[Editor’s note: The following text is excerpted from “A Torchlight for America,” written by the Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan, 1993.]

In The Name of Allah, The Beneficent, The Merciful.


Minister Louis Farrakhan

Unfortunately, the truth of the real condition of America is kept hidden from the people until conditions become so intolerable that the most uninformed of the people readily sees that something is wrong. Then, scapegoating becomes a necessary tool used by wickedly wise policy-makers and business leadership to re-direct and focus attention away from their own misdeeds and onto someone who is defenseless in the society.


A scapegoat is a person, group or thing upon whom the blame for the mistakes or crimes of others is thrust. According to the Bible, in the Book of Leviticus, the word scapegoat comes from the use of a goat, over whose head the high priest of the ancient Jews confessed the sins of the people on the Day of Atonement, after which the goat was allowed to escape. (Leviticus 16:8, 10, 26, 30)

The Honorable Elijah Muhammad taught us that when the door to the raw materials of Asia, Africa and Latin America closes to imperialistic design, the standard of living in America will decline. Those doors are now closing, and the American people are beginning to suffer as a result.

Asia, Africa and Latin America have been the playground for America’s economic and leisure purposes. Now that America’s ability to extract raw materials from these countries and compete against their products in the global economy has declined, America’s standard of living is on the decline. No relief is in sight for America’s annual trade deficit of over $100 billion. Labor and other operational costs here make American products more expensive to sell abroad and in many cases even more expensive to sell right at home.

As a result, America buys more from foreign countries, particularly Japan and eastern Europe, than she sells to foreign countries. The door to the world is closing and America is not competing well in the global economy. Thus the American standard of living is going down.



If the American people truly knew their condition and trusted their leadership, they would be willing to take the proper medicine�no matter how bad it would taste�if that medicine would correct the condition. The political leadership has lied about the condition of the country. Some have said that the economy is on the upswing, while we are living in a decline.

Black people are being positioned by the wickedly wise as the cause of the country’s ruin. The scapegoating of the poor sets the climate in America against the American labor class, against the underprivileged, and against Black people. There is now a pervasive anti-Black attitude. The media feeds this plan of scapegoating Black people by portraying us a useless and criminal.


Instead of looking honestly at the problem and coming up with solutions that would give America a future, the leadership lies to the American people and scapegoats the poor and the defenseless for the misdeeds of the American government.

If the American people truly knew their condition and trusted their leadership, they would be willing to take the proper medicine—no matter how bad it would taste—if that medicine would correct the condition. The political leadership has lied about the condition of the country. Some have said that the economy is on the upswing, while we are living in a decline.

If a doctor said you were fine while you were severely ill, and that doctor would not prescribe the proper medicine for your illness, that doctor could be charged and maybe found guilty of malpractice. Well, what about politicians and their unwillingness to prescribe real solutions to the country’s problems?

How did America in the past 12 years go from a leading creditor nation to the leading debtor nation? Where was the money borrowed from and to whom is the money owed?

The American taxpayer is now a slave to servicing a skyrocketing debt; a debt that is so large that it sentences future generations to the same servitude to this debt because the politicians are not courageous enough to deal honestly with this problem and present the American people with a real solution.

It’s dangerous to enslave a people and be the perpetual source of opposition to truth, which is the means for freeing the people from ignorance, yet say you believe in God. God has always come to the aid of the oppressed and the enslaved fighting against the rich and the powerful when they deprive others of the basic essentials of life, which are freedom, justice and equality that which is said to constitute the base of this country.


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When the slaves were enamored with the riches of Pharaoh, Moses was not able to get his people to listen until he prayed for God’s hand to be set against the wealth of Egypt. (Holy Qur’an, Surah 10, Section 9) The more Egypt declined, the more the slaves were inclined to listen to Moses and get up and go for self.


God has always chosen from among the despised and rejected. Whenever there has been a master and a slave, God has always put the solution in the head of slaves. But if America has no respect for human life, or for those who are its former slaves, then America will miss the solution to its problems.

