Justifiable homicide: Black youth in peril. When I was a youngster, police carried a .38 and a “billy stick.” That's all, and that was enough. The police would come on the corner and say “Get off the corner,” because even in slavery, in the Reconstruction Era after slavery, Blacks were not allowed to congregate. So when they see you on the corner, all of you and your boys together, the police will come and say: “Move on! Move on!”
In today's world, this enemy now comes in the neighborhood and he has pepper spray; he has a baton that he can put a chokehold on you and take our life. He has tasers. No more .38—that's “punk stuff.” He's carrying a Glock 9, but in the trunk of his car, he has a shotgun and heavy stuff. Then, he has on a bulletproof vest and helmet. This is SWAT Team, right? Why would the police dress like this? Is this a society of human beings? No. It is a society of animals, and they are frightened. So when they come in our community, they see youth with their pants hanging off their behinds. Youth showing off their muscles, playing basketball and cursing every second word.
So the enemy says: “We can't deal with these people...they are crazy as hell! I got a call; I've got to go in that neighborhood, but I want to get home to my family, so my gun is at the ready position. A bunch of them—they are on the corner. I've got to call for back up right away, but I'm not going to ask any questions. I'm shooting first.”
Brothers, the police are frightened of our savagery, but as much as White folks claim that they have no part in producing the savagery that is seen among us, let us look for a moment at their own words.
In his book “Message to the Blackman in America,” the Honorable Elijah Muhammad wrote about Henry Barry, a member of the Virginia House of Delegates, who said on January 20, 1832, 175 years ago: “Pass as severe laws as you will to keep these unfortunate creatures in ignorance. It is in vain unless you can extinguish that spark of intellect which God has given them.”
Now, they know you have intellect and they know that if you are allowed to use your intellect, you will be free. So they wanted to interfere with your intellect. He continues, “Sir, we have as far as possible closed every avenue by which light may enter their minds. We only have to go one step further to extinguish their capacity to see the light and our work will be completed. And they would then be reduced to the level of the beasts of the field and we should be safe. Sir, a death struggle must come between the two classes or races in which one or the other will be extinguished forever”—and they were going to make sure that it was you that would be extinguished.
But the beauty of no matter what they've done, there have always been slaves among us that were the repositories of light. No matter what happened to us as a people, among the slaves there were Brothers and Sisters who could think and out-think the master, and therefore were leaders among the slaves. I don't care what they do to us; there's always some among us whom God blesses with light. Part 1 continued...