Tuesday, June 11

From The Final Call Newspaper

A Special Visit to MECCA: Min. Farrakhan, Nation of Islam delegation embark on historic pilgrimage to Islam’s holiest cities

By Nisa Islam Muhammad | Staff Writer | @nisaislam |

The Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan and a delegation from the Nation of Islam concluded Ramadan with an historic “Umrah,” or pilgrimage to Mecca, the holiest city in Islam, at the invitation of the King Salman of Saudi Arabia.

Ramadan is the annual Muslim holy month of fasting and prayers which ended for many on June 4 with the sighting of the new moon. It is a very special time of year and celebrates the revelation of the Holy Qur’an given to Prophet Muhammad of Arabia (Peace Be Upon Him) 1,400 years ago.

“To be in the birthplace of Islam, it is this city, that is at the root of the civilization on our planet. For us after 42 years, Brother (Abdul Akbar Muhammad) and myself coming back to what we call home, it is from this city that knowledge and wisdom of the original man first started, when this planet was found in this new orbit 66 trillion years ago according to the teachings of our great and masterful teacher the Honorable Elijah Muhammad,” Minister Farrakhan said via telephone on the Ramadan Prayerline June 4, from Mecca, Saudi Arabia, as thousands listened live from all around the world. The prayer line is an annual event sponsored by Muslims in the Nation of Islam, which features daily pre-dawn teleconference calls and speakers from different Islamic communities during Ramadan.

“For us, a delegation of 17 to start in Madinah, the city of the Prophet, at his masjid and to see how that masjid, that started with the hijra (flight of Prophet Muhammad, peace and blessings be upon him, from Mecca to Madinah to escape religious persecution) as he set foot in Madinah and when he put his foot down, this is where his mosque would be, there was nothing there but stone at the time and now here we are, at the most beautiful city. In my life, this is the most beautiful city that I call home,” said Min. Farrakhan.

He added, “Though I was born in New York and raised in Boston, Mecca is our home and so we are back home and I don’t know of a better place to be during Ramadan and during the last 10 nights of Ramadan. We were in Madinah and now in Mecca. We spent Laylatul Qadar (the night the Qur’an was revealed), the Night of Power, in Mecca. That same night we made Umrah, they said that 2.5 million people were in Mecca. We were guests of the king. We were blessed in a most special way to make Umrah and run between the two hills (Safwa and Marwa).”

During Ramadan Minister Farrakhan said to his friend and longtime confidant Abdul Akbar Muhammad that he wanted to make Umrah during the last 10 days of the month. The significance of performing Umrah during Ramadan is that the reward is the same as if one performs Hajj, which is a visit to Mecca and the Kaaba, the Holy House of Islam, that every Muslim must perform in their lifetime if possible.

This tradition traces all the way back to Prophet Muhammad. Ibn ‘Abbaas, an early Qur’an scholar narrated, “When the Prophet, peace and blessings be upon him, returned after performing Hajj (major pilgrimage), he asked Umm Sinaan Al-Ansaariyyah, ‘Why did you not perform Hajj?’ She replied, ‘The father of so-and-so [i.e., her husband] had two camels and he went on pilgrimage on one of them, and the second is used for the irrigation of our land.’ The Prophet, peace and blessing be upon him, said to her: ‘An ‘Umrah (minor pilgrimage) in Ramadan is akin to Hajj with me (in terms of reward).’ ” According to another narration, the Prophet told the woman: “When Ramadan comes, do ‘Umrah as (the reward for) it then is equivalent to Hajj.”

Umrah during Ramadan does not remove the obligation of performing Hajj, but confers the same benefit.

“When Minister Farrakhan said to me he wanted to make Umrah, I called Imam Abdul Malik and he sent a letter to the Saudi ambassador who sent a letter to the King’s office. Four days later we had visas as guests of the king,” Min. Akbar Muhammad told The Final Call.

“I was here 42 years ago with Minister Farrakhan. To return again, it’s like a new Mecca. There have been tremendous renovations, new hotels. When we were here before most people stayed in tents. The king has spared no expense. Now people come on a beautiful spiritual journey to the Kaaba and the Haram. It has been a great trip and great experience for Minister Farrakhan’s delegation. We have been so moved by what we have seen in Madinah and Mecca.”

He added, “Imam Abdul Malik found an old friend from the Nation of Islam who lives here. He was a 1,000 paper seller. He’s now 70 years old. It was so good to see him.”

The delegation traveled from Dubai to the Saudi Arabian cities of Madinah, Mecca, Jeddah and to Riyadh. They share their experiences below:

Imam Abdul Malik: “Mecca, a love story never written yet etched in my heart. She whispers my name to the winds of time into the heart of a man that became her voice. Upon hearing her request to see my soul I said, ‘labaak, I am here at your call.’ Upon entering her sanctuary she penetrated my heart and tears flowed from my eyes. I never knew Mecca was my love. Her hosts were extremely gentle and kind. In 25 years since the last time we embraced our reunion was a bond unbroken.”

Ishmael Muhammad, student national assistant to Minister Farrakhan: “Words are insufficient to express my deep gratitude to the Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan for inviting me to accompany him to visit the two holiest places of Islam, Mecca and Madinah. What a blessing, honor and privilege. This has been an extraordinary life fulfilling experience; one that has been etched in my heart and my memory forever. The trip has inspired and strengthened me to continue my help of the Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan in the mission of the Honorable Elijah Muhammad. We are grateful and have so much to share and we look forward to sharing this blessing with our Nation.”

Mustapha Farrakhan, student Supreme Captain of the Nation of Islam: “I am deeply thankful and grateful to Almighty God Allah for the privilege of being given the opportunity to travel beside I would say, to get personal, my father. I don’t know when the time will come where he’s no longer among us physically; but I am a member of the team that was selected to travel with our Beloved. I’m so eternally grateful to Allah and His Christ for the opportunity to rededicate my life in the service of the rise of my people for their total and complete liberation. I believe that this trip to the Holy Land as Master Fard Muhammad teaches us in our Lessons when he says, ‘We put them out of the worst part and kept the Best Part preserved for ourselves ever since we made it. And the Best Part is in Arabia at the Holy City of Mecca.’

“Those short words have a treasure of wisdom buried deep in within, what Allah preserved in this area of the world, in this city in particular, I believe is still preserved. But we are blessed, so very blessed, to have with us Allah’s servant in our midst to show us, once again, the importance of the unity of us as the Nation and the broader unity of the Muslim Ummah all over the world.

“It is imperative as Muslims that we find a way to the path of unity among ourselves to preserve what Allah has blessed our world of Islam to build. I thank Allah that we’re traveling with one that has that authority from Allah and His Christ, to be the example of how to take those characteristics that come up in the hearts of men, envy and jealousy, to show us how to be selfless as brothers.

“The Minister loves the world of Islam. He loves this city. He loves this kingdom. And, he also loves our brothers in Iran, and he loves Muslims in general. He can be, of course, at times, critical but he always does it from the spirit of love and you have to be very skillful and wise how to make a critique without destroying. There are a lot of Muslims in the world that do not have the understanding of the Qur’an and of the human being that would allow them to be the vessel that Almighty God Allah has made the Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan. He is a very unique and special human being, to say the least, on how he was made for this particular mission.

“When the unity of the Muslim world comes together, there is no power on this earth that can stop Islam and there is no power on this earth that could stop this great movement. It would transform the whole entire planet into a masjid or a mosque.

“What they have done with the two holy mosques in Madinah and Mecca is absolutely phenomenal; and it would make anyone who calls himself a Believer in Islam proud. Everywhere you look, you see progress and the thought that comes up in my mind is that the enemy of Islam would love for this to be destroyed. So those of us that are in leadership have to guard ourselves against those characteristics that will cause us to implode as a Nation which is envy.

“We have to be very careful of how we are in our thinking and try our best to keep purifying and cleansing our hearts of vain imaginations of who we may think we are and try to serve the best we can while we have a little time left to serve. I would use that Qur’anic verse, ‘When we were on the brink of a pit of fire,’ the Minister is helping to unite our hearts in the Nation and in the Muslim World.”

Imam Sultan Muhammad, national imam of the Nation of Islam: “Words cannot express the honor and privilege to accompany the Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan to perform Umrah during the last 10 days of the Holy month of Ramadan.

“It was a blessing beyond words to have the privilege to visit the two most sacred sites of Islam, the Prophet’s Mosque in Madinah and The Haram in Mecca to perform Umrah during the last nights of The Month of Ramadan with the Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan. Although, I have been blessed to make this journey before with my father and family, to now have the enormous favor to walk in the steps of Prophet Muhammad (PBUH), and Master Fard Muhammad with the Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan these sacred signs of Allah have been unveiled.”

Sa’ad Alim Muhammad, formerly, Berve Muhammad, student National Secretary of the Nation of Islam: “All praise is due to Allah for the Most Honorable Elijah Muhammad and the Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan.

“I am grateful to have had an opportunity to accompany the servant of Allah in our midst on this pilgrimage to the Holiest sites in Islam.

“Our journey first took us to Madinah, to Mecca and to Jeddah. Hundreds of thousands of Muslims congregated every day for every prayer. Many of them walked for miles to perform salat (prayer). Afterwards, many of them walked back home only to walk back a few hours later for the next prayer. That level of commitment to the daily worship of Allah was impactful to say the least. Tens of thousands prayed outside in over 100 degree temperatures on the concrete ground if there was no space inside the buildings. They did not complain and some even chose that as their preferred place of worship. There was no excuse to not perform prayer that outweighed their intention to make prayer.

