“The White race has never shown true friendship to us. When they are planning to do evil against us, they offer us a false show of friendship.”
—“Friendship of Allah (God),” the Most Honorable Elijah Muhammad, Our Saviour Has Arrived.
What’s worse than an old enemy posing as a false friend? One duped into believing, or willingly engaged in self-delusion to believe an age-old agent of destruction is now a protector and advocate.
Welcome to Black life, Black struggle and failed Black politics in 2021. While Democrat Joe Manchin of West Virginia exerted power through his one vote in the Senate that Democrats need to pass legislation and may have doomed the president’s agenda, Black voters who President Biden profusely thanked for putting him in office election night 2020 are seeing another betrayal. So as Mr. Manchin was coddled, wooed, wined, dined and begged by his own party to fall in ranks for a Democratic win, Black voters can expect another kick in the teeth.
Where’s your president and where is your Congressional Black Caucus? Where are those who demanded you vote for Mr. Biden to avoid complete destruction and to save American Democracy? Where are they now as we prepare for another loss after engaging in another round of impotent politics?
This time it’s the president’s embattled plan and provisions that would better conditions for Black and non-White farmers never given a fair shake in this country and denied programs, services, money, support and safety nets given to their White counterparts.
“The latest version of the Biden administration’s plan to forgive billions of dollars in farm debt—initially targeted at farmers of color—will exclude thousands of its originally intended recipients because of a change in loan eligibility,” reported Reuters news service writers Leah Douglas and Christopher Walljasper in mid-December.
“The debt relief program had been cast by President Joe Biden’s administration as a form of restitution for decades of discriminatory lending practices by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) against Black and other minority farmers,” they wrote.
“The administration first attempted to forgive $4 billion in debt for farmers of color through the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) in April. The USDA sent letters to 14,120 farmers of color between May and September, promising $2.4 billion in debt relief, according to data from USDA’s Farm Service Agency (FSA) obtained by Reuters through a Freedom of Information request.
“But White farmers blocked the program in court, arguing its racial criteria made it unconstitutional. The new program, included in the Build Back Better Act (BBBA) now being hashed out in the Senate, would make farmers eligible for debt relief according to their economic insecurity rather than race,” said Reuters.
The change means “2,100, of the 14,120 farmers of color who received letters from USDA this spring would no longer meet the criteria because they hold guaranteed, rather than direct loans,” the news wire explained.
Other changes to the program also hurt the ability of these farmers to get relief and help they deserve. But what you deserve and what you get are two very different things. What you get is based on what you have the power to demand or what the giver understands is the right thing to do. And the right thing to do to Black people in this country at the USDA and all of the other government agencies is to be content with purposely giving Black people nothing.
So at the federal level, no voting rights protection laws and no police reform laws in response to the abuse, torture, terror and murder of Black folk at the hands of police officers around this country.
Yet with the man Blacks voted for in record numbers and who “won,” and with their friends in the Democratic Party controlling the White House and both Houses of Congress, Blacks can’t be built back better. There is always a reason, there is always a constitutional issue, there is always a political matter and there is always next year, next election and the next instance of false White friendship and Black self-delusion.
The Honorable Elijah Muhammad, Eternal Leader of the Nation of Islam, has warned us, and the Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan, a modern Aaron to this modern Moses, has repeated a dire warning against believing in our enemies and accepting these demonic and Satanic people and their systems as our friends.
“Within the scope of four hundred (400) years we have not had a friend here in America. If the White man says that we are from the jungles of Africa, then we say the reptiles, the beasts, and the other wild life of the jungle are better friends to us than the civilized White slavemakers,” wrote the Hon. Elijah Muhammad in Friendship of Allah (God), a chapter in his illuminating book, “Our Saviour Has Arrived.”
“Some Of Us, being ignorant and proud of ourselves under the false friendship of the devil, think that we are secure under the devil’s false power. There is the noise of the thunder of war clashing over the whole world of mankind and it has touched the home of the original man as well. Everybody is fighting for survival,” he warns.
Where is our fight and where is our refuge? Our refuge cannot be in the weak-hearted and corrupt politics of this world which relies more on symbol than substance when it comes to Black people. Such politics will never free us and blind faith in the world of the White Man will doom us. Their world is falling, unraveling before our very eyes on every level.
Where is the friend that we need? “Of all friendships of friends and relations, there is no friendship that is equal to the Friendship of Allah (God). To have Allah (God) as our Friend, we have a Place of Refuge — we have a shelter from the great stormy tempest of the wicked,” Messenger Messiah Muhammad continues.
“The Friendship Of Allah (God) is the kind of Friendship and Refuge that the Black Man in America should seek. We, the Muslims who have submitted ourselves to the Will of Allah (God), do His Will so that Allah (God) May Be Pleased to Do For us and To Be our Friend.”
We don’t believe in a Mystery God Allah, we believe in a true and living God who has protected this budding Nation of Islam and brought it back from destruction over 40 years ago under the strength, guidance and commitment of Min. Farrakhan. Here we are still building, still fighting, still faithful and doing the impossible in the midst of our enemy.
Come look at us, examine us, study us and learn about us. Then join on to your own. You have nothing to lose but your chains.