Justice or Else! Message to the Black Community
October 3rd, 2015
Many of us were too young to attend the Million Man March in 1995 and even when the Millions More Movement came in 2005 in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, many of us who attended didn’t fully grasp the full significance of the movement.
20 years after the Million Man March and 10 years after the Millions More Movement, with racist police occupation, gentrification, massive unemployment, mass incarceration, and white fascist mob attacks increasing we now find the current state of America and the Black Nation worst than ever.
We are now at a time where once again the African-American people must unite and put its collective national interest and identity in the forefront of our agenda. The differences we have as a people are real but they dwarf in the face of the multi-pronged attack we face from our oppressor. African Americans must now look to build the broadest path to a National united front. A united front where our differences are put aside to focus on over-arching common goals and interests.
Because of ideological and political weakness and the legacy of COINTELPRO we often find ourselves debating, splitting, and fighting each other over everything under the sun. But now we must commit ourselves to the struggle for unity in our revolutionary democratic national struggle which will become ever so more central in the American political arena in the foreseeable future.
The call for Justice Or Else! is both appropriate and timely and has been widely and greatly welcomed amongst the HipHop community. We know that HipHop culture is loved and followed all over the world. Our HipHop artists are a most influential force in the world and we salute the efforts by Minister Farrakhan to reach out to this important group.
To have some of HipHop’s most impactful and popular artists like Rick Ross, Young Thug, Migos, The Game, and others in support and having a major corporate television network like Black Entertainment Television (BET) push their annual music awards show back a few days so that it won’t effect the Justice Or Else! March, shows just how important this gathering will be.
Marches, Rallies and protests alone, however large and militant, will not bring the desired ultimate change. I believe that true change will come mainly as a result of the day to day struggle of oppressed people to control the institutions within their own communities. However, marches, rallies and protests are a necessary and legitimate tactic to raise awareness and to serve as opportunities to network and organize. Justice or Else! provides such an excellent opportunity. I salute the countless grassroots organizers around the country for their hard work in making this gathering possible.