“I am looking out of my hotel room, I am able to see thousands of Muslims walking toward the Kaaba and it is 2 a.m.! The Kabah never closes because there are always thousands of worshippers ready, willing and able to pray to Allah for guidance, protection and forgiveness.

“In addition, while interacting with the throngs of people, I never heard an argument, I never saw a fight and I never saw anyone have their goods stolen. The stores closed for prayer and some of the merchants only had a sheet covering their products. These Muslims showed respect for each other as an indication of their respect for a fellow Believer.

“Every room in our hotel contained a speaker system that played every prayer service from the Kaaba. Beholding the Kaaba for the first time was an experience that words cannot describe. It was like looking at something that was not real, even though it was. It had almost a magical and mystical aura about it upon first sight. Here was a holy site, thousands of years old and we were blessed to be gazing upon it to begin our Umrah. All praise is due to Allah!

“I thank the Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan for embarking upon such a wonderful journey here in the holiest of Islamic sites. He is our Light in the midst of darkness and our Guide in the wilderness. His love for and faith in his Teacher, the Most Honorable Elijah Muhammad, is the reason why I and many of you are able to call ourselves Muslims!”

Naeemah Muhammad, formerly Sandy Muhammad, student National MGT Captain of the Nation of Islam: “Words are insufficient to express my deepest gratitude to Allah for blessing me with one of the greatest life-altering events in my life. How wonderful it is to be blessed to walk with Jesus and travel to the Best Part of the planet Earth, the Holy City Mecca. The most memorable part has been to have the opportunity to perform Umrah with the Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan, all while having a knowledge and understanding of Allah, Who intervened in our affairs in the Person of Master Fard Muhammad; a knowledge of the Exalted Christ, the Most Honorable Elijah Muhammad; and a knowledge of the modern day Jesus in our midst, the Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan. Praise be to Allah!

“How awe inspiring it was to witness millions of people from all over the globe merging to one central point, the Kaaba, for one singular purpose and that is to worship Almighty God, Allah. I felt the overwhelming presence of Almighty God upon seeing the Kaaba, and it was even more overwhelming to know that the Kaaba is a sign of what we know to be true and have been given. It is a sign of Someone greater.

“In addition to our beautiful experience in Mecca, we have been blessed to travel to the holy city Madinah and visit the Prophet’s mosque and pray; visit the tomb of the Prophet and the houses of the Mothers of the Faithful; climb up the mountain of Nur in the Holy City Mecca to see the Prophet’s cave; travel to Jeddah and go on the Red Sea. To have done all of this with the knowledge, wisdom and understanding that we have been given in the Nation of Islam is truly emotionally and spiritually overwhelming. It will take me some time to fully process and understand the deep spiritual significance of this trip. I am so humbled and will be forever grateful to Allah and the Exalted Christ for the Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan. Praise be to Allah!”

Aminah Bayyinah Muhammad, formerly Kimberly Muhammad, administrative assistant to Minister Farrakhan: “I feel so blessed to have been given the opportunity to make this journey as a part of the Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan’s delegation to the kingdom of Saudi Arabia. I never dreamed that I would have the privilege to witness the pages of the Holy Qur’an come to life as I walked in the places I’ve often read about. To be in the birthplace of Master Fard Muhammad and Prophet Muhammad (Peace be upon him) is an overwhelmingly beautiful experience I never thought I would have.”

Abdul Khalil Muhammad, formerly Darrell Muhammad, personal staff for Min. Farrakhan: “First, I would like to thank Allah for allowing me to step foot in these two holy places (Mecca and Madinah.) All praise is due to Allah. I pray that He accepted my prayers and intentions so that I may return being a better Muslim and helper in the cause of Islam. I thank the Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan for choosing me to take part in THE ultimate Islamic experience with HIM and making my Umrah, which was life changing for me. Seeing those blessed to be a part praying, experiencing, happy and in love with Islam was a beautiful sight.

“The bond that we shared over there as Believers in the Nation of Islam was a sign and confirmation for me that we will be ok if we strive to be disciplined Muslims under the leadership of the Hon. Elijah Muhammad because He has given us all that we need. I am truly grateful because this was the best gift of my life and again I thank our Brother Minister. And along with that gift was being given the knowledge and understanding of what this ritual meant and soon the whole world will know. Allah U Akbar! We will be blessed in so many ways if we continue to hold on to our faith because we are fighting for Islam and we will surely win. Alhamdulillah!”

Abdul Siddiq Muhammad, formerly Melvin Muhammad, personal staff for Min. Farrakhan: “First, I would like to thank Allah for inspiring the Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan to take this trip and this journey, making Umrah in the Holy City of Mecca and Madinah. I would like to thank the Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan for having it in his heart to include me in this delegation.

“This trip has been a life changing experience that has been enormously impactful on my life as a follower of the Most Honorable Elijah Muhammad and a student and helper of the Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan. This journey seems to be the commencement, or the start or beginning of a marriage between us in America, students of the Teachings of the Most Honorable Elijah Muhammad and students of the Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan, to the Muslim World in the East, the home of our Founder and Saviour, Master W. Fard Muhammad. We have been so well received by the Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. We have never felt so warmly received as we have on this journey. It takes me to the Supreme Wisdom Lessons, Problem Book, Number 32: ‘Twelve Leaders of Islam from all over the Planet have conferred in the Root of Civilization concerning the Lost-Found Nation of Islam - must return to their original Land.

‘One of the Conference Members by the name of Mr. Osman Sharrieff said to the Eleven Members of the Conference:

‘The Lost-Found Nation of Islam will not return to their original Land unless they, first, have a thorough Knowledge of their own.’

‘So, they sent a Messenger to them of their own.’

“In my heart, I believe that on this journey, that is being accomplished on both sides. I am eternally grateful to the Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan for the manner and the way he has guided us to tie us back unto our own, as with the care of a mother guiding her child through a very dangerous period in time. The spirit coming from us to them, those we met of the Muslim World in the East, and from them to us, is like the spirit of a newly formed union.

“My faith has been impacted so thoroughly by what I have witnessed, what is in our Lessons and what we have been taught by the Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan. I am so firm and convicted in my faith in The God that came to us, Master Fard Muhammad, and His Christ, the Most Honorable Elijah Muhammad, and His servant, the Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan. My spirit has been quickened. I have been rejuvenated and I am ready to further our work in this mission as a helper to the Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan. My feet are more firm today than they have ever been. I’m ready to further this work in America, the work and mission given to us by the Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan.

‘Don’t tell her that there was no one to teach for three hundred and seventy-seven years. She already knows and is trying to forget it. Now, she will teach you quickly any course you may desire.’ The Supreme Wisdom Lessons, Problem Book Number 12.

“I am eternally grateful for the way of devotion that has been given to us in America by Our Saviour, Master W.D. Fard Muhammad, and His Christ, the Most Honorable Elijah Muhammad, and His Servant, the Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan. During this trip, I have also grown in greater respect of the culture and way of devotion of our Muslim brothers in the East.

“May Allah continue to bless us all to work tirelessly as helpers in this cause of the redemption and the resurrection of the Black man and woman in America, and humanity around the world.”

Haqq Muhammad, formerly Robert E. Muhammad, Final Call video crew: “It’s been an honor for me to be asked to make this Journey with the Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan. There are many Believers that have labored longer and harder in service to the Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan than I. I feel a solemn responsibility to share what I’ve seen and felt with those back in the States.

“The most meaningful experience for me was making Umrah with the Minister and the rest of the delegation. I made Umrah 21 years ago, but I was a young Believer. This was far more meaningful to me. I saw and understood so much more now than I did then. And to perform this awesome ritual with the Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan and fellow students of the Honorable Elijah Muhammad made it so much more meaningful. I pray every Believer in the NOI has the opportunity to journey here.

“Standing outside of Al-Haram was a humbling experience. I was reminded of the universality of our faith. People of all colors and nationalities face this same place and pray to the One God every day. And now all of us have made our way here and are worshipping together in one place.”

Hassan Muhammad, Final Call video crew: “Just being with the Minister in the Holy Places was the high point of the visit for me. His discourses with us and to our hosts and his way, made the visit everything for me.”

Abdul Aziz Muhammad, formerly Anthony Muhammad, assistant student Supreme Captain of the Nation of Islam: “I thank Almighty God Allah for blessing me with life, and being present here in this Glorious Holy City of Mecca. I love the fact that everyone you meet and see are Believers that love Allah and his way. The people walk for miles to just pray.

“As I think about their beauty and commitment, I am humbled and grateful. I am grateful to be in the presence of millions of Believers which makes me to reflect on the Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan and his Love. The Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan nurtured me with and through my mother, Sister Rosetta Muhammad. The Minister’s reflection is what I recognize most when I see and meet these Muslims. This trip makes me to want to work harder so I can be one like the Minister who submits his will to do the will of Allah. I commit my life in the cause of Islam. I am most grateful for Allah loving me so much that He blessed me to be raised under the teachings of the Hon. Elijah Muhammad and the Nation of Islam.”

Abdul Wazir Muhammad, formerly Donald Muhammad, personal staff for Min. Farrakhan: “Out of all my travels with the Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan, this trip was absolutely the most impactful. As a Muslim we are taught that we should visit the Holy City of Mecca at least once in our lifetime, but never could I have imagined how spiritually rewarding this trip would be. Praying throughout the night in the Prophet’s Mosque in the Holy City of Madinah, traveling by car with a police escort to the birthplace of Master Fard Muhammad—the Holy City of Mecca, then making Umrah with the Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan is an experience that I will carry in my heart for the rest of my life.

