Tuesday, November 6, 2018

From the Final Call Newspaper

Ferguson activist wants the truth about the death of her son and vows to get it

By Janiah Adams and J.A. Salaam

SPANISH LAKE, Mo.—Two weeks after the troubling death of 24-year-old Danye Dion Jones, his family and friends were seeking answers to questions about what actually happened to him.

Danye Jones

Mr. Jones was found hung in the backyard of his mother’s home in the north county community of Spanish Lake, Missouri, just five miles away from Ferguson where 18-year-old Michael Brown was killed in 2014. The St. Louis County Police Department is investigating the death as a suicide and say a 911 call about a “suicide” was made by a family member, who used that specific word, according to reports.

But Melissa McKinnies, Mr. Jones’ mother, and other family members aren’t convinced and lack confidence in police handling of the death and subsequent investigation.

“I don’t know who said my son committed suicide,” Ms. McKinnies told The Final Call. “Of course, when you first see someone hanging, your first thought is that. But I know my son and none of us said he killed himself. The police were standing there, and I said to both of them, ‘this needs to be investigated, do you hear me?’ I know my son and none of this adds up, not at all.”

St. Louis County police spokesman Shawn McGuire, during a press conference, said there were no signs of struggle or trauma to the body.

Ms. McKinnies found her son hanging by a bed sheet early Wednesday, Oct. 17, at approximately 5:45 a.m. As photos of Mr. Jones’ lifeless body circulated online many people expressed their suspicions via social media. Some questioned whether someone else could have been involved in causing the young man’s death.

“The knots that were used in the sheets he was hung with, everybody I talked to that’s been in the military, know about these knots. My nephew was not in the military, militia or boy scouts,” said Daniel (Kashif) Muhammad, Danye Jones’ maternal uncle.

Makeshift memorial dedicated to Danye Jones. The 26-year-old was discovered hanged in the backyard of his mother’s home Oct. 17. Police are calling it a suicide, his family and friends dispute that conclusion.

Photos showed an arm chair that Mr. Jones allegedly used to stand on, lying approximately three feet away from where he was hanging. The family believes this was staged to make it appear like he hanged himself. How did he get up there and tie a military-type noose around the branch of the tree and his neck? they asked.

Mr. Jones was about 6 feet and 1 inch tall. His feet were eight inches from the ground, his pants were rolled down to his ankles and both of his fists were clenched. He had abrasions on his face and blood on his shirt.

“He was too happy with his life and the possibilities of being successful. He had just written in his notebook the night before, about his plans with his new real estate business. So why would he take his life? He wouldn’t, and we will find out who did this to him,” vowed his mother.

Mr. Jones had started a real estate business, Movin’ On Up Properties, that his uncle helped him with.

“He was really excited about it,” said the uncle. “When we came back, he didn’t think he was gonna be able to do anything about it because of his credit, and I began to tell him about wholesale real estate. He was taking down notes. He would take down notes like the law, then from there we were talking on the regular and he was doing his research,” said Daniel Muhammad.

Mr. Jones was also looking forward to his 25th birthday coming up on Nov. 19, he added.

Since the shooting of Mike Brown Jr., in August 2014—which sparked national and international outcry and protests—there have been numerous threats toward some of the frontline activists of Ferguson protests on social media.

Darren Seals, a 29-year-old youth activist, was found with his Jeep Wrangler engulfed in flames in Riverview, Mo., another suburb of St. Louis. He died from a gunshot wound to his head, according to authorities. Family members felt his crime scene was sloppily handled. Mr. Seals was among one of the first to respond in Ferguson following the shooting of Mr. Brown.

Deandre Joshua, 20, was shot once in the head and burned inside his car in 2014. He was the only person who died during unrest that shook Ferguson after a grand jury decided not to indict the White officer who killed Mr. Brown. He was a friend of the young man who was with Mike Brown, Jr., during the fatal police encounter. There has been speculation that he testified to a grand jury, whose records are secret, but his family told a news outlet after his death that he did not testify.

Could the death of Mr. Jones be related to what many see as suspicious deaths?

“Absolutely,” said John C. Muhammad, a member of the St. Louis City Council and family friend of Ms. McKinnies. “I don’t think that these are isolated incidents. We continue to see a pattern of people that are involved in a protest movement or going against a system, we see that these people die. We see that consistently. We think that these are all connected some way, somehow. It may not be by the same forces, but there is a connection that binds all of them together—that is definite.”

Ms. McKinnies was very close to Mr. Seals, according to Daniel Muhammad. She was one of the original protestors in Ferguson who lead demonstrations and campaigns surrounding the death of Mr. Brown. She was a member of a grassroots activist group called “Lost Voices.”

