The vital signs for America's economic health are close to flat-lining and it's not the Covid-19 pandemic that will be the cause, it will be greed, lust, inordinate self-interest and gross vanity as The Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan writes in his illuminating book "Torchlight for America" he writes,
“America is clearly suffering and from my vantage point, America lies on her deathbed, in dire need of guidance and a new direction. If you examine her vital signs, you will have to agree that they show America is steadily on the decline.
The root of her suffering is basic immorality and vanity, where greed, lust and inordinate self-interest have become the way of life.
When the desire for the realization of self-interest becomes excessive, the first casualty in this struggle is “truth.” The leaders in the society, in their struggle to achieve inordinate self-interests, engage in hiding the light of truth from the American people.
Without truth, the American people are left paralyzed, unable to constructively address their problems. Eventually, their only response will be to react destructively because their very lives are at peril’s door, and they know not why they are in this condition nor how to save themselves.
So the country could be facing revolution because, in the main, the government and leadership have hidden the truth and will not or do not have a solution for the suffering and the root problems of the people of this country.
Gross vanity, greed, lust and inordinate self-interest have divided the country along the lines of class, race, and sex. We live in one country with two realities, separate and unequal: one rich, one poor; one White, one Black; one predator, one prey; one skilled, one non-skilled; one slave-master, one slave.
Classism, racism, and sexism are used to keep the people divided, and these three evils threaten to sink and destroy the entire country. America must deal effectively with these lines of division or face anarchy and revolution.”
Is America on the verge of anarchy and revolution? The answer to that are 3 current events reported in the news point to yes.
Let’s look at the first post by Epic Economist, “Housing Market Collapse, Bank Collapse, Societal Collapse, This Is The Collapse Of America!”
“While the housing market is tumbling, the US labor market is also on a free fall and thousands of Americans are losing their jobs every passing day. It has been reported that by now more than 6.6 million Americans have already lost their jobs and economists are warning that this number will continue skyrocketing in the coming weeks.
The stimulus packages are not enough to sustain American people for long enough. As people lose their jobs, they are getting depressed and this is creating a perfect storm for big social unrest. The Federation of Red Crescent Societies has warned that in the western cities a social bomb can explode any moment specifically in the low-income areas.
As a result of this panic, in recent weeks it has been reporting that many Americans are hoarding guns because they fear that massive social unrest can erupt because of this economic crisis. This fear has compelled President Trump to deploy the National Guard across various states to maintain order at this perilous moment.
This is the writing on the wall to Americans and what can possibly happen next if this economic meltdown continues? This explains the reason why gun sales have skyrocketed in recent days across the country. Google searches on where to buy ammunition online have increased dramatically. This shows how Americans are worried that this economic crisis will trigger a big social split in the United States. Because of extreme wealth inequality, many households are unprepared for an economic downturn. This is creating a big imbalance in society, many people in poor neighborhoods have been laid off and at the moment they have 0 income and they might be easily motivated the start protests or bring instability in their communities in one way or the other.
Everyone can tell that we have never been this way again both economically and socially. The stock market has never crashed to this extent in a matter of weeks and the entire economy is virtually collapsing. This is the biggest economic fallout in modern history; this is just the beginning and this economic crisis is hitting everywhere across the world. The global economy is collapsing, and supply chains (especially for food) are being disrupted in many nations. This is an economic inferno and the stock market is collapsing at a rate never seen before.”
Because of institutional and system racism for over 400 years, Black people are suffering the most from the shutdown of the economy do the quarantine in many states.
That old adage, “When white folks catch a cold, black people get pneumonia" is painfully clear today.
A CNSNews reports stated,
“Data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) show that the unemployment rate for Black Americans rose from 5.8% in February to 6.7% in March. The 6.7% rate is nearly identical to what the situation was in March 2019, with a 6.6% unemployment rate.
In March 2018, the national unemployment rate for Black workers (age 16 and older) was 6.8%.
Despite the terrible effects of the coronavirus and lack of up-to-the-minute employment data, the 6.7% unemployment rate for African Americans is still historically low, going all the way back to 1972.
