The Fatal Mistake
By Messenger Elijah Muhammad
Text Reprinted from the January 23, 1970 edition of Muhammad Speaks
“… Thou hast hid these things from the wise and prudent, and has
revealed them unto babes.” (Bible Mt. 11: 25)
The Black leaders and black intellectuals of our people and I may add,
the Black educators and Black teachers, seem to be so far off from the
knowledge of the time in which we now live.
It is a fatal mistake to be without the knowledge of the time, as a
knowledge of the time is more important how than it has ever been on the
face of the earth- especially since the time the Black People were
kidnapped and brought into the Western Hemisphere, by the enemy of the
Here in America we have been ill-treated day and night by our Black
father?s kidnappers. We were reared up by our enemy, the white slave
master, blind, deaf and dumb to the true knowledge of self and of any one
Now today, it is a proven fact-a manifest truth, that even the Black
educators and Black spiritual teachers (preachers) are really ignorant to
the time in which we now live.
They are making fatal mistakes in the way that they are teaching and
leading, our poor spiritually blind, deaf and dumb Black brothers.
Nor are they able to see out of the see out of the spiritual obscurity
that the evil white slave-masters reared our Black fathers up in.
I read in the newspapers, and in listening to the news that is coming
over the air on radio and television, that the government is forcing the
integration of schools in Mississippi and that the Black Mayor is with
the government to force integration on the schools.
This show?s the Black Mayor?s ignorance of the times.
This is the time of separation and the Divine Supreme Being Is Ordering
There is no mistake about the separation nor the time in which it should
be taking place.
How plainly the Bible teaches every one that reads it that there will
come a Great separation.
Jesus prophesied himself that the God Would Bring About a Great
Separation between the two peoples (Black and white) -in a parable of the
separation of sheeps from the goats. This parable is well understood and
we have heard it all of our lives.
The prophecy teaches us that when this great separation started taking
place, it would be the end of the world that we have known. (Bible,
Matthew, Chapter 25.)
The separation of people had its beginning with the making of the white
The two peoples (Black and white) had to be separated because the white
race was made to be an enemy to the Black Nation and the Black God(Yakub)
who was a member of the Black Nation, made the white race from his
knowledge of the germ of the Original Black Man.
This the wisdom that he put in this white race to teach them to rule us
for a short period of time six thousand (6.000) years.
This period of time of six thousand (6.000) years has now been up for
over one-half of a century.
The poor Black intellectual teacher of my Black people, who long for
equality in the society of the white people, is blind to the time that he
should become actually a teacher of his own kind in the way of
He should not be teaching his Black people that which the white
slave-master enslaved us with and which he seeks to keep the Black people
enslaved with the same type of education.
It is bitter and grievous to the Black Man who can see, to see how far
from the truth of our salvation our Black leaders are.
Separation is inevitable, regardless to whether or not you or I like it.
We must separate.
What can we do to oppose the Aims and Purposes of Allah (God)-especially
in His Time for the salvation of we, the Black Members of our Aboriginal
Black Nation of the earth.
Take time and think over the white man?s own record of the history of
what happened after he kidnapped us from out own native land and Black
The enemy used us for four hundred (400) years like a tool for himself.
He showed no mercy whatsoever on our lives or our own property.
With all this knowledge of the history, past and present before you, you
want to sit down with him and you want your children to be reared up by
the children of the white man, in their schools, with their children-like
our grand-parents, were reared up in the back-yard and earth-floor
kitchens of the white slave-master?s log cabin.
If you were forced to choose between segregation and integration you
would be better off to ask the southern white people to give segregation
back to you.
Integration is like a snake swallowing down a frog. Just why do you want
to be integrated with and sit up and be taught the same slavery
curriculum as we have always been taught?
Messenger of Allah.
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