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From The Final Call Newspaper

America’s law enforcement double standards, hypocrisy on full display

By The Final Call
- January 12, 2021

Less than a week into 2021, supporters of President Donald Trump stormed the U.S. Capitol, leaving five people dead, over 50 police officers injured and over 90 people arrested. As the country and world watched the mayhem taking place, many took to social media to question the way White insurrectionists were treated by law enforcement versus how Black protesters are usually handled. It was hypocrisy on full display, observers argued.

“It’s plain for everyone to see that there is a stark contrast, a double standard. There are two Americas. There are two responses by the same police and military forces of this country, law enforcement personnel in this country, when it comes to Black folks who are resisting and protesting the violence against our bodies and our communities by the state government,” Michael McBride, co-founder of the Black Church PAC and national director of the Live Free campaign, told The Final Call.

“When we protest, we are met with terror. But when White folks terrorize us, they are met with accommodations and cooperation.”

What was witnessed Jan. 6 when the Capitol Building in Washington, D.C., was overrun, was a blatant racial double standard, argued critics.


In a Dec. 30 statement, Black Lives Matter D.C. demanded the city government and business leaders stop the Jan. 6 protest that was planned. “Tell the racists that they’re not welcome in our city,” said Née Née Taylor, a core organizer with Black Lives Matter DC (BLM-DC).

In this combination of photos, on June 3, 2020, demonstrators, left, protest the death of George Floyd at the U.S. Capitol in Washington and Trump supporters try to break through a police barrier Jan. 6, 2021, at the same location. (AP Photos)

In a follow-up statement released Jan. 6, BLM-DC wrote, “We tried to warn you.”

“We tried to warn the mayor and other elected officials, hotels and other businesses and we demanded that our city and sacred Black spaces be protected. Though we remain unsurprised, it should have never gotten to this point,” the statement says. “Instead of brutalizing Black Lives Matter activists, D.C. officials should have intervened months ago. White supremacists were emboldened and made to feel comfortable, confident and secure to come to our city and reign terror.”

This past summer, Black Lives Matter activists in D.C. who were protesting police killings of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor and others saw a different reality than those who stormed the Capitol a few days ago. On June 1, Black Lives Matter demonstrators clashed with thousands of law enforcement personnel. Meanwhile, White rioters faced very little resistance as they stormed the Capitol. The Associated Press reported that according to senior defense officials and two people familiar with the matter, three days before rioters descended on the Capitol, the Pentagon asked the Capitol Police if it needed National Guard manpower, and on the day of, Justice Department leaders reached out to offer up FBI agents. The police turned both down.

Supporters of President Donald Trump climb the west wall of the the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2021, in Washington. (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana)

“I would’ve just definitely had it set up pretty much like I did with Black Lives Matter. They had the military, Park Police, everybody was involved. They had helicopters. There just wasn’t enough preparation for this, and that fell on somebody’s shoulders,” said a retired U.S. Capitol Police officer who asked The Final Call to withhold his name. “I don’t know if it was deliberate that they just did a soft-hand approach or if it was something that just happened, but it never should’ve happened, because when you start dealing with a crowd this agitated for a situation so delicate as what was going on, in my opinion, you should have handled it like it was a powder keg.”

Jan. 6 insurrectionists were tended to by police and video footage showed in some instances, rioters calmly walked down the Capitol’s steps by law enforcement. While George Floyd protesters were violently taken into custody, Capitol rioters posed for selfies near police in riot gear. One cop was seen running from the crowd, and video footage showed police opening the gates to the compound.

Family and friends of Miriam Carey, who was killed last year by Capitol Police, protest her death on the West Front of the Capitol, October 3, 2014. Carey was shot and killed by Capitol Police on October 3, 2013.

Corey Pegues, a retired executive from the New York City Police Department and an expert on police-related topics, told The Final Call that what happened indicates two things: one, White people get a pass and two, the police were not prepared in numbers.

“They did not prepare properly. But I think it’s more the (former), that they give White people a pass other than they weren’t prepared,” he said. “I think it’s more of them saying ‘hey, it’s just a bunch of White people coming here. They’re just gonna come and say no justice no peace and they’re gonna go home.’ Well, golly, they were surprised, because a bunch of rowdy White people came and overtook our most sacred ground of law, the Capitol.”

Mr. Pegues said, the upper echelon of Capitol Police should be relieved of duty for the lack of preparation. U.S. Capitol Police Chief Steven Sund is resigning effective Jan. 16 amid the tremendous criticism.

When the Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan of the Nation of Islam organized the Million Man March on October 16, 1995, police forces were fully prepared. The retired U.S. Capitol Police officer said they closed everything down. “All the buildings were closed down, and they had everybody. Everybody was on hand to work,” he said. That day was a peaceful gathering of nearly two million Black men under the theme of atonement, reconciliation and responsibility. No crime was reported in D.C. that day and the Capitol grounds were left clean after the massive gathering.

