Lord, forgive me my rant in advance, I’ll try to be brief. You know what? I’m not going there today. Google the story if you want, but it’s not worth it to even give her the time of day. Here’s the summary: she accused 5 black men of never having money to pay for food. The other workers said they’d never seen these men before. The men showers the manager their money/cards. She refused service. She got fired. Now she has no money for food. Need $10 boo for lunch? Morale of the story: don’t be a racist ass. Enjoy your day. #prayerpause
Lord, I’m headed to Memphis for Thanksgiving and I’m so glad I left my hoodie at home. Who knew it was a crime? After footage of four black men being escorted out of a mall in Tennessee for wearing hoodies inside, four white women wore hoodies to the same mall to see if the policy was meant for everyone. And, yep, you guessed it, the women were able to walk freely around the mall with their hoodies—both up and down—without ever being shown the exit. Let me be clear, the no hoodie policy is for a reason, I get that. The selective racially-targeted hunting of young black men? Cut that sh*t out. Please & Thank You. #prayerpause
Lord, I get it. We as black people have forgotten out place and we need to fall back in line. Obama’s presidency gave us too much confidence and now some (not all) white people have taken it upon themselves to remind us of where we came from and to put us back in our place. I worry though because all these nuisance calls to 911 are tying up our operators from dealing with petty things like heart attacks, fires, armed intruders and stoke victims. The solution? Create a dedicated help line for any white person (once again I’m only referring to a few, not all) who feels threatened by a black person’s existence. This way people can still report sexual assault by a 9-year-old’s backpack and grandma can still get fast ambulance service for falling and breaking her hip. Win-win situation. I’ll be glad to pay a little more in taxes if it means white people will feel safer. As a black man I’ve never known what living in fear is like so I’m trying to be empathetic. Sound like a plan? #prayerpause
Aftermath. #treeoflife synagogue. I saw the makeshift memorials outside today - which is across the street from the Children’s Institute in Squirrel Hill/Pittsburgh. The Eastside. Where #antwonrose was killed. Where memorials also went up. Where police presence and media attention had long since faded. .
Back in June, the Squirrel Hill community met up in the hundreds to protest/pray for the separated families at our borders. We gathered at Sixth Presbyterian on Murray/Forbes -We, all of us: Jewish, Christian, Muslim, Non-religious. A rabbi played a guitar, a pastor translated a Mexican neighbor’s story. Squirrel Hill is basically a cartoonish manifestation of We Are the World. That same night we were gathered, Antwon Rose was murdered. Vanessa German recited an emotional poem and we all cried. We stood outside in the pouring rain with lil church candles. All this to say, Squirrel Hill hasn’t ever been and will not be guilted into inaction by the “this isn’t the time” crowd. It’s always the time to be a good neighbor. . .
It’s not my job to educate people willfully being ignorant but! To break down anything as ugly as racism or antisemitism we ALL have to REJECT it publicly! Yesterday’s group asked for trump to denounce white nationalism. We didn’t see that after the nazi-march in Charlottesville where Heather Heyer was murdered by a white nationalist (”fine people on both sides”) and we don’t see it in his near daily fear-mongering made at the expense of immigrants and refugees. He won his campaign dehumanizing people of color. The shooter was emboldened by the lie that a caravan of “criminals and Middle Easterners” was “invading” America and the Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society was assisting them - a lie Trump, Pence, and Fox News spread. Hate doesn’t just go away by being quiet and not talking about it. That’s literally the opposite of what MLK Jr. preached! (”Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter”) . .
Anyone clutching their pearls that Squirrel Hill gathered to sing a Hebrew mourning psalm repeatedly and walk quietly together down our leafy streets must not know Squirrel Hill. We've been like this. We met at that same place we did that rainy night in June for #FamiliesBelongTogether and #AntwonRose , to stand for our ideals again: Diversity is what makes us strong and that everyone deserves safety and love and peace. This is what makes Squirrel Hill so dope. And Mineos, too. #STRONGERTHANHATE
I am talking to those rebellious ones that take The Wisdom of God and use it for Satanic purposes! I am talking to the [Abraham] Foxmans of the world! I am talking to those who use the knowledge and power that God has given you to deceive, with knowledge, the planet; and create “lying wonders” to deceive the entire world:
You are the one “the cover” must be pulled off of! You are the one that our people should fall away from, quickly, lest you take them down to hell with yourself!
Louis Farrakhan: An “anti-Semite”?? Well, if somebody is an “anti-” they are “opposed to”; they are “against.” The definition of “anti-” as an adjective means: “A person opposed to a particular policy, activity or idea.”
We, The Nation of Islam, are “opposed,” in that sense, to a wicked policy against our people. We are “opposed” to a wicked activity based on the idea of “White Supremacy.”
Yes; we are “opposed” to that, but you can never find, since I have risen by The Grace of God to rebuild The Work of the Honorable Elijah Muhammad, not one White person that has been harmed by us, and not one Jewish person, nor one Black person, that has been harmed by us! So how will you make us “haters” when there is no deed that demonstrates “hatred”? We are beyond that—but, are you? It seems to me that your hatred of Louis Farrakhan and The Nation of Islam is driving you crazy! Everywhere we go we find you’ve been there, telling lies on us before we get there! Every place that we leave, here you come: Telling lies following us up! And that is why, out of The Spirit of God: We Call for a “Showdown”
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