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The Roundtable with Brother Muhammad interviews Sis Tenaja Ali, creator and owner of Navy Bliss Foods, LLC, regarding her product line, the Nation of Islam's "Do-for-Self" work ethic, food science and why healthy lifestyle choices are important for America's Black community. Designing her business around the Honorable Elijah Muhammad's landmark books, "How to Eat to Live" 1 and 2, and her father's example of eating one meal a day since 1969, Sis Tenaja shares her vision of how the navy bean can revolutionize not only a new staple diet in the Black community, but also how it can create new economic opportunities for individuals, organizations and businesses.

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Election 2020: What’s at stake for Black folks and what will we demand?
By The Final Call
- October 27, 2020

Geden Mulan, left, and Mary Jovan wait to cast their votes, Monday, Oct. 19, 2020, in North Miami, Fla. Florida begins in-person early voting in much of the state Monday as the Trump campaign tries to cut into an early advantage Democrats have posted in mail-in votes in the key swing state. (AP Photo/Marta Lavandier)

by Brian Muhammad and Nisa Islam Muhammad

The country is just days away from what some argue is the most divisive presidential election in history. With the U.S. national election underway on November 3 to choose who will lead America the next four years, no matter which way the pendulum swings, the question looms, if Black people will be in the same relative position, considering the unresolved fight for freedom, justice and equality after being under the foot of oppression for 465 years?

However, what is clear is when the election is over, whether incumbent President Donald Trump or former Vice President Joseph Biden emerge victorious, the Black community needs to be able to ensure their demands are met.

“We know that this next presidency is a one-term presidency. Right? Biden has already said that,” explained Ian Rowe, a resident fellow at the American Enterprise Institute, where he focuses on education and upward mobility, family formation, and adoption.

He spoke at a recent Brookings Institute event on how Black voters will influence the 2020 election. “In my old life, I was at MTV, running our Choose or Lose campaign back in 2008. I remember a quote that Barack Obama said on Super Tuesday,” said Mr. Rowe.

“He said, ‘Change will not come if we wait for some other person or some other time. We are the ones we’ve been waiting for. We are the change that we seek.’ I’ve always found that empowering because no group of people can be totally free if you place your destiny in the hands of others, especially if you think it was the others who are holding you down in the first place,” he added.

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‘Living the Pledge’ and looking ahead

By Nisa Islam, Staff Writer
- October 20, 2020

The National African American Leadership Summit celebrated the 25th Anniversary of the Million Man March with three days of events that highlighted “Why We Marched,” “Organizing the March” and “Living the Pledge.”

“We did this March ourselves and what happened has never been documented properly,” said Rev. Mark Thompson who moderated each evening. The sessions were live-streamed on

For viewers, each night was a stroll down memory lane and an intimate look at what happened behind the scenes of the largest gathering of Black men in history. The Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan of the Nation of Islam called for a million men to come to Washington, D.C. with a theme of atonement, reconciliation, and responsibility. Nearly two million heard the call and responded on October 16, 1995. The three days of reflections aired October 14, 15, and 16 and included March organizers, supporters, and those impacted by the historic gathering.

Min. Farrakhan was a surprise guest, October 16, on the program “Living the Pledge.”

“It was one of the finest examples of community help, leadership help and I don’t know who to single out except to say as the Qur’an always uses the soft pronoun we,” the Minister explained, speaking about the book of scripture of Muslims, the Holy Qur’an. “Who can say ‘I’ with such a magnificent example of the power of us. So, we say ‘we’ by God’s grace we gave the world a glimpse of what heaven looks like,” said Min. Farrakhan.

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By The Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan
- October 13, 2020

In the Name of Allah, the Beneficent, the Merciful.
As-Salaam Alaikum. (Peace Be Unto You)

This year marks the 25th anniversary of the Million Man March and I recently re-read the words that Allah (God) gave me on October 16, 1995. As a student of the Honorable Elijah Muhammad, I marveled at what God gave me to give to the nearly 2 million Black men present on the National Mall and to the world watching via television.

This was unlike any event ever before in the United States of America or in the nations of the earth, especially those countries that have been under the victimization of the Satanic mind that rules this present world.

No nation has assembled this number of men to make Atonement to God, to others we may have offended, to reconcile differences in our families, differences in our communities and to accept responsibility for our actions that have sown division, hurt and pain among us.

From The Final Call Newspaper

By Askia Muhammad, Senior Editor
- October 6, 2020

President’s COVID-19 Diagnosis Raises Questions, Sparks Skepticism, Anger

WASHINGTON—Donald J. Trump never fails to excite the world of politics.

Mr. Trump, still likely carrying the deadly Covid-19 virus, triumphantly returned to the White House, discarded his mask and declared over Twitter he was doing well and possibly immune to the deadly virus.

After three days at Walter Reed military hospital, the president landed on the South Lawn of the White House via helicopter Oct. 5. He was admitted after he and first lady Melania Trump were struck by the virus. It’s suspected that a mass infection resulted from a mostly mask-less, crowded “super spreader” event during an announcement of the president’s pick for the Supreme Court. The White House became a coronavirus hot spot with high level staffers, lower level workers, senators, a university president and other high profile guests, presidential debate coaches, journalists working at the White House and others who have been in close proximity to the president or aides testing positive for Covid-19.

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 Bold, Defiant Words From Mr. Trump

By The Final Call
- September 29, 2020

Doctors looking after infected patients in hospital, coronavirus concept.

The president’s vow to make final decision on more stringent safety requirements for Covid-19 vaccine increases fears a harmful product could be rushed to market

by Naba’a Muhammad and Charlene Muhammad Final Call Staffers

The president dropped a powerful, but perhaps unsurprising bombshell when he declared he could veto a Food and Drug Administration decision to employ more stringent safety standards for approval of a controversial Covid-19 vaccine.

He deepened fears that politics and his almost obsessive drive for reelection, helped by a “cure” for the coronavirus as voters take to the polls Nov. 3, would compromise the safety of the American people.

“Mr. President, the FDA is reportedly considering stricter guidelines for the emergency authorization of a Covid vaccine. Are you okay with that?” asked a reporter during a Sept. 23 press briefing at the White House.

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We Can’t Trust You: Experimentation, Exploitation and the Hidden History of American Medical Abuses
By The Final Call
- September 22, 2020

In this 1950's photo released by the National Archives, a black man included in a syphilis study has blood drawn by a doctor in Tuskegee, Ala. For 40 years starting in 1932, medical workers in the segregated South withheld treatment for unsuspecting men infected with a sexually transmitted disease simply so doctors could track the ravages of the horrid illness and dissect their bodies afterward. Finally exposed in 1972, the study ended and the men sued, resulting in a $9 million settlement. (National Archives via AP)

by Naba’a Muhammad and Michael Z. Muhammad | The Final Call | @TheFinalCall

Emphatically no, Walt Boarderly, an entrepreneur and Philadelphia business owner, replied when asked if he would take the Covid-19 vaccine. Mr. Boaderly isn’t anti-vaccine, saying he will take the flu shot. “There is just too much uncertainty when it comes to this new vaccine,” he said.

