We Must Help One Another

by Young Che on April 19, 2008

Last night Brother Jason asked me if I would be participating in the Final Call Newspaper push (The Push) on Saturday. I looked at him with a look that said that I was not committed yet in my mind about whether or not I would be participating. He even brought up the point that I had been skating (skateboarding) already during the week. He also mentioned the fact that I had taken two days off from work to accomplish some unclear objective. He reminded me that I have to give some time to the God. Of course he made the ultimate of points considering I know that I am duty bound to do whatever I can to help resurrect our mentally dead brothers and sisters in the streets. He laid the extra pressure on my mind right after Friday Night Study Group. We had just finished listening to excerpts of a lecture by the Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan discuss the concept of God coming in the person of Master Fard Muhammad. The subject matter in and of itself is heavy stuff to deal with and is worth dedicating serious time to studying and digging into the concept fro greater understanding because it lays the foundation for our faith. The Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan touched on a number of points during the short segments of this lecture that we were blessed to watch.

Right after watching a message from the Messenger of Allah it is hard to fix your mouth to say that you are not going to help in the Cause of Allah. Of course I didn’t commit one way or the other which is an indicator to me that I still have some unresolved issues that I have to deal with in order to benefit from continued growth and evolution toward Allah. Brother Jason made a good point in Study Group last night. He said, “if we are not moving forward we are moving backwards. Nothing sits stagnant and this is why Brother Jabril had to write Closing the Gap because a real gap has developed between us and the Leader due to our lack of study. The Leader is committed to study and is constantly advancing himself in the knowledge of God while we are not studying like we should.” I have to bear witness for myself that my study has fallen off during the last few years and I allow any little obstacle to stand between me and serious study. As a direct result of my studies tailing off I can notice resistance to certain aspects of the hard work that lies ahead. That little voice inside my head urging me to do what I want to do sometimes finds itself in opposition to what God would have me do during this critical dark hour in which we have entered as a people. The scriptures say that we are a trifling people. We concern ourselves with matters of little importance considering that a whole world is collapsing around us and the only thing we can think about is whether or not we look good.

The economy is in shambles. The dollar is plummeting. The housing crunch and mortgage crisis is wreaking havoc in the Black and Latino communities. There are renewed food shortages around the world as a direct result of the fuel prices which are continuously escalating. The problems we face as a people are many. The list is so great that it is easy to just throw your hands up and give up the fight. Our young Black males are facing the most difficult time we have ever faced in our history in America. We are under attack from every possible angle. The privatized prison system has morphed into modern day slavery. In the communities our young Black men are under constant threat of death by the hands of their own brother. The hidden hand is somewhere far removed just pulling the strings of circumstances which lead our young men to a fork in the road which offers two unsavory options: a life of crime which will land you either in jail or in the cemetery or a life enrolled in the armed services which will land you either in the cemetery or if you are lucky enough to complete a tour of duty back in the states without any marketable skill aside from that of a trained killer.

The people who control public thought and opinion through various forms of media, art and creative expression have tightened their stranglehold around the vehicles that allow voices to reach the people. They have so cleverly manipulated the image of the Black male around the world that only a skillful teacher can reverse the effects these stereotypes have over our people. In last weeks edition of the Final Call Newspaper there is an article titled The Symbolism of King Kong which I recommend heavily. Here is a short excerpt from that article:

A conspiracy is a secret sinister plot that involves a number of interrelated activities that are focused on a common goal. A conspiracy involves the perverted use of psychology—what Dr. Kwabena Faheem Ashanti refers to as the ‘Psychotechnology of Brainwashing’—to program the masses to serve the will of the elite conspirators. Vogue has waged an attack on the physical essence of the Black man. Man’s attributes are mental, physical and spiritual.