“I am so thankful to Allah for being chosen as part of this delegation of brothers and sisters. The love that we have experienced from each other in addition to the brothers who were assigned as our hosts was simply beautiful. This experience has increased my ability to bear witness to the teaching and training we receive through our Beloved Minister that is without question, putting us, the Black man and woman of America, on top of civilization. I will, by Allah’s grace, use this experience as fuel to increase my efforts as a helper to the Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan in his Mission of completing the Mission of the Most Honorable Elijah Muhammad.”

Talib-Ul Hikmah Karriem, formerly Jason Karriem, director of Muhammad University of Islam in Chicago: “This journey to the Holy City, Mecca, Arabia, the birthplace of our Saviour Master Fard Muhammad and the birthplace of Prophet Muhammad (Peace Be Upon Him) has been the most unexpected blessing of a lifetime that still leaves me in awe and speechless. The magnitude and significance of this journey will unfold with time and deep reflection. Never could I imagine that I and we (the delegation) would be invited to perform Umrah in the Holy City, Mecca.

“Not only to perform this deeply spiritual and symbolic Islamic ritual during the sacred month of Ramadan, but also to make our circuits around the sacred Kaaba with Allah’s divine servant, the Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan. The remainder of my life will forever be impacted by this spiritual journey. I am deeply grateful to Allah and his divine servant, the Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan, for permitting me the honor and privilege to accompany this delegation of beautiful Believers. I am still struggling to wrap my head around this entire magnificent experience and often question Allah, ‘why me?’ There is nothing I can ever do to repay this tremendous honor, but I’ll try by my works, deeds and striving to be a better helper. I will never forget this. I am deeply humbled!

“Climbing Mount Nur (Mountain of Light) also known as Mount Hira, the place where the beloved Prophet Muhammad (Peace Be Upon Him) received the revelation of the Holy Qur’an was a spectacular experience. Climbing nearly 1,600 challenging steps to the top of this mountain tried my endurance and will, not to mention unexpectedly running into a pack of baboons on the way up the mountain (smile). After much struggle, arriving at the top to be blessed with a breathtaking view of Mecca and mountains as far as the eye can see was overwhelming. Also, knowing that the Holy Prophet stood on that ground. Although the pilgrims spoke various languages, their shouts of joy and their spirit on top of the mountain was well understood. I did not venture into the cave. It was packed with people trying to get into it and its position on the side of the mountain made that extra step a bit more risky.

“This journey and what I’ve experienced has expanded me, encouraged me and strengthened my faith. I have a greater appreciation for the birthplace of Master Fard Muhammad and an expanded appreciation of Prophet Muhammad. It has produced in me a greater sense of gratitude and love for people. It has inspired me to want to be a better servant and helper to grow our beautiful nation in the West to shine back on the East. This experience has made me to know that Allah is observing us and He knows just what we need. He has blessed me with a treasure that will continue to unfold over time as I grow into the understanding of the great significance of this journey. I cannot thank Allah enough for the Honorable Elijah Muhammad and the Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan.

“One powerful moment was when we were performing Umrah and we were at the stage of the ritual where we had to walk, run between the two hills as Hagar did. As we were coming to the last stretch, running, Student Supreme Captain Mustapha Farrakhan began to chant loudly our drill cadence, “Allah, Allah-U-Akbar … .” We all chimed in following his lead, running as a group with the Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan encircled by his helpers. It brought so much energy and spirit to that area that the pilgrims stopped in their tracks trying to figure out, who are these Muslims? It was like an announcement that we, the original owners of the earth and our home Mecca, we are back to claim our own.”

Nadir Al-Shifa Muhammad, formerly Thomas Muhammad, personal staff for Min. Farrakhan: “Frankly, putting my feet down on the same ground that Prophet Muhammad (Peace Be Upon Hin), Hagar, Abraham, Ishmael and the ancestors did is what meant the most. Also, to come back to the East as a Muslim, knowing our people were forcibly taken from the East and Islam, was significant to me. To be in Mecca with the Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan and to spiritually carry with me the Fruit of Islam, the MGT (the women of the Nation of Islam), my family, my homies and those that wish they could have been here means alot to me. Lastly, through this trip I’ve realized how very intimately personal my relationship with Allah is. There is no God but Allah!”

Tuesday, June 4

From The Final Call Newspaper

God’s wrath manifesting through the forces of nature Deadly tornados, flooding continue pummeling parts of America
By Charlene Muhammad |

Deadly tornadoes, severe storms, and flooding ravaged America from coast to coast as proof of God’s divine judgment against America as outlined in scripture and as taught by the Most Honorable Elijah Muhammad.

America is being chastised for her atrocities against the Black descendants of slaves and the Indigenous people which the country has annihilated. America can atone and be saved, or suffer extreme calamities, including the fall of the dollar and weakness of her economy, Mr. Muhammad’s top student and National Representative, the Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan, has also cautioned and instructed.

Watch the weather! Because God doesn’t fight with your cheap weapons! God fights with the forces of nature: rain, hail, snow, wind, drought. He uses the insects and the animals and turns nature against you. You can’t win in a war against God,” Minister Farrakhan has warned consistently.

America has not heeded his call. Now, the Great Mahdi Master Fard Muhammad and the Honorable Elijah Muhammad, who back their servant and are controlling the weather, are chastising the country.

“At press time, many parts of the country were still reeling and recovering from the latest rounds of vicious weather.

The National Weather Service extended its flash flood warning after a levee broke in Northeastern Yell County, Central Arkansas. At press time, voluntary evacuations were highly recommended, particularly in Smiley Bayou near Highway 7, near Highways 155 and 154 to near the Petit Jean River. “The Arkansas River will continue to rise or remain high with major flooding expected at all forecast points. This includes water over roads, many acres of land, and engulfing some homes and businesses,” reported the May 31 flash flood warning.

Along with Arkansas, flooding from a levee breach along the Durgens Creek, which flows into the levee failures in Mississippi, forced some Missouri residents to flee their homes on May 30 and May 31, according to AccuWeather.

Specifically, AccuWeather said, the levee breach took place the evening of May 30 along the Durgens Creek in Lewis County, which flows into the Mississippi River. It moved quickly south into West Quincy, which has been evacuated. “Move to higher ground now. Act quickly to protect your life,” urged a National Weather Service St. Louis office flash flood warning.

The Weather Channel issued a May 30 thunderstorm watch for the Mid-Atlantic region, and between Detroit and Toledo a line of thunderstorms with gusty winds and lightning was feared.

The severe weather devastation started in late April. For 13 days, storms pummeled America. The Weather Channel categorized the stretch of tornadoes and severe weather as one of the most prolific in eight years. Prior to this, the most active, prolonged period of tornadoes occurred during the April 2011 “Super Outbreak,” the Weather Channel noted.

On May 27, Memorial Day the U.S. tied its current record of 11 consecutive days with at least eight tornadoes confirmed on each of those days, according to Patrick Marsh, warning coordination meteorologist for the federal Storm Prediction Center. The previous 11-day stretch of at least eight tornadoes per day ended on June 7, 1980.

At presstime, the Weather Service had received 934 tornado reports so far this year and more than 500 of those in the last 30 days. The National Weather Service’s Storm Prediction Center indicated there were over 65 tornado reports listed, many from states like Iowa, Illinois, Minnesota and Indiana, as well as in northeastern Colorado and western Nebraska.

It has been very busy, the central part of the country, especially with enhanced rifts of severe weather, said Brian Hurley, senior meteorologist with the Weather Prediction Center, which is part of the National Weather Service in College Park, Md.

“Last year, we didn’t have much of a tornado season, if you will. The numbers of high-end tornadoes were very, very low last year, so one could say that that was unusual and compared to last year, we’re certainly seeing quite a bit of uptick than we did last year most certainly,” Mr. Hurley told The Final Call.

Over 20 inches of rain fell in one month in parts of the central area, particularly Kansas, Oklahoma, and Missouri, he stated. “Speaking of what you’d normally expect, you’re talking about 400 percent of what they normally should be getting. So instead of maybe four or five inches or so, they’re getting over 20.”

In the Southeast, said Mr. Hurley, the byproduct has been hot and dry weather with record-breaking triple digit numbers.

Also, on the May 27 holiday, the Oklahoma Department of Emergency Management declared a state of emergency for all 77 counties due to flooding, severe storms, tornadoes, and straight-line winds, winds that come out of thunderstorms, that began in April.

According to the Oklahoma State Department of Health, area hospitals reported 118 injuries. The Oklahoma Office of the Chief Medical Examiner reported six deaths due to flooding and severe weather. There were over 7,000 gas meter and 6,300 power outages statewide, indicated the Oklahoma Corporation Commission. And the Oklahoma Department of Transportation reported numerous highway and road closures due to massive flooding.

Ohio DOT used snow plows to clean the highway after a massive tornado ripped through the area, May 28. Photo: MGN Online

Melvin Delhanna, 81, died when a storm pushed a vehicle into his home, reported Celina, Ohio, Mayor Jeffrey Hazel. Twelve persons were injured, and 40 homes destroyed when a tornado with wind speeds of 136-165 miles per hour struck Dayton, Ohio, and surrounding areas early May 28. Later that day, according to AccuWeather, the National Weather Service confirmed tornado wind damage in Beavercreek, about 10 miles east of Dayton. Its winds were at 140 mph. The day before, a tornado struck near Miami County, Ohio.

Homes were severely damaged and a church just north of Dayton was destroyed. Damages included destroyed water plants and pump stations. Sixty-thousand people were without water. A boil water advisory was still in effect in some areas. A store on Salem Avenue allegedly sold cases of bottled water for $11.99, a user identified as #Love_Kemayah posted on Twitter.

