New York, NY, October 6, 2005 … With the Millions More Movement march in Washington D.C. approaching, the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) once again is raising its concerns that the event is being led by the anti-Semitic and racist Minister Louis Farrakhan and Malik Zulu Shabazz.
"Bigotry deeply infects Minister Farrakhan," said Abraham H. Foxman, ADL National Director. "Simply ignoring the dark side of his agenda cannot sanitize it."
In the run-up to the October 14 – 16 march in Washington, Farrakhan, the anti-Semitic and racist leader of the Nation of Islam, has promoted a conspiracy theory that the flooding of Black neighborhoods during Hurricane Katrina was a deliberate act of sabotage. This is one in a series of racially divisive remarks made by Farrakhan as he has toured the country visiting shelters for hurricane victims and garnering support for the march, which he is touting as a 10th anniversary commemoration of the 1995 Million Man March in Washington, D.C.
Examples of Farrakhan's recent statements include:
"New Orleans will be a white city. It will be rebuilt to the exclusion of the poor who have been dispersed all over the country," – Press conference, Memphis, TN, 9/25/05
I have heard from a very reliable source that under that levee there was a 25-foot hole, which suggested that it may have been blown up, so that the water would destroy the Black part of town, and where the whites lived, it would be dry." – Press conference, Charlotte, NC, 9/12/05.
"FEMA is too white to represent us, and so is the Red Cross," Power Center, Houston, 9/11/05
"I do not hate the Jewish people; put that down! What I hate is the degree of control that they exercise over Black intellectual, cultural expression. I do not think that no human being should determine how high we can go, that can only be determined by God and by us; not by no white man, no black man, no human being." – Millions More rally in Philadelphia, 8/31/05.
In a September 23 speech in Memphis, Farrakhan repeated the allegation that the levees were purposely destroyed and read at length from an essay posted on a Web site by Hal Turner, a hardcore anti-Semite and former member of the neo-Nazi National Alliance. The essay claimed that the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers had found chemical traces of "military grade" explosives at the New Orleans levees.
Meanwhile, Shabazz, the leader of the virulently anti-Semitic New Black Panther Party, has indicated that the Millions More Movement event "will focus heavily on Hurricane Katrina, justice for its victims" and that the "Millions More Movement supports this contention" of sabotage and is calling for a federal investigation into the claim that levees in New Orleans were intentionally breached to flood Black neighborhoods.
For a second time, ADL last week sent a letter to the more than 30 prominent Black leaders listed as supporting the march. The letter stated that the "good intentions and important goals of the October 14-16 gathering in Washington in support of Black Americans continue to be tainted by the leadership of Farrakhan and Shabazz," pointing to Farrakhan and Shabazz's statements about the flooding in New Orleans.
"We urge you and other leaders in the African-American community to reject Farrakhan's and Shabazz's leadership of the Millions More Movement because of their racism, anti-Semitism and efforts to divide our nation," the letter said.