A man at the V.D. clinic in Union Point, Green County, Georgia, 1941.
Photo: Library of Congress

Blacks do not trust President Trump’s Covid-19 vaccine push, and there is plenty of reason to be distrustful. Black people have been the victims of medical experiment, exploitation and abuses by their White enslavers and White doctors from the time the good ship Jesus hit America’s shores. These medical researchers have been like a pack of crazed dogs chasing their helpless prey.

In her comprehensive book “Medical Apartheid,” Harriett Washington details abuses committed against Blacks and how throughout the 19th century medical schools used Blacks in live surgical demonstrations.

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‘Why would we send our people to the slaughterhouse?’

By Charlene Muhammad, National Correspondent
- September 8, 2020

Scientist holds a coronavirus vaccine, conceptual image

Amid tens of thousands of new Covid-19 cases reported daily in the United States, the fever pitch to get a vaccine on the market in a fraction of the time it normally takes is pressing forward.

This, despite a lack of participation in clinical trials from Blacks, who second only to health workers, have been targeted for a vaccine by national health agencies. There is also an effort underway to get Black groups to co-sign the drive for the vaccine with top officials speaking to Black groups and organizations.

[FCN] Min Farrakhan 4th Of July Photos By Haroon Rajaee (255)

U.S. voters are skeptical when it comes to a potential Covid-19 vaccine and say that one made available this year would be rushed, at least according to a recent CBS poll on the matter. “Just 21% of voters nationwide now say they would get a vaccine as soon as possible if one became available at no cost, down from 32% in late July. Most would consider it but would wait to see what happens to others before getting one,” noted When asked what their first thought would be if a vaccine was made available this year 35 percent of those surveyed said it would be a scientific achievement but 65 percent said their first thought would be that it was “rushed through.”

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‘Why would we send our people to the slaughterhouse?’

By Charlene Muhammad, National Correspondent
- September 8, 2020

Baby getting a first injection

Amid tens of thousands of new Covid-19 cases reported daily in the United States, the fever pitch to get a vaccine on the market in a fraction of the time it normally takes is pressing forward.

This, despite a lack of participation in clinical trials from Blacks, who second only to health workers, have been targeted for a vaccine by national health agencies. There is also an effort underway to get Black groups to co-sign the drive for the vaccine with top officials speaking to Black groups and organizations.
FCN] Min Farrakhan 4th Of July Photos By Haroon Rajaee (255)

U.S. voters are skeptical when it comes to a potential Covid-19 vaccine and say that one made available this year would be rushed, at least according to a recent CBS poll on the matter. “Just 21% of voters nationwide now say they would get a vaccine as soon as possible if one became available at no cost, down from 32% in late July. Most would consider it but would wait to see what happens to others before getting one,” noted When asked what their first thought would be if a vaccine was made available this year 35 percent of those surveyed said it would be a scientific achievement but 65 percent said their first thought would be that it was “rushed through.”


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Thousands declare ‘get your knee off of our necks’ at March on Washington anniversary gathering
By Michael Z. Muhammad, Contributing Writer
- September 1, 2020

WASHINGTON—The summer of virus and rage culminated at the Lincoln Memorial with the political gathering of the summer as thousands of mostly Black and Brown people, young and old gathered to demand change on the same day as the first March on Washington almost six decades ago.

It was 57 years to the day when Martin Luther King predicted in his historic “I Have a Dream” speech that “the whirlwinds of revolt will continue to shake the foundations of our nation until the bright day of justice emerges.”

A few short months ago, George Floyd died in police custody in Minneapolis, causing an earthquake of revolt, shaking America to its core and sparking the cry “get your knee off our necks.” A now fired and charged White cop sat with his knee on the neck of the Houston native as life left the Black man’s body.

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Justice for Breonna Taylor! Marches, protests, pressure still mounting, and a stubborn campaign pushes forward

By Anisah Muhammad, Contributing Writer
- August 25, 2020

“You’re going down there and you’re fighting for me. You’re fighting for your niece, Layla. You’re fighting for mom,” Larry Powell’s sister told him.

He has been in Louisville, Ky., for over two weeks to help in the fight for justice for Breonna Taylor. The 26-year-old emergency room technician died when police officers forcibly entered her apartment and, after a brief exchange with her and her boyfriend, Kenneth Walker, fired shots at her.

The call to arrest her killers has been echoed across internet and social media platforms, with people posting it on a daily basis and adding #BreonnaTaylor to their social media names.

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America caught Covid-19; Black America caught hell, says Urban League

By Charlene Muhammad, National Correspondent
- August 18, 2020

People wait for a distribution of masks and food from the Rev. Al Sharpton in the Harlem neighborhood of New York, after a new state mandate was issued requiring residents to wear face coverings in public due to COVID-19, Saturday, April 18, 2020. "Inner-city residents must follow this mandate to ensure public health and safety," said Sharpton. The latest Associated Press analysis of available data shows that nearly one-third of those who have died from the coronavirus are African American, even though blacks are only about 14% of the population. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews)

True to form, the National Urban League’s 2020 State of Black America Report highlights the plight of Black inequality and economics in America. And, this year’s 44th edition focuses on the Covid-19 global pandemic, racial justice, and imperatives for Black survival.

Dr. Ala Stanford administers a COVID-19 swab test on Wade Jeffries in the parking lot of Pinn Memorial Baptist Church in Philadelphia, Wednesday, April 22, 2020. Stanford and other doctors formed the Black Doctors COVID-19 Consortium to offer testing and help address health disparities in the African American community. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

“America caught the coronavirus and Black America caught hell,” opens “Unmasked,” the benchmark report. It outlines the coronavirus’ impact particularly within the country’s economy, health care institutions, and justice systems through the lens of more than a dozen contributors.

In a bleak snapshot of race-based data compiled in partnership with the Johns Hopkins Center for Health Equity, the report indicates that Blacks, Latinos and the Indigenous are getting sick and dying in higher numbers.

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Exposed on the world stage: U.S. police violate human rights at home

By Anisah Muhammad, Contributing Writer
- August 11, 2020

Portland police officers make an arrest while dispersing protesters in front of the Multnomah County Sheriff's Office early in the morning on Saturday, Aug. 8, 2020 in Portland, Ore. (AP Photo/Nathan Howard)

America loves to operate as the world’s moral police, but now, the world is watching her.
Policemen arresting a wanted criminal outdoors

At least, according to a recent report by Amnesty International, titled, “USA: The World is Watching: Mass Violations by U.S. Police of Black Lives Matter Protesters’ Rights.”

Following the killing of George Floyd, the human rights organization documented what it reports as “serious human rights concerns in relation to the use of excessive force,” citing 125 separate incidents of police violence against protesters in 40 states and the District of Columbia. 

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The Electoral Process, Black Votes And A Message To The Grassroots
By The Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan

[Editor’s note: The following edited excerpts are from a message delivered by Minister Louis Farrakhan on Nov. 1, 1998 at a “Get Out the Vote: A Message to the Grassroots” rally at Tabernacle Missionary Baptist Church in Chicago. Religious leaders, politicians and community activists attended the ecumenical event. To order this message in its entirety, visit or call 1-866-602-1230, ext. 200. This article was originally published under the headline “Minister Louis Farrakhan delivers a Message to the Grassroots.”]