Eunique Jones Gibson, a cultural architect and social activist, tweeted that her father, Butch T. Jones, who served as a Capitol Hill Police officer for 37 years, told her that there was a time when Minister Farrakhan was on the Hill with four people and the SWAT Team was waiting in the garage.

“He just told me about a time when Farrakhan was on the Hill with 4 men. Not 40. Not 14. FOUR. They had the SWAT Team in the garage and held the entire department until Farrakhan left. He said if you even mention his name, all days off were canceled due to prep,” she continued.

Political and social justice activist Linda Sarsour shared via Instagram that she co-organized a women-led civil disobedience gathering in June 2018, where Capitol Police arrested over 600 women. In October 2013, Miriam Carey, a Black woman, was shot and killed by Capitol Police after she hit a security barrier one block away from the White House. Officers engaged her in a car chase and shot 26 times while her 13-month-old baby was in the car.

The day after the White riot, President-elect Joe Biden acknowledged the double standard. “No one can tell me that if it had been a group of Black Lives Matter protesters yesterday that they wouldn’t have been treated very differently than the mob that stormed the Capitol,” he said.

Police hold off Trump supporters who tried to break through a police barrier, Jan. 6, at the Capitol in Washington, D.C. As Congress prepared to affirm President-elect Joe Biden’s victory, thousands of people gathered to show their support for President Donald Trump and his claims of election fraud. Photo: AP/Wide World Photos

Mr. McBride said part of the reason for the differences in treatment is because Blackness is criminalized in the mainstream consciousness of the country. He also explained how White law enforcement officials have family members in White supremacist extremist groups and therefore have empathy and compassion for them. One Metro D.C. police officer said in a Facebook post that off-duty police officers and members of the military, who were among the rioters, flashed their badges and I.D. cards.

“There’s no way in the world that a group of Black people could announce for weeks that they’re going to have thousands of people come to Washington, D.C. and do a protest and they do not activate thousands and thousands of cops,” Mr. Pegues said. “So you gotta understand one thing. I’ve been in policing 21 years. White people are not afraid of the police because the police are hands off on White people, so that’s why it’s so easy for them. Black people wouldn’t even attempt to break a window in the Capitol, because you know you’re going to get shot down.”

He said he thinks the country is in a good space, now, because everything is out in front.

Dr. Greg Carr is a professor and chair of the Department of Africana Studies at Howard University. He told The Final Call he was encouraged by the White riot.

“I tip my cap to those people on Wednesday, because you have removed any Joe Biden foolishness talk, talking about I want to reach across the aisle. Ain’t no aisle to reach across. They tore it up on Wednesday,” Dr. Carr said.

Dr. Carr added, that, with the inauguration of President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris, now is the time to break up the Republican filibuster, put more money into people’s pockets, pass the John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act and pass the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act.

He also said what took place is the possibility of the next major turning point in the fall of America, referencing words from the Honorable Elijah Muhammad, the patriarch of the Nation of Islam.

“These White people see something that is very real. The country they were promised, the country they were deluded into believing exists, their country is slipping away. It’s all slipping away,” he said. “So if that America falls, this is their death cry. They don’t have a choice but to go in there and try to save it.”

From The Final Call Newspaper

After terrifying police raid, Black women, men stand with Anjanette Young

By The Final Call
- January 5, 2021

By LaRisa Lynch and J.S. Adams

CHICAGO—Anjanette Young recently got her heart-to-heart talk with Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot, according to the mayor’s press office. Details of the meeting, which took place Dec. 31, were not disclosed, but a joint press statement released by the mayor’s office called the meeting “very candid and productive.”

“We both acknowledge that today’s conversation, was but a step towards Ms. Young’s healing,” the statement read. “Today’s conversation was not a resolution to the problematic issues that both parties acknowledge exist— which led to the events of February 21, 2019 at Ms. Young’s home. However, there could be no resolution without first engaging in a substantive conversation.”

The statement went on to say: “We are both committed to continuing to identify areas of common ground relating to these issues and to working towards necessary policy changes together.”

Ms. Young is the 50-year-old Black social worker who was handcuffed naked by Chicago police in a wrong raid on her near West Side apartment in February 2019. The incident was caught on police bodycam video, which showed Ms. Young standing handcuffed naked and terrified as police rummaged through her apartment. In the footage, Ms. Young is heard telling police 43 times that they have the wrong house and was not allowed to dress. It took police nearly 40 minutes to finally cover the Black woman with a blanket and then eventually to get dressed.

An earlier meeting between the two was called off when Mayor Lightfoot balked at the meeting’s terms. Ms. Young requested the meeting be held at her church, Progressive Baptist Church, followed by a townhall meeting with the mayor, city aldermen and Police Superintendent David Brown.

Anjanette Young

But the Dec. 31 meeting capped off a contentious week as fallout from the wrong raid continued. Several aldermen from the city’s Progressive Caucus questioned Mayor Lightfoot’s commitment to transparency when the first meeting fell through. And newly released emails reveal the mayor was told of the wrong raid on Ms. Young’s home earlier then she claimed, according to local media reports.

