy

This is a time of reaping what has been sown at home and abroad warned the Most Honorable Elijah Muhammad, the Eternal Leader of the Nation of Islam, and His student the Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan. Both men have warned, what is being witnessed overseas will touch the shores of America.

Pestilence and calamities are engulfing the world and have targeted America in particular with the worst yet to come.

The scriptures states that the shock of the hour is a grievous thing. It’s the consequence of ignoring right guidance after repeated warnings from prophets, messengers, and warners about impending doom for refusing to answer the call to repentance and justice for a history of exploitation, oppression and slavery.

The downfall is clear. America has been in the throes of adverse weather events, loss of global friendship, and diminished stature as the world’s most influential power. Since the bloody conflict between Russia and Ukraine started earlier this year involving America and European nations, some of America’s own vulnerabilities are being exposed, including the looming threat of hunger and food insecurity.

America was in trouble well before February 2022 when war broke out in Eastern Europe between two of the world’s main breadbaskets and suppliers of material needed for agriculture. At the same time, negative effects on supply chains and food shortages driven by the Covid-19 pestilence drove many Americans to food banks. According to Feed America, a national food bank organization, in the wake of the pandemic, unemployment and food insecurity soared. In 2020, over 60 million people turned to food banks and community programs for help putting food on the table.

Two years later, along with the domino effect of war, the world still mitigates the economic destruction of the pandemic. America, which touts itself as the land of the free and home of opportunity, continues waning to a place where people must make trade-offs. Do they buy food for their children or pay for utilities, rent, and medicine?

Today out of 332.2 million people, 38 million face hunger in the U.S.—including more than 12 million children, according to the United States Department of Agriculture. Hunger knows no boundaries—it touches every community in the U.S.

A fact sheet by “Feed America,” a national food bank, said many households experiencing food insecurity do not qualify for federal nutrition programs and visit local food banks and other food programs for extra support.

Hunger in Black, Latino, and Native American communities is higher because of systemic racial injustice. To achieve a hunger-free America, we must address the root causes of hunger and structural and systemic inequities, said Feed America.

In America, COVID-19 presented a particular shock of the hour that compounded food insecurity replete with reduced incomes and disrupted supply chains.

“I think one of the things that was noticed the most is just the need for food greatly rose, just in communities, and people were losing their jobs,” said Tony Cartegena, public relations and communications coordinator at Feeding America-Eastern Wisconsin. “When you’re budgeting, you have to account for certain things and food is one of those things that is kind of nonnegotiable,” added Mr. Cartegena.

The food bank is Wisconsin’s largest and serves 35 counties, and supplies food to over 400 food pantries statewide.

Mr. Cartegena told The Final Call that food banks nationwide probably found that more people were attending food distribution and food pantries to receive groceries for the week. “There was definitely an increase in the number of people that needed assistance,” he observed. “We also see that, in the amount of just pounds of food that we had to order during the pandemic.”

But on the other side of the scenario was the increase in generosity of the community. The high demand of the food bank services was met because members of the community stepped up to donate their time, disposable income or donate food to help make ends meet for others, said Mr. Cartegena.

However, on other levels America continues to show signs of trouble. Tumultuous events on the world stage are occurring at a time America is facing negative impacts on food production and potential famine and hunger issues.

Everybody is affected, from grain dealers to grain growers down to the consumers. The price of fuel is clocking in at record highs and having a debilitating impact across the board. The increase in fuel prices comes against the backdrop of rising world oil prices. American industry leaders said U.S. policy changes are needed.

“High fuel prices are really increasing the cost of shipping,” said Stu Letcher, executive vice president of North Dakota Grain dealers Association. Fuel surcharges are taxed on North Dakota grain shipped to market by railway that is increasing the cost of shipping. “So that’s one thing that’s having a big effect on, probably agriculture in North Dakota as a whole,” Mr. Letcher told The Final Call.

From Mr. Letcher’s standpoint, the government can do more to address the problem of fuel price increases. He advocates opening up the oil reserves within America to offset the crisis.

“It’s policy, I mean, change the policy. Open it up … you’ll see fuel prices drop overnight,” said Mr. Letcher.

Behind Texas, North Dakota is the number two oil producer in America. There shouldn’t be an energy shortage because there are hundreds of years of oil reserves in the ground, he added.

Before the war America imported $1.28 Billion in Russian fertilizers during 2021, according to the United Nations COMTRADE database on international trade.

Everything revolves around petroleum fertilizers and now chemicals cost are higher for the farmer in the field. Farmers are seeing increased input cost, said Mr. Letcher.

Fuel for freight is one of the main pieces of cost moving products to market.

Freight is going through the roof because of fuel. Drop the price of fuel, you dropped the price of freight. You dropped the price on a lot of the inputs. “It’s not rocket science,” said Mr. Letcher.

Drought and looming effects of hunger

Earlier this year President Joe Biden cautioned a food shortage was coming as a result of the Russia-Ukraine war and the sanctions imposed by the West. At the time he said warnings about fertilizer and wheat scarcity were real.