I came here tonight to talk about the electoral process and the Black vote. In the book of Revelation, it reads, “And the nations were angry, and thy wrath is come, and it is the time of the dead, that they should be judged,” or given justice. The nations were angry. All the nations of the earth today are angry. And the Book says, “and thy wrath is come.” If you can look at what is happening globally and then focus in on what is happening in America, it is obvious that the God of nature is angry.

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Tyranny, Anarchy And America’s Downfall
By The Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan
- July 28, 2020

[Editor’s note: The following article contains excerpts from the Thursday, June 11, 2015 interview with the Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan conducted by Cliff Kelley of WVON 1690’s The Talk of Chicago program, at WVON Studios in Chicago, Illinois. For the full interview on CD, DVD and MP3, visit store. fi, or calling 1.866.602.1230, ext. 200. We encourage you to order the full message to get every word spoken during this vitally important interview.]

As-Salaam Alaikum.

J.B. Stoner’s letter and The Most Honorable Elijah Muhammad’s response can be found on pages 330-341 of Message to the Blackman in America

In the early 1950s, maybe the latter 1950s, the Honorable Elijah Muhammad was in a controversial debate, but with pen and paper rather than over spoken words, with the Grand Wizard of the Ku Klux Klan, J.B. Stoner. And the latter part of this “debate,” if you will, J.B. Stoner made this statement, “we are going to give up wearing the hood and the garment of the Ku Klux Klan, but soon we will be in the police departments of America, we will be judges, we will be bankers…”—everywhere you look you will see the attitude of the Ku Klux Klan. When Thurgood Marshall was the first Black Supreme Court justice, before he left the Supreme Court, he said, “The Ku Klux Klan used to wear white robes and hoods. Today they wear black robes.”


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DECEIVING, DEFAMING, DESTROYING: The Jewish onslaught against Blacks as part of campaign to destroy Farrakhan

The Jewish assault on entertainer Nick Cannon and efforts to bludgeon him into submission were the latest moves in a long history of anti-Black bullying and coercion by Jews obsessed with the destruction of Nation of Islam Minister Louis Farrakhan—no matter the cost or the collateral damage.

Nick Cannon Photo: MGN Online

“The Masked Singer” television show host, who has also been active in demands for Black justice, was targeted after an interview with Professor Griff of Public Enemy was made public. In the interview, which has been removed from the internet, Mr. Cannon talks about how the experience or harsh life in the caves of Europe deprived Caucasians of melanin, which causes dark skin pigmentation, and created a less compassionate, more aggressive being, which ravaged the globe—especially the darker peoples of the earth.


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A Response to Alan Dershowitz, Esq: ‘You Are OF Your Father the Devil (Satan)’


July 9, 2020

Abdul Arif Muhammad, Esq., Student General Counsel for the Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan and the Nation of Islam

Abdul Arif Muhammad, Esq., Student General Counsel for the Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan and the Nation of Islam

Mr. Dershowitz, in writing and publishing several false claims in your article of July 8th, one of which is the Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan “threatened” you during his worldwide address on July 4th, proves that his words are true.

“You’re such a skillful deceiver; you are Satan masquerading as a lawyer. Satan, walking in full sight, deceiving whoever they can deceive. That’s Satan.”

As Jesus told a party of the Jews in the Bible. “You are of your father, the devil, and the lusts of your father you will do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own: for he is a liar and the father of it.” (John 8:44 KJV).

There was no threat to inflict physical harm upon you. In fact, his words on July 4th were directed at you, because you were the one advancing a threat, which was publicly advocating that the government could forcibly vaccinate citizens against their will. It is deceitful, how you sanitized your words in the article, that you were “urging people to take COVID-19 vaccine if a safe and effective one were developed.” Here is the main thrust of your words as published in your May 19 statement:

“If you refuse to be vaccinated, the state has the power to literally take you to a doctor’s office and plunge a needle into your arm.”

These are your words Mr. Dershowitz. So, you were threatening to have the constitutional rights of the American people taken from them by the State. Your words prove the meaning of the Bible when it says:

“Shall the throne of iniquity have fellowship with thee, which frameth mischief by a law?” (Ps. 94:20 KJV).

The Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan was responding to your advocacy for forced vaccinations. His true words are:

In this Dec. 2, 2019 file photo, Attorney Alan Dershowitz leaves federal court, in New York. Photo: AP Photo/Richard Drew

“So, Mr. Dershowitz, if you bring the vaccine and say you’re going to bring your army to force us to take it, once you try to force us, that’s a declaration of war on all of us. You only have this one life. Fight like hell to keep it, and fight like hell to destroy those whose heart and mind is to destroy you and take your life from you.”

Like the Serpent did in the Garden of Eden, you willfully misinterpret the Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan’s words to deceive those who would listen to him. This is the way of Satan to misinterpret the context and meaning of God’s words to deceive. This, the Satanic Jews, like yourself, have done, against the Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan.

For thirty-six (36) years, since 1984, you have falsely accused Minister Farrakhan of calling “Judaism a Gutter religion”; and of calling “Hitler great” along with falsely accusing him of being “Anti-Semitic”, homophobic and a misogynist none of which are true. It was in fact, Nathan Perlmutter of the ADL, and Nat Hentoff, of the Village Voice who called Minister Farrakhan a “Black Hitler,” for his defense of the Reverend Jesse Jackson, whom the Jewish Defense League (JDL) was threatening to kill for his support of Yasser Arafat and the Palestinian people during his 1984 Presidential Campaign. We will not allow you anymore to continue to change history and misinterpret the truth!

The words of the Minister Farrakhan are synonymous with the words in the Declaration of Independence, issued on July 4th, speaking to the abuse of power of the Government.

“That to secure these rights,(life, liberty and the pursuit of Happiness) Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, –That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness.”

These words ring true today. It is an improper constitutional interpretation to place the government above the people. Governments are instituted and they derive their powers from the consent of the Governed.

The citizens of America, and especially the Black, Brown, Red and poor White, have the right to protect their lives against abuse by a government seeking to inject them with vaccines that are proven to have been injurious to populations around the world. Further we believe that the intent of the proposed COVID-19 vaccine is designed, not to relieve the people of the virus, but to carry out the Henry Kissinger doctrine, as outlined in his 1974 NSSM-200 Memorandum, which call for a massive culling of the world’s population by two billion people.

We, the Black and native people are very well aware of this history of government abuse, regarding vaccines and biological experimentation. Minister Farrakhan said on July 4th;

“Remember the syphilis experiment? Remember what they did to the Native Americans with smallpox? Remember the vaccine that they gave us for polio that was cancer itself? So, how in the hell could you trust them with a vaccine after you know what they have done and that they are capable of doing it again on a bigger and broader level?”

That is why Minister Farrakhan said on July 4th; based upon this wicked History:

“We can’t trust you any more White folks not with our lives. We’re not justified in so doing.”

Again, Mr. Dershowitz, using your skillful deceit, you try to falsely apply the Brandenburg v. Ohio standard, to the Minister’s speech.

