In 1993, the Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan said to me as we sat in a car at Bush Intercontinental Airport in Houston, Texas: "Brother, disorganized love can be overcome by organized hate." I never forgot his words and wise counsel.
Last night, November 2, 2010, those who openly advocated "taking back their nation" and conversely putting us back in our place, completed one step in that process. The victory of the Tea Party is reminiscent of 1877, when post emancipation Reconstruction ended and Jim Crow began.
The message from Tuesday's election is clear. Those who see the ascendancy of people of color as a threat have struck back like the sequel to Star Wars. Yes, the Empire has indeed struck back. The members of the Tea Party are NOT the majority; we are. How then were they able to win? The victory of the Tea Party is actually the result of our apathy and disorganization.
In the end, they stayed on message and organized themselves accordingly. The same economic conditions that existed in the post Civil war America exist today. The same social and political climate hovers over this country. We must not go hide in a closet and cry our eyes out. We must challenge these hardhearted demagogues on their turf.
It is time to organize a winning strategy. That requires a message that resonates with our people and an organizational effort to bring what we envision into existence. No matter how much we love, if we are disorganized we can be overcome by those who hate us. Let's get moving brothers and sisters. Time out for siting around waiting on a mystery God to bring us food, clothing and shelter. President Obama has his hands full. We must organize for our own self interest. If we don't nobody else will. Be prepared for the Return of the Jedi!
(Brother Robert Muhammad is the Houston-based Southwest Regional Student Rep. of the Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan and the Nation of Islam. Follow him on Twitter @dotsconnector and read his blog "The Connect The Dots Crew Blog". He is also the host of Connect the Dots every Wednesday from 3-4 PM CST on KPFT 90.1 FM or live stream via the web at http://www.kpft.org/)
Bonus footage of Brother Robert Muhammad appearing on People's Politics cable show which aired live on November 1, 2010 during their annual Super Election Program. Also below is footage of him speaking at a rally on the steps of the capital in Austin, Texas on October 30, 2010 to end the death penalty.