By Richard B. Muhammad and Charlene Muhammad The Final Call Newspaper @TheFinalCall

Targeting Our Children? A dubious gang database and demands for an end to targeting Black, Latino youth

When a mother got a letter from police saying her son was in a gang and was being included in a gangbanger database, she knew something was wrong.

Her son had no gang affiliation.

Now, after months of investigation, 20 Los Angeles officers are under investigation into wrongly entering youngsters into a major gang database. Field interview cards, which cops use when talking to people, may have been filled out wrong and tagged youth as gangbangers who aren’t.

Probes, promises and police violations?

The investigation and police chief Michel Moore’s promises to deal with any misconduct rekindled anger and suspicion about how officers target Black and Latino youth and dump them into the criminal justice system.
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No War On Poverty: The King Holiday and American Hypocrisy

By Charlene Muhammad -National Correspondent-

Across the United States, celebrations of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s birth with weeklong tributes, including awards ceremonies, banquets, prayer breakfasts, school pageants, parades, and special church services were planned with the official Dr. King federal holiday marked for Jan. 20.


Racism is a daily reality for Black teens and linked to depression

By Nisa Islam Muhammad -Staff Writer-

“It can happen when you least expect it. I was playing an online game and I guess my voice gave me away. The next thing I knew my opponent called me the ‘N-word.’ It surprised me. That wasn’t the first time. Your voice gives you away,” 17-year-old Lyndell Coles told The Final Call.


A liar in the White House, danger for the country

By The Final Call

Dear America, Your president is a liar.
It may seem impolite or indelicate to call him such, but too much is at stake to not speak the truth. This is especially important for news media, the so-called guardian of democracy whose lap dog repetition of Bush administration lies about weapons of mass destruction in Iraq helped lead to almost two decades of war, thousands of U.S. deaths, hundreds of thousands of Arab World deaths and wasted over a trillion dollars.


‘The United States isn’t God!’

By Askia Muhammad Senior Editor @askiaphotojourn

President Donald J. Trump’s decision to attack demonstrators at the U.S. embassy in Iraq and then to authorize the assassination of Iranian Maj. Gen. Qassem Soleimani at the Baghdad International Airport on Jan. 3, was met with a fast and furious reaction, protests erupted in 90 cities, with more than 15,000 marchers, even as the long New Year holiday week was ending.


Could American assassination, arrogance usher in Armageddon?

By The Final Call

“We took action last night to stop a war; we did not take action to start a war,” declared President Donald Trump, speaking to reporters from his Mar-A-Lago resort in Florida as America hurtled toward a possible major and destructive military conflict. Neither his words Jan. 3, nor his actions made much sense.


U.S.-Iran war on hold amid Trump’s changing stories, murky motives?

By Askia Muhammad and Barrington Salmon The Final Call @TheFinalCall

WASHINGTON—Despite open rejections as false by Republicans as well as Democrats of President Donald Trump’s justification for the killing of Iranian military commander Maj. Gen. Qassem Soleimani, and his impeachment trial looming in the Senate, the president still claimed victory in the showdown with the Islamic Republic, a showdown which barely averted a catastrophic outcome.
Mr. Trump claimed without offering a shred of proof that Gen. Soleimani—a military leader of a country not officially at war with the U.S.—posed an “imminent danger,” who had to be murdered because he planned to strike “four U.S. embassies.”

The confidential information provided to members of Congress a week after the strike was, “probably the worst briefing I’ve seen,” Sen. Mike Lee (R-Utah) told reporters Jan. 8 after the session, complaining that the Trump administration wanted to silence all dissent. “It is not acceptable for officials within the executive branch of government” to “tell us that we can’t debate and discuss the appropriateness of military intervention against Iran,” Sen. Lee continued.


Targeting Our Children? A dubious gang database and demands for an end to targeting Black, Latino youth

By Richard B. Muhammad and Charlene Muhammad The Final Call Newspaper @TheFinalCall

When a mother got a letter from police saying her son was in a gang and was being included in a gangbanger database, she knew something was wrong.

Her son had no gang affiliation.

Now, after months of investigation, 20 Los Angeles officers are under investigation into wrongly entering youngsters into a major gang database. Field interview cards, which cops use when talking to people, may have been filled out wrong and tagged youth as gangbangers who aren’t.

Probes, promises and police violations?

The investigation and police chief Michel Moore’s promises to deal with any misconduct rekindled anger and suspicion about how officers target Black and Latino youth and dump them into the criminal justice system.


