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Reply to "Does MLK Get A Bad Rap?"

MBM, you are correct in pointing out that what I said is what the conservatives say, but you should also be mindful that I am no fool and I can understand the duality of all problems. I personally disagree with Negro Conservatives not because they are wrong but because they give a free pass to white folk and see Black men and women as the creators of our own problems and do not see the shared responsibility in correcting the problems that we face. We have both external and internal ills, which translate into ills that were the doing of our own and those that were the cause of other people mainly white people.

Now to explain what I mean when I speak about the harmful affects of MLK and his CRM, it is no secret that MLK did not teach black men and women to do for self. MLK main goal was to get white folk to acknowledge us as their equals instead of proving we were their equals. MLK an educated man himself was not teaching what Malcolm and the NOI was teaching. To be down with MLK you were not required to have any form of self discipline, you were not made or taught to give up certain foods, behaviors and so on, you could fornicate and behave in any kind of way you wanted to and be part of the CRM. On the other hand to be with Malcolm and the NOI, you were required to have discipline, you were required to study and learn, you were required to give up certain food, there was no drinking of alcoholic beverages and there was no smoking. Many black men and women will tell you strait up, that they could not be a Muslim because they have to give up certain things that they know are harmful to them and their body but being a Christian require no such thing.

Malcolm taught that which was taught to him by The Honorable Elijah Muhammad. MLK whole mission was about making white people do something and required absolutely nothing of Black men and women. Malcolm teachings as taught to him by Mr. Muhammad required more from us than it did from white folk. What do you think is the end result of following someone who rightfully put the blame of our then present day condition on the treatment we received in this country but did not require us to do anything about it but sit in restaurants, March and allow ourselves to be beaten?

This is why as Nmaginate pointed out recently that many conservatives try to claim Malcolm because he required more of us than he did from white folk. Where as MLK focus was on white folks treating us better and giving us something that God gave us and that is freedom and equality. I do ascribe many of the shortcomings to MLK and his CRM and I recognize that this alone is not the sole creator of such problems but it sure as hell has a big big hand in it. I personally believe that CRM has failed Black men and women and I think our present day condition confirms this.

Lastly, the Malcolm I liked and loved was the Malcolm in the NOI.

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"We got to organize ourselves, We got to mobilize and there can't be no confusion in our collective solution, If not for ourselves, then for our kids, because we know who our enemy is!"

DPZ "for the hood"

More to come later!

Your Brother Faheem
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