AccuWeather reported a youth group of about 25 and staff rode out the storm in church bathrooms, the only part of the church that wasn’t destroyed. One survivor said the tornado sounded like a jet engine. Another stated, “That’s how I know God’s real,” AccuWeather reported.

In his groundbreaking book, “The Fall of America,” published in 1973, the Honorable Elijah Muhammad declared that the four great judgments that Almighty Allah (God) is bringing upon America are rain, hail, snow and earthquakes.

“All around the Southern Border of America, storms are raging. There are tornadoes and heavy rains and more storms are on the way—one right after another. And in the North and Far West and in the East, America is surrounded with the judgments of Allah (God). There are earthquakes and the sea is raging. The Pacific Ocean is now angry and is raging and tossing up great waves as never before,” wrote the Honorable Elijah Muhammad.

“Why should these things hit America? The Revelations teach you why. It is because America is filled with devils and has such unclean persons living in America. That is true under the symbolism of a hateful bird. Every filthy, slimy, wicked person comes here for a haven, where he can do any wickedness he wants to do—the country is open and welcomes that type of person,” he continued.

During his February 17, 2019 Saviours’ Day address, themed, “A Saviour Is Born For the Whole of Humanity: No One Need Perish,” Minister Farrakhan warned further, “I don’t know what the hell you all were planning in Chicago for your brother but Allah sent a cold wind after your behind. Chicago was colder than the North Pole! It was warmer at the Arctic Circle than it was in Chicago. You saw a cat trying to move, and the Honorable Elijah Muhammad said, ‘God has frozen his enemies and killed them with a cold wind.’ You’re finished today, Satan. You have no power against the God and the Jesus Christ that I represent.

“That’s why I can tell you: Watch the weather. And as fast as I get it out my mouth, He answers. I’m not ashamed to tell you that I am connected to Jesus Christ,” said Minister Farrakhan.

Both the Honorable Elijah Muhammad and Minister Farrakhan have also warned of the need for disaster preparedness—storing up food, water, supplies and other necessities—for such times as these.

AccuWeather reported May 30 nearly 30 tornadoes were reported from Texas to Iowa. Patricia Mancha, deputy director for the Office of External Affairs at FEMA Region 6, which oversees federal emergency management for the states of Arkansas, Louisiana, New Mexico, Oklahoma and Texas, and 68 federally recognized tribal nations, said the agency is still working on providing recovery aid to victims of Hurricane Harvey which struck Texas two years ago. “It seems like only yesterday,” she said.

President Donald J. Trump surveys damages in a neighborhood devastated by a tornado that touched down in Lee County, Ala., Mar. 8. Photo: MGN Online

“We recommend that people listen to their local emergency management officials. Everybody talks about ‘Where’s FEMA? Where’s FEMA?’ but we only come in once we’re requested to do so by the governor and the president approves it,” she explained. “The real emergency managers that have visibility on the ground are your local fire departments, your police department, your state police, so it’s important that people be aware of what’s going on in their community … to use the tools at their disposal like social media, television, radio, even applications” for weather alerts, she continued.

The severe storms came approximately three months after Minister Farrakhan reiterated that the God he serves will use the weather, including snow and ice as a weapon in a day of war against the wicked. Nationwide, between May 23-29, 45 National Weather Service forecast offices issued a combined 423 tornado warnings for portions of 27 states.

God’s divine judgment comes also because the Honorable Elijah Muhammad and Minister Farrakhan are the modern-day Moses and Aaron and were both given authority by Allah (God) to deliver the good news and warning to America and her people. However, because both were rejected and persecuted, the consequences of America’s rejection and persecution is being manifested through the forces of nature with increasingly destructive intensity, said Student Minister Abdul Haleem Muhammad, Southwest Regional representative of the Nation of Islam, who is also an urban planner based in Houston.

“America’s nationalistic arrogance and partisan politics has prevented the ongoing upgrading and maintenance of the nation’s infrastructure, thereby rendering people and property vulnerable to ‘ordinary’ weather phenomenon. The infrastructure’s lack of resilience, along with the vulnerability of the people and property, is amplified by an incalculable magnitude by the awesome power of Allah,” he said.

Tuesday, May 28

From The Final Call Newspaper

ADOS Its origins, troublesome ties and fears it's dividing Black folk in the fight for reparations

By Bryan 18X Crawford Contributing Writer

There are many organizations and individuals who have spent decades of their existence, and lives, advocating for reparations to be given to the descendants of enslaved Africans in America, during the more than 500 years Black people have spent living in this country and subjected to physical, mental, emotional, spiritual, educational, chemical and medical abuse and mistreatment.

Make no mistake, reparations has been an ongoing fight, whether people know about it or not.

Yvette Carnell

Enter #ADOS, a hashtag created by Yvette Carnell, a former Capitol Hill political staffer turned social media blogger, and Antonio Moore, a former district attorney in Los Angeles, as well as an Emmy-nominated film producer. The duo of Ms. Carnell and Mr. Moore, who combined, have a following of more than 30,000 people on Twitter, and 114,000 subscribers on their respective YouTube channels, have leveraged their individual popularity and following to help bring the topic of reparations into political and social media discussions. However, over the past few months, the ADOS hashtag has become a source of division within the reparations community.

“The ADOS movement goes against everything; whether you want to call it Pan-Africanism, or seeing the Black world as a united family, ADOS goes against all of that,” Dr. Ray Winbush, a research professor and director of the Institute for Urban Research at Morgan State University, told The Final Call. “They have no understanding of how the Black Diaspora throughout the planet is united. So for them to come in and try to divide Black Americans against Jamaicans, Black Brazilians, and even other Africans is ridiculous.”

ADOS plays on a unique brand of identity politics, specifically catering to Black American people. This position is largely based on the lineage of Black folks to their enslaved African descendants, a point of emphasis Ms. Carnell began strongly making in August 2018.

ADOS also occupies a position on another front: the wealth gap. This part of the ADOS ideology and philosophy is largely driven by Mr. Moore who has penned a number of articles on the subject and co-authored the April 2018 report, “What We Get Wrong About Closing the Racial Wealth Gap,” with Duke University professor and economist, Dr. Sandy Darity.

These two talking points—Black American identity based on lineage, and how the wealth gap keeps Black people at a financial and economic disadvantage from Whites—represent the foundation of the ADOS reparations platform.

However, when Ms. Carnell and Mr. Moore began discussing these two subjects on social media individually, they never connected them to reparations. That tie-in wouldn’t come until much later.

Still, if it seems that #ADOS just magically appeared out of thin air, that’s because it did.

But it’s important to understand the metamorphosis #ADOS has undergone before settling on this final iteration.

And, because it was by and large birthed on Twitter, tracing the history of ADOS back isn’t difficult.

#ADOS, The Beginning

The #ADOS hashtag is the final version of various plays on Black Americanism and Blacks being descendants of enslaved Africans brought to these shores more than 500 years ago. Initially, #DOS (Descendants of Slaves) was the original hashtag that Ms. Carnell and Mr. Moore would use, generally preceded by “American.”

Prior to their monopolizing the #DOS hashtag, it was primarily used within Twitter’s tech community. The #ADOS hashtag was previously used within the context of Autism (Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule) and wouldn’t officially be tied to Black people until October 2018.

Over the span of roughly two years, between 2017 and 2019, #ADOS as a social media phenomenon, has captured the attention of many people. By embracing #ADOS, many see it as an opportunity to draw a line in the sand and demand something from their Democratic politicians, the same ones they say Blacks blindly voted for in the past.

“If you need evidence that Black Americans are politically ignorant as a group, then just look at their loyalty to the Democratic Party without reciprocal, tangible benefits, in the form of programs that specifically target ADOS,” Hayden Jamal, and indie hip-hop artist from Atlanta who first heard of #ADOS three months ago, told The Final Call. “I had a huge spike in my interest in politics about five months before learning of #ADOS. I consumed a ton of different political shows and podcasts, but a lot of it didn’t speak to me personally. I learned about #ADOS browsing Tariq Nasheed’s YouTube account and saw a video where he was talking about foundational Black Americans. Once I listened to that, it led me down a pathway of exposure to #ADOS, as the core message is essentially the same thing. Once I saw the actual data from Sandy Darity, Darrick Hamilton, Thomas Shapiro as well as other intellectuals in the same space, [being #ADOS] was a complete no brainer.”

“I would watch Yvette off and on in 2015 and most of 2016 as she was collaborating with Dr. Boyce Watkins and ‘Your Black World.’ It was during the lead-up to the 2016 Presidential election,” Michael Hicks, special assistant to Dr. Kevin Cosby, president of Simmons College in Louisville where the ADOS conference will be held in October, told The Final Call.

Antonio Moore

“Yvette’s bi-weekly work in political framing fortified Antonio Moore’s socioeconomic data and critiques of the societal distractions that keep American Descendants of Slavery from focusing on a self-interested politics. Such teachings are not necessarily new, but the power of the realities of Black life, manifest with socioeconomic data, interweaved with a focused framing around a collective self-interested politics, was and is, a powerful combination that brought a new and fresh perspective. I was onboard [with #ADOS] after Yvette was invited to Louisville by Dr. Cosby for a June 2017 West Louisville Forum and I showed up and recorded the event for a local community-focused blog that I publish,” Mr. Hicks added.

It seems the charismatic and oftentimes engaging personalities of Ms. Carnell and Mr. Moore, combined with the information they give via their respective platforms, are directly tied to the rise and growth of #ADOS; both in cyberspace, and in the real world.

