AFRICANGLOBE – Louis Farrakhan, head of the Nation of Islam, told students in Tuskegee on Friday to pursue their dreams before discussing the organization’s classification as a hate group.
This is a hate group like the Ku Klux Klan?” Farrakhan said to White members of the media attending his lecture to Macon County High School students and some Tuskegee University students in a small auditorium. “If we were riding like the Klan, you would have a lot of respect for us. We’re not killing nobody.”
Although the Southern Poverty Law Center credits the advocacy organization for numerous programs and events designed to uplift Black Americans, it lists the group as a hate group. It said the group’s “theology of innate Black superiority over Whites — a belief system vehemently and consistently rejected by mainstream Muslims — and the deeply racist, anti-Semitic and anti-gay rhetoric of its leaders, including top minister Louis Farrakhan, have earned the NOI a prominent position in the ranks of organized hate.”
Louis Farrakhan denied the allegation Friday, saying the NOI was not hateful of White people.
“We’re not like you,” he said of White people. “We have a heart that is like God’s. We’re full of mercy and forgiveness. You don’t.”
Speaking as part of a three-day visit to Tuskegee University that concluded Friday evening, Louis Farrakhan also was critical of the media at the event.
He criticized the media for showing up at the event, although reporters were invited, and he criticized them for showing up early, before he did, although media outlets were instructed to arrive at least an hour before the event to go through security, which included full-body pat-downs and bag searches.
Louis Farrakhan said the media vilified him “because my ideas make them forget about your ideas that make them feel like an inferior people.”
“You can’t deal with me so you poison the hearts and minds of the people,” he said.
Louis Farrakhan — born May 11, 1933, as Louis Eugene Wolcott — said he has never been arrested and never lied. He said he has “done nothing, but I’m hated because I want to talk to my future. You don’t want me to talk to them.”
His comments came near the final part of a sometimes fiery speech to students in which he challenged parents to educate their children about the struggles Blacks have made to overcome and challenged the students to pursue their dreams and to continue the struggle.
He said those struggles continue.
Citing the treatment of President Barack Obama, including the death threats, Louis Farrakhan said, “They treat him like he is nothing.”
“So the struggle is not over. It continues. You as the children have to take the struggle to another level,” he said.
He asked several students about their goals after school and told them to pursue their dreams and wished God’s blessings upon them in those endeavors.
“You want to be definite about what you want to be and go after it with all your strength,” Louis Farrakhan told a student who wanted to join the U.S. Air Force.
Louis Farrakhan encouraged the students to be proud of themselves and their appearance in a society oriented toward White people, and not to defile their bodies with fornication, smoking or alcohol. He said there are consequences for repelling God.
“Building character is as good as getting a good education,” Farrakhan said.