black wall street journal, volume 1, issue 1
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Sh a h ar z a d A l iInside
The Community -- Page 3
Black Lives & Communities Matter By Minister Robert Muhammad
No Excuses!By Robert 7X Muhammad
Cover Story -- Page 5
Shahrazad Ali Strengthening The Black Family
Dr. AndersonPowerNomics: The National Plan to Empower Black America
Entertaimment -- Page 4
Genesis Blu & The RevelationsBy Zipporjah Erby
I Am PresentBy Latonia Muhammad ~aka~ magnificent
Houston Local News -- Page 2Where Are We Now?By Raawel Letrice Ware
Otherization & Human Rights By Obidike N.Kamau, Ph.D.
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National News -- Page 7
The Truth About Black HistoryBy Ashahed M. Muhammad - The Final Call
The State of Black Americans Part One -by Raawel Letrice Ware
Most of us are familiar with the Asante Adinkra symbol or the Akan, West African Sankofa bird and Prov-erb se wo were fi na wosan kofa a yenki - it is not taboo to go back and fetch what you forgot. Sankofa teaches us that we much return to our roots in order to see where we have come from, to know where we are, and to see clearly where we are go-ing. Americanized African people were robbed and cut off from roots, culture and traditions; however, our ancestors left us bread crumb trails to find our Way back. Clues in songs and art have helped many of us to reconnect and uncover our Truth.
Think about traveling. When one comes to a cross road or simply a dis-tance away from our starting point, wisdom says stop to see where you are, note from what direction you came, get your bearings together so you can proceed in the right direc-tion. Some of my people have not left the mental plantations. Some have come to cross roads and have not been able to move beyond that point. There are some that have gotten free and not looked back to help others to get up, get out, and get something.
Fear, ignorance, laziness, selfishness and conformity are the hindrances. Thus, the state of our families and our children is self-inflicted illness and death. Not only is genocide against us through population control strat-egies but black on black is the larg-est method by which we die. Why?
We are African people. It is sad to say that many of my brothers and sis-ters feel that being born in these Unit-ed Snakes has determined that we are no longer African. Being born in a barn yard or stable would not make you a cow, a horse or pig so being born in America, for me, does not change my DNA, the melanin in my skin, the kinkiness of my loc-ed hair, the thickness of my lips nor the path that i take to live unapologetically Afri-can. Over a period of 400-500 years, some crackers got into the cookie jar it is true, turning sweet brown sug-ar to white, brown whole wheat to bleached flour and grade A maple colored women to saltines. Yet I say the dominate over recessive genes of my people will produce the lightest of the lights and the darkest of the darks - with that said we are Gods chosen African people which from us come all others. Most have forgotten.
It is sad that many Africans have come here today and assimilated so deeply into the Eurocentric culture and ideologies that only the exter-nal features leave evidence of who they are; but even then skin bleach-ing, body sculpturing and an utter change in dialect, gestures, man-nerism, and thinking eliminates ex-ternal African traits. We have lost the Way, the Truth and the Light. How do we return to our roots get it back and rebuild our nations?
(END) - Raawel is a speaker, busi-ness owner of RISE, advocate of
self-education and author. FB, Twit-ter, YouTubeuser/msraaw (BA degree in Communication/Minor African American Studies; Associate in Liber-al Arts/Science with a concentration on Womens Studies. Google to find her or Email firstname.lastname@example.org)
During his involvement in the Black Americans fight for free-dom and self-determination,
Minister Hajj Malik el-Shabazz was very critical of the Civil Rights Movement. One reason for his criti-cism was that the focus of this move-ment was in fact, civil, rather than human rights. His stance was either ridiculed or ignored by individuals in the movement, because to them it was very clear that we are human. Minister Malcolms point was not aimed at convincing us; however, his
very devastating analysis was aimed, not at proving our humanity to our-selves, but rather at removing any question of our humanity from the minds of the white system that ques-tioned it. Decades later, listening to Officer Darren Wilson refer to young Michael Brown as a demonand a monster, it would seem that the esteemed freedom fighters concern still holds some validity. Malcolm understood that human rights must necessarily precede civil rights. Non -humans after all, are not inher-ently expected to be treated civilly.