Of course, most are uninformed of the meaning of this case. In fact, the decision in the case was the exact opposite of what you assert in the article. In brief, the facts of the case are; a Ku Klux Klan member invited a reporter to come to his KKK rally. At the rally the KKK member made several racist statements against Blacks and Jews, and said although they were not a “revengent” organization, if the government continues to suppress the White race, “there might have to be some revengeance taken.” They were prosecuted and convicted under an Ohio Statute for “assemblage of persons formed to teach or advocate the doctrine of criminal syndicalism.”

The Supreme Court overturned the conviction and issued the following ruling and principle of law: “These later decisions have fashioned the principle that the constitutional guarantees of free speech and free press do not permit a State to forbid or proscribe advocacy of the use of force or of law violation, except where such advocacy is directed to inciting or producing imminent lawless action and is likely to incite or produce such action.”

Further, you falsely claim a “more direct threat of violence” by picking out a phrase from the Minister Farrakhan’s July 4th, message, “When you see Satan pick up a stone as we do in Mecca.” Your misinterpretation is a deliberate perversion. Minister Farrakhan’s complete remark on that point was:

“Every Muslim when he sees Satan, pick[s] up a stone as we do in Mecca. When you know who Satan is, you don’t have to kill him. No. The stone of Truth, see, that’s what you throw.”

The words of the Minister on July 4th and the true context and meaning of his words could never legally fit into the exception of the Brandenburg v Ohio ruling. And for the record, a few years ago, a Jewish attorney, did file a lawsuit against Minister Farrakhan in Federal Court in Texas, on this very same argument you’re advancing, and the Court dismissed the action.

Mr. Dershowitz, let’s address the “Anti-Black” history and actions of the Satanic Jews, who say they are Jews, and are not, but are a Synagogue of Satan. (Rev. 2:9 KJV)

Your rabbis created the Talmud, and concocted the so-called “Hamitic Curse” and claimed that Black people (Africans) were cursed by God to be “black and ugly” and punished to be your slaves forever. This wicked Jewish tale justified the Holocaust against the Indigenous people and motivated the kidnapping and enslaving of the African people, killing untold millions during the Middle Passage and beyond.

Our research, published in the Secret Relationships between Blacks and Jews, Vols. I and II quotes many Jewish scholars who admit that Jewish merchants owned, insured and financed slave ships and outfitted them with chains and shackles. Jews were slave auctioneers, brokers, and wholesalers, keeping the slave economy oiled with money, markets and supplies.

In the South Jews were significant owners of cotton plantations and slaves. There were rabbis who owned, rented and sold slaves and denounced the abolitionists. Jewish merchants and peddlers collaborated with slavery, and financed plantation operations and even bought and sold whole plantations—slaves and all. They sold to plantation masters everything from slaves, to drugs, to whips, shackles, and chains.

Jews allied themselves with the Southern Confederacy against Abraham Lincoln and the North in the Civil War. They financed the Confederacy, and the Jews’ support for their pro-slavery cause was so massive that they put the face of the most prominent Jew in America—Judah P. Benjamin—on their money! Jews supported and helped set up, main­tain, and strengthen America’s “slave codes” and “Jim Crow” legal system through an extensive Jewish banking and financing net­work.

During Reconstruction Jewish merchants targeted and exploited the poor Black cotton sharecroppers growing extremely wealthy in the process. Many Jews, like the Lehman Brothers, were major dealers of slave picked cotton, as well as owners of cotton mills. Many Black sharecroppers fell into debt and lost their land to these overcharging Jewish merchants.

On February 26, 1877—the day of the Birth of our Saviour, Master Fard Muhammad—a Jewish congressman from Louisiana named William M. Levy argued for the Compromise of 1877 which saw Rutherford B. Hayes become President in exchange for removing federal troops in the Southern states. This notorious act resulted in the death of Reconstruction and the imposition of “Jim Crow Segregation” creating a condition of “defacto” slavery, which lasted until the Supreme Court Decision, Brown v. Board of Education in 1954. So wicked was Levy’s plan that it is known by historians as the “Great Betrayal of the Negro.”

In the post-Civil War and Reconstruction era, Jews became leaders in the trade union movement and set up racist policies that forced millions of Blacks out of employment in the skilled trades. A Jew invested in a new group of White terrorists known as the Ku Klux Klan. Jewish merchants sold sheets and guns and rope to the Ku Klux Klan and many Jews became Klan members, supporters, and even high officials.

In the early 1900s Jews attacked economics-minded Black leaders like Booker T. Washington and Marcus Garvey and financed only the Black organizations that promoted an anti-economic agenda, like the NAACP. In fact, the NAACP’s first president, Joel Spingarn, who was Jewish, and also a major in the intelligence branch of the military, spied on the group for the U.S. government!

During the 1970s Jews were against Affirmative Action, and agreed with the concept of “reverse discrimination” which was used to help cripple Black progress in every field.

Most importantly, you have been “Anti-Black” in your opposition and attacks against the Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan, who is without question, the instrument and voice of God and His Christ in our midst, bringing Salvation to His people, the Black, Brown, and Red, and the oppressed throughout the world. As he said July 4th, “God has made me His mouthpiece.”

What is your aim, Mr. Dershowitz in this wicked and willful lie against the words of Minister Farrakhan?

We have been taught and know that the ultimate aim of this world is to kill the Messenger of God. Your article attempts to incite and urge the government against Minister Farrakhan, by calling him “Anti-American.” and labeling his speech as “inciting to imminent lawless action.”

What you fear is what Minister Farrakhan also said on July 4th, “And it’s my job now to pull the cover off of Satan.” As the Minister pointed to the Ayat (verse) in the Holy Qur’an: “Allah says, ‘Had we wished to take a pastime from before, surely we would have done it. Nay, we hurl the Truth against falsehood until we knock out its brains.” [Holy Qur’an 21:17-18]

The throwing of the stone “of truth” is to put an end to Satan, his evil and unrighteousness that has nearly engulfed and affected the entire human family of the planet earth.

Why do you hate Minister Farrakhan? He answered the reason for your hate, on July 4th.

“The reason they hate me [is] because they know I represent the end of their civilization. I represent the uncovering of their wickedness, fulfilling the judgment that God has come to bring down on America and the world.”

Your hatred of Minister Farrakhan is that the two men that have made him, God and His Christ, are producing the Salvation that God sent Jesus in the World to bring, when Jesus said, “And ye shall know the truth and the truth shall make you free.” This brings Satan’s world and civilization to an end.

As Minister Farrakhan on July 4th concluded with a prayer, we end this response, with his words, on that same wise.

“May Allah fill you (the righteous) with knowledge, wisdom, understanding, and power that we together may put to a perpetual flight Satan, the arch deceiver, the imposter Jews who are worthy of the chastisement of God.”

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The Criterion: Minister Farrakhan offers light, life to a world facing darkness and death


CHICAGO—In the Bible, Jesus prays in the garden of Gethsemane as the fateful, final hours in his life approach. He accepts his fate, placing his life and what is to come in the hands of his Father, obedient to the will of his Father, whatever the consequences.

In a time of world crisis and widespread scoffing at religious obedience, Nation of Islam Minister Louis Farrakhan, resplendent in a white robe and fez embroidered with gold threads and bedecked with small gems, stepped into a beautiful garden to deliver a message of warning, guidance and instruction.

