My question to us is: To whom shall we look for “jobs” and “justice”? Do you think that our president, as desirous as he may be, can provide enough jobs for the millions of Americans that are unemployed, and our millions too? Does not History teach us that if jobs are needed by Caucasian people—and Hispanic people and Black people and Native Indigenous people—who will get the jobs first? If they are producing the jobs, then they are going to produce the jobs first for their people; and if you are “lucky,” then one, two, three or four, or maybe even a few more might come our way.
But History is teaching us! Because we have been crying out for this for years: “Jobs! We need jobs! We must have jobs!”—we agree with you, marchers. But, you are acting like “children,” little beggars, who are asking somebody else to do something for us that with Right Guidance and The Will we could do all of this for ourselves, and earn the respect of the entire world!
We are going to have to get up from where we are and go to work in order to survive, and in order for us to prepare a future for our children.
In Message To The Blackman in America, pages 56-57, the Honorable Elijah Muhammad stated nearly 50 years ago: “As a people we must become producers, and not remain consumers and employees. We must be able to extract raw materials from the earth, and manufacture them into something useful for ourselves. This would create jobs in production. …” Well, that sounds very intelligent. But he goes further; he said: We must remember,” however, “that without land there is no production.” The Final Call...