Being ‘black’ means being unkind and ungracious

Speaking on the 17th anniversary of the so-called Million Man March (because 50,000 Man March doesn’t quite roll off the tongue), Louis Farrakhan was doing what he does best: Talking smack and inciting racial prejudice. Although he was slated to speak on the Muslim blueprint for ending need and want—which would have been rather interesting to hear—Farrakhan chose instead to stump for President Obama for two hours.

Ever the uniter, Farrakhan told his captive audience how they should be working hard and doing everything they can to combat racist attitudes in America by reaching out to white people. Not really, he didn’t say anything even remotely close to that. He did say that the American political process is designed to keep America white though. He also accused Republicans of being racist (big surprise) and of polarizing America on the basis of race (another big surprise). Then he wondered out loud what he has done to white America that makes them “hate me so.” He followed this seemingly rhetorical question with a thundering answer: “You can’t buy me, and you can’t make me into your nigger.” I wonder too; I just don’t get what white America could possibly have against you, Mr. Farrakhan.

Throughout his venomous diatribe against the white man, Farrakhan gave numerous pieces of advice to President Obama, who—according to Farrakhan—is fighting for his vision of the Democratic Party and the country. Farrakhan was unapologetic in his dissatisfaction with the president’s performance at the first national debate with Mitt Romney, asking the crowd to raise their hands if they were disappointed with their “champion.” Many hands went up. He counseled the crowd and the president to not worry about losing white voters by coming across as the “angry black man.” If any were left unclear about what he meant, Farrakhan summed it up for them: “You aren’t going to win any more white votes by being kind and gracious. Be a little black.” In other words, being belligerent and irate is what “being black” means to Louis Farrakhan. Is it any wonder then that Farrakhan is constantly characterized by these attitudes? Obviously not.

What is most ironic about Farrakhan and his words of division is how he also tries to straddle the fence of social “diversity” when it comes to race—combating as he does the idea of a “white” America—yet he has no willingness to concede “diversity” to a group who have lately come to identify their social acceptance along similar “civil right” lines: homosexuals. Farrakhan dealt with this seeming contradiction briefly, echoing the same kind of language that conservatives and Christians get blasted for voicing. He said that while he loves his homosexual brothers and sisters, they are trying “to change God’s ways.” Allah is not known for his homosexual diversity and neither is Farrakhan. He wants to tell “white America” that the train of racial diversity is coming, like it or not, yet he himself is not willing to get out of the way of the diversity train when it is carrying his “homosexual brothers and sisters” as its passengers. It would appear that even “diversity” has its limits.

The reality, of course, is that Farrakhan has no love for the bleeding heart liberal idea of diversity, any more than conservatives do. For Farrakhan, diversity is not what he wants; he wants to “flip the script” on “white America” and turn it into “black America.” He has no concern for equality or diversity; he is all about domination and retribution. Quite simply, he wants to do to “the white man” what he believes the white man has done to him. Farrakhan’s message is one of poison and vinegar, yet he is consistently held up by the media as a champion of “civil rights.” Nothing could be further from the truth.

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