But in an article entitled, “Coronavirus layoffs disproportionately hurt black and Latino workers: 'It’s almost like doomsday is coming'”
“Many blacks, Latinos, Native Americans and other communities of color saw their household wealth decline during the 2008 Great Recession and have yet to fully recover, raising questions about whether the latest financial downturn will set them back even further. The median wealth of middle-class black people dropped to $33,600 in 2013, down 47% from before the recession. For Hispanics, median wealth fell to $38,900, a 55% decline since 2007. White families saw their median wealth declined by 31% to $131,900, according to the Pew Research Center.”
Another part of the article states,
“Many people of color are in jobs that don’t have the option of working at home, said Danyelle Solomon, vice president of Race and Ethnicity Policy at Center for American Progress.
“You can't really work from home if you're waiting tables, cooking, taking care of folks as a home aide, or the health care workers who are in the hospitals right now,’’ said Solomon, co-author of a report released last week on the pandemic and its impact on the racial wealth gap.
According to the CAP report, 16% of Latino workers and 20% of black workers are able to work from home, compared with 30% of white workers.”
What must be done? One option is to wait for things to return to “normal.” But the question is, was normal working for Black people? We all know the answer is NO! Black people have, since the freeing of slaves, faced systemic racism (also known as institutional racism). What does systemic racism mean? It is a form of white supremacy expressed in the practice of social and political institutions. It is reflected in disparities regarding wealth, income, criminal justice, employment, housing, health care, political power, and education, among other factors.
Carmichael and Hamilton wrote that while individual racism is often identifiable because of its overt nature, institutional racism is less perceptible because of its "less overt, far more subtle" nature. Institutional racism "originates in the operation of established and respected forces in the society, and thus receives far less public condemnation than [individual racism]". 14 examples of systemic racism are written of in an article for CommonDreams.org.
The Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan writes in an article entitled, “‘Healing The Wounds’: The Coming of The Messiah”
“The world of White people, by The Power and Will of God, was permitted to rule the nations, peoples, tribes, and the families of the earth. Since their way of the the rule was not to be in accord with The Nature of God and His way of rule, then a new pattern of rulership was established with the coming of these new people on our planet. This new basis for rule was on the premise of “White Supremacy.”
White Supremacy introduced racism in the most negative form, and White Supremacy (or “White rule”), as an ideology and a philosophy has governed human relationships. International relationships have been based on the premise of White Supremacy. White Supremacy has governed social, economic and political relationships, and has affected even our relationships within religion. Because of this, no darker people on the Earth could get justice, fairness, and equity under the principle of White Supremacy.”
In a lecture by the late, great Dr. Amos Wilson, he states,
“You talk you been fooled into battles, you fought slavery, you fought reconstruction, Jim Crowism, poor education, this battle, poor this, poor that, this, do you recognize that all of these things represent one thing, what is that white supremacy.
If you rid yourself of white supremacy then all the other things you've been fighting for will take care of themselves, but without ridding yourself of supremacy you will have new battles to fight from now on and evermore because it was constantly throwing a new battle up for you. As a matter of fact, this society is going to become more supremely racist when it is apparently none racist, and that's why it's moving too, at this point. When the white man tells you, let's not put race in this he is he's being the most racist at that point.”
He goes on to state, “…so then you can have a society that removes all these public expressions of racism. You can have a society where people no longer overtly express racial hatred and racism statement and behavior is outlawed but you can still have a system that destroys millions and millions of Black people.
Collin Powell and others are the are the signs that kind of racism, where the black middle class would be sitting in these jobs and positions defending the system. You must recognize that racism is not an attitude, it is not a feeling of hatred toward another people, all that's gonna be washed out. You must understand that racism and white supremacy is in the very structures and values of the institutions of the society itself and until you revolve and change those structures and attitudes and values you will always be under the bottom I don't give a damn if white people express no hatred toward you.”
So, what move should the Black community make to get out from under the crushing weight of white supremacy? In a speech by Dr. Ava Muhammad, she states,
“… should Blacks consider separation. consider is to give careful thought to something you are about to decide it's not just thinking it's reflecting on something you're about to decide it is time for black people to go one way or the other.”
