Louis Farrakhan Speaks On Gun Violence In The Black Community
Nation of Islam leader, Louis Farrakhan was in New York this week speaking on gun violence in the black community.
“They are building prisons, and who are they for? Not for the white man,” he told an almost entirely black crowd at the Van Dyke Houses in Brownsville, Brooklyn. “Nobody cares about you. You are the product of your former slave masters. You are not as bad as you are acting. You ain’t manufacturing no guns, but you got some,” the minister said in a sermonic speech dubbed, “Stop the Killing. Your people are being herded into a life-style — that is going to jail.”
Well aware of such violence that victimizes or is perpetrated by blacks, or often times both, Farrakhan’s audience of some 200 people regularly broke into loud cheers. Farrakhan’s message that blacks must look at themselves to stanch urban violence echoed that of NYPD Commissioner Raymond Kelly, who irritated some leaders and elected officials in the black community this summer when he called on black voices to speak out forcefully gun violence.
“There should be outcry that 96% of the shooting victims in this city are black or Latino,” Kelly said in July. “Most of them are young men. When you look at it, at the end of the day, you sense there’s reasons as to why people are being killed. There should be a huge outcry, but there isn’t.” Farrakhan’s sense of outrage over the consistent violence within the black community was palpable, and he said he was not done with his preaching.