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Hakeem Muhammad grew up on the Southside of Chicago in the midst of a neighborhood plagued by gang warfare, poverty, and drug trafficking. That environment motivated him, while a student at Martin Luther King Jr. High-School, to get involved with anti-gang violence initiatives that connected institutional racism with gang conflict in Chicago’s Black communities.   That work led him to extensive involvement with the African-American Male Initiative(AAMI) to help low-income Black students from disadvantaged backgrounds achieve academic success.

 

As a college student at the University of West Georgia, Muhammad was a nationally ranked debater, consistently ranked in the country’s top ten. These debates argued a variety of contentious political and philosophical issues.   He taught his verbal skills at prestigious debate programs including Harvard University, U.C. Berkeley, and Michigan State.

Muhammad is currently a Public Interest Law Scholar at Northeastern University School of Law. His law career is driven by the motto of William Kunstler, the “radical lawyer” who defended members of the Black Panther Party and Black Liberation Army, who stated, “my representation of Black defendants has been motivated by one of my strongest beliefs: that our society is always racist. Black people rarely get justice in our courts, so, for me, cases in which defendants are Black are political.”  

As a summer intern in New York, Muhammad has worked on the legal defense of alleged high profile gang members on drug charges. He has also defended Black men charged with misdemeanors and felonies ranging from drug distribution  to illegal possession of weapons.

Muhammad has also propelled several initiatives to bring legal education to Black communities on a grassroots level.  He is the founder of “Black Legal Talk” an education blog and podcast on legal issues impacting Black communities. As a public intellectual and a scholar on issues relating to the Black community, and the Law, Muhammad is available for lectures, and public speaking engagements.

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The Trial of Assata Shakur by Black Legal Talk.

In this episode of Black Legal Talk, The Trial of Assata Shakur, Northeastern Law Student Ezinne Adi speaks with Final Call Journalist Nisa Islam on her historic interview of Black Liberation Army, soldier, Assata Shakur. Nisa Islam was privileged to be one of the few Journalist to conduct an interview of Assata Shakur and discusses her experience with Black Legal Talk. After Ezinne Adi and Nisa Islam discuss Assata Shakur, Northeastern Law Student Hakeem Muhammad provides a legal analysis of the trial of Assata Shakur and the various law suits Assata Shakur brought forth to fight for her freedom.

In Honor of Safiya Bukhari

The Prayer at The Trial of Assata Shakur

“The kourtroom was packed every day with sisters and brother who had come to watch the circus. People from all over the Black community dropped by. The Muslim sisters and brothers brought their pray rugs and broke out into prayer in the hallway of the courthouse. It was as if Black folks had just taken over the kourtroom, letting every know that they were watching.” —  Assata Shakur

Apartheid in Milwaukee: The Third World Inside America (The Hood Series)

 

Black Life in Milwaukee: The Third World Inside of America 

Surrounded in scenery of dilapidated houses, food and liquor stores;  crumbling infrastructure vandalized by RIP signs that pay tribute to the young victims of fratricidal gang warfare, Milwaukee rapper Gwapo Chapo from the neighborhood of Atkinson Ave spits  that his “Trynna Make it Out The Hood.”Chap’s lyrics represents a plea to transcend a life in wretched social conditions surrounded by economic deprivation, unemployment, poverty, gun violence, drug trafficking, high levels of infant mortality, food deserts, substandard education systems, dilapidated unaffordable housing, police brutality and continued forays with the criminal (in)justice system. To fully understand these wretched conditions that have imposed on black communities requires an examination of history which according to Malcolm X “is best qualified to reward our research.

A Historical Analysis of the Creation of Milwaukee’s Hoods 

In the city of Milwaukee, segregationist city planners placed African-Americans in The North Side  isolated from mainstream White America. In the early 20th century, most African Americans did not migrate to Milwaukee instead venturing to other cities such as Chicago and Detroit. After WWII, Milwaukee began to show a significant increase in its black population. As this happened, redlining and racial covenants only allowed African Americans to purchase homes in the inner city NorthSide “core” that was only limited to a small number of blocks.

