Louis Farrakhan, the leader of the Nation of Islam, is known for his fiery language and rhetoric. Over the weekend, he brought these elements to the University of California, Berkeley, where he was invited to speak at the ninth annual Afrikan Black Coalition Conference.
Farrakhan's presence at the event, which was organized by Berkeley's Black Student Union, was protested by some student groups. Nonetheless, that didn't stop him from appearing and tackling some of the day's most controversial issues. From Mitt Romney and Barack Obama to race relations and U.S. foreign policy, -- Farrakhan covered it all. In fact, he even covered the Chinese while using an Asian accent.
The 78-year-old faith leader reportedly nearly filled the 700-seat auditorium and seemed to enjoy the controversy that surrounded his appearance at the university. And, despite the vocal opposition to his presence, Farrakhan received a standing ovation at the end of his address.
"Somebody on this campus would say you shouldn't say what I have to say when the world listens to what Farrakhan has to say," he said, addressing the controversy surrounding his presence. "They are so fearful that you're going to hear a word that will break a chain off of your mind."
While the main theme of the speech focused upon self-reliance for African Americans, as is typically the case, the unpredictable Farrakhan offered some uncomfortable moments for the audience. The San Francisco Chronicle reports:
Farrakhan at one point briefly adopted a faux Asian accent and used gibberish after asking the audience if they had ever seen the Chinese picketing, drawing a gasp from some in the crowd.
One female student quietly muttered "Oh no," when Farrakhan said he had "a word to the Jewish students" before warning against a U.S. or Israeli attack on Iran.
Watch him use the accent, below:
"You like to sugarcoat things so you can get along with your former slave masters," Najmabadi quoted Farrakhan, as he was apparently addressing the history of African Americans in the U.S. and attitudes regarding their place in contemporary society.
He went on to liken the U.S. to a "troublemaker, meddling in the internal affairs of other nations" and he slammed the education system in America. Accusing the system of bias, he lamented the failure of educators to properly teach students about the accomplishments and positive moments associated with black history.
"This is what you call an education in white supremacy," Farrakhan said. "So when you come out, you come out bowing to them."
Before slipping in digs at Romney, Farrakhan offered up his sympathies to Obama.
"This is an election year and our poor brother Barack -- I feel very sorry for him. Because he's given America the best that he could," he proclaimed. "He's not an economist. He's a constitutional lawyer who became the president of the United States."
Watch Farrakhan's entire address, below:
Last month, while speaking at the Nation of Islam's Savior's Day in Chicago, Farrakhan advanced the theory that the Jewish people are in control of all forms of mass media.
"I’m not anti-Semitic, I’m just telling the truth," he said. "In 100 years, [the Jews] control movies, television, recording, publishing, commerce, radio, they own it all."