The Lineage and Wealth Gap Convergence

Prior to May 2018, Ms. Carnell would only talk lineage as a subject intermittently on Twitter, but that is when it appears the lineage, nativist, wealth gap and reparations—albeit subtly—positions of ADOS were officially established; six months before #ADOS would become a widely used hashtag. This convergence of ideas took place during her YouTube livestream in a video called, “Race is a Con. Lineage is the Truth.”

Mr. Moore has devoted a good portion of his personal Twitter activity to shed light on the growing wealth gap that currently exists between Black and White people in this country. However, in addition to this particular expertise, Mr. Moore also began to tie in lineage within the context of African-American descendants of slaves approximately nine months prior to Ms. Carnell doing so.

Interestingly, in December 2016, Ms. Carnell took up the wealth gap subject with a YouTube livestream titled, “Black Spending Power is an Illusion, but the Racial Wealth Gap is Real.” However, she would not touch the wealth gap topic again seriously until September 2017, nine days after she and Mr. Moore, participated in the inaugural Angela Project Conference at Simmons College.

The Angela Project was originally billed as “A three-year movement commemorating the 400th anniversary of Black enslavement in America” with conferences taking place annually up to 2019 which, if you count slavery as beginning in America in 1619, represents the 400th year. However, it appears the third annual Angela Project Conference at Simmons College has been transformed into the first ever ADOS Conference taking place in Louisville Oct. 4-5.

American Identity Politics, Anti-Immigrant and Anti-Pan Africanist Sentiments

Over time, it began to appear that information being disseminated using the #ADOS hashtag, when it came to reparations, was the only reference point for those embracing and claiming an ADOS identity.

Essentially, Ms. Carnell and Mr. Moore became their “go-to” on Twitter for information.

Unfortunately, this dynamic has also opened the door for misinformation about the fight for reparations to be blasted en masse, under the reparations hashtag.

“The problem that we have now is people don’t read, and they rely on social media for information as opposed to studying,” said Dr. Conrad Worrill, who served for many years as chairman of the National Black United Front and is a longtime fighter for reparations.

“There’s a lot of anti-scholarship and anti-research attitudes today, and people are commenting on things without having done any study on them.”

The ADOS hashtag is also now being spun into an identity label that many supporters have embraced. Instead of calling themselves and identifying as Black, some are now placing their racial identity within the context of these hashtags, and have begun referring to themselves as ADOS, not Black.

“Race doesn’t exist. It’s not real. It was constructed to give us [Black people] a disadvantage and we cling to it more than anybody else,” said Ms. Carnell in her “Race is a Con …” video. “How do you cling to being Black when being Black was created to make you less than and give you a disadvantage to people who are called White? How do you cling to that? What you should be clinging to is your lineage because your lineage built a country economically, and you’ve never been paid for that.”

As the ADOS hashtag gained steam and momentum online, one of the more unfortunate outcomes has been division created within the reparations movement. Much of the divisiveness began in June 2018 when Ms. Carnell livestreamed “Pan-Africanism is Dead” on her YouTube channel. In the video, she gave her opinions on what she called the “limitation of Pan-Africanism and Black nationalism.”

“Pan-Africanism really still lives within us as kind of a self-esteem booster, rather than any kind of real political exchange or any real political ideology,” Ms. Carnell said in her video. She went on to say, “We have this kind of relationship with America that causes some people to say they don’t have a country. No, you have a country. We just have a country that is abdicating our responsibility to us, but we still have a country … We’re American. We’re not Pan-African. We’re not African. We’re American. We’re Black American descendants of slaves. We are as American, if not more American, than anybody else.”

“Pan-Africanism as a geopolitical unification strategy among sovereign African and Black-led Diasporan nations, it is not dead, it has been in a coma for decades,” Mr. Hicks said. “There are clusters of Diasporan Black folk and organizations throughout the Diaspora that adhere to its principles ... but it is not a dominant position amongst the totality of Black people around the world. I am not—and I would go so far as to say the ADOS community does not—say that Pan-Africanism does not have merit, it’s just not a primary driver or influence. The ADOS political movement is different in primarily this way: it is a focused legal and legislative justice claim for an aggrieved group with provable harm and damage in the United States.”

This thought process and idea hasn’t sat well with many in the Pan-Africanist, pro-Black and reparations communities.

“ADOS invites us to double down, to dig deeper, to embrace its ignorant YouTube versions of history and economics, to reject solidarity with other people suffering at the hands of a capitalist empire and its policies of genocide and ecocide,” the Black Agenda Report wrote. “ADOS leaders want to join the U.S. empire, not fight the power.”

“[Yvette Carnell and Antonio Moore] are two personalities expounding opinions and positions that are counter to everything I’ve ever studied or seen in my many years of activism and organizing,” Dr. Worrill said. “They seem to be completely anti-PanAfrican, anti-African, and anti-immigrant, while ignoring the history and evolution of the reparations movement in America.”

By the ADOS leadership positioning themselves on a pro-reparations platform, but seemingly against Pan-Africanism and Black immigrants, while embracing the identity of the country that has mistreated Black people physically, spiritually, mentally, psychologically, economically, medically, educationally and otherwise, became an immediate red flag for advocates of Black liberation and independence.

“It’s interesting to me that a lot of the people in the organizations that ADOS has been attacking, have been involved in fighting for reparations decades longer than ADOS has,” Guyanese writer and author Dwayne Wong, told The Final Call. “What makes the reparations movement strong are all of these different organizations fighting for it together, and on a united front. But ADOS seems very intent on spreading division and what they’ve essentially done is harmful for the reparations struggle and harmful in general. Division tends to weaken what we’re doing and it creates tunnel vision where people only see things the way they want to see it.”

Both Ms. Carnell and Mr. Moore have also been accused of being disrespectful of prominent Pan-Africanists like Marcus Garvey, Kwame Ture (Stokely Carmichael), Kwame Nkrumah, Malcolm X, and even Min. Louis Farrakhan and the Nation of Islam, who have always spoken up and fought for reparations, as well as Black independence and self-sufficiency within the context of that discussion.

“ADOS people are ahistorical. They have no understanding of how the Black Diaspora, throughout the planet, is united. So for them to come in to try and divide Black Americans from Black Jamaicans and Black Brazilians, that stuff is ridiculous,” said Dr. Winbush.

In addition, some ADOS acolytes have become very aggressive in their online discourse toward those they feel stand in opposition to them, and Black immigrants from the continent of Africa, and from countries like Haiti and Jamaica. Their feeling is people from these countries come to America and steal benefits and other advantages that, in their opinion, belong to Black Americans strictly. However, not all of those on the side of ADOS, agree with that sentiment.

“You can’t prove intent in large numbers, and stealing is a very intentional act,” Mr. Jamal told The Final Call. “For Black immigrants, I do think the number of those that deliberately come to America to access resources under the guise of being African-American are larger than we think. But again, that’s just a thought.”

“What does happen, and what is a problem for ADOS, is that the relative success of Black immigrants who have come to the U.S., and now have first or second generation American-born children here, a couple of counterproductive realities for ADOS emerge,” Mr. Hicks explained, adding, “First, a false impression of progress in Black America is created when foreign-born Africans of the Diaspora—who usually come from class positions that not only exceed average ADOS, but White Americans as well. This is a problem for ADOS because this group of Black immigrants is used as a mask of progress against the durable and deliberate underdevelopment of American Black folk and our communities. That presence creates interference in the socioeconomic data and reality of ADOS, and undercuts our righteous justice claim. What adds insult to these real injuries is when these upper-class immigrant Black folks are looked upon as authority figures for Black interests. And if they reject reparations for ADOS in the U.S., where does that leave ADOS?”

In this April 10, photo, Reparations Labor Union founder Anita Belle talks about slave reparations during an interview in Detroit. The Detroit-based organization and the Washington-based National Coalition of Blacks for Reparations in Amer- ica, also known as N’Cobra, pushing for federal legislation on reparations for de- scendants of African American slaves, are bringing their agendas and messages to Detroit. Belle wants U.S. presidential candidates to attend the organization's summit in Detroit, but so far none has pledged to attend. Photo: AP Photo/Corey Williams

As a result of their Americanized identity politics position, many in the ADOS community, as a way to separate themselves from the so-called immigrants online, have begun to use the American flag in their bio and tweets—claiming the identity of a country that never intended for Black people to enjoy full citizenship. The comments, as well as using the American flag as a cultural and personal identifier, has not gone over well.

“How can any Black movement use the American flag rag, as I call it, wrap themselves in it, and then cut themselves off from our other brothers and sisters in the Diaspora?” Dr. Winbush asked. “Then they’ve said things like if you’re a child of a Caribbean descendant—which would include Minister Farrakhan—somehow you’re not really an American. But John Henrik Clarke said the only difference between Black people from Brooklyn and the Bahamas, or from Los Angeles and Brazil, is where they dropped us off on the ship. We need to stop talking about where they dropped us off and start focusing on where they picked us up, which is Africa.”

“For many Black people, America is the only place we’ve known for generations, and as a result, a lot of us have internalized negative ideas about Africa. So, for many of us, there has been a disconnect and most Black people consider America to be their identity. But that thing called America and Americanness, fundamentally opposes our existence as African people,” Dr. Kwame Zulu Shabazz told The Final Call. “But our kids are indoctrinated with Americanism every day when we send them to these White schools and they have to sing the National Anthem or say the Pledge of Allegiance. That’s all White propaganda to get us as Black people to identify, uncritically, with this American theme that’s not ours.”

