[Editor’s note: The following contains text excerpts from “A Torchlight for America,” 1993.]
Without an advocate for the poor, without a new state of mind in America, the country lies on the brink of anarchy. Anarchy is the complete absence of government. It’s a condition of political disorder, violence and lawlessness in the society. We saw signs of it in Los Angeles after the Rodney King verdict.
Anarchy may await America, due to the daily injustices suffered by the people. There really can be no peace without justice. There can be no justice without truth. And there can be no truth, unless someone rises up to tell you the truth.
The Nation of Islam can be of assistance. We desire to reason with the political and economic leadership, with the hope of formulating a cooperative effort for the benefit of us all. We want a new relationship in which we can work together for the good of the whole. However, the desire of the wicked is to harm me and to destroy the idea that I carry, so that Black people and all who listen cannot and will not make the type of progress that time demands.
This is no different from the desire of the wicked to destroy Martin Luther King Jr., Malcolm X, Elijah Muhammad, Marcus Garvey, Frederick Douglas, Sojourner Truth, Harriet Tubman, Denmark Vesey and all who have stood on behalf of the poor and rejected.
It appears that there is a genocidal plan against Black people. The desire of many of those in power is the maintenance of White Supremacy. Whites and their institutions have created inferior-minded Black people with a slave mentality. There are those who do not wish to see us as equals in the society.
So generation after generation of Black people have been corrupted with a slave mentality and generation after generation of White people have been poisoned with the doctrine of White supremacy.
However, the presence of truth condemns both mindsets. The time of White Supremacy and Black inferiority is over. This is why it appears that an organized effort is underway to destroy Black youth.
Youth are more readily inhaling the ideas and truths that can free the mind from the former controlling forces of White supremacy and Black inferiority. Their hearts and minds are inclining toward interest in self-knowledge. As a result, there are those who fear that our youth are no longer afraid to resist White supremacy and reject its efforts. Notice how the police and the judicial system do not treat our youth as children.
Our 14-year-olds and 18-year-olds are killed in police stations and the police offer lies to explain their deaths, such as they hanged themselves with their own shoestrings and other such foolishness.
All too often, the Justice Department of the U.S. government is weak in pursuing the truth about what the Black community believes are wrongful deaths at the hands of law enforcement. They fear our youth. They fear the gangs because prior to the gangs, the police were the only gang in town.
Often, the police are running or compromising with the dope business, the prostitution business and the criminal element in the society. Many officials do not desire to see young Blacks organized, fearing that they may join together and one day do unto law enforcement what the law enforcement officers have been doing unto us.
This is not to say that all police are corrupt. But when we see so many incidences of police corruption, such as the Rodney King case and others, then the entire law enforcement system loses our trust. The youth have the basic qualities of what it takes for seeking liberation. The leader has to have helpers to fulfill the vision.
The helpers cannot be afraid of the enemy. God rides in on our faith in Him. This is why when Moses was leading the people into the Promised Land, the older people were left to wander in the wilderness until they died out and their children were taken into the Promised Land.
This was done because their children did not have the fear of Pharaoh or the love for Egypt’s wealth, nor did they have the fear of the giants that inhabited the land that Allah (God) had promised them.
If we don’t make earnest moves toward real solutions, then each day we move one day closer to revolution and anarchy in this country. This is the sad, and yet potentially joyous state of America. She stands at the doorway of disaster and yet at the threshold of unlimited progress.
It all depends on who is going to guide the country and what kind of guidance he or she will give. The time does not demand a hypocritical approach to solving the problems.
The time demands sincere commitment to principles of truth and justice. Those of us who were harmed by what went on in the past and still persists today, are capable of forgiveness. America will be surprised at how quickly the human spirit forgives when amendment, atonement and repentance are set on the plate.