I always love listening to him speak. I was at Saviors Day in 2004 in a Brooklyn mosque and listening to the message and being surrounded by hundreds of my people who knew what time it was was out of this world!!! We lost our connection right as he was wrapping up by daring the government to come after him and try to harm him. Didn't want to leave. I was on a high until I stepped outside and saw the NYPD had about 50 white police officers stationed outside, batons in hand, waiting for something to jump off. No one took the bait. Suckas.
It is imperative that Black people see themselves as Black people first and everything else second in order for us to organize and change things. You will ask some Black folks to define/describe themselves and the very first thing out of their mouth is "I'm a Christian" or "I'm a woman" or something else. First and foremost, we are Black. The other problem is there are a lot of Black people taking religious direction from white religious leaders who are obviously not concerned with the same things. My parents' (white) pastor was shouting down the pulpit for weeks about how the 5000-strong congregation needed to vote for Bush to stop the immorality going on in schools, like teaching safe sex methods. What?!?! That is all well and good but up until a couple of years ago, Black men were being dragged behind pickup trucks and decapitated. I'd like to address those things before I focus on condoms.