RAMS News: Farrakhan at UC Berkeley: Reigniting Black campus activism (1385 hits)
By Ashahed M. Muhammad -Asst. Editor- | Last updated: Mar 13, 2012 - 1:49:43 PM
Jewish opposition fails to derail Farrakhan message and annual student-led unity conference
BERKELEY, Calif. - (FinalCall.com) - The Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan addressed hundreds of Black student leaders from a dozen college campuses throughout California at the Afrikan Black Coalition’s 2012 conference March 10 and Jewish organizations once again failed to stop students from hearing the popular leader and masterful orator.
Black students seemingly have declared an ostensive ban keeping the Minister from speaking on campuses over.
A long line stretched down the UC Berkeley campus leading to the doors of Wheeler Auditorium, named for Benjamin Ide Wheeler, president of the University of California from 1899 to 1919. The 800-seat auditorium was full and the message to student leaders and students was also broadcast live via internet webcast.
Though the Saturday morning assembly was a little early for many students, the capacity crowd was vocal, enthusiastic and ready to learn.
The Afrikan Black Coalition sponsors the annual gathering to unify Black students across the UC system and brings together Black Student Unions and Afrikan Student Unions within the UC and beyond. The first ABC conference was held in 2004. This was the first time the conference has been held on the campus of UC-Berkeley.
Addressing national Jewish organizations who spoke against his appearance on the campus, the Minister said an arrogant and controlling mindset of White supremacy made opponents feel able to determine whom Blacks should listen to.
“Are you still in the mode and the mind of a slave master that you think we should bow down to you and you tell us who we should listen to?” Minister Farrakhan asked. “That’s a mentality of the former slave masters who owned us and I would hope that Berkeley is not another plantation or that the UC campuses in California are continued plantations not only for the Blacks, but for those who pay money to get an education.”