Farrakhan Proclaims That Business is War
By Leona Dunn
Meter Staff Writer
The honorable minister Louis Farrakhan closed the third annual BUSI conference at Tennessee State University April 16 in Kean Hall with a keynote address on the theme “Business is warfare.” This was following a leadership boot camp that focused on conflict resolution, cooperative economics, building your business plan and self-defense training that all students, staff and faculty were welcomed to attend.
“The activity of life is what business is. The first four letters of business are B.U.S.I; the letter “I” is interchangeable with the letter “Y”, which spells busy. When you’re doing nothing, you’re not alive. A busy person has to be busy doing something that nature requires; nature requires every living thing to do something for itself,” Minister Louis Farrakhan said.
Farrakhan urged students of Tennessee State University and members of the black community in general to go to school to educate themselves in a way that will not lead them to begging another man for a job when they leave but instead creating jobs for themselves.
Current Tennessee State University student, Samuel X, created the conference three years ago, making the point of the conference to spread awareness of issues in the black community to historically black college campuses. TSU is the first university to hold the conference. Michigan State student, Chinedu Nwokeafore brought the conference to his school the following year.
“The end goal is for this conference to spread to multiple HBCUs, but we want the schools to come to us, so far we have two schools involved. Therefore, we have two main student ambassadors for each school. I came to the TSU conference two years ago and wanted to bring it to Michigan State. So that’s what we did last year, and I became the Michigan State student ambassador. But I love being back here where it all began. BUSI stands for Black United Summit International, and hopefully, we just keep spreading and reaching more people every year,” Nwokeafore said.
Founder of this conference, Samuel X, briefly explained the importance of how the BUSI conference should be used to carry out and spread the truth. According to him, it should also be passed down to our youth so that they can pass it down and keep the message and the plans on how to win this war alive. He did this by introducing the Tennessee State University student ambassador and president of Student of Islam Association, Tariq Muhammed who later on introduced the keynote speaker, The honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan.
“How is it that you can say HBCUs are not still relevant when we live in a society where being the ‘First Black’ is still being labeled an accomplishment,” Samuel X said. “We need to militarize the mindset of every student that attends this conference, because business is warfare. We are passing the baton this evening with Brother Tariq Muhammed. He will be introducing the Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan, last time it was me and this brother is younger than me, so that is a perfect example of us passing the baton.”
Muhammed spoke on how this conference was the reason he chose to come to this university. He spoke on how the love Brother Samuel X has shown through both financial compensation and energy used to create this opportunity for students and black people to experience hearing this man, was just a fraction of the love this man has been showing the black community for years before and will show for years to come. Then he introduced this man, the honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan.
“Each one of you is a God, you have been taught backwards so you call yourselves and each other, your dogs,” Farrakhan said. “The bible says that Satan has deceived the whole world, are you living in the world? Could it be that you have been deceived?”
Opening and closing his speech, Farrakhan got an overwhelming response from the crowd. Both his humoand his truth inspired the audience to realize the importance of how serious small and big business actually is.
Student Coordinator of the event, who served as the liaison between Student Government Association and Administration along with Brother Muhammed and X, Blake Hamilton said, “I felt empowered because some things he spoke on were how to make ourselves more profitable as a people, and how the value we place on money isn’t how valuable it actually is. I just really like how he encouraged us to put the money we do have back into black-owned business to increase wealth in our own communities.”