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10 Things To Know About Silis Muhammad’s Fight For Reparations

10 Things To Know About Silis Muhammad’s Fight For Reparations

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Silis Muhammad is the CEO of the Lost-Found Nation of Islam and publisher of Muhammad Speaks. He played a major role in the Nation of Islam before Lost-Found. 

Silis had differences with the son of Elijah Muhammad, Warith Deen Muhammad, when he took over NOI. Then a break with Minister Louis Farrakhan occurred. 

“When Silis wasn’t trying to convince a skeptical Farrakhan that he was divinely inspired, he was waging war against Wallace. Under NOI teachings, Wallace is regarded as the ‘false prophet’ sent to test 144,000 of Elijah’s followers, who, according to Abass Rassoull, leader of the United Nation of Islam faction, would be ‘genetically coded to become the actual new rulers’ of the world,” The Village Voice reported.

After the physical death of the Most Honorable Elijah Muhammad, Silis resurrected the Lost-Found Nation of Islam in 1978.  

“As CEO of the Lost-Found Nation of Islam and All for Reparations & Emancipation (AFRE), Muhammad works day and night to give Afrodescendants the knowledge and resources required to gain 100% freedom, justice, and equality, recognition and restoration of their human rights…and to bring about self-determination,” Muhammed Speaks News reported. “Muhammad has spent more than 30+ years teaching Afrodescendants (so-called African-Americans) the basis of their problem, civil death, and its solution.”

And among his continued efforts is the push for reparations for the descendants of the American slavery system.

Support For UN Call

When the UN found that yes, American descendants of slaves deserve reparations, Silis agreed. 

“Despite African Americans’ feckless political influence toward making it an issue, reparations discussions are gaining recognition, strength and momentum. The colonial legacy of enslavement, racial subordination and segregation, racial terrorism and racial inequality remain serious challenges for blacks in America. Yet, the shackles of slavery and plight they’ve evolved for Blacks aren’t a priority topic for Blacks voting in the 2016 campaign. A United Nations Working Group of Experts has chided America that ‘there has been no real commitment to reparations and to truth and reconciliation for its people of African descent,’” Silis wrote in Muhammad Speaks.

Mainstream Politics Vs. Reparations

According to Silis, the reason many politicians, even Black politics such as former President Obama, fail to back reparations is all about politics. 

“African Americans are too caught up in ‘mainstream politics’ that reparations aren’t an issue, despite that the UN Working Group says: The history of slavery in the United States justifies reparations for African Americans. The group included leading human rights lawyers from around the world that say: ‘Effects of slavery continues unabated’ in America. Institutional racism is in your face on a daily basis in America, yet Blacks fail to make reparations a part of the political discourse,” Silis wrote.

Slave Minds

While the call for reparations is growing, it has not been on a large screen, even from the African Amerian community. Silis addressed this by saying: “Why are African Americans so reticent on the subject of reparations? The UN group met with city officials and community groups in the U.S. before concluding that Blacks still experience vestiges of slavery — a crime perpetrated against humanity that deserves reparations. 

Apology Due

In a speech about reparation, Silis repeated the UN’s suggestion of how to address reparations. “The group says the U.S. government should offer reparations by way of ‘a formal apology, health initiatives, educational opportunities, an African knowledge program, psychological rehabilitation, technology transfer and financial support, and debt cancellation.’ Although institutional racism exists in all facets of American life, U.S. officials have no obligation to act upon the U.N. group’s recommendations,” he said.

No More Status Quo

America needs to come face to face with its legacy of slavery, noted Silis. And one way would be to go ahead with reparations. And this also means Black need to demand them.

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He wrote: “The legacy of slavery remains a serious challenge, as there has been no real commitment to reparations and to truth and reconciliation for African Americans. Instead of demanding some commitment for their votes, African Americans illustrate a ‘Heaven-can-wait’ frame of mind casting their support and votes against Trump, not for candidates, such as Green Ticket of Jill Stein and Ajamu Baraka whose platform advocates ‘reparations,’” he said. “Black voters may be leery of Baraka who has criticized African Americans’ efforts to assimilate into the American mainstream, labeling it ‘genocide.’ In our haste to middle-class and ‘mainstream’ acceptance Blacks have allowed party priorities to supersede their own political interests and issues willingly accepting ‘the status quo.’”

Money?

One of the major discussions surrounding reparations is should they be in the form of money and if so, just how much. Here is what he wrote in Muhammad Speaks on this matter: “Let’s not be like Lebron James’ in leaving America’s legacy of slavery unchallenged and unchanged. Will the issue of reparations for Blacks be a topic of discussion in the 2016 elections? Ninety-eight percent of African Americans are descendants of slaves and have a stake in the issue. Blacks have been lacking in adjudicating debts the US owes descendants of slaves…The US likely owes descendants of slaves $14 trillion. Reparations payments could total one million dollars per family of four.”

‘No Provisions’

According to Silis, America took away so much from slaves — their freedom, their families, their names, their religions, and their lives. Yet America has not made restitution. He said: “The federal or local governments of America did not teach nor make provisions for the so-called African-Americans, or slaves to learn the knowledge of their transmissible religious belief.

The Afrodescendant

Silis refers to the descendants of slaves as “Afrodescendants.” 

During a UN meeting on the issue of reparations, Silis Muhammad put forth a proposed definition of Afrodescendants, “for he knew that the prophecy concerning the ‘scattered’ children was in fulfillment. He also knew that a movement was afoot by Member States at the UN to include African immigrants in the same political/legal category as the descendants of enslaved Africans, thereby confusing the issues and undermining the legal basis for a reparations claim based on slavery’s lingering effects. The definition made it clear that Afrodescendants are descendants of enslaved Africans, suffering the lingering effects of slavery. The leaders agreed to discuss the definition at the next seminar, and the UN took note.” 

Opposition to Reparations

Silis knows there is strong opposition against reparations. 

“As with anything good, there will be something bad to try and prevent its achievement? America’s first, African-American President stood in direct oppostion to the call for ‘Reparations’, as a candidate,” he wrote in Muhammad Speaks.

All For Reparations And Emancipation (AFRE)

Silis played a major role in creating the “Report On Peru Conference For Slave Descendants by All For Reparations And Emancipation (AFRE).” 

Silis and ten others traveled under the banner of AFRE and traveled to a UN meeting of Afrodescendant leaders in Peru. The group was led by Silis Muhammad, Chief Executive Officer of the Lost-Found Nation of Islam and of AFRE, and his wife, First Lady Misshaki Muhammad, Attorney General of the Lost-Found Nation of Islam and Legal Counsel for AFRE. The travelers included Minister Ajani Mukarram, of Chicago, Minister Ishmael Abdul-Salaam, of Atlanta, Minister Jabari Akil, of Detroit, Minister Husamideen Fedayeen, of Brooklyn, the National G.C.C. Directress Ikhlas Fedayeen, Asst. Supreme Captain Kamal Shabazz, National Intelligence Officer Kamaal Muhammad, Ambassador Raushana Karriem, Ambassador Ida Hakim, President of AFRE, and Queen Mother Dorothy Lewis, of N’COBRA.

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