We have come to the very limit in patience. We have come to the limit in endurance with a people that are bent upon our destroying us and whatever we [stand] for of truth and righteousness. You can’t be righteous in America. You cannot even live [in] peace with the Whiteman of America. There is no peace in his very nature. He is a trouble maker. He is a warrior. He is a blood shedder from the very beginning, as Jesus teaches you and me in the Bible in John 8:44. He is not one to be taken as a peaceful person. He only deceives you under this kind of talk.

   For thirty five years, I repeat, we have tried to live in peace here with these people and today we are far off as we were when we started. Sitting, trying to be neutral or tying to be ourselves as we preach(righteous Muslims we are). [We] cannot be enjoy [ourselves with] every trouble maker lurking around to provoke some kind of act against us and to make us feel that we should [have to] defend ourselves, [or give him] a chance to mow [us] down whether [we] have a weapons or not. [He] only wants an excuse to come with loaded weapons upon his body – so heavy that he can hardly get around himself – to kill defenseless people without any weapons whatsoever. He then gloats over such [a] act as being a brave act to defend himself and his kind against that poor So-Called Negro standing out there lying in the sand, bleeding from his wound, because he had nothing. If he had been well armed with the same type of weapons, it would not have been the same. But he has no weapons. He is not the manufacturer of weapons. He can’t buy equal weapons.

  [He] only wants an excuse to come with loaded weapons upon his body – so heavy that he can hardly get around himself – to kill defenseless people without any weapons whatsoever. He then gloats over such [a] act as being a brave act to defend himself and his kind against that poor So-Called Negro standing out there lying in the sand, bleeding from his wound, because he had nothing. If he had been well armed with the same type of weapons, it would not have been the same. But he has no weapons. He is not the manufacturer of weapons. He can’t buy equal weapons.

  Now here is a big show. Five or six well armed police officers or national guardsmen standing around one poor unarmed Negro lying on the ground [squirming] in the pain of his wounds inflicted upon him by the well armed police and national guards; [wounds] inflicted upon him for no other reason than [the fact] that they hate the very looks of a black Negro.

   They are mad. Their time has come, as it is written that this people are mad. They are very angry, because it is the time that the Negro should stand up. It is given in the Revelations that it is [the] time of the dead that they should be judged justly and righteously, and he knows these times. The American Whiteman knows the time is right that you and I should come to the knowledge of the truth, and he hopes to destroy us, as the twelfth chapter of Revelations also gives. As soon as you come to that knowledge, he hopes to destroy you. In those words used there, as soon as the baby is born he stands ready to destroy it.

   You must remember, my beloved black brothers and sisters, this is only referring to you and me. As soon as you are born into the knowledge of the truth, he hopes to deceive you, so that you will not make a way towards your own salvation, but to follow him to your doom.

  I am warning you in the Name of Allah to be very careful. Be very careful of turning us down. We are your friends. I am your friend. I have been born and I have been made the divine leader for you. Accept me and live, reject my leadership and die. I am not afraid whether I live or die. This is up to Allah, whether I live or die. I trust in Him. My hopes are stayed in Him and if He wants to sacrifice my life here in this evil old bloody world, it is up to Him. I will yet say that all praises are due to Him, the lord of the Worlds. 

[Excerpt from Police Brutality by Master Elijah Muhammad]