Tuesday, June 14, 2005

NOPD hires Nation of Islam emissary to teach sensitivity course

5:05pm Update: NOPD Chief Eddie Compass has decided that hiring Dennis Muhammed is too controversial. He is going to look elsewhere for the very much needed police officer sensitivity training .

The New Orleans Police Department has discovered that it has a problem - its public image. And Chief Eddie Compass has the solution (so he thinks). He has hired Dennis Muhammed, the security chief to the Nation of Islam, to teach sensitivity to his officers.

Compass says, "The people in the community who are anti-police, who really need to hear our message, who really need to build the bridges with, members of the Nation of Islam have some type of relationship with these people."

I wonder if Compass has done any investigation into the Nation of Islam. I assume that he has not given the very contraversial goals and beliefs of this group. Here is a sampling from their official website:

1. We want freedom for all Believers of Islam now held in federal prisons. We want freedom for all black men and women now under death sentence in innumerable prisons in the North as well as the South

2. We want the government of the United States to exempt our people from ALL taxation as long as we are deprived of equal justice under the laws of the land.

3. We want our people in America whose parents or grandparents were descendants from slaves, to be allowed to establish a separate state or territory of their own--either on this continent or elsewhere. We believe that our former slave masters are obligated to provide such land and that the area must be fertile and minerally rich. We believe that our former slave masters are obligated to maintain and supply our needs in this separate territory for the next 20 to 25 years--until we are able to produce and supply our own needs.

4. We want equal education--but separate schools up to 16 for boys and 18 for girls on the condition that the girls be sent to women's colleges and universities. We want all black children educated, taught and trained by their own teachers

5. WE BELIEVE this is the time in history for the separation of the so-called Negroes and the so-called white Americans. We believe the black man should be freed in name as well as in fact. By this we mean that he should be freed from the names imposed upon him by his former slave masters. Names which identified him as being the slave master's slave. We believe that if we are free indeed, we should go in our own people's names--the black people of the Earth

6. WE BELIEVE that the offer of integration is hypocritical and is made by those who are trying to deceive the black peoples into believing that their 400-year-old open enemies of freedom, justice and equality are, all of a sudden, their "friends." Furthermore, we believe that such deception is intended to prevent black people from realizing that the time in history has arrived for the separation from the whites of this nation.

Evidence of the fact that the Nation of Islam is a black supremacy group is not hard to find.

(1) Just by reading the principles of NOI, you can see that they blame every negative event in black history on the white race.
(2) According to Nation of Islam founder, W.D. Fard, the white race was created by "Yakub," an evil scientist.
(3) Also, one need look no further than the statements of Louis Farrakhan, its leader. When responding to being called a "Black Hitler," Farrakhan stated, "Hitler was a very great man." In a speech to gang leaders, he said, " ...America will be the Promised Land for the Black, the Brown and the Red. And the Whites that survive will survive under new terms created by the strength of the peacemakers."

Is this the type of values that we want to instill in our police officers? Promote sensitivity to one race. This is no more correct than it would be for a town with a 68% white population to hire someone from the Ku Klux Klan to teach the course. Just like the Nation of Islam, some of the Ku Klux Klan's self-purported goals seem noble and agreeable on the surface. However, there is no doubt that the underlying objective is one of hate. Hate for other races. Hate for other beliefs. Hate for other religions.

Therefore, hiring someone from the Nation of Islam to teach a sensitivity class is the height of irony. In this case, though, it is one of dangerous irony. Anyone living in New Orleans can testify to the increasing racial tension between black and white. The last thing that the NOPD needs is anything that will fan those flames. Hiring the Nation of Islam will do just that.