Farrakhan Defends Past Record of Bigotry
Posted: March 16, 2007
In the wake of Saviours’ Day 2007, the Nation of Islam’s annual convention, Louis Farrakhan has once again failed to take responsibility for past anti-Semitic and bigoted remarks.
Farrakhan was interviewed by CNN’s Don Lemon and ABC News’ Nightline’s Martin Bashir less than two weeks after recommending a distinctly anti-Semitic and anti-Israel “reading list” during his Saviours’ Day keynote address.
During the Nightline interview, Farrakhan denied being anti-white, anti-Semitic and anti-gay, claiming – as he has done so many times in the past - that the tone of his message had gotten “in the way of people hearing” his true message. He refused to apologize for any of his past statements, including his infamous remark calling Hitler “wickedly great.” Farrakhan, who said, “I stand by that statement today,” made his usual semantic arguments in defense of that remark.
When asked by Bashir if he was sorry for anything he has said or done, Farrakhan simply said, “no.” When asked if he wanted to apologize “to any of the groups that may have felt offended” by his remarks, he also said “no,” and claimed to have reached out to those groups in the hopes of sitting down to “reason together.”
Farrakhan also denied being anti-Semitic during his interview with Lemon on CNN, claiming that “from the depth of my heart, I know that I have never hated the Jewish people.” Farrakhan went on to say that he is merely “critical of Jewish behavior in relationship to black people or in relationship to the Palestinians.”
By failing to take responsibility for his past record of anti-Semitism and bigotry, Farrakhan lost yet another opportunity to reject the racism and anti-Semitism that has tainted his leadership.