Louis Farrakhan
Louis Farrakhan (Shevry Lassiter/The Washington Informer)

In his first public address since February — and in his own words one of the last times the world will hear from him — the Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan, 87, of the Nation of Islam (NOI), delivered a July 4th message which raised a clarion call to international leaders, including President Donald Trump and to those who guide global communities of faith.

And while he acknowledged his long-declining physical health, which began over a decade ago due to cancer and a subsequent heart attack, he spoke for well over three hours, sitting when necessary and relying on the support of several members from the Fruit of Islam who kept him from falling. Nonetheless, he mustered the strength to deliver his message which addressed the current state of affairs in the U.S., the COVID-19 pandemic and clarification on several issues for which he has long been criticized including Anti-Semitism, homosexuality and Black nationalism.

Farrakhan says he chose America’s Independence Day for his message, “The Criterion,” not only for the more obvious reason but because July 4th marked the 90th anniversary of the existence of the Nation of Islam in America. According to his faith’s teachings, in 1930, Master Fard Muhammad, the teacher of the Hon. Elijah Muhammad and the Nation’s celebrated patriarch, made himself known in North America.

“The judgment is not approaching; it is present,” Farrakhan said to an audience during the airing of his live address that reached the Muslims on Final Call Radio, the U.S., parts of Europe including the United Kingdom and others. He further declared that he sought an inclusive audience.

“This message [is] not just for Muslims; it is not just for Christians; it is not just for Jews, it is for every inhabitant of this planet,” he said.

“Dissatisfaction on our earth today is at 100 percent. Therefore, there must be a 100 percent change. We are not here to celebrate firecrackers and foolishness, nor to celebrate the founders of this Republic — great white men without enough heart to write a Declaration of Independence that truly represented the basis of humanity. They made America a place of refuge — not for all the people but some of the people. So, this has never been a place of, by or for the people.”

“Jefferson wrote beautiful words but his heart was not there to fulfill them. You cannot say you believe all men are created equal and endowed with certain inalienable rights while holding another nation enslaved. Similarly, when Trump cries, ‘make America great again,’ under that phrase is what he really means — make America white again.”

“The question we must ask our nation is if America is a hypocrite? We must call America out. We’re smarter now, we’re deeper now, and we’ve lived with you for 465 years so we know you.”

Farrakhan has been described as anti-Semitic by the Anti-Defamation League and by the Southern Poverty Law Center as a proponent of “fundamentally anti-white theology and an “innate black superiority over whites,” further promoting homophobia through his comments.

The NOI leader refuted these characterizations as he continued his address.

“You leaders have gotten your power on the blood of the world,” he said. “In the 65 years as a student of the Hon. Elijah Muhammed, I have never shed the blood of another human to get where I am today. You can say I’m a hater, that I’m a bigot, that I hate my LGBTQ brothers and sisters but you cannot prove it.”

Comments Turn to Possible COVID-19 Conspiracy

“I am most concerned, however, about this pestilence — we’ve all witnessed the effects of the coronavirus,” he noted. “China says soldiers dropped it there. The U.S. says China created it. Trump should put on his mask and listen. This didn’t come from Wuhan or Fort Dietrich. This virus is new, different and it mutates and goes in many different directions. Humanity’s iniquity is a pestilence on the Earth, so God has answered with a pestilence.”

“God has turned things against you that you look to for your sustenance. Have you lost your job? In the U.S. between 30 and 40 million have. How many have lost loved ones? How many are now arrested in their homes and find it like a prison — forced to stay with family day after day, week after week, discovering things about one another that you do not like?

Farrakhan continued to support his thesis by referring to parts of the Bible, the Koran and the Torah.

He then warned Blacks to be wary of claims of a cure-all vaccine, further suggesting that people of should not participate in any medical trials without first relying on their own experts to validate the safety of those drugs.

“I know you are now saying, ‘but Farrakhan, if we don’t take the vaccine, we’ll surely die,’” he said. “But, you’re dying now. They want to quicken your death. This has been their history. Can you imagine that some whites are sitting in a room plotting the deaths of 2 to 3 billion humans, claiming them to be useless eaters?”

“These are the thoughts of those following the mind of Satan. The satanic mind says I’m better than you. From there it’s easy to begin to treat others as if they were less than. Whites have treated Blacks like that. The darker man has been threatened for generations by liars and murderers. Isn’t that what the protests today against many police officers are alluding to?”

“Aren’t we saying that we won’t take it anymore?”

“We must stand on the stone of truth. And we must tell the truth from every mountaintop.”

“We cannot allow ourselves to be deceived by successful schemers. This virus will be with us for a long time. But we should not take any medicines, drugs or vaccines until the leading Black epidemiologists and health experts have thoroughly examined them, reviewed the research and trials and have given their go ahead to the world’s communities of color,” he said.

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Dominic Kevin McNeir is an award-winning journalist with more than 25 years of service for the Black Press (NNPA). Prior to moving East to assist his aging parents in their struggles with Alzheimer’s,...

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