Mayor Lightfoot initially claimed she learned of the raid in December as part of WBBM-TV News’ ongoing investigation of wrong raids by police. A top mayoral aide sent an email about the raid characterizing it as “pretty bad” nine months after it occurred in 2019. Mayor Lightfoot later recalled learning of the raid in November 2019. And under mounting community pressure, the police department released additional videos and body-worn camera footage of the raid on Ms. Young’s apartment.
Black women and community close ranks in support

The developments in Ms. Young’s case come on the heels of a protest rally and march called by Rainbow PUSH Coalition’s Women’s Auxiliary. Nearly 100 Black women and a few men marched outside the Chicago Police Department’s Bronzeville headquarters Dec. 27. This comes on the heels of another protest led by Black women activists earlier in the month.
Rev Jesse Jackson take part in rally calling for protection of Black women

The intergenerational group of women wore pink armbands in solidarity with Ms. Young and chanted “Say her name. Anjanette Young” and “Black women matter.” Others held signs embossed with “I am a woman,” “I am Anjanette Young,” and “You got the wrong house”— the phrase Ms. Young repeated 43 times as police searched her apartment.

The women, part of a coalition of 50 local and national women-led organizations, braved a cold Sunday afternoon to denounce Ms. Young’s treatment by the all-White male officers. But they also came with a list of demands including firing of the officers involved in the raid, immediate reparation for Ms. Young and greater police reforms at both state and local levels. They want the city to fully implement the federal consent decree and to pass the Civilian Police Accountability Council or CPAC, which will give community control over the police. The bill has been stuck in the public safety committee in Chicago City Council since 2019.

More specifically supporters want the city to stop shielding errant police actions. They want a repeal of the state’s law enforcement bill of rights. Illinois is one of the few states that have such a statute, which makes it more difficult to discipline or fire police officers.

“That is part of the systemic oppression,” said Westside Justice Center’s Tanya D. Woods, Esq., of the state’s peace officers’ disciplinary act. “If you have to go through this lengthy process [including] a jury of their own peers, we will never see justice done. Anywhere there are rules, procedures and laws that are disparately enforced, we see disparate outcomes when it comes to race, and at the bottom of that barrel is often Black women.”

Rev. Janette Wilson, of the Rainbow PUSH Coalition called for transparency and accountability, which were hallmarks of Mayor Lightfoot’s 2019 mayoral run, but were absent in the handling of Young’s case. Rev. Wilson wants the names of the police officers who she said “thought so little of the dignity and humanity of this woman (Young)” revealed. She also wants the name of the judge who signed off on the search warrant.
Black women demand respect at Dec 15 protest in Chicago

“We want to know the record of that judge so that we can take him out in the next election,” said Rev. Wilson, noting that Ms. Young represents many who’ve been violated by this criminal injustice system. “It is not enough to say good words. We want policies and legislations in [the state’s] veto sessions when you come back in January. We want criminal justice to be on the agenda,” she said.

Illinois’ first Black female Lt. Governor Juliana Stratton lauded Ms. Young’s bravery in the midst of the degradation and humiliation she endured by Chicago police.

“Just as Anjanette Young had the courage to speak out, we too must have the courage to speak out,” she told the crowd. “We … cannot move forward as a society if we do not firmly commit to protecting Black women and girls.”

That protection, Lt. Gov. Stratton said, must extend to pay equity in jobs, fear from physical, sexual and emotional violence in one’s homes and one’s communities. That protection, she added, must be created “through policies and practices” that affirm Black women and girls be treated “as we deserve and in a way that honors our humanity,” said Lt. Gov. Stratton, the mother of four daughters.

“Protect Black women. Believe Black women. I am Anjanette Young,” she said leading the crowd in a chant.

Attending the rally was personal for Nicole Johnson, founder of the NIA Collective, a newly formed Black women’s group advancing racial and economic justice in Chicago. Johnson attends the same church as Young.

“So, it really could have been me,” she said, noting that the video of the raid reminded her of Black women on a slave auction block having their value speculated over by White men. “But she (Young) was not valued at all.”

Ms. Johnson, who also spoke at the rally, sees similarities in Ms. Young’s wrong raid and that of Breonna Taylor’s, who was killed by Louisville police in her own home. “If this video had not been blocked earlier last year, this could have prevented Breonna Taylor’s botched home raid as well. We need to speak out and protect our Black women.”

And part of protecting Black women is not using the police bodycam footage from Young’s apartment as a training video, something Lightfoot suggested, she noted.

“We don’t need it to be a training video because that could further condition people to respond in a violent way to Black women,” Ms. Johnson said. “You should not use someone’s trauma to train others. There are other ways of doing that.”

What happened to Ms. Young occurs repeatedly in Helen Tuyner’s Englewood community on Chicago’s South Side. That is why Tuyner’s organization Black Community Collaborative is hosting an upcoming Black women’s march. The 1KBlack Women’s March on City Hall takes place at 1 p.m. on January 11. The event kicks off at downtown’s Daley Plaza.

