LaKeith and the anti-Semitism lie

A few days ago I was in a clubhouse room that focused on the legacy of Minister Louis Farrakhan being tarnished by what some may feel is anti-Semitism. The conversations were extremely heated and contentious.

The creator of the room made it a point to say “I don’t have a dog in this fight” as he moderated the room and allowed people to speak their minds freely. Oscar- nominated actor and frequent clubhouse contributor LaKeith Stansfield joined the room and was brought to the stage and assigned a moderator badge.

It is important to note that the moderator badge is a function of the app and allows the individual to assist in the flow of the conversation. The moderator badge does not signal that the person holding it agrees with everything that is said in the room.

To say the discussion was spirited may be an understatement considering the nature of the conversation and the tone of the participants. One of the participants took to the stage incensed, directing her anger directly at LaKeith reprimanding him for being part of the room the she claimed to be anti-Semitic and not a “safe space” for Jewish people.

This discussion was shared with mainstream media and has now become a narrative that LaKeith is “…flirting with anti-Semitism”.

The Daily Beast and TMZ have all chimed in on this discussion fanning the flames of a lie.

It is my responsibility because I was in that room to say with no uncertain terms that LaKeith was NOT being anti-Semitic in any way shape or form. We can’t allow another Black man to be maligned for simply being in a space.

LaKeith has since apologized since the onslaught of inaccurate reports hit the web. As always in these type of situations we find our brother apologizing .

“At some point during the dialogue the discussion took a very negative turn when several users made abhorrent anti-Semitic statements and at that point, I should have either shut down the discussion or removed myself from it entirely,” he said in the post early Saturday morning.

Telling our own stories and controlling our narrative should be consistent across all media. Let us not allow our brother to be dragged by lies constructed to harm him. Speak up.

-Precise

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Atonement – The spirit of The Million Man March 

22 years ago I paid $50 for a round trip bus ticket that would change my life. The trip would take me to Washington DC for the Million Man March organized by Minister Farrakhan of the Nation of Islam. I was 23 years old with no direction or focus trying to find out more about me. Injustice towards Black people was just as prevalent as it is today. This injustice and economic empowerment were the focal point. A sea of Black men came together in order for the world to take notice and make a change.

There were a few things I came back to Chicago with after my trip. I recognized the power of coming together for one common cause. I developed an understanding of what the Black man means to our families and to our country. I also learned the concept of being self sustaining through ownership and business The most important lesson I learned on that day was the one of forgiveness. 
October 16th 1995 was more than a gathering of one million Black men calling for freedom justice and equality. It was also the day of atonement. A day to ask for forgiveness for anything that you may have done that harmed someone. It was a day to sincerely work towards making a mends. 

22 years later Black people find themselves in a situation where it feels like the establishment is looking to turn back time. The only difference now is that so many of us are so distracted from the reality of this and we don’t even notice what is happening. We have relinquished our freedom to a screen. In this moment it is imperative that we claim our freedom and get better at the same time. 

In the spirit of The Million Man March I am taking this moment to apologize to anyone I have wronged in any way. I am atoning for my sins before the creator. I do this in order to move forward with a clear focus and mind in order to change my circumstance and the circumstance of Black people. Long Live The Spirit of The Million Man March.
-Precise

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