The St. Louis County coroner is currently doing an autopsy that could take several weeks. The office did not respond to The Final Call’s request for comment.

Although family members and supporters believe police should investigate the case as a murder, they’re preparing for the police to render a different decision.

“Realistically, do we have the utmost faith in the law enforcement system here? Absolutely not,” said John C. Muhammad. “And that’s because of what we’ve seen happen in the past when our movement and protests have been shot down and no justice has happened after their death. … Our justice will not come from any police department that investigates it. We understand this is something we’re going to have to pursue on our own.”

John C. Muhammad said some community members have been trying to piece things together.

“We’ve all been trying to find information for what we can bring together to find out what happened, when exactly and why,” he said. “So, we can come up with a motive or a story or something we can say well, this is why. And from that point, this is how we know how to move.”

Regardless of the decision by police, Ms. McKinnies is determined to get answers.

Danye Jones and his mother Melissa McKinnies

“They are not going to sweep this one under the rug. No! Wrong mother, wrong child,” she said. “Even if I have to get an autopsy done myself, we will get answers. Or hire an investigator myself, but we have to do it. I’m going to fight for my baby, that’s what he would want me to do and I will.”

Since Mr. Jones’ death, Anthony Shahid, a St. Louis activist, said the atmosphere in the city is terrible.

“It’s always a cloud over [us] every time someone turns up deceased around here. It’s always something you can’t put your hands on and we’re not accepting it,” he said.

Marcellus Buckley, a local poet and activist, found it difficult to believe the way Mr. Jones died. “I still don’t believe it, in some ways, that we’re still getting hung like we’re still going through that period of Jim Crow and it’s just heartbreaking,” he said.

“And for my son, to have him grow up in this world where this is still happening because we want to speak out or we want to have an opinion on our rights as human beings, it’s a sad thing.”

Ms. McKinnies is a friend of the Nation of Islam in St. Louis, said John C. Muhammad. Two of her brothers are members of the Nation of Islam. Daniel Muhammad recalls bringing his nephew to the mosque when he was young.

“When he was young, he used to be a part of the Jr. FOI (Fruit of Islam). He used to do the drills and when I first got back to St. Louis in 1999, when he was real young, we cleaned him up from pork and we went into it about the worms,” he said. “We had him to the point where he would run and open the door for the sisters.”

Daniel Muhammad said during a vigil for the young man, many recalled how well-mannered he was. “One thing that everybody mentioned from the drills is how we would have him say, ‘yes sir, no sir, yes ma’am, no ma’am.’ And everybody constantly talked about his love and mannerisms, not even knowing where it came from,” he said.

Javon Jones, Danye’s younger brother, said he was a good, family person. “We just want justice for what was done to my brother. It wasn’t his time to go. Even though God has a time for everybody, we would have really appreciated for him to stay here a lot longer,” said Javon Jones.

He’s dissatisfied with what he saw from the police in his yard the day his brother was found.

“They say it was a suicide. The police were in the backyard. I was looking at them through the back window; they were not even next to him,” he said.

“They were on the right side of the yard laughing and stuff. They were laughing and having a group conversation in the front yard before they even went back to do the investigation on what happened in the backyard. They didn’t give it any time of mind. They just wanted to hurry up—get in and get out. My brother had bruises on his face and when it comes to suicide, you don’t do harm to yourself like that.”

The family held a press conference Nov. 1 to share with the public their belief that Danye did not commit suicide. Ms. McKinnies believes “vicious, hateful individuals” may try to paint an ugly picture of her son and herself. However, she’s determined to defend him.

Danye and his mother Melissa, a local activist.

“As his mother he was born for me to protect. And where he is now, I am going to protect him,” she said. “I know my son. Danye had too much going on. Why would he be downstairs in his room writing his notes for his business if a couple of hours later he was going to hurt himself?”

As of now, John C. Muhammad said the main priority is comforting the family.

“It’s all about giving them comfort and giving them physical and spiritual security,” he said.

At Final Call press time, the case was still open and had not officially been ruled a suicide.

The family received all of Danye’s belongings except the sheet that was around his neck. They were told the investigation will take up to eight weeks before they can release the sheets and give their findings. The family is demanding a full investigation and for the sheets to be returned sooner.

Tuesday, October 30, 2018

From The Final Call Newspaper

Mayhem in America? Serial pipe bombings, shootings cause fear, anger and uncertainty in a divided and troubled nation

By Richard B. Muhammad and Bryan Crawford

After a nearly weeklong scare that saw a number of explosive devices addressed and mailed to prominent members of the Democratic Party and the media, a person allegedly connected to sending the bombs through the mail was arrested in South Florida.

