Friday, January 19, 2007

marvin x speaks

Marvin X Speaks is a new blog by a brother who has been a frequent subject over at Planet Grenada but is still not totally unknown here at Third Resurrection. Check out: even more marvin x


Dr. Marvin said...

Muslim Leader Imam Warithdin Muhammad Makes Transition

Bismillah-r-Rahman-r-Rahim. It has come to our attention the great Muslim American theologian, Warithdin Muhammad, son of the Honorable Elijah Muhammad, made his transition to Paradise. It was Warithdin who took over the reins of power when Elijah Muhammad passed in 1975. In taking the Nation of Islam into Sunni Islam, we felt he threw the baby out with the wash water, but in truth the Nation had become a din of iniquity, full of thieves, robbers, dope dealers and sexual deviants, the very antithesis of the personalities Elijah Muhammad had attempted to resurrect and reconstruct from the graveyard in the wilderness of North America. But no matter the failings of some of Elijah’s students, there were many whose lives were indeed transformed into better human and spiritual beings, while the rest got Supreme Wisdom but didn’t get it, and as a result the condition of many Muslims is worse than that of the deaf, dumb and blind Christians they decry. How is it that Muslims possessing Supreme Wisdom and Sunni Islam exist is such poverty they are the mockery of Christian and other Negroes, even the white man who is overjoyed whenever he sees North American Africans doing for self, thus relieving him of their burden, as if he is not the direct cause of their burden. This very day, he has taken billions of taxpayer’s money to bail out the international bankers who have defrauded millions of black, white, brown and yellow people of their fundamental wealth, their homes. Yet, the bailout of Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae will not help the poor one iota, but is de facto socialism for the rich, while more poor people shall become dispossessed of their basic wealth.

Warithdin was steeped in Sunni ideology that is mostly reactionary religiosity—one only need to look at the Sunni Islamic world with billions in oil money, yet the people exist in virtual slavery, poverty, ignorance and disease, from the Maghreb (Northwest Africa) to the Persian Gulf. In Sudan, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Jordan and the Gulf States, the people are denied basic human rights and democratic liberties. Little opposition is allowed and except for Hamas and Hezbollah, there is no radical opposition to the autocratic regimes, unless we call Osama Bin Laden’s theology radical, but only in the right wing manner and the Stone Age Saudi Arabian brand of Islamic fundamentalism.

Toward the end of his life, Warithdin turned back to the do for self teachings of his father. In so doing, he mirrors Farrakhan who is also turning back to the Supreme Wisdom of Elijah Muhammad, since the teachings from his Study Guide carried his followers nowhere.

As the followers of Warithdin celebrate his transition, it is time for them to make a great leap forward out of the grave of reaction and let the masses see they indeed understand the teachings of Elijah was the ultimate truth for the present era. Clearly, the devil is the devil, no matter what time or place, and he shall appear in white face or black face, have no illusions on this point. We must therefore guard against being deceived, no matter if it is John McCain or Barak Obama.

Finally, Warithdin did indeed attempt to clean out his father’s house. But the sad fact is that after his mission, there yet remain devils in the house, faking as imams but have the intention to practice white supremacy domination and dictatorial authority using the Qur’an, Hadith and Sharia to legitimatize their iniquities, as in the old regime, making mockery of all that Warithdeen and his father attempted to construct. May Warithdeen rest in peace and paradise for all the good he accomplished. And may his followers heal from their sorrow and celebrate the infinite possibilities he engendered.

--Marvin X (El Muhajir), poet, playwright, essayist, activist, is considered the father of Muslim American literature and one of the founders of the Black Arts Movement, the most radical literary and artistic movement in American history. He is now booking engagements for 2009. Call 510-355-6339. His latest book is How to Recover from the Addiction to White Supremacy, Black Bird Press, 1222 Dwight Way, Berkeley CA 94702.

Dr. Marvin said...

What Are You Going to Do?

I was asked this question last weekend by a sincere brother. He asked the question with such sincerity I was momentarily stuck on stupid thus unable to answer. And as there were other people listening for my answer, I ran out the door laughing at the brother’s nerve of putting me on the spot like that. What are you going to do? He was referring to the cold blooded murder of the young black man by the Oakland transit police on New Year’s day. What a way to begin the New Year in Oakland . A friend’s son was on the train and snapped a photo of the incident as did many other persons at the scene. The mother said her son called terrified at what his cell phone had captured. What are you going to do?

