Bojangles Coliseum is a 9605 seat multi-purpose arena in Charlotte, North Carolina. This past Sunday, a crowd of 6000 gathered to hear Louis Farrakhan, the head of the Nation of Islam speak. He began with a commemoration of the 1995 Million Man March on Washington and soon began to give advice to president Obama who faces off with Mitt Romney tonight.
“You aren’t going to win any more white votes by being kind and gracious,” Louis Farrakhan advised the president. “Be a little black.”
“Mr. President, you’ve got to realize you’re fighting for your presidential life,” the leader of the Nation of Islam told the crowd. “You’re fighting for your vision of the Democratic Party and the country.”
According to the Southern Poverty Law Center, Louis Farrakhan has led the Nation of Islam since 1977. They write:
Farrakhan is an anti-Semite who routinely accuses Jews of manipulating the U.S. government and controlling the levers of world power. Farrakhan blames Jews for the slave trade, plantation slavery, Jim Crow, sharecropping and general black oppression. Farrakhan’s tone grew more belligerent in June 2010, when he sent letters to several leaders of the Jewish community as well as the Southern Poverty Law Center demanding that they realize the evils they have perpetrated and that they work to further Farrakhan’s goals. The letter ended with a threat to “ruin and destroy your power and influence here and throughout the world” if his terms were not met.
In His Own Words
“The Jews, a small handful, control the movement of this great nation, like a radar controls the movement of a great ship in the waters … the Jews got a stranglehold on the Congress.”
— Louis Farrakhan, Saviour’s Day speech, Chicago, Feb. 25, 1990
“And you do with me as is written, but remember that I have warned you that Allah will punish you. You are wicked deceivers of the American people. You have sucked their blood. You are not real Jews, those of you that are not real Jews. You are the synagogue of Satan, and you have wrapped your tentacles around the U.S. government, and you are deceiving and sending this nation to hell. But I warn you in the name of Allah, you would be wise to leave me alone. But if you choose to crucify me, know that Allah will crucify you.”
— Louis Farrakhan, Saviour’s Day speech, Chicago, Feb. 25, 1996
“And the Christian right, with your blindness to that wicked state of Israel … can that be the holy land, and you have gay parades, and want to permit to have a gay parade in Jerusalem when no prophet ever sanctioned that behavior. How can that be the Israel, how can that be Jerusalem with secular people running the holy land when it should be the holy people running the holy land. That land is gonna be cleansed with blood!”
— Louis Farrakhan, Saviour’s Day speech, Chicago, Feb. 26, 2006
“We can now present to our people and the world a true, undeniable record of the relationship between Blacks and Jews from their own mouths and pens. These scholars, Rabbis and historians [that Nation of Islam researchers studied] have given to us an undeniable record of Jewish anti-Black behavior, starting with the horror of the trans-Atlantic slave trade, plantation slavery, Jim Crow, sharecropping, the labor movement of the North and South, the unions and the misuse of our people that continues to this very moment.”
— Letter sent by Louis Farrakahn to Jewish leaders and the Southern Poverty Law Center, June 24, 2010.
Minister Louis Abdul-Haleem Farrakhan Muhammad Sr., better known simply as Louis Farrakhan, was born Louis Eugene Walcott on May 11, 1933, in New York City. Farrakhan was a talented high school student, but he dropped out of college in the summer of 1953 to take care of his wife during a difficult pregnancy. Up to that point, Farrakhan had a music career he began in his teens when he played violin in Boston-area symphonies. Later, Farrakhan recorded several calypso albums under the name “The Charmer” and also performed live as a cabaret singer and dancer.
Farrakhan’s singing career was left behind after he heard Elijah Muhammad, the leader of the Nation of Islam (NOI), speak in Chicago in February 1955. Soon after, he became a member of Temple #7 in Harlem, where Malcolm X was in charge. Farrakhan rose quickly within the NOI, and became the minister of Temple #11 in Boston in 1957.
The Nation of Islam has a black separatist agenda: Its program states that blacks should be able to form their own nation. It also holds that blacks should be made exempt from taxation until they have achieved equal justice under the law and that interracial marriage and “race mixing” should be “prohibited.” These views are based on religious precepts created by Elijah Muhammad and preached by Farrakhan.