Farrakhan: Get into unity
NAYABA ARINDE Amsterdam News Editor | 9/27/2012, 1:02 p.m.
"I am in the streets because the people are in the streets suffering, and I will stay in the streets until we have addressed the issue of violence," Minister Louis Farrakhan told the Amsterdam News as he walked down 125th Street casually on Tuesday, Sept. 26. "We want to have peace for our people. Our young people are faced with violence and we want to save our children."
Over a two-day time period, with an "I'm walking among you to show that I love you" philosophy, Farrakhan left the convoy of black Suburbans and police escorts. He then visited with regular New Yorkers and folks across the Hudson to set the message that there needs to be a return to morality and accountability, which would serve the entire community better than what is being witnessed now.
The impromptu visit to Harlem's busiest thoroughfare capped the early weekday visit to the area. The head of the Nation of Islam has spent weeks visiting neighborhoods ravaged by gun violence and economic disparity nationwide. In the region from Monday, Farrakhan and his entourage of suited Fruit of Islam vanguard journeyed from New Rochelle to Newark, making made pit stops in Bed-Stuy, Brownsville, Queensbridge and the Bronx. There, he was greeted by excited throngs anxious to greet him and hear his solutions to the burgeoning issues in the inner city. From housing developments in Chicago to the infamous Rucker Park in Harlem, Farrakhan has made a mission of putting Nation of Islam boots on the ground and talking with the people.
"The violence that we are doing to one another is a part of an engineering scheme." Farrakhan observed. "A lot of the gangs don't even know why they're killing one another, it's now a culture. See, but you're killing each other because of the ignorance of the mind the enemy is manipulating."
A hastily assembled crowd gathered in front of the Adam Clayton Powell Jr. State Office Building on 125th Street on Tuesday to hear the minister chastise the community for turning on one another and putting the dollar before life itself. Unfolding a crumpled dollar bill, the minister asked, when did that piece of devalued paper become something to spill blood over in the Black community?
"Sometimes if [police] see you with a gun, they'll just shoot you, and say; 'What the heck, I just killed me another savage, a nigger,' and think nothing of it. But, you're just as cold too. You shoot your brother down and if he don't look like he's dying fast enough, you'll put 10 more bullets in your brother, not your real enemy!"
He rolled off the names of the neighborhoods he'd just visited--Mt. Vernon, Flatbush, Bed-Stuy and Brownsville--adding, "where there's a lot of killing going on."
In typical street corner soapbox tradition, the crowd responded to just about everything this world-renowned speaker said. This--like the others over the course of his return visit to the area--was a mostly Black crowd made up of young and old people of many different ethnic backgrounds and different religions.