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Recently, several high-profile Democrats and left-wingers have received criticism for their ties to Louis Farrakhan, the current leader of the Nation Of Islam (NOI). After the Women’s March co-president Tamika Mallory attended “Savior’s Day,” an event held by Farrakhan, people began taking notice of the Democrats connections to this troubling individual.
The Nation of Islam’s history of bigotry and hate has been well documented. One would think that nobody on the left would want anything to do with a group such as this. But if you think about it, the Democrats and the Nation of Islam are perfect bedfellows.
What’s The Deal With The Nation Of Islam?
So what’s wrong with the Nation of Islam? Absolutely nothing — if you don’t have a problem with racism, sexism, homophobia, and anti-semitism. And no, I’m not using these words in the way the left does — these people are every bit as bigoted as other hate groups like the Ku Klux Klan.
Even the Southern Poverty Law Center — which typically targets white supremacist and Christian groups — have designated the Nation of Islam as a hate group. Farrakhan is known for his long history of making racist and anti-semitic comments. Indeed, he wears his racism on his sleeve.
At the Savior’s Day event, he gleefully proclaimed that “white folks are going down.” He also stated that “Farrakhan has pulled the cover off the eyes of the Satanic Jew and I’m here to say your time is up, your world is through.”
What a lovely guy, right? Not surprisingly, this is not the first time Farrakhan has publicly expressed his contempt for Jews or whites. “White people are potential humans — they haven’t evolved yet,” he told the Philadelphia Inquirer in 2000.
Well, it’s obvious Farrakhan is no Martin Luther King Jr., but his comments reflect the beliefs of his community. In 1930, Wallace D. Fard Muhammad founded the Nation of Islam, which is an organization whose stated goal is to lift up black Americans. The group’s theology asserts that blacks are innately superior to whites. In fact, a central tenet of their beliefs is that whites are the devil. How’s that for racial unity?
The Democrats’ Love Affair With Nation Of Islam
Several left-wing activists and politicians have been called on the carpet for their relationship with Farrakhan. Recently the Republican Jewish Coalition released the names of high-profile Democratic politicians who met with or have ties to the controversial minister. These are:
- Andre Carson (D-IN)
- Danny Davis (D-IL)
- Keith Ellison (D-MN)
- Maxine Waters (D-CA)
- Al Green (D-TX)
- Barbara Lee (D-CA)
- Gregory Meeks (D-NY)
Out of these seven Democrats, only three specifically condemned Farrakhan’s statements. They have either said nothing or given vague criticisms against bigotry.
Rep. Davis, who previously praised Farrakhan, repudiated the minister’s remarks. “Let me be clear: I reject, condemn and oppose Minister Farrakhan’s views and remarks regarding the Jewish people and the Jewish religion,” he said in an interview with Forward.
Rep. Meeks also argued against Farrakhan’s comments. “Farrakhan’s anti-Semitic messages are upsetting & unacceptable,” he tweeted, before leveling criticism at “right-wing blogs.” He continued, “Hate is wrong and dangerous wherever it comes from. African-Americans, Jews, and far too many other groups have suffered greatly because of racism and hate in America — past and present.”
Rep. Lee also came out against Farrakhan. “I’ve spent my life fighting against discrimination in every form, from anyone,” she wrote. “I unequivocally condemn Mr. Farrakhan’s anti-Semitic and hateful comments. This vitriol has no place in our society.”
Why Do Democrats And Nation Of Islam Get Along So Well?
Since left-wing activists and politicians proclaim that they oppose bigotry and hatred, it doesn’t seem to make sense that so many of them find solidarity with the Nation of Islam and Farrakhan. And yet, when you look more closely, it actually does make sense.
Both the Democrats and the Nation of Islam are obsessed with race and identity politics. Racism is the cornerstone of the NOI’s theology — and while they work to improve the black community, they also encourage strong anti-white views. While the NOI doesn’t influence the majority of black Americans, many do subscribe to the teachings of Farrakhan and other leaders in the organization.
The Democrats and other left-wing groups have a similar approach. They cast blacks and other minorities as oppressed victims who can’t live the lives they wish because of the racism of whites. Like the NOI, they cast whites as the ultimate oppressors who are constantly working to keep minority communities down. They may not use the term “white devil” like the NOI, but they use terms like “white privilege” and “toxic whiteness” to portray European Americans as hateful bigots.
Of course, it is important to note that not all Democrats agree with the vilest aspects of the NOI’s theology. Nevertheless, a significant number of them promote the same type of bigotry as Farrakhan and his ilk.
This story is instructive because it further reveals the objective of the left when it comes to minorities. They want to convince minorities to view themselves as victims so that they will continue giving power to the Democrats who exploit them. The question is: what can conservatives do to combat the left’s deceptive message to minorities?