Sunday, February 25, 2007

Louis Farrakhan's farewell speech

Louis Farrakhan is a controversial figure. He has managed to piss off, oh, just about everybody. There are some members of the Nation of Islam, who believe that he has the blood of Malcolm X on his hands. Let's try to forget the horrible things that he said about the Jews. What has been lost in the negative dreck, is his call for self-reliance and responsibility. It was he who spoke to a "Million Men" about not waiting for someone to treat them right but to own all aspects of personal growth.

Today was his farewell address. His message was more concilliatory than his previous speeches. He has been battling cancer. Maybe the thought of meeting his maker has softened his heart and his tone.

Late in Malcolm X's life his message was less militant. This coupled with his growing popularity led to his untimely death. It is nice to see that the transition of power this time around did not involve bloodshed.

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