Successful brainwashing must occur on all three levels, therefore an assault is being waged against Senator Obama on all three levels. An indirect assault on Senator Obama has been to associate him with the uncompromising Black warrior Reverend Jeremiah Wright, a powerful Black spiritual leader, and the likes of Nat Turner. Claiming to be on a mission from God, Nat Turner led a bloody rebellion against several plantation masters. A negative association of Senator Obama with Minister Farrakhan and Reverend Wright constitutes a spiritual assault. At the same time Senator Obama is challenged mentally as his judgment in associating with Reverend Wright is brought into question. Whereas, Vogue’s depiction of LeBron James is one act, simultaneously Kwame Kilpatrick, the Black mayor of Detroit has been arraigned for perjury, obstruction of justice and misconduct in office after becoming embroiled in a sex scandal involving an affair he is alleged to have had in 2002 and 2003.

Our images have been under attack ever since they brought us here in an attempt to make sure that we thought little of ourselves so that we would not value our own lives. The tricks and machinations of our collective enemy have worked. We have to bear witness to truth and see this thing for what it is. They have been engaged in a mind war or really an all out mental assault on us ever since they touched down on the continent of Africa. We have been in this fight for so long and for most of the time we did not even know or realize that we were/are in a fight. We are battling for our very existence. Likewise today they are so clever at manipulating our image and how the world (including us) perceives the Black man and woman of America. They build us up to sell the lie that we can all make it and succeed in America. They use the likes of Denzel Washington, Russell Simmons, Oprah Winfrey, and a host of Black politicians who make it to a level of great success in this country. Most times we don’t realize that they had to overcome seemingly insurmountable odds in order to make it and they represent a real triumph of the human spirit that can only be compared to the founding fathers of this great country. After they over come these obstacles and become the symbols they use to sell the lie to our people they continue to manipulate their image cleverly enough to send whatever message it is they wish to convey to us or the world about us through them. They also know how to tear down any of our great ones if they decide to not play by the rules which are established for them in order to maintain that level of success. Look how they come after our great ones with scandals which they have waiting in the wings for them if they ever get out of line.

So I have to ask myself often why am I so slow to respond to the call to help teach our people or at the very least share with them a word that may change their life forever. Why do I constantly debate about whether or not it would be a “productive” way to spend my time? Part of me knows exactly what the answer is but there is a part of me in denial to because it is hard to really deal with the ugly side of myself. I don’t yet have the capacity to love my people as much as I should in order to help them out of their wretched condition the way I was helped out. I don’t like to think that this is the reason but it is closer to the truth than any of the rationalizing that goes on in my head about developing more effective ways to reach our people. Part of me really feels like they are not listening and that our overall condition as a people has to deteriorate even further before we fully realize that the only way we can overcome as a people is through our unity. This is very true. The Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan has been among us now teaching us a powerful truth that could change our condition over night if we would only listen and attempt to apply what we learn in our own lives. I bear witness to the great effects the teachings of the Most Honorable Elijah Muhammad have had on my life. We just finished a project in which most of the Believers from New Orleans’ Muhammad Mosque #46 got the opportunity to share their personal testimonies about how they came into the Nation of Islam. The teachings work. We are almost at the end and it reminds me of what it must have been like in the days of Noah. The doors to the ark started to close but the people who were still outside of the ark thought that the rain that had started falling would be over in a short while and they could get back to their foolishness. The people must have seen the ark right there in their midst but had mocked its inhabitants and didn’t have the mind to follow guidance through a messenger raised from among themselves and didn’t realize the importance of that message until it was too late.

I know I have to study for more understanding and pray that Allah opens my heart once again to see the beauty in all of my brothers and sisters in spite of the madness we are engaged in. Part of me can see the reality of our present condition and that is that we have already gotten those who would come from a word. The rest of those who have a chance to make it before the doors close will have made it because they have suffered some of the chastisement of Allah and the winds will have blown on them in such a way as to make them take another look at the Nation of Islam, the teachings of the Most Honorable Elijah Muhammad and His representative the Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan. We have a lot of work to do as a people and the only way to do it is united on the basis of our commonalities. I have a lot of work to do with myself. I have to re-commit to this course of study so that I can see and understand the immense value God has placed on all of our people. This is the reason that he hasn’t brought his full wrath on America yet. He wants our people to accept His way of Life. He does not want to lose one of us. We have to ask ourselves if we are O.K. with losing one of us.

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