So, our people can’t take any more—our people are becoming like the Palestinians. The Palestinians can’t take any more, so death is sweeter than the tyranny that they live under; so they’ll come against a well-armed force with a rock because “I can’t take it anymore.” You elders: Look these young people not only here, but all over the world. All the trouble all over the world, from the overthrow of [Egyptian President Hosni] Mubarak was by young people on social media; and in Hong Kong, wherever you find uprising, go look at the faces—they are the youth!
We, their elders, have not prepared a future for these young! You’re so busy trying to get another material thing, that you never thought that your children don’t care about you dying and leaving them a house (with a bill attached to it). You haven’t made a future for your young! What have you done? You work two jobs to just put food on the table! That’s not preparing a future for your children! You graduate from college and go out into the world, but you don’t think about Morgan, and come back and give something to Morgan, which is your “other mother”; and you don’t come back and offer to Morgan guidance!
The elders, the young and the enemy: What is God’s plan for you?
My dear beloved brothers and sisters, according to scripture: The elders are going to die in the wilderness. God will not want you in The Promise Land because there’s too much “Pharaoh” in you, and you refuse to let Pharaoh go. To the professors in the college: You have your degree from the Caucasian; and it’s not that it’s not a “good degree,” but it’s only good if you can do good with it. Because the Caucasian isn’t giving you a degree so you can break his grip on you, he wants to keep you as a subservient, ignorant to the full knowledge that you seek so that you will always be to him used as a “tool” and a slave. So dear professors, don’t be apologists for White people.
And to the young men and women: It is you, in the Bible, that inhabited The Promise Land, because the elders were afraid of Pharaoh, and they were afraid because there were some “giants” already in the land that God was going to give them! Now God tells you in the scripture that He takes The Kingdom from whom He pleases, and He gives it to whom He pleases. So if God wants to give you The Kingdom, what are you griping about? The Earth is His!
You, (the enemy) don’t have any ownership of God’s Earth! You are just renting; leasing—and your lease is up; so God has come to take you off the planet if you don’t submit. I like that. So the young, in the days of Moses and Aaron and Joshua: See, they were not afraid to take on “the giants.” …
The fearlessness of youth, the anger of youth, is being turned into a self-destructive modality. It isn’t that Black people want to kill one another, but business is being removed from the Black community and we, as the elders, have not supplied or created jobs for our own young people. Since we have failed in our duty and government is failing in its duty and jobs are being removed, the young people have no place to go.
The freedom of speech is one thing, but, freedom is not license. That’s what is wrong in American society. You can say anything you want to without care for how it affects anything. That is not freedom. That is license. You say, “I’ll do anything I want to do. I’ll say anything I want to say because I’m grown. Don’t nobody tell me what to do.” That attitude is revolutionary, it is really shaking up the parents and it is probably the right attitude to break from the old, but, it is not the right attitude to come into the new. The elders are rejecting the youth because the youth are not listening to them, and, the youth are doing something that the elders do not quite understand. Let me help the elders to understand what is going on here.
The generation of the Messiah
I want to talk specifically to the youth, but I want the elders to listen, because in the Bible, there was something wrong with the elders of the Children of Israel. The elders were made by Pharaoh, and they had Pharaoh’s mind, and this made it difficult for them to hear Moses. Even the elders that heard Moses and went out with Moses in the wilderness, were ’twixt and ’tween—some of them wanted to go back under Pharaoh because it was difficult in the wilderness.
When they spied out the land that God was going to give the Children of Israel for their inheritance, the elders said, “There are some giants over there in that land. Moses, Aaron—you and your God go and clean them out. Then, we’ll go in.” But what God wanted to do is whip the giants to prove to the world that He doesn’t care how big they are! The bigger they are, the harder they fall! God wanted to bring the giants down and He wanted to use the Children of Israel as his battering ram.
So the elders said, “Well, I’ll tell you what. It’s been nice knowing you Moses; really had a good ride with you, but we’re not going no further if you’re going in there with those giants.” So God communicated to Moses and said, “Take the youth and let them go in and they will inherit the Promised Land.” So the young were, as the young brother said, the generation of the Messiah. They were made tough and hard because the time doesn’t demand any punk! The time demands a heart that is tired of the evil and is willing to follow God. And the ancestors that bore them, who suffered the hangings, burnings, and castrations at the hands of their oppressors, will say, “I’ve got a generation that’s not afraid any more. I’ve got a generation that’s ready to inhabit the Promised Land.”
