Salaam Family: "We need land wherein we can build our own society free from the tension, hatred and violence that [has] accompanied our race relations [sic] with ... white [people in] America." [Elijah Muhammad. Message to the Blackman in America, 60]. And "We do not need soft talk when it comes to the truth; we need the thrust that will pull us off our knees ... begging, and put us on our feet as intelligent men and women no longer dependent upon the slave-master, but striving to build an independent nation of our own as others have done before us." Id., supra, 60. "We need a new people and a new mind. A new mind will give to us a base for the building of something new." [Elijah Muhammad. Our Saviour Has Arrived, 23.] (Emphasis added) Whether you agree with the above stated information or not, please explain your position on the issue of building an independent Black nation. I am certain many of you here have thought on such matters before. Do share you conclusions with me. In Peace do I close.