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Min. Louis Farrakhan to Obama: Come Speak to Parents of Dead Children in Chicago.

January 20, 2013 by  
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(ThyBlackMan.com) Minister Louis Farrakhan, in a compelling address to President Barack Obama, made a plea to the president to consider coming to Chicago to see about the families of those who’ve been victimized by the astonishing epidemic of gun violence in the city over the past several years. Minister Louis Farrakhan, who lives in the same south side neighborhood as Obama, asked the president to do the same for the victims of Chicago that he did for the families in Newtown, Connecticut who were struck by the horribly unfortunate Sandy Hook School shooting.

The video, which is below, is a respectful one.  Minister Louis Farrakhan is not yelling at President Obama or attacking him.  In this plea, Farrakhan is simply doing what we should all be doing:  Making it clear that our dead children are just as valuable as the children who die in the suburbs.  It’s hard to look past a president who flies to Colorado when people are shot in a suburban movie theater, cries publicly when other children are killed in an affluent part of Connecticut, yet simultaneously considers the death of black children in his own neighborhood to be nothing more than business as usual.

Although Minister Louis Farrakhan’s remarks are gracious and his request beyond reasonable, he is sure to be met with opposition from those who feel that every black leader in America should be publicly dismantled for having the audacity to question the new American aristocracy.   Some of “us” foolishly believe that we no longer need black leadership since we can now spend our days marveling over Michelle Obama’s sense of fashion.  The saddest part of it all is that when President Obama leaves office in 2016, he won’t be doing much work with the black community.  However, we will still be sitting in the same socioeconomic mess that has only gotten worse over the last four years.

Some like to say that it’s not the president’s job to fix the problem when black Obama-Farrakhanpeople are being shot by black men.  The most interesting thing about this argument is that it also says that the president has no obligation to help fix the problem when white people are being shot by white men.  It is only in the black community that we’ve become convinced that the justification for ignoring victims of violence leans on the fact that they have the misfortune of being the same race as the perpetrators.  This argument would never fly in white America, and every unconditional apologist in the Barack Obama fan club knows it.  In many ways, by reminding the president that white people are more important than us, we are both excusing and encouraging his disrespect for black people in general.

What I’m learning is that the Great Obama Divide occurring in the black community is quite simple: There are those of us who care deeply about poor black people and those of us who don’t.  Far too many black Americans have begun to confuse the symbolic fortunes of the Obama family with the success of the black community.  Michelle and Barack have become our king and queen, and in such a society, the well-being of the royal family is well-worth the oppression, marginalization, incarceration and economic demise of a million “meaningless” peasants.

The bottom line on President Obama is this:  Anyone who responds to critiques of Obama with anger are a danger to the progress of the black community.  The success of any one politician should never be more important than the condition of millions of people.  Also, anyone who voted for Obama and challenges him to do his job could never been defined as an enemy to the Obama presidency.  If they were true enemies of Obama, they would have voted for someone else.

Staff Writer; Dr. Boyce Watkins 

Dr. Boyce Watkins is the founder of the Your Black World Coalition.  For more information, please visit http://BoyceWatkins.com.

 

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5 Responses to “Min. Louis Farrakhan to Obama: Come Speak to Parents of Dead Children in Chicago.”
  1. toomanygrandkids says:

    And what do you and Farrakhan think the president should say to the hoards of hoodlums terrorizing Chicago? Obama gave a speech on Father’s Day and Jesse Jackson wanted to cut his n**s off. I can only imagine what other ignorant black men said.

    “It’s hard to look past a president who flies to Colorado when people are shot in a suburban movie theater and cries publicly when other children are killed in an affluent part of Connecticut…” The residents in these areas DO NOT make it a hobby/sport/epidemic of shooting and killing others everyday, every hour of the day around the clock. And what can Obama do or say to these out of control hoodlums?

  2. ulo media says:

    Until it happened in an affluent community, no one cared about black and brown kids being killed daily.
    http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=j-6y3AoaMYc&feature=relmfu

  3. The Soul Man says:

    Let the minister speak to Malcolm X’s children about their about the Death of Their Father!!!

  4. Your article makes a lot of sense, but unfortunately it won’t happen because in our society, things that happen in the Black community are not the concern of people outside the Black community, which unfortunately includes the President and others who claim to be leaders in the community, based on their actions in this situation. This is why we have to solve our own problems, rather then waiting for the government to solve them.

    We need to start creating quality businesses in our community and ask our people to support. If they don’t, then we need to ask why? If we just spent 10-20% of the trillion dollars we spend with every community but our own, we could solve our own problems. Eventually we’ll have to do this anyway in order to survive. It’s better to do this by choice then to have no choice but to do it. We still carry the shackles of slavery, except now we do it willingly. For the solution, click on my name.

    Black Unity means financial independence and happiness

  5. Lisa Muhammad says:

    Thank you for taking the time to review and echo the sentiment of The Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan. The epidemic of murder in Chicago is a concern that should be addressed by ALL of the alleged “Black Leaders”, “Pastors” and Community representatives. To continue to remain silent and inactive, regarding this issue, only presents the case for neglect on the part of those mentioned above.

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