“Land ownership is the pathway to wealth.” -The Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan
The Most Honorable Elijah Muhammad has taught us that the only way we can prolong human life is to control and monitor what foods we eat and store in our homes. Healthy living and eating can be properly preserved once we learn to produce and pull our own vegetation from the earth. So before his departure, the Messenger laid a foundation for us by purchasing 5,000 acres of land in Georgia, 8,000 to 10,000 acres of land in Alabama and about 20,000 acres of land in Honduras. When there are many whites gardening and cultivating the land to get away from overpriced and denatured food that is at the mercy of those who produce it, why shouldn’t the Black community, where the people are suffering from food desserts, learn to embrace agriculture as well? During an interview with the Final Call, the Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan stated that,
“If you’re not inspired to want to take care of the life that God has given to you then we’re truly mentally and economically, socially dead. But if you love the life that you have, your desire should be to maintain that life and to give yourself a healthy lifestyle that will give you longer life… The only way to have it is to have some of this earth that we can call our own and then go back to the earth and grow our own food, produce our own soil and give ourselves a chance to live the kind of life The Creator desires for us to live.”
That’s why Black Muslim News appreciates brothers like former NFL player Jason Brown, who in 2009, signed a five-year deal with the St. Louis Rams that was worth $37.5 million with a $20 million guarantee. But in 2012 he was released from the Rams and has since devoted his time to farming. With no prior farming experience, Brown went back to his hometown in North Carolina to purchase 1,000 acres of farmland. Named “First Fruits Farm,” Brown raises food for the hungry of the community and more recently, he gave away 46,000 pounds of sweet potatoes and another 10,000 pounds of cucumbers. Some onlookers have criticized him for his decision and even his agent believed that he was making the biggest mistake of his life. But remember, money in Black hands is seen as a weapon of mass White destruction, especially when it is not of benefit to their pockets and entertainment. Consider what the Minister said in part 32 of his weekly lecture series of The Time and What Must Be Done,
“When most Blacks emerged from slavery, most of us tried to get as far away from our former slave masters and their plantations as possible. We even set up more than 60 all-Black towns, where we had our own government, and began a strong tradition of ‘do for self’ without the oversight of our former slave masters… When The Enemy saw us building those 60 towns, did you know they helped to destroy all 60 of those towns, and began to set up a series of laws that came to be known as ‘Jim Crow Laws’? Under ‘Jim Crow’: Whites made it ‘illegal’ to sell property to Blacks, and Blacks were forbidden by law to sell their own farm products without written permission from a Caucasian.”
When Black farmers have always battled the U.S. government for the human right to do for self, collect money and aid, to say Brown made a mistake in his decision is disrespectful to the historical struggle of our ancestors on American soil. Instead, he made the best decision by taking all that he gained from the NFL or modern day system of slavery and Jim Crow, to serve and give back to the people, invest and establish his very own successful Black business.