Louis Farrakhan Says It’s Time That Blacks Take Responsibility For Gun Violence

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.

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14 Responses to Louis Farrakhan Says It’s Time That Blacks Take Responsibility For Gun Violence

  1. Bahati Sobukwe September 27, 2012 at 6:11 am

    When I was young in my medium size town in Mississippi, some blacks would go out to this junk joint on week-ends and a lot of week-ends there would be someone who had been cut with a knife or killed.

    Poverty and oppression is our most serious immediate problems. But, our people’s lack of knowledge of self and the lack of preparation for dealing with our position in the world is destroying us.
    Yes we do need to practice unity; I believe that it is the only way that we are going to lift the quality of our lives. Here is how we begin: We need to start today to studying our contributions to world civilization. We have to overcome the teachings that Africa and its people contributed nothing to civilization, when the whole thing began in the highlands of Ethiopia.
    Master teacher Marcus Garvey said, “that a people without their history is like a tree without roots. Think on that while you study what blacks without their roots have become. We are a people without dignity lead by our entertainers and celebrities who have bastardized our culture so much so that the rest of us can barely lift up our heads. WE have completely descended into materialism.
    We have not teaching our children the niceties of dignity, love of self, respect for family, respect for others, the love of learning and the concept of God as we individually know Him.
    We worship a religion of the white man. Let me explain, We have internalized that Jesus was white by worshiping the images of Michael Angelo relatives he painted on the Sistine Chapel of Jesus, Mary and Joseph. Jesus, who never set his feet on European soil, nor his Disciples, could have been many colors, but the one color he could not have been was white. Black people, the Jews, Salomon, Sheba, and many more were changed races in the Bible. We have and always were slaves to the white Christianity. We must change the images in our head. Besides Christianity was lifted from the Mystery System of Egypt–it is your religion. I am not blaspheming, I’m speaking the truth and “The Truth Shall Set You Free.”
    Be not afraid walk bravely into that black land called Africa and study her history-your history. WE have to turn this foulness that has crept into our culture around, or I fear we are going to perish.

    Again, as I have posted many times we must stop LAUGHING at all of these comedians and writers perception of us as being foul, uncouth, profane, ignorant, irresponsible, sexually obsessed and unthinking to the world. They depict these images to the world and we can’t stop laughing long enough to imagine the harm.

    Our children spend hours yearning and aspiring to be athletes and celebrities-hip hop mostly- innocents without hearing a decent conversation every day about something of substance or meaning. We look at the foolisher of television shows, Jerry Springer type and Judges’s shows. Nothing that calls for thinking of how to maneuver in the minefields of racism. Education is the key, but that fact eludes us daily.

    Now, what are we talking about here, obviously, I’m not talking about all blacks, or else we would have perished years ago. But, there are not enough of thinking and doing blacks with the multitudes of blacks who are festering in their ignorance.

    My point is that we need to understand ourselves from knowing our history, to understanding the disenfranchisement and oppression that we have endured. We need to study our history our failures and our victories. What do we know of the Haitians’ Revolution? Hannibal, the greatest General of War in the world. Or, Nzingha, the Queen who fought the Portuguese for over 30 years for their slaving of African people. We need to kill those images of squatting black people with flies in their faces and see how the IMF and the World Bank is contributing to their destabilization. We need to wake up people.

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  2. Bahati Sobukwe September 27, 2012 at 6:17 am

    Please forgive the grammar and other errors, I cannot get my computer to roll back in this little box so I can correct my errors. I have to type fast to keep my thoughts together–correct and spell check later. Can’t do it on this thang. I am going to learn-soon. Thank you for plowing through this post. Bahati

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  3. Bernard September 27, 2012 at 9:26 am

    Well…..I see it like this. It’s going to start with our women and men. Just bare with me here. Most of these thug punks do what they do because it brings them prestige and power…you look at the videos and all you see are guys with their pants sagging, them throwing money around and a bunch of women. Think about this for a moment. What if women as a whole decided that intelligence was cool and not money persay? What if women started showing up down at the sanitation department everyday before work started trying to pick up men? I know that’s a wild example but my point is this. Men are going to do whatever it takes to get women’s attention. I’m still trying to figure out what is it that women find so attractive about a man that is not groomed, pants hanging down and can’t put a complete sentence together. Somewhere we have lost it and I take it all the way back to it’s how women “choose” men. If women in clubs starting denying men to dance to songs like “There’s some hos in this house”….the songs wouldn’t sell…the rappers would stop writing them. Imagine a video that showed some Black man with a polo shirt and some khaki pants going into work and punching a clock and then coming home to Meagan Good….I’m telling you guys would get their $hit together quick. I know some of you think it’s wishful thinking but I to am tired of seeing tired grown @$$ men walking around at 50 years old with sports jerseys & $hit on while holding and drinking beer with one hand and his pants up with the other. I’m not the biggest fan of Farrakhan, but he’s right. Stop talking about what the white man is doing. He provides guns but he doesn’t force us buy them and use them on each other.

