Farrakhan's Anti-Semitic Address on the "Real" Children of Israel
Posted: June 29, 2010
Updated: July 15, 2010
Louis Farrakhan delivered a virulently anti-Semitic address titled "Who Are the Real Children of Israel?" in Atlanta on Saturday, June 26, 2010.
Approximately 5,000 people attended the event at the Boisfeuillet Jones Atlanta Civic Center, during which Farrakhan gave a two-and-a-half-hour speech rife with conspiracy theories about Jews and Israel, and Jewish control of government, finance and entertainment.
The ostensible point of Farrakhan's speech was that Blacks, not Jews, are the "real" children of Israel. In crafting this argument, he downplayed historical Jewish suffering and denied that Jews have legitimate ties to the land of Israel. Apparently addressing Jews staking claim to the Holy Land, Farrakhan warned that the founding of Israel as a Jewish land will have serious repercussions. "You gonna pay for your error," he said.
Farrakhan also issued a word of caution to Blacks about what he described as widespread Jewish efforts to deceive them out of their claim to Israel: "the wickedly wise have known the truth and… they are working night and day to trick you out of the promise of God."
Some of Farrakhan's most offensive remarks centered on his claim that his life might be at stake as a result of the tough stance he took against Jews by delivering the speech. In doing so, he not only made accusations of Jewish world domination ("a lecture like this has put me in deep trouble with those forces that run this world"), but also advanced anti-Semitic charges of Jewish deicide: "I have never been more prepared in my life to do what it takes, even if it's the loss of my life, to free you. But I can tell you, they killed their last prophet when they killed Jesus."
During the speech, Farrakhan repeated many of his past accusations about Jewish involvement in the transatlantic slave trade and exploitation of Black labor in the cotton trade, which he argued has helped Jews stifle Black prosperity ever since. He charged that a deep-seated Jewish hatred of Blacks prompted Jews to forge ties with Southern whites upon immigrating to U.S., implying that this hatred has poisoned Black-Jewish relations ever since.
In addition, he promoted conspiratorial ideas about Jewish control over government, finance and entertainment. Jews, he asserted, have developed an evolving strategy for maintaining control over Black entertainers and athletes whereby Jewish businesspeople facilitate Blacks' success but continue to hold the reins. "They have always tied themselves to Black people," Farrakhan said. "They attach themselves to our talent. They are the managers, the agents and they are the accountants and that's why our black artists loved fame and got fame but died poor. Because somebody else got their money."
President Obama, according to Farrakhan, is the victim of a nefarious plot by influential Jews who have groomed him for success in an effort to deceive African Americans out of their claim to Israel. "He was nurtured by Jews who saw in him his brilliance," he said. "And they knew that as brilliant as he was, they could use him to trick black people away from the promise of God." He also asserted that Obama's unwillingness to "tow the Israeli line" has angered pro-Israel Jews and garnered him accusations of anti-Semitism.
Farrakhan also alleged, as he has in the past, that Black communities are being targeted for population control by "wickedly wise" scientists.
Attendees at the event included Malik Zulu Shabazz, national chairman of the New Black Panther Party (NBPP); Roberta Abdul-Salaam, Georgia House of Representatives; and several Atlanta-area clergy members and community leaders. Abdul-Salaam described Farrakhan's speech as "eye-opening" in an interview afterwards, adding that "the Minister did an excellent job of giving us an education," according to the NOI.
Several representatives from Concerned Black Clergy (CBC) of Metropolitan Atlanta spoke before Farrakhan took the stage, according to the NOI. The NOI reported that in response to Farrakhan's speech, CBC president Reverend Dr. Richard Cobble lauded "the real truth" contained in the anti-Semitic books Farrakhan had touted throughout his speech (in addition, Cobble apparently indicated that his organization would purchase the books).
Reverend Dr. Barbara King, also of Atlanta, described Farrakhan's message as "powerful… the kind of message we have to bring to our people," according to the NOI.
Two weeks later, Farrakhan delivered an equally anti-Semitic follow-up address at the NOI's headquarters in Chicago. During the July 11 speech, Farrakhan attempted to "prove" his earlier argument that Jews have no legitimate claim to the land of Israel. He also repeated many of the same accusations about Jewish control and again blamed Jews for problems facing African Americans.
Farrakhan's latest speeches are the most recent in a series of highly offensive addresses he has delivered in the last year, including his 2010 Saviours' Day Speech in Chicago and his 2009 Holy Day of Atonement Address in Memphis. The themes about Jews and the entertainment industry featured in his June 26 speech were the crux of an anti-Semitic address on Michael Jackson that Farrakhan delivered in summer 2009, following the performer's death.