Next came the killing of at least 11 people when a middle-aged White man entered a Jewish synagogue in Pennsylvania and slaughtered people.

In between, these two horrors was the slaughter of a Black man and a Black woman in Kentucky, allegedly by Gregory Bush, a 51-year-old White man. Ed Harrell was quoted by the Courier Journal of Louisville as saying he was waiting on his wife in the parking lot when he heard gunshots and grabbed his revolver. As he crouched down, he said he saw the gunman walk “nonchalantly” by with a gun by his side. Mr. Harrell said he called out to ask what was going on, and the gunman replied: “Don’t shoot me. I won’t shoot you. Whites don’t shoot Whites.”

“As Federal officials continue to work with local and state law enforcement in the wake of this week’s senseless Kroger murders, I believe they can and should take into account the racist words and actions of the man behind this gruesome act and call it what it was: a hate crime,” tweeted U.S. Rep. John Yarmuth, a Democrat, after the Oct. 24 shooting. Maurice Stallard, 69, and Vickie Lee Jones, 67, were shot to death at the grocery store and the suspect tried to enter a Black church before fatally shooting the elderly Blacks, police said. The suspect reportedly had a history of mental illness and should not have been legally able to own a handgun.

Law enforcement are positioned outside the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh, Oct. 28. Robert Bowers, the suspect in the mass shooting at the synagogue, expressed hatred of Jews during the rampage and told offi cers afterward that Jews were committing genocide and he wanted them all to die, according to charging documents made public. Photos: AP

“Court records also show that Bush was accused of calling his ex-wife, who is black, ‘(N-word) bitch,’ ” reported the Courier-Journal newspaper in Louisville. “He is also a fan of Donald J. Trump, Blue Lives Matter, and various conservative pages, per his Facebook likes,” according to TheCut.com. Mr. Bush was arraigned Oct. 25 on two counts of murder and ten counts of wanton endangerment. He is being held on $5 million bail.

Cesar Sayoc, a 56-year-old man who racially identifies as White, was detained in Plantation, Fla., and accused of sending at least 15 explosive devices through the U.S. Postal Service after they were all traced back to a sorting facility in Opa-locka, Fla. According to records, Mr. Sayoc was criminally convicted of felony drug, theft and fraud charges, and was once accused of threatening to use a bomb. Mr. Sayoc, a registered Republican, has owned several businesses and worked as a pizza deliveryman. His van, which was plastered on the outside with pro-Trump and anti-Democratic Party paraphernalia, was confiscated by federal investigators. The bombs themselves, described as crudely made, were sent to former president Barack Obama, former U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder, former Vice President Joe Biden, former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper, former CIA director John Brennan, Congresswoman Maxine Waters, Senator Corey Booker, Senator Kamala Harris, former first lady and presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, liberal billionaire George Soros, actor Robert DeNiro and CNN. All have criticized Donald Trump and been verbally attacked by him at one point or another. The devices themselves were primarily intercepted in California, New York, Florida, Delaware and Washington, D.C., sometimes before arriving at their intended destinations. They all had a return address in the name of Democratic Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz, who was also sent a package.

Robert Bowers, who officials said traded gunfire with Pittsburgh police, was charged late Oct. 27 with 29 federal counts, including hate crimes and weapons offenses.

Authorities said he spoke of killing Jews during the attacks and posted anti-Semitic slurs and rhetoric on social media before barging into a Pittsburgh synagogue on Oct. 27, the Jewish Sabbath, killing 11 people in the deadliest attack on Jews in U.S. history.

He is 46-years-old. If convicted on the charges, he could face the death penalty. He has been charged with some hate crimes under federal law. There is also the possibility that he could face domestic terror charges.

Police are standing watch near a building associated with Robert DeNiro, Oct. 25, in New York after reports of a suspicious package.

The 20-minute attack at Tree of Life Congregation in the Squirrel Hill neighborhood left six others wounded, including four police officers who dashed to the scene, authorities said. Gab confirmed Mr. Bowers had a profile on its website, which is popular with far-right extremists. Before the shooting, the poster believed to be Mr. Bowers also wrote that “HIAS likes to bring invaders in that kill our people. I can’t sit by and watch my people get slaughtered. Screw your optics, I’m going in.”

HIAS is a nonprofit group that helps refugees around the world find safety and freedom. The organization says it is guided by Jewish values and history.

