Louis Farrakhan - Unhelpful RhetoricFeb 28, 2010
Speaking to about 20,000 followers of the black nationalist movement at the United Center on Sunday, the 76-year-old Louis Farrakhan said, "The white right is trying to set Barack up to be assassinated."
The proper speculation of the media coverage is that this sort of verbiage is designed to stir up racial outrage. True. But why doesn't anyone ask Mr. Farrakhan to reveal his sources so we can adequately weed out potential evil doers? Obviously these statements are derived from imagination and are counterproductive and have no justified place in society. To ask him why he he won't say where he got his info on these "white right" individuals would expose him to be just a trouble maker and nothing more.
He of course would try to side step the question, but these hateful suggestions should be met head on and not just discussed regarding their hurtful nature. Civil rights have been forever a problem and few will claim the problem is remedied, but false accusations can't possibly help matters. Perhaps Mr Farrakhan and like minded individuals would be more effective concentrating on commonalities between races and not always making issue of differences (even when it takes concocting mythical stories.
Optimistically I think most white Americans disdain racial discrimination, but don't know of any way to actually improve matters. Other than sharing non-bigoted values at home and elsewhere (unless that person is of prominence) they commonly don't feel they're able to make much of a difference.
Van Jones: "The environmental justice community that said, 'Hey, wait a minute, you know, you're regulating, but you're not regulating equally.' And the white polluters and the white environmentalists are essentially steering poison into the people-of-color communities, because they don't have a racial justice frame."
Making accusatory statements like that and moving on just flames the fire as they say. Many Americans (black, white or otherwise) feel the racial problem would be better served if details were given so if an atrocity is occurring, someone could be made to answer for it and steps could be taken to eliminate the injustice.
Many contend that rhetoric by speakers such as Van Jones and Louis Farrakhan hinder the cause for racial equality by making statements that some accept as the truth without question. When a possibly preposterous theory is dumped on an audience, wouldn't it be productive if a concerned citizen stood up and asked for specific clarification so measures could be taken instead of people just being angered?