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Malcolm X was a Muslim minister and human rights activist. Born in 1925, he met his death at the hands of an assassin in 1965. Malcolm X was a courageous advocate for black civil rights, but unlike Martin Luther King, he was not that forgiving of whites for their crimes against black Americans. He did not eschew violence as a tool to achieve civil and human rights. His black and white detractors accused him of preaching racism and violence. Despite the controversy, he has been called one of the greatest and most influential black Americans.
Many black Americans have great respect for Malcolm X. Many schools bear his name, and many streets have been renamed in honor of him, both at home and abroad. But while black Americans honor Malcolm X, one of his basic teachings goes largely ignored. I think it’s an important lesson, so I will quote a large part of it.
Malcolm X said: “The worst enemy that the Negro have is this white man that runs around here drooling at the mouth professing to love Negros and calling himself a liberal, and it is following these white liberals that has perpetuated problems that Negros have. If the Negro wasn’t taken, tricked or deceived by the white liberal, then Negros would get together and solve our own problems. I only cite these things to show you that in America, the history of the white liberal has been nothing but a series of trickery designed to make Negros think that the white liberal was going to solve our problems. Our problems will never be solved by the white man.”
There’s a historical tidbit that those much younger than I (almost 83 years old) are ignorant of. In black history, we have been called — and called ourselves — several different names. Among the more respectable have been “colored,” “Negro,” “black,” “Afro-American” and “African-American.” I recall when Mrs. Viola Meekins, when I was a student at Stoddart-Fleisher Junior High School in the late 1940s, had our class go page by page through a textbook and correct each instance in which Negro was printed with a lowercase “n.” In Malcolm X’s day, and mine, Negro was a proud name and not used derisively by blacks as it is today.
Malcolm X was absolutely right about our finding solutions to our own problems. The most devastating problems that black people face today have absolutely nothing to do with our history of slavery and discrimination. Chief among them is the breakdown of the black family, wherein 75 percent of blacks are born to single, often young, mothers. In some cities and neighborhoods, the percentage of out-of-wedlock births is over 80. Actually, “breakdown” is the wrong term; the black family doesn’t form in the first place. This is entirely new among blacks.
According to the 1938 Encyclopaedia of the Social Sciences, that year only 11 percent of black children were born to unwed mothers. As late as 1950, female-headed households constituted only 18 percent of the black population. Today it’s close to 70 percent. In much earlier times, during the late 1800s, there were only slight differences between the black family structure and those of other ethnic groups. In New York City in 1925, 85 percent of kin-related black households were two-parent households. Welfare has encouraged young women to have children out of wedlock. The social stigma once associated with unwed pregnancy is all but gone. Plus, “shotgun” weddings are a thing of the past. That was when male members of a girl’s family made the boy who got her pregnant live up to his responsibilities.
The high crime rates in so many black communities impose huge personal costs and have turned once-thriving communities into economic wastelands. The Ku Klux Klan couldn’t sabotage chances for black academic excellence more effectively than the public school system in most cities. Politics and white liberals will not solve these and other problems. As Malcolm X said, “our problems will never be solved by the white man.”
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Walter E. Williams is a professor of economics at George Mason University.
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Don't miss this life-changing event on June 23, 2018. The COCS San Diego 2018 Summit features a host of local pastors and nationally recognized speakers that will discuss a variety of cultural issues that face America in today's challenging times.
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On a Saturday in late January, former Muslim Imam Dr. Mark Christian challenged an audience in Omaha, Nebraska, informing them, “In order to legally marry his adopted son’s wife, Mohammad denied the son by abolishing adoption. His decision negatively affected countless other families.” What does that show about the content of his character?
Dr. Christian, Executive Director of Global Faith Institute, spoke at The Content of Character Series Summit about the real wars of Islam on women, the U.S. Constitution, and our Judeo-Christian values. Addressing a racially-mixed audience of 200, the now born-again believer said he was raised in the epicenter of the Muslim Brotherhood. Given his amazing history, and that this man, born in Egypt, was now preaching the Gospel in the heartland of America, made the testimony he presented impossible to ignore.
Throughout the day, black men and women of note chipped-away at long-standing, culturally-sensitive issues, including what polices the major political parties truly support. While black citizens largely vote Democratic, many attendees were shocked to learn how those political platforms align on critical issues key to the faith-based voters in the room.
Their positions are very clear, noted Jonathan Alexandre. “There can be no mistake as to what the parties actually believe and how they act.” The Liberty Counsel Action’s Director of Public Policy had traveled to Omaha from Washington D.C. to educate us. Checking off the options from the major 2016 political party platforms, Alexandre ran down the list. These included the sanctity of life, sexual education, and rights of conscience—especially for faith-based groups. Hint: The Republican Party platform holds to Judeo-Christian values; the Democratic Party’s does not. Alexandre made it personal: “It is incumbent on Christians to determine which platform better aligns with God’s principles and heart on these issues.”