The synagogue killings reverberated in the city, in the country and around the world. One Jewish analyst called the attacks, not just anti-Jewish, but anti-immigrant. The shooter’s views against immigrants were fed by the rhetoric of the president and other Republicans, she said. And, she added, anti-Semitic charges and troupes have followed the president, who remains a favorite of alt-right groups and nationalists who see him as one of them, she said. The president’s attacks on George Soros and “globalists” is a veiled reference to Jews, she argued.

Where is America headed?

And the events prompted a question: Has this country, with a long history of racial animus and red hot political tension, taken another dangerous step toward a breaking point?

With Donald Trump’s rise has been an increase in open White nationalist and racist sentiment that has widened an already wide racial and political divide in America. After eight years of a Black man sitting as Commander in Chief of this nation, many Whites felt as if they’d not only lost their social status, but that this country was fast losing its identity as a “White nation.”

The alleged bomber, who was Filipino and Italian, and the alleged mass murderer were either pro-Trump in their public expressions or supported some of the president’s policies.

Analysts condemned the president, not for the acts, but for using perhaps the greatest political megaphone in the world to divide, to target people. They fear bitter fruits of such activity is coming to harvest.

One analyst argued Mr. Trump’s “job” as president, which should be to unite the country especially in times of crisis, clashes with his brand and role as a polarizing and confrontational figure that undergirds his success.

Others acknowledged Mr. Trump was setting a dangerous frame but warned deeply rooted racism and hatred in America must be constantly fought.

“This is in the DNA of America,” said Nina Turner, an analyst on a CNN Sunday show hosted by Jake Tapper. “I’m surprised that people are surprised,” said the political progressive and former leader in Bernie Sanders’ campaign for the presidency on Oct. 28.

“What is happening is that what is in our root as a country is bubbling up now and that’s why people are surprised. Every generation we have to be fighting eradicate racism and bigotry,” added the Black former Ohio legislator. “What is in this man’s heart, i.e., the president, comes out time and time again when he doesn’t have a script in front of him—and that is what we are dealing with. We are in a moment of transcendence in this country, and either we can continue to work to create a more perfect union, which we have to do every generation, or we can regress. And, I see regression.”

Too many politicians, from both parties, are doing anything to win and that needs to stop, Ms. Turner added.

During the program Mr. Tapper attempted to inject the Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan into the discussion, mischaracterizing a statement by the Minister made in mid-October in Detroit and trying to equate the Minister with noted racist David Duke, the former KKK leader who won political office as a Republican and whose pro-death penalty and anti-welfare positions were within mainstream GOP orthodoxy at the time.

Mr. Tapper and panelist Jonathan Weissman, an author and researcher, also called for condemnation of the Minister from the political Left. Mr. Weissman cited Min. Farrakhan’s presence at the funeral for singer Aretha Franklin on stage with former President Clinton as an affront and unacceptable.

Bigotry should not be tolerated, responded Ms. Turner. “But in terms of Aretha Franklin’s funeral, I don’t know who’s on the invitation list. Somebody being at Aretha Franklin’s funeral is not the equivalent of, at all, about what’s going on here,” she added. Pausing, she continued, “This is making me feel some kind of way. I will say this … Because we continue to see these things through Left and Right, let’s just see it through the lens of humanity. What we do have to do is stop seeing everything through the lens of whether you are Republican or Democrat and see it through the lens of what kind of country do we want to be? What kind of people do we want to be?”

Mr. Tapper, the ADL’s Jonathan Greenblatt and others have widely and falsely accused the Minister of calling Jews termites. But he made no such statement connecting the two. “Now White folk don’t like Farrakhan, some of them respect me. But those who have been our Deceivers, they can’t stand me. I’m not mad with you. In fact, you members of the Jewish Community that don’t like me: Thank you very much for putting my name all over the planet. Because of your fear of what we represent, I can go anywhere in the world and they’ve heard of Farrakhan. Thank you very much,” said the Minister during an Oct. 14 address at Aretha Franklin Park in Detroit.

“I’m not mad at you. My teacher Elijah Muhammad taught me one day: There once was a donkey that fell in a ditch and everybody came along picked up a stone and threw it at the donkey. They threw so many stones that the ditch got filled up and the donkey walked up. So my teacher said, ‘brother remember every knock is a boost.’ When they talk about Farrakhan, call me a hater, call me an anti-Semite; stop it I’m anti-termite,” Min. Farrakhan said, in an edited transcript published in The Final Call newspaper and available at www.finalcall.com.

“I don’t know anything about hating anyone because of their religious preference. But just like they called our ancestors in the 1930s ‘voodoo people,’ they figure ‘anti-Semite’ would be a good thing to put on us. Farrakhan hates Jews. Stop it,” he said.

