Throughout our tumultuous sojourn in America there have been many calls for "freedom" and "Separation". But what does this actually mean? How do we define Separation? During the Reconstruction Era after the Civil War many blacks found themselves in a very strange predicament. Many after knowing nothing but the life of slavery wondered "How do I exist as a Free man?". One former slave wrote "For we colored people did not know how to be free and the white people did not know how to have a free colored person about them." We have never been shown how to be free so when we say Separation we are referring to a state of being that many blacks in America continue to know nothing about.
The Honorable Elijah Muhammad gave us a blue print for Separation and included in it a Demand for land wherein we could practice this new idea. Separation from this particular view is the same as independence. It means we become self reliant and self sustaining as a people. Of course as with most major movements there are transitional stages or phases to the process however the ultimate aim is divorce. So in essence Separation means packing, moving, and establishing something completely new. In order for American blacks to accomplish this we will have to create real strategic plans and such planning itself will require the funding and intellectual investment from those trained in the fields of planning and development. We have such talent and financial resources however we MUST trigger these resources toward this goal and we must do it NOW. -Bro. Leroy K. Muhammad