As an opening to his July 4 message, “The Criterion,” video cameras captured the splendor of the garden, moving through the gates of his home, bypassing flowers, and the glory of nature to a place set for the delivery of the word of God, reflection and wisdom in a deadly and worrisome hour.

Audience listens to July 4 message by Min. Farrakhan in which he addressed the world and issued guidance and warning regarding the current state of affairs including the Covid-19 pandemic.

Serenity and peace emanated from this man as he offered the earth’s inhabitants fearing the Covid-19 pandemic answers and a way out of suffering. It is connected to seeking and embracing the mercy of God. It requires such repentance as seen in the ancient city Nineveh after the Prophet Jonah delivered a message to its ruler, who heeded prophetic guidance. Nineveh was given 300 years of grace after the king accepted a divine word.

In a near three-hour message, the Minister spoke to the U.S. president, global political and religious leaders, the world community and Black people in America and Africa.

The deadly coronavirus is a God-sent pestilence and neither America, China nor others will escape its grip, he warned from the garden.

“I want to tell you up front, you will not conquer this virus. You don’t know this virus, it mutates and goes into different directions with a different strain of itself,” he said.

If you had created the virus, you would know how to handle it, but the widespread death is beyond your power and reach, the Minister told President Donald Trump, world leaders and those who wish to purge the planet of “useless eaters,” a reference to a 1970s global population reduction goals expressed by then U.S. National Security Advisor Zbigniew Brzezinski.

You have planned death for others and now God is unleashing death on you, Min. Farrakhan said.

The Minister spoke on the 90th anniversary of the birth of the Nation of Islam in America. He referred often to the founders of the Nation, the Great Mahdi Master Fard Muhammad, who taught and raised the Honorable Elijah Muhammad, who fulfills the prophecy of the Christ. Master Fard Muhammad fulfills the prophecy of the powerful, self-guided one in Islamic theology and was an unseen influence throughout my life, while the Hon. Elijah Muhammad was my teacher, said Min. Farrakhan.

These two powerful men, Master Fard Muhammad and the Hon. Elijah Muhammad, back me in my mission to set down tyrants, unmask Satan fully and warn the world of divine judgement, he said.

Master Fard Muhammad made His appearance known in North America July 4, 1930 to declare independence for ex-slaves suffering under the boot of merciless tormentors. “We don’t have to celebrate the firecrackers, foolishness and founders of this republic,” said Min. Farrakhan. “Great White men” founded the country, but their hearts could not make the Declaration of Independence truly real, he said.

The six White nations that represent America never represented all people, nor women, the Minister added.

The United States was not created for her slaves, who were codified as three-fifths of a human being in the Constitution, he continued.

From its inception, this country was made for privileged White people and is part of worldwide White domination of Black and indigenous people allowed by God Himself, he said.

That time is up and those who are lost to the coronavirus, like the late Nation of Islam regional Student Minister Abdul Hafeez Muhammad, are martyrs and helping to bring in a new world, he said. The painful death of Min. Hafeez Muhammad, who was also over the mosque in New York and the Eastern region of the NOI, led the Minister to seek answers from God. The result was a special message on the day America celebrates its birth, and the day God Himself came to seek and save Black people.

“Those who die in the way of Allah, the Qur’an says don’t speak of them as dead, they are alive because their death was in the cause of God. … I see my brother as a martyr. I see all of those who have died in this corona-violence to us as martyrs,” said Min. Farrakhan. Prophet Muhammad of Arabia, he said, called those who die during epidemics martyrs and the designation is fitting today.

Times are uneasy and the earth is carrying a burden, the Minister explained.

“The earth is burdened by the wicked living on a planet that was made for the righteous. And so, the burden is now being shaken. The burden feels something coming because they are being overthrown. You can’t live in a world made by God on the basis of truth and live your life on the basis of a lie,” he said.

“This virus is a pestilence from heaven, so scholarship from hell can’t deal with a pestilence that came from heaven,” the Minister said.

World leaders, Chinese President Xi Jinping and U.S. President Trump, should go into their closets and recount their sins, said the Minister. Call your people together and ask them to go into their chambers and ask repentance for their sins, which have reached to heaven, the Minister told the leaders of two of the most powerful nations on earth.

Mr. Trump needs to try to make America safe because of all her evil but it looks like God will have to knock him down because of arrogance and false pride, he said.

Try to keep the U.S. out of war and out of God’s judgement, the Minister advised President Trump.

“You would be wise to put on a mask. It would be the greatest irony that you would die in office from coronavirus. I’m not wishing that on you. But if I did you would have to worry,” said Min. Farrakhan.

China is mistreating the Uighur Muslims, but you can’t be a tyrant and win today, he said. He warned President Xi, saying he may be president for life, but God determines how long one lives.

Rome, Mecca, Medina, and Jerusalem, centers for world religions, are shut down, Min. Farrakhan noted.

Mecca is the greatest city in the world to me, he said. But the beautiful city is desolate, and Mecca must be warned, the Minister added. Hate stands in the place where love for God, your fellow Muslims and others should be seen, with weapons purchased from the U.S. used against your Muslim brothers, he said.

“Mecca, you must repent,” said Min. Farrakhan.

Yemen, Afghanistan, Iran, Iraq, Jordan must also be warned, he said.

Pope Francis seems to want to do good, but the Catholic Church has done much evil, he said. During confession priests hear sins, but priests, presidents, rulers and kings need to confess, the Minister said.

Don’t try to appease Black people by taking down false images of a White Jesus because you were a part of White supremacy, and taking down White Jesus means nothing unless you can tell the truth about the Black Jesus, he said.

But, “you haven’t seen the worst of this yet,” said Min. Farrakhan.

Smooth words, founding hypocrisy

Despite words written by Thomas Jefferson about the equality of men, America has never been equal and the “dog whistle in President Trump’s cry, make America great again under it is make America White again,” said Min. Farrakhan.

White nationalists and those of that ilk are flocking to the president, he noted.

Are you a hypocrite, America? the Minister asked. You cannot pacify Black people with a “smooth crooked tongue,” false promises and fake citizenship, he said.

Either America means what she says to Blacks or it’s a covenant with death that will be annulled and an agreement with death that will be destroyed, said the Minister.

The Saviour, Master Fard Muhammad, came to make Black people move on the Will of God and the Qur’an describes us as the best nation because we forbid evil and promote good, he said.

In the past 43 years, and over 20 years before that, I have never shed blood to occupy the place I am in today, Minister Farrakhan added.

“You can say I’m a hater but you can’t prove it. You can say I’m a bigot but you can’t prove it,” he said. You can’t say I hate LGTBQ-plus because I come from a God who came with the power to save, Min. Farrakhan said.

Covid-19 pandemic explained

Mr. Trump was looking forward to easy reelection with a booming stock market, but suddenly Covid-19 struck.

Overnight countries were shutdown, the Minister observed.

“Mr. Trump, and all your scientists, why don’t you put on your mask and sit down for a minute while one of the ex-slaves whom God has awakened gives you guidance on what you seek,” Minister Farrakhan said.

