Louis Farrakhan -- still hateful, but increasingly obsolete / The Nation of Islam leader continues to spout venom (NEW YORK DAILY NEWS OP-ED) BY ABRAHAM COOPER AND HAROLD BRACKMAN 03/15/12)
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Erupting on schedule like Yellowstone geyser Old Faithful, 78-year-
old Minister Louis Farrakhan recently delivered a fiery speech at the
annual Nation of Islam´s Saviours´ Day conclave. His main targets:
America and the evil that be believe lurks behind it all: the Satanic
influence of Jews.
You should know what the man said. Not because how predictably
outrageous and offensive it was, but about how ridiculously shopworn
the whole routine has become.
Along with his golden oldies of hate, this year Farrakhan had harsh
words toward President Obama for "assassinating" Osama Bin Laden as
well as taking out the Nation of Islam´s long-time friend Libya´s
Invoking his patented crackpot theology, Farrakhan explained that
America´s alleged sins abroad - as well as its wicked habits at home
such as feeding kids McDonald´s - were the cause of divine punishment
visited on the nation in the form of obesity, climate change and
erratic winter weather.
Contrary to Obama´s hopeful prognosis in his latest State of the
Union Address, Farrakhan administered national last rites: "America
is on her deathbed. The vital signs of America are not good."
As for the Jews - the few "noble" ones excepted - the rest of us
belong to "the Synagogue of Satan" whose members "were not the origin
of Hollywood, but took it over."
Despite his own incitement targeting the President as a terrorist and
war criminal, Farrakhan nevertheless tipped off "brother" Obama that
he is headed for assassination. The wider conspiracy, Farrakhan
prophesied, would be blamed on a Muslim "patsy" put in the shoes of
the late Lee Harvey Oswald.
Behind the conspiracy, explained Farrakhan, are of course the
Zionists, as evidenced by the deranged musings of an obscure Southern
Jewish newspaper publisher.
Farrakhan´s conspiracy theory du jour has varied over the years -
ranging from the evil scientist Yacub who created the malevolent
white race, to the evil Jews who dominated the slave trade, to the
evil Jews who corrupted Hollywood, to the evil Jews who invented AIDS
and caused the hole on the ozone layer, to the evil Jews who
orchestrated the world wars and Mideast conflicts as well as the
recent global financial meltdown.
Yet Farrakhan´s paranoid hatred of whites, Jews and America has
remained a constant.
After speaking in Chicago, Farrakhan began a tour barnstorming
American campuses. At UC Berkeley, he told students attending the
Afrikan Black Coalition Conference not to enter coalitions or
dialogue with the evil Jews, saying: "I personally don´t care if I
ever get along if I´ve got to hide the truth to win a friend."
At a time when Americans are increasingly concerned with the dangers
of incivility and name-calling, the NOI´s supreme leader remains a
prime example of how not to treat Americans who differ from you in
race, religion, or sexual orientation.
The question is: does Farrakhan still matter? Like a Model T Ford in
the Age of the Model A, Farrakhan´s moment has passed. In 1996,
America forgave his sins and encouraged him to organize the Million
Man March, from which so much good was hoped. Rather than sin no more
and seize the moment to lead a moral reformation of African Americans
and the entire nation, Farrakhan adhered stubbornly to his conspiracy
theories and poisonous theology - and wasted the opportunity of a
Now, like an obsolete car, Farrakhan continues to putt-putt along
today´s highways spewing noxious emissions.
He´s doing damage. The evidence according to the latest ADL polls:
the percentage of all Americans who are "unquestionably anti-Semitic"
is 15% - compared to twice that percentage among African Americans.
The good news: Younger, better-educated African Americans are less -
not more - prejudiced against Jews than their elders. It´s premature
to call in the mourners for America´s future.
Let´s hope that Farrakhan´s message expires with him, and that - when
future generations look back on our time - they will remember the
election of our first African American President, not the reign of
our last African American demagogue.
Cooper is associate dean of the Simon Wiesenthal Center. Brackman, a
historian is a consultant to the Simon Wiesenthal Center. (©
Copyright 2012 NYDailyNews.com. 03/15/12)
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