Message To The “So-Called” Latino

By David J. Muhammad -Guest Columnist- | Last updated: Sep 17, 2009 - 12:27:12 PM

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Love for Ourselves is Love for God

( - As descendants of conquered peoples of Latin America, we've been dominated by the Spanish Crown and the last 163 years by the economic and military might of the United States government. This domination has produced an inferiority complex among our people and a dependence on our former colonial masters that has not been completely broken by the victories of independence in many Latin American nations.

We mock the color of our skin, our mixed racial features, and our indigenous ways. This is the self-hatred that our conqueror put in so that we would feel inferior to them. We call Spain the “Mother Continent,” when it was the Indigenous cultures of the Americas and the Black peoples of Africa that produced the greatest civilizations and sciences while Europe was still in the Dark Ages. The true knowledge of ourselves given to us by the Honorable Elijah Muhammad and the Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan is now waking us up to this fact.

This inferiority complex is both cultural and economic. We are a mixed blood people, with our colors and shades ranging from Black and Dark Brown to Tan and Pale White, and yet with all this diversity we suffer class and racial discrimination, in our countries of origin and the United States.

We hold up our national flags as symbols of pride, and we should, but it should be a sign of upholding a principle or an ideal and not just a means of making ourselves feel better in a society that has put us down. So we say “I'm proud to be Mexican,” or “I'm proud to be Puerto Rican, Dominican, Honduran, Colombian, Venezuelan, etc.,” and those are titles of pieces of land. The land doesn't define us, the people working together in unity on the land defines what it means to be a nation. The God who created us defines us and gives us our sense and purpose of being.

What was God's purpose for making us a people mixed with the blood of the Indigenous, Black Africans, and Europeans? Why, today are we in the economic position under the control of the United States when Latin America already has all that it needs to survive? How is it that all of these people, mixed, Black, and Indian still serve just a small handful of rich and powerful individuals? Is it that God has cursed us for being darker or for being poor? To the contrary, we are the people of God, chosen by Him because of our suffering as humble servants to build His kingdom with Christ on Earth.

Jesus said “many that are the first shall be last; and the last shall be first” (Matthew 19:30). That means those who have profited from the exploitation of the poor and the oppressed will be sat down in the judgment of this world. This is not something to expect in the sky, this is something we are seeing right now on Earth. Just as the empire of Spain fell, the United States of America is now falling at the hands of God's anger. Did we think that God's ways have changed and America would escape His punishment?

Rome, an empire that was built by slaves, controlled the economies of other nations,it lured its colonized subjects to fight in their army for the promise of citizenship. Even today, the United States military is boosting its numbers with so-called “Green Card Soldiers,” even as undocumented immigrants from Latin America are under attack by the media and racist vigilantism.

It is our lack of love for self that causes us to look outward for acceptance when it is our relationship to our Creator, as His people, that justifies us with or without papers (immigration documents). Many of us live in the shadows of fear, while self-styled “leaders” claim to represent us to a society that does not want us here, the very land built by and taken from us. The Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan has said that God will reverse what was done to us as a people, and that the land would be given back to us wherein we could live together in peace. This is Allah's (God's) promise to us as it says Psalms of David that “the meek shall inherit the Earth” (Psalms 37:11). God's promise remains true.

We must throw off the fear of not being accepted by this society that has exploited the poor and the darker peoples of the Earth. It is now time to fall back into love with our people and ourselves, no longer fearing the corrupt powers of this wicked system. For as it says in the Bible, 1 John, 4:18-20:

“There is no fear in love; but perfect love casteth out fear: because fear hath torment. He that feareth is not made perfect in love. We love Him, because He first loved us. If a man say, I love God, and hateth his brother, he is a liar: for he that loveth not his brother whom he hath seen, how can he love God whom he hath not seen?

Our unity and the love for self can transform our suffering. God and His promised Messiah are present in the world today.