As black leaders such as Vel Phillips protested these laws, the city later rioted in August of 1967 forcing a standoff between the black community and its allies and the European immigrant community along with the predominantly white city government. After the assassination of MLK, the Fair Housing Act was passed and racial covenants were declared unconstitutional.

Over the period of the next 50 years, Milwaukee’s black population increased to 40% due to migration from Mississippi and Chicago while a combination of mortgage discrimination, redlining, reverse redlining and white flight has lead the city to become more segregated with a common stereotype in the city “Black people live on the North Side, Latinos on the Southside and White people on the Eastside”. The inner core that black people were once confined to has now expanded in areas in which they were not able to purchase homes in.

Gentrification and Black Annihilation 

For those white people that don’t live in the suburbs of Milwaukee or the outskirts of the city such as West Allis or Greenfield Wisconsin, the main enclave is typically the East Side that is known as the most prosperous part of the city, home to numerous restaurants, tourist attractions, festivals, and art centers.

There is concern the building of the Bucks arena and street car is intended to displace many black communities near Downtown, in order to attract a more wealthier white populace. Riverwest and Harambee , two diverse communities in the Northeast have faced threat of gentrification.

African Americans were and are strategically placed in the region of the city known as “The North Side” 12 of the cities 14 most economically distressed zip codes have at least a population of 50% African Americans with the other two being primarily Hispanic.

Despite the passage of the Fair Housing Act, Milwaukee remains a hyper-segregated city that is reminiscent of a Third World Colony in many areas. Just recently it has been discovered that over 100,000 homes in the city have a problem with lead pipes and soil, primarily in near North Side zipcodes. 

Black Life in the Northside 

The North Side is known for its high levels of economic deprivation, unemployment, poverty, gun violence, drug trafficking, infant mortality, substandard education systems, dilapidated unaffordable housing,  forays with the criminal justice system, police brutality, food deserts, lack of mental health clinics, payday loan stores, and many more. It is not an exaggeration to say that every institution in Milwaukee has failed black people and is not designed for social mobility let alone humanity.

“There’s a difference in Milwaukee and Wisconsin, the state put us up for adoption” – For decades there has been an antagonistic relationship between Milwaukee and the state of Wisconsin. Blacks in Milwaukee were systematically denied from gaining mortgages and home loans to live in suburbs in Wisconsin leaving suburbs such as Waukesha, Wauwatosa and others to be almost exclusively white. Even on a personal note, these areas are often met with much social hostility when black people venture there whether it be through traffic stops, profiling at stores, etc. On a political level the GOP State Legislature at Governor Scott Walker has continued a negative relationship with Milwaukee to appeal to his Republican base. Through the usage of dog whistle politics, tough on crime measures, voting ID laws, disinvestment for public education, union busting, etc Scott Walker under the dominion of the Koch Brothers has worked tirelessly to further an environment that only benefits the elites and bigots of Wisconsin

Drug Trafficking to Prison 

“The illegal drug trade is the common way in the City of Milwaukee’s African American community of providing the basic financial needs of many residents, and its mere presence is creating instability that is directly related to our violent crime statistics.” said Alderman Joe Davis from Milwaukee

After the deindustrialization that occurred in the 1970s and 80s, the jobless rate for African American males in the city rose to over 50%. With the heroin and crack epidemic emerging, along with migrations from Chicago gangs such as the Gangster Disciples, Vice Lords, and Latin Kings to name a few, the drug economy became one of the predominant sources of income in many of Milwaukee’s oppressed neighborhoods. With it of course is the violence that followed.

Today in Milwaukee while open air drug markets are still in abundance another form of drug dealing that has emerged is that of mobile drug dealing in which dealers use cars with tinted windows that are either stolen or rented to make drug deals all over the city. These transactions are made possible through the use of flip phones (trap phones) that are cheap and not easily detectable by the police, that allows the dealer to communicate with his customer. Due to Milwaukee’s proximity to plentiful predominantly white suburbs, the opioid epidemic has become extremely lucrative with heroin now replacing crack cocaine once again.

In the midst of this, Chapo states that his “tired of getting locked up.” For Black people in Milwaukee, constant forays with the criminal (in)justice system is a frequent reality. A study from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee discovered that Wisconsin’s incarceration rates for Black males was double that of America’s  national average.  In particular, 1 of 8 Black men of working age in Milwaukee County has served some time in the state’s correctional facilities at some point in their lives.