Why did Jesus say to his disciples: “Suffer the little children to come unto me and forbid them not for of such is the Kingdom of God?” What was it about the disciples and their zeal to follow Jesus, but they were not as they should be to the young? So Jesus had to admonish them, “suffer the little children.” He was telling them, “Do not drive the children away.”
Something was going on that separated the elders from the children. They had assigned a place for the children, but the children wanted to express themselves more. The elders had them confined in a certain place, in a certain attitude, and in a certain state of being. The elders in their way were keeping the children from the Master. But who, as a good Christian, would want to keep children away from the Master? What was it about the elders that caused them to not understand the yearning of children to be close to the Master that they, in ignorance, would forbid the children?
Jesus then told the elders: “Except you become as a little child you cannot enter the Kingdom of God.” Why must the elders become like children when they feel that they are already grown up? The problem is that the elders are grown up in the way of their former slave-masters and grown up in the way of the world, but not mature in the way of Allah (God).
Jesus said it best: “You shall know the truth and the truth shall set you free.” You, our young people, are the strongest, most powerful generation that we have ever produced since our fathers were brought to these shores as slaves. You are greatly misunderstood, not only by your elders but oftentimes by your parents. We produced this generation and we cannot deny what we have produced. They are different from us. They are not hope, they are fulfillment. But when the thing that is hoped for comes along, sometimes we are not prepared for what we hoped for.
Black people: You are an international people. We are all over the Earth, and the whole Earth is willing to do business with us, but we think so small. And it's not our fault, in a sense. It is because we, the elders, have fallen asleep on our job. I'm talking to you not to berate you, because I love you too much for that, but I want us to see our fault in this matter. Jesus made a parable, and in that parable he said, “The Kingdom of Heaven is likened unto a man sowing seeds and when men slept, an enemy crept in and sowed some tares in among the wheat”; and some of the Disciples, when they heard it, they wanted to go and snatch up the tares. But “wheat” and “tare” sometimes look just alike—until in the end one bears fruit, and one doesn't.
We went to sleep on the gains of the Civil Rights Movement, and neglected to prepare a future for our children.
(Those of who are “the elders” of our community): When you hit “threescore and ten,” you did your job! But I’m not in that “threescore and ten” group. Me and Moses: See, I like to hang out with the 120-year-old group! (Smile). I don’t know about you all, but I don’t have any time to die. We have work to do to change the horrible reality of our people!
And what better place to start than right here in this city that Master Fard Muhammad set foot in, that needs our attention?
(So, again, take a look at the reformation taking place within the Men’s and Women’s Classes of The Nation of Islam; particularly, the sisters.) These young sisters in the M.G.T. Vanguard: You’re a Warrior Class! Just look at them! Look in their faces, look in their eyes! They are Soldiers for Christ! They’re Soldiers for The Mahdi! They are Soldiers for Muhammad.
Study the 47th Chapter of the Holy Qur’an titled “Muhammad”—but, this chapter has another name, Al-Qital, which means “War.” Questions:
- How could Christ need “soldiers” if he isn’t “going to war”?
- How could Muhammad come on the scene, and war does not follow the prophet?
War against who? Satan and Wickedness.
So when the song says, “Marching as towar”—no! You’re marching into war. But, not with carnal weapons! We really don’t need carnal weapons. “The Weapon” that we need is The Word of God in our mouths; and, The Spirit of God in our being.
The fathers should sit with their sons to discuss this period in their development to help them to understand what is happening to them; the changes that are taking place, and the urges and impulses that suggest certain actions to their minds. If there is no father present, the uncles or the male members of the church or community should assist the young men in their development.
During this time of heat in the female, she inclines more toward the male for attention and affection primarily from her father, her uncles, her older brothers, and close male friends of the family. If these males do not understand what this is in the female, they can and oft-times do take advantage of such condition, thus, ruining the lives of these young girls.
Mothers, fathers, teachers, preachers, and elders are tried severely during this time period in the life of a young adult. Our desire should be to improve the moral character of the young adults by helping them to understand the nature of the male and the female. This is the prerequisite to proper action and the giving of proper guidance during this crucial period of male and female development.
Please discuss this article with your teenage and pre-teenage children.
Thank you for reading these words.