“You cannot find one Jew that one who follows me has plucked one hair from his head. You haven’t found us defiling a synagogue. Our Qur’an teaches us if we see something like that stop it. They call me anti-Semitic. No, you are anti-Black. Now I’m talking to the anti-Black White folk. Why do you lay around Black people like the 10 Percent in our Lessons? You know we’re a talented people so you lay right around us, ‘I’ll be your manager.’ … How did they get to own everything that we have created? It’s because they’re Master Deceivers and they hate the fact that we are strong enough to say it. Now when a liar has gotten ahold of you, the liar is afraid of anybody who knows the truth and will tell it. So, they don’t want you near Farrakhan.”

Growing White anger and White angst?

In addition to cultural and demographic changes in the United States, economic insecurity in different parts of the country, and an opioid crisis, studies say White deaths are outpacing their live births and White people would be a minority in America in a little more than 20 years.

Donald Trump’s dog whistle and often direct racist rhetoric has struck a chord with many. His inflammatory words aimed at the Democratic Party and the media has helped inflame and perhaps radicalize those who share the president’s thoughts and views, say critics.

There are questions and concerns about whether the current poisoned, no-compromise political climate could inspire a new wave of domestic terrorists and vigilantes, similar to former U.S. serviceman and Oklahoma City federal building bomber Timothy McVeigh, to rise up and take violent matters into their own hands.

“A globalist is a person that wants the globe to do well, frankly, not caring about our country so much. And you know what? We can’t have that,” President Trump said during an Oct. 22 rally in Houston, Texas, while stumping for Ted Cruz. “You know, they have a word—it’s sort of became old-fashioned—it’s called a nationalist. And I say, really, we’re not supposed to use that word? You know what I am? I’m a nationalist, okay? I’m a nationalist. Nationalist. Nothing wrong. Use that word. Use that word.”

On Oct. 23, when asked in the Oval Office by the media if he was at all concerned at the suggestion that his comment was a coded message, or dog whistle, to a select group of Americans who identify as White nationalists, Mr. Trump denied that he’d ever heard that his comment could be tied to White nationalism and then doubled down on his statement, saying, “I’m a nationalist and I’m proud of it.” The Trump administration has long been accused of embracing White nationalist ideology and garnering support from groups such as the alt-Right, Neo-Nazis and even the KKK after Mr. Trump initially refused to renounce the support of former KKK Grand Wizard David Duke.

Has the election of Donald Trump brought the nation to a racial and political crossroads in America? With five of those bombs being addressed to prominent Black political figures associated with the Democratic Party, and voter suppression tactics being aggressively employed in the run up to midterms, many are worried about the current political climate.

“Black America has long been exposed to the domestic terrorism of White supremacy,” Dr. Benjamin Chavis, president and CEO of the National Newspaper Publishers Association, told The Final Call. Dr. Chavis revealed that the national office of the NNPA had received threats from right-wing groups after presenting its 2018 National Leadership Award to Rep. Waters in September.

“The recent resurgence of repressive tactics and actions to keep our families and communities in a state of fear will not be tolerated,” Dr. Chavis added, while also saying, “The Black Press will not be intimidated. America will not be free of its past until Black America and others attain freedom, justice and equality.”

Faith in Action executive director, Alvin Herring, agreed with the sentiments uttered by Dr. Chavis. “The terroristic packages come during a time of heightened anti-immigrant and anti-media rhetoric. Politicians have created a climate of fear of the ‘other’ and that fear has been stoked by those who choose the path of hate rather than love, acceptance and reconciliation,” Mr. Herring said in a statement. “No one in this country should be targeted because of their political affiliation, their religious affiliation, their gender or sexual identity or the color of their skin.”

Political commentator David Gergan added, “Donald Trump unleashed the dogs of hatred in this country from the day he declared he was running for president. And they’ve been snarling and barking at each other ever since. It’s just inevitable there are going to be acts of violence that grow out of that.”

Steve Schmidt, a former campaign strategist for the late Republican Senator John McCain, said he renounced the party after it aligned with Mr. Trump. The president’s repeated fearmongering and calls for violence from the highest office in the land, has created fertile ground for radical sentiments to flourish, he said.

“The stoking of hatred and sundering of the American people was always going to lead to terrible consequences. Chief amongst them would be the initiation of partisan or sectarian violence within our country,” Mr. Schmidt wrote in a series of tweets. “The targets are political, not coincidental. Trump, the greatest demagogue in American history, has celebrated violence over and over again. It looks like someone finally took Trump both literally and seriously. The White House will feign outrage when this obvious point is made.”

