Farrakhan's Michael Jackson Speech Marked by Anti-Semitism
Posted: July 30, 2009
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."
Farrakhan asserted that Jackson was "made" to remove anti-Semitic lyrics to his song "They Don't Care About Us" and lamented that Jackson was "labeled anti-Semitic" as a result of the controversy. "What you don't know is when one of us becomes famous, they watch us closely," he concluded. He also accused Jews involved in the founding of the NAACP as being "watchmen" involved to keep the organization "in a certain line."
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."
"Now, some of you like to refer to me as anti-Semitic," he said, "I hate that you would say that. In the face of many of those who call me anti-Semitic, they're very definitely anti-Black." Farrakhan also denied accusations that he is homophobic.
Farrakhan noted that Jackson had considered performing at the NOI's Million Man March, but instead donated $100,000 after being "persuaded" not to participate.
Farrakhan also repeated his past claims of undue Zionist influence over U.S. government, addressing what he viewed as the role of neoconservatives in shaping Bush Administration policy. He cited a past conversation with Jackson in which he assured Jackson that he "was going to talk to the world about the neoconservatives, most of whom are Zionists, and their program for a new American century where they were advising the government and Bush in particular." He implied that exposing such injustice would be a spiritual act: "I'm doing it because I want you to see that if you stand up in the name of God, you will be the winner."
Jackson reportedly had a business relationship with Leonard Muhammad, Farrakhan's son-in-law, for a period of time.
In addition to the approximately 2,000 people gathered at the NOI's Mosque Maryam, the address was also made available via Web cast on the NOI's Web site.