With the breathtaking rise of Barack Obama, I am reminded of a speech delivered 24 years ago by Minister Louis Farrakhan.
The Nation of Islam leader spoke at the headquarters of Operation PUSH in Chicago. PUSH founder Jesse Jackson was in the midst of his first presidential campaign.
Few white people had ever heard of Louis Farrakhan. In fact, February 1984 was the moment in history when Farrakhan would appear on the white media’s radar screen – never to leave it again.
Why? Because this was the time of Jesse Jackson’s “Hymietown” fiasco. It was in the context of that public-relations shitstorm that Farrakhan issued his “warning” to the U.S. government – and to “crazy Jewish elements” – to leave Jesse alone.
I own this speech in its entirety on a double-LP issued by the Nation of Islam way back then.
To hear a 2½-minute portion of Farrakhan’s warning, click here.