Prophetically enough, that’s exactly what happened. Not long after Mr. Trump called for Americans to, “come together and send one very clear, strong, unmistakable message that acts or threats of political violence of any kind have no place in the United States of America,” he bristled at the notion that he was in any way responsible for radicalizing anyone and encouraging them to commit acts of violence against political opponents and critics. Instead of embracing some measure of accountability, he deflected and blamed the media.

“A very big part of the anger we see today in our society is caused by the purposely false and inaccurate reporting of the mainstream media that I refer to as Fake News,” he tweeted on Oct. 25. “It has gotten so bad and hateful that it is beyond description. Mainstream Media must clean up its act, FAST!”

Mr. Trump, followed up with another tweet continuing to blame the media, saying, “Funny how lowly rated CNN, and others, can criticize me at will, even blaming me for the current spate of bombs and ridiculously comparing this to September 11th and the Oklahoma City bombing. Yet when I criticize them, they go wild and scream, ‘It’s just not Presidential!’ ”

A divine warning for an errant nation

With the midterm elections just weeks away, and in the aftermath of these attempted mail bombings, many people will flock to the polls and cast their ballots in a racially and politically charged climate that seems to have created an irreversible chasm between Black and White—and White versus White.

A coming clash and breakdown in American society is one of the major warnings found in the Teachings of the Honorable Elijah Muhammad and the analysis and words of caution spoken by Minister Farrakhan. In numerous messages and in his book, “A Torchlight for America,” Minister Farrakhan has repeated warnings that America must engage in a deep and abiding change if she hopes to survive. “Without an advocate for the poor, without a new state of mind in America, the country lies on the brink of anarchy. Anarchy is the complete absence of government. It’s a condition of political disorder, violence and lawlessness in the society. We saw signs of it in Los Angeles after the Rodney King verdict,” he wrote. “Anarchy may await America, due to the daily injustices suffered by the people. There really can be no peace without justice. There can be no justice without truth. And there can be no truth, unless someone rises up to tell you the truth.” Min. Farrakhan has also warned that Mr. Trump has pulled back the layers of civility White America has used to cover her deep, deep divisions and ugliness.

He also warned the country is headed down a destructive path and has earned the chastisement of God for evil done to the Black once-slaves of this nation and their descendants and the Native Americans. If America wants to escape the judgement of God, she must do things she has never done in her history and engage in an unheard of level of atonement, reconciliation and responsibility.

“We were on the cusp of the great war of Armageddon before Trump was voted into office. The war of Armageddon, which is the war between good and evil, the war between God and Satan, that’s the war between Black and White. The falsity of the American lie of integration and brotherhood, that’s always been a charade, and time is forcing it to be exposed,” commented Dr. Wesley Muhammad, a Nation of Islam student minister and author. He holds a Ph.D. in Islamic Studies.

While Dr. Muhammad pointed out rising racial animus, not only with the mail bombs, but also the shooting deaths of the Black man and woman by a White man in Kentucky.

Racial clashes and violence have risen in the country with high profile events. The violence of the White right wing, which resulted in the death of a young White woman during protests in Charlottesville, Va., last year, is being countered by anarchist and left-leaning groups like Antifa, which are determined to confront racist groups and go toe-to-toe with them.

“White America is a very amoral culture, despite the eloquent clich├ęs and talking points we hear consistently,” Dr. Muhammad said. “Remember, the scripture describes us, the Black man and Woman in America, as being born in sin and shaped in iniquity. That is talking about the sin and iniquity of America.”

(The Associated Press contributed to this report.)

Tuesday, October 23, 2018

From The Final Call Newspaper

Defending Min. Farrakhan and fighting the oppressor’s false charges

By Charlene Muhammad @sischarlene National Correspondent

(l) Jonathan Greenblatt, ADL CEO and National Director, at the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) National Leadership Summit in Washington, D.C. on May 6. (r) Alan Dershowitz promoting his newest book, "The Case Against Impeaching Trump," at the Barnes & Noble in Union Square in New York City on July 11. Photos: AP

The Zionist Jews and their imps are at it again on social media and mainstream news with relentless, unfounded attacks against the Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan of the Nation of Islam.

During his Holy Day of Atonement message delivered Oct. 14 at the Aretha Franklin Amphitheater, the beloved Muslim and world leader confronted head-on those Whites and Jews who hate him and have deceived Blacks.

“So when they talk about Farrakhan, call me a hater. You know what they do … call me an anti-Semite; stop it! I’m anti-termite,” said Minister Farrakhan.

