Peace Keepers is a mostly Black male violence mediation group founded by Mr. Dennis Muhammad in 2008, a member of Louis Farrakhan’s Nation of Islam.
Unarmed, they squash “beefs ” (disputes) between urban men before triggers are pulled. Here in New Orleans and elsewhere, they have hotlines people can call when tempers flare.
Media mogul Russell Simmons recently called for Peace Keepers to be deployed as opposed to armed guards or more police in America’s schools.
As a citizen on patrol, I support the Peace Keepers concept since urban men are best positioned to address the homicide exploding in our ranks.
When Russell Simmons said they should be placed in schools instead of armed guards or more police, it raises a question: will school systems fund an organization whose heroic mediation includes close ties to Louis Farrakhan, considered racist and anti-Semitic by many in the mainstream?
Active in 25 US cities and the United Kingdom, if the Farrakhan question can be successfully resolved, the Peace Keepers will mediate disputes beyond their inner-city beat.
“I Am Present For Peace!” is their motto.
More peace is what we need; and where possible, it should be privately provided instead of relying on government.
Here is a video of Mr. Muhammad:
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