In another speech, titled: “Black Must Separate of Die” she states,
“So, the major impediment to making any progress among ourselves as a people, one of the big ones, is that we are not in agreement on the time. If some of us, for example, we're looking back at a Jesus of 2000 years ago for guidance and some of us are looking at a Jesus in the 21st century for guidance then we are not in agreement, but the world we live in today beloved in no way resembles the world of 2000 years ago. And as Minister Farrakhan teaches us, and as we just heard in the holy Quran "by the time", time dictates the agenda. It is time for us to focus on #4 whether we want to face it or not the difficulty, number for the Muslim program what The Muslims Want, I will read this to you:
What the Muslims Want: 4. We want our people in America whose parents or grandparents were descendants from slaves, to be allowed to establish a separate state or territory of their own–either on this continent or elsewhere. We believe that our former slave masters are obligated to provide such land and that the area must be fertile and minerally rich. We believe that our former slave masters are obligated to maintain and supply our needs in this separate territory for the next 20 to 25 years–until we are able to produce and supply our own needs. Since we cannot get along with them in peace and equality, after giving them 400 years of our sweat and blood and receiving in return some of the worst treatment human beings have ever experienced, we believe our contributions to this land and the suffering forced upon us by white America, justifies our demand for complete separation in a state or territory of our own.
The Honorable Elijah Muhammad warned us to do for self or suffer the consequences. We are now suffering the consequences. He called separation the best and only solution, we have tried to manufacture other solutions that would allow us to continue to live with white. These are solutions that are not natural beloved. These are solutions that we're coming up with today that are not in accord with the Will of The Creator. The solutions we're putting in front of our people now, if we are following anything but the teachings of the owner of Elijah Muhammad, can only be the product of cowardice and a desire for assimilation and a rejection of a program that will assure our people freedom, justice, and equality.
So here we are again, as brother Ishmael pointed out last week in the wake of the bloody hostile murder of Trayvon Martin which was one of the many that go on every day in America, here we are immersed in discussing the nuances the legal issues that are coming out of that murder. So we're debating with white people over laws that they wrote, laws that they interpret, and laws as Minister Farrakhan said, they make mischief by means the law. Since we live in a world that white people dominate, that they control, that is built on a doctrine of white supremacy for no other reason than the white man, is white because of this fact we are no closer beloved to achieving freedom, justice, and equality that we were during physical bondage.
We will always, you can trust and believe, we will always occupy the inferior position because white America is constructed on a foundation of a doctrine of the innate inherent inferiority of the Black man and the Black woman. And so, those among us who are in positions of prominence and have been given a tiny measure of wealth, a tiny measure of privilege, to exert influence over our people to make them accept this unnatural, undesirable, unacceptable condition, you who do that are no longer an asset you are now a liability because you keep us engaged in an exercise in futility.
This, all praises due to The Honorable Elijah Muhammad and the Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan, this is a self-defeating, self-destructive effort to assimilate into the white man's disintegrating world. The Honorable Elijah Muhammad’s book is not called the attack on America it is called the Fall of America, because its time has come and so it is disintegrating before our eyes and focusing on assimilation into it drains us of our creative energy.
We're giving all of our spiritual, mental, physical resources to upholding his world. Our community, out here, void of life, void of light because no one is working to build our community save one man and those with him The Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan and today I'm going to say to you, you've got to get out of his way. We have to work to sustain our community.”
“Let me read to you an excerpt from study guide number 12, four great impediments to self-development by Minister Louis Farrakhan, quote, “"the superiority complex" of the Caucasians is a mindset in which the person becomes God. Thus, they want worship, adulation, and service. Not only are they the center of their own existence, they want to be the center of everyone's existence. Their attitude of superiority has so hardened, they will do anything to force the submission of others to themselves.
The attitudes and beliefs which produce these complexes, which is white superiority and black inferiority, result in damage to the faculty of perception. Now the mind, because of the damaged perception, is colored by attitude and projects that coloring onto reality, making us spiritually blind, deaf and dumb.
He then quotes Chapter 8 verse 22 of the Holy Quran, “surely the vilest of least in Allah’s sight are the death, the dumb, who understand not.” He goes on to write, our lessons are called actual facts because they are real they are that which actually exist but we can create a contrary fact by damaging the individual's perception of what reality is in order to destroy the present reality we must get to the root reality.”