The black gentleman sitting next to me stared in rapt attention. When Texas Pastor Stephen Broden deftly exposed the strategic, Alinsky-driven manipulations of black people: the targeting of the poor, the oppression in their inner cities, and how they were being used “as battering rams to bring down the system,” the man shook his head in amazement. “I’m done,” he exclaimed, clapping his hands in agreement.
Local pro-life leader Toni Clarke unpacked the raw truth about black genocide through the targeted abortion of black babies by abortion providers. The Assure Women’s Center in Omaha, which Toni directs, annually serves more than 2500 women facing unplanned pregnancies. Toni regularly talks to middle-and-high-school students, empowering them to make healthy, life-affirming decisions, and wait until marriage for sex. Clarke says one pastor later emailed saying he was “convicted” by her testimony. God is good!
Perhaps one of the most revealing presentations came from Dr. Charles Ware, addressing the topic, “One Race, One Blood.” For this culturally-mixed group to hear it clearly presented that all of humanity finds its lineage in just two people—Adam and Eve; that there is only one race—the human race—energized the entire room. “I actually thought revival was going to break out with Dr. Ware,” COCS team member Terry Barnes later enthused.
Personally, I find it extraordinary how every speaker—both local and national—kept God and the content of character foremost in their presentations. I would have to say, we were all on a God-high. Three speakers didn’t even use their PowerPoint slides; they were so Holy-Spirit charged and inspired. People went away transformed from this event.
Each speaker brought us to the edges of our seats as we heard hard truths and faced difficult questions: Is the black Church going to corporately remain locked into the places generationally assigned by the powerful; or will followers of Jesus knock down every politically-correct sacred cow, be it historically restrictive, politically motivated, or socially constraining?
More COCS Summits are planned for 2018. Cities include Calif., Mississippi, Florida and Washington D.C. In every city, we seek out local black leaders who join our core team in choosing the issues and speakers best suited for their community. Each event features a Hero of the Faith Award for outstanding community service. In Omaha, Thomas Lee, former coach and current principal of Northwest High School was the recipient.
Dr. King had it right. We must know each other by the content of our character and not by the color of our skin. I’m excited we are combating fake and distorted history and news by providing Christian voices to share Biblical truth. I’m just truly grateful. COCS Summits in the heartland have started something powerful that needs to be proclaimed from coast-to-coast. It could transform America.
Dran Reese is Founder and President of The Salt & Light Council (SLC), an organization that mobilizes Christians nationwide to preserve the culture through Biblical citizenship. SLC serves as the organizing arm for The Content of Character Series (COCS). COCS partners with black Christian leaders through traveling Summits that explore the value and dignity of black Americans in cities across America.
On a beautiful winter day in Omaha, Nebraska, people gathered for an anticipated event that would address the many issues that face our nation in today's culture. The Content of Character Series™ featured a group of dynamic speakers from across the nation discussing the critical issues that we face with Religious Liberties, Cultural Diversity and Historical Facts that excited a large crowd of Nebraskans who responded with an enthusiastic applause and many sharing their testimonials at the event.
With the support of Nebraskans for Founders Values (NFFV) and many local sponsors, the community responded with an enthusiastic support for the speakers and content discussed at the summit. We would like to personally thank our partners, sponsors and all of the event attendees for a memorable day that will be treasured for years to come.
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May God continue to bless the people who share this heart and vision.
The law, which sailed through the House and Senate in recent weeks, will establish a federal panel to carry out the upcoming festivities to honor Douglass.
By CRISTIANO LIMA 11/02/2017 06:21 PM EDT
President Donald Trump on Thursday signed legislation to create a commission for planning celebrations of the 200th anniversary of the birth of Frederick Douglass, the escaped slave who became an orator, statesman and leader of the abolitionist movement — and who the president seemed to imply was still alive earlier this year.
The law, which sailed through the House and Senate in recent weeks, will establish a federal panel to carry out the upcoming festivities to honor Douglass, who was born in February 1818 in Maryland and lived in the Anacostia region of Washington.
“Our Nation rightly honors the life of Mr. Douglass, a former slave who became an outstanding orator and a leader of the abolitionist movement,” Trump said in a statement released by the White House press secretary’s office Thursday.
October 24, 2017
Baking cakes can be a dangerous line of work these days. It's certainly no industry for cowards, as Edie and David Delorme, Aaron and Melissa Klein, Victoria Childress, and Jack Phillips will attest. In the last few years, their families have gone from selling confections to defending their convictions in court. They've been vandalized, threatened, fined, mocked, and sued for one reason: they dared to believe the First Amendment applies to them.
