You can’t blame the white man all the time, at least that’s the message Louis Farrakhan has for black people as it relates to gun violence. The Nation of Islam leader, speaking at the Van Dyke House in Brownsville, Brooklyn, said that by engaging in violence, black people are falling into a trap set by white men.
“They are building prisons, and who are they for? Not for the white man,” he told the crowd. “Nobody cares about you. You are the product of your former slave masters. You are not as bad as you are acting.”
Unlike some so-called black leaders, who tend to try to explain gun violence away by blaming the system, Farrakhan isn’t afraid to call black folks out for making bad decisions.
“You ain’t manufacturing no guns, but you got some,” Farrakhan said in his speech. “Your people are being herded into a life-style — that is going to jail.”
The New York police department has created controversy with its stop and frisk program, which targets black and Latino youth.
According to the NYPD, the stop and frisk program is a way of getting guns off the streets, but a recent study revealed that over the past two years, the number of guns seized by police has fallen 13.5 percent from 3,908 in 2009 with 510,742 frisks, to 3,443 last year, when the NYPD stopped and frisked a record 685,724 New Yorkers. The true motive of stop and frisk seems to be to get young black and brown boys in the criminal system.
At a rally opposing stop and frisk in June, activist Dick Gregory said, “It’s happening all the time, it’s just there was never no spotlight on it.” He went on to say that the NYPD isn’t targeting white kids because they know white parents wouldn’t stand for it. That’s probably true, and we should all stand up against stop and frisk, but, as Farakhan suggests, we should also teach our kids not to be easy targets for predators with badges.
If 50 Cent’s hip hop website thisis50 is any indication, it doesn’t seem that hip-hop youth are paying Farrakhan much attention. One commenter at the website, where an article on Farrakhan’s speech was posted, says “50 Cent is making a real change with SK Energy Drink” and another tells Farrakhan, ” CHICAGO should be the first place he speaks. Isn’t Chicago the home of Farrakhan? But you wanna help NYC?” Hip hop saturated with materialism has more respect for an energy drink than for an elder like Farrakhan. That should tell you something.