NEW YORK (Christian Examiner) – Louis Farrakhan's recent call for 10,000 volunteers to rise up and kill white Americans if the government doesn't address his demands for "justice" is only the latest in a long line of outlandish and underreported comments the Nation of Islam leader has made.
In fact, it isn't the first time Farrakhan has called on his followers to "kill the white man."
In Miami last week, Farrakhan – citing supposed police brutality against blacks – told an audience at Mt. Zion Missionary Baptist Church that "retaliation is a prescription from God to calm the breath of those whose children have been slain. So if the federal government will not intercede in our affairs, then we must rise up and kill those who kill us. Stalk them and kill them and let them feel the pain of death that we are feeling."
Farrakhan's comments stem from his radical theology, in which white people are seen as intrinsically evil because they were created by an evil black scientist, Yakub, who rebelled against God thousands of years ago. God, to Farrakhan, is a black man who created only black men.
In a speech to Nation of Islam youth, Farrakhan said several decades ago, "Caucasian means weak blooded, weak boned, stale faced, pale ... what the Indian called a pale man. The white man is not the real man, he is a made human being from you. If you look at that white man, he is a lying traitor and a murderous human being. There is no human being on earth that has murdered more living things than the Caucasian. He is a murderer and a liar. Take it or leave it brother," Farrakhan said.
"You cannot reform a devil. All the prophets tried and failed. You have to kill the devil," he said. "It is time for the white man's mind to be put to eternal rest."
The comments echo, almost verbatim, an address Farrakhan gave in the early 1970s.
Farrakhan also has an intense hatred for the Jews, describing them as a mongrel race and the head of international conspiracy against Muslims. After Sept. 11, Farrakhan said Jews from Israel had placed bombs inside of the World Trade Center towers because the planes that crashed into each tower were not enough to bring them down. In other words, al Qaeda had nothing to do with the attack.
"But if it was not Muslims, then who?" Farrakhan said, citing conspiracy theorists who believed Israel played a role in the attacks. "It is now becoming apparent that there were many Israelis and Zionist Jews in key roles in the 9/11 attacks."
"We're dealing with thieves, and liars — and murderers," Farrakhan said.
Farrakhan claimed Jews working in the Twin Towers received text messages telling them not to go to work on Sept. 11, 2001.
"It now appears that 9/11 was a false flag operation, which is an attack by one country, but made to appear like the attack came from another in order to start a war between them," he said.
In 1996, Farrakhan said during a "Saviour's Day" speech honoring NOI founder Elijah Muhammad that God was going to crucify the Jews because they had taken over the U.S. government and used it as an instrument of Satan.
"You are wicked deceivers of the American people," Farrakhan said. "You have sucked their blood. You are not real Jews, those of you that are not real Jews. You are the synagogue of Satan, and you have wrapped your tentacles around the U.S. government, and you are deceiving and sending this nation to hell. But I warn you in the name of Allah, you would be wise to leave me alone. But if you choose to crucify me, know that Allah will crucify you."
He also claimed that Jews themselves were responsible for their own Holocaust because they had taken over the international banking system.
"International bankers financed Hitler, and poor Jews died while big Jews were at the root of what you call the Holocaust. Little Jews died while big Jews made money – little Jews being turned into soap, while big Jews washed themselves with it," Farrakhan said.
Farrakhan's comments about the Jews have earned him the attention of the Southern Poverty Law Center. Although a liberal organization, the SPLC is one of the few organizations that has consistently monitored and criticized Farrakhan for his comments. Some of the comments, however, are beyond explanation.
UFOs, or "wheels" as he calls them (referencing Ezekiel 1), occupy a prominent place in Farrakhan's theology. For the NOI leader, they are not spaceships containing visitors from a strange planet, but instruments of the coming divine judgment on white America and the U.S. government. He has prophesied that the time for that judgment is drawing near.
"All of the governments are releasing their files on UFOs. America's holding back, [but] other nations are informing their people of the reality of what is above their heads," Farrakhan said.
"Who do you think then that you're dealing with, if you're the best in the world but you're thousands of years behind the technology on those wheels? I'm here to tell you, you are dealing with God. You have no weapon that can handle what is already prepared to take you out."
In 2014, Farrakhan called for President Barack Obama to open up Area 51 "to show a sign of the presence of God and right the wrongs of the earth."
"We believe our words on the presence of the wheel could help the president and America avert the warning of Allah's chastisement and destruction if America does not bow down [to Islam]. I have been given authority to teach this and you who have experienced the wheel are my witnesses so come on out from your hiding places and stand up for the good of America because you may expose a shadow government that may cause America to be destroyed," Farrakhan said.
Most recently, Farrakhan has injected himself into the aftermath of the shooting of a black teenager by a white police officer in Ferguson, Mo., and into the controversy over the Confederate Battle Flag in South Carolina after the June shooting of nine black church members at Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church.
Farrakhan told an audience after the shooting in Ferguson that black people should begin to train their children for conflict with white people. He also threatened to destroy America.
"Teach your baby how to throw the bottle if they can. Fight," Farrakhan said. "As long as they [whites] kill us [blacks] and go to Wendy's and have a burger and go to sleep, they'll keep killing us ... but when we die and they die, then soon we're going to sit at a table and talk about it! We're tired! We want some of this earth or we'll tear this [expletive] country up!"
Farrakhan was also critical of white citizens in South Carolina who showed solidarity with the black community after the shooting at Emanuel AME church. He also criticized the police department's handling of