Minister Farrakhan on Business Is Warfare: What is Required for Black America's Economic Independence?

Part 45 of the series, "The Time and What Must Be Done" by the Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan. Released November 16, 2013. This episode continues with the edited version of the Minister's address October 16, 2011 at Mosque Maryam, titled "Atonement, Reconciliation and Responsibility, Part 2."

In this part, Minister Farrakhan said: "I see about 400, 500 acres in Michigan that I think we can own. There’s land in Georgia, in Alabama, in Louisiana. It will be easy to do if we follow Elijah Muhammad’s Economic Program. He said 40 years ago that: “If 5 million workers put up 5 cents a day, 25 cents a week, 1 dollar a month, ‘5 million x 52’ would give you $260 million in a National Treasure in one year.” So now, just look at what 16 million of us can do today with “5 cents a day, 35 cents a week, $1.40 a month, $18.20 a year”! Do you know at the end of one year you would have multiple millions of dollars in our National Treasure? And it’s painless!"

And imagine if, on our land that we purchase, we grew cotton, and had some cattle, and produced leather; and had some sheep, and produced wool? My point is: America got out of the business. You buy suits now: They come in from Taiwan, from China, from India, from Brazil, right? Who makes the shoes? When you get a nice pair of shoes, they’re made from outside. Imagine if we had hundreds of thousands of acres where you’re raising your cattle, you take their hides, you design shoes and we buy from ourselves? We make the clothes, and we buy from ourselves! After a while, in all-Black towns you’ll find in your own clothing store that we have made the garment, and we have produced the shoes! Because the same animal that gave its hide to the White man will give it to us. That is how you produce jobs.

If you are going to beg the White man, you are not going to have a job. But if we are going to go to work, then we will produce jobs."

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