“We did talk about food shortages. It’s going to be real. The price of these sanctions is not just imposed upon Russia. It’s imposed upon an awful lot of countries as well including European countries and our country as well,” Mr. Biden said.

In addition to the global impact on America is the adverse weather patterns gripping the country. More than half of Kansas, a major U.S. wheat growing state, was classified under severe drought or worse as of March 8, the driest conditions since 2018, according to the National Drought Mitigation Center.

Severe drought is also covering three-quarters of Oklahoma and more than two-thirds of Texas, both of which also are large wheat producers, said Reuters.

Major grain producers like the United States, Canada, France, Australia and Argentina are being closely watched to see if they can quickly ramp up production to fill in the gaps from lost Ukrainian and Russian supplies, said Associated Press. But farmers are facing the prospect of another year of drought, climbing fuel and fertilizer costs, and supply chain disruptions from the Covid-19 pandemic. Major producers also are hamstrung by factors like legal limits on exports and farming patterns.

The Honorable Elijah Muhammad warned that the calamities such as adverse weather conditions and famine entering America is Divine chastisement for wickedness and debauchery inside America and abroad. He compared the fall of America with the fall of Ancient Babylon, a scriptural city destroyed for its transgressions.

In early writings, Elijah Muhammad said America, like Babylon was rich, proud and her riches increased her corruption. She had every merchandise that the nations wanted or demanded; her ships carried her merchandise to the ports of every nation. She was a drunkard, filled with adultery and murder. Babylon persecuted and killed the people of God and His saints and prophets. Hate and filthiness, gambling and sports of every evil, as you practice in America were practiced in Babylon. Only America is modern and much worse.



“This people have gone to the limit in doing evil; as God dealt with ancient people—so will He deal with the modern Babylon (America),” said Elijah Muhammad.

“As God says: ‘Son of Man, when the land (people) sinneth against Me by trespassing grievously then will I stretch out mine hand upon it, and will break the staff of bread thereof, and will send famine upon it, and will cut off man and beast from it.’ (Ezekiel 14:13).

Min. Farrakhan echoed his teacher’s warning that famine is imminent and the best and only solution for Black people is separation and doing for self, although many are not desirous to do so.

“But here is something to consider; for ‘the state of mind’ of our Black Leadership class is this: They cannot see themselves in any way being separated from their former slave masters and their children. They can’t see it; they don’t want to see it! And really, most don’t want it,” Minister Farrakhan said during an installation of his 2013 lecture series, “The Time and What Must be Done.”

Minster Farrakhan explained as long as Black leaders press Whites and government for all their needs rather than redirect their creative talent and capability shown in every field of human endeavor for self, White anger and race driven blood shedding will increase.

“And soon, you will see that it is The Time in History that we must be separated,” said Minister Farrakhan.



From The Final Call Newspaper

The Reality of The Wheel U.S. gov’t officials verify reality of so-called UFOs, confirming the Teachings of the Honorable Elijah Muhammad
By Anisah Muhammad, Contributing Writer
- May 24, 2022







by Anisah Muhammad | Contributing Writer | @MuhammadAnisah

U.S. intelligence official Ronald S. Moultrie grew up looking at space sagas and the Apollo program and has been a longtime follower of science fiction. As head of the Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Intelligence and Security, he oversees the Airborne Object Identification and Management Synchronization Group (AOIMSG).

He was one of two witnesses who testified during a May 17 hearing on unidentified aerial phenomena (UAP), traditionally known by the public as “UFOs (Unidentified Flying Objects).” The other witness was Scott Bray, deputy director of Navy Intelligence.

“We’re people just like you, just like the American people. We have our inquisitiveness; we have our questions. We want to know what’s out there as much as you want to know what’s out there. We get the questions not just from you, we get it from family members, and we get them night and day, not just in committee hearings,” Mr. Moultrie expressed to members of Congress.




“So finding what’s out there is important, but first and foremost, it’s important for us to do that so that we can ensure that our people, our personnel, our aviators, our bases and installations are safe. And then that curiosity factor is something else that we just want to know because that’s the human race. It’s just that insatiable desire to know,” he added.

Under Secretary of Defense for Intelligence and Security Ronald Moultrie speaks during a hearing of the House Intelligence, Counterterrorism, Counterintelligence, and Counterproliferation Subcommittee hearing on “Unidentified Aerial Phenomena,” on Capitol Hill, Tuesday, May 17, 2022, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

Though known as “unidentified” objects or phenomena, the flying crafts U.S. military personnel and people all over the world have been seeing are not “science fiction.” They are fact, they are real and they were taught of by the Honorable Elijah Muhammad, the Eternal Leader of the Nation of Islam in 1932, ten years before they appeared in 1942 during an event known as the “Battle of Los Angeles.”