Now, almost a decade into this clash between religious liberty and same-sex marriage, the Supreme Court will decide if they're right. On December 5, Masterpiece Cakes's Jack Phillips will stand before America's nine justices -- a representative of the countless Christian wedding vendors who've been persecuted for their faith. He'll ask for the same freedom our forefathers fought and even died to give him -- the freedom to live and work according to his beliefs. When he does, he'll have the support of the nation, according to polls. But just as importantly, Jack will have the support of several African Americans.
Yesterday, a group of black leaders made that quite clear in a special press conference on the steps of the Supreme Court. Tired of hearing the LGBT community compare its experience to the real suffering of the civil rights movement, church and civic leaders decided to speak out about why Jack's case matters. FRC's Dean Nelson and FRC Action's Patrina Mosley spoke, sharing deeply personal stories about the pain and prejudice their families experienced over the color of their skin. Patrina talked about how insulting it is to hear LGBT activists equate their "persecution" to generations of African Americans.
The LGBT community has always been served, she pointed out -- even in places like Masterpiece Cakes. And like so many other Christian wedding vendors, Jack offered to sell the men a cake. He just said he couldn't customize it the way they wanted without violating his faith. And for that, he's being hauled before courts and civil rights commissions, forced to undergo "reeducation training," and ordered to pay thousands of dollars in damages. As Patrina says:
"What the LGBTQ activists fail to realize as they try equate their 'struggle' with the civil rights movement is that the civil rights movement was born out of the very conscience they are trying to quench. And that conscience is 'that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights,' and those rights include the free exercise and expression of religion, convictions and conscience. This right is guaranteed to every American. As millennials like to say, 'Can't we all just coexist?' Well, the very nature of the First Amendment is the freedom to coexist."
Perhaps the greatest irony, Dean Nelson explained, is that if anyone can identify with what African Americans went through, it's Jack. "To be honest, if I think about it deeply, he is probably a modern representation of someone who went through what African-Americans actually went through. He simply wants to live his life peaceably, to conduct himself and run his business without being bothered. But yet, he is subjugated and ostracized simply because of what he believes. If [more people] knew his story, [they] would understand that he is the furthest thing [from prejudiced]."
Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. called his brave volunteers an army, Patrina said, but "an army whose allegiance was to God... it was an army that would sing but not slay... no arsenal except its faith, no currency but its conscience." That currency is for everyone. Let's pray the Supreme Court agrees. For more on the movement to support Masterpiece Cakes, check out WeGotYourBackJack.com.
Tony Perkins' Washington Update is written with the aid of FRC senior writers.
"If you want to lift yourself up, lift up someone else."
- Booker T. Washington
The 100 year period from Emancipation and the passage of the 13th Amendment, to the start of the Civil Rights era is something that Americans in general, and we American Blacks in particular, need to be re-educated, or better educated about. While the "African-American" sub-culture of the post Civil Rights era has little-to-nothing that we can or should be proud of, the PROGRESS of American Blacksprior to that is nothing short of astounding. ~Unhyphenated America
"Men may make laws to hinder and fetter the ballot, but men cannot make laws that will bind or retard the growth of manhood.
We went into slavery a piece of property; we came out American citizens. We went into slavery pagans; we came out Christians. We went into slavery without a language; we came out speaking the proud Anglo-Saxon tongue. We went into slavery with slave chains clanking about our wrists; we came out with the American ballot in our hands.
Progress, progress is the law of nature; under God it shall be our eternal guiding star." ~ THAT DUDE,Booker T. Washington.
'The Problems of the Colored Race in the South,' lecture, Hamilton Club, Chicago (10 December 1895)
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Tina Campbell, 1/2 of Mary Mary, is defending her decision to vote for Donald Trump.
Back in January, Tina wrote an open letter encouraging everyone to support and pray for Donald — but she didn’t explicitly say she voted for him.
Now, in an interview with The Root, Tina says she voted for Donald because she felt his Christian values aligned with hers.
“I had a perspective. I had a feeling. And I put it out there. I know there’s some people who don’t agree. I do not agree with a lot of the decisions that this man makes. And I made that very clear in my statement.
“I was faced with two presidential candidates that I really did not approve of,” Campbell elaborated. “And so I had to find something, a commonality with one of them, that would make me feel like if I have to vote, I should utilize my right to vote. Since I don’t prefer either of them, what can I find that would make me vote? And some of Donald Trump’s views on Christianity, honestly, is what caused me to vote for him.
