By Robert Muhammad
Recent events in North Africa and the Middle East show clearly that the youth are exercising their power on the streets of Cairo, Tunis, Damascus, Beirut and Amman. Their demands for freedom, justice and equality are rocking the foundations of their governments and putting fear in the hearts of the ruling elite.
What image, what idea and whose example are they following? Where would the youth of Egypt get the idea of a "million man march"? You have to look no further than right here in the United States of America for the answer.
The biggest state in United States is the state of denial. White supremacy in America is an idea and system that won't acknowledge the accomplishments and aspirations of darker people unless they have no choice or it is on their terms.
Today, the events in North Africa and the Middle East are frightening to those who have lived lavishly on the backs of the poor darker masses of the world.
The pain in the faces of the network news commentators having to utter the words "million man march" as it relates to Egypt is evident. Why? The historic Million Man March of October 16, 1995, led by Nation of Islam leader Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan was America's biggest nightmare. For nearly two million or more of their ex-slaves to come to Washington, DC on a Monday without permission - led by a man they didn't approve of - was traumatic. America thought they had written the Million Man March out of history. White America may have given themselves a collective pacifier by claiming only 400,000 attended the march in 1995. Now, they are reminded of that great day by the youth of Egypt and the Middle East.
My advice to the ruling elite is this: stop looking for the leaders of the revolt. The leader is Allah (God) Himself. It was Allah (God) who inspired the Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan to call for the Million Man March. It is the example of the Black men in America that heeded his call that is inspiring the youth of the world. Long Live the Spirit of the Million Man March!
(Nation of Islam Student Regional Minister Robert Muhammad is a Houston-based Urban Planner and the host of Connect the Dots Radio show every Wednesday from 3-4 PM CST on KPFT 90.1 FM or live stream via the web at http://www.kpft.org/. Read his blog at http://thedotsconnector.blogspot.com and follow him on Twitter @dotsconnector)