about the burdens and inconvenience that the rally will place on the
residents and businesses of Harlem, and I considered the alternative,
approved by the Second Circuit last year, of Randall's Island. Although I
specifically raised the issue at the hearing yesterday, neither side
addressed it. Given the absence of any evidence in the record as to the
feasibility of Randall's Island as an alternative, and because neither
side pressed the point, in the end I concluded that Randall's Island was
not an option, at least on the record before me.
MYM's motion for a preliminary injunction is granted to the following
extent only: The City is hereby ordered to grant a permit to MYM to
conduct a rally on Malcolm X Boulevard on September 4, 1999, limited to a
duration of four hours and an area of six blocks. In the event that more
people can attend than can be safely accommodated within the area of six
blocks, the City is authorized either to divert any excess crowds to
nearby sites or, if in the judgment of responsible police officers on the
scene it is preferable to extend the area of the event for two or three
additional blocks along Malcolm X Boulevard, to permit such an
extension. The City is also authorized to maintain reasonable access
along and across Malcolm X Boulevard for emergency vehicles.
The parties are to promptly meet to discuss the precise blocks and
hours for the event and to agree on measures to avoid the confrontation
that occurred last year. I will not limit the number of police officers
assigned to the rally or otherwise interfere with the City's efforts to
carry out its responsibilities with respect to the rally. I only make two
final observations. First, the violence that occurred last year cannot be
repeated, and both sides should make every effort to reduce hostilities.
Second, excessive numbers of police officers in riot gear, rigid
enforcement of deadlines, and helicopters swooping over the crowd can
only increase, rather than lessen, tensions.
The following is the entire text of Muhammad's speech at the 1998
Black Power. Black Power. Black Power. Black Power.
Black Power. All praise is due to Allah. Giving honor
to God. In the name of Allah, the beneficent, the
merciful. All praise is due to Allah, the Lord of all
the World. We better thank Almighty God for coming in
the person of master Farak Muhammad, raising up in our
midst a divine leader, a divine teacher and a divine
guide in the person of the most honorable Elijah
Muhammad. We thank the two of them for the man who is
my teacher, my mentor, the man who is largely
responsible for what I am and what I am becoming, and
I will never deny him. I speak of none other than my
spiritual father, the honorable Minister Louis
Farrakhan. In their names I greet you with the
greetings words of peace, Al Salaam Alakam.
Black Power. Put your black fists in the air. If you
will look around you, you will see that they [the
police] have lined up all in the trenches. If you look
in the rear to this section, you will see they have
lined up down the middle. And if you can see around
the side of the stage, you will see them in their riot
helmets and everything.
We say to you today, you no good bastards, that
destroys even today. You have lined up, Giuliani, you
have sent your troops, but these, the sons and
daughters of Africa, the black youth in hills of North
America, we have a right to [unintelligible] and
self-determination, and we have a right, a God-given
right, and according to white law, which ain't worth
the paper that it's written on, a constitutional right
to defend ourselves against any, against anyone who
attacks us. To defend ourselves, self-defense.
And so I say to you, that as we prepare to close out
this rally, we want you to be steadfast. Look these
bastards in the eyes and if anyone attacks you,
already decide who will be the one to disconnect the
railing where you are and beat the hell out of them
with the railing where you are. No good bastards.
And if you don't have a gun, everyone of them has one
gun, two guns, maybe three guns. In self defense, if
they attack you, take their goddamn guns from them and
use their guns on them. In self defense. Giuliani is
known for taking his police and sending them off in
riots. If anyone of these bastards riots here today,
you take their nightstick the way they did Brother
Abner Louima, and ram it up their behinds, and jam it
down their damn throats.
Giuliani, the black youth have God on their side. You
came against us and called us a hate march. This is a
love march. Black on black love and black unity. You
took us to federal court, and your own judge ruled
against you. A victory for the Million Youth March.
You appealed it and we won. Victory after victory, and
if you attack us today, by the power of our God, we'll
mop these God damn streets with you today.
No good bastards.