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- Alveda King, Niece of Reverend Dr. Martin Luther Ling, Jr. - speaks about the Black Life Coalition
- Ken Ham, President, The Ark Encounter/KY – speak to One Race, One Blood
- Pastor Stephen Broden, President, Protect Life and Marriage/TX – speak on stealth Jihad and Pawns of Change
- Dumisani Washington, National Diversity Coordinator for Christians Untied for Israel (CUFI); Dir;, Inst. For Black Solidarity with Israel – speaks on Black Solidarity and Israel
- Reverend Walter Hoye II, Founder, Issues4Life Foundation; Frederick Douglass Foundation/CA – speaks on true Black History in America
- Special Award Recipient, Dr. William Swoope, DMV, Attended church with Dr. Rev Martin Luther King as his pastor receives Lifetime Community Service Award.
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The tragic event that took place in Cleveland on Easter Sunday haunts me. I know all too well the importance of the presence of the father and patriarch in the family.
Steve Stephens, a 37-year-old man saddled with gambling debt and grieving the loss of a longtime girlfriend, took it upon himself to unleash his personal pain on a father, a grandfather, and a great grandfather. That patriarch, Mr. Robert Godwin, Sr., was a 74-year-old retiree who was picking up discarded aluminum cans after having Easter dinner with his family when he was approached by Stephens, who asked him if he knew his girlfriend, Joy Lane. He then told Mr. Godwin to repeat her name, and with coldness of heart, he shot Mr. Godwin at point-blank range, telling him it was because of his estranged girlfriend. Stephens recorded the whole gruesome event and played it on Facebook Live, stating as he pulled up in his car that he was going to “kill this old guy.”
As the nationwide manhunt ensued, it occurred to me that while members of both Mr. Godwin’s and Stephens’ family were being interviewed by media, no mention was made of Stephens’ father. They interviewed his mother, Maggie Green, who said Stephens had visited her prior to the event and said goodbye and that it would be the last time she would see him. She told the press that she told him to “not go and do anything stupid.”
As I pondered on the horrid event, I watched how Mr. Godwin’s family rallied together when they heard the news. I watched as a local Fox affiliate interviewed one family member after another -- his son, Robert, Jr., his daughter, Debbie, even his grandchildren -- who all expressed the love they had for their patriarch. Mr. Godwin had nine children, 14 grandchildren, and multiple great-grandchildren. It’s obvious they all loved him deeply, and it was evident in the pain shown on their faces and in their voices that his death is a tragic loss.
Now contrast that with the murderer, Steve Stephens. No doubt a loss to his family as well, including his estranged girlfriend, who said he was good to her children. His mother, friends, and associates have also expressed their sadness at his heinous act and eventual suicide.
All week I have asked myself, “Where was his father? Why hadn’t he been interviewed? Why hadn’t he called out through the media for his son to surrender?” I scoured the Web for any reference to his dad’s presence in his life, but I could find nothing.
Stephens was obviously a troubled young man. Mounting gambling debts, bankruptcy, and the breakup with his longtime girlfriend were no doubt troubling him. He mentioned in his Facebook ramblings that even his mother didn’t care.
I sense the core of Stephens’ issues was his inability to navigate the rougher patches in life, or what I call critical thinking. I was taught critical thinking by my father. He taught me how to stand firm during difficult circumstances and to “calm down and think things through, Son.” My father also taught me by example. I watched him do that “man thing” day in day and out during my formative years.
I remember when I was in my 30s and a budding entrepreneur, I had fallen in love with a beautiful young lady who seemed to adore me. But of late, our relationship had gotten rocky, and she eventually broke up with me. Distraught, I asked my father, “Do you think she loved me?” He put his arm around my shoulder, chuckled, and told me, “Yeah, I think she loved you, Son. She just didn’t love the fact you didn’t have any money anymore.” You see, our business had fallen on hard times, and my business partner and I had to tighten our belts. So I could no longer afford to take her to dinner at fancy restaurants or buy her nice things. My dad then gave me a big hug and told me I would hurt for a little bit, but I would be alright. He was right; I got over the hurt and moved on with my young life and learned that no matter how bad I felt or how I had been wronged, this too would pass. He taught me to learn from my mistakes and persevere. And that is the key to a successful life.
My dad coached me through many rough patches in my life and still coaches me today. One of his favorite sayings is, “You have bigger fish to fry, Son. Don’t sweat the small stuff.” That was/is his way of telling me to stay focused on my goals. His keys to success are simple and what I live by today: 1. Faith in God, 2. Stay focused on your goals, and 3. Don’t sweat the small stuff (because you have bigger fish to fry).
If I were Stephens’ father, I would have been shouting from the rooftops and on every channel on TV, “Son, turn yourself in. You have bigger fish to fry.” Better yet, If I had been Stephens’ father, I don't think he would have ever committed that heinous crime in the first place, because I would have taught him critical thinking from the time he was a little boy. I would have taught him my dad’s three keys to success.
Prayers for both the Godwin and the Stephens family for strength, healing, and forgiveness. This tragic event is the byproduct of the fatherless generation.