    As far the men…yea, we want everything right now. We go out and we buy a Lexus and a Mercedes while working at a job that pays 13.50 an hour…while being behind 2 years on child support(those who have them). We have to buy cloths and jewelry to impress the lil women we want to bang for one or two nights…so we spend thousands of dollars only to get her and then we do…and she gets pregnant…it’s on to the next one. We think the world owes us something. This is not as hard as it seems. We make it harder. Renting big screens and $hit from rent a center….putting 24’s on a civic(screwing up the axles). We just basically throw a lot of money away and why…because if the white man has it we should to…but honestly…look around you. The white folks you see driving jags and beamers have had generations of money bestowed upon them….and in many cases believe it or not…they don’t get their money until they prove(going to and graduating from college) that they can handle having it. So they have generations of people that have learned how to manage money. If you don’t believe this. Look at athlete after athlete….that are black and going broke. That’s just the same picture on a bigger scale of what “we” do with money. You see Brett Farve. He’s walking around in some 25 dollar wranglers while these Black fools are walking around in fur hats and coats. That has nothing to do with the white man. Who is this fool(Ocho Cinco) that just bought a 300,000 car to console the fact he couldn’t keep his wife while currently not even on a NFL Roster. Did you all not learn anything from T.O…or even Vick? So Farrakhan is right. The white man has nothing to do with our problems. I’m starting to cut off any family member that isn’t trying to change. I’m not going to let them drag me down from what I’m trying to teach my own two kids which are simple rules to live by. You should never ever pay more than 7000 for a car…and that’s for women. Men can pay less if a woman isn’t driving it. Pay cash for anything other than a house and at this point…you just about save and buy a house with cash in this economy. Don’t get it twisted…If you can pay 28 for a new car plus the interest…you can pay for a house. If we both hold on to our jobs for the next two years…I’m going to buy me at least one more house while the prices are bottomed out and two more if we hold on to them for 4 years straight. :) It’s real simple people. We just have to change our mentality. So having a Black president, governor and mayor(which some of us do) isn’t going to change anything until you as a person change the way you think and operate.

    Peace,

    Bernard

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  4. Floyd September 27, 2012 at 9:32 am

    Bahati Sobukwe do worry about correct grammar as long as you are communicating and you are a few people who not only state the problem, but gives recommendation on how to solve the problem. Keep up the good work.

    A famous Greek stated that if a man does not know his past, he is a child. When you look at some of the decisions we are making in this country, it appears that we are not making matured decisions.
    We need to get back to gaining wisdom of self, past and present, before we can self direct ourselves.
    I fully agree with the Minister Farrahkhan is very correct in his statement that we have to take care of self.

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  5. Deech September 27, 2012 at 1:02 pm

    No truer words have been spoken. As a people, this is our burden to bear, and something has to be done YESTERDAY!

    Too many black folks making bad choices with their bodies and making their futures dim by being laden with responsibilities that they never wanted in the first place.

    Then you have these children fending for themselves, thus continuing the cycle of poverty, OOW births, and a sense of no hope.

    Save the Black Man/Woman, Kill the Cycle of Violence

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  6. B-1 September 27, 2012 at 2:25 pm

    Check this out. There are many solutions or cures to our problem. The end results will vary. But the problem we have is that there is more talk than action.

    I challenge you all to go beyond talk. Start in your homes and work to raise outstanding high-achieving black children (i.e., academically, sports, spiritually – the whole 9). This is what I am doing. But I am fully aware that even that is not enough. My work at home must lead to work with others who are not blessed to have loving forward-thinking parents.

    Those of us that know what’s going on have a job to do – and we have to quit simply talking and do it. Join an organization or start your own – and get busy!!!!

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  7. milwood September 27, 2012 at 2:47 pm

    Bahati Sobukwe
    I totally agree with your words..

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  8. milwood September 27, 2012 at 2:57 pm

    Bernard I have to agree w/you also. For those with higher education we must tell and show youth how important it is to attain and surpass what we did. A parent or friend can’t impress upon you about going to college unless they experienced it, sometimes we must take the role and do it.. It cost us nothing but the reward for them is great..

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  9. unfortunately September 27, 2012 at 5:26 pm

    Wow, Mr. Farrakhan, has always attempted to give the black community the truth the younger blacks are foolish and very sad their making attempt to the world into one big ghetto. They don’t value life, liberty or the pursuit of happiness. Robbing, shooting, raping the most disrespectful creatures on God’s earth, it so bad now that no other culture group want see black folks coming not even the ones that are not committing these horrific crimes. It put a bad taste everybody mouth, baggie pants
    , dirty clothes, uneducated just sad.

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  10. Dark Chocolate September 27, 2012 at 9:55 pm

    Most blacks are not so dumb and stupid that they don’t know Farrakhan is telling the truth. They are trying to play the VICTIM bit against the MAN. That shit is getting old. Pull up your damn pants, get some kind of a job and learn to respect your mother, who happens to be a woman, not a ho. When you disrespect ANY woman, you disrespect your mother. Any man who disrespects his mother belongs in jail.
    RISE ABOVE IT!