“It is important for me to stand with Anjanette Young because the community I live in, in Englewood, I know a lot of Anjanette Youngs,” Ms. Tuyner said. Though those raids are not televised, she said, it happens to a lot of young parents where police “ran into their homes, searched their homes without a warrant and traumatized them. It is systemic.”

But she hopes these marches, including hers, bring Black women together. “It is not so much as women empowerment, but it is women realizing the power that we have when we are rolling together. We are powerful, but imagine how powerful we are when we are rolling together,” Ms. Tuyner said.

Rev. Jesse L. Jackson Sr., Congressmen Bobby L. Rush (D-Ill) and Danny K. Davis (D-Ill) also attended the rally. Rev. Jackson, head of the Rainbow PUSH Coalition, blasted the police department, which he said has a system that protects police. Black people, he said, continue to be shot down by police nationwide with almost impunity. Two fatal police shootings in Ohio occurred when a Black man was shot while entering his home and another shot while holding a cellphone. But Rev. Jackson noted that if 11 Black cops wrongly entered a White woman’s house and handcuffed her naked, the scene in Chicago would be quite different.

“We cannot adjust to being violated in this way. We must end the carnage and genocide of Black people,” Rev. Jackson said. He urged law officials from the U.S. attorney general to local state’s attorney to do their jobs and “stop the carnage and violation of Black people.”

“People must protect and serve and not kill and go to desk duty. If you shoot somebody in the back, that’s murder and you should be charged with murder quickly,” he said.

Jojackson Igietseme was among the handful of men attending the event. He said he was not surprised by the few men in attendance. Many actions against social and racial injustice are led by Black women even though men are often the victim of these injustices, he said.

“I think it is very important that as Black men we show up for Black women,” said Mr. Igietseme, who’s visiting from Nashville, Tenn., for the holidays to see his girlfriend. Both attended the Dec. 27 rally. “There has been a lot of murders at the hands of police of Black men and Black women are always at the forefront of those movements.”

Showing up for Black women is the least men can do and it shouldn’t have to take proximity to a Black woman to support their cause, he added.

“It shouldn’t have to happen to your mother or your friend, or your sister or your aunt for you to step up,” Mr. Igietseme said. “There is more work to be done in terms of educating other Black men about how to show up for Black women in a number of different ways. It is not just a hashtag on Twitter that you throw up pictures. It’s actually doing the work and being there.”
A disturbing pattern of abuse, but not surprising

When he first heard about what happened to Ms. Young, Houston community organizer Kaleb Taylor said he was in disbelief. But after hearing the specifics of the case, he was not surprised.

“It just is a reincarnation of the situation that got Breonna Taylor killed and we’ve seen this occur in city [after] city and police department [after] police department of reckless behavior,” he said.

For Mr. Taylor, this also hits closer to home. He says one of his coworkers dealt with police bursting into her home, which was the wrong location, under a no-knock warrant.

“Had it been a situation like Breonna Taylor’s where someone in the home was rightfully armed and seeking to defend themselves against what could’ve been a home invader or what have you, it could’ve ended with the loss of this woman’s life,” he said. Because of these experiences, Mr. Taylor believes these kinds of situations happen more often than the public may be aware of.

“With any case of police misconduct, the cases that make it to the media like this one are far and few in between. These are just flashpoints of what’s happening on a daily basis,” he said.

Ruben Roberts, former president of the Miami-Dade County chapter of the NAACP in Miami, Fla., says one of the most disturbing parts of this case was the lack of respect for Ms. Young.

“Here it is, they come into a person’s house. Clearly, they were in the wrong home. No-knock warrant and the lady is naked. They don’t even have the decency to put something on top of her,” Mr. Roberts said. “I felt that it was a total disregard for a person’s privacy, respect.” He described the move as a power play.

“One of them at least should’ve said listen, let’s put something on top of her. I just felt that they were totally disrespectful and it’s a trend when it comes down to African Americans,” he said.

Danielle Nolen, a young activist in Chicago, said she was devastated while watching the video.

“I had so many different thoughts going on in my mind because there’s so many instances where Black women are killed at the hands of police officers,” she said. “That’s why it was so hard for me to watch because I didn’t know what was going to happen in that video. It’s a really unfortunate situation for all Black women in America.”

As a young Black woman Ms. Nolen said hearing about cases like these is scary.

“I know people say this all the time, but the police are supposed to protect and serve but they don’t do that, especially with the Black community,” she said. “We don’t trust the police at all and it’s because of years and a history of abuse by them.”

As she watched the video, Ms. Nolen says it reminded her of instances where Black women aren’t listened to.

“[Ms. Young] said so many times, you got the wrong person and they just really didn’t listen to her,” Ms. Nolen said. “It makes me think about the medical field and when Black women call the police and they just don’t show up. It just really puts us in more danger.”

Ms. Nolen says she was disappointed at how Ms. Lightfoot handled the situation.

