Farrakhan on July 4th? What Were They Thinking at “Fox Soul”?

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Since he gained notoriety in the early 1980s, Louis Farrakhan, leader of the Nation of Islam (NOI), has been an extremist figure, railing against Jews, white people and the LGBT community, according to the Anti-Defamation League.

In recent years, the ADL has reported that Farrakhan has embarked on a wide-ranging campaign specifically targeting the Jewish community, a campaign that has featured some of the most hateful speeches of his tenure as head of NOI. Farrakhan has alleged that the Jewish people were responsible for the slave trade and that they conspire to control the government, the media and Hollywood, as well as various black individuals and organizations. He frequently denies the legitimacy of Judaism – or Jewish claim to the land of Israel — arguing that Judaism is nothing more than a “deceptive lie” and a “theological error” promoted by Jews to further their “control” over America’s government and economy.

Over the years, Farrakhan’s speeches have attracted a range of politicians and other public figures. He draws thousands of attendees to his speeches, which gives him the dubious distinction of being quite possibly America’s most popular anti-Semite, as was reported by the ADL.

During a speech at Washington, D.C.’s Watergate Hotel in November 2017, the ADL reported that Farrakhan told his audience that the Jews who “owned a lot of plantations” were responsible for undermining black emancipation after the Civil War. He also endorsed the second volume of the anti-Semitic book, “The Secret Relationship Between Blacks and Jews,” which blames Jews for promoting a myth of black racial inferiority and makes conspiratorial accusations about Jewish involvement in slave trade and the cotton, textiles, and banking industries. Farrakhan believes this book should be taught in schools.

In 2018, the ADL reported that Farrakhan continued his anti-Semitic commentary in public appearances and on Twitter, where he warned his 335,000 followers about “the Satanic Jew.” In an October 2018 speech marking the 23rd anniversary of the Million Man March, Farrakhan told his followers, “When they talk about Farrakhan, call me a hater, you know how they do – call me an anti-Semite. Stop it, I’m anti-termite!”

Below is a selection of hateful and conspiratorial statements made by Farrakhan about Jews, Jewish conspiracies, the Holocaust, Jewish involvement in the slave trade, Israel, dialogue with Jews, whites, the U.S. government and the LGBT community:

“Why isn’t the white man a native anywhere? You’re not a native Palestinian, no you’re not. You didn’t originate there. But if you did, then you’re the real Semitic people. But the Ashkenazi European, he has no connection at all to the Holy Land. None! So in a showdown prove to us that you are Semitic. Let’s go on with it, it’s our time now!” — Speech at Mosque Maryam, Chicago, Illinois, 11/18/18

“Do you know that many of us who go to Hollywood seeking a chance, we have to submit to anal sex and all kids of debauchery, and they give you a little part? The couch where you have to sit, it’s called the ‘casting couch.’ That’s Jewish power.” — Speech at Mosque Maryam, Chicago, Illinois, 5/27/18

“You and I are going to have to learn to distinguish between the righteous Jew and the Satanic Jews who have infected the whole world with poison and deceit.” — Speech at Mosque Maryam, Chicago, Illinois, 5/27/18

“But when you’ve got revelation that came to you from God through all these prophets, then that’s your test because if you use God’s truth that makes you wiser than others and use it to promote evil when you should be promoting good, then you’re no longer a Jew. And that’s why the scripture says, “I will make those who say they are Jews,” this is Revelation 2 and 9, ‘Who say they are Jews, but they are not, I will make them of the Synagogue of Satan.’ — Interview on WCGI 107.5 Chicago, 5/11/18

“When you want something in this world, the Jew holds the door.” — Saviours’ Day speech, 2/25/18

“The Jews were responsible for all of this filth and degenerate behavior that Hollywood is putting out: turning men into women, and women into men.” — Saviours’ Day speech, 2/25/18

“I don’t care what they put on me. The government is my enemy, the powerful Jews are my enemy.” — Saviours’ Day speech, 2/25/18

“Members of the Jewish community, who owned a lot of plantations, please don’t get angry and upset because this is real history, you put us back on the plantation as share croppers and began riding down on us, and if any of us escaped the plantation many of the Irish that were coming over, they call them the paddy wagon, they would come after us and bring us back to the plantation; those were hard days, hard days.” — Speech at the Watergate Hotel in Washington, DC, 11/11/17

“Those who call themselves ‘Jews,” who are not really Jews, but are in fact Satan: You should learn to call them by their real name, ‘Satan;’ you are coming face-to-face with Satan, the Arch Deceiver, the enemy of God and the enemy of the Righteous.” — Saviours’ Day speech (part 2), 2/26/17

“I want to disabuse the Jews today of the false claim that you are ‘The Chosen of God,’ and that Israel, or Palestine, belongs to you; I want to disabuse you of that…And I’m going to tell you about your future: You that think you have power to frighten and dominate the peoples of the world. I am here to announce the end of your time.” — Saviours’ Day speech (part 1), 2/19/17

Having digested this hateful and dangerous rhetoric, the average person would recoil in horror to hear this miscreant who poses as a “minister” address the nation, especially on July 4th. But that is exactly what the Fox Soul TV network proposed. For those not in the know, the Fox Soul network is a subsidiary of Fox News and it is geared to attract black viewers with programming through its streaming service.

On July 4th, Farrakhan was to have delivered a “Message to America” presumably touching on such subjects as “systemic racism” as well as the state of policing in our cities and of course there was a good bet that he may have even spoken about the “evil nature of the white people” and how satanic the Jews are.

After pressure put on them by the ADL’s Chief Executive Officer, Jonathan Greenblatt and CNN’s Jake Tapper among many others, the folks at Fox Soul network decided to cancel Farrakhan’s appearance on Monday afternoon.

While we wholeheartedly applaud Fox Soul’s decision to eradicate hate speech from its holiday programming, we must ask some very hard questions here. While we are living in the “new normal” which translates into acquiescing to the nefarious political agenda of the far left radicals and the Black Lives Matter movement, we must ask why Fox Soul thought it appropriate to begin with to even entertain the notion of inviting Farrakhan to address their audience. Surely, there are other intrepid black leaders who possess true wisdom, who could have been a better choice than a sleazy race baiter and egregious anti-Semite like Farrakhan. Fox Soul owes the American people a cogent response.

Hate speech and anti-Semitic diatribes are totally unacceptable on any level and in any forum.  The time is long overdue for the media to start putting people before commercial profits. For the sake of peace, unity and civility, this must be a priority because Farrakhan will be back. Haters never take a vacation.

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