Thursday, July 30, 2009

Farrakhan's Michael Jackson Speech Marked by Anti-Semitism

Louis Farrakhan, the anti-Semitic and racist leader of the Nation of Islam (NOI), delivered an anti-Semitic tirade during a speech about Michael Jackson and how the performer suffered at the hands of powerful Jews throughout his career.
The three hour address, delivered at the NOI's headquarters in Chicago on July 26, 2009, was titled "The Crucifixion of Michael Jackson and all Responsible Black Leadership."

Farrakhan spoke of the "crucifixion" of influential African-Americans, including Jackson and Martin Luther King, Jr., at one point citing Zionist Jews as primary perpetrators of such action. "There are certain members of the Zionist faction of Jews," he asserted, "that have always wanted to control the means by which your crucifixion could take place. You notice how everyone that got crucified got first crucified in the media."

After noting Jackson's apparent failed attempts to work with prominent Jewish filmmaker Steven Spielberg, Farrakhan accused film industry executives of being racist in their portrayal of African-Americans, juxtaposing their alleged racism with his alleged anti-Semitism: "And how has Hollywood portrayed us? And who were the Hollywood moguls who portrayed us like that? Am I anti-Semitic or are they anti-black? They know our history and they wanted to keep our history from us so that we would never be inspired to rise above what they had portrayed us as."

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