WASHINGTON Facing throngs of people on the National Mall, Nation of Islam Minister Louis Farrakhan called for justice Saturday, Oct. 10, as he rallied African-Americans, Latinos and others during an anniversary protest at the U.S. Capitol.
In a speech that lasted more than two hours, Farrakhan said the United States was hypocritical for insisting other nations were violating human rights, all the while describing its own misconduct as something that causes Americans “dissatisfaction.”
His “Justice or Else!” event came 20 years after hundreds of thousands of black men came to the same stretch of lawn between the Capitol and the Washington Monument to rededicate themselves to being better fathers, sons and citizens.
Farrakhan’s remarks were preceded by supporters of the “Black Lives Matter” movement along with Latino, Native American and Palestinian activists who took turns at the microphone urging better treatment.
Los Angeles Times The Ku Klux Klan is emerging from decades of disorganization and obscurity, and the turnaround is acutely evident — more than 200 hate-related incidents have been reported since the Nov. 4 election.
By Howard Witt
Reporting from Bogalusa, La. — Barely three weeks since America elected its first black president, noose hangings, racist graffiti and death threats have struck dozens of towns across the country. Continue reading White extremists lash out over election of first black president→
(Published in the February/March 2003 issue of The Burning Bush, feminist news & commentary for New Mexico.)
Since I am a Japanese American, people are shocked when I tell them that my adoptive mother was the daughter of KKK members. I grew up surrounded by white supremacists.
The cemetery in Pennsylvania where my adoptive dad is buried is replete with metal markers proudly proclaiming, “Royal Knights of the Ku Klux Klan.” The town where I attended elementary school had an ordinance until the late 1960’s prohibiting people of color from spending the night within the borough limits. I lived in an adjoining township, and rode a bus into town every day to attend school. In such a segregated environment, it is no wonder the kids on the bus shouted “Remember Pearl Harbor!” and pushed me out of bus seats and knocked books out of my arm and threw apples at me from behind. Everyone else in the entire school had one hundred percent European ancestry. It was not an easy place to grow up Japanese American: not at home or at school. Continue reading White Supremacy: Beyond the KKK→