 Revolution: The Only Way Forward 

It is no surprise that Milwaukee is hailed as one of the worst cities for Black people in the United States; a city that has profiled and tazed one of its own basketball players. For African Americans and other oppressed populations in Milwaukee such as Puerto Ricans and Mexican Americans, the do for self messages of the Organization For Afro-American Unity, Muslim Mosque Incorporated, Black Liberation Army,  The Nation Of Islam, The Uhuru Movement, and The Black Panther Party must be heeded in the sense that black people will have to fight at all cost against racism and capitalism along with adhering to the philosophies of self determination and political, social and economic control of our communities.

Black people in Milwaukee must begin to develop unity and end the social dysfunction that is awry so that radical strategies can be developed to solve these complex issues. The problems in Milwaukee and other cities across the country will not be solved by just politicians or college educated youth from these communities with reformist poltiics. It will require the entire community from the grandma on the block to community activists to even the street soldiers. The struggle in Milwaukee is more than laws and rights as Americans. It’s a struggle for black people to be recognized as humans and not seeds for exploitation and degradation.

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An Islamic Critique of Neo-Liberal Economic Development In Burkina Faso

In his final sermon (McIntire, 2008), the Prophet Muhammad stated that “Allah has forbidden you to take usury … you shall neither inflict nor suffer any inequity.” The Prophet of Islam went on to say, “A white has no superiority over a black” (Mcltnire, 2008). In violation of this, I argue the IMF’s Structural Adjustment Program is based upon utilizing usury to secure an economic order in which whites have superiority over blacks in the world’s economic affairs, and that the neo-liberal economic system solidifies a system of white supremacy.

The Qur’an (2:276) mandates that “Allah will deprive usury of all blessing, but will give increase for deeds of charity.” And that “wealth may not circulate only among those of you who are rich(59:7).” In addition to positing an Islamic critique of the contemporary international economic system, this article will argue that the Islamic principles of Banking and Finance are a more ethical and humane alternative to the conventional secular western banking system. I argue that neo-liberal theories governing economics are materialistic and will never benefit Africans; they operate to secure a system of white supremacy in the world’s economic affairs. Rather, what is needed to bring harmony back to Africa is the abandonment of neo-liberal influence and a re-emergence of Islamic economic thought.

Walter Rodney in how European Underdeveloped Africa demonstrates exactly how European powers underdeveloped Africa and benefited from a parasitic economic relationship. According to Rodney, “Islamic Universities suffered because colonialism deprived them of the economic base which previously gave them support. As with so many other aspects of African life, what the colonialists put in must be weighed against what they halted and what they destroyed in both real and potential terms. Colonization has led to a decline in Islamic economic thought, yet indigenous African-Islamic economic thought can be found in the works of Uthman Dan Fodio, Askia Muhammad, and Al-Magadi. Islahi (2008) does an analysis on indigenous African-Islamic economic thought in which he states that Uthman Dan Fodio “advocates foundation of an economic system based on values such as justice.”

British Colonialism put an end to the society established by Uthman Dan Fodio, and with the Eurocentric educational system there has been a decline in African-Islamic economic thought; neo-liberal theories of economics are the prevailing model that the IMF and World Bank operate in Africa. These neo-liberal capitalist theories concerning development have been a disaster for Africa.  These neo-liberal theories are simply false and will not benefit Africa.

According to Zaham (2012), ”The founders of Islamic Economics had a vision of a superior and spiritual alternative to the injustices and exploitation of materialistic western systems.” This case study will examine the impact that the Structural Adjustment Program and liberalization of Burkina Faso’s economy has upon the people from an Islamic theoretical framework. It will provide a contrast between the reforms under Thomas Sankara and the IMF, and neo-liberal reforms speared-headed by his successor, Blaise Compaore. Was the World Bank’s “Poverty Reduction” program at all effective in reducing poverty in comparison to the reforms of Sankara?