“As a Black woman, I felt like it was her job to really protect us, especially Black women in Chicago,” Ms. Nolen said. “It really hurt to see that she knew about that video and she just didn’t say anything to us about it or just didn’t bring it up at all.”

Mr. Taylor said Ms. Lightfoot’s response made the case more frustrating for him. “We have a Black mayor in Chicago and although there has been conflicting statements about when she knew about it, the fact is she knew about it in 2019 and there still hasn’t been, in my opinion, enough of a concerted effort to ensure this doesn’t happen again,” he said. “And the fact that this administration fought to keep this video from becoming public, it just shows that having Black faces in institutions that are still rooted in systemic racism does not mean liberation for Black people.”

Mr. Roberts says the disregard for Black life is present, regardless of who’s in leadership.

“Whether it’s a Black chief or a White chief or whatever, they have a disregard for African Americans in this country when it comes down to policing,” he said. “They are not protecting and serving people in the Black community; they’re policing people in the Black community and I have a serious problem with that.”

Barbara Arnwine, a lawyer and founder of the Washington, D.C.-based organization Transformative Justice Coalition, says there’s no excuse for what happened to Ms. Young.

“This happens too often to Black women and it’s a pattern and practice of police departments and is absolutely inexcusable,” she said.

Ms. Arnwine says she also went through a wrongful police raid about a decade ago. She says the experience was traumatic for her family, including for her 80-year-old mother at the time, who was not fully covered.

“One of the complaints in [Ms. Young’s] case is that there weren’t women,” Ms. Arnwine said. “When they raided my home, knowing there were women in the house, they brought no women officers. Not one to be on the scene.”

Ms. Arnwine says according to reports, officers know a high percentage of people will be naked during raids, largely because they are typically conducted in the very early hours of the morning.

“It is, as [Ms. Young] said, sexual assault,” Ms. Arnwine said. “I agree with her. And it’s purposeful, deliberate, planned sexual assault, because they know of the condition of what Black women or the other women will be in that household.”

The fact that the city of Chicago sat on the situation for months disturbed Ms. Arnwine.

“It just shows that even with a Black woman mayor that you could have this kind of abuse, because police are not subjected to just the leadership of the city,” she said. “They don’t take on that characteristic. They continue to be imbued with their origins, of seeing themselves as being there for racial control.”

With cases such as Ms. Young’s coming to light in the wake of the death of Breonna Taylor, Ms. Arnwine said this sends a message to the world that Black women are vulnerable targets.

“But the good news is that Black women, we have a whole different reality about who we are,” she said. “That regardless of this mistreatment, we’re gonna speak out like Ms. Young is doing. She’s not just speaking out for herself; she’s speaking out for every Black woman in the United States.”

“Often Black bodies and Black women aren’t seen as representative of all women,” she said. “We’re seen as some kind of unique category of women that doesn’t apply to White women, Latino women, other women. But the fact that all women of all races took to the streets is a powerful reminder that we’re beginning to penetrate the consciousness of some women, that we all are capable of being assaulted by police in a brutal and evil, sexist way.”

From The Final Call Newspaper

A Year of Warning and Guidance by Allah’s (God’s) Divine Servant

By Starla Muhammad, Managing Editor
- December 29, 2020

“No weapon that is formed against thee shall prosper; and every tongue that shall rise against thee in judgment thou shalt condemn. This is the heritage of the servants of the Lord, and their righteousness is of me, saith the Lord.”—Isaiah 54:17 KJV

CHICAGO—Unlike previous years, the Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan did not speak in public very many times in 2020. But when he did, his messages were powerful, potent, and pregnant with knowledge and Divine insight.

In what was a difficult and trying year for millions of people, Min. Farrakhan left no doubt in his supporters, detractors, and enemies that after 60-plus decades of his unwavering work and sacrifice on behalf of Black and oppressed people, that his faith in Allah (God) and the wisdom and guidance he receives from his teacher, the Most Honorable Elijah Muhammad, remains strong and unshakable.

2020 marked a year in which the number of Min. Farrakhan’s messages decreased, but what is contained in these messages is immeasurable.


Prior to the onslaught of the Covid-19 pandemic that struck the world, disproportionately impacting the U.S., devastating the economy, healthcare and educational systems, and disrupting the lives of everyday Americans, Min. Farrakhan warned of what was on the horizon during his Saviours’ Day 2020 message delivered Feb. 23 in Detroit, “The Unraveling of a Great Nation.”

President Donald Trump had just been acquitted by the U.S. Senate after being impeached by the House of Representatives and political anger and acrimony was seemingly at an all-time high. The Minister observed that he was not looking at America in its finest hour. He warned Blacks in particular, that they were opting to be part of that which is “unraveling right in front of your eyes.”

“You see the country cascading downward. You see the moral fiber of America getting into the gutter. Who wants a membership in a house of whores? Bought and paid for leaders. Nobody can stand up if the enemy says, ‘you don’t stand up for that.’ Satan is having a field day with America. Evil has been made fair seeming,” the Minister told a capacity crowd of thousands at the TCF Center. He called his message one full of good news and warning.

