1503 Petition for Reparations for Afr.-Americans (delivered to U.N., 1994.)
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We, the African descendants of slaves, the so-called African-American, the so-called Black American, the so-called Negro, have never tasted of the "freedom" that so many millions of other members of the human family enjoy, safeguard and treasure. We are the only people on this planet that have had to endure over four humdred (400) years of the most brutal, dehumanizing slavery the world has ever known. We continue to suffer to this day from the scars of that slavery and from institutions of racism in the United States of America that deprive us of our "human rights."
This historic Petition to the United Nations marks an end of one era and beginning of another. It marks the end of the struggle for liberty that many Black Americans have fought within the boundaries of the United States in an attempt to get our former slave masters to give us what we were born with, our human rights.
We, as a people, have survived the post-civil war when we were released from the physical chains and told to "go" with little or no assistance from the United States Government. We even survived the violent and frightening reign of terror of the Klu Klux Klan and the White Citizens Councils. During the years of the Great Depression, we suffered the most.
During World War II, Black soldiers were placed on the front lines to defend a nation that inflicted insults of the worst kind upon them, their families and loved ones who sought to exercise their human rights in places of public accommodations and in the work place.
We have had many great leaders during this era--leaders who begged and pleaded to the government and to the white majority Americans, to do what is right and just. Among those, to name a few, have been: Harriet Tubman, Frederick Douglas, Sojourner Truth, and Booker T. Washington.
The push for civil rights in the sixties brought us into a period wherein we experienced an even more cruel fate. We were led to believe that integration would be a "cure-all" for our woes. With integration we were to be able to experience life in these United States as do the majority of white Americans. Several decades into this system of "forced assimilation" reveals that the "glass ceiling" will continue to block the majority of us from ever truly "arriving." Our great leaders--Thurgood Marshall, Martin Luther King, Jr., Ralph Abernathy--proponents of integration, did not intend to dedicate their life’s works to a system that would still manage to keep us under control. But under control we still are.
We have had several great leaders with the wisdom to see that in order to be truly free, we must be able to exercise ALL of the rights that citizens of other nations exercise. We must have the right to self-determination which includes the right to: decide our own destiny, study and perpetuate our own history, culture and languages; have real political power in determining and electing officials that will be able to protect rights and needs peculiar to African-Americans; and even to return to Mother Africa, with substance, in order to undo the damages of slavery. Among these leaders were W.E.B. DuBois, Marcus Garvey, the Honorable Elijah Muhammad and Malcolm X.
We now are at the beginning of a new era wherein we now will take our struggle for true and complete freedom to the international community via the United Nations. Our leader in this areana is the Honorable Silis Muhammad, my husband, who has dedicated his life’s work in carrying out the mission of his leader and teacher, the Honorable Elijah Muhammad. He is working day and night to enable African-Americans to sit down as equals with officials of the government of the United States in a forum governed by the United Nations, so that this government will have to answer for its systematic and continuous gross violations of our human rights protected under international law.
So great is his love for his people that he has placed his life on the line in order to ensure that African-Americans are afforded the right to self-determination, and to receive justice in the form of reparations. I, along with countless others, pledge, my love and loyalty to him in this great and historic endeavor! Those of us in this spiritual battle are warriors, and are reminded of the sayings of the prophet Isaiah:
"For every battle of the warrior is with
Confused noise and garments rolled in blood;
But this shall be with burning and fuel of fire.
The Bible, Isaiah,
Chapter 9, Verse 5
Attorney General of the
Lost-Found Nation of Islam
Reparations Petition for United Nations assistance under
Resolution 1503 on behalf of African-Americans in the United States of America
Ref. N. G/SO 215/1 USA (266)
Mr. Boutros Boutros-Ghali
Secretary-General of the United Nations
Palais des Nations
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NOTE: Although the above petition was received, it was not heard or responded to by the United Nations.