His haters came out on social media, but those who defend Farrakhan responded as well, saying the attacks, lies, and disrespect of this man with a pristine, in fact, divine character will not be tolerated.

“I think that’s what the attacks are for is to isolate him. The thing that always has puzzled me is those Jewish organizations that attack him, and I refer to Zionist organizations specifically, why aren’t they attacking the people that marched in Charlottesville?” asked Professor Ray Winbush of Morgan State University.

He was referring to the violent August 2017 Unite the Right rally in Charlottesville, Virginia.

“There seems to be almost a silence on the part of Jewish organizations about the clear hatred that these people have done with their primary leader, a dead Adolf Hitler, who clearly killed them,” Prof. Winbush told The Final Call. “Minister Farrakhan hasn’t done anything to Jewish people! There are several Jewish people and organizations in Chicago and elsewhere that support him! It seems that the people that these organizations need to be most concerned about are the ones who have a history of killing innocent Jewish people.”

A major Twitter attack came from Chelsea Clinton, daughter of former President Bill Clinton and former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton. She tweeted a clip of Minister Farrakhan’s address to her 2.38 million Twitter followers, saying it was wrong, dangerous and anti-Semitic.

Minister Farrakhan’s supporters say most Blacks aren’t fazed by the attacks and they haven’t diminished his support. And, they add, the Minister never called Jews termites.

According to Jesse Muhammad, social media director for Minister Farrakhan, not a day goes by when he is not attacked online, because the enemy wants the Minister banned from social media. But there are also daily efforts to defend Min. Farrakhan and spread his message of truth.

Rep. Al Green’s (D-Texas) comments and others on Twitter regarding Min. Farrakhan were met with swift responses from members of the Nation of Islam and supporters of Min. Farrakhan.

Twitter has not replaced his verified blue check since removing it back in May, however, Jesse Muhammad stated, “Minister Farrakhan was verified long before social media came into existence, and, in their so-called purge, they took down tens of thousands of his followers, but interestingly, leading up to the Day of Atonement, Minister Farrakhan’s Twitter followers started skyrocketing at a very unusual pace.”

Among the latest attackers are groups like Christians United for Israel and others from various parts of the country and world—even from as far as Israel, according to Jesse Muhammad.

When those who defend Min. Farrakhan respond with intelligence, truth, actual facts and dignity, the enemy responds with curse words and even death threats, he noted.

“This is evident that the Minister must have sprayed some form of termite repellant that stirred up those that have practiced and continue to practice Talmudic ways by eating at the foundation and the carcass of a dead people chosen by God,” continued Jesse Muhammad.

Minister Farrakhan stated in Detroit, “I don’t know nothing about hating somebody because of their religious preference, but just like they called our ancestors in the ’30s ‘voodoo people,’ they figure ‘anti-Semite’ would be a good thing to put on us. Farrakhan hates Jews. … Stop it!”

Jewish people cannot produce any Jew that my followers have harmed in 40 years, added Minister Farrakhan. “You haven’t found us defiling a synagogue. Our Qur’an teaches us if we see something like that stop it,” he said.

Ants, pointed out Nation of Islam Student Minister Nuri Muhammad, are black, brown, and red and they get along, but there’s also a white ant, which is called the termite. “The termite is the kind of ant that’s white or pale in color, that is like a termite, always behind the scenes, behind the structure, eroding away at the wood that supports the structure,” he stated.

“When the Minister said he’s anti-termite, he’s anti-any group of people that will gather their unity together to be behind the movements, behind our organizations, behind our fight for justice and be eroding the very structure that supports these movements. That has been the legacy of the Jews with the NAACP and the Urban League as they stated as part of their objective, we want to make sure that if we fund you that you become a non-economic, liberal organization, which is what they’ve become,” he said.

Congressman Al Green (D-Texas) perplexed many when he jumped into the fray, retweeting an article about Minister Farrakhan and accusing the Minister of bigotry.

“I haven’t talked to him yet, and I’m trying to be balanced and understand what would cause him to repudiate a friend, someone he has supported and has supported him! What is his reality?” asked Abdul Haleem Muhammad, Nation of Islam Southwest Region student minister. “I would have expected (Rep. Green) to call me to get clarity or to get the Minister’s quote in its context before issuing a public statement like that,” he added.

Jesse Muhammad, who is also from Houston, said Congressman Green should be ashamed of himself. The Black lawmaker faced death threats from President Trump’s supporters and Minister Farrakhan and the Nation of Islam came to his aid, he said. Further, where was all the outrage when a chief rabbi in Israel called Blacks monkeys, or when President Trump’s daughter and son-in-law were blessed by the same rabbi? Jesse Muhammad asked.