From The Final Call Newspaper

Why Black People Cannot Trust The Pfizer Vaccine

By The Final Call
- December 16, 2020

Unrecognizable female scientist with bacteriological protection suit investigating a vaccine in the laboratory

by Wesley Muhammad, Ph.D. | Guest Columnist

The Pfizer pharmaceutical company beat everyone to the punch by being the first Covid-19 vaccine to be granted Emergency Use Authorization by the FDA. There is an aggressive media and government campaign to “[push] blacks, Hispanics and Native Americans to the front of the [vaccine] line, ahead of whites.”

The Department of Veterans Affairs has apparently determined that these groups will be given priority for receiving the vaccine once it is available, despite the fact that 60 percent of the Covid-19 cases and 61 percent of the deaths among veterans are White (16 percent and 22 percent are Black, respectively).

But Black people have every reason to be profoundly suspicious of Pfizer as Pfizer has a history of doing horrendous medical experiments on Black people for profit. American drug companies routinely hop across borders in Africa, Asia, Eastern Europe and Latin America conducting risky drug experiments with little oversight. This is a legacy of the colonial view of “The Colony as Laboratory” for the Western powers.

Foreign drug trials in the Third World are cheaper, faster, and provide huge pools of human guinea pigs for experimentation with minimal red tape or regulation. In 2006 Rep. Tom Lantos of California, the senior Democrat on the International Relations committee, cited an unconscionable Pfizer case as an example of “large pharmaceutical companies, both here and in Europe … using these poor, illiterate and uniformed people as guinea pigs.”

From The Final Call Newspaper

Surviving the Valley of Death Farrakhan warns of genocidal plot against Black America, and calls for renewed effort to unite in a critical hour

By Naba'a Muhammad
- December 15, 2020

African american man looking at coronavirus covid-19 syring when medical staff injecting vaccine to arm muscle to build immunization of coronavirus covid-19 for him

The Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan of the Nation of Islam was inspired as he spoke to a virtual summit that brought Black activists, thought leaders and scholars together in an effort to forge a strong and effective Black united front. But he called for awareness of the dangerous time in which Blacks live and the ongoing genocidal effort to destroy an entire people.

Organized by Sadiki Kambon of the Nubian Leadership Circle, the gathering closed Dec. 12 with an address by Min. Farrakhan and included the participation of scholar Cornel West, Dr. E. Faye Williams of the National Congress of Black Women, Dr. Ray Winbush of Morgan State University, legendary broadcaster and activist Bob Law and others. The theme of the online gathering was “Having The Will To Afrikan Nation Build!” The Nubian Leadership Circle is a nationwide alliance of Black leadership groups and organizations.

The Minister expressed great joy at the spirit, aim and content of the virtual conference and its potential good for Black people. But, he warned, there is another side to what is happening today—the anger, hatred and determination of Whites to destroy Black people, said Min. Farrakhan.

“Do you know the enemy? Do you really know the enemy? Do you really think he’s happy to see what you’re doing today? Do you really think that he will not hesitate to destroy us when he sees his end in sight?” he asked.

While stoking fear about the Covid-19 pandemic, the enemy wants Black people to take recently approved vaccines, but the former children of our slave masters can never be trusted, warned Min. Farrakhan.

“Now we have to survive because the Death Plan is in motion. What is the Death Plan? You say, ‘well Black folks are the most prone to the covid virus.’ Why is that? Because of the comorbidity conditions: diabetes, heart failure, obesity. Name all the comorbidity problems—we lead in that. But let me ask you this. How did we get in this condition?” he asked.

The worst food is sent to Blacks, shipped via zip code, and tainted drinking water is widespread, he said.

Blacks don’t need a Pfizer vaccine, they need healthy food, proper medical treatment, vitamin D and the healing properties of the sun, Min. Farrakhan added.

“The Honorable Elijah Muhammad told me that in the sun there are billions of vitamins that you can’t get in anything that is created except through the sun,” he continued. “And when the day of disease comes the vitamins rise up to defend us against disease. That’s why in the Caribbean they’re not worried about a pandemic down there.”

The death plot is extensive and includes not just the rushed vaccines but corporate misdeeds and readily available bad food. Residue from atomic weapons and placed in drums is leeching into oceans with the toxic waste poisoning food from the sea, said Min. Farrakhan.

“You trust so much your enemy. And you’re so fearful of a man that will tell you the truth,” Min. Farrakhan said.

He urged those involved in the summit to get to work quickly and to expand the gathering. No one group or leader has all of the answers but the unity of the whole of Black America is needed and the blueprint for success was seen in the historic 1995 Million Man March, Min. Farrakhan said.

“Beloved family all the wonderful things you talked about today we got to put it into practice; but we have to live. Those of you who are health professionals they want you to take the vaccine first. If the vaccine isn’t moving good enough, notice they’re talking about offering you money now. When has this devil ever offered you $1,000 or $1,500 to take a shot? They give you free shots of toxic waste. The same lead that’s in the water in Flint is in the water in Detroit, is in the water in Cleveland. It’s in the water in Chicago. You aren’t free. You are on a death watch. If you don’t understand it, you’re not going to be here to do all the wonderful things you talked about,” he said.

