1997 Paradise Pisces
Leader of the Nation of Islam ( A Black Muslim Organization)Jews, alert to any manifestation of anti-semitism are prone to immediately respond to bigots...thus the pragmatic nature of [Farrakhan's] anti-semitism rests on [his] belief that, by attacking Jews, their response will then call attention to him and his movement. (Jack Fischel reviewing Magida's book in Jewish Exponent, 08-01-1996.)
Minister Farrakhan has led the Nation of Islam since 1975. The Nation supports the concepts of self-help and individual responsibility as the methods to be used to gain enlightenment and liberation from social injustices.
Stitched into this message of salvation are the ideas of Afrocentrism, racial separation, and anti-semitism. Minister Farrakhan believes that the white race was created by a black scientist called Yacub in 8400 b.c.; that the Jewish people were major leaders in the African slave trade, and that black people are the true leaders of the human race.
In a recent biography of Farrakhan, (Prophet of Rage, 1996) Arthur Magida, a Jewish journalist who was able to meet and interview his subject, analyzes the nature of Farrakhan's anti-semitism and finds it to be not only a religious conviction but a politically pragmatic approach to remaining in the public's eye. A reviewer of the book puts it clearly:
The sources of Farrakhan's politics can be traced to two significant influences beginning with his mother, Mae Clark, and continuing with Elijah Muhammad (the second leader of the Nation of Islam). His mother born on the Caribbean island of St. Kitts exposed her son, early on, to the teachings of Marcus Garvey who also preached self-sufficiency. A strong and strict woman, Mae Clark has been described by a friend as a
proud, arrogant, bodacious black woman. (Reverend Nathan Wright).
But Farrakhan remains a paradox. In October, 1995 he leads the "Million Man March" in Washington, D.C. widely viewed as a positive contribution to black empowerment. And then months later he associates and accepts money from a political leader such as Libya's Kaddafi, who is widely accused of supporting international terrorism.Farrakhan's strategically incompetent behavior is indicative of a man whose own self-importance has blinded his perception of reality. (Truth online magazine commentator)
The question arises: who is Minister Farrakhan serving? Himself, his people, his God? One commentator answers the question this way:
It's safe to say that our culture will hear more from and about this former Calypso singer known as "The Charmer".
Louis Farrakhan YEAR TEAM POS BA AB H HR RBI 1991 Vanguards if .240 337 81 6 39 1992 Vanguards if .288 226 65 4 27 1993 Vanguards if .272 375 102 23 54 1994 Pisces if .272 624 170 16 72 1995 Pisces 2b .254 670 170 38 130 1996 Pisces 2b .291 554 161 20 67 6 Seasons .269 2786 749 107 389
Farrakhan's uniform number is 19.
1997 Paradise Pisces Roster
Louis Farrakhan and His Role in American Society
Second Opinion: Minister Louis Farrakhan on the Million Man March
alt.culture: Louis Farrakhan
Farrakhan- Pros and Cons
Nation of Islam Online
Farrakhan- Cosmic Baseball Player Plate
Published: October 30, 1996
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