“Master Fard Muhammad came to us from the Holy City of Mecca in Arabia. He pointed out to me a dreadful looking Plane a half-a-mile by a half-a-mile. It was made after the universe, of spheres: ‘wheels within wheels,’” according to early writings of the Honorable Elijah Muhammad. He referred to the crafts as “The Wheel,” or “The Mother Plane,” which contained 1,500 smaller “wheels,” or “Baby Planes.” This wheel-like object was also prophesized of in the Book of Ezekiel in the Bible.

“There is no known equal of the Mother Plane. The Mother Plane is made for the purpose of destroying the present world. She has no equal,” the Hon. Elijah Muhammad wrote in his book “The Fall of America” published in 1973.

“She is capable of staying away from you who plan the destruction of her,” he said of the Great Wheel. “She is capable of confusing you who would try to reach her with your means of destruction.”

Deputy Director of Naval Intelligence Scott Bray speaks in front of a video display of a UAP during a hearing of the House Intelligence, Counterterrorism, Counterintelligence, and Counterproliferation Subcommittee hearing on “Unidentified Aerial Phenomena,” on Capitol Hill, Tuesday, May 17, 2022, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

Threats to national security

The hearing was held by the House Intelligence Counterterrorism, Counterintelligence, and Counterproliferation Subcommittee. Chairman André Carson (D-Ind.) oversaw the hearing. The last public hearing on the subject was held over 50 years ago in the late 1960s.

“This hearing and oversight work has a simple idea at its core. Unidentified Aerial Phenomena are a potential national security threat, and they need to be treated that way. For too long the stigma associated with UAPs has gotten in the way of good intelligence analysis. Pilots avoided reporting or were laughed at when they did. It’s true. But they are real, they need to be investigated and many threats they pose need to be mitigated,” Mr. Carson said in his opening remarks.

Discussion swirled around the importance of destigmatizing UAP reports by military personnel and adopting a standardized data-collection process.

Conversation surrounding UAP within the government has increased in recent years. In August 2020, the UAP Task Force was established within the U.S. Navy due to “incursions” that represented “serious hazards to safety of flight.” After working to standardize reporting and engaging with Naval aviators, “Navy and Air Force crews now have step-by-step procedures for reporting on UAP on their kneeboard in the cockpit and in their post-flight debrief procedures,” Mr. Bray said.

Under Secretary of Defense for Intelligence and Security Ronald Moultrie, right, and Deputy Director of Naval Intelligence Scott Bray speak with a UAP on a screen, during a hearing of the House Intelligence, Counterterrorism, Counterintelligence, and Counterproliferation Subcommittee hearing on “Unidentified Aerial Phenomena,” on Capitol Hill, Tuesday, May 17, 2022, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

“The message is now clear, if you see something, you need to report it. And the message has been received,” he stated.

The Airborne Object Identification and Management Synchronization Group (AOIMSG) was created to replace the UAP Task Force due to an amendment made in the defense spending bill for 2022.

Political activist and disclosure advocate Stephen Bassett expressed to The Final Call that the hearing was “safe,” “normal” and went as expected.

“It’s what the government should have been doing in the public arena for decades, going back to the ‘60s and ‘50s, even, but they didn’t. They decided to embargo this issue from the American people,” he said.

He stated that what’s new is that the hearing was held and that it was conducted appropriately and professionally.

Nation of Islam Student Minister Ilia Rashad Muhammad wasn’t surprised at the “extremely limited” information shared with the public. He described to The Final Call that the hearing was a “limited hangout,” or an intelligence operation where the government acknowledges portions of the truth in public but withholds vital facts, in an attempt to “mislead the public into believing whatever they wanted them to believe.”

The hearing occurred almost exactly one year after CBS’ “60 Minutes” correspondent Bill Whitaker interviewed current and former government and military personnel on their experiences.



“Imagine a technology that can fly at 13,000 miles per hour, that can evade radar, that can fly through air, water and possibly space, that has no sign of propulsion, no wings, no control surfaces and yet can still defy the natural effects of earth’s gravity,” former U.S. senior intelligence officer Luis Elizondo said at the time.

In June 2021, the Office of the Director of National Intelligence released a nine-page preliminary assessment on UAP based on 144 U.S. government-reported incidents that occurred between 2004 and 2021. The report and explanations it provided were brought up during the hearing. Possible explanations include: airborne clutter, natural atmospheric phenomena, classified programs by U.S. entities, technology from an adversary of the U.S. government and “other.”

“Since the release of that preliminary report, UAP Task Force database has now grown to contain approximately 400 reports,” Mr. Bray said.

The truth about ‘UAP’

Through the line of questioning and through witness testimonies, one thing was clear: no one in the room had an explanation for the phenomena. If they did, it was kept silent.



Mr. Moultrie expressed that they were “open to all hypotheses” and “to any conclusions that we may encounter.”

Mr. Bray showed footage of an aircraft operating in a U.S. Navy training range that had “observed (a) spherical object in that area.”

