Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan (Courtesy of BET)
Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan (Courtesy of BET)

So there is one debate I’m looking forward to seeing this presidential season, but it probably can’t happen until after the election of President Donald J. Trump. And that is The Donald’s encounter with Muslim leader, the Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan.

The prospects of such an encounter look unlikely at this moment, but so did King Belshazzar’s debate with Little Daniel. But then there was this strange handwriting on the wall, which no one could interpret except Daniel.

Send for Daniel.

What Farrakhan preaches is the doctrine of Mr. Elijah Muhammad, the leader and teacher of the Nation of Islam. Mr. Muhammad, a towering figure himself, is the mentor of four of the most influential figures in the last half of the 20th century–Minister Malcolm X, world heavyweight boxing champion Muhammad Ali, Imam Warithudeen Muhammad and, of course, Minister Farrakhan.

What’s special about those men is the message they articulated from Mr. Muhammad. The message in the mouths of those men, distinguished each of them from all their contemporaries. Each man a giant among his peers.

Mr. Muhammad first told us that Allah, God, The Creator of the Heavens and the Earth, has judged the United States of America — white America — and has found the white man guilty of the world’s most damnable sins: enslaving millions of African men women and children who were forcibly kidnapped from Africa and forced into chattel slavery and persecution, now for 461 years; and genocide which murdered hundreds of millions of native people, indigenous to this land which the white man just took, just stole, from its rightful owners.

Who is going to relay that message to the Trump White House?

“I tremble for my country when I reflect that God is just; that his justice cannot sleep forever,” President and American Founding Father Thomas Jefferson once said. The message is hardly new. But most folks would rather just ignore the awful prophecy and hope it goes away.

For President Trump’s America to be “great again,” the country will have to make amends for the sins which it has committed. Not only is the country unprepared to do right by the world’s citizens it has wronged, the country is not even prepared to discuss the existence of the problem.

Colin Kaepernick and the Black Lives Matter movement are viewed as agitators and troublemakers, rather than as patriots who are trying to redeem the lost soul of white America. Louis Farrakhan is seen not as someone whose ideas might hold the solution to this country’s problems, but rather as a nuisance who’s making the problems worse.

There can be no American Renaissance without a full restoration of Black people — the descendants of slaves who made this country strong and rich — to their rightful place among the civilized people on earth.

There are scant few Black “leaders” or representatives who are not afraid to recite the unpleasant truth to those who are unwilling to hear it. Farrakhan is not afraid.

The Trump juggernaut thinks he is a “bad actor.” But Trump and any warmongering Joint Chiefs of Staff he might appoint, and any gung-ho military force he might recruit, are all helpless against the forces of nature — forces which Trump and his climate-change-denying allies are determined to make worse with their oil pipelines and their strip-mining, poisoning the air we breathe and the water we drink.

The Trumpistas defend their self-destructive policies with the mantra of “jobs.” The damage they render to the earth can hardly be reversed.

I realize that Farrakhan is a hard sell to Americans who consider him an obstacle to progress, who don’t see the wolf at their front doors that Farrakhan alone can tame, but I believe we will come to see the error in that way of thinking.

That should be crystal-clear to black folks, especially in the light of the epidemic of senseless murders at the hands of white cops, accompanied by the hateful vicious words they spew. Black folks should see these scoundrels for who they are: mischief and troublemakers.

Louis Farrakhan, the Nation of Islam, the world of Muslims are not the “source” of America’s problems, but indeed, are the “solution” to the problems. I’m really looking forward to watching the Trump-Farrakhan faceoff.

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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