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Louis Farrakhan and the Politics of Slavery

African Amer­i­can Mus­solini: Far­rakhan and His Stormtroopers

COMMENT: This seems to be fas­cist cult week. We’ve touched on the “Truthers” and Far­rakhan, then the “Truthers” and now the leader of the Nation of Islam him­self. “Van­field” antic­i­pated this post yes­ter­day with his/her con­tri­bu­tion about Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan’s pas de deux vis a vis slavery.

In addi­tion to blam­ing African Amer­i­can slav­ery on–you guessed it–the Jews, he has ardently defended Arabs in the Sudan and Mau­ri­ta­nia against con­dem­na­tion for their active, ongo­ing enslave­ment of black Africans.

Here in the Bay Area, the rip­ples are sub­sid­ing after Far­rakhan drew a stand­ing ova­tion from an African Amer­i­can audi­ence at the Uni­ver­sity of Cal­i­for­nia at Berke­ley. Crit­i­cized from many quar­ters, Farrakhan’s appear­ance was defended by the school admin­is­tra­tion under the rubric of “free speech.”

It seems that a tree-blight is spread­ing through the groves of academe.

(Shortly after 9/11, a close friend coun­seled me that, if I con­tin­ued in this line of research, I should be pre­pared to clash intel­lec­tu­ally to an increas­ing degree with Holo­caust deniers. Promi­nent “Truther” Jim Fet­zer has indeed attempted to open the debate on that sub­ject to “both sides.” Blam­ing African Amer­i­can slav­ery on “Da Jooz” is of the same intel­lec­tual fab­ric. So is the con­trolled demo­li­tion of the World Trade Center/cruise mis­sile hit the Pen­ta­gon dri­vel. I’m now braced for the onslaught of the Holo­caust deniers–“But what about this?”)

Far­rakhan: Movin’ On Up

In addi­tion to the sub­stan­tive indi­ca­tions that Far­rakhan may well have been involved with the mur­der of Mal­com X, whose man­tle he has assumed, Far­rakhan has vapor­ized his cred­i­bil­ity by claim­ing that he has trav­eled in a UFO.

It appears that Farrakhan’s defense of the Mus­lim Broth­er­hood regime in Sudan, which has pur­sued the slavery/genocide against the black pop­u­la­tion of that unfor­tu­nate coun­try is based on a pro­fes­sional rela­tion­ship with that mur­der­ous regime.

When Farrakhan’s defense of black African slav­ery was shat­tered by jour­nal­ists, many of them were ter­ror­ized by his goons.

“Farrakhan’s Secret Rela­tion­ship” by Charles Jacob; The Daily Cal­i­forn­ian; 5/16/2012.

EXCERPT: Nation of Islam leader Louis Far­rakhan addressed an esti­mated 600 stu­dents at UC Berke­ley last Sat­ur­day, and told  Black stu­dents not to befriend any Jew with­out first read­ing The Secret Rela­tion­ship Between Blacks and Jews, a book whose the­sis is that “the Jews” were behind the black slave trade.  Heck of a way to start up a friendship!

Schol­ars both black and white have exposed the NOI book as a pack of lies, a mod­ern day calumny which, much like their medieval ana­logues — “the Jews poi­soned the wells,” “the Jews make matzo with the blood of Chris­t­ian chil­dren” –is meant to incite hatred for Jew­ish peo­ple.  Dan­ger­ous hatred. The Daily Cal­i­forn­ian reports that Jew­ish stu­dents were hurt and shocked.  No doubt.

But what will be more shock­ing per­haps is Min­is­ter Farrakhan’s own semi-secret rela­tion­ship with the mod­ern day slav­ing of African Blacks by peo­ple, and in coun­tries, that the NOI leader has an inter­est to pro­tect.  In 1994, an African Mus­lim from Mau­ri­ta­nia  – Mohammed Athie — and I broke the story of a mod­ern day slave trade in Mau­ri­ta­nia and Sudan, in The New York Times.  We reported that “per­haps 300,000” African Mus­lims were still serv­ing Arab/Berber mas­ters. “Black Africans in Mau­ri­ta­nia were con­verted to Islam more than 100 years ago,” we wrote, “but while the Koran for­bids the enslave­ment of fel­low Mus­lims, in this coun­try race out­ranks reli­gious doc­trine. These peo­ple are chat­tel: used for labor, sex, and breed­ing. They may be exchanged for camels, trucks, guns or money. Their chil­dren are the prop­erty of the master.”

In Sudan, Africa’s largest coun­try, we reported that slav­ery was “mak­ing a come­back, the result of a 12-year-old war waged by the Mus­lim north against the black Chris­t­ian and ani­mist south. Arab mili­tias, armed by the Gov­ern­ment, raid vil­lages, mostly those of the Dinka tribe, shoot the men and enslave the women and chil­dren. These are kept as per­sonal prop­erty or marched north and sold.” We based our reports on gov­ern­ment doc­u­ments, human rights pub­li­ca­tions  and a stun­ning inter­view with a UN official .

The op-ed shocked many. We were encour­aged to launch the Amer­i­can Anti-Slavery Group (AASG) which would doc­u­ment a mod­ern day slave trade around the globe, but would focus on Sudan and Mau­ri­ta­nia as the worst case of slav­ery, and the most con­tro­ver­sial, and there­fore least likely to be cov­ered by others.