No War On Poverty: The King Holiday and American Hypocrisy

By Charlene Muhammad -National Correspondent-

Across the United States, celebrations of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s birth with weeklong tributes, including awards ceremonies, banquets, prayer breakfasts, school pageants, parades, and special church services were planned with the official Dr. King federal holiday marked for Jan. 20.


Treatment or Jail?

By Nisa Islam Muhammad -Staff Writer-

Punishing drug dealers with jail has failed to stop the flow of drugs into the United States, but according to a report by the Drug Policy Alliance, the harsh criminalization of supply-side drug market activity may actually make drug use more dangerous, increase overdose deaths and lead to more violence in communities.


Racism is a daily reality for Black teens and linked to depression

By Nisa Islam Muhammad -Staff Writer-

“It can happen when you least expect it. I was playing an online game and I guess my voice gave me away. The next thing I knew my opponent called me the ‘N-word.’ It surprised me. That wasn’t the first time. Your voice gives you away,” 17-year-old Lyndell Coles told The Final Call.


U.S.-Iran war on hold amid Trump’s changing stories, murky motives?

By Askia Muhammad and Barrington Salmon The Final Call @TheFinalCall

WASHINGTON—Despite open rejections as false by Republicans as well as Democrats of President Donald Trump’s justification for the killing of Iranian military commander Maj. Gen. Qassem Soleimani, and his impeachment trial looming in the Senate, the president still claimed victory in the showdown with the Islamic Republic, a showdown which barely averted a catastrophic outcome.
Mr. Trump claimed without offering a shred of proof that Gen. Soleimani—a military leader of a country not officially at war with the U.S.—posed an “imminent danger,” who had to be murdered because he planned to strike “four U.S. embassies.”

The confidential information provided to members of Congress a week after the strike was, “probably the worst briefing I’ve seen,” Sen. Mike Lee (R-Utah) told reporters Jan. 8 after the session, complaining that the Trump administration wanted to silence all dissent. “It is not acceptable for officials within the executive branch of government” to “tell us that we can’t debate and discuss the appropriateness of military intervention against Iran,” Sen. Lee continued.


Venezuela’s Maduro lashes out at U.S.’s Pompeo for backing opposition figure

By PressTV

Venezuela’s President Nicolas Maduro has slammed U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo as a “failed clown,” after the U.S. official congratulated the country’s opposition figure Juan Guaido for claiming reelection as “parliament speaker.”


World Court prosecutor calls out Israel for alleged war crimes

By Brian E. Muhammad -Contributing Writer-

The chief prosecutor for the International Criminal Court (ICC) at the Hague is pursuing an official investigation into the Zionist state of Israel for alleged war crimes committed against the Palestinian people.


‘The United States isn’t God!’

By Askia Muhammad Senior Editor @askiaphotojourn

President Donald J. Trump’s decision to attack demonstrators at the U.S. embassy in Iraq and then to authorize the assassination of Iranian Maj. Gen. Qassem Soleimani at the Baghdad International Airport on Jan. 3, was met with a fast and furious reaction, protests erupted in 90 cities, with more than 15,000 marchers, even as the long New Year holiday week was ending.


‘It’s an act of war’ Fear that U.S. assassination of Iranian general will escalate into all-out military conflict

By Brian E. Muhammad Staff Writer @globalpeeks

Has the U.S. assassination of a popular military leader set the stage for all-out war between Iran and the United States after decades of tension and proxy battles?

Worldwide attention was focused on the Middle East and reports from Washington and Tehran with anger and uncertainty the only things that appeared certain.


Affordable housing for low wage workers a remote dream

By Nisa Islam Muhammad -Staff Writer-

There is a significant gap between renters’ wages and the cost of rental housing across the United States. This leaves no minimum wage worker able to afford a rental home solely on their weekly earnings according to a report, Out of Reach.


Corporate shutout: Black professionals face prejudice and exclusion in America

By Michael Z. Muhammad -Contributing Writer-

And the beat goes on. A new study released by the Center for Talent Innovation entitled “Being Black in Corporate America: An Intersectional Exploration” paints a dim picture for Black advancement in the corporate world.


Richest 1% in U.S. surpassing wealth of middle class: Report

By PressTV

The U.S. economic expansion has enriched the top one percent of American households to the point that they now control more than half of the equity in the U.S. stock market, according to a new government study.