Cut The Check

Another unfortunate outcome in the rise of ADOS, is that their narrative and ideology has been used to only partially represent what reparations is and what it means, thus reducing it to nothing more than a demand for the U.S. government—using Democratic politicians as a proxy—to cut Black people a check for what they are owed. For Kamm Howard of N’Cobra (National Coalition of Blacks for Reparations in America), the ADOS ideology is completely dismissive of the groundwork put in by grassroots reparations activists for decades.

“I see ADOS as a brilliant use of social media to take up an issue and get people talking about it,” Mr. Howard told The Final Call. “But, within the leadership and membership, there isn’t a deep enough knowledge of the reparations movement and what it is to take a lead position in this fight, even though they have driven the conversation,” Mr. Howard added.

N’Cobra is currently scheduled to host their national convention with the theme, “400 Years of Terror: A Debt Still Owed,” this summer in Detroit, June 20-23.

“ADOS is responding to the economic conditions in America, and in this country, we do a very good job of lying to ourselves,” Omowale Afrika, a grassroots organizer and self-identified Pan-Africanist, told The Final Call. “I feel we are at the beginning stages of a recession that could potentially turn into a depression, and ADOS is responding to a future that looks hopeless; a future that looks like they’ll be economically starved out and left to die. Yvette Carnell is bringing that up and saying the only way we’ll survive this future is if White people give us a check because if they don’t, we’re going to suffer. I think that’s why you see this energy and urgency around the conversation for reparations.”

In March, it was revealed that Yvette Carnell had admitted to being a board member of Progressives for Immigration Reform (PFIR), a right-wing think tank led by John Tanton. Mr. Tanton is a noted White nationalist who also heads the Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR), an organization that has been accused of connections to eugenicists and American White supremacist groups. Some of FAIR’s supporters include former Attorney General in the Trump Administration Jeff Sessions, Iowa Congressman Steve King, and far-right political activist Stephen Miller.

“I joined the PFIR board to advocate for the style of politics I’m doing right now, which promotes an #ADOS justice claim and our primacy to other “people of color” & immigrant groups in general. #LineageMatters,” she tweeted March 23 in defense of her affiliation with PFIR.

According to the America’s Voice website, organizations like FAIR and PFIR are “closely aligned with the Republican Members of Congress who are now in charge of immigration policy for the U.S. House of Representatives.” The site added, “The anti-immigrant lobby has created a series of front groups, including Progressives for Immigration Reform (PFIR). These groups pretend to speak for the ‘silent majority’ of workers, African Americans, Vietnamese Americans, or environmentalists—to name only a few examples—who oppose immigration reform and support a mass deportation agenda instead. But a closer look how these groups are organized and funded shows that they are entirely dependent on the anti-immigrant lobby, and represent nothing but the desire of its leaders and allies in Congress to make their mass deportation policies seem less extreme than they really are.”

PFIR has been accused of being behind the creation of groups like BALA (Black American Leadership Alliance), Choose Black America and the African American Leadership Council, all of which espoused rhetoric saying immigration is a detriment to the Black community.

“It’s troubling when opportunists use the economic challenges of the African-American community as cover for ideological and political extremism to align themselves with groups like FAIR, which had their own genesis in the eugenics movement,” Wade Henderson, president of the Leadership Conference on Human Rights, said in a 2013 interview with The Daily Beast.

The ties to FAIR and PFIR, as well as their sordid histories, hasn’t seemed to diminish the support for ADOS from those who follow Ms. Carnell and Mr. Moore.

“It is not a mystery to our community. [Yvette] has been upfront with this on her show. This is not a secret,” Mr. Hicks said. “I believe Yvette is on the PFIR board because she believes that it’s important that Black people have a voice in the larger national discussion over immigration in America.”

“She announced it on her show and has explained it multiple times since then,” Mr. Hayden added, saying, “I want someone of ADOS in that space, so I’m glad Yvette is there.”

It also appears ADOS wants to force the reparations conversation on Democratic presidential candidates, like Kamala Harris, Cory Booker—who introduced the H.R.40 companion bill on the Senate floor—Elizabeth Warren, who supports reparations, and Bernie Sanders. But ADOS doesn’t press or confront Donald Trump or any other Republicans on the issue. ADOS says there is a reason for this dynamic.

“The Democratic Party has been the political party that the American descendants of chattel slavery have been most loyal to over the last 50+ years. We have, throughout this history, provided them both strong turnout as well as the overwhelming percentage of our votes. Why would we not go to them first? Why would we not petition them first?” asked Mr. Hicks.

Added Mr. Hayden, “Historically, Black Americans have voted loyally for Democrats and have gotten nothing for it. … I personally haven’t seen any ADOS putting the [reparations] onus on Democrats only, but if there are [some doing it] I disagree with it. One of the core principles of the movement is the loyalty only to an agenda, so I’m highly skeptical of a narrative that says otherwise.”

“I think it’s good when you see Black people take uncompromising stances and unifying around an issue,” Mr. Afrika said. “The danger is that a lot of this excitement around reparations is happening within the context of a national election. And if you study the history of ebbs and flows around political promises, whenever Black people feel that they can wrestle some kind of concession from one of the political parties in this country, there is typically a lot of excitement—almost childlike—that isn’t tempered by reality or historical knowledge.”

Dr. Ray Winbush

“All of these candidates want the Black vote and they know that reparations is a resonating issue among us. But I’ve listened to each of these [Democratic] candidates [talk about reparations] and a lot of them speak in generalities, not specifics,” said Dr. Winbush. “If this country is going to be the so-called America they claimed it was in 1776—which it wasn’t—they’re going to have to deal with the issue of reparations. There is no options in that regard. I always tell my students the number one document they should regard in regards to our citizenship in this country as Black people, is the Dred Scott decision. This country has never seen us as full citizens and they don’t treat us such. But regardless of how America treats us, we as Black people are entitled to justice, and reparations are a form of justice.”

Where We Stand Now

Since the #ADOS hashtag was injected into the social media discussions, it was first met with optimism and support. Some of that has devolved into full-blown skepticism, and at times, outrage over the behavior of those using the hashtag in their social media discourse. Physical threats have been made against those who positioned themselves opposite of ADOS, along with other tactics that have been used to intimidate anyone who challenges the ADOS position on any front. This has led to increased speculation that the hashtag itself has been co-opted by people who aren’t Black to sow angst, division and discord amongst Black folks around an issue that should be universally agreed upon.

According to Media Matters for America, an organization that bills itself as an “information center dedicated to comprehensively monitoring, analyzing, and correcting conservative misinformation in the U.S. media,” “There is evidence that ADOS is advancing a right-wing agenda, and while it calls itself progressive, it pushes pro-Trump, anti-immigrant views … The hashtag has been mostly used to criticize Democratic leaders and publicly attack Black celebrities—like rapper Talib Kweli, actor Yvette Nicole Brown, and radio show hosts Charlamagne Tha God and Roland Martin—and anyone else who the founders believe do not share their vision for reparations … The ADOS website praises President Donald Trump and former President Ronald Reagan for their views on Black America and criticizes former President Barack Obama.”

In addition, Media Matters found that as early as August 2018, there was evidence that “white supremacists have jumped on board with ADOS and that 4chan posters may be using the movement to sow division.”

Many of those in opposition to ADOS, largely based on Yvette Carnell’s ties to FAIR and PFIR, the behavior of those using the hashtag online under the cover of anonymity, talking points on the ADOS101 website, the anti-immigrant rhetoric, and divisiveness convinced the hashtag is nothing more than the creation of John Tanton’s right wing think tank using Black people as the face of it.

“ADOS’ alliances and affiliations can lead us to speculate that there is another kind of strategy at play here and a nefarious agenda going on,” Dr. Conrad Worrill, told The Final Call. “This is why I don’t use the term ‘movement’ to describe them. I call ADOS a hashtag entity and a social media phenomenon. A movement has boots on the ground. Movements carry out work on a day to day basis by organizing, convening meetings and using that energy as their base and foundation. The whole ADOS thrust, at this point, has been a hashtag. A movement is a sacred term. Movements mean that strategies are being created that bring people together face-to-face, and in this stage of history, social media advocacy can be leveraged to link the work being done on the ground. The ADOS hashtag has done none of that. It doesn’t have an organizational base on the ground.”

“Reparations is a movement that has involved hundreds of people over dozens of years,” Dr. Winbush added. “From what I’ve seen in their writings and video rants, ADOS’ plan, because they haven’t done any groundwork, is to discredit those who did by calling them old heads who have done nothing to get the reparations conversation to this point. For ADOS to do that is absurd.”

Dr. Conrad Worrill

The point made by Dr. Worrill rings true. Although they have a planned conference in October, like known Black reparations groups such as N’COBRA and NAARC (National African American Reparations Commission), ADOS is not an officially recognized entity on the books; either politically speaking, or within the context of being a fully functioning and recognized organized social justice group.

This has led to even more questions that have yet to be answered.

“You can’t say you love Black people and are fighting for Black people, then turn around and threaten them. There’s something wrong there,” said Dr. Winbush.

Online, #ADOS is still going strong, led by frequent posts and YouTube commentary from Yvette Carnell and Antonio Moore. However, it appears that their momentum may be slowing as more Black people in the Twittersphere continue to draw parallels between ADOS, MAGA and neo-Conservative political ideologies, and push back against it.

While it doesn’t appear the reparations conversation and push is coming to an end any time soon, one byproduct of the creation of ADOS, even if it was unintentional, is more Blacks are becoming aware of the reparations movement, struggle and fight, and are energized in becoming advocates for it in a positive manner, not a negative one.

