Rallying cry: “Justice or Else”
In celebration of the 20th anniversary of the Million Man March, Nation of Islam organizer Louis Farrakhan themed Saturday’s march “Justice or Else.”
What exactly does that threat mean?
In 1995 when the first march took place, Farrakhan won some praise for exhorting black men to take responsibility for improving themselves, their families and communities. But the underlying theme was blaming what he called “white supremacy” for “suffering in the black community.”
Farrakhan, now 82, is still a notorious race baiter and hate monger. He took up that same mantel yesterday on the National Mall in DC, denouncing what he referred to as the “white establishment,” saying, “Moses was not an integrationist and neither are we. Let me be clear. America has no future for you or for me. She can’t make a future for herself, much less a future for us.”
He spoke of passing the torch to the younger generation, specifically mentioning “Black Lives Matter,” as the “future leadership.”
“These are not just young people who happened to wake up one morning. Ferguson ignited it all,” he said. “So to all the brothers and sisters from Ferguson who laid in the streets, all the brothers and sisters from Ferguson who challenged the tanks, we are honored that you have come to represent our struggle and our demands.”
Farrakhan neglected to mention the looting and destruction of small, family owned businesses or the deception of the “Hands up, don’t shoot” mantra. He neglected to mention marchers vilifying police as they shouted, “Pigs in a blanket, fry ‘em like bacon.” He didn’t talk about the tragedy of black-on-black murders making cities like Chicago resemble war zones. Missing from his racist diatribe was the fact that astronomical black out-of-wedlock births contribute to poverty, crime and high drop-out rates which sustain the terrible cycle. He was silent on the shouting down and silencing of a Democrat presidential candidate who was insensitive enough to say, “All Lives Matter,” and later apologized for his transgression.
America has twice elected a black president and Dr. Ben Carson, a black Republican neurosurgeon who rose up from the depths of poverty is riding high among white voters in the 2016 presidential polls.
Yet civil rights activist Benjamin Chavis, said, “There’s too much injustice, too much inequality, too much mass incarceration, too many situations in our community that need addressing, and that’s why we’re here today.”
Addressing problems needs to take place within black communities. Issuing threats and blaming others will not solve the systemic woes that keep the vicious cycle going. Involved parents, fathers in the home, stressing faith and the need for education will accomplish more than blaming and threatening. But reaching such goals is a lot tougher than spewing ill-placed vitriol.