Farrakhan on Michael Jackson

Minister Louis Farrakhan, July 26, 2009

CHICAGO–Minister Louis Farrakhan preached a sermon July 26 about “The Crucifixion of Michael Jackson.”

That’s a curious subject.

As I awaited the Minister’s entrance, three sisters came forward offering a singing tribute to Michael Jackson. It was thrilling! It was almost too good to be something you’d expect at a religious service.

But then again, what would choirs of angels look and sound like anyway?

At your typical Nation of Islam meeting, you always hear shouts and cheers, from the faithful–they call it “Bearing Witness to The Truth.” Their enthusiasm adds an exciting element to his lecture. “Teach us!” “Wake us up!” it’s almost like being at a live concert or a sports event.

Min. Farrakhan’s subject: “Crucifixion of Michael Jackson.” Why compare MJ to crucifixion of Jesus, the Minister asked. Continue reading

Henry Louis Gates: meet Carl Rowan

Harvard University Professor Henry Louis Gates Jr., the “Dean” of American “Public Intellectuals,” was humiliated in his own home when he was arrested recently by Cambridge police investigating a possible break-in.

Some White person just couldn’t believe that a Black man could be the resident of his beautiful home on the university grounds, so they called the police to report an obviously suspicious Black man trying to force his way into the house. It’s a bad enough social disgrace that the neighbor did not know who his or her neighbor was.

What makes things worse in this case is that it appears that all the way up the chain of responsibility and all the way back down, the White folks involved behaved badly, like White folks, like out of control White folks, and yet it is the Black man who got locked up in the deal. Continue reading

Cynthia McKinney’s no martyr

Cynthia McKinney back in Washington, July 8, 2009

Former six-term Congress member Cynthia McKinney is no martyr. Although the political establishment gives her “no respect,” she is no Rodney Dangerfield. Her plight is identical to that of millions of people around the world.

Snakebit, is an accurate way of describing the scorn in which she is held throughout the corporate-owned media.

For an entire week she languished in an Israeli jail, with only e-mail notices reporting on her whereabouts and her well being. No helicopter gun-ships were sent off the offending country’s coast. No warships. Not even any threatening diplomatic language.

On June 28 out on the open seas, a boat on which she was a passenger was hijacked by Israeli Defense Forces and the 21 persons on board–including Ms. McKinney and Nobel Peace Prize laureate Mairead Maguire were arrested. The boat was carrying humanitarian supplies to the Gaza Strip and it was captured on the open seas!

“This is Cynthia McKinney and I’m speaking from an Israeli prison cellblock in Ramle. [I am one of] the Free Gaza 21, human rights activists currently imprisoned for trying to take medical supplies to Gaza, building supplies – and even crayons for children, I had a suitcase full of crayons for children,” Ms. McKinney said in a statement released by the Green Party July 4. Continue reading