The Final Call made several weeks of attempts to reach Ms. Carnell and Mr. Moore for an interview, however they went unanswered.

Tuesday, May 21

From The Final Call Newspaper

Wanting to end war, working to promote peace

By Charlene Muhammad -National Correspondent

LOS ANGELES—Bloods and Crips street organization plans for an all-out family day at the park to promote peace and unity on Memorial Day have seen a little setback. But the work for peace is ongoing.

While Memorial Day may not be the day, those committed to working through challenges and years of urban fratricide are on the case, building with one another and seeking resources to make a great day for peace possible.

They have been meeting and strategizing around ways to maintain the unity forged days after their brother Nipsey Hussle, aka Ermias Asghedom, a prominent rapper and self-made millionaire, was slain in front of his Marathon Clothing store in South L.A. He was a member of the Rollin’ 60s Crips but worked across gang and geographic lines to promote good relations and the development of the Black community and expanded opportunity.

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There was hope for a May 27 broad fellowship with each other, as well as mothers of slain children and the broader community but everything from a location, money, and other support to pull it off is needed, according to key organizer LaTanya Ward, aka “F.O.”, a member of the Bloods Black P Stones gang and co-coordinator of an April 6 walk in peace held by over 500 street organization members.

“We don’t have … no backing to help us do nothing; not to help organize, to keep—even just the meetings going,” Ms. Ward told The Final Call.

A friend helped make flyers for meetings held once a week, but those meetings have dwindled to every other week, and attendance from about 50 to 10 people, she said. Even with resources and donations, the outing would be a flop if the most important, targeted population which are the gang members, are not in attendance, she said.

What they need to make the planned park day a success is first and foremost a team of coordinators comprised from each of the gangs. That may not necessarily be people from that specific area, but they have certain expertise and they can assist.

One of the problems is it looks like people are on offense, but many are still on defense with each other, she said. “Humans are naturally self-preserving,” she said. Another is that they didn’t create the situation they’re falling victim to, she said.

Nipsey Hussle

“We’re really just in it, and we’re all on defense, or we’re just participating in the situation that was created for us. The fact is the powers that be know they could’ve been ended it or deadened it from the rip. We just pawns, but, we just don’t know that yet,” continued Ms. Ward.

The event is designed to not just further strengthen peace amongst themselves, but to atone to mothers and families of those slain in gang wars, according to Lil’ A.D., who was integral to the April 6 peace walk crossing Slauson Ave. and Crenshaw Blvd., where Nipsey’s store and plaza stands as a landmark for the community’s cry for change.

The so-called gang members breathed new life into efforts for peace across the country, and Bloods and Crips, as well as other gang sets from Rialto, California (a suburb approximately 50 miles east of L.A.) to New York, began tying their red and blue rags together, signifying peace. Their images went viral in social media.

Some say the hope that sprang up from the streets of South Central then carried abroad demands work from everybody, but in working themselves on internal disputes, they’re uncovering more of the trauma and impact urban fighting has had on something as simple as people’s ability to communicate.

For instance, meeting agendas outlined to accomplish tasks fall by the wayside, because people just want to be heard. They have a lot to get off their chests, and sometimes conversations run off track, and it’s hard to refocus, explained Ms. Ward.“I don’t think it’s fizzling out, because what I do know is that I still have people coming to meetings talking about it, whatever side they’re on, whatever side of the fence they on about it, but they’ll come to me and be like, ‘You know, umm, that’s good F.O., you doing that … I’m proud of you Blood; I’m proud of you Cuz, but I ain’t there yet, you feel me,’ ” said Ms. Ward. She said it’s because that person may still be mad about someone or something or are so for their gang, they’re not with it or that mature yet.

Nipsey Hussle

“I tell them n****r, on Blackstones you gon’ be with it, when yo a** taking your last breaths on the ground. You gon’ wish it would have been a treaty, a truce, a non-aggression agreement and all that sh**,” stated Ms. Ward. 

“But period! They’re talking about it, so it hasn’t fizzed out because it’s like, ‘Oh, the audacity! Oh! They think they could have made that work? And it failed in ’92 or, period. Nipsey, the s*** still a shock, and it was tied to that, so it’s still a conversation. Secretly, everybody want it … want to be safe, in a perfect world to be able to not f*****g die!”

Youth who identified himself only as “Twilight,” left, and youth who identified him- self only as “Twelve, clasp hands at end of three days of talks between members of warring Los Angeles gang factions in Carson, Calif., July 29, 1988. Photo: AP Photo / Ira Mark Gostin

Ms. Ward was referring to the April 28, 1992 peace treaty struck by gang members from the Imperial Courts, Jordan Downs, Nickerson Gardens and Hacienda Village housing projects in the Watts section of Los Angeles to end bloodshed that was resulting in over 1,000 murders a year in the 1980s. That came after four White cops were acquitted in ’92 of the brutal beating of Black motorist Rodney King, now deceased.

Student Minister Tony Muhammad (now known as Abdul Malik Sayyid Muhammad) and Nipsey Hussle at Cren- shaw High School in 2014.

“Everybody who comes to the endeavor doesn’t have the same motives. You’re dealing with 40 years of violence, 40 years of hatred and fratricide, so you’re not going to settle that overnight,” observed Student Minister Abdul Malik Sayyid Muhammad, Western Region pepresentative for the Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan and the Nation of Islam, in an exclusive interview.

“What we saw at Ground Zero with Nipsey was the greatest sign we’ve ever seen, in my opinion,” he stated. “People may want to say it was after the Rodney King verdict, see, but that verdict was on the basis of what some White cops had done to the Black man. This is the first time we’ve ever wanted to come together on a Black man killing a Black man,” Min. Muhammad stated.

“We want to earn more of the right to help just facilitate those who are already beginning to keep the peace, and our mission is to unite, as we already have done, with gang intervention, to unite with Stop the Violence-Increase the Peace, and Cease Fire, and 2nd Call, all of the groups already doing the best they could to maintain the peace. We are now going to unite as a solid wall and do it together, because no one group can do it! It’s going to take a team effort and I don’t care about no position. I don’t want to head it. We want to get up under it and support it and support them,” said Min. Muhammad.

It can start by getting gangs to adopt moral codes in stages and degrees, one or two things, but don’t try to put too much on them, he said.

“Nurture that. If we could just say no more killings. Start with that. No more shootings. No verbal attacks on social media. Just start with just two things. Now that’s with the gangs,” said Min. Muhammad.

Rappers have a part to play by putting out more positive, uplifting lyrics, and bring conscious rap music back, he said. Then the community and world must buy-in with support for peace, jobs and education, he said. “But it can’t be no minuscule budget with you giving just enough to keep these brothers and sisters fighting and killing each other,” he added.

That is part of the goal for an upcoming Peace Ride slated for mid-October in honor of Nipsey Hussle. The United in Peace Foundation spearheading the event is also dedicating the ride to mothers of children killed in gang violence. It was originally scheduled for this June 23, but most of the venues are booked up. Alternatively, every Peace Ride, on the fourth Sunday of each month this year is being dedicated to Nipsey Hussle and the unity of the various gangs, according to Min. Muhammad. In October, it culminates with a ride in the same month commemorating the historic Million Man March.

The peace blueprint calls next for rebuilding the wasted cities, as instructed by Minister Farrakhan when the beloved Muslim leader called for 10,000 Fearless to not only make their communities safe and decent places to live, but to serve the needs and wants of suffering masses in their communities and show gang members how to build their own companies, from construction, carpeting, landscaping, to roofing, he said.

“Peace is a process, and what frustrates people is because we want immediate gratification, but Allah says seek assistance through patience and prayer. You’ve got to be patient with a 40-year war,” said Min. Muhammad, echoing sentiments from his May 12 address at the Nation of Islam headquarters Mosque Maryam in Chicago entitled, “God Is Rising.”

“It’s been 10 years of the Peace Rides, and if it takes 10 more to completely manifest peace, then it’s worth it, but remember, people are still using drugs and when they get high, they get restimulated and fights will break out. The key is to stop glorifying the violence,” he said.

For his part, Min. Muhammad plans to visit all the gangs in L.A. in Compton, Inglewood, Long Beach, Pasadena and Watts, between now and October. In part so they can feel the spirit of Minister Farrakhan, just as many did when he visited Ground Zero Nipsey Hussle’s parking lot memorial site and delivered a riveting message of love to the Rollin’ 60s, street gangs and the world.

“We have to be willing, but right now, the Minister, the Nation, we are the most consistent of everybody. People would like to overlook us, but it’s hard, because they don’t have the discipline, and that’s what we bring to the table,” said Min. Muhammad. “And it’s our mission! We believe in the resurrection of the dead and our sole purpose is to deliver the 17 million.”

Tuesday, May 14

From The Final Call Newspaper

Somebody taught you to hate me: Supporters pack Catholic church to hear Farrakhan respond to Facebook ban

By James G. Muhammad Contributing Editor @jgm3000 

CHICAGO—A rousing crowd in a packed St. Sabina Catholic church greeted the Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan and church pastor Fr. Michael Pfleger as they walked arm-in-arm into the sanctuary during an event held for the Minister to respond to being banned from Facebook and Instgram.

The media giant cancelled the Minister’s account and those of others they described as “dangerous” individuals who deliver “hate speech” in violation of the platform’s policies.

Fr. Pfleger, a White Catholic priest, offered the Minister his church May 9 to respond to the ban, setting himself up for days of condemnation, personal threats and hateful speech as a result.