Don’t fear losing a job or being denied school because of refusal to take the Covid-19 vaccine, he continued. Do for yourself and create your own education system, which you have the expertise and knowledge to do, said the Minister.

He called for continuing to meet every three months and bringing the NAACP, which hosted the National African American Leadership Summit in the 1990s under executive director Ben Chavis, who was eventually ousted by the civil rights organization, and other groups to the table. NAALS drew a cross section of Black leaders, organizations and scholars together but Jewish groups worked to torpedo the effort by condemning and withholding funding from many Black groups involved because of the Minister’s participation.

But when Blacks came together absent White control, there was no stopping the Million Man March. Unity brought strength and needed information on Oct. 16, 1995 on the National Mall in Washington, D.C., even when leaders like the Rev. Jesse Jackson joined the effort late.

“Rev. Jackson was the only one when we had the Million Man March who spoke about what was going on in Congress with the criminal justice act where Mr. Biden was one of the principal architects of the Crime Bill. Remember that,” Min. Farrakhan said. And, the Minister added, a young organizer named Barack Obama was at the march.

“Remember the Million Man March. It took all of us working together to make that great, great day. That’s a template for how we can do what we need to do. Look beloved we can do it but we have to do it together. The Million Man March, you have never seen so many Black women at a Million Man March. The dais was full of Black women that loved what we were trying to do.”

Mrs. Betty Shabazz, the wife of Brother Malcolm X, was there and spoke. Earlier that year, the Minister had blasted the federal government after Qubilah Shabazz, a daughter of Malcolm X and Dr. Shabazz, was accused in a murder plot in conjunction with Jewish government informant Michael Fitzpatrick. Mrs. Shabazz and the Minister came together in May 6, 1995 at the Apollo Theater in Harlem for what became a celebration of the government essentially dropping the case against Qubilah Shabazz and steps toward reconciliation.

“We stood together. White folks went crazy because they love it when you hate each other. They love to feed your beefs, not me. You don’t hear me talking about nobody who is Black that is talking against me. I don’t. I can take it if it’s coming from you. I know you’re only speaking because you don’t know and I accept that. You know when you love somebody and they do things that injure you what do you do? You love Jesus? You do? I do too. So, I live Jesus. When they hit me, you don’t see me hitting them back. I give you another cheek because in the end I’m going to win. I’m going to get you for the sake of God and the truth,” said Min. Farrakhan.

“Let’s learn how to love each other. Believe me what a feeling it is. In that day at the Million Man March nearly two million showed up. Not one person fought another at the Million Man March. No crime in the city of Washington on that day because we brought them all together on a spiritual level,” he observed.

And, said Min. Farrakhan, “I’m free to go anywhere in the world because I’m supported by the Nation of Islam. I’ve sent others all over the world to conferences. I’ve helped other organizations that were dying with some of the money that these Believers that were on this program today give to me.”

The Nation is not a small group but all Black people in America who need to unite and serve as “a catalyst for the whole Black nation all over the earth to rise when we rise,” said the Minister.

He cautioned against too much faith in President-elect Joe Biden, though Mr. Biden may mean well. No single White man can deliver what is needed to change the condition of Black people, America is heavily divided and Blacks have never gotten what they deserve from the Democratic Party, said Min. Farrakhan.

Blacks rescued the Biden campaign, he said. “Our people wanted Mr. Trump out of there. I have never seen Black people talk about a White president like our people talked about Mr. Trump,” he said.

And, said Min. Farrakhan, “Kamala Harris is a heavyweight. Look at how White folks are thinking right now, ‘She’s a heartbeat away from being the first Black (female) president,’ if Mr. Biden dies while in office. So White folks are upset, that’s what I’m trying to tell you. They see our rise and we are witnessing their fall.”

“You can’t throw me away even if you want to. God isn’t going to let it happen,” added the Minister.

An aim for the Nubian Circle’s virtual gathering was to facilitate unity, build a “common base of operations” and develop a blueprint that individual organizations can use with collective support. The idea is to pool and create resources that will sustain the Black community from within and lessen reliance on outside support, explained Mr. Kambon.

The Nubian Leadership Circle meeting included seven issue areas or cadres: Spiritual Renewal; Health and Education; Land and Food; Economic Development; Arts and Culture; Family Essence; and Communication Technology.

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Minister Farrakhan has sponsored training in soil production and urban farming. In his recent address, he encouraged leaders to mobilize and learn these techniques to unite and heal our communities.

Min. Farrakhan explained that the 1995 Million Man March showed how unity on a spiritual level can bring success.

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The Covid-19 Vaccine and the U.S. policy of depopulation

By Ava Muhammad, Student National Spokesperson of the Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan
- December 8, 2020

Woman afraid of Microscopic real 3D model of the corona virus COVID-19. The image is a scientific interpretation of the virus with all relevant details : Spike Glycoproteins, Hemagglutinin-esterase, E- and M-Proteins and Envelope.

