Letter: “The Inner Me” is the real enemy

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Dear Sir:

I watched a video of a speech The Honorable Louis Farrakhan gave back in 1985 and I was amazed by his candor in regards to black people in America and the Caribbean. He talked about people having integrity and honesty — your word being your bond. Sometimes folks want to blame the quintessential “white man” for all that ails them, but the truth is they really ought to blame themselves.

Yes, “the white man” created a system to benefit him. However, if more black people lived honest lives rather than fake lives built on lies, they would be better able to survive. I know you might want to tell me that I am crazy because “the white man’s” system denies you benefits that are granted to white people. That might be true, but every policy or approach has what we call “workarounds.”

So, the white man might not want to approve your loan application. I can understand how that could have a stymied effect on your progress in starting a business, buying a house or some other material good. However, there are other ways to secure a loan like borrowing from friends and family. The problem is friends and family may not want to lend your their money because of your own dishonesty. They know that if they loan you money, you will not repay. You will called them all kinds of demeaning names on the planet and even try to kill them to avoid repayment of the loan.

This is one example of how individuals’ dishonesty stops them from making progress. Another popular dishonest act involves the contract that is entered into by two individuals who decide to have sex. Each time two individuals who are capable of reproducing engage in sexual contact, they are initiating a contract to become procreators — this is comparable to two individuals entering a contract to start a business. When a child (a product) is produced from that contract and one party fails to shoulder his or responsibility towards that child, that’s an act of dishonesty. The white man plays no role in that.

Moreover, there are other non-white groups that the system created by the white man is not set up to benefit that are using workarounds to navigate the system and benefit. Asians come to mind. I am told that Asians have their own system to loan money to members within their group. The system is based on trust like any other relationship. Asians value their word — it is their bond and so their word is sufficient as collateral.

In the video, Farrakhan did not hold back. He spoke the truth about having dishonest character and how that keeps one in a state of oppression. He called on individuals to evaluate themselves rather than pointing fingers at the white man. Recently, I watched another video by one of Minister Farrakhan’s protégés. A young man who goes by the name “Brother Ben X”. I was most impressed with his eloquence, but he blew me away, when I heard him say, folks must stop focusing on “the enemy” that exist outside of the individual and focus on the “inner me” — themselves.

In Matthew chapter 7 and verse 3, Jesus is purported to ask, “And why beholdest thou the mote that is in thy brother’s eye, but considerest not the beam that is in thine own eye?” Brother man, it’s time that you focus on your own eyes because your vision is severely impaired. You have a greater enemy than the white man. It’s called “the inner me.” It’s the “inner me” that stops you from succeeding. It’s “the inner me” that keeps you in bondage, but you rather lie to yourself and blame your troubles on the white man.

Every man has free will, so God as creator is not taking responsibility for your failures. My mother use to tell me, “you make the child, but you don’t make the mind.” The mind is God’s escape clause in the creation contract. The white man cannot own your mind unless you have relinquished control of your mind to him. So, if you see the white man as being responsible for your failures that’s an indication that you have given the white man power and dominion over you. It’s not the white man’s fault. It’s your own fault. Infinite love

Helena R Edwards
Mount Vernon, NY

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  1. I suspect the whole argument revolves around the premise that “…The white man cannot own your mind unless you have relinquished control of your mind to him. So, if you see the white man as being responsible for your failures that’s an indication that you have given the white man power and dominion over you. It’s not the white man’s fault. It’s your own fault.”
    Sadly to say, that premise is a false premise”.

    On the contrary, “It” (the condition…) is not the fault of the “black man.” In this case the slave-laborers, or better yet the “real workers”. You should know that by now Helena. We were forced to “relinquish control…”, through enslavement. And because of that, the bourgeoisie (white man) definitely own[ed] “our” minds to a greater degree through physical and mental conditioning and their educational system.

    It would appear that these “bourgeoisie” represents a class, the “ruling class” who and which definitely has us in the position we are in today, and who must accept the blame. We shall not forget! Must not forget!

    To quote from Marx’s “A Contribution To The Critique of Political Economy”: “In the social production of their life, men enter into definite relations that are indispensable and independent of their will, relations of production which correspond to a definite stage of development of their material productive forces. The sum total of these relations of production constitutes the economic structure of society, the real foundation, on which rises a legal and political superstructure and to which correspond definite forms of social consciousness “. “Definite forms of social consciousness”. And again, “it is not the consciousness of men that determines their existence, but their social existence that determines their consciousness.”

    And this one, “the ideas of the ruling class are in every epoch the ruling ideas; i.e., the class which is the ruling material force in society is at the same time the ruling intellectual force”.

    On the other hand, if we’re lucky or smart, we become conscious of our real existence, throw off Massa’s teachings, his white-washed religion etc, revolutionize ourselves and join the fight for socio-economic and political equality, true democracy and a better life for ourselves and others.

    • Nice reply although Marx ignored the existence of many “plural societies,” including some in the Caribbean, in his simplistic class analysis whose socio-cultural “sections” have their own class hierarchy and value systems. Marx also largely ignored the variables of status and power, as described by Max Weber, over-focusing on the economic basis of class stratification.

      As for poor Helena Edwards, she will not understand a word of your reference to Marx even though she claims to hold a college degree.

      Nor would she ever admit that Louis Farrakhan is a thourougly despicable racist. The respected Southern Poverty Law Center classifies Farrakhan’s Nation of Islam (NOI) as a hate group and black separatist organization. As the leader of NOI, Farrakhan has preached the organization’s theology that blacks are superior to whites. He has said whites were created 6,600 years ago as a “race of devils” by an evil scientist named Yakub. At an event in Milwaukee in August 2015, Farrakhan said: “White people deserve to die, and they know, so they think it’s us coming to do it” (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Louis_Farrakhan#Malcolm_X's_death).

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