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Farrakhan In His Own Words

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For over 30 years, Louis Farrakhan, leader of the Nation of Islam (NOI), has marked himself as a notable figure on the extremist scene, publicly attacking Jews, white people and the LGBT community.

In recent years, Farrakhan has embarked on a wide-ranging campaign specifically targeting the Jewish community that has featured some of the most hateful speeches of Farrakhan’s career as head of the NOI. Farrakhan has alleged that the Jewish people were responsible for the slave trade and that they conspire to control the government, the media, Hollywood, and various Black individuals and organizations. He also frequently denies that Jews have a legitimate claim to their religion and to the land of Israel claiming that Judaism is nothing more than a “deceptive lie” and a “theological error” promoted by Jews to further their supposed control over America’s government and economy.

Farrakhan often promotes such messages at public speeches and sermons, some of which attract tens of thousands of followers. For example, during his keynote address at the NOI's 2013 Saviours' Day convention in Chicago, Illinois, Farrakhan accused Jews of controlling the U.S. government and economy, claiming the Anti-Defamation League, the Fed­eral Reserve Bank, and the Inter­nal Rev­enue Ser­vice were set up by the Jews in tan­dem to con­trol the fis­cal poli­cies of the United States.

While Far­rakhan con­tin­ues to pro­mote his hatred at large NOI events such as Sav­iours’ Day, one of his latest attempts to reach new audiences is a 52-week online lecture series, launched in January 2013. In the series, titled “The Time and What Must Be Done,” Farrakhan frequently characterizes Jews as “Satanic” and promotes a wide range of anti-Semitic conspiracy theories, alleging Jewish control over government, finance, entertainment, and other sectors.  The lecture series is part of a larger effort by the NOI’s media arm to spread its hate through a range of propaganda, including through its newspaper and various social media sites.

Farrakhan also espouses his brand of bigotry at universities and churches across the country. In March 2013, Farrakhan spoke at Tuskegee University where he told college and high school students that President Barack Obama was “selected” by whites to do their bidding before he was elected by the people and that the U.S. government brings cancer and other illnesses into Black communities as part of a larger policy of depopulation. During a sermon at Fellowship Chapel in Detroit in May 2013, Farrakhan told the audience that the “Synagogue of Satan,” a phrase he uses repeatedly to refer to Jews, has “mastered civilization now, but they’ve mastered it in evil,” using its control of Hollywood and the media to “put you before the world in this disgraceful matter.”

Throughout these and other speaking engagements, Farrakhan has heavily promoted the second volume of the NOI’s anti-Semitic book The Secret Relationship Between Blacks and Jews. This volume, subtitled, “How Jews Gained Control of the Black American Economy,” blames Jews for promoting a myth of black racial inferiority and makes a range of conspiratorial accusations about Jewish involvement in the slave trade and in the cotton, textiles, and banking industries. Both books, according to Farrakhan, should be taught in schools across the U.S.