With the resurgence of anti-Semitism and unabashed racism toward whites being promoted by some famous athletes and celebrities, it’s impossible to ignore Louis Farrakhan’s corrosive influence. His particular brand of racism and black separatism has been around for more than half a century and continues to have tremendous influence in some leftist circles, as demonstrated by the likes of Nick Cannon and the NBA’s Stephen Jackson.
Farrakhan’s racism is no different than the likes of David Duke, the former grand wizard of the Ku Klux Klan, who desperately tried to sanitize his past while still holding to his pathetic, racist views. Duke, however, has been marginalized for decades. His relevancy today is non-existent. Farrakhan, on the other hand, seems to be gaining even greater prominence and notoriety amid the recent Black Lives Matter protests that erupted all over the nation.
As the National Review‘s Jonathan S. Tobin rightly points out:
Farrakhan’s views are as hateful as those of, say, Klan leader David Duke, and he has many more followers and a much wider sphere of influence than Duke. Yet Duke is rightly ostracized across the political spectrum, while Farrakhan remains welcome on the left.
Farrakhan’s views are as strange and vile as they come. Here are just a few quotes from the man highlighted by the Anti-Defamation League:
“Those who call themselves ‘Jews,’ who are not really Jews, but are in fact Satan: You should learn to call them by their real name, ‘Satan;’ you are coming face-to-face with Satan, the Arch Deceiver, the enemy of God and the enemy of the Righteous.” — Saviours’ Day speech (part 2), 2/26/17
“I don’t care what they put on me. The government is my enemy, the powerful Jews are my enemy.” — Saviours’ Day speech, 2/25/18
It’s worth noting that the teachings of the Nation of Islam that Farrakhan espouses include the belief that white people were created by accident some 6,000 years ago by a mad scientist named Yakub, according to The Final Call, NOI’s official newspaper founded by Louis Farrakhan:
…White man first appeared 6,000 years ago on the Island of Patmos (or Pelan), in the Aegean Sea, where they had been “made” by a 600-year process of selective breeding called “grafting.” Under the command of a Black scientist named Yakub, the 59,999 Blacks who came with Yakub to the island were placed under a system of mating that was based on skin color, in which only lighter-complexioned babies were allowed to survive.
Also, it seems that some continue to conflate Farrakhan and the Nation of Islam with Malcolm X. They view Farrakhan as following in the same spirit as his predecessor. Nothing could be further from the truth.
While Malcolm X was the Nation of Islam’s most prominent, charismatic member at one point, he, ultimately, abandoned the hate-filled rhetoric and arcane theological positions held by the Nation of Islam in favor of solidarity and self-empowerment. Lauded black scholar Professor Walter E. Williams even argues that Malcolm X very much echoed conservative values in an essay for Jewish World Review.
The ominous threats Farrakhan made toward Malcolm X just a few months before his assassination in 1964 are quite disturbing given that all three of the gunmen charged in the black leader’s death were from the Nation of Islam. According to the left-wing Southern Poverty Law Center:
In December 1964, Farrakhan wrote in the NOI publication Muhammad Speaks: “The die is set, and Malcolm shall not escape, especially after such evil foolish talk about his benefactor Elijah Muhammad. … Such a man as Malcolm is worthy of death…” Two months later, NOI members assassinated Malcolm X…
In 1993, Farrakhan clearly insinuated, in his own words, that the Nation of Islam was involved in Malcolm X’s assassination, according to the Independent: “Was Malcolm your traitor or ours? And if we dealt with him like a nation deals with a traitor, what the hell business is it of yours?”
It’s quite clear that much of the current racism and profound ignorance being championed by the likes of Nick Cannon and others originate with the hate-filled rhetoric of Louis Farrakhan. While he may have the right to say what he will, that it goes largely unchecked by the Left and is now being actively promoted by the likes of Cannon and Jackson in the media spotlight remains deeply troubling.
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