“It looks reflective in this video, somewhat reflective, and it quickly passes by the cockpit of the aircraft,” he described. But he admitted, “I do not have an explanation for what this specific object is.” He also admitted, “We’re not aware of any adversary that can move an object without discernible means of propulsion.” He could say, for certainty, that “a number of these are physical objects.”

Though the witnesses could not or did not explain certain things about the flying crafts, the U.S. government may not be as “unaware” of the crafts as it seems. In 1942 after the “Battle of Los Angeles,” the FBI arrested the Honorable Elijah Muhammad and questioned him on a drawing of The Wheel.



“The Honorable Elijah Muhammad’s home was also raided, and the Teachings that Master Fard Muhammad had left with him were taken from the home and the Temple. Later, he was questioned by the FBI on the drawing of The Wheel, and his writing about it, that they had taken from the Temple; and he explained to the government of the United States and to the FBI: one, its aim and purpose; two, who made it; and three, why it is now above America,” the Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan, top student of the Honorable Elijah Muhammad, said in Part 52 of his 2013 lecture series “The Time and What Must be Done.”

Minister Farrakhan recalled that the Honorable Elijah Muhammad referred to The Wheel as a “masterpiece of mechanics and engineering” and “the greatest military weapon ever developed in the annals of the history of Allah (God) and man in this universe.”

“He said that the Vision of this Wheel was seen thousands of years before it came into being, or became a reality. He said that this weapon was made for the purpose of destroying this present world in The Final Battle with the forces of evil that had ruled our present world,” Minister Farrakhan stated.

He continued further: “The Honorable Elijah Muhammad said that this Great Wheel was made for military purposes, for it was to engage in The Great ‘Battle in the Sky’ that would end this world and usher in that world that the prophets exclaimed would come at the end of the 6,000-year rule of the enemy of Allah (God) and the enemy of the Aboriginal People of the Earth.”

In Muhammad Speaks newspaper, June 8, 1973, the Honorable Elijah Muhammad wrote an article titled “Ezekiel’s Wheel: The Battle in the Sky,” which stated in part: “I am so happy that Allah (God) has prepared this unmatchable weapon to save us, the Black People [of America]!”



Min. Farrakhan himself has experienced the reality of The Wheel. Over the years, he has recounted his 1985 more-than-a-vision experience and has described his personal connection to The Wheel. “I represent the Most High God who sits in that Wheel that Ezekiel saw, a Wheel in the middle of a Wheel, and I visited that Wheel. He brought me to that Wheel like Allah brought Muhammad in a night vision to the inner sanctum of Himself,” Min. Farrakhan said.



After that experience, he went before the world in a press conference at the National Press Club to share his encounter.

In an October 2021 press conference at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C., Air Force veterans revealed their fears and anxieties about UAP. Dr. Robert Jacobs, former first lieutenant in the United States Air Force, detailed how on Sept. 14, 1964, he saw an object shaped like a flying saucer fire four beams of light at a test missile traveling at 8,000 mph. Former Air Force Capt. Robert Salas bore witness of events that happened March 1967 at an underground launch control facility at Malmstrom Air Force Base in Montana.

The event was brought up in the hearing by Rep. Michael Gallagher (R-Wisc.). He questioned, “It’s also been reported that there have been UAP observed and interacting with and flying over sensitive military facilities, particularly, and not just ranges, but some facilities housing our strategic nuclear forces. One such incident allegedly occurred at Malmstrom Air Force Base in which 10 of our nuclear ICBMs (intercontinental ballistic missiles) were rendered inoperable. At the same time, a glowing red orb was observed overhead. I’m not commenting on the accuracy of this. I’m simply asking you whether you’re aware of it and whether you have any comment on the accuracy of that report.”

Mr. Bray and Mr. Moultrie responded that they did not see official data, that they did not look at the incident and that the incident was not brought to their attention officially.

Mr. Gallagher also asked the witnesses about “a document that appeared around 2019 sometimes called the Admiral Wilson Memo or EW Notes memo.” T​​he unverified document, dated Oct. 16, 2002, details an alleged meeting between astrophysicist Dr. Eric Davis and then Vice Admiral Thomas Wilson, who was the director of the Defense Intelligence Agency. It outlines “a labyrinth of secret government programs hidden from top officials and congressional oversight committees about crashed UFO materials and efforts to reengineer the technology,” according to Politico.


On February 25, 1942, the “Battle of Los Angeles” happened. The event is cited as one of the first known sighting of so called “UFOs”. The U.S. military fired more than 1,400 anti-aircraft shells at the objects, but all of them missed. A few months later, Nation of Islam temple was raided by law enforcement officers who took information about the Hon. Elijah Muhammad’s teaching on the Mother Plane and the reality of the existence of these crafts. The Los Angeles Times newspaper (above) wrote about the 1942 incident.

The witnesses were not aware of the document. The memo was entered into official record without objection.

Mr. Bassett described that line of questioning as significant and said it set the stage for future hearings. “The nuclear weapons tampering witnesses that were present when our missiles were shut off in the presence of these vehicles will be the centerpiece,” he said.

