October 10, 2011 |
Minister Louis Farrakhan of the Nation of Islam came to the birthplace of America on Sunday and, to thunderous applause, urged thousands of his followers to work with him "to build a new nation. " Speaking before an enthusiastic crowd in a cavernous ballroom at the Convention Center, Farrakhan delivered a message of separatism and self-reliance, urging African Americans to unite and buy land and start banks and build businesses and schools. Together, he said, they should strive to create a better future for their children and their communities - apart from their white brethren.
October 7, 2011 |
LONG BEFORE the tea party started to boil, and when some of the young protesters at Occupy Wall Street were still in kindergarten, there was a Million Man March on Washington , D.C., led by the fiery and controversial Minister Louis Farrakhan. Supporters of the 1995 effort that brought hundreds of thousands of black men to the National Mall are now the first to admit that while the march itself was a huge hit, the hoped-for aftermath - inner-city communities standing up against crime and decay, both physical and moral - didn't take root.
September 30, 2011 |
I've got to admit, when I met Ray Johnson and his two sons the other day, my first thought was, "Wow. So nice to see a strong black man with his children. " Whoa, hold up. Sometimes even I have to be mindful of beating back the prevailing notion of African American males as good-for-nothing deadbeat dads or ruthless thugs, because that's pretty much how they're portrayed, with few positive representations to balance it out. Truth is, Johnson embodies most of the black men I know - men who work hard every day, husbands who adore their wives, fathers who raise their children with equal amounts of discipline and love.
May 27, 2011
MARC LAMONT Hill's May 25 column ( "Black Pols Vs. Pols Who are Black" ) may be accommodating to "whites," who he suggests may be "uncomfortable" with "race" talk - but he, conveniently, never made the point that there seems to be a double standard when it comes to the African-American vote. For example, it's said that Barack Obama is "everybody's president," not just the president of African-Americans. Yet not a single other president in U.S. history has ever had that standard of representing all voters, from the slave owner George Washington to Bill Clinton, who was president when the Million Man March occurred in 1995.
August 31, 2010
THOUSANDS of pilgrims who once wandered in darkness were led to the light Saturday by God's man of the airwaves. At least, that's what happened at the "Restoring Honor" rally, to hear Glenn Beck tell it. "For too long, this country has wandered in darkness," Beck told a crowd estimated at between 87,000 and a half million. Not to worry, though. The anointed one has set us on a right path. "America today turns back to God," he declared. That was a load off my mind, until the next day when Beck turned back to his original calling, beating up on President Obama.
April 10, 2008 |
THE "HATE that hate produced" was how Mike Wallace, a host of the news magazine "60 Minutes," chose to characterize the Nation of Islam in a segment years ago. The focus then was largely on Malcolm X, then chief spokesman for the Hon. Elijah Muhammad and the Nation of Islam. Then, as now, the political and social contradictions in America were raised. And then, as now, something else remains consistent. Recently, the Philadelphia Inquirer carried a story classifying the Nation of Islam as a "hate group" based on a new study released by the watchdog group Southern Poverty Law Center, an organization formed in 1971 and based in Montgomery, Ala. (I wasn't able to get a response from anyone at the Inquirer about the article.
September 15, 2007 |
With the number of homicides in Philadelphia this year approaching 300, black community activists yesterday announced that they are calling for 10,000 men to volunteer to deter violence by going into selected areas of the city to be a visible presence. "Every day, people are dying on our streets," Police Commissioner Sylvester M. Johnson said as he was joined by about a dozen community leaders at a morning news conference at the Francis Myers Recreation Center at 58th Street and Kingsessing Avenue in Southwest Philadelphia.
September 27, 2006
WHAT IS WITH us? We are letting our children be molested, murdered, abused, neglected. Black community, what's the problem? I am speaking to the black community because I am black, and I am angry! I have a daughter to raise, and it scares me to death to even think about her future. We used to stand together. We stood together at the Million Man March. Listening to Dr. King and Malcolm X, we stood together. We walked together, boycotting the buses. What happened? Now, we won't even watch out for each other's children.
August 8, 2006
RE "Making cents of 'Party' " by Jenice M. Armstrong (Aug. 2): I've often wondered why many black non-profits and other groups that have fund-raisers have a hard time disclosing financial statements from the event. People have every right to know how much was raised, especially if the event pulled at the heartstrings of the people who supported it. Charlie Mack owes the public an accounting of his very public event. Just as he marketed and promoted the event's virtues, he should also promote and publicize the funds distributed.
October 19, 2005 |
The speeches on the Mall in Washington on Saturday were wonderful. Thousands of African Americans gathered to hear them at the Millions More March, the 10th anniversary of the Million Man March. Louis Farrakhan, Jesse Jackson, and survivors of Hurricane Katrina spoke. Nearly every speaker said once again precisely what needed to be said. But now what? Frankly, I'm tired of listening to speeches and hearing brave people blasting and boasting into microphones about how African Americans can gather in great numbers without violence and dissent.