Louis Farrakhan Says That Some Jewish People Are "Satanic" While Claiming Not To Be Antisemitic
The speech was reportedly uncontroversial up until when Farrakhan made the remark.
During his speech, the Nation of Islam leader reportedly denied being antisemitic, only to make an antisemitic remark that came about toward the end of his speech.
“I’m here to separate the good Jews from the satanic Jews,” Farrakhan said Thursday according to the Chicago Sun-Times. “I have not said one word of hate. I do not hate Jewish people. Not one that is with me has ever committed a crime against the Jewish people, black people, white people. As long as you don’t attack us, we won’t bother you.”
“The enemy is so hateful of me,” Farrakhan continued. “I have never been arrested. No drunken driving. What have I done that you hate me like that?”
The Sun-Times reported that the speech was largely uncontroversial up until Farrakhan’s “satanic Jews” remark, with the 86-year-old speaking about the injustices black people have faced not only in the United States but throughout history.
Farrakhan also responded to Facebook’s justification for banning him and calling him “dangerous.”
“I am dangerous,” Farrakhan said. “[But] I’m not dangerous on my own. God named me dangerous to Satan and his vermin.”
“I used that platform with respect,” he added. “I never allowed those who follow me to become vile as those who speak evil of us.”
Although Facebook called Farrakhan dangerous, the website didn’t say what exactly led to him being banned from the social media website.
“We’ve always banned individuals or organizations that promote or engage in violence and hate, regardless of ideology,” a Facebook spokesperson said. “The process for evaluating potential violators is extensive and it is what led us to our decision to remove these accounts today.”
Michael Pfleger, the senior pastor of St. Sabina who invited Farrakhan to the church, spoke of how he was being attacked for letting Farrakhan speak.
“This past week, I have been cursed at, received an overwhelming amount of hate calls, emails, hateful Facebook postings,” Pfleger said. “It is interesting to me that those who accuse him of hate have been so hateful this past week. Oh, the hypocrisy.”
“It is dangerous to me when we begin to stop free speech and seek to silence prophetic voices,” Pfleger continued. “There are many who say they do not like Minister Farrakhan because all they have heard is various sound bites. Perhaps that is why Facebook wanted to ban him — to keep people from hearing his whole talk, his entire message and the truth that he seeks to teach us.”
Source: Chicago Sun-Times