Volume 7, Number 10                                                      June 16, 2004

The Farmer


A Prayer for Survival

by Dr. Ridgely Abdul Mu’min Muhammad

We here slogans like "Free the land" and "Land is the basis for freedom", "A landless people are a powerless people". Recent revelations have shown how the food industry has become the producer of "weapons of mass destruction" for those who work for the elimination of Black people using chemical and biological poisons. As Black people we need land to grow our own food more now than we ever did. We had more land (16 million acres) when we were less (10 million) than we have now (2-3 million acres) that we are more (40 million). Like the Pharaoh of the Bible, this government has rounded up Black people, once again, and herded us into the cities to be poisoned or starved like rats, once again.

Before coming to Georgia I felt the responsibility for Black land loss weighed heavily on the inability of Black farmers to farm and financially manage their operations. In an earlier article I have already apologized for this erroneous assumption now that I am in their shoes.

We hear words like "racism" and "conspiracy" being behind the loss of Black land and businesses. However, it is one thing to hear these words, but another to experience this reality, over and over again.

When the Nation Of Islam gave $837,000 to a white land owner to buy back the land that was once owned by the Nation of Islam back in the 1970’s, he said: "Money? What can I do with money? Selling y’all that land was the worse thing that I ever did." Now why would he agree to sell 1600 acres of land and then offer us financing for this land, but not really want us to have this land? We know that he was not hurting for money, so it seems that he did it with the expectation of us failing to pay him on time and him subsequently getting the land back.

Then when you add to this equation the fact that this person sits on the "county committee" which regulates USDA programs coming into the county where the land resides, one can see room for "conspiracy" to pull the necessary strings to make it difficult to access the needed added capital and services that white farmers use to stay in business. We see the "room", but can we yet claim "conspiracy"?

Furthermore, the hand of this "conspiracy" to deprive Black people of land is not always white, but is oft times black. We would like to think that these black hands do it out of ignorance or short-sightedness, but we can not always be sure of this.

In my dealings with Black farmers and landowners, I do not see that they are interested in necessarily punishing past offenders. They just want the carnage to stop and get back at least a portion of what has been taken. They want the USDA to put in place personnel and insurances that will not allow USDA or its agents to continue these practices. The Pigford v. Glickman (now Venneman) lawsuit has proven a failed attempt of providing reparations and restitution for the loss of Black farm land or of preventing continued abuses by USDA employees or their agents at the county level (county committees).

We won’t repeat the history of this lawsuit and struggle here. Suffice it to say that the government and enemies of Black people have managed to not only derail the process, but also cause division within the movement. It is sometimes extremely hard to discern until well bitten, not only who did the biting, but the extent of the bite.

Many times actions that may seem detrimental to the movement is justified, rightly or wrongly, as a part of some type of over all "strategy". Many times those with good intentions develop strategies that seem good on the surface but prove faulty in the end. In the long run the Black farmers and Black people simply want justice. But out of fear of being unjust, they sometimes hold back on punishing or even pointing out offenders.

I personally am tired of playing games with our "enemies", because they are openly planning our destruction as we write. In 2002 while searching the Internet, I ran upon an interesting web site about the "Georgia Guidestones". It seems that on a hillock in Elberton, GA there is a set of 4 stones resembling Stonehenge which maps out the New World Order plans in 8 different languages. The stones were erected in 1979 by an enigmatic stranger to that area of Georgia named "Christian". My wife and I visited there to view these stones. Now let’s read the contents on these stones:

"1. Maintain humanity under 500,000,000 in perpetual balance with nature.

2. Guide reproduction wisely - improving fitness and diversity

3. Unite humanity with a living new language.

· 4. Rule passion - faith - tradition - and all things with tempered reason.

· 5. Protect people and nations with fair laws and just courts.

· 6. Let all nations rule internally resolving external disputes in a world court.

· 7. Avoid petty laws and useless officials.

· 8. Balance personal rights with social duties.

· 9. Prize truth - beauty - love - seeking harmony with the infinite.

· 10.Be not a cancer on the earth - Leave room for nature - Leave room for nature"

These are the 10 principles by which "humanity" is to build a sustainable "heaven" on earth. Right off the bat, somehow population is to be reduced to 500 million. In 1979 the human population was estimated at over 4.5 billion. How do they plan to reduce the population by 4 billion? I said, "4 billion".

I do not claim to know the "intent" of those among us who may sometimes act like enemies, nor am I privileged to run with the "big dogs" of the West who are our enemies. Therefore this is why I offer this example of a short prayer to put the Lord of the worlds in charge of such judgment, while at the same time asking Him to grant relief and mercy to his servants.

"Our Father Who created the heavens and the earth, we know that we have fallen short of Your Glory and are unworthy of Your Grace. We ask You to forgive our shortcomings and remove our weaknesses. Please help us get back our land so that we may produce our daily bread. We have gone to the government to get back our land. We have gone to the courts to seek justice. Jesus said, ‘Forgive them for they know not what they do.’ Only You know the mind and hearts of those who work to deprive a people of Your bounty and the ability to farm on Your earth. We are asking You, Lord, to change the hearts of our enemies or make their hearts stop."