"Cyniquian" Level Poster
Post Number: 646
|Posted on Wednesday, February 01, 2006 - 09:31 pm: |
I believe that he's very racist, and I really don't like or trust the upper levels of the NOI.
However, the average NOI guys, the ones you see on the street everyday selling papers, seem sincere. They are MUCH MORE respectful to black women and black people than non-NOI that I've met, and make it a point to treat even strangers like family.
And a sight to see is their children getting on or off the bus. They don't have even a HINT of the attitude/vulgarity apparent in other kids their age. This probably happens everywhere, but in Atlanta, when school kids 12 and up get on the bus, they grab each other, pull hair, fight, scream, push each other off the bus, and curse like sailors on a GOOD DAY. The NOI children behave themselves as if their parents were sitting directly next to them.
I once asked a guy why they sold papers on the street, and he said that it's to teach them humility, so they learn not to be ashamed to work anywhere else. Southern men have a terrible shame of working in fast food and "low level" employment.
So, to me at least, the members of NOI seem respectful and like they're trying to honor each other and build their community. But, I don't really trust Farrakhan.
You have to consider, though, that even cult members are sincere, no matter what the leader may be up to.