Promises, Commissions and a Black America at the Crossroads

By William P. Muhammad

“It is time now to turn with all the purpose at our command to the major unfinished business of this nation. It is time to adopt strategies for action that will produce quick and visible progress. It is time to make good the promises of American democracy to all citizens-urban and rural, white and black, Spanish-surname, American Indian, and every minority group…”
(Excerpt from the Report of the National Advisory Commission on Civil Disorders – 1968).

               We’ve all heard and seen this song and dance before. The unwarranted abuse and killing of unarmed Black people at the hands of local authorities, the time worn narrative of “justifiable homicide,” and of course, the usual posturing of so-called Black religious leaders, rewarded with recognition in exchange for their quieting of the dissatisfied masses, have together revealed a disturbing trend regarding the current disposition of Blacks in the United States. 
Within a progressively diverse society, and through the context of an increasingly globalized market economy, Black American youth are unhappy with the obsolete ideas and faint-hearted agendas advocated by yet another generation of timid Black leaders and organizations compromised by grants and philanthropic contributions. Ironically having hundreds of billions of dollars at their disposal, but failing to apply the unity necessary to exploit those dollars, go-along-to-get-along leaders, particularly of the religious ilk, employ too much compromise and too little principle regarding the social, political, and economic development of Black America. 
In Ferguson, Mo., after more than 70 days of civil unrest stemming from the August, 9 2014 gunning down of unarmed Black teenager, Michael Brown, and the heavy-handed militarized response against protestors, the fa├žade of American civility has been removed as paramilitary police forces deployed tear gas, heavy weapons, and armored vehicles to reestablish and impose an unjust order upon a Black people who have clearly had enough. In response, Missouri Governor Jay Nixon’s recently announced plan to institute a study, to address community fear, anger, and mistrust, in the name of his so-called Ferguson Commission, appears to follow on the state level what Illinois Governor Otto Kerner presided over on the national level 46 years ago.

The Kerner Commission, 1968

 Appointed by President Lyndon B. Johnson to investigate the causes of the urban rebellions in major U.S. cities between 1965 and 1967, The National Commission on Civil Disorders, also called the Kerner Commission, reported that Black frustration emanated from a lack of economic opportunity, housing disparities, and a mainstream media oriented solely to the views of the white world. Warning that America was “moving toward two societies, one black, one white – separate and unequal,” it is clear, in 2014, that neither the report, nor its recommendations were truly designed to respect or empower Black America as an equal.  
In addition to the study’s findings, the commission predicted that if nothing were done to disperse Black population centers, and to reduce Black fertility rates, cities would become majority Black entities surrounded by White suburbs by 1985. It also suggested that police departments should “develop a means to obtain adequate intelligence for planning purposes;” that “an intelligence unit staffed with full-time personnel should be established to gather, evaluate, analyze, and disseminate information on potential as well as civil disorders,” (and) that “it should use undercover police personnel and informants.”
While Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., initially praised the Kerner report for some of its pronouncements, did he recognize the potential for abuse that such a study could actually engender?           
Today, it is clear there has been an active plan to disperse Black populations in most urban centers, throughout the United States, and to reduce or eliminate local Black political bases. It is also a fact that Black fertility rates have declined from an increasing trend through the 1980s, toward a flatter trend today, where Black America’s numbers have dropped below the Latino population. With these facts being true, along with the rise of mass incarceration, in an increasingly privatized prison industry, what was the actual motive and intention behind the Kerner Commission in 1968, and what is the true motive and intention behind the so-called Ferguson Commission in 2014?


According to Europe’s France24 television, and an internationally televised discussion centering on the future of Black America, they referenced an October article in the U.S. news magazine, The Atlantic, regarding a piece titled: “What If Black America Were a Country?” After thoughtful examination of why European viewers would harbor such an interest in this subject, along with the facts and statistics cited throughout the piece, an astute reader should deduce that the U.S. government and European capitals both view the existence of a conscious, enlightened and empowered Black America as a threat to their long-term mutual interests.


Following this logic, it also should be obvious that any moral appeal for Black economic empowerment; an end to government monitoring, surveillance and counter-intelligence activities; and the abolishing of the prison-industrial-complex, will fall upon deaf ears. With no incentive for the white elite to countenance a socially, politically, and economically strong Black community, buying off weak and malleable Black leadership, and discouraging the concept of collective wealth and infrastructure creation, appears to serve a policy and agenda of white supremacy on a global level.   
Don’t underestimate your significance on the world stage
According The Atlantic article, a 2005 RAND Corporation study used a CIA assessment based on the University of Denver’s International Futures model to measure national power. Accordingly, “the main metrics of world power used in the…assessment are gross domestic product (GDP), population, defense spending, and a less precise factor that includes innovation in technology…Black America cannot be scored on all these factors, but key indicators are examined here to approximate its standing,” the article said.
Consider the following data discussed and outlined in the piece:
·         Blacks are the only racial group overrepresented in the U.S. military. Blacks make up 12.6 percent of the U.S. population, but over 17 percent of military service members.
·         For GDP per capita, Black Americans (as an independent country) would rank 46th in the world, below Saudi Arabia, Italy and the United Arab Emirates, but above Russia, Mexico and Brazil.
·         As a population, Black America ranks 31st in the world, just below Mexico, the UK and Italy, but above Canada, Iraq, Saudi Arabia and Australia.
·         According to the Fund for Peace’s Fragile States Index, Black America (as an independent country) would resemble a fragile state listed among one of the world’s worst 30 nations.
·         Black America’s poverty rate of 27.4 percent is currently higher than that in war torn Iraq.
·         Black America’s median wealth per adult is $4,955, just below Mexico, China and Brazil, but above India and Russia. Black American household wealth is just above the median wealth of Palestinian adults.
·         Black American men have higher incarceration rates than the total numbers confined in the countries of Cuba, Russia, Brazil, Mexico, and India.
·         The United States ranks 5th in the Human Development Index, but if Black America were a country, it would rank 30th, between Qatar and Saudi Arabia.
The previously stated facts reveal that Black America is indeed at a crossroads, and while there is clearly a plan from the highest levels of society and government, to manage and control the destiny of Black America, there is also a plan to lift it from the level it currently occupies. While many rightfully argue that a white supremacist system created the condition in which Black America now finds itself, it is also true that the wherewithal to correct it is undoubtedly found in Black excellence, uncompromisable Black leadership, and above all, the love of self and kind.
Today, the most significant obstacle to local and national progress is not necessarily racism and white supremacy alone; but it is without doubt fear and ignorance of that dying ideology that neutralizes Black leadership’s effectiveness, particularly if they fail to muster the courage to overcome that fear and ignorance. 
Black America, and its leadership class, have a choice to make and time is fast running out. We can either continue down the current road, believing that going-along-to-get-along politics will save us and preserve our future; or regardless of religion, creed, or class, in the Black community, we can contribute to our own social, political and economic salvation by uniting our human capital as well as our nickels, dimes and dollars. Backing strong Black leaders and doing for self, as outlined by the Honorable Elijah Muhammad and the Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan is a start, and studying their social, spiritual, and economic programs without envy, jealousy or bias is a must. Visit and see what has been done, will be done and can be done with just the contribution of your nickels, dimes, and dollars. Following right guidance may very well save our lives in a time of crisis.  

