Home  > Historical Perspectives
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) Source: http://www.nydailynews.com/opinion/louis-farrakhan-hateful-increasingly-obsolete-article-1.1038975 NEW YORK DAILY NEWS NEW YORK DAILY NEWS Articles-Index-TopPublishers-Index-Top
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 Moammar Khadafy.

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 generation.

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)


Return to Top
MATERIAL REPRODUCED FOR EDUCATIONAL PURPOSES ONLY