A closed, classified briefing was held after the open hearing. Based on questions and responses in the open hearing, topics in the closed session included allies and adversaries who have reported on the flying crafts, underwater sensors that detect submerged UAPs and if encounters with the crafts have altered the development of offensive, defensive or sensor capabilities.

Student Min. Ilia Muhammad, author of the book “UFOs And The Nation Of Islam: The Source, Proof, And Reality Of The Wheels,” expressed that if the government was truly concerned about getting answers, they would invite members of the Nation of Islam who have the answers.

“Minister Farrakhan has been challenging and threatening the government and Congress to bring him before Congress to have a showdown to see whether or not what Master Fard Muhammad revealed to the Honorable Elijah Muhammad is right and exact,” he said. “And despite all of our efforts to be brought before Congress and these public forums, it’s very telling that we can’t even get Congress to subpoena us … to discuss matters that we are experts in.”

UNITED STATES – MAY 17: The House Intelligence Counterterrorism, Counterintelligence, and Counterproliferation Subcommittee holds their hearing on “Unidentified Aerial Phenomena” in the Capitol on Tuesday, May 17, 2022. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call via AP Images)

Towards the end of the open hearing, Rep. Darin LaHood (R-Il) questioned about “legal consequences” for people in groups involved in the UAP field, examples of people being held accountable for disinformation and the deterrent to keep people from engaging in the field. Mr. Moultrie hinted at future conversations with Congress “to say what should be the legal ramifications that we could use to potentially hold individuals accountable, whether it be citizens or information that might be injected into our media by other forces or other countries.”

Student Min. Ilia Muhammad said some may look at those words as an “opportunity to continue censoring the Nation of Islam … to keep the public from knowing what we have to say.”

A video of a UAP is paused for display during a hearing of the House Intelligence, Counterterrorism, Counterintelligence, and Counterproliferation Subcommittee hearing on “Unidentified Aerial Phenomena,” on Capitol Hill, Tuesday, May 17, 2022, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

“When White folks talk about consequences, when American powers talk about consequences for misleading, that’s never been based on truth. That’s always been an opportunity to try to censor and silence those who actually have truth,” he said. “The other thing related to that is that if there are to be consequences for those giving false or misleading hoaxes and information about UFOs, then the U.S. government would have to face these consequences first and foremost.”

Final Call staff contributed to this report.



From The Final Call Newspaper

‘Nothing more than a hunt’ Buffalo massacre a reminder of the depth and the deadly cost of anti-Black hatred
By The Final Call
- May 17, 2022


People gather outside a supermarket where several people were killed in a shooting, Saturday, May 14, 2022 in Buffalo, N.Y. Officials said the gunman entered the supermarket with a rifle and opened fire. Investigators believe the man may have been livestreaming the shooting and were looking into whether he had posted a manifesto online (Derek Gee/The Buffalo News via AP)


by Naba’a Muhammad and William P. Muhammad

The Final Call @TheFinalCall

“We have people who are racists. We have people who don’t like us because of the color of our skin and that’s what happened today. He had nigger written on the tip of the gun and he has a manifesto. I was told, which I don’t know, that he planned on killing more people, basically going down the street, randomly shooting people,” Buffalo, N.Y. resident Cariol Horne said. She was speaking in the aftermath of a racial massacre executed by a “gleeful” Payton Gendron, who police say plotted and carried out the worst mass murder of 2022.



A mother, grandmother, anti-police brutality and community advocate, Ms. Horne was in a meeting about violence in her hometown. She left and rushed over to a Tops supermarket in the heart of the Black community after hearing about a mass shooting. Upon arrival, she saw a body lying on the ground. Then she heard the stories of loss and trauma inflicted May 14 by a White outsider, who came to town to kill Black people.




Liz Bosley, 64, a member of Most Valuable Parents of Buffalo, an organization seeking to improve relations between local public schools, parents and their children, told The Final Call she was in the same meeting as Ms. Horne when word of the shootings arrived. She joined others and rushed to the supermarket.

“I pulled up on the scene and actually saw them putting the young man in the (police) car,” Ms. Bosley said. “It was chaotic when I arrived. They were just releasing the employees and they all were coming out a back door, and the crowd got crazy because they had people in the store and didn’t know if they were let out or were in there dead. I had a childhood family friend who was killed in the store, Deacon Patterson,” she said.

Pastor Russell Bell, of Buffalo’s State Tabernacle Church, identified Ms. Bosley’s friend as Heyward Patterson, 67, describing him as a kind man who stopped at Tops supermarket to purchase additional items after helping to serve food from his church’s kitchen. “From what I understand, he was assisting somebody putting their groceries in their car when he was shot and killed,” the pastor said.

Denial of hatred of Blacks, denial of racism must end




“On a national level we need to deal with racism. We need to deal with the issue and stop sugarcoating it,” Ms. Horne said, in a telephone interview the day the killings occurred. “So many people are just trying to hide and go along to get along, instead of just dealing with the issue for what it is,” continued the onetime police officer. “Racism is not anything new, it’s something that’s been going on. And because you have Black faces in high places does not mean that we have overcome. We still doing that little song and dance as if we have overcome, and we haven’t.”

