Farrakhan, Gangbangers And A New Black State

Louis Farrakhan
Louis Farrakhan

In an address in Chicago Sunday,  Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan unveiled a plan to establish an independent Black Muslim country in America using Elijah Muhammad’s “Economic Blueprint: Ending Poverty and Want.”  He laid out a vision for the future of black Americans that, if realized, would elevate urban thuggery to a sort of secessionist, collectivist, isolationist, militant statecraft with the creation of a separate nation that would be protected by Chicago gangs.

Farrakhan told followers at the Nation of Islam’s annual Saviours’ Day convention Sunday, he was planning to reach out to gang leaders to help “protect” the Nation of Islam.  Saviour’s Day marks the Feb. 26, 1877, birthday of the Nation of Islam’s founder, W. Fard Muhammad.

Speaking before a crowd of more than 7,000 people at the UIC Pavilion,  Farrakhan said that national lawmakers are using Chicago’s violence epidemic to push for stronger gun control laws but said the Second Amendment has nothing to do with the spate of shootings in Chicago.

“The guns that every one of our young people have, are they legal? No!” Farrakhan said.

Instead, Farrakhan had a different idea for how to address gun violence. In addition to sending letters to black military leaders, Farrakhan said he planned to contact the city’s gang leaders to recruit gang members to “protect” any land the Nation of Islam might buy in the future.

“All you gangbangers, we know you love to shoot, but you’re killing yourselves,” Farrakhan said.  “The Second Amendment has no relevance to the black community in this sense,” he said. “All your weapons are illegal and you’re using them like a savage people.”

“You are the natural warriors to defend. And the science of war must be taught to us, so that we will protect whatever God allows us to buy or build,” he said,

In a remarkable generalization, he encouraged black Americans to stop spending their discretionary income on cigarettes, liquor and cellphones and urged them instead to contribute “pennies, nickels and dimes” — presumably to some fund tended by the Nation of Islam — to help achieve common goals he said have been systematically denied them by the U.S. political and economic spheres.  Farrakhan renewed the call for blacks to pool money and buy as much land as possible, in order to “control means of production” and produce food and other goods, such as clothing.

“America is for sale,” Farrakhan said. “But we are not owning it. We helped build this. Our sweat and blood was used to protect it. Shouldn’t we be co-owners of it? You’ve got to think like that now. I don’t want to walk streets that we don’t own.”

Farrakhan did manage to nail one truth concerning gun violence among black Americans, asserting that 2nd Amendment rights will continue to have little meaning for those blacks who carry — and use — guns off the legal grid.

Alderman Debra Silverstein
Alderman Debra Silverstein
Mayor Rahm Emanuel
Mayor Rahm Emanuel

Unlike Alderman Debra Silverstein, who noted that Farrakhan’s anti-violence efforts don’t “eradicate the comments that he’s made about the Jewish community,” Mayor Rahm Emanuel offered no reprimand of the minister’s anti-Semitism. “They have decided, the Nation of Islam, to help protect the community. And that’s an important ingredient, like all the other aspects of protecting a neighborhood,” the mayor said, speaking of an army of men Farrakhan formed, called the Fruit of Islam. Its members have been spreading throughout the city “to form a human wall of protection against any sudden outbreak of gunfire,” reports the Chicago Sun-Times.

Ultimately, the mayor’s condoning of the Nation of Islam leader shouldn’t surprise anyone.

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