In the Book of Esther in the Bible, there is a prince, Haman, who had prepared a plot to destroy the Jewish people in what was known at that time as the land of Persia. Haman harbored animosity toward the Jews because they did not look upon him with reverence. As a result of his animosity, Haman began to spread rumors about the Jews and misrepresented them as lawless and disrespectful of the king. He proposed to the king that the Jews were worthy of death, “…all Jews, both young and old, little children and women, in one day…and to take the spoil of them for a prey,” because of their so-called disrespect for the king’s law. (Esther 3:13)

The King, Ahasuerus, who had exalted Haman above all other princes, was therefore receptive to Haman’s unjust plot to destroy the Jews. A decree was issued and all Jews were sentenced to death.

However, Queen Esther uncovered the plot. Risking her own life, she approached the king to petition on behalf of the Jews. In this instance, the king was not a sexist. Though the voice on behalf of the Jews was a woman, he listened to her petition, weighed the evidence and determined to spare the Jews. Because the king heeded Queen Esther’s warning, he ceased the plot that would have caused unjust death to be visited upon the Jewish people, thereby sparing himself and his country from the wrath of God. If he had been inclined toward sexism, he would have rejected her warning, and he would have sentenced himself and his people to the chastisement of God.

Sexism is sinking the country. Classism is sinking the country. Racism is sinking the country. White supremacy is sinking the country. Black inferiority and a slave mentality are sinking the country.

We must be open to truth, no matter from whom it is spoken, because the ultimate source of all truth is Allah (God). The Honorable Elijah Muhammad taught about those of us who are used to eating from a gold bowl, that if truth doesn’t come to you in a gold bowl, but rather in an old pot, and you refuse it because it’s not in your customary vessel, then your arrogance and foolishness will deprive you of the light that can free you of your condition, and you will ultimately be led to your destruction by your own arrogance.

God has chosen from among the former slaves, the Blacks. He has put in the head of the Honorable Elijah Muhammad and in the heads of us who follow him, a light; a torchlight that shows the way out of America’s worsening conditions, for Blacks and for all of America. But America’s treatment of us and America’s treatment of the Honorable Elijah Muhammad is like the treatment of Daniel by the proud kings of Babylon. It’s terrible that some of those with power and influence label me a “Hitler,” a racist or a hater, so that they can justify their own people, or agents among our people, in attempts to defame and otherwise harm me. This is hiding the light. This is scapegoating.


The reason leaders desire to hide the truth is to keep the people blind and powerless so that the rich can engage unhindered in feeding their own greed. They don’t desire to live in a free society, a just society, and an equal society for all of the country’s people. They are rebels against God. As Jesus said, “Ye are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do. He was a murderer in the beginning, and abode not in the truth…” (John 8:44)

Any man who will not speak or abide in the truth is a murderer of the human spirit and the law of liberty, for only truth gives us true liberty. This is why it is written that “it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle, than for a rich man to enter into the kingdom of God.” (Matthew 19:24) The rich are unwilling to really sacrifice to lift the poor because of their basic greed and immorality. Therefore, the rich today are in trouble. Speaking of the rich, in the Book of James (5:1-6) it reads:

“Go to now, ye rich men, weep and howl for your miseries that shall come upon you. Your riches are corrupted, and your garments are moth-eaten. Your gold and silver is cankered; and the rust of them shall be a witness against you, and shall eat your flesh as it were fire. Ye have heaped treasure together for the last days. Behold, the hire of the labourers who have reaped down your fields , which is of you kept back by fraud, crieth: and the cries of them which have reaped are entered into the ears of the Lord of sabaoth. Ye have lived in pleasure on the earth, and been wanton; ye have nourished your hearts, as in a day of slaughter. Ye have condemned and killed the just; and he doth not resist you.”

As it was in the days of Jesus, so it is today. The rich have been found wanton and wanting, and God’s judgment is upon them in America.

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