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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, verbally attacking Jews, white people and the LGBT community.

In recent years, Farrakhan has embarked on a wide-ranging campaign specifically targeting the Jewish community, which 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 thousands of followers. For example, during his keynote address to 18,000 people at the NOI's 2014 Saviours' Day convention at Joe Louis Arena in Detroit, Farrakhan likened himself to auto magnate Henry Ford, who promoted anti-Semitic conspiracies in the 1920s in The Inter­na­tional Jew: the World’s Fore­most Prob­lem. Far­rakhan called Ford “a great man who was called an anti-Semite” and added, “I feel like I’m in good company.” In Part 2 of his Saviours’ Day address at Mosque Maryam in Chicago, Farrakhan received a standing ovation after telling his audience that “the Satanic Jews that control everything and mostly everybody, if they are your enemy, then you must be somebody.”

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 58-part online lecture series, started in January 2013 that lasted through February 2014. In the series, titled The Time and What Must Be Done, Farrakhan frequently characterized Jews as “Satanic” and promoted a wide range of anti-Semitic conspiracy theories, alleging Jewish control over government, finance, entertainment, and other sectors.  The lecture series, which received an average of about 40,000 views per sermon, 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.