Americas willingness to classify us as less than, or as sub-human was formally documented as early as the U. S.Constitution, where we were classified as 3/5th human. This des-ignation is supposedly acceptable, because it was used to determine how many members in the Houseof Representatives each of the original 13 states received. This was called a great compromise, which ultimate-ly allowed enslaved Africans to be counted and acknowledged while still denying them the rights and respon-sibilities ofcitizenship. Regardless of the several arguments the apolo-gists for the founding fathersuse to justify this decision, it is clear, our
(Black American) humanity, could be, depending on white need, bartered, negotiated or denied.
Continued on Page 6
Where Are We Now?
By Raawel Letrice Ware
Otherization & Human Rights
By Obidike N.Kamau, Ph.D.
Robert S. Muhammad is the Student Minister of
Muhammad Mosque No.45 Houston
What does it take for the Black community to realize how much this society devalues our lives and communities? Policemen gun down our children, while school districts
close down our schools. Grand ju-ries no-bill our killers in secret pro-ceedings, while Hollywood studio executives mock our leaders and actors behind closed doors. Gov-ernment officials sanction torture of foreign enemy combatants, while torturing Black so called citizens like we are enemy combatants. Banks and government deny us funds to rebuild our communities, while making finances available for investors to buy up our communi-ties at tax foreclosure sale auctions. Our children and our communities are being destroyed before our very eyes. Dear elders, whats wrong with
this picture and our reaction to it?
Now is the time for us to have a sober, sane, and serious community dialogue about our future in Ameri-ca. Trust is something to be earned. It should not be given away with-out some evidence of ones worthi-ness to receive it. Why do we trust a people and a system devised to keep a numerical minority in power and wealth? Why are we so compla-cent and trusting that everything is going to be alright when evidence shows otherwise? We have waited 459 years for this society to treat us as equals under the law of God and Man. How long is too long?
To the elders, this Joshua Gen-eration is not willing to wait another 459 years. Nor are they willing to choose an apologist leader to take us back to Egypt. This generation is not afraid of the giants in the Prom-ise Land. These youth stood up to tanks and military might without fear in Ferguson, Missouri. At a certain point, even a cockroach will flee or fight for its life. Perhaps its time for us to make our Exodus or die trying.
Robert S. Muhammad is the Student Minister of Muhammad Mosque No.45 Houston, Texas, the Southwest Regional Representative of the Nation of Islam,
and an urban planning and environmen-tal policy expert. He is the host of KPFTs Connect the Dots and KCOHs Final Call to Community ACTION radio shows. Fol-low him on Twitter @dotsconnector
Black Wall Street Journal (BWSJ) monthly is a newsletter devoted to the social, economic and cultural uplift-ment and development of the global black community. BWSJ will use the power of the press to isolate and os-tracize those who consciously betray the aspirations and liberation of black people. Today I call on the black con-scious community to rise above emo-tions, blood relations and paternalistic relationships and stand on the princi-pals of freedom, justice, equality, sister and brotherly love that stems, from a shared ideology. BWSJ calls on the people to be judge and jury against two of our own whose immoral and inappropriate behavior is inexcusable.
First we must examine our own individual integrity. We must hold these individuals to a high stan-dard of accountability. This is the groups responsibility in order for us to maintain national solidarity. There is an unwritten law that says Uncle Toms can come in the black com-munity and sow the seeds of distrust and disunity and avoid retribution for their betrayal of black people. BWSJ offers a solution to this type of
thinking. Individuals that think they can get away with such inappropriate behavior will no longer be tolerated. The Holy Quran says oppression is worse than slaughter; BWSJ plans to expose these types of individu-als with the power of the press. Dr. Perry Khepara Kyles and Ernestine Johnson you are being put on notice. You purposely manufactured a lec-ture series called the Blueprint Con-ference to defraud and deceive the
black community. This is inexcusable!
The black community is already wounded and injured by white su-premacy and black inferiority. We in the community have entrusted you with a responsibility to be a guardian of our faith and we trusted you