Part I of a series on the Covid-19 vaccine

“We will not accept your vaccine so you can slow down, because whenever you bring it out, it’s for your people. You give it to them because we are not accepting death. You are the very representative of death itself: the pale horse. Everywhere you have gone in the world, hell went right behind you. We are sick of hell and we are sick of death. So all of you that have made a covenant with death, your covenant is going to be annulled … your agreement with hell will be broken.”—The Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan

In addition to the above words lifted from the Criterion on July 4, 2020, Minister Farrakhan said it would be a declaration of war on all of us if the government tried to physically force us to take the vaccine. Within days after he spoke, the U.S. government completely changed its strategy for getting the country to take the Covid-19 vaccination. It pivoted from threats to persuasion, using Black medical and health care professionals, politicians, educators and clergy members to urge our people to act in opposition to Divine Commandments from Allah (God).

Now that the vaccines are ready, an elevated level of fear of the pandemic has been created to make the people believe they must have the vaccine. Stoking fear and ignorance, various methods have been intensified, not the least of which is monopolization of perception through a 24-hour news cycle, censoring dissenting views and creating a barren environment by prolonging or returning to isolation, closed schools, closed religious institutions, limiting exposure to fresh air and insisting that people stay away from their own families. All of this is being advanced on a claim of scientific and medical authority.

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Poll: Blacks wary of Covid-19 vaccines and distrustful of government

By Charlene Muhammad, National Correspondent
- December 1, 2020

FILE - This May 4, 2020, file photo provided by the University of Maryland School of Medicine, shows the first patient enrolled in Pfizer's COVID-19 coronavirus vaccine clinical trial at the University of Maryland School of Medicine in Baltimore. Pfizer announced Wednesday, Nov. 18, 2020, more results in its ongoing coronavirus vaccine study that suggest the shots are 95% effective a month after the first dose. (Courtesy of University of Maryland School of Medicine via AP, File)

Despite added pressure, including an appeal by some Black medical professionals, universities, and organizations, Black people don’t trust the fast-approaching Covid-19 vaccines nor claims by vaccine makers and the U.S. government that they are safe.

A recent poll indicates “fewer than half of Black adults, 48 percent, say they probably or definitely would get a coronavirus vaccine if it were available for free—including just 18 percent who definitely would get vaccinated.”

And, against that backdrop, there is talk of paying Americans to take the vaccine. “The reluctance of many Americans to get the COVID-19 vaccine when it’s ready has some wondering: Should people get paid to get the shot to ensure herd immunity?” said a article.
The Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan

“The latest Gallup poll—conducted before Pfizer and Moderna announced encouraging clinical trial results of their candidates—found 58 percent of Americans would get a free U.S. government-approved COVID-19 vaccine if it were ready today,” said the Nov. 30 report.

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By The Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan
- November 24, 2020

[Editor’s note: The following is the first installment of excerpts from the speech delivered by the Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan at MosqueMaryam in Chicago, Ill. on April 8, 2007, which is Part 4 of the One Nation Under God Lecture Series. In light of growing tension in the Middle East and the importance of that region in biblical prophecy, we are reprinting this insightful message. The entire address is now available on MP3, DVD and CD through or call 866-602-1230, ext. 200.]

My subject today is tangential, in that I’m not going to speak specifically on the resurrection of Jesus Christ, but on yours and mine. He showed us that the grave has no victory and death has lost its sting, but we have misunderstood the scriptures greatly to the joy of Satan. We are looking for resurrection from a physical grave, but the whole of humanity—Blacks in particular—are in a spiritual, mental, economic, political and social grave of ignorance. We are not the people that we should be. We are not the people that we could be. The resurrection of Jesus Christ from the grave—although he never was placed under the earth, he was placed in a tomb with a rock at the head of it, but the angels came and rolled the stone away, and when they looked, he was gone. I hope that after today’s lecture they will look, and you will be gone out of the grave of ignorance, starting a new journey.

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The Lull Before the Storm
By Ishmael R. Muhammad
- November 17, 2020

In the Name of Allah, the Beneficent, the Merciful.

(Editor’s Note: This week we are presenting excerpts from an important Nov. 8 message by Student Minister Ishmael R. Muhammad, National Assistant to the Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan. Once again he shares timely, spiritual lessons and guidance from Minister Farrakhan and in this message focuses on the 2020 National Election. This message was delivered via webcast from Mosque Maryam in Chicago as the country grapples with the aftermath of a contentious presidential contest between the Democrats and Republicans. Tune in every Sunday, 10 a.m. CDT on

We want to share with you today a few things from the Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan, the Divine Guide and Warner in our midst, to reflect on the moment and the time we have entered.

The book of Proverbs, the 11th Chapter, the 14th Verse (Proverbs 11:14), reads, “for lack of guidance a nation falls.”


But it is not that America lacks divine guidance or the nations that proceeded her. A nation falls when that divine guidance is given and rejected.