PBS’s Tony Brown Show, the most pop­u­lar Black news pro­gram at the time, invited Mohammed and me to speak about slav­ery. Imme­di­ately after our appear­ance, we were attacked by Farrakhan’s spokesman  who denied that Blacks served Arab mas­ters in Sudan or – worse from NOI’s point of view, that Black Mus­lims served Arab Mus­lim mas­ters in Mau­ri­ta­nia. Farrakhan’s “call­ing,” after all, funded in part by Arab dic­ta­tor Muam­mar Khadafy,  was to break the Black/Jewish civil rights alliance while teach­ing Amer­i­can Blacks that Islam was their path to free­dom. Not in Sudan and Mau­ri­ta­nia it wasn’t!

NOI was seri­ous about shut­ting us up.  Samuel Cot­ton, a black reporter for the City Sun, NY’s sec­ond largest black paper con­ducted a thor­ough inves­ti­ga­tion that resulted in a five part series. “Arab Mas­ters, Black Slaves”  screamed across the front page in NYC’s news kiosks. NOI warned Sam. They fol­lowed and men­aced him when he spoke in Chicago, not far from their head­quar­ters. Sam’s book, Silent Ter­ror, has become an under­ground classic.

At a press con­fer­ence in D.C in 1996, Far­rakhan was asked about reports of slav­ery in Sudan. Accord­ing to the NY Times , he angrily chal­lenged them: “If slav­ery exists, go … to Sudan, and come back and tell the Amer­i­can peo­ple what you found.” The Bal­ti­more Sun sent two reporters to Sudan. They found and lib­er­ated slaves and pub­lished a spe­cial four page insert in the paper’s week­end edi­tion. Far­rakhan refused their request for an inter­view — and pretty much went radio silent on slav­ery issues… until fairly recently. . . .

COMMENT: “Calypso Louie” (as Far­rakhan used to call him­self) has gone out of his way to stig­ma­tize the black African vic­tims of con­tem­po­rary slav­ery for the color of their skin and their kinky hair!!

“Geno­cide and Slav­ery in the Sudan: The Far­rakhan Con­nec­tion” by Sabit Abbe Alley; www.iabolish.org; p. 56.

EXCERPT: . . . This was clearly demon­strated dur­ing his Sav­ior Day address on Feb­ru­ary 25, 1996, and in sub­se­quent speeches, where the Min­is­ter graph­i­cally described the peo­ple of South Sudan as being very, very, very . . . very dark with kinky hair as com­pared to the brown (white!) North­ern Arabs, who accord­ing to Far­rakhan, looked exactly like him! He used the adverb -very- 15 times to empha­size his color prej­u­dice against the South­ern Sudanese. . . .

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2 comments for “Louis Farrakhan and the Politics of Slavery”

  1. [...] Louis Far­rakhan and the Pol­i­tics of Slavery [...]

    Posted by Miscellaneous articles for – Articles divers pour 03-21-2012 | Lys-d'Or | March 21, 2012, 11:24 am
  2. http://www.nbcwashington.com/news/local/Federal-Local-Authorities-Investigate-Possible-Human-Trafficking-at-Diplomatic-Compound-in-Virginia-205653811.html

    Pos­si­ble Human Traf­fick­ing Inves­ti­gated at Saudi Diplo­matic Com­pound in Vir­ginia
    McLean home owned by King­dom of Saudi Ara­bia, real estate records say
    By Jackie Bensen
    | Wednes­day, May 1, 2013 | Updated 10:26 PM EDT

    A case of “pos­si­ble human traf­fick­ing” at a Saudi diplo­matic com­pound in Vir­ginia is under inves­ti­ga­tion, Home­land Secu­rity con­firmed to News4. Jackie Bensen reports.
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    A case of “pos­si­ble human traf­fick­ing” at a Saudi diplo­matic com­pound in Vir­ginia is under inves­ti­ga­tion, Home­land Secu­rity con­firmed to News4.

    Agents from U.S. Immi­gra­tions and Cus­toms Enforcement/Homeland Secu­rity Inves­ti­ga­tions and Fair­fax County police were called to a home in the 6000 block of Orris Street in McLean overnight and, in the words of a source famil­iar with the inves­ti­ga­tion, “res­cued” two women. One woman report­edly tried to flee by squeez­ing through a gap in the front gate as it was closing.

    It’s not clear if the women, who sources say are from the Philip­pines, called inves­ti­ga­tors to the home them­selves or if some­one else did.

    “Home­land Secu­rity Inves­ti­ga­tions DC did encounter two poten­tial vic­tims of traf­fick­ing and the inves­ti­ga­tion is ongo­ing,” a D.C.-based spokesman for ICE/Homeland Secu­rity inves­ti­ga­tions told News4.

    The inves­ti­ga­tion is in its very early stages and com­pli­cated by the pos­si­bil­ity some of those involved may have diplo­matic immunity.

    The com­pound fea­tur­ing three secu­rity gates, a guard shack and secu­rity staff on foot patrol is owned by the King­dom of Saudi Ara­bia, accord­ing to Fair­fax County real estate records. A man out­side the gates who said he works for the embassy told News4 the home­owner was at the embassy Wednes­day, and vehi­cles dri­ven in and out of the gates had diplo­matic license plates.

    Fol­low Jackie Bensen on Twit­ter at @jackiebensen

    Posted by Vanfield | May 1, 2013, 9:55 pm

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