1999-08-28 / Columnists

From the G-Man

by Gary G. Toms

Hey people! As usual, I’m going to lay it all on the line this week, and as a result, there will probably be a good number of people sent out to silence me….for good. If that’s the price I have to pay, then so be it, but there is no way I can stand aside and watch a man construct a war where the blood of young people will be shed. That man is Minister Khallid Abdul Muhammad.

On September 4, this man plans to lead hundreds of youth in what has come to be known as The Million Youth March. A similar march took place last year, and regardless of who was to blame, in the end things got very ugly. Chairs were thrown, people were hurt ,and something that was billed as a unity rally turned into a brawl. Now I’m sure that Mayor Giuliani, and Police Commissioner Howard Safir did their part to escalate the situation by having police officers act as "stormtroopers," but I also hold Khallid Muhammad responsible for "working the crowd."

Many of the young people, who were just looking for the chance to get crazy, bought into his racist tirade and message of hate. He was so busy denouncing people, that it was difficult to understand what the overall purpose of the event was. At any rate, the wrong message was sent to the youths in attendance, and I have great fear that something horrible may occur this time around.

It’s no secret that there is no love lost between the mayor and Minister Muhammad. The situation has deteriorated to the point where the city will not grant a permit for the march to take place. In looking at what happened last year, it’s no big shock. What does come as a shock to me is that there are plans for the march to take place without a permit. I do not get this! Either this man is on a serious power trip, as is the mayor, or he’s smoking some really bad weed. How in the hell can you take such reckless action with all that has taken place between African- Americans and the police department in this city? Are you trying to start a race war? This is no game! I can see Giuliani and Safir now. They’d be salivating at the thought that somebody would dare violate the laws of their city. These men would have no problem issuing orders to police officers to do whatever is necessary to contain the situation. To all of the racist members of the force, this means open season on niggers! However you choose to look at it, somebody is going to get hurt or killed, and one drop of blood from anybody, African-American or White, citizen or police officer, is one drop too many.

The bottom line is, if you don’t have a permit to march, then call the damn thing off. The risks of something catastrophic taking place are too great, and this administration has shown how rough they can play. Even the Ku Klux Klan went and got a permit to hold a rally last week in Cleveland, Ohio. You mean to tell me that they can go about doing things in a law abiding manner and representatives from the Nation of Islam cannot? That thought scares me! Furthermore, what message does this send to young people? Minister, with all due respect, you’re going to get people hurt or killed, and if such unfortunate circumstances take place, you are going to have to explain to the parents and families why their child is in the hospital or dead. Think about that. There are more constructive measures that we can take to unify our community. It’s all a matter of people coming together to generate ideas and action. This march is taking place for all of the wrong reasons. To all of those planning to attend, you should ask yourselves one question. Is it really worth it? I think not.

Be safe people, and I’ll see you next week.


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