Volume 4, Number 15 July 24, 2001
"Reparations" should mean "Repair"
by Dr. Ridgely Abdul Muímin Muhammad
"Reparations" should mean "repair" not snare. In our last article entitled "Snake in the Reparations' Grass" we emphasized how the Black farmers were caught in the snare of their lead attorney, Alexander Pires. And now that same type of "snake" mentality may be at the negotiations table for general reparations for Black people.
In November of 1998 after the infamous Pigford v. Glickman Consent Decree was brokered by the USDA and Al Pires, I wrote an article called "Reparations: Money or an Industry". I wrote:
"If the government gives $50,000 to every Black man, woman and child, what good would it do? What industries would Black people invest in to gain control over?
Every other ethnic group that comes to America seems to focus on a certain sector of the economy and move in. Look at how many motels are owned by East Indians. Look at how many curb markets are owned by the Koreans and Arabs. What industry do we want: agriculture ($124 billion), mining ($127 billion), construction ($730 billion),
manufacturing ($4.1 trillion), transportation and utilities ($1.1 trillion), wholesale and retail ($4.3 trillion), finance, insurance and real estate ($2.2 trillion), services ($1.6 trillion)?
...To control any industry you need capital, cooperation, a willingness to sacrifice, a long term commitment, knowledge of the industry, a readiness to fight if necessary to protect it. In other words, money by itself is not the answer. We already have access to over $500 billion per year in spending change. What are we doing with that?"
In other words money in the hands of individual "children" is like giving a loaded gun to somebody contemplating suicide. The idea of "reparations" is not new and feasible solutions have been offered. In fact the Honorable Elijah Muhammad placed a solution on the back of the "Muhammad Speaks Newspaper" and now Minister Louis Farrakhan publishes that same "solution" on the inside cover of the "Final Call Newspaper". It is item number 4 of "What the Muslims Want":
"4. We want our people in America whose parents or grandparents were descendants from slaves, to be allowed to establish a separate state or territory of their own --either on this continent or elsewhere. We believe that our former slave masters are obligated to provide such land and that the area must be fertile and minerally rich. We believe that our former slave masters are obligated to maintain and supply our needs in this separate territory for the next 20 to 25 years -- until we are able to produce and supply our own needs."
America never gave Blacks this type of "repair-ations" and many Blacks did not want that type of "repair-ations" and donít want it now. Instead they would be happy with $50,000 so they could go out and rent an overpriced "chariot" and go to the fanciest restaurant to sit down next to the children of their former slave master. The Honorable Elijah Muhammad warned Black America about the trick and snare of "integration" in point number 9 of "What the Muslims Believe":
"9. WE BELIEVE that the offer of integration is hypocritical and is made by those who are trying to deceive the Black peoples into believing that their 400-year-old open enemies of freedom, justice and equality are, all of a sudden, their Ďfriendsí...."
These prophetic words were written in the 1960ís. I have lived to see those words become history. The Muslims asked for separation. The "negro" leaders asked for integration. America "integrated" the schools and lunch counters. Why did not the "good" white folks integrate their banks and churches?
Now Black people are still complaining about the quality of education and dying of "Mad Cow Burgers" at "Murder King", "MacDeath", "Wind Dies" and Heart Disease".
Urban Renewal was really "Urban Removal" and once thriving Black business districts were bulldozed over. They bombed them like in Tulsa in 1921 but more sophisticated and with our own consent. Damned, they good!
The Black farmers asked for land and Al Pires gave them a "lottery ticket" for the chance of winning $50,000. And the news media hailed him as the "second coming", a good white Jewish lawyer like the now deceased William Kunstler.
Secretary Dan Glickman came to Albany, Georgia back in January of 1997 and I told him then that the USDA was being hypocritical when offering loans to the Black farmers after all these years when they know that most Black farmers are small farmers and that small farmers can not compete. The 1996 farm bill set a time table for the elimination of most government subsidies to farmers. Dan Glickman himself began the process of reducing the size of the USDA personnel out in the countryside. In other words they are now telling the Black farmers that they can participate equally in "nothing", because the government is getting out of agriculture.
As government goes out, big business steps in. Big chemical interests have taken over agriculture and now poisons are being sprayed on our food to give us cancer. "Organo-phosphates" are the major ingredients in most pesticides. Organo-phosphate is commonly known as "nerve gas".
So now America is putting guns in the hands of Black people in the cities while she is slowly poisoning them with her food and the fake "remedies" which the same chemical companies produce as cures for the sickness caused by the food.
Just today, July 23, 2001, there was a report aired on the evening news on Channel 10 in Albany, Georgia, that the third most commonly prescribed drug in America, "synthroid", has been on the market for 40 years, but has not been approved by the FDA. And I bet you believed that the FDA was looking out for you. And if you are thinking, "If they kill black folk, then theyíll kill white folks too", just remember "But they'll kill three of them just to get one of you" (line from "Terminator Genes").
After they eliminated the Black family farmer, the "Beast" turned his attention to the white family farmers. Open up your eyes and read what is happening to them.
"Separation" or "integration", "pay-off" or "repair-ations"?
Make your choice, it's "judgment time".
But donít be a victim of the "Perfect Crime".
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