Targeted murder may be the ultimate expression of anti-Black hatred, but racism is pervasive, commented Ms. Horne. Think about the racism in police departments, discrimination in hiring and housing, bias in the courts and criminal justice system and lack of concern for Black youth, she pointed out.

Ms. Horne knew Aaron Salter, a 55-year-old recently retired Black police officer working at the supermarket as a security guard. He was shot to death by the racial terrorist, according to authorities. One woman said Mr. Salter, who confronted the military-clad and armor protected shooter, and fired his weapon to protect others, saved her daughter, recounted Ms. Horne. His shots, however, could not pierce body armor worn by the White killer who took his life.


Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown speaks during a press conference after a shooting at a supermarket on Saturday, May 14, 2022, in Buffalo, N.Y. (AP Photo/Joshua Bessex)

“I worked with him and he just was a great person, very kind, mannerable, calm, mild mannered. So I was sad, once I found out that it was him that had got shot and passed away and especially saving somebody else,” Ms. Horne continued. It’s important to acknowledge good officers, she said. Ms. Horne was fired from the police force for stopping a White officer from choking a handcuffed Black suspect. After years of fighting, she won her pension. She pushed a law to require officers to intervene when a colleague is acting in a violent, illegal way.

Ms. Horne saw the horror, panic, anger of loved ones wanting to know where family members, workers, co-workers were. They were held back by police securing the crime scene. She heard the stories of those killed; a man who came from out of town and stopped by the supermarket to get charcoal for a barbeque. She knew people who worked at the supermarket.

“There was a young lady she’s about 17, 18, 19. She had just had a baby, so I didn’t know she had returned to work, but her mom also worked there. When she came out, she saw me. She just had tears rolling down her face and I just hugged her. She was saying, ‘He was right by me. He was right by me.’ This just goes into the trauma that she has to deal with for the rest of her life seeing people killed around her because of someone’s hate.


New York Gov. Kathy Hochul speaks at a news conference after a shooting at a supermarket on Saturday, May 14, 2022, in Buffalo, N.Y. (AP Photo/Joshua Bessex)

And that is the issue that we have not been dealing with,” said Ms. Horne. She noted the accused mass murderer was arrested without violence but weeks ago police drove through the community randomly shooting at a Black male they said shot at them.

“We need to wake up like yesterday,” said Ms. Horne. “You have the youth killing each other, you have the police shooting at us, and then you have a racist come into our community.”

Blacks need to stop the violence among one another, she continued. Her father, 97 years old, was a shooting victim and her son is in prison for murder, she said. She doesn’t agree with how the case against her son was handled or his sentence but there are problems Blacks need to face up to inside their own house, and outside attacks should awaken Blacks, she said.

“If another Black man kills another Black man, I think I’m just going to throw up. Like I am so sick of it. Like we don’t need help because we’re (killing) ourselves. I understand that it’s been ingrained in us and we need to change our mentality. The civil rights movement was many decades ago, and we’re still fighting that same fight?”

She argues all guns need to be banned, except weapons for military use. There needs to be a healing and recognition that the country has a deep, serious problem, she added. “It’s just time to deal with it on a national level. And I definitely want to be part of the solution, but we have to have leadership that’s going to listen and I’m not asking. I’m saying it and I’m demanding it.”


Sharon Doyle gathers with others outside the scene of a shooting at a supermarket, in Buffalo, N.Y., Sunday, May 15, 2022. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

CNN reported Mr. Gendron was “gleeful” in achieving his deadly goal and disturbing in interviews according to authorities.

Dahveed Muhammad grew up in Buffalo and has served as the Nation of Islam representative in the city for 14 years. “People are feeling grief, sadness, anger. People are stunned. People are outraged. There is shock. People have mixed feelings,” he said. His comments reflected the observations of others in a city rocked by sudden, violent, premeditated murders. The raw feelings were exposed during a Sunday prayer vigil.

Letitia James, a Black woman and New York attorney general, was heckled and shouted down when she tried to speak, he said. One young activist, in particular, called her out for failing to prosecute police officers and deal with unexplained deaths at the Erie County Holding Center, Mr. Muhammad explained. “People want accountability from officials, elected officials, and organizations. There’s a great amount of dissatisfaction with elected officials, with leadership. There’s also a determination to want to try to come together and bring about some healing and unity. People are soul searching,” Mr. Muhammad said.

The tragedy just happened yesterday, he noted in a May 15 telephone interview. The names of all those lost is coming out slowly and some “very dear” people, like the mother of former fire commissioner Darnell Whitfield, are gone, said Mr. Muhammad.