Falling Black homeownership remains a problem

By Charlene Muhammad -National Correspondent-

Blacks are in the throes of a homeownership crisis, even in the midst of a robust economy with strong employment rates and steadily increasing pensions, according to the 2019 edition of the State of Housing in Black America report.


Student debt disrupts chances, widens racial wealth

By Nisa Islam Muhammad -Staff Writer-

Twenty years after starting college, the median debt of White students who took out loans has been reduced by 94 percent—with almost half holding no student debt—compared to Black student loan borrowers at the median who still owe 95 percent of their cumulative borrowing total.


JUSTICE: A PREREQUISITE TO LIFE

By THE HONORABLE MINISTER LOUIS FARRAKHAN

I read of this unfortunate incident in our newspaper, The Final Call, and it is one of many that are taking place in cities throughout America that you don’t hear of: Young Black men being handcuffed, and shot while they are handcuffed; and then a series of lies are told to justify murder. » CONTINUE

A Final Warning to U.S. President Donald J. Trump, the U.S. Government and A Final Call to Black People

By The Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan

Mr. President, you’re going to have to deal with the thought that’s in your mind that will destroy America and her future; because once the trigger of war is pulled, it will escalate. » CONTINUE

The Challenge to Change: Who is Your Leader, God or Satan?

By HONORABLE MINISTER LOUIS FARRAKHAN

What is meant by the virgin birth? Every woman is a virgin before she meets a man. Mary (Mother of Jesus) was an extraordinarily righteous woman. She was so pure that the Holy Qur’an says of Mary, that she is the best of women. She was so good a woman until the angels argued among themselves as to who would have charge over Mary. She was such a special woman because she had to bring into the world a very special man to bring us the challenge to change. » CONTINUE

Separation Or Death

By HONORABLE MINISTER LOUIS FARRAKHAN

Many people do not wish to say that the human is divine, but we call The Creation divine. The sun is divine, the moon is divine, the stars are divine, the trees, the seas, the oceans, the mountains, the rivers. ... They are divine because they come from The Originator of Divine. So if we can ascribe divinity to the things that He created, and the greatest of God’s creation is the human being, then why should we not understand that in the human being is the spark of divine that has been put out in the last 6,000 years of the rule of other than divine? » CONTINUE

‘Stand up on Truth’: The Time for Reparatory Justice is Now!

By HONORABLE MINISTER LOUIS FARRAKHAN

I came to this forum on “Revitalizing The Reparations Movement” to listen, to learn, and to be inspired; not necessarily to talk. And, I found myself so re-invigorated by the beauty of the presentation by Sir Hilary Beckles (representing Prime Minister Ralph E. Gonsalves of St. Vincent & Grenadines).

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‘Holy Day’ vs. ‘Holiday’: The Lie of ‘December 25th’

By THE HONORABLE MINISTER LOUIS FARRAKHAN

And while some of you really didn’t know how you were going to pay the rent this month, you managed to find a little money to buy a Christmas tree and presents, and are busy decorating your trees and getting ready for the “holidays.” » CONTINUE

The Abuse of the Female

By THE HONORABLE MINISTER LOUIS FARRAKHAN

If we would come together as a family, husband and wife, we will start pulling the children back and then holiness will replace the broken spirit from broken marriages and broken homes. ...
In Islam, we cover our women, because the female body is a natural attraction to a real man. Allah (God) formed the female that way. » CONTINUE

‘What is Justice?’— Redistribute the Pain through Our Economic Withdrawal

By The Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan

This message to you is one I gave in a series of meetings ever since I touched down in St. Louis: I spoke to pastors and politicians, and a host of others in private meetings; and I met with the chief of police, along with Brother Anthony Shahid and others. And I know the mayor and others (were) concerned about what I have to say. » CONTINUE

Is America headed for civil war?

By Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan

As we read this article, many wars are raging in different parts of the world, causing widespread death and destruction. These wars have caused, and are causing, nations to be divided, North and South and East and West, tribe against tribe, one ethnic, racial or religious group against the other. These lines of division that have bred hatred between those of similar ethnic and racial origin are being fed by wicked external forces.. » CONTINUE

Everybody Needs Somebody: A Tribute to Akbar Muhammad

By The Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan

It is a special night to see Sister Miriam and the children of Brother Akbar and the sacrifice that she made, and they made, and then his other children and his wife Nafisah. I enjoyed everyone who spoke. I enjoyed James Mtume. I enjoyed my sister, Denise Thimes, who sang about love, about life and about you. » CONTINUE