“It (Covid-19) didn’t come from Wuhan, it did not come from Ft. Detrick in Maryland. If you had made it, you would know how to handle what you made,” the Minister explained. “But you don’t know this virus. It’s new, it’s different. … You’re running to try to get a vaccine like you are really interested in saving the world from this virus.”

The Minister cited the biblical verses, Isiah 26: 20-21. “Come, my people, enter thou into thy chambers, and shut thy doors about thee: hide thyself as it were for a little moment, until the indignation be overpast,” reads verse 20.

“Shelter in place, hide yourself,” said the Minister, describing how the Islamic month of Ramadan, observed in April through May, kept Muslims at home and allowed for more focus on the Creator and Quranic readings.

God is coming out to punish the inhabitants of the entire earth for their iniquity—willfully sinning, committing sin without conscience, Min. Farrakhan explained.

“Our behavior is a pestilence on earth so God answers with a pestilence,” said the Minister.

The punishment includes loss, lost jobs, lost friends, lost loved ones and lost love in households, Minister Farrakhan said.

Mr. Trump called for a liberation from the virus by not wearing masks, ending social distancing and opening society, but as soon as Americans tried to reopen society, the coronavirus and death showed up.

“You want it to end, Mr. Trump, so you can go back to what was. But I’m here to tell you sir, you will never see what was again. That is over,” said the Minister. “We are under the judgement of God.”

Min. Farrakhan warned African leaders and African people not to blindly accept Covid-19 cures from Caucasian people.

The history of White people shows they cannot be trusted, he said. Blacks and non-Whites have been subjected to medical experimentation from Whites, including gynecological techniques on slaves, smallpox in blankets to the Native Americans, a contaminated polio vaccine, and the infamous Tuskegee syphilis experiment, in which the U.S. Public Health Service purposely left syphilis untreated in Black men. The U.S. Public Health Service and Guatemalan government also infected and studied Guatemalan prisoners and mental patients with syphilis in the 1940s.

During the colonial era and afterward, there have been experiments in Africa whether through uninformed consent or forced procedures. In the 1990s, there were complaints as the U.S. sought treatments or cures for AIDS and meningitis. Nearly 20,000 HIV-positive women in Zimbabwe were not informed about trials for development of the AIDS drug AZT. Pfizer lost several informed consent lawsuits after testing 200 children in Kano, Nigeria with an experimental drug to treat bacterial meningitis. Millions were paid to the Kano government and other payments made to four parents who lost children. South Africa tested different ways to kill Blacks under apartheid. Some believe AIDS is connected to oral polio vaccine research in the Congo, though other scientists insist it’s untrue. In the 1970s, the female contraceptive Depo-Provera was clinically tested on Black women in Zimbabwe. In the late 1800s to 1910s, Namibia, then known as German South-West Africa, saw doctors conduct forced sterilization on native Herero women and mixed race children.

In a 2017 study, Wemos, a Dutch group, outlined problems with clinical trials in Egypt, Kenya, Zimbabwe and South Africa. The “global pharmaceutical industry has increasingly been conducting clinical trials in low- and middle-income countries. In 2005, 40% of all clinical trials took place in emerging countries,” it said.

Africa and developing regions are hot spots for trials and research offering “faster and cheaper recruitment of clinical trial participants, weak health systems, and treatment-na├»ve, often medically illiterate populations with a wide range of diseases. Also, it is easier to bypass ethical rules and regulations because of lack of legislation and less stringent or weak monitoring,” the study states.

In April, French doctors came under fire for saying Covid-19 vaccine research should be targeted for Africa. “It may be provocative. Should we not do this study in Africa where there are no masks, no treatment or intensive care, a little bit like it’s been done for certain AIDS studies, where among prostitutes, we try things, because we know that they are highly exposed and don’t protect themselves?” said Jean-Paul Mira, head of the intensive care unit at the Cochin Hospital in Paris,” reported Al-Jazeerah.

Min. Farrakhan told Blacks in America and the Motherland not to take any Covid-19 medicines until Black experts vouch for its safety.

We need to call a meeting of Black epidemiologists, virologists, students of biology and chemistry to look at what they give us and we need to give ourselves something better, he said.

The Minister said he was speaking for the interests of Blacks, Latinos, Native Americans, and those who desire life.

The Minister also blasted the state of Florida, Cuban emigres and the U.S. for the blockade of Cuba and keeping away treatments that could help with Covid-19.

Pointing to rising infection rates in the Sunshine State, the Minister said he asked God to strike Florida with the disease as she prevented others from possible help. At Final Call press time, Florida’s Department of Health logged 6,336 additional Covid-19 cases, reporting 206,447 cases statewide and 3,778 deaths statewide. The Associated Press reported July 2 that 40 of 50 states reported rising numbers of coronavirus cases.

“Florida are you becoming the epicenter of the coronavirus? I asked God to do that. That I asked Him for,” said Min. Farrakhan. “I just want to show you, this man you see talking has power with God.”

Companies are plotting to give over seven billion people vaccinations, but Dr. Anthony Fauci and Bill and Melinda Gates want to rid the planet of billions of people, he warned. If you try to force vaccines on us, that’s war, he vowed.

The Minister spoke to a relatively small crowd of Nation of Islam laborers, Believers and special guests under a white tent.

Chairs were carefully spaced apart; masks were worn by everyone and social distancing was practiced. His message was webcast via the Nation of Islam website, The Final Call newspaper website, Revolt TV, WVON AM radio in Chicago, WPFW AM in Washington, D.C., Dr. Boyce Watkins’ media company and others. Believers, supporters and friends used Twitter, Instagram, Facebook and other digital means to share the webcast or distribute clips. Celebrities like Madonna shared images or information with millions of followers, often using #Farrakhan. The Minister’s address trended for several hours on Twitter and was heard globally.

Prophecy, history and deliverance

Black people fulfill the prophecy of Abraham’s seed being enslaved under a strange people in a strange land, starting in 1555 with a ship named Jesus bringing Blacks out of Africa to the Americas, Minister Farrakhan explained.

When journalists asked Blacks about the unrest, pain and anger following the death of George Floyd, Blacks often mentioned 400 years of suffering under Whites, starting from 1619 when Negroes were introduced into Jamestown, Va. But, Min. Farrakhan said, the Hon. Elijah Muhammad taught about 64 years of hidden history that went into the making of the Negro.

Wherever Whites are in relationship to people of color, Whites dominate with tyranny and get rid of Blacks who show intelligence, Min. Farrakhan noted.

Today, he declared, Blacks must stand up on truth wherever they are.

He condemned abusive police officers and police unions for protecting killer cops. We are not going to remove bad cops and leave evil police unions in place, he thundered.

George Floyd, who died in the custody of Minneapolis police officers Memorial Day, was a peaceful man, said Minister Farrakhan. He died over a counterfeit $20 bill but the same ones who bring drugs and guns bring in counterfeit bills to entrap Black people, he said.

The days of officers abusing Black people, exploiting Black females and exerting unchecked power are over, the Minister warned. “You (police) should all quit, if your presence there thinks you are going to come in the Black community and do what you’ve been doing, you better quit. The ‘Jump Out Boys’ better stay in the White community. Don’t come where we live and jump out—because you may never get back in. Real talk now!