People march to the scene of a shooting at a supermarket in Buffalo, N.Y., Sunday, May 15, 2022. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

Nina Johnson, 53 is a lifelong Buffalo resident. She was born and raised in the city and were it not for a last-minute rescheduled appointment, would have been across the street from Tops Friendly Markets around the time of the shooting. She has shopped there several times over the years as it is in a predominately Black area on the East Side of Buffalo.

Ms. Johnson, a retired New York state trooper told The Final Call that Black folks are in disbelief and shock but are also angry and on edge in the aftermath of the shooting. “This man has traveled all these many miles to come do this. We got a problem, and you know our people are getting mad. You know enough is enough … you done came in our inner city where we already have enough issues, to bring this? It’s just been really, really hard on everybody,” said Ms. Johnson.

She said the city is on edge and that Black residents will be monitoring the case closely. “This man traveled so many hours just to get here. Like really you had come to the inner city that’s already struggling, already got some things to be said about how we’re treated against our White counterparts? And then you bring this, and you know, that it is racially motivated. And it’s like yeah, now what are you going to do because if you didn’t know before, you know now. Now what are you going to do? I just think whatever the outcome is going to be will definitely determine how the residents, our Black residents are going to act from here moving forward,” said Ms. Johnson.

White replacement theory feeds the murder of Blacks


People pray outside the scene of a shooting at a supermarket in Buffalo, N.Y., Sunday, May 15, 2022. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

This was “nothing more than a hunt,” commented CNN national security analyst Juliett Kayyem as the cable network reported the accused murderer conducted recognizance on his kill site the day before the slaughter. “He’s not a lone wolf,” she stressed.

These killers have a herd, it’s found online and amplified by politicians and media hosts feeding the idea of White replacement theory, she said. They believe the pie is limited and Whites are being displaced by Blacks, which justifies the “hunt,” Ms. Kayyem explained. The herd is from Fox News to politicians who “wink and nod” but these killers and adherents know exactly what they mean, the analyst explained.

Until we recognize this as pure violence, we are just going to dance around what is going on, she warned.

The FBI warned in 2021 and 2019 of the deadly danger of White supremacists in the United States but has often been attacked and criticized for its findings. The right wing and Republican Party, in particular, have railed against the warnings, often demanding that government power be constrained and rights of free speech and gun ownership be respected.

A report came out in the early part of the last presidential administration, Melba Pearson, a former assistant state attorney in Florida’s Miami-Dade County and a prosecutor for 16 years told The Final Call. “The FBI was trying to look into and raise the alarm because of the level of information that they (kept) getting from a variety of sources. They were seeing an uptick in this and saying it was a problem and we need to address it. The FBI director was the target of a lot of ire from the last president for a number of reasons, this report being one of them,” she said.

The Buffalo shooting is part of a fallout from the last presidential administration and a greater issue facing Blacks and impacting other communities, such as Asians, immigrants and Jews, added Ms. Pearson.


People gather outside a supermarket where several people were killed in a shooting, Saturday, May 14, 2022 in Buffalo, N.Y. Officials said the gunman entered the supermarket with a rifle and opened fire. Investigators believe the man may have been livestreaming the shooting and were looking into whether he had posted a manifesto online (Derek Gee/The Buffalo News via AP)

“The Department of Justice definitely needs to be on the ground to investigate this case along with local law enforcement (and) it’s my understanding that it is already in progress. What we see many times is that the Department of Justice will have a parallel investigation to the local authorities,” she noted.

The speed of the alleged shooter’s arrest and arraignment was appropriate because he was caught at the scene with witnesses present, still in possession of his weapon, and talked out of committing suicide by the authorities, Ms. Pearson continued.

There is not much room for debate regarding his identity, she said.

Dr. Ron Daniels, a political scientist, activist and president of the Institute of the Black World 21st Century, told The Final Call the climate of anti-Black hatred in America is frightening. White nationalism is the enemy of Black people and clearly demonstrates that Black lives do not matter in the United States, he said.

“What we now see is a scenario, which in this current environment, (has) been encouraged by the open embrace of White nationalism by the previous president,” Dr. Daniels said. “He brought it clearly out into the open in a way that’s unprecedented so now you have what is called the fear of the Browning of America. There are forces that really want to keep America as a White man’s land,” Dr. Daniels insisted. “They want religious and racial purity to prevail.”

Dr. Daniels, who is based in New York, said rhetoric surrounding White replacement theory demonstrates White fears of becoming a minority population within the United States by mid-century. Policies intended to reduce Black and Brown populations while promoting the increase of White populations are driving not only politics of the far-right, but also the violence increasingly embraced by their rank-and-file, he said.




“So now, they have come out in the open,” Dr. Daniels said. “This is a warning (and) it is dangerous, but it also means that we must arm ourselves with ballots, we must arm ourselves with boycotts, we must arm ourselves with economic sanctions, with ways to defend our communities because this is serious.”

Anger, fear, pain in a small city

Like others Dahveed Muhammad was worried when he heard names of those still unaccounted for. He frantically called a comrade in the city’s culturally conscious community. He didn’t initially get a response. He was relieved when he found out the woman and her daughter were safe. They had to run for their lives during the Saturday afternoon supermarket attack.

