Louis Farrakhan, the controversial leader of the Nation of Islam, has gone beyond chants of “black lives matter” in his quest for American racial justice. The radical extremist spoke at Mt. Zion Baptist Church in Miami on July 30, unleashing some of the most irresponsible bile of his regrettable career.
“The Koran teaches persecution is worse than slaughter,” said Farrakhan. “Then it says, retaliation is prescribed in matters of the slain.”
A capacity crowd hung on Farrakhan’s every word as he drew his rhetoric to its climax. “If the federal government will not intercede in our affairs, then we must rise up and kill those who kill us. Stalk them and kill them and let them feel the pain of death that we are feeling.”
A video of the speech was posted to Farrakhan’s Facebook page along with a handy new hashtag: #JusticeOrElse.
Out of the Woodwork
The Black Lives Matter movement has given new life to so-called civil rights leaders like Farrakhan. The press has successfully convinced millions of black Americans that they are being persecuted and murdered by racist cops and kept down due to a racist system. Once these ludicrous ideas take root, self-aggrandizing charlatans like Farrakhan come waltzing in to exploit the ignorance.
It’s ironic that Farrakhan should be a Muslim because the language he uses could easily be mistaken for an ISIS script. Or maybe “ironic” is the wrong word. Inevitable might be a better choice, because extremists use the same playbook regardless of the cause. Find unhappy people, tell them that THE OTHERS are responsible for that unhappiness, and you’ll have a willing army in no time. For Farrakhan, the task is even easier since the liberal news media has done the heavy lifting for him.
That isn’t, unfortunately, the only similarity between radical Islam and the Black Lives Matter movement. Both are built on lies, both depend on a legion of disaffected youths, and both prosper under the Obama administration. And in both cases, President Obama and other U.S. officials refuse to tell Americans the truth about these dangerous ideologies. Obama’s reticence to confront radical Islam has been well documented, but the silence is even worse when it comes to BLM. You’re not even allowed to criticize this movement without being tarred and feathered. It enjoys complete freedom from logic, facts, and debate. “Hands up, don’t shoot” is – somehow – the ultimate trump card.
The black community – like the Islamic community – lacks leaders who are interested in more than whatever fame, glory, or money they can wring out of their followers. Until leaders like Farrakhan are replaced with men who emphasize personal responsibility, this brand of extremism will continue to flourish.