White Capitalist Exploitation of Africa

 Bond(2006) critiques both the world bank and IMF. Bond(2006) argues that the World Bank work to maintain Africa in a perpetual state of poverty. Some of these schemes range from the outright theft and looting of resources by Western corporations in the Congo to clever and sophisticated programs, such as the structural adjustment program.  Bond(2006) notes that Tanzania is in debt by $7.5 billion, and Dar Es Salam’s water was privatized as a condition for the structural adjustment program and not many poor people lack access.  The author concludes that “Africa is poor, ultimately, because its economy and society have been ravaged by international capital as well as by local elites who are often propped up by foreign powers.” Furthermore,  Bond(2006) concludes that the economic relationship of the IMF and World Bank to that of Africa is one of exploitation.  

Payer(1982) gives a broad overview of the history of the World Bank and the IMF, exposing how it has largely been dominated by the United States of America. Payer(1982) ultimately concludes that their programs benefit the wealthy and that there is a major impossibility in alleviating poverty from a neo-liberal framework.  In a much more recent analysis, Ndikumana (2011) found that African nations seeking aid from the IMF are given loans with various one-sided stipulations. The interest rates are significantly higher than comparable loans, and, following the loan stipulations, various resources of the nations who cannot pay the loans back are privatized by Western corporations. The impact is that much of the resources and wealth of African nations are not in the hands of Africans themselves, but Western corporations; moreover, the high interest rates keep African nations locked in a cycle of debt

.Due to the high interest rates, African nations have actually repaid the IMF, World Bank, and Western governments significantly more money than was originally borrowed. As a direct result, the author, Ndikumana(2011), emphasizes that “contrary to the popular perception of Africa being a drain on the financial resources of the West, the continent is actually a net creditor to the rest of the world.” Moreover, the privatization of the resources of Sub-Saharan Africa by Western corporation results in wealth being increasingly concentrated in Western elites, outlining a major discrepancy.

An Islamic Analysis of Burkina Faso’s Economic Development

 

Black Legal Talk: Justice For Tulsa’s Massacre Survivors.

 

Black Legal Talk is an educational podcast hosted by law student Hakeem Muhammad. Black Legal Talk serves as an educational apparatus on legal issues impacting Black communities. In this episode of Black Legal Talk, “Justice For Survivors of The Tulsa Massacre,” Hakeem Muhammad spoke with Northeastern law student Ezinne Adi about legal obstacles facing Black folks seeking to be compensated after white racists destroyed their homes, property, and livelihood in a massacre they carried out in Greenwood Tulsa aka Black Wall Street.

Chicago’s Educational Crisis: A Product of Institutional Racism

closingschoolsIn 2013, Rahm Emanuel facilitated the closing of 49 Chicago Public schools. Emanuel insisted that it would be to the benefit of Chicago’s mostly African-American students. However, a recent study indicated that while the closing of schools destabilized students there was no improvement in academic performance of students

Today, Chicago Public Schools are in a state of absolute decay. The predominately low-income black students are given a lackluster education in a substandard environment that is infamous for its low college admission rates and low graduation rates. When one examines the deteriorating conditions of these schools—crinkled textbooks with dirty pages, decrepit computers with dusty keyboards, and overbearing security guards who occupy the halls—the truth begins to ring loud and clear: the purpose of the educational system in Chicago is not to enrich the minds of blacks; it is to entrap them in a world of white hegemony, oppression and poverty. It is to leave black students exploited, degraded, and powerless.

This disgusting history of second-rate education in the black community is not a new phenomenon, nor is it a product of mere incompetence amongst the school board. It is on purpose: an exemplification of institutionalized racism, a product of America’s social structure of white supremacy. America has consistently denied its black population a quality education.  From those brutal slave days when the limbs of black people were savagely amputated for simply reading a book to the repressive days of the present when blacks in the inner city are shoved into schools that have armed police patrolling the hallways. Even after Brown v. Board of Education, the schools in Chicago are still separate and still unequal. The government has made no tangible effort to enforce this; the Supreme Court and Chicago Public Schools continue to oppress blacks.

When blacks first came to Chicago during the great migration as a result of racist discriminatory laws and white terrorism, they were forced into the south side, which became known as the “Black Belt.” This area was treated with inconceivable neglect by the government. The houses blacks were forced to live in lacked basic plumbing and did not even receive the benefit of regular garbage disposal services.  The schools built for black students in this area lacked basic infrastructure, received significantly less funding than white schools,  and were unbearably overcrowded.   Benjamin Willis, one of the earliest superintendents of this city, was a vicious racist.  He proudly refused to comply with the Brown v. Board of Education decision.

