I’ve heard lots of wild stuff about the Nation of Islam over the years. An old head from Detroit told me that when Elijah Muhammad was running things, if a Fruit of Islam didn’t sell all the Muhammad Speaks newspapers he was assigned to sell, the other FOIs would beat his ass.
In a documentary film about Malcolm, Captain Joseph X – who’d led the Fruit of Islam for the Harlem mosque – recalled that Malcolm’s “complexion” was one reason Elijah Muhammad groomed him for leadership. (Could Farrakhan similarly have been groomed for NOI leadership because he was light-skinned? Because of the white blood in him?)
Journalist Sonsyrea Tate, in her memoir “Little X,” wrote about the indoctrination she received in the Nation’s school for girls. (TEACHER: “Who is the colored man?” CHILD: “The colored man is the Caucasian, white man, or Yacub’s grafted devil, the skunk of the planet Earth!”)
Prof. Vibert White, a member of the Nation of Islam until 1995, wrote a behind-the-scenes book – “Inside the Nation of Islam” – describing the Nation under Farrakhan as “an empire [built] on hatred, anti-Semitism, racism, sexism and homophobia.”
I could go on. But I’ll ask it:
QUESTION #7: What has Louis Farrakhan actually accomplished for the benefit of black people? Isn’t he basically the leader of a mind-control cult, pushing rhetoric that’s 50 years out of date? Isn’t it time for the rest of us to quit taking him seriously?