To: President Barack Obama, President of the United States
General Martin E. Dempsey, Joint Chief of Staff
Pope of Rome
From: Silis Muhammad
Re: The Blueprint: Our Plan for America and Its Afrodescendants
The peoples and Governments of the world are well aware of the duplicity of the United States Government as it calls for Human Rights and democracy while continuing, to this day, systematic discrimination against and disenfranchisement of its Afrodescendant population -- the inheritors of the legacy of plantation slavery (the so-called African Americans). While we recognize that moral leadership is the tone that the United States Government wishes to convey to the world, it has failed to take the key moral action that would begin to repair the ongoing wrong that has existed since the very inception of this Government. Does anyone recognize the significance of this key to peace?
I am Silis Muhammad, Chief Executive Officer of the Lost-Found Nation Of Islam. If we could summon the hatred our ancestors had for this Caucasian American Government and bring that condition to bear on the shoulders of this generation of Afrodescendants, the resulting wrath would be like unto a blaze of fire, the size of which would engulf the United States. It would burn for 1,000 years! The evil done to the Black man by the American Government far surpasses the evil done by any other Government, especially the Governments of France, Germany, Great Britain, and Canada.
We are determined to leave America, not less than 144,000 of us, Afrodescendants. We, the children of plantation slavery, were subsumed by the thirteenth and fourteenth amendments of the Constitution of the United States of America, which do not, in the least, express our will. We want no part in the prophesied imminent doom of America.
We want the United States, in cooperation with the International Monetary Fund, to arrange for forgiveness of all debts owed by St. Kitts and all other members of CARICOM, who would welcome, with full citizenship, appropriate numbers of educated and industrious
Afrodescendants from the United States. We are asking for sea-going and air-going ships or vessels and freeway, highway, bridge, and road-building materials and equipment. We are asking for equipment to cultivate land. We need materials and machinery with which to make clothing, shoes, and furniture and we need materials and equipment for putting in infrastructure. We want housing, apartments, and multi-story building materials and equipment. In addition, we ask for the cost of a one-way ticket to whatever islands that would accept us as full citizens. Whether the Government of America will or will not give this, we, not less than 144,000 of us, are determined to leave America and live amongst our own kind.
The American Government gives billions of dollars to Israel each year. It has committed to giving Haiti $20 million per year, for the next four years, for food. In addition, she gives to Haiti and other countries her surplus old clothing, foods, and machinery. Will she give to her explantation slave children our request of her? Abraham Lincoln stated, "Keep them here as our underlings." We, today, observe daily that we are treated and kept as underlings here in America. The images of how we are looked upon by this Caucasian American Government are yet on our minds and in our lives today.
The killing of Trayvon Martin in 2013 is a prime example, of which the world is well aware. Yet, perhaps the greatest example of the systematic immorality of the United States Government is her claim to the largest prison population in the world -- prisons filled with Black men and women due to discriminatory policing, prosecution, and laws. There is no justice here. We are subjected to an ongoing slavery system - slavery by another name. The world can see that you are not our brothers and neither are we yours.
The ex-slave masters of the CARICOM countries have departed and left the Governments in the hands of their ex-slaves. What has this American Government given to her plantation slave children, besides a subservient position as her underlings?
Psychiatrists and those in other related sciences say if a husband hits or beats his wife, his wife is to leave him immediately. Has the American Government not done far worse to us, Afrodescendants? We have been whipped until blood gushed from our backs, boiled while yet alive until dead, and hung from trees: to say nothing of the cruelest of inhumane treatments. The loss of our mother tongue, culture, and religion renders us a spiritually dead nation. These are losses of Human Rights as defined by Article 27 of the ICCPR of the United Nations.
We, the Lost-Found Nation of Islam, have been in the International community since 1989. Our first written statement to the UN was in 1993. Our first oral statement to the UN was in 1998. Our last statement and appearance in the UN was in 2006. We spoke to the Commission on Human Rights, the Sub-Commission on the Promotion and Protection of Human Rights, and the Working Group on Minorities and had significantly gained their attention. But the American Government, along with the British Government, the Governments of all slave-holding countries, and other countries to whom Britain and America provide support, shut down the Commission on Human Rights, the Sub-Commission on the Promotion and Protection of Human Rights, and the Working Group on Minorities - every UN group whose attention we had gained. In its place, they created the Human Rights Council.
