The Democrats’ Louis Farrakhan Problem
Many Questions, No Answers
At a recent event in the back forests of Baton Rouge, the former head of the Louisiana Ku Klux Clan, David Duke, gathered with his fellow tiki torch carriers, and gave a passionate address about saving the world. He declared, “Black folks are going down. And Satan is going down. And David Duke, by G-d’s grace, has pulled a cover off of that Satanic Jew, and I’m here to say your time is up, your world is through.”
President Trump and Republicans, with whom Duke associates, were silent.
Silence can be the greatest indicator of the feelings harbored in the heart. Trump silent. Leading members of Congress silent. Rush Limbaugh and other conservative pundits silent.
Case closed – they are racists and anti-Semites.
Well, actually, that didn’t happen. But what did happen is that Nation of Islam founder Louis Farrakhan recently got up in one of America’s largest “progressive” cities, Chicago, and declared exactly that. Well, not exactly that, but close – several nouns noted above are not entirely accurate. With blood in his eyes and venom practically foaming from his mouth, Farrakhan thundered, “White folks are going down. And Satan is going down. And Farrakhan, by G-d’s grace, has pulled a cover off of that Satanic Jew, and I’m here to say your time is up, your world is through.”
In an over-three-hour speech, which could have been given in Berlin in 1933, Farrakhan railed against “the Jews” who are “responsible for all of this filth and degenerate behavior that Hollywood is putting out” and who are “the mother and father of apartheid.”
More than ten thousand people, who paid from $20 to $100 per ticket, packed Chicago’s Wintrust Arena for the Nation of Islam’s “Saviour’s Day” event which took place on February 25.
Who are these people? Do they wish death to all Jews? Do they also support Hitler, as Farrakhan does? Would they shoot and kill Jews if they could get away with it?
Most of the cheering throngs of those Sunday haters went unprofiled and likely returned to their regular lives on Monday with their usual prickly political correctness radar beaming on any target it could catch. But not everyone is anonymous.
In the audience that day was Tamika Mallory. She is the co-founder of the Women’s March. Although that movement was created as a Trump resistance movement, it couches itself as a legitimate progressive movement, which, according to its mission statement, seeks to dismantle oppression and build “self-determination, dignity and respect.”
Did the six million Jews who perished in the Holocaust have a right to self-determination? What was dignifying about Auschwitz? Were mothers shown respect when their toddlers were ripped out of their hands and brutally killed by a man and his minions who Farrakhan reveres?
If, G-d forbid, someone tried doing that again, would Tamika Mallory put on a pink knitted hat and chant slogans in protest or would she join in the vicious hate, murder and mayhem?
Mallory responded to criticism of her attendance at Farrakhan’s hate-fest by tweeting that if one does not have the same enemies as Christianity’s originator, “they may not be THE leader!” She added, “Study the Bible and u [sic] will find the similarities. Ostracizing, ridicule and rejection is a painful part of the process…but faith is the substance of things!” So, she doubled down and confirmed that she is a vile Jew hater herself.
But this is not just about Tamika Mallory; it’s bigger than her. Where is the Democratic Party leadership? Why are they silent in the face of this hatred?
When the Daily Caller, a conservative publication, recently asked Rep. Danny Davis (D-Chicago) about his close relationship with Farrakhan in light of the latter’s vile hatred of Jews, Davis –who is an African-American and should be empathetic to targets of racism – replied, “The world is so much bigger than Farrakhan and the Jewish question and his position on that and so forth. For those heavy into it, that’s their thing, but it ain’t my thing.”
What if a leading Republican befriended Richard Spencer, who is a white supremacist, and when asked about that relationship said, “The world is so much bigger than Spencer and the Jewish and black question and his position on that and so forth,” would people be silent?
Rep. Maxine Waters (D-CA), who has raised her profile within the Democratic Party by beating the drum that “Donald Trump is a racist,” has had a longstanding relationship with Farrakhan. In 2002, Waters attended a Nation of Islam convention where Farrakhan defended Palestinian suicide bombers. She was a sitting congresswoman at the time. While Farrakhan spoke did Rep. Waters envision the scene of innocent men, women and children being blown to pieces in a pizza shop on a street corner in Jerusalem? Did she think of the bloody limbs being ripped from bodies, heads severed by shrapnel? Would that scene have brought her joy?
Rep. Maxine Waters is not alone. Many Democrats have met with Farrakhan over the years. Last month a photograph from 2005 surfaced of Farrakhan and then-Illinois Sen. Barack Obama smiling side by side. Perhaps even more disturbing than the photograph – which the photographer, Askia Muhammad, did not release for many years due to pressure – is the fact that the photograph was taken at a Congressional Black Caucus meeting on Capitol Hill. How could the Congressional Black Caucus, which should be sensitive to racism and bigotry, host such an evil person? Did they listen to him spewing venom about Jews in the very place which is meant to symbolize our country’s freedoms? Did Obama smile when Farrakhan spoke of the Jews’ “gutter religion” like he smiled in the picture with him?
Rep. Keith Ellison, who is the vice chair of the Democratic National Committee and one of two Muslim members of Congress, has had a relationship with Farrakhan for many years and used to be a member of Farrakhan’s Nation of Islam. As a law student he defended Farrakhan against charges of anti-Semitism. In 2006, when he ran for Congress, Ellison disavowed Farrakhan. Just in case your sincerity meter is not calibrated— in 2013 he attended a small dinner with Farrakhan and several other distinguished guests, including Iranian President Hassan Rouhani. Did Farrakhan smirk when Rouhani may have regaled him with details of how Iran plans on developing a nuclear bomb which could do in several minutes what it took Hitler several years to do?
Does the “D” that appears after these politicians names inoculate them from criticism? Is it ironic that some of those leading the charge against President Trump are, in fact, those most closely associated with the United States’ most powerful, virulent racist and anti-Semite? Will these people learn the lessons of the Holocaust and slavery or will they put politics first?
In His Own Words
“White people are potential humans – they haven’t evolved yet.”
“The Jews don’t like Farrakhan, so they call me Hitler. Well, that’s a good name. Hitler was a very great man.”
“It is now becoming apparent that there were many Israelis and Zionist Jews in key roles in the 9/11 attacks. We know that an Israeli film crew dressed as Arabs were filming the Twin Towers before the first plane went in. In other words — Israelis had full knowledge of the attacks. We’re dealing with thieves, and liars — and murderers.”
“They call them terrorists, I call them freedom fighters.”
“I believe that for the small numbers of Jewish people in the United States, they exercise a tremendous amount of influence on the affairs of government.”
“The powerful Jews are my enemy.”
“Now that nation called Israel never has had any peace in 40 years and she will never have any peace because there can be no peace structured on injustice, thievery, lying and deceit and using the name of G-d to shield your gutter religion under His holy and righteous name.”
“You [America] are the most rotten nation on the Earth. That is why G-d has come, and you are number one on His list to be destroyed.”
“Holy Land don’t belong to a white Arab or a white Jew. You are settlers on our land. We are the original owners of that part of the earth and you all kicked us out and assumed our position. But now G-d has come and we are coming to reclaim what belongs to us.”
“The FBI has been the worst enemy of black advancement. The Jews have control over those agencies of government.”
“If the federal government will not intercede in our affairs, then we must rise up and kill those who kill us stalk them and let them feel the pain of death that we are feeling.”