During an old interview with KISS-FM, Farrakhan said one of the ways this shift came about was through the loss of black media.
“In New York city there were several black shows… there was Black News, Positively Black… There was the national program with Tony Brown called Black Journal. After the deαth of these giants, now the wise people said let’s change the language so we can change the focus and give them a new understanding of who they are.”
Then, according to Farrahkhan, a subtle change in language took place where black wasn’t used to describe people anymore. The word black was replaced with “disadvantaged” and “minority”
After that came the term “African-American”, which Farrakhan says was a “severing of the nervous system that black had made tying us to the struggle of black people all over the world.”
Farrakhan explained how this change in language caused blacks in America to see themselves as separate from other blacks.
Now black people don’t care about what happens in Rwanda or Darfur because it doesn’t impact “African-Americans” explained Farrakhan.
“So we don’t feel suffering unless there’s a Katrina” said Farrakhan, but blacks in America don’t care about what happens to blacks around the world because they’ve been cυt off.
As Farrakhan notes, millions have been kιlled during fighting in the Democratic Republic of the Congo but that conflict receives little attention among blacks in America.
Approximately 5.4 million people have lost their lives due to the ongoing war in the Congo.
Just today Reuters reported that gunmen attacked a military base in Congo’s capital, Kinshasa, so Farrakhan’s words still have resonance since there’s no outcry over the carnage in the Congo.