We spent nine years in the UN only to learn we did not exist as a Nation of people, with Godgiven Human Rights. As Americans, we were classified along with Caucasian Americans in the United States. We had achieved a unified name and identity that Black people from 19 countries agreed upon, in 2002 -- Afrodescendants. God-given Human Rights are: the right to speak your own mother tongue in community with others who speak your mother tongue; the right to practice your own culture in community with others who practice your culture; and the right to practice your own religion in community with others who practice your religion. Our Human Rights were lost during plantation slavery. This American Government made us a debased people. This is why this letter is presented to the President of the United States and the United States Government. We are determined to achieve ethnogenesis.
The following is a statement of American history. Henry Louis Gates, Jr., wrote "The Truth Behind 40 Acres and a Mule," on pbs.org’s ‘100 Amazing Facts About the Negro.’
January 16, 1865, Union General William T. Sherman issued Special Field Order No. 15, upon approval of President Lincoln: 'The islands from Charleston, South Carolina, the abandoned rice fields along the rivers for thirty miles back from the sea, and the country bordering the St. Johns River, Florida, are reserved and set apart for the settlement of the negroes now made free by the acts of war and the proclamation of the President of the United States (Abraham Lincoln).
400,000 acres of land -- a strip of coastline stretching from Charleston, South Carolina, to the St. John's River in Florida, including Georgia's Sea Islands and the mainland thirty miles from the coast - would be redistributed to the newly freed slaves.
For the first time in the history of this nation, the representatives of the Government had gone to these poor debased people to ask them what they wanted for themselves.
Baptist minister Ulysses L. Houston, one of the groups that had met with Sherman, led 1,000 Blacks to Skidaway Island, Georgia, where they established a self-governing community with Houston as the "Black governor." And by June, 40,000 freedmen had settled on 400,000 acres of "Sherman Land." By the way, Sherman later ordered that the army could lend the new settlers mules; hence the phrase, "40 acres and a mule."
What happened to this astonishingly visionary program, which would have fundamentally altered the course of American race relations?
Henry Louis Gates, Jr. goes on to say:
Andrew Johnson, Lincoln's successor and a sympathizer with the South, overturned the Order in the fall of 1865, and, as Barton Myers sadly concluded, 'returned the land along the South Carolina, Georgia, and Florida coasts to the planters who had originally owned it' -- to the very people who had declared war on the United States of America.
The Honorable Elijah Muhammad, along with 450,000 followers, from 1960 until the day of his death in 1975, repeatedly asked this Government to establish a state or territory of our own. The American Government turned a deaf ear. Is there not a moral-minded Caucasian in America's Government today? In 1865, we have in evidence at least two moral-minded statesmen:
The United States President, Abe Lincoln, and General Sherman. They, at least, possessed enough moral insight to inquire of the now allegedly free Blacks what it is they wanted: "To live scattered amongst Whites or to live separate?" "Land," was the Black soon-to-be governor's answer. Moreover, the Black soon-to-be governor stated, "there is a prejudice against us in the South. We would rather live in a separate territory." To date, the majority of Black people everywhere in the United States still experience this prejudice.
Is the Government of the United States incapable of the moral fortitude that it would take to grant to not less than 144,000 souls our humble request? Is there not one white man in the Government today who has the wisdom, moral fortitude, and leadership ability of General Sherman and Abraham Lincoln? Ease the souls of my people, as well as make clean the souls of White people, by correcting your nation's wrongs. You claim that your nation has changed. But our lawyers, doctors, teachers, and people feel your nation's prejudices even today.
To quote my daughter, Amira Arshad Muhammad, who is an attorney: "We are the peace that the world has been waiting for.'' You know what is right to do; just do it. Nature equips you from birth with the knowledge of what is right and what is wrong. You know more about our history than the majority of us do, for it was your government that placed us in plantation slavery, debased us, and made us your underlings. Men and governments advance in age and in wisdom. Has your government advanced in wisdom, or does it lag behind?
If the Government of the United States would grant to those of us who want to leave, this humble request, the burden of reparations will have been lifted!
Chief Executive Officer
The Lost-Found Nation of Islam