Louis Farrakhan
Louis Farrakhan (Shevry Lassiter/The Washington Informer)

Let me be perfectly clear. I stand with Louis Farrakhan!

The Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan is a good man! He is not a hate teacher. He does not hate white people. He does not hate Jewish people. He is not a misogynistic, homophobe. He does not teach hatred — not hatred of whites, or of Jews, or of non-binary, LGBTQIA persons. He’s a good man, a decent man, an honest upstanding man.

I’ve known Louis Farrakhan for 48 years, from far and near. I was one of millions who heeded his call at the steps of the U.S. Capitol on Monday, Oct. 16, 1995, for the Million Man March. I was there before dawn that day, hours before the tens and tens and hundreds and hundreds of thousands of men poured onto the National Mall for the biggest demonstration for freedom in this country’s history! That day was long before anyone had dreamed of Facebook, Instagram or any social media.

I traveled literally around the globe with Farrakhan in a delegation of fewer than 40 on a chartered airplane as he visited capitals and kings, presidents and revolutionary leaders, from Nelson Mandela, to Fidel Castro, to Yasser Arafat, to Muammar Qaddafi, to Robert Mugabe and more. I can say that neither from afar nor in close intimate contact have I ever seen or heard anything that man has said or done which would disqualify him from being welcome among the most select company — presidents from Reagan to Obama, governors, mayors, imams, priests.

Farrakhan is a good man! His reputation, his behavior, cannot be impeached by the slanderers who fear that his message of righteous behavior and unity and peace will break the stranglehold which the enemies of the rise of the downtrodden have enjoyed lo these many centuries.

Now, I get it that not everybody — not even some who have directly and personally benefited from his kindness and his courage — is a friend of Farrakhan. I get that. That’s too bad. In the end, they will need him more than he needs them.

In fact, I’ve got many friends and people I trust and respect who are heavily invested in the world of this wicked white man and may be struggling for the rise of our people in this system, so I understand some of their trepidation.

I believe these friends to be mistaken. I have seen too much evidence to believe that the reward they may hope to get from these evil former slave masters will be forthcoming, or that they can reform this wicked world for the better. So I’m praying for the swift destruction of this system as has been prophesied throughout the Scriptures.

They can give us Miss America, Miss USA, Miss Teen USA, the GOET (Grammy, Oscar, Emmy and Tony), the Mark Twain Prize or the Presidential Medal of Freedom. It’s too late for them unless they change themselves for the better. Those tokens are just tricks to deceive us. They mean us no good, and Farrakhan has exposed them.

Meanwhile, they threaten us, try to intimidate us, ban us. No matter. Their aim is to deceive us, to continue to be able to rule us.

Why don’t they ban us to a separate state or territory of our own? In all my years among them I have not (nor have any of our people really) prospered after loyal service to them. Now that their destruction (as preached by Farrakhan, as he was taught by the Most Honorable Elijah Muhammad) is at hand, I want no part of the “reward” that is at their door. They teach us, “Whatsoever a man soweth, so shall he reap.” Well, the “harvest” that’s coming to White America will be bitter. I want no parts of it. I will not help defend this wicked society in word or in deed. Period.

But don’t just take it from me; look at your own Facebook feed. You can see every day, every day, every day, more and more and more evidence of how terrible these devils truly are and that they don’t have any intentions of doing right by us, or by any freedom-loving people, or even by the planet itself! The evidence is incontrovertible.

White America wants to see Black people — who Farrakhan preaches have an elevated future as promised by God — suffer in hell with them … beneath them of course. That’s not for me!

Never mind that I’m conflicted like Dr. W.E.B. Du Bois wrote in “Souls of Black Folks,” having “two warring ideas in one dark body.” Am I Black? Am I American? Never mind that I’m still trapped with the rest of us in Amerikkka’s hellhole jail system. I say like the Rev. Jeremiah Wright said: “God, damn America!” I’ll take my chances on the side with Farrakhan.

I say banish me with the Minister to our own land, where we can have justice from the courts for a change, where we can have decent police who truly serve and protect us, schools which want us to prosper and succeed, and businesses which want to serve us and not rob and exploit us.

So ban me, too, Facebook, Instagram. Give me some of what Farrakhan has coming. #IstandWithFarrakhan

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Askia Muhammad

WPFW News Director Askia Muhammad is also a poet, and a photojournalist. He is Senior Editor for The Final Call newspaper and he writes a weekly column in The Washington Informer.

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