OF LAND AND NATION
must understand today is the importance of acquiring land
of our own. We are no longer a mere handful of people. We
are a little better than 22 million in population and still
We cannot forever continue to depend
upon America to give us a job, send us to school, build our
houses and sell us her food and give nothing in return.
America was not established and chartered with constitutional
guarantees for the Black man but for the white man.
America was not founded to guarantee the freedom and equality
of the Black man and woman, and indeed she is not seeking
these privileges for our people today.
In what other country on this earth will you find 22 million
people within the framework of another people's government
seeking to become qualified citizens joyously singing the
songs of integration? Our people are the fools of the nations.
Integration means self-destruction, and the means to this
end is exactly that, death and nothing less.
The Black people throughout the earth are seeking independence
for their own, not integration into white society. What do
we look like trying to integrate with our 400-year-old enemies?
The average so-called Negro wants to change his own flesh
color and blood for a strange blood and flesh.
In order to build a nation you must first have some land.
From our first generation of slaves to the present generation
of our people, we have been unable to unite and acquire some
land of our own due to the mental poisoning of our former
slave-masters who destroyed in us the desire to think and
do for self and kind.
Do you as educated and professional men and women desire to
be recognized forever as the mental slaves, beggars of white
Today, the international conception of honor, pride and dignity
is not concerned with individuals within a country but is
rather concerned with your work and value as a part of an
In order to be recognized today you must represent your nation.
We must understand the importance of land of our own. The
first and most important reason that the individual countries
of Europe, Africa and Asia are recognized as nations is because
they occupy a specific area of the earth. Second, they are
recognized because of the effectiveness of their internal
unity and policies and then by their enactment of international
policies and agreements with other established nations. The
black man has been actually worthless when it comes to exercising
the rights as human beings in an ever-advancing civilization.
So remember, we cannot demand recognition until we have some
land that we can call our own.
You might argue that this is impossible, but I say with Almighty
Allah (God) on my side this is not only possible but in the
working for our people and will manifest itself soon!
Honorable Elijah Muhammad"