Eventually, black students begin to protest these intolerable clogged conditions in their schools.  Meanwhile, on the other side of the world, predominately white schools had empty seats and  plenty of room; plenty of schools had plenty of space. Since black schools were overcrowded and white schools had plenty of empty space, the simple decision would have been for white schools to take in black students in compliance with the Brown v. Board of Education decision.

Instead, Benjamin Willis ordered the creation of  portable trailer-like rooms outside already decrepit schools to mitigate the crowding.  Black students were not satisfied with these portable classrooms and decided to protest. This issue came to the attention of Dr. Martin Luther King, who decided to stage a march challenging inequality in Chicago. As a result of these protests, the federal government threatened to withdraw funding if Chicago failed to comply with the Brown v. Board of Education ruling.  Mayor  Richard Daley, the same racist who, in his youth, led attacks against the black community, was able to make inside deals and bribe his way out of  it to maintain segregation and inequality.  Today, Chicago Public Schools are still in a segregated state.

2000, half of African-American students attended schools that did not have a single white person enrolled, and 274 schools were 90% or more black.  This statistic led the Chicago Teachers Union to say that “Chicago Public Schools… [are] only a few percentage points from an experience of total apartheid.” 

Illinois has 20,000 more black males languishing away in its state prisons than enrolled in its public universities.   

Chiraq’s Child Soldiers & The Story of Yummy.

 

Think back to when you were nine years old. At this age, most kids in America are able yummyrobertsaniderto live care free, jovial lives contemplating about what cool new gadget they want from Santa for Christmas. For African-Americans in urban areas throughout America, their experience is totally different. When Robert ‘Yummy’ Sandifer was only nine years old, he had already been in and out of jail multiple times, deeply involved in the South Chicago street life, committing a series of armed robberies and arsons.

While most kids during this time period were trading Pokemon cards, Yummy was trading drugs for profit, committing burglaries and breaking into houses.

Yummy, hadn’t even reached his teenage years before he began carrying out murders for his local gangs. Worse yet, he didn’t even live to reach his teenage years.

At 4’6, he was armed with loaded guns and not even remotely afraid to use them. He received the nickname ‘Yummy’ due to his love for junk food.  He lived his life as a drug dealer causing terror in his community by breaking into houses and stealing cars. Before reaching 5-feet tall, he was already putting people 6 feet in the ground. He committed recorded 23 felonies and 5 misdemeanors while carrying out his missions for his local gang.  The only picture available of him available of him on the net is a Mugshot—a photo that showcases pain, anguish, and depression. This same face and mentality can also be seen in Chief Keef rap videos.

This should come as no surprise. Both Chief Keef and Yummy are from the same Southside neighborhood in Chicago, and both are members of the Black Disciples. Yummy was killed in 1994, about a year before Chief Keef was born in mid-1995.The same narrative of drug leading, shooting, and criminal activities that are found in many of Chief Keef’s videos and other Hip-Hop lyrics are the only imagery that Yummy knew his entire life.

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After Yummy shot and killed a fourteen year old, child police went on a manhunt searching relentlessly for him. It was soon discovered that members of his own Black Disciple Gang executed him fearing that he would become a snitch to the police and reveal secrets about their drug trade.

This is what the conditions of poverty fostered by racial segregation produce.

Rapper Tupac Shakur was deeply touched by Yummy Sandifer’s story.  In his ‘White Man’s World” song Tupac gave his condolences by Yummy:

“Rest in Peace to Latasha, Little Yummy, and Kato. Too Much for this cold world to take, ended up being fatal.”  [3]

The song then ends with a excerpt of a speech by the Hon. Minister  Louis Farrakhan stating that “the seal and the constitution reflect the thinking of the founding fathers that this was to be a nation by white people and for white people. Native Americans, Blacks, and all other nonwhite people were to be the burden barriers for the real citizens of this nation.”

The truth is Yummy Sandifer never had a chance to succeed in this white man’s world, even in the post-Civil-Rights Era. Yummy was born to a 15 year old crack addicted prostitute and an incarcerated father.