From The Final Call Newspaper

Black Youth and Black Liberation

BY RASHEED ALI | LAST UPDATED: OCT 14, 2014 - 9:39:53 PM

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Black youth today are portrayed and painted by the media as the worst generation that has ever existed. Black youth are shown on national television killing one another, going to prison, and committing crime. Even many elders in the Black community are losing hope and interest in Black youth.

As Black youth we are misunderstood, angry and in dire need of guidance. No Black leader is as revered and respected by Black youth as the Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan. Black youth love and respect the Minister because he doesn’t judge us. Minister Farrakhan does not put us down as one of the worst generations ever. He teaches, “You, our young people, are the strongest, most powerful generation that we have ever produced since our fathers were brought to these shores as slaves. You are greatly misunderstood, not only by your elders but oftentimes by your parents. We produced this generation and we cannot deny what we have produced. They are different from us. They are not hope, they are fulfillment. But when the thing that is hoped for comes along, sometimes we are not prepared for what we hoped for.”

It was among the elders during the time of Moses that the former slaves of Pharaoh rebelled against Moses’ divine direction and were condemned to wander in the wilderness where they died off. It was the youth led by Joshua and Caleb who were unafraid of and conquered the giants in that land and inherited the promised land.

Minister Farrakhan teaches us that Black youth must become a Joshua Generation for our people. He warns us time and time again of a wicked plot to destroy Black youth by the enemy of our people. Why does the enemy desire to kill Black youth?  Because Black youth today are the life blood of the body of liberation for Black people in America. Blood is the most important part of the body because without the flow of blood the body is dead.

Without this generation of Black youth the cause of freedom will be dead! It is the young Black revolutionaries, gang bangers and activists out on the streets of Ferguson fighting and demanding justice. Black youth are fearless today. They are not afraid of the powers that put down and oppress our people. Black youth today are angry about the condition of our people! Black youth are sick of poverty and want, weak Black leadership, police brutality and pastors and ministers who teach a weak theology of submission to our enemies and not liberation and submission to God. That anger has been manipulated by our enemies and channeled to have us kill each other and destroy our own communities with drugs. But today Minister Farrakhan wants to teach us, the Joshua Generation, to channel that anger and energy toward total and complete liberation. We, the Joshua Generation, need to be united and come together. We need to not let streets, colors, cities, skin tones and hair types divide us. We are all fingers on a hand. When the fingers close and come together they make a fist! The fist must be guided by divine wisdom, guidance and love. That fist of our unity will strike a blow against White Supremacy, racism, oppression and all the injustices Black people suffer daily! The Bible says in Psalms 82:4-6,  “Deliver the poor and needy: rid them out of the hand of the wicked. They know not, neither will they understand; they walk on in darkness: all the foundations of the earth are out of course. I have said, You are gods; and all of you are children of the most High.”

The Joshua Generation must deliver our poor and needy people and free them from the hands of the wicked oppressor and enemy of our people. We  Black youth have been walking in darkness not knowing the power that we have as a collective group. The light has been shined by Minister Farrakhan and highlights us as the best generation since slavery and the generation destined to bring our people to the Promised Land. Lastly we are Gods, the children of the Most High God. We are not dogs, n-----s, and b-----s but we are Gods, a direct reflection of our Father God. The blood of the body of liberation will be shed because freedom is not free. But living or dead the Black Man and Woman will be victorious and completely liberated.

(Rasheed Ali, is from Boston, a freshman student at Morehouse College, and member of the Nation of Islam.).

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Minister Farrakhan on the Killing of Mike Brown & Conspiracy to Destroy Black Youth

By The Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan | Last updated: Aug 18, 2014 - 12:33:02 PM

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Minister Louis Farrakhan addressed the killing of unarmed Michael Brown by Ferguson police in the context of the conspiracy against Black youth in general. Minister Farrakhan delivered a powerful message of guidance and warning from The Nation of Islam's National Center, Mosque Maryam on Sunday, Aug. 17, 2014. Watch the full video and own the full speech on audio/video download and CD/DVD.

The above video excerpt is from the Honoable Minister Louis Farrakhan's August 17, 2014 Address. Read longer text excerpts of this vital message..  The Troubled World: What Should We Be Doing?