As I was supporting my good Brothers and Sisters today on Twitter through the hash tag #justiceorelse and #justiceorelsephilly , I found that Twitter had implanted this article into the Twitter feed. As I read it over, I decided to personally establish a dialogue with the very man who wrote this piece. My reaction and discussion coincides with every paragraph, and reference of this article. I said the following…..
In response to your passively addressed article from the Washington Post on October 8th, what are you doing to address racism and inequality on any level?
Please let me know when bipartisan prison reform leads to those ex-offenders getting jobs in the capitalist work sectors of the world. Then and only then will I believe in the progression that you are attesting to.
Taking the confederate flag down is a very awesome notion. Just make sure if you’re going to use that as a point of emphasis that it eradicates the racism already in the place, hearts, and minds, of white and institutionalized thinking people.
Interesting how you speak of bigotry and hate about the Honorable Minister. I would like to see what your words entail on questionable police handling, economic gentrification, and addressing to combat racism in the white community at large.
Why would you believe in any stretch of the imagination that the very person commencing the march of 1995 would reject it’s own core principles?
What sort of involvement if any do you have in seeing the proactive, empowering, educational, and motivational aspects of what Louis Farrakhan does for Black and Brown people every where?
When you’re discussing Farrakhan at these events, were you in attendance of any of these events that you have your sources from? Who gave you your sources? Can you even go back to the speeches of these very promotional events and attest that these words are being used in the context that you have reported them under?
You speak so fluidly of what the first amendment is supposed to represent, make sure that you are counteracting all of the other bigotries out in this country with the same exact energy that you are putting into this article.
Who are you to say, or even point the notion at what other “Black” people take into receiving one’s message? Have you spoken with anyone from the March of 1995 to even confirm this or attach any kind of credit to it? The fact that you would take it upon yourself to go out of your way in speaking for a multitude of organizing Brothers and Sisters makes that declaration extremely inaccurate.
What if I told you that if you were actually in the trenches of organizing, being involved or volunteering in the Justice or Else Campaign, you would’ve seen the opportunities that were present in all the Black communities that it took parts in?
You speak of people taking a stance against principles you have gone on the record to object. But like many “keyboard warriors” as they have been known to be called, I seriously doubt you, closed minded pencil pushers, and people that have no direct impact on the Black community, are going to stand against history of this magnitude. I will however count on more off base articles possibly from you, and your other antagonistic counter parts though. #justiceorelse Don’t attempt to taint history.
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Jonathan A. Greenblatt is national director of the Anti-Defamation League.
From Charleston to Baltimore and Ferguson, it’s undeniable that our country continues to wrestle with racism and inequality. But recently there have been some notable and hopeful developments — including bipartisan prison reform and the removal of the Confederate battle flag from the grounds of the South Carolina statehouse.
This weekend in Washington, a major demonstration will take place that is billed as a call for justice yet is being organized and led by Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan, who has a long history of bigotry against whites, Jews and the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community.
The stated goals of Saturday’s commemoration of the 1995 “Million Man March” — including advocating for educational equity, ending police violence against people of color and addressing poverty and racism — are admirable and critically important. Tens of thousands of black men attending that first Million Man March two decades ago pledged to renounce violence except in self-defense and to “strive to love my brother, as I love myself.”
Yet Farrakhan has repeatedly rejected this central pledge of brotherly love. Instead, he frequently has promoted hatred — and not just years ago, but in the weeks leading up to this march.
At a promotional event in Milwaukee in August, Farrakhan said, “White people deserve to die, and they know, so they think it’s us coming to do it.”
In July in Miami, he told a crowd, “If the federal government will not intercede in our affairs, then we must rise up and kill those who kill us, stalk them and let them feel the pain of death that we are feeling.”
Over the summer in Detroit, Farrakhan called for the crowd to join him in Washington and said that tolerance of homosexuality in the United States was evidence of a “sick society.”
And at that same event, he said, “[Vice President] Biden said that Hollywood members of the Jewish community single-handedly made same-sex marriage legal. . . . You’re God’s chosen people? And you promote something that God rejects? You’ve lost your covenant status! You are not the chosen of God, you are the chosen of Satan! . . . You’re promoting homosexuality. God doesn’t. You promote filth. God condemns it!”