Who did the brother in the office think I am? Martin Luther King, Jr. Malcolm X? I think it is not a question for one person but for a community. Collective action is the only way we can solve problems in our community. Furthermore, I am an old man, battle weary, almost broken by the long train of events in the history of Oakland , America and the world. Let me flip the script, “World, what are you going to do about Gaza ?” And I ask the people of Oakland the same question, “What are you going to do about Gaza-Oakland?” Our children are slain in the streets by brute beasts in blue uniforms. Our children are slain by each other in the streets. What are you going to do?” Mayor Ron Dellums took to the streets last night to quell the rioters who tore up downtown Oakland .

For all of Oakland ’s ills, the Mayor has one response, “Investigation. Investigation. Investigation.” The murder of Chauncey Bailey, investigation, investigation of the investigators of the investigation, says the Mayor. But what are you going to do, Mr. Black man, Miz Black woman?

There used to be and still is the police tone test in Oakland . When stopped the police can do one of three things depending on your tone of voice: kill you, take you to jail or release you. Apparently and obviously Oscar Grant failed the tone test, or maybe he failed the body movement test. When down on the ground remain absolutely still, maybe then you will survive police bestiality.

My teacher Sun Ra taught me, “The Creator got things fixed. If you don’t do the right thing, you can’t go forward or backward.” Oakland knows what to do. Do the Sankofa, reach back into your past and come forward. Make use of black history, don’t read about in, use it in the present. People of Oakland , you have the example of the Black Panther Party. Patrol your neighborhoods yourself. Patrol the police since we know they are murderers and will always be killers until the people are the police, the peace keepers.

What are you going to do? Take over the schools so Johnny, Dante and Shamika can read. Take over the jobs in the community or don’t allow any workers to be employed in the hood. How many jobs is Obama going to make available in the hood? How many jobs are you going to demand for the hood? What are you going to do? Are you going to demand equity in health care, in the so-called Green revolution.

The death of Oscar Grant is a tragedy that shall continue until you (we) do something. Oakland shall remain Gaza until we do something together, not individually. Even if I think of myself as a one man army, I know better. It takes a community. It takes radical thinking and letting go of fear. I am not only horrified at the violence in Oakland and the world, but I am equally horrified at the fear of our people. Two days ago I was vending my books on the streets of San Francisco . A black woman wanted my book but she absolutely refused to take the book back to her job for fear of getting fired. It is not the first time I have seen such fear in our people, especially those with “good” jobs. When I tell them we are not in Mississippi and Alabama , they don’t care. They are scared to death here in the North. We must overcome fear or else. Oscar Grant was a peacemaker who was slain like Jesus, or as Rev. Cone would say he was a victim of the cross and the lynching tree, crucified on the ground.

Oakland is Gaza , a war zone. Parents warn your children the street is no place to be somebody. Tell them to put on the armor of God when they go into the streets. Be aware of their surroundings, their friends, and the police. Be ever on the alert. This is war. Will you party in a war zone? Are the people of Gaza partying while being bombed to hell? Why are you out partying? I am not going to caught anywhere in Oakland late nights. Even in the house, bullets are known to come through the walls. What are you going to do? Run for your life. The people of Gaza said they have nowhere to go. If the people of Oakland have nowhere to go then stand and fight to the death. What are you going to do?

You want to change the schools yet you have no black teachers. I attended a state education conference last year with four thousand teachers, perhaps two hundred were black. And of the two hundred how many had consciousness? What are you going to do? Obama said he will give you free scholarships to college if you agree to return to your community to uplift it. What are you going to do? In New York, inmates on Rikers Island prison were given free college scholarships if they graduated from the boot camp.

Few took advantage of it. What are you going to do?

The economy is not pretty. There are no jobs. What about micro loans for unemployed youth and adults? This is being done all over the world to lift people out of poverty. The man who started it just received the Nobel Peace prize. What are you going to do?

--El Muhajir (Marvin X)

El Muhajir is the father of Muslim American literature and one of the founders of the Black Arts Movement. He lives in the Bay. His latest book is How To Recover from the Addiction to White Supremacy. Available at De Lauer's News and Books, Oakland.