If this is first blog you seize upon that gives you this info, take it with a grain of fine sodium chloride crystalline powder. I hope you don’t think this is anything but a sleepy little blog that few read. And yet….if you just happen to be unaware, here’s the outspoken Louis Farrakhan’s latest entry into the narrative.
Here is the part of that article that many are a bit concerned with:
“If Elijah was at the door and he was black, you would call 911 and say there’s a n****r at the door, claiming he’s Elijah! Send the police!”
Why would Jewish people be so shocked? “Because you are not trained to accept wisdom from a black person, no matter how wise that black person is” the minister explained, “Jesus was a black man.”
Most astoundingly, Farrakhan made the argument that Jesus was not Christian. “Because Jesus said ‘Not My will, but Thy will.’ You know what we call that in Arabic? Islam. He was a Muslim.”
I don’t know how many times I have said to people, no one can say something and make it true. It’s either true or it’s not. There’s not much leeway in assigning validity (or withdrawing such) to a claim, until…..you can say it with proof.
In addressing this latest faulty claim by Farrakhan, It’s not the Jesus being black part that concerns me at all. In my mind, He wasn’t black or white, but if it mattered at all he was olive colored as many Mediterranean peoples are. But on the religious front, I have to be blunt: It makes no sense that Christ was a Muslim, because Muslims hadn’t been thought of yet. Farrakhan is dead wrong. Christ was a Jew and taught from the Jewish scriptures. He eschewed hateful rhetoric and did not advocate Christians of any nationality take up a cause against the Jewish people because they killed Him.
Sadly, however, Farrakhan’s rise to fame is not because of his religious beliefs, unless you consider black separatist theology a valid religion. He has said many outlandish attention seeking things before this, and will say more as time per,its him. His rise to a louder voice in this time is a testament to how we have a President that will depend heavily on the perception of racism to get re-elected.
I must recognize the fact I have heard Mr. Farrakhan adequately describe some things that I believe have been historically true. In the midst of all that, I can say that his description of a few problems have not been greatly embellished. Despite the fact there are things he occasionally gets right, it is his proposed solutions that I find not particularly wise or equitable.
It’s hard to understand why Mr Farrakhan gets it wrong a lot. I have tried to listen to him when I have had the opportunity. He is an intelligent man. But I just cannot understand Mr. Farrakhan’s beef with the mainstream world of thought. The things that have him unhappy were not a result of the actions of anyone I know.
There is no one alive today who held slaves. My ancestors never did. Likewise, during the era of Jim Crow we weren’t taught that whites are superior. My father was a career military man. We were taught the content of one’s character was one of the most important criteria in deciding who was worthy of my association. We were taught that when it came to the defense of this great nation, people of all colors participated and all blood shed was red. We were taught that God was no respecter of color, for we were all His handiwork and fashioned in His own image.
Louis Farrakhan has much to offer in place of what he does, there is no doubt. Art and music are utterly a positive contributions and with his talent of playing classical violin or viola (not sure which), I think he missed a golden chance to be a true positive force and contributor to the world. (Just do a search on You Tube and find a performance to listen to, then see what you think.) He would have drawn many people of all races to a world marked by beauty.
But somewhere along the way, he allowed his bitterness and negative energy to form an emotionally embittered personality with the ultimate goal of exacting something in return for the injustice of slavery, Jim Crow Laws, and other forms of discrimination (both real and imagined). Somewhere along the line, he began to see most white people as evil and promoting bigotry. I disagree with him. When I see how far we had come in the 80s and 90s, there was a trend that headed in the better directions. But since the early 2000’s, it’s been rolling back the other way.
I don’t blame Louis Farrakhan completely for the current divisions and the inflammation of angry emotions. I also blame those who are in a position of authority to ease tensions, and speak out against things like are being said and done. It’s not a one way street, it must go both directions. Otherwise, we trade one form of inequality for another. To exact justice from those who are not guilty is injustice. We cannot right a wrong by creating a new wrong.