That crackhead, or drug junkie, you see on the streets started off life no different from me or you.   That person also had dreams, aspirations, goals, hopes, and loved ones at one point in their life.    People in urban areas often turn to Marjuana, Cocaine, Crack and alcohol in an attempt to help them cope with or temporarily relieve themselves of the stresses and pains that they face every-day under this capitalistic society[4].  This is a reason why ‘loud a type of Marjuanna’ is such a huge subject of Chief Keef rap videos.

Yummy was abused from an early age, having over 40 scars and parts of his skin burnt from cigarettes.  He was eventually placed under the care of the state; once he escaped from his governmental mandated foster home he quickly took to the streets. [5]

Hardaway, who was convicted for Yummy’s murder at fourteen years old, had this to say from prison:

“Yummy was the average black kid growing up in a drug infected community. It’s millions of Yummy’s it’s just that Robert Sandifer gained national attention. He was an impressionable kid who looked up to everyone that was in the streets. I knew him but he was a kid to me. I was a kid myself but I was older and involved in a lot more stuff.” [6]

Indeed, there are millions of black children in urban areas throughout America, especially in the Southside of Chicago, who hang out on street corners, looking up to nobody but gang members and the illegal drug economy as the only mechanism to attain things that most whites have handed to them at birth— things like food, clothing, and shelter.  Like Yummy, Hardaway is also a victim; a victim of a racist, capitalist society that created the conditions where an illegal economy was the only way to provide for loved ones and have the basic necessities of life.

Black people have been systematically disempowered and live in the most violent areas, not because we are “naturally” aggressive, but because of economic conditions that have been imposed on us by malicious outside forces. The obstacles that were, and still are, put in place, to halt black socioeconomic aspirations, has resulted in black youth acquiring detrimental social, economic, and political habits that are exemplified in the Gangs that roam Chicago’s streets. The Gangs that we have in our community, the bloody knives that lay astray in the pavement, the white chalk on our sidewalks, the yellow tape surrounding vacant lots, and the rapid succession of bullets that are fired at one another are the cumulative effects of systematic institutionalized racism.

The Southern Poverty Law Center and The Myth of Black Separatist “Hate Groups.”

SPLC / Tolerance.org.

What is a Hate Group?  Once upon a time it was easy to determine hate groups in America.  They wore white sheets and called themselves the Ku Klux Klan. The Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) has designated itself as THE group to brand an organization as a Hate Group.  It promotes itself as a non profit that monitors hate groups and other extremists throughout the U.S. and exposes their activities to law enforcement agencies, the media and the public.” They are a civil rights organization surprisingly established by a white attorney, Morris Dees, who once defended a Klansman in court.

Dees earned an acquittal for KKK  member Claude Henley, in spite of the prosecutor having pictures of him committing the crimes.  Henley, in 1961 faced federal charges for organizing mob attacks on freedom riders who sought to integrate public buses. In his autobiography,  A Lawyer’s Journey: The Morris Dees Story,  SPLC founder Morris Dees  describes feeling a guilty conscious over his defense of the Klan and after having a sudden “epiphany”, decided he would work to fight hate-groups and established the SPLC.

Since its founding in 1971, the SPLC has received numerous accolades for its efforts in challenging hate groups.  Dees has even received the  Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Award from the National Education Association and The Salem Award for Human Rights and Social Justice.

Mr. Dees was highly qualified in 1961 to  know what hate looked like from his experience representing the Ku Klux Klan.  However in 2018, today’s SPLC is highly unqualified to know what hate looks like when they classify Black nationalist organizations as hate groups.  Further, on their site, a closer look shows that the SPLC data on “hate groups” actually portrays Black Americans as larger proponents of hate than White Americans.

The SPLC database on “hate groups”  reveals a peculiar find. The SPLC asserts that there are 233 active Black nationalist hate groups in the United States compared to 72 active Ku Klux Klan groups.

How did the script get flipped?  How did the victims of the racism in America now become the most purveyors of hate? The words of Malcolm X ring true here, “If you’re not careful, the newspapers will have you hating the people who are being oppressed, and loving the people who are doing the oppressing.” 

