In Stunning Fashion, White House Advisor Omarosa Declares

She’s Open to Meeting with Minister Farrakhan

By Tanasia Kenney

Trump White House adviser Omarosa Manigault just did something no one in President Obama’s administration would’ve ever dared do.

During an interview with Chicago’s WVON 1690 Thursday, May 4, Manigault expressed her willingness to sit down and meet with Nation of Islam leader Minister Louis Farrakhan. She was responding to a question from morning show hosts Maze Jackson and Charles Thomas, who asked if the White House would be open to meeting with Farrakhan after Manigault stressed the importance of Black leaders being willing to have a dialogue with President Donald Trump.

“I think that any in your audience would know that I have never shied away from having an open and, I believe, a good relationship with Louis Farrakhan and so I would look forward to receiving that invitation and sitting down with him,” she said.

Thomas called Manigault’s statement “revolutionary,” to which she responded, “My history reflects that I’ve marched, walked, advocated and fought, even before I got into this office, for the rights of those who don’t have a voice and for those who can’t fight for themselves. I have a spiritual obligation to fight for those who Christ described as the least of these.”

The declaration left many stunned, especially since the nation’s first Black president was pressured to denounce Farrakhan and his endorsement of Obama. Even members of the former POTUS’ administration likely would have denounced Farrakhan, despite his good standing with Black Americans.

However, moves by the previous administration and Black leaders like Rep. Keith Ellison (D-Minn.) to distance themselves from the minister didn’t stop Manigault from declaring her willingness to sit down with him.

Such a proposal from the White House director of communications sent leaders of the Anti-Defamation League into a tizzy.

“Louis Farrakhan should not be made to feel welcome by anyone in the White House,” ADL director Jonathan Greenblatt said in a statement. “Such an overture would only serve to legitimize his long record of conspiratorial and hateful views toward Jews. We hope that the administration will make it clear that Farrakhan and his anti-Semitic organization will find no supporters in the White House.”

The ADL went on to describe the minister as a “virulently anti-Semitic and racist leader.”

In its digital publication, “The Final Call,” the Nation of Islam fired back at the human rights organization, arguing that the interview wasn’t about Farrakhan supporters like Manigault in the White House but rather about pertinent issues facing the Black community and what’s best for it.

“If the topic is Black issues, Black people and the White House, where does the ADL fit in? Nowhere,” the NOI wrote. “Except the paternalistic, Zionist group continues to act as though today’s Blacks are the same as our ancestors bought and sold by Jewish slavers during the darkest times of our history. We don’t belong to you anymore.”

With the proposition now out there, it’s unclear whether Manigault will follow through or rescind her proposal before it becomes a larger issue.

Minister Farrakhan responded kindly to Omarosa’s openness to a meeting on the Cliff Kelley radio show Tuesday, May 9, saying he was proud of the sister. As far as meeting with Trump, Farrakhan spoke in both religious and nationalist terms, stating, “God gives a directive both to Moses and Aaron … go you both to Pharaoh, I have given you both an authority.”

“You don’t need to send people to talk to Mr. Trump who don’t know what time it is,” he said, “but if there should come a time that I should talk to the modern pharaoh, I know exactly what to ask for. I am not asking for Negro tidbits, I’m asking for what God wants: a land of our own and a good send off after we have given you 400 years of our sweat, blood and tears.”

Father of Slain Dallas-Area Teen Sues Officer For Killing His Son

AUSTIN, Texas (Reuters) - The father of a black teenage boy fatally shot in the head while in a car that was driving away from a policeman has sued the Dallas-area officer for excessive force over the incident that has stoked simmering debate about racial bias in U.S. policing.

The lawsuit filed at a federal district court in Dallas on Friday by Odell Edwards seeks undisclosed damages from former Balch Springs police officer Roy Oliver for shooting his son Jordan Edwards, 15, with a rifle, court papers showed.

It also named Balch Springs, a predominantly black and Hispanic city about 15 miles (25 km) from Dallas as a defendant. The lawsuit accuses the city of failing to properly train Oliver, a person plaintiffs described as having a short fuse and a history of abusive behavior toward citizens.

PARENTSIN PAIN: Mr. and Mrs. Odell Edwards seek justice

PARENTSIN PAIN: Mr. and Mrs. Odell Edwards seek justice

Oliver, who is white, was charged on Friday with murder for the death of Edwards, described by friends and family as a good student and athlete. His two brothers were in the car with him and watched him die, an Edwards family lawyer has said.

"Defendant Oliver shot Edwards in the head in plain view of his brothers ... with total disregard to the safety of others," the lawsuit said.

City and police department officials were not immediately available for comment. Neither was a lawyer for Oliver the young boy who was fatally shot. Hundreds attended the funeral for Edwards and his family has asked that any protests be put on hold to give them time to grieve.

Oliver, 37, surrendered on Friday, hours after an arrest warrant had been issued and released on bond. He has not spoken publicly about the event.

   The lawsuit alleges the two brothers were subject to racist comments, and the brother who sat beside Edwards when he died was handcuffed at the scene but not charged with any crime.

"(The brother) was not given any explanation and could not understand why he was being treated like a criminal," the lawsuit said.

The Balch Springs Police Department said on Tuesday it had dismissed Oliver for violating department policies. Police originally stated the car with the teens was moving toward the officer at the time of the shooting, but said later that a police body camera showed the car was moving away from Oliver when he shot at it.

Barack Obama Talks Youth Leadership at University of Chicago: Meets Privately with Young Men of Chicago’s South Side

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CHICAGO — Former President Barack Obama is using his first public appearance since leaving office to talk with students about his experiences as a community organizer in Chicago and how that laid the foundation for his political career. Obama led a student panel Monday at the University of Chicago, where his presidential library is planned.

He says young people are the key to solving the nation’s most daunting problems and his plan after holding the nation’s highest office is to work with them. He delivered brief remarks at the event before asking students on the panel about what influenced them.

Roughly 500 people, mostly college students, attended the invitation-only event that also was televised. On Sunday, Obama met privately with at-risk young men on the city’s South Side to talk about gang violence, job skillsand employment.

The meeting was with participants in a program created by Obama’s longtime friend and former education secretary, Arne Duncan. Obama spokesman Kevin Lewis saidthe former president wants to solicit ideas and information on “how we can turn things around” in areas hit hard by crime.

During the discussion, Obama asked the young men to share advice on how they think gang and gun violence can be reduced in Chicago, Lewis said. Duncan invited Obama to visit with 18-25 YEAR OLD participants in a program called Chicago CRED, which stands for Create Real Economic Destiny.

It serves young people from the Roseland and Pullman neighborhoods, where Obama at age 25 cut his teeth as a community organizer. After the meeting, Lewis provided highlights of what took place to reporters. Obama, he said, “listened to the young men’s stories and shared some of the challenges that he faced growing up.”

The men told Obama they think programs such as CRED, more investment in education and having life coaches in schools, and role models in the community would make a difference, Lewis said.

The participants said the program already was having an impact on their lives, and they said they hoped to curb gang crime in their communities, the spokesman said.