TheBlaze’s Benny Johnson contributed to this report.
On Wednesday evening, Nation of Islam leader the Minister Louis Farrakhan held his “#AskFarrakhan Townhall” meeting, during which the fiery faith leader took questions from the general public via social media. We already told you about his statement that, if Muammar Gaddafi were still alive, U.S. Ambassador Christopher Stevens would be unharmed today.
But that wasn’t Farrakhan’s only noteworthy comment. He also addressed race relations, taking somewhat of a cryptic tone and leaving out explicit details in his claims. While addressing African American unemployment and the solution to the issue of race relations, the National of Islam leader was anything but candid.
“What is America going to do with 40 to 50 million black people who don’t have any jobs and there’s no future for them in what America is planning?,” he asked. “There’s no future for us. In fact if you look around, pharaoh has already dropped us. The question is, when are we going to drop him and decide to do something for ourself?”
Farrakhan didn’t mention, at least at that point, what this “something” would be, but he did continue his train of thought, calling for racial separation as the “final solution” to the ongoing issues facing African Americans in America.
“No, you’re going to be separated alright, because that is the final solution to the problem between black and white,” Farrakhan proclaimed. “And the book says, when the children of Israel went out, it was a mixed multitude. That means that there are many others that will go out with you, because they recognize this has no future.”
Watch Farrakhan’s comments, below:
This isn’t the first time that Farrakhan has made similar statements about whites and blacks parting ways. Earlier this year, he warned African Americans that breeding with whites would mean “the end of” their race. And in a separate address, he also said, unless whites change their ways, their “end has come.”
However, this rhetoric is nothing new. In July 1996, Farrakhan used strikingly similar language in an interview with John F. Kennedy Jr. for George Magazine. Below, see a portion of the transcript. While the faith leader skirts JFK’s question, he addresses “separation as a final solution”:
JFK: You’ve often been accused of being a separatist, but what you described sounds something different from that. Is your vision a separate one for Blacks and whites, or those who are part of your Third Force, and those who are not?
MLF: The Honorable Elijah Muhammad saw separation as a final solution to the problem of Black/white relationships. To put separatism on me and on the Nation and on the Honorable Elijah Muhammad is grossly unfair because the real separatists are the white people themselves. We were in the holds of the ships and even after we got here we were separated. Even after emancipation we were separated and segregated. It was just 30 years ago that we were finally able to go to school with separatists. We couldn’t even be buried in the same graveyard with the real separatists.
Clearly, he doen’t give a clear answer on his separatist views in the interview, but his latest comments, though lacking context, seem to reiterate that he believes wholeheartedly in the sentiment.