To the White people who think I am a hater, “You’ve never had a conversation with me but somebody made you to hate me,” Min. Farrakhan said during an hour long message. “But after you get acquainted with me, the hate began to be diminished and you began listening. After you began listening, your hate began to turn to love,” he said.

The 86-year-old Minister said his critique of Jewish actions—specifically his public exposure of writings in the Jewish Babylonian Talmud that declares that Jesus is in hell boiling in excrement and describes Mother Mary as a prostitute – has fueled the anger of powerful members of the Jewish community.

“The enemy is so hateful of me,” he said. “You make me the litmus test for any Black person who wants to rise in America.”

As an example, the Minister said Barack Obama would never have been elected president if a photo of him and the former Illinois senator had been released to the public.

“Poor Barack. We (Nation of Islam) helped him to win in Illinois,” he said. “I’m a hated man today, you can’t even have a picture with me. That kind of hatred is insanity.”

He also criticized the hypocrisy of those who condemned Fr. Pfleger for inviting him, but would those critics condemn the late Cardinal Francis George who dined with the Minister at his home and took a photo with him, he asked? Would they condemn the late Cardinal Joseph Bernadine or former Mayor Richard M. Daley, both of whom met with him?

Reaction to the Facebook ban was swift as Blacks and others who support the beloved Minister flooded the platform with his picture and his words. The audience was asked to stream the event on Facebook Live during the event.

With the image of a Black Jesus painted in the church looking down upon him, the Minister said when Jesus walked the earth he was hated without a cause. What have I done that you hate me like that, he asked?

The answer, perhaps, is rooted in his stance in defense of Rev. Jesse L. Jackson during his run for president in 1983. During that time, members of the Jewish community held demonstrations outside Rev. Jackson’s campaign events chanting “Ruin, Jesse, Ruin” and sending death threats to the prominent leader.

Min. Farrakhan advised Jewish leaders to sit down with Rev. Jackson to discuss differences, adding, “If you harm this brother, I warn you in the name of Allah, this will be the last one that you harm.”

From that time to the present, media and Jewish leadership have dogged Min. Farrakhan with the label of “anti-Semite” and continue to pressure prominent officials from associating with him.

Enemy tries to tarnish Farrakhan
In 1985 a Black Chicago bank was pressured to refuse deposit of a $5 million loan to Min. Farrakhan and the Nation of Islam from Libyan leader Muammar Gadhafi for economic development.

In 1993, Jewish leaders pressured Black leaders to disinvite Min. Farrakhan from speaking at the 30th Anniversary of the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. In 1995, some of those same Black leaders spoke at the Million Man March.

In 1994, after Nation of Islam male members known as the “Dopebusters” disarmed a drug dealer and cleaned up several Washington, D.C., projects, Jewish influence caused the government to cancel a contract with a security firm established by members of the Nation of Islam.

“Some of us could not come out tonight because they did not wish to be censured by those who presently have power to censure,” the Minister said. “But that power is gradually being taken from you, and I am so grateful to God that He made me an instrument to bring that end to your wicked system of injustice.”

Min. Farrakhan explained that after the prophets died, Satan entered their communities and divided the followers. God’s coming is after the workings of Satan and many of us don’t know that we’re followers of Satan thinking we’re following Jesus Christ, he said.

“You can have a church on every corner, but don’t fight Satan. Satan has won against all the prophets of God,” he said to clergy. “Discipleship will cost. Are you really willing to pay the price?”

A Facebook statement said the process “for evaluating potential violators” of Facebook policies “is extensive and it is what led us to our decision” to ban Min. Farrakhan. A spokesperson told CNN such factors include “whether the person or organization has ever called for violence against individuals based on race, ethnicity, or national origin; whether the person has been identified with a hateful ideology; whether they use hate speech or slurs” in their social media profiles.

Facebook also banned broadcaster Alex Jones and his Infowars page, right-wing media personalities Laura Loomer, Milo Yiannopoulos, and Paul Joseph Watson among others.

“I am really dangerous,” Min. Farrakhan said to a standing ovation. “I’m not dangerous on my own. God, the Lord of the Worlds, made me dangerous to Satan and his world.

“That day, what day? Judgement cannot come unless there is a falling away first and the man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition,” he continued.

“If you study your scripture and study my work, you will find there’s not another human being on this earth that speaks like Farrakhan, that challenges like Farrakhan, that has the wisdom of Farrakhan, even to the pope of Rome and all those you think as wise,” he said.

In opening remarks, Student Min. Ishmael Muhammad said Fr. Pfleger has always answered the call of justice and been on the right side of history.

Knowing that his brother is innocent of those charges, Fr. Pfleger saw this as another effort to silence those who would dare speak truth to power, Min. Ishmael Muhammad said. Even though Fr. Pfleger is now being attacked, we remind him that no weapon formed against the righteous will prosper in the time of God, he said.

Referring to the cell phone as the modern day “picket sign,” Min. Ishmael encouraged the audience to text “#wearefarrakhan” to 990-00 to register support for Min. Farrakhan and to be kept updated on the campaign.

Min. Farrakhan teaches us to pool our resources in a collective manner and to do something for ourselves, the student minister said. He leads us to establish an independent school system and make our communities a decent and safe place to live, he said.

Farrakhan did not neglect the people of Flint; Farrakhan did not lie to the American people about weapons of mass destruction that caused thousands of lives to be lost on the battlefield, Min. Ishmael Muhammad charged.

“By calling the Minister dangerous you want him to be hated by those who love, respect and admire him. And for us to distance ourselves from him. For which one of his works do you stone him,” he asked?

“The truth of the matter is, you are the real clear and present danger to the suffering masses. You lie, you steal and you murder the innocent,” Min. Ishmael Muhammad said. “You charge the innocent with what you really are.

“We are here tonight because we have benefitted from his teachings and the example of righteous character. We love Min. Farrakhan and we will not let you tell us who we should listen to. Your day of being ‘Massa’ is over!”

Hypocrisy of Facebook

This is the same Facebook that has been live streaming shootings, attempted rapes, White supremacists, racial name calling and countless other racist and dangerous acts, Fr. Pfleger told the audience.

“It is dangerous to me when we begin to stop free speech and seek to silence prophetic voices. There are many who say they do not like Min. Farrakhan because all they have heard is various sound bites. Perhaps that is why Facebook wanted to ban him, to keep people from hearing his entire message and the truth that he seeks to teach us,” the Catholic priest explained.

Citing the work of cleaning up Black men and saving lives, Fr. Pfleger added: “Min. Farrakhan has been a bold voice against injustice done against Black people in this country and his voice deserves and needs to be heard.”

Fr. Pfleger said he has been cursed at, received hateful Facebook postings, had to cancel a fundraiser, had financial support withdrawn, called an “n-lover” and a traitor to White people since inviting Min. Farrakhan.

He said St. Sabina historically has invited imams, rabbis, prophetic preachers, civil rights leaders, and icons to speak and “live the faith we say we profess.”

“It is interesting to me that those who accuse (Min. Farrakhan) of hate have been so hateful this past week. Oh, the hypocrisy,” he said.

Sitting on a step outside the church waiting for the line to diminish, Suave Griffin, 17, said he came to hear the message because Min. Farrakhan has been “like a wise grandfather and teacher” to him.

“I have been waiting for him (Farrakhan) to disappoint me a little but he still hasn’t said anything to let me down. If you can go 86 years of life without being fake says a lot about him. I can listen to him for two hours and say ‘wow’. It’s like music. I can’t sit that long and listen to my mom without dozing,” the high school student said with a laugh.

Aliyah Redmon, 22, said she disagrees with the ban. “Black people are the strongest and most resilient people on earth. Why is our unity such a threat? Anyone preaching unity and love and taking a radical stance against oppression is bound to be silenced.

“Everything I have heard from Farrakhan has been truth backed up by facts. Nothing he says has been biased. He is strong with his words and he knows what needs to be done as far as us being unified,” she said.

Lamar Johnson, 29, directs the Violence Prevention program at St. Sabina Church. He said no other Black leader has done to reform Black men over the last 60 years than Min. Farrakhan. Banning the Minister shows the hypocrisy of White privilege, he said.

“To say that what the Minister has said is hate speech when no other demographic of people in America has experienced hate more than Black people. A statement on social media is never equated to the systemic and literal oppression Blacks have experienced for centuries. We have been at the front end of receiving hate. I love the Minister and the things he’s been doing,” he said.

“This is much ado about nothing. Those of us who have been in the presence of Bro. Farrakhan for now 40 years, we’ve seen this movie before. In the ‘90s when they were repudiating him, Black United Communities put him in our Hall of Fame,” said longtime activist Eddie Read.

Min. Farrakhan is a truth teller, he said noting the absence of established Black leadership that normally draw media attention. They’ll come running to the Minister when they need his aide, but they won’t stand with him in the time of challenge when others are beating on him, he said. I say that Fr. Pfleger is a Black man trapped in a White man’s body, he commented.

“I came to support a man I know that has benefited our community. He’s the one who shows us our value and uplifted many of our brothers broken down by the injustice of the criminal justice system,” said State Senator Jacqueline Collins (D-16), a member of St. Sabina. “He knows his people; he loves his people. I came to shine the light of love back on him.”

“Hands off Farrakhan,” added activist Zakiyyah Muhammad. “Anybody who comes after Min. Farrakhan is an enemy of mine. He’s been a leader, teacher and healer to millions of people. The enemy hates him because he’s revealing their hatred for Black people.”