Pulitzer Prize Winner, Alice Walker, et.al : “I Admire Farrakhan!”

Jewish organizations and periodicals have ramped up their campaign to demonize our beloved Minister, The Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan.  On December 18, 2018, FrontPage.Com  condemned Pulitzer Prize winning author Alice Walker based upon the following statement attributed to her on the website alicewalkersgarden.com:

“I admire Farrakhan because he loves black people as I do.  Loving us he feels it his duty to share the most bitter of truths.  It is inevitable perhaps that we disagree on a number of issues, including some of my work, which he has criticized, but on this love for our people we are united.  I take comfort  in  his courage, his intelligence and his wit.  It is easy to see why, when he was a calypso singer, he was called “the charmer.”  He also plays classical violin, as I learned from an interview on Sway in the Morning during a discussion of hip-hop culture and the lethal control of black music by the recording industry.

Some of the information in this talk will be as surprising to the 99% as to the 1%.  Stick with it through the parts that feel challenging to you. Learning from people we don’t understand is crucial to our survival.”

We salute our dear sister for her words of support and solidarity with the Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan and for her creating an additional platform to display Minister Farrakhan’s 2012 Saviours’ Day message.

Alice Walker’s laudatory comments on Minister Farrakhan’s love for his people fit within a very powerful counter-narrative that is known, but hidden and ignored by most media outlets.  Much is done to paint Minister Farrakhan as a pariah and a man worthy of condemnation, marginalization and elimination.  Yet the hidden history of Minister Farrakhan is replete with testimonies from prominent men, women and groups who have been positively impacted by our beloved Minister.  Many of these testimonies have been collected and preserved in the book Who Do They Say I Am: The Vindication of Minister Louis Farrakhan.

Sample Testimonies From Character Witnesses For Minister Farrakhan:

SWAY: Coming up in Oakland, we face a lot of challenges, and sometimes you look for inspiration from different places. So I can’t tell you how many times just by listening to your words, or listening to you speak, especially even now having worked on MTV for 15 years and being in radio for 20 years, and being considered, humbly, a voice of this generation or hip hop culture—you know, sometimes you feel challenged, and you need those things to kind of strengthen you, and I’ll look at a speech you made or something you said, and it’s always something I could take away from it that’ll keep me smiling and make me feel strong the next day. So, I always wanted to thank you for that. (H. M. Farrakhan 2015)

LIL’ HERB: Farrakhan…the Minister, he is phenomenal, he’s awesome.  All the “plays” he put together is awesome.  He could have enemies that have shed blood against each other or did something to other people in the same room talking about what’s going on.  So anything the Minister put together I’m gonna be all for it; and pretty much anybody in Chicago is who’s trying to do something positive.  So the Minister put it all together, because the Minister know his stamp could make it what it need to be.  So all the artists: me, King Louie, Katy Got Bands, and Common; they gonna jump on it quick for the Minister.  Not to say they wouldn’t do it for anybody else.  But the Minister got that stamp that makes it national and global.  Anything with his name on it is global.

I met up with him a few months ago in Chicago at the castle. He had me come up there and it was a lot of powerful people, me, King Louie, Joey Capone…a lot of people who got a lot of influence on Chicago and can make a difference. The Minister speaks on a lot of what’s going on, not just Chicago, but the whole world.  So anything the Minister put his stamp on is going to go…powerful-the positivity.

REV. ELISHA B. MORRIS: Minister Louis Farrakhan just put the Bible on the top of the WORD NETWORK like no preacher, pastor, reverend has done in over a dozen years.  He stood up for the word of God and Jesus and then called on us to come together and restore order as Christians and Muslims.  Get the DVD!!!  He said what a few of us have been saying, we are not sheep we are soldiers in the army and we fight for He whom died for us or we really aren’t for HIM! (Morris 2015)

T.I. : Happy Birthday to one of the most honorable, influential men in American History.  We owe you so much.  Thank you for being a fearless leader of multiple generations, spreading truth to the masses at any & all costs.  I’m honored to have met and shared a meal and conversations with you during the most trying time of my life.  Enjoy your day sir.  You deserve it.  The Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan: We appreciate all you have done. (“troubleman31” 2016)

DR. CHARSHEE MCINTYRE & DR. BARBARA SIZEMORE: Dr. Charshee McIntyre cited Dr. Barbara Sizemore, the eminent educator and currently Dean at DePaul University in Chicago, as another associate who strongly endorses the march.  “She told me that the Nation of Islam is the best group in the country for the development of Black men, for instilling unity and camaraderie, and I agree,” McIntyre said.  “And as women become more educated you’ll notice that they are rising to prominence within the Nation, and that to me is a natural progression.” (Karenga and Madhubuti 1996, 114)

DR. GENEVA SMITHERMAN: Quiet as it’s kept, Farrakhan is respected by millions of African American, on all socio-economic levels, for his courage in standing up to an oppressive system and his penchant for calling white folk out.  Truly “unbought and unbossed,” he often says the things that many Blacks feel but don’t have the freedom to express.  According to a poll reported in Time, 59% of Blacks believe Farrakhan is a good role model for Black youth and that he speaks the truth.  Since the March, some Black folk have started saying things like: “Now, I tell you what the problem is with her son, even though it’s gon hurt, cause I’m like Farrakhan, uhma tell the truth.” (Karenga and Madhubuti 1996, 104)

PHAEDRA PARKS: You saw that I had the opportunity to take some of the ladies to the Million Man March [Justice Or Else gathering].  Some of the footage you didn’t get to see was a very powerful conversation with the Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan, that lasted for several hours.  We didn’t get to show that on our show.  He has been a great mentor to me and a great support system for me and my boys. (Parks 2015)

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