“We can’t take it no more; we won’t take it anymore!”

Mayors and governors, stop allowing your police to go to Israel for training in killing us, said Min. Farrakhan. “Your days of killing us without consequence are over, you will pay a heavy price,” he said. “Israel, the God of Justice has something for you. You won’t be there long if God gets after you. You’re not kindred to that place.”

The Minister warned young Blacks to stop slaughtering one another, saying 18 Black lives were recently lost in Chicago over a single day. Do you think God will allow you to get away with that? he asked.

Unmasking Satan

Referring to a parable in the Bible of Jesus speaking to Jewish leaders of wicked husbandmen who slay the son of the owner of a vineyard, the Minister explained the relentless efforts of some Jews to destroy him.

The Jewish leaders, answering a question from Jesus, say the owner of the vineyard will utterly slay those who killed his son and failed to be faithful to their trust.

The “so-called” Jews have broken their covenant relationship with God and abandoned his commandments, said Min. Farrakhan. They placed the Talmud, writings of Jewish scholars, over the revealed word of God and know a day of judgement is coming, he said.

“Jewish people don’t think that I hate you, I am solicitous for you,” he said. Jewish leaders, however, don’t want correction, he added. That rejection brings a consequence.

I represent the uncovering of their wickedness, fulfilling the judgement coming down on their civilization, America and the world, Min. Farrakhan said.

They can’t say I am a liar, so they just say I am a bigot, he said.

Atty. Alan Dershowitz, who masterfully defended President Trump during impeachment, and ADL leader Jonathan Goldblatt, are two leading attackers and slanderers of the Minister.

Both are Satanic, said Min. Farrakhan.

Blacks should resist Jewish pressure to reject the truth and him, the Minister continued.

“If you know the truth, stand up on the truth and tell Satan ‘who the hell are you to try and pick my friends? Farrakhan is God’s man and you are from the enemy of God so the hell with you,’ ” he said.

Exposing their evil and violation of the law of Moses has brought out their anger, said the Minister.

The “imposters” pressure others, like Jewish comedienne Chelsea Handler, who was attacked for posting on social media an excerpt from a 1990s appearance by the Minister on the Phil Donohue Show, he said.

She recognized truth and shared it with millions of followers but retracted the Instagram post under pressure, said Min. Farrakhan. The Minister thanked her for posting truth and urged her to continue to learn about the truth he speaks.

Opposition has not just been in words but in death plots through poison and an overabundance of irradiated seeds for a cancer treatment over 20 years, he said. “They burnt up my insides, that’s why half my organs are gone but I’m still here.”

“If the Jews tried to kill me and you know I’m alive what should that tell you about who I am?” he said.

I don’t hate or wish death on Jewish people in public or private, he said. But Black youth have been called a threat by a member of the Israeli parliament because they listen to a man who you don’t control and you want to kill, he said.

An all-out attack on me will bring a swift, divine response and the quick destruction of this country, the Minister said. The two that back me have the power and technology to do just that, he added.

From The Final Call Newspaper

Bullies In Blue: Powerful, unapologetic and angry police unions beating back demands for change


Since high profile police killings of Blacks sparked national unrest in cities across America, there have been loud demands for overhauling policing and radical change in how law enforcement operates.

According to the watchdog group Mapping Police Violence, 1,098 people were slain by police in 2019. Although Blacks only make up 13 percent of the U.S. population, they were 24 percent of those killed, three times more likely than Whites to have a fatal encounter with law enforcement and more likely to be unarmed.

Now comes a backlash against critics and demands for change as powerful, caustic, and unapologetic police unions and their members strike back. Whether harsh words, political pressure, media campaigns or failure to come to work, the boys in blue aren’t going down without a vicious fight.

“For us to expect them to be accommodating … to recognize and understand, that will be almost like a fool’s paradise,” said Hamid Khan, director of Stop LAPD Spying, a grassroots anti-surveillance watchdog group in Los Angeles.

Much of the desired reform goes diametrically opposite the invested interests of police unions, Mr. Khan reasoned.

Critics say police unions have historically declared war over any firings or arrests of cops for wrongdoing or abusive conduct—and police unions have always flouted calls for accountability.

A reform activist and former police officer told The Final Call infractions have gone unpunished and reform have always been blocked because of the inordinate power and influence of police unions along with a justice system culture that doesn’t convict cops.

“The culture of police has to be addressed; the police unions have to be addressed. It is not going to go away by itself,” said Ron Hampton, retired Washington, D.C., police officer and former executive director of the National Black Police Association.

Mr. Hampton said police unions represent a serious obstacle to change. Unions wield too much influence outside of their scope, which is to protect officers and offer them legal assistance, he said.

“The police union shouldn’t be telling the police department what it can do or what it can’t do,” said Mr. Hampton.

Where an officer does wrong, he is entitled to his day in court and representation, but he is not entitled to be automatically pardoned and not held accountable when wrong, he continued.

“The unions have been an obstacle to the issue of accountability (and) transparency,” said Mr. Hampton, who led a group that has been a leading voice for fair policing and ending systemic racism in police departments.

How unions got powerful

Over the years, there has been a fall in union membership among many professions and industries, but police union membership has not declined, and unions are strong economically. Unions spend millions lobbying local and state governments to make sure officers have major protections and battle anything they see as a threat.

Financial contributions, fears of appearing soft on crime or labeled an enemy of cops often make politicians reluctant to speak strongly against police officers—even when they are wrong.

“Their lobbying goes very deep,” added Mr. Khan. “It’s not only related to the money, but it’s also about messaging and how they’re going to literally make or break political players,” he said.

Through collective bargaining, policies were built in police contracts that allowed a blue impunity where cops became untouchable, said activists and reform advocates.

A legal tool often used is “qualified immunity” which shields cops from personal liability and lawsuits for excessive force and other infractions in the line of duty. The law is a tool lawmakers are debating and some want eliminated as part of police reforms. Critics say the law helps maintain a “hands off police” culture cops have enjoyed and shields them from the consequences of their actions, including killing people.

A mid-June statement from a group of House Democrats, who recently passed a bill calling for police reform at the federal level, said, “It is long past time to remove this arbitrary and unlawful barrier and to ensure police are held accountable when they violate the constitutional rights of the people whom they are meant to serve.”

Out-of-control police are also costly: According to 2019 data, legal claims against police in America’s largest cities cost taxpayers over $300 million. Advocates say money defending police officers and payouts for lawsuits against cities for police abuses don’t come out of police budgets. The money comes from already financially strapped local governments, they note.

“Money for litigating these cases; that’s money out of the city’s coffers,” said Jennvine Wong, staff attorney with the Legal Aid Society’s Cop Accountability Project in New York.

Atty. Wong told The Final Call, through the city budget, taxpayers are also paying the tab of costly settlements in police misconduct cases.

It’s a domino effect where some cities have to borrow money to pay for civil judgments incurred from police wrongdoing on city time.

In addition to litigation and settlements costs, Atty. Wong said many officers are still able to collect six-figure salaries while under suspension or on modified duty—in some cases for years.