“I think when it comes to all of this, there’s a serious racist double-standard and the double standard is very clear in the sense that the Jewish community rarely holds itself accountable for its irresponsible behavior towards Blacks,” said Dr. Boyce Watkins, author, entrepreneur and advocate for Black economic empowerment.

“You have a music industry that is heavily Jewish dominated that allows musical artists to promote Hitler-level genocide in the Black community and the Jewish community has never held them accountable for that.”

“You have a music industry where Jewish run record labels are allowed to refer to Black people as niggers but they would never say anything that derogatory about their own people,” argued Dr. Watkins.

Final Call Newspaper from April of this year examining anti-Black racism among members of the Jewish community.

“You have a music industry that is heavily Jewish controlled that is incredibly disrespectful to Black women, that has promoted mass marketed messaging that has led to the deaths of more Black people that died in World War II than in Nazi Germany. So to some extent, when Minister Farrakhan says he’s anti-termite, he’s talking about the termites in this world, who will either eat off the Black community and give nothing back, or will destroy the Black community and not expect to ever be held accountable, so if he is anti-termite, I am anti-termite.

“We should all be anti-termite, and saying that you’re anti-termite only translates to being an anti-Semite if you happen to be one of the termites,” he added.

“I heard everything the Minister said at the Million Man March. They are attempting to slander his name, his good works that he has demonstrated toward humanity as a whole,” said JaMo Shabazz, who like other Detroit activists and those who heard the Minister speak rejected the false charges of anti-Semitism. “And what I took from the message on he is anti-termite, he was speaking of the One Percent of White Jewish men who hold 90 percent of the wealth of the world, who profess that they represent Black, Latino, poor Whites and Jewish brothers and sisters but they don’t. They don’t truly represent us as a human family.”

“As a human family we must come together and fight against that oppression. They take that statement and say he is talking about the entire Jewish community and everybody knows that’s not true. Historically speaking, there is evidence that shows wealthy Jews played a role in the Holocaust of their own brothers and sisters, so when the Minister is speaking out against these wealthy small percent of these Jewish men that own 90 percent of the wealth he is not speaking against the entire Jewish community, it is obvious the masses of Jewish people don’t have the power,” he continued.

“When you are speaking about termites, that is what they represent, they are termites eating at the souls of those in poverty and that don’t have a voice in the world,” added Mr. Shabazz of the Melanic Islamic Palace of the Rising Sun in Detroit.

“I think personally that it is an oxymoron for someone who has inherited their ancestors’ conversion to Judaism to call the original Semitic people anti-Semitic,” commented Sutton Bey, an activist in Detroit who is Moorish American.

“The original Semitic people look just like Farrakhan,” he said. “People who are knowledgeable know who the Semitic people are and were. They are dark skinned people. We are the ancient Hebrews. We are the original Semitic people. We are not anti-Semitic. We are anti-devil that has infiltrated the Semitic system and Semitic spiritualism.”

“The Minister’s comments were directed at a very specific group within the Jewish community. Taken out of context some may think it was a blanket statement on the religion of Judaism. However, those of us who were in the audience were clear about who he was speaking about,” commented Khalid el-Hakim.

“Being critical of corruption and evil practiced by so-called followers of Judaism isn’t anti-Semitic. His comments were admonishing them for misrepresenting God’s religion,” said the Motor City activist.

Thousands listened to Min. Farrakhan’s address at the venue in Detroit or in other parts of the country via webcast.

“Who has time to hate? I just can’t stand it when people say the Minister teaches hate. No, he doesn’t,” said Helen Miller, who viewed the Oct. 14 message from Washington, D.C., at Muhammad Mosque No. 4.

Members of Neturei Karta, an Orthodox Jewish community opposed to the State of Israel, met with Min. Farrakhan several years ago in Chicago. In 1999, a leader of the group denounced Zionism and called for a return to the guidance of the Torah. Photo: The Final Call

“He doesn’t know anything about hating someone because of their religion. Those Jews got it all wrong. Like the Minister said, Jews are anti-Black,” said the retiree.

Kevin Dennis watched the broadcast via internet from Nation of Islam headquarters at Mosque Maryam in Chicago. He heard Min. Farrakhan’s observations about Black entertainers and many of their White Jewish managers.

“That’s the only reason they stick around, to make profit off of us,” said Mr. Dennis. “You can see it in everyday life. They’ve never treated us equally.”

(Katrina Muhammad reported from Detroit and Final Call staff contributed to this report.)