An eyewitness to the murders, Grady Lewis, also spoke to the accused terrorist for 90 minutes the day before the massacre, Mr. Muhammad continued. “The reason why he approached him is because he didn’t fit in, he had a t-shirt on that said ‘Genius’ on it. It’s an all-Black neighborhood. The few Whites that do go to the supermarket, they kind of fit in. They may have grown up over there. This White guy looked different,” he said. The two talked about many things, including critical race theory, which has been demonized by the White right. “The guy asked him, ‘are you going to be here tomorrow?’ ”

Many suspect the 18-year-old alleged killer didn’t act alone given how far he traveled and how the neighborhood and supermarket were chosen, the Muslim student minister said. Others say the info was available on Google, he noted. Some suspect the White assailant could have been recruited, groomed and dispatched on his deadly mission, he said.

The mixed feelings include how much exposure to give the race manifesto attributed to Mr. Gendron. Some said don’t give him more notoriety, others have found and spread the manifesto and elements of his history, Mr. Muhammad observed. “Other people are saying, ‘I think it should be known how much these people hate you.’ ”

 


The governor, the police chief, the sheriff all called the killings, hate crimes, terrorism and people agree because there’s so much evidence of it, commented Mr. Muhammad. “A lot of times law enforcement will try to slow walk things and say, let’s not rush to judgment, but it’s just overwhelming evidence. He had the word nigger scrawled on his weapon. He had a manifesto. He had hate speech.” And, he added, video of the attack shows the gunman bypassing a White person, apologizing and moving on to kill Blacks.

“It’s not a city where a lot of these international, a lot of these same kinds of things happen. It’s a shock to us,” Mr. Muhammad said. “But Buffalo has been at the top of the list of the most racist cities in America for many years, either second or third.”

Racial problems in the country aren’t limited to a certain location, Mr. Muhammad noted. “It bears witness to what the Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan has said. He’s been warning us. He warned us long ago, recently, consistently about the judgment of God and how we would see these kinds of things happening. The fall of America is happening at a more rapid pace. It is causing our people to at least soul search, to realize that we have to have greater unity amongst ourselves.”

Federal agents interviewed the parents of the teen suspect and served multiple search warrants, a law enforcement official said. Federal authorities were still working to confirm the authenticity of the 180-page manifesto that was posted online, which detailed the plot and identified Mr. Gendron by name as the gunman, the official said. Authorities say the shooting was motivated by racial hatred.

Payton Gendron’s parents were cooperating with investigators, the official said. The official was not authorized to discuss details of the investigation publicly and spoke to the Associated Press on condition of anonymity.

Mr. Gendron traveled about 200 miles from his Conklin, New York home, to Buffalo and that particular grocery store, and to a place which has the largest Black population in western New York.

Investigators believe Mr. Gendron specifically researched the demographics of the population around the Tops Friendly Market and had been searching for communities with a high number of Black residents.

Police said Mr. Gendron shot, in total, 11 Black people and two White people in a rampage broadcast live before surrendering to authorities. Screenshots purporting to be from the Twitch broadcast appear to show a racial epithet scrawled on the rifle used in the attack, as well as the number 14, a likely reference to a White supremacist slogan.

“We pray for their families. But after we pray—after we get up off of our knees—we’ve got to demand change. We’ve got to demand justice,” state Attorney General Letitia James said at an emotional Sunday church service in Buffalo the day after the mass shooting. “This was domestic terrorism, plain and simple.”

“This was pure evil,” added Erie County Sheriff John Garcia, who expressly called the shooting a hate crime. Buffalo Police Commissioner Joseph Gramaglia called the killings a hate crime. “He was very heavily armed,” Commissioner Gramaglia said. “He had tactical gear, he had a tactical helmet on, he had a camera that he was livestreaming what he was doing.” Mr. Gendron shot four people, three fatally, in the supermarket parking lot. One victim is expected to be the lone survivor. Another official said Mr. Gendron was armed with an assault weapon.

Twitch said in a statement that it ended Mr. Gendron’s transmission “less than two minutes after the violence started.”

New York Gov. Kathy Hochul, a Buffalo native, denounced the killings as hate crimes and domestic terrorism. She vowed to fight White supremacists. She also called for the tech industry to take responsibility for their role in propagation of extreme views and talked about the need for stronger gun laws.

The White House and civil rights groups condemned the killings.

Mr. Gendron, confronted by police in the store’s vestibule, put a rifle to his neck but was convinced to drop it. He was arraigned May 14 on a murder charge, appearing before a judge in a paper gown. He pled not guilty. Buffalo police declined to comment on the purported manifesto that seemingly explicates the attacker’s racist, anti-immigrant and antisemitic beliefs, including a desire to drive all those not of European descent from the U.S. The document indicated he drew inspiration from the shooter who killed 51 people at two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand, in 2019.

Daleel Muhammad in New York and the Associated Press contributed to this report.