“That’s a lot of money … we are throwing at the police and essentially its going into the black hole of misconduct,” Atty. Wong added.

Analysis from the Urban Institute said between 1977 and 2017 the cost of U.S. policing ballooned from $42.3 billion to $114.5 billion per year.

The money spent, brutal and deadly actions for cops and no consequences have helped feed calls to defund police, or take money away from police departments and use it for things like mental health first responders and other approaches that would lessen encounters with cops.

Public perceptions of cops

Polls show a weariness with police behavior and dramatic shifts of opinion about policing and race. An Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research poll found more Americans compared to five years ago believe police brutality is a serious problem that too often goes undisciplined and unequally targets Blacks.

The poll said more than two-thirds of the public agree the criminal justice system needs either major changes or a complete overhaul. Blacks are more likely than Whites to advocate a complete transformation. The poll said overall, 48 percent of Americans say police violence against the public is a serious problem, up from 32 percent in 2015.

That year, only 19 percent of Whites said police violence against civilians was an extreme or serious problem; now 39 percent say the same.

The survey was conducted after weeks of mass anti-police violence protests and calls by politicians and activists to “defund” police departments.

The National Black Police Association said systemic racism within police departments and the devaluing of Black life is the crux of the problem.

“The DNA of law enforcement is to send a message of fear to Black residents that creates a kind of psychological distress,” said Damon K. Jones of the National Black Police Association.

Mr. Jones said Black police professionals spent years demanding legislation and policies for police oversight.

“We recognize the pain of our communities; we are four degrees of separation,” he said in an open statement to elected officials. “We know the victim, we know someone who knows the victim; the victim is a family member, and in many cases even as Black law enforcement, we are the victim.”

What unions are protecting

According to the watchdog group Mapping Police Violence, 1,098 people were slain by police in 2019. Although Blacks only make up 13 percent of the U.S. population, they were 24 percent of those killed, three times more likely than Whites to have a fatal encounter with law enforcement and more likely to be unarmed. Mapping Police Violence also pointed out that 99 percent of killings by police from 2013-2019 have not resulted in officers being charged with a crime.

The low prosecution rate has a lot to do with the influence of police unions and laws that favor police—it is also driving calls for change.

The videotaped death of George Floyd, 46, a Black man who lost his life May 25 in the custody of Minneapolis cops, sparked global outrage. Weeks later an Atlanta officer fatally shot 27-year-old Rayshard Brooks in the back as he ran away in a Wendy’s parking lot. Cops involved in both cases were charged.

In Oregon, an officer lost his job and then returned to work after fatally shooting an unarmed Black man in the back. A Florida sergeant was let go six times for using excessive force and stealing from suspects, while a Texas lieutenant was terminated five times after being accused of striking two women, making threatening calls and committing other infractions, according to the Associated Press.

These officers were fired but rehired after an arbitrator reversed the decision.

This illustrates how police unions stand in the way of accountability, said experts.

“Arbitration inherently undermines police decisions,” said Michael Gennaco, a police reform expert and former federal civil rights prosecutor who specialized in police misconduct cases. “It’s dismaying to see arbitrators regularly putting people back to work,” he told the Associated Press.

“Change must come now,” declared California Democrat Maxine Waters in a June 21 statement after Andres Guardado, 18, was shot by a Los Angeles County sheriff’s deputy.

For weeks, the American people and the world have marched to demand accountability, and an end to aggressive and violent police tactics, said the outspoken Black lawmaker.

“We will not stand for it, whether it is in Atlanta, or like this case, in South Los Angeles,” vowed Rep. Waters.

Union heads and law enforcement defenders blame politicians and government for the social conditions that produce problems. Politicians and city officials talk about reform but have sided with “protesters,” “anarchists,” and “law breakers,” they complain, including President Donald Trump.

Some things have changed recently with cops fired, arrested, and charged with misconduct, such as using an outlawed chokehold in New York and abusing anti-police brutality protestors.

Neither union leaders, nor many cops are happy about the scrutiny.

In Wilmington, N.C., three White cops were fired after being heard over squad car video discussing “slaughtering n****rs” and calling for a new Civil War. Each blamed stress from an “anti-cop” climate as a reason for their “venting.” (See story page 3.)

In Atlanta, many cops refused to come to work and after two officers were charged in the Brooks killing, they called in sick. Philadelphia cops threatened to get the “blue flu” over suspensions of two of their own for abusing demonstrators.

In New York, text messages circulated about an impending NYPD refusal to work on July 4 “to let the city have their independence without cops,” reported the New York Post.

“Over the past few weeks, we have been attacked in the streets, demonized in the media and denigrated by practically every politician in this city,” railed Patrick Lynch, president of the Police Benevolent Association, in the article.

Mr. Lynch complained cops were unappreciated and abandoned.

“Now we are facing the possibility of being arrested any time we go out to do our job,” Mr. Lynch said.

Heavy violence in Chicago made national headlines but calls for “blue flu” over the July 4 weekend did not. The local CBS News affiliate reported June 22 “a new push by members of the police union to get officers on the street to stand down—and even stay home.” According to CBS 2, the move started with a text message about the need to send Mayor Lori Lightfoot and the City Council a message. “ ‘The FOP Lodge 7 cannot advocate for it because of the contract,’ the text message reads. But, it adds, ‘individual officers can,’ ” CBS 2 reported. The Fraternal Order of Police president didn’t authorize the move but didn’t necessarily oppose it, CBS 2 added.

“When something stupid like that happens to basically tell officers to abandon their post, that is the height of dereliction of duty,” said Mayor Lightfoot.

But despite the union threats some cities and states, feeling the pressure of protests have changed some policies.

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo signed an executive order making N.Y. police disciplinary records public after decades of secrecy.

“We’re not going to be as a state government subsidizing improper police tactics. We’re not doing it,” Gov. Cuomo said. “And this is how we’re going to do it.”

The order also requires the roughly 500 police departments across the Empire State to develop a plan by April 1, 2021 to address systemic racism in their ranks. If a department refuses to comply Gov. Cuomo threatens to strip it of state funding.

“This is a historic win for New York and a long overdue change to the most restrictive police secrecy law in the country,” said Donna Lieberman of the American Civil Liberties Union.

The change was the result of years of work led by families whose loved ones were killed by police and who were routinely rebuffed while trying to find out what the department was doing about holding officers accountable.

Problematic police culture

A blue wall of silence permeates departments where cops look the other way from bad behavior permitting wrongdoing to go unchecked.

This permitted ex-cop Derek Chauvin, who kneeled on the neck of George Floyd for almost nine minutes, to keep working despite an extensive record of complaints spanning 19 years as a cop.

Former College Park, Ga., police chief Ron Fears said that culture dominates and influences cops who “stand by silently,” “do nothing” or even participate in wrongdoing.

“They’re not going to change things until the leadership from the very top says we’re not going to stand for that,” Mr. Fears said. Law enforcement is not there yet, he said.

Asked about Black officers challenging the culture, Mr. Fears wasn’t optimistic. “I think the culture is one where Black officers don’t step out and stand up because if you do, there is a price to pay,” he said.

(Final Call staff contributed to this report.)