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  11. Samdromeda September 29, 2012 at 1:12 am

    Do violence to no man and the women will be respected. Killing is an addiction perpetrated by the Destroyer. The Destroyer hates us because we are made in God’s image and he wants us out of the way so that he can steal what God has promised us…The Whole Universe. But in order to receive it we have to learn to obey the laws of the universe. You shall not kill is just one of them. Until this is done we remain influenced by the spirit, mind, of the destroyer and we enter the family business that he set up and we kill and destroy and instigate regime change in far places which creates chaos. The ten commandments are the mind and character of God The Creator in print. If you keep them and ask Him for His spirit,mind, better known as the holy spirit, He will give it to you. Without it you are outgunned by The Destroyer and by nature you will be one of his children. This is reality on planet earth until Christ comes back and does real regime change.

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  12. Edward September 29, 2012 at 1:25 am

    If you get cought up in it you deserve to be there. Only dumb people get cought in trap. I wont say good luck, i will say you deserve what you get. weather it is ten years or twenty five years, you deserve it.

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  13. Robert September 29, 2012 at 5:10 am

    I hope 50 cent will use his media popularity to help persuade as many youth as possible to start being positive instead of being negative individuals. It dosen’t matter where Frrakhan came from, whats important is to keep spreading the truth every where possible, which I know he is doing about black youth killing black youth, but 50 cent can better relate to the masses of black youth because he speaks their language, that they listen and identify with, regardless of who likes it, facts are facts.

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  14. Free Soul October 8, 2012 at 8:27 pm

    What a JOKE! When have you ever seen a bunch of MEN in suits gather and not create Factories and JOBS to hire their own KIDS.
    2 much TALK NO substance, this guy L.F. been talking for over 50 years. Take America/Europe to World Court/The U.N. and STOP complaining. All the MOENY Black People waste and we’re COMPLAINING! We generate Trillions every year, it’s our fault, we have computers and the net to connect and all we do complain.
    The Japanese rebuilt after WWW2 and created so many Corporations, Nikon, Canon, Technics, Sony, Honda, Mazda, Lexus, Fuji, Acura, Panasonic etc. What’s the PROBLEM with these DUDS in their FRESH SUITS. If your waiting for the WHITEMAN to STOP KICKING your ASS then your ALL FOOLS. A DEVIL will always be a DEVIL. I guest the Million Man/Boy March didn’t solve the Problem? Maybe building our own factories with subsidies from the Government would Help? Get off the stage and BUILD. Talk is cheap, its’ been going on for 40 yrs plus. Unless a man shows you how to grow food/create your own job etc.. don’t waste your time listening to him. Yes Farrakhan is right but what grown man can’t figure this out, with all the info we have today, it’s a JOKE. WOW! Blackmen are to nieve and mentally slow. I will stand bext to him once he stops dressing like a European gets a Million Black men together we do something more than stroke this duds ego. He said after the March that Malcolm X and M.L. King Jr can’t walk in his shoes. TALK TALK TALK while the whiteman enjoys Africa and most Blacks are scared to go back or dislike Africans.. It goes both ways, African needs to get with us, Whitie has resorts all over Africa and we can’t even build and Movie theater in the Hood on our own. What’s UP with the Brooklyn Nets? I’m not knocking JAY Z but he’s just there to make the Russians/Jews more legit in Brooklyn then the Black community will add their hard earned money into the Brooklyn Nets owners pot of GOLD, the owners are all Billlionaires. WE are falling behind again, TALK TALK TALK, BLAH BLAH BLAH, rappers are aligned with the POWERS that BE and all these fake BLACK leaders, they talk down to you and you buy their BULL over and over. Grown Blackmen are still Mental Slaves.. Lol Don’t blame your Slave Master Look in the MIRROR, that’s why you have a Master too control you..
    What a F’ing JOKE our community is, give the kids good jobs that we create ourselves and that will keep them busy, nough said.
    Look at the picture! What do these DUDS do all day dress so NICE? Create an F.O.I./Black Muslim factory, start making sweat suits, sneakers, hoodies and whatever the Black community needs. What’s so difficult? China makes all our stuff, import some Chinese workers and have them teach us their technics and cut the whiteman out. Asian people never enslaved us and their doing work in Africa now, digging for the resources. Why don’t we have Black Engineering firms making money in Africa sharing in the Trillions that Europe/White America enjoys? Men walking around in suits what a JOKE, I can’t take it anymore. I grew up with the Black Muslims/5 Percent Nation since the mid 70’s and I’m tried of the talk, most Blackmen I’ve tried to do business with are jealous fools or back stabbers. Look at the Rap Game, these guys should get together with all entertainers of Color and create a World Orginization and RULE the Industry but we always go for the biggest WHITE contract then give the MONEY back too Whitie. Whitie loves that he can conquer a DIVIDE, that’s his job so beat him at his own GAME, complaining doesn’t help. Young Blackman can’t respect these so called Leaders because they dress like Whitemen and can’t hire or teach them how to create their own legally. Pray to Allah all you want Black kids are Dieing.
    Peace!

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