St. George’s, November 25, 2012 – Louis Farrakhan, leader of the Chicago-based Nation of Islam (NOI), wants Grenada and other Caribbean countries to pay greater attention to youth, including the type of education young people are receiving at school.
He has pointed to the danger of restlessness among youth in many countries, including Greece, Spain and Egypt, that has led to street protest.
“Young people are revolting,’’ Farrakhan said Saturday at a public lecture in St. George’s.
It was his first visit to Grenada and forms part of a Caribbean tour that has now taken him to Barbados.While in Grenada, Farrakhan met Governor General Sir Carlyle Glean; Prime Minister Tillman Thomas and his deputy Nazim Burke; and opposition leader Dr. Keith Mitchell.
He also visited the Happy Hill Secondary School and several agricultural projects, including the Nutmeg Receiving Station at Gouyave, St. John.
Farrakhan, 79, described Grenada as “a very beautiful island.’’
However, one of his concerns is the relationship between youth and older citizens. “Disconnect is going on right here in Grenada’’ between the two groups, Farrakhan said.
He called for the establishment of a “new education system.’’
“You have to build an education system that teaches your children the value of who they are,’’ he advised. “The black contribution to civilization must be taught in schools.’’
During his presentation at the Grenada Trade Centre, Farrakhan condemned the mistreatment and abuse of women; championed the need for greater black economic empowerment; and appealed for deeper Caribbean integration.
The former colonized countries of the Caribbean and Africa, which are now independent nations, have flags and anthems, which are “symbols without substance,’’ Farrakhan charged.
“Economic power is not in your hands,’’ he said, cautioning that indebtedness to the “blood suckers’’ at the World Bank and International Monetary Fund is “another form of slavery’’.
In the case of Grenada, he urged more investment in nutmeg and other agricultural products.
“All kinds of industry can come from nutmeg,’’ said Farrakhan, who also underscored the commonalities of the various religions, including Christianity, Islam and Judaism.
All religions, he said, “are trying to do a great work for God,’’ but confusion among them is “orchestrated by Satan.’’
Farrakhan also preached the importance of forgiveness, with special reference to the Grenada events of 1983 that resulted in death of former Prime Minister Maurice Bishop and other Grenadians.
He said the events left a “gaping wound.’’
But arriving in Grenada to an airport named after Maurice Bishop is an indication that “a healing is beginning to take place,’’ said Farrakhan.
He said the NOI also is in a healing process over the 1965 assassination of its former member, Malcolm X.
Malcolm’s assassins, Farrakhan said, were black but the hands behind the killing were white.
He admitted to a fallout with Malcolm X when disagreement arose with the late NOI founder, Elijah Muhammad.
But Farrakhan said Malcolm X, whose mother was Grenadian Louise Norton Little, was his mentor and teacher.
“Malcolm X inspired me greatly,’’ said Farrakhan, who was born 1933 in the United States to Caribbean parents.
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