According to Minister Louis Farrakhan, Black lives matter and they have value. He gave a speech that was posted in Final Call (Vol 1. No. 4 ) about the Black lives lost not only in slavery and the Middle Passage but in subsequent wars: the Revolutionary War when Blacks fought to free America from England, the War of 1812, the Civil War (400,000 Black people fought on the side of the North and the South), the Spanish-American War, World War I, and World War II.
“We left our fathers on Normandy Beach, in Palermo, in Rome, in Naples, in Sicily. We left our bodies on the streets of Paris, in Belgium. Add it up. We joined the war,” Farrakhan said. “They used us in Hawaii, in Bataan, in Corregidor, in the Solomon Islands, in Iwo Jima. We lost our lives fighting for America. And after the war was over, America rebuilt Germany.
“Now the West German economy is the strongest in all Europe. We rebuilt Japan. Now the Japanese are world leaders, but Black people who helped you win the war, they are homeless in Atlanta, homeless in Chicago, homeless in Detroit, homeless in Boston, in the streets looking for a job, looking for a handout. We helped you to win, but you offered us nothing.
“I say, add it up. Add it up. Add it up!” he wrote.
Farrakhan went on to talk about America’s destruction of Black leaders, and what that cost Black Americans.
“What is the life of Martin Luther King worth? What is the life of Malcolm X worth? What is the life of our leaders worth? What is the life of Louis Farrakhan worth?” he asked.
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