The inflated number of Black “hate groups” is driven by the fact that each individual mosque of the Nation of Islam (NOI) is classified  by the SPLC as individual chapters of a hate group. The entire methodology the SPLC uses to classify “hate groups” is a false logic.  Just because The Nation of Islam teaches that Black people can do better for themselves in a land of their own, free from police brutality, high unemployment, the wage gap, the education gap, poor health, high crime, high rates of everything bad in life and low rates of everything good in life, does not mean he is teaching hate.  On the contrary, the Nation of Islam teaches love for black people. It’s a Black thing that many don’t understand.

When it comes to Black separatist “hate groups”, it must be remembered that Black folks did not arrive to this country on integrated slave ships. Black people were brought to the Americas against their will on slave ships.  Since then, the U.S government has systematically separated black people on slave plantations, prisons, and ghettos. The SPLC does not classify the U.S government as a hate group for seperating Black people in impoverished ghettos  but considers black organization who seek a freedom for Black people outside of the social-political, and economic structure of America as “hate groups.”

Effectively, the SPLC classifies any Black group who advances political positions outside of integrationism  as “hate groups.” Yet, under American ““integration” black people continue to suffer and at current trends will continue to lag behind whites in household wealth two whole centuries into the future! Seeing as though Black people were brought to this country against their will and never consented to be governed by America, the SPLC should perhaps be classified as a hate group itself because it defends a political arrangement that denies Black people their self determination.

What the SPLC needs to understand is that hate manifested as racism is the ability of white Americans to militarily, economically, politically, judicially, and legislatively control, dominate, and subjugate another ethnic group, the impetus being born out of resentment and derision of that ethnic group.  

In America, what NOI member ever prevented a white person from voting, acquiring an education, setting up business and killing them if they succeeded? Do Black NOI members control the majority of America’s wealth and have they carried out bombings of white towns because it was economically successful? Unlike the Klan, the NOI has no history of doing any of this nor do any of the   SPLC designated Black “hate groups” have the institutional power to discriminate, oppress, block the social mobility of any white person. Moreover, unlike the Klu Klux Klan, the NOI has no history of lynching, enslaving, discriminating against, any white person. It has never happened, and never will.

The SPLC points to the fact that the NOI has a “theology of innate Black superiority over whites” to support its claim of the NOI being a hate group.  Based upon this faulty logic, Black congressional members, from Maxine Waters to Keith Ellison have been demonized for merely attending NOI events. Following that logic, faulty as it is, if a theology that teaches love for self  to a people who were systematically taught to hate themselves for centuries can then be designated as a hate group then  surely the Mormon Church, whose religious text “the Book of Mormon”, claims Black people’s skin is a curse from God and that Blacks were meant to be subordinate to whites– should also be classified as a hate group. But they are not.  Why?

Where was the scrutiny against Mitt Romney during his presidential bid in 2012 for only belonging to a church whose “holy”  book teaches that Blacks were cursed and whose self-proclaimed prophet Joseph Smith justified the enslavement of Black people?  Sounds like hate to me. Moreover, throughout white churches in America both Protestant and Catholics, is an image of a white Jesus reinforcing the idea that God was white. Several theologians have indicated this white image of Jesus has instilled within Black people an inferiority complex.– when will all churches with a white Jesus be listed as  hate groups?

Another problematic element of the SPLC’s alleged fight against “hate” is the fact that they share their data on hate groups with law enforcement including local police as well as the FBI.  From the perspective of Black people, the FBI and local law enforcement have functioned as anti-Black hate groups. For example, after assassinating Black Panther leader, Fred Hampton, FBI, Special Agent Gregg York had this to say: “We expected about twenty Panthers to be in the apartment when the police raided the place. Only two of those Black niggers were killed, Fred Hampton and Mark Clark .”

Moreover, the FBI under J Edgar Hoover, implemented a variety of anti-Black policies including  the infamous cointelpro program that sought to disrupt and destroy Black organizations. How absurd is it for the SPLC to think its progressive for sharing its data on hate groups to the FBI, when the FBI has been complicit in anti-Black hatred.

While the SPLC may no longer be defending the Klan like its founder Attorney Morris Dees it still has a long way to go to really know what hate is all about.