Farrakhan – “The White Right”

I think Farrakhan missed the point on this one – the “White Right” is a problem for all America. Racism is only a part of the pathology. The “White Right” would rather see this country suffer mass failures in jobs, the economy, and wars than suffer the presence of a Democratic President, especially one buttressed by Democratic leadership. The situation is, and has been for a while, beyond the normal bounds of political disagreement and loyal opposition…

And skirts the far edge of treason.

Farrakhan and his Nation of Islam are another of those speed bumps in the fiction of a Post Racial America. They also present a complex landscape for the Obama Administration in that should the NOI be treated as white, racist religious groups were under the Bushit’s “faith based initiative” – you would be able to hear the howls and screams of fake, right-wing manufactured outrage from here to the moon…

Providing a financial bonanza to the black conservative “Tom Squad”, among other things.

Make no doubt about it, the NOI liturgy, born out of the era of Jim Crow repression – is inherently racist when considered in today’s context. HOWEVER – NOI social and self help programs have proven to be effective in the community, and as such cannot be dismissed as a resource to assist inner city populations.

Farrakhan is 76 years old and suffers from a number of health problems. The question is, when Farrakhan departs – what direction the new leadership will take.

Farrakhan predicts ‘white right’ trouble for Obama

Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan, center, speaking at Muhammad Mosque #14 in Hartford, Conn., Friday, Aug. 8, 1997.

Nation of Islam Minister Louis Farrakhan, boasting his divine stature, on Sunday predicted trouble ahead for President Barack Obama and urged him to do more to improve the lives of blacks and the downtrodden.

The 76-year-old leader said the “white right” was conspiring to make Obama a one-term president, and pointed to his stalled efforts to introduce health care legislation as proof. He said those opponents and lobbyists were trapping him into a future war with Iran that could lead to mass destruction.

“The word ‘prophet’ is too cheap a word. I am a light in the midst of darkness,” Farrakhan said at the annual convention of the movement that embraces black nationalism. “It ain’t ego, it’s my love for you.”

An estimated 20,000 people attended the heavily guarded Saviours’ Day event at the United Center in Chicago. Followers — men dressed in navy uniforms and women in white skirt suits with matching hijabs — cheered on Farrakhan with shouts of “Allahu Akbar,” Arabic for “God is great.”

Farrakhan spent most of the fiery nearly four-hour speech recounting a 1985 vision he had in Mexico. Farrakhan has often described how he believes he was invited aboard an unidentified flying object he calls “the wheel” where he said he heard the late Nation of Islam leader Elijah Muhammad speak to him.

He said that experience led him to inklings about future events, including the United States’ 1986 bombing of Libya.

Farrakhan recounted how his divine knowledge has allowed him to recognize countless warning signs over the decades — such as natural disasters such as the earthquake in Chile — and said they indicate impending trouble, including for Obama.

Dressed in ornate creme robes, he addressed the president directly:

“Your people are suffering. You can’t ease their plight, but you can use your bully pulpit. Speak for the poor. Speak for the weak.”

He said helping the Nation of Islam, which has worked to reform black inmates for decades, would also be an answer.

“Put some money on back of us,” he said. “We can reform our people.”

Farrakhan has vigorously supported Obama for years and used his presidency as a call to action for blacks. That was even as Obama distanced himself from the group for Farrakhan’s past comments that many considered anti-Semitic.

Supporters say Farrakhan’s words are often taken out of context.

Farrakhan continued his praise of Obama Sunday, and said the nation’s first black president was manipulated into disavowing Farrakhan.

Farrakhan, Sharpton, and Terri Woods

Farrakhan Says “Don’t Be Pacified By Obama Election”

farrakhanMEMPHIS, Tenn. — Minister Louis Farrakhan on Sunday urged his followers not to become complacent by President Barack Obama’s election and to work to repair communities.

The 76-year-old Nation of Islam leader said in a speech commemorating the 14th anniversary of the Million Man March that people shouldn’t become pacified by the election of the first black president.

“This can pacify you and lull you to sleep in a dangerous time, making you think that we live in a post-racial America — when the opposite is true,” he said to loud applause.

The Chicago-based Nation of Islam has embraced black nationalism since its founding in the 1930s, and has used Obama’s election as a launching point for celebration, intellectual discussion and a call to action.

“You may not be pleased with everything he’s saying and doing, but you have to understand that he’s been voted in to take care of the affairs of a nation, and not yours and mine particularly,” Farrakhan said. “He’s the American president, not the black president.”

Given those broad responsibilities, African-Americans need to “accept responsibility to build our own communities,” Farrakhan said.

Farrakhan has recently had a strong presence at events addressing a rise in youth violence. He has said the death of Derrion Albert, a Chicago high school honor student fatally beaten by other teens in an attack captured on video, should be a call to action.

“You may not be pleased with everything he’s saying and doing, but you have to understand that he’s been voted in to take care of the affairs of a nation, and not yours and mine particularly,” Farrakhan said. “He’s the American president, not the black president.”

Given those broad responsibilities, African-Americans need to “accept responsibility to build our own communities,” Farrakhan said.

Sharpton threatens to sue Rush over op-ed remarks

alsharptonNEW YORK — The Rev. Al Sharpton is threatening to sue Rush Limbaugh for writing that the civil rights leader played a role in two New York race riots.

Limbaugh wrote that Sharpton played “a leading role in the 1991 Crown Heights riot” and the “1995 Freddie’s Fashion Mart riot” in a Wall Street Journal column published Saturday. Sharpton called both allegations false.

Sharpton was not present for or involved in the rioting in Brooklyn’s Crown Heights section in 1991. And he wasn’t present during the 1995 massacre at Freddie’s Fashion Mart, where there was no riot.

A Sharpton spokesman says that if Limbaugh doesn’t apologize or clarify his remarks, the reverend will sue.

BTx3 wants the Pay TV rights to this one! I’m putting together a new league, called Mixed Verbal Arts.

Author, Terri Woods Sues Club For $1 Billion Over Racism

teriwoodsIt was supposed to be a big night for top urban fiction author Teri Woods, who had invited 175 people to party at a trendy SoHo nightclub to celebrate her new book.

But Woods ended up in tears when she found almost her entire guestlist being kept outside Greenhouse’s notorious velvet rope.

Now a $1 billion class-action suit says the partygoers were denied entry because they were black.

“They should have just put up a sign that said, ‘No Coloreds Allowed,’” fumed Kashan Robinson, 39, of the Bronx, one of the plaintiffs. “There was no reason for them to not allow us into that club, except for the color of our skin.”

Club owner Barry Mullineaux declined to discuss what had happened to Woods’ party beyond calling charges of racism “all pretty much bogus.”

Woods has text messages she says he sent that night showing he was barring people based on appearance. “Everybody looking at me like this ur people Barry???” read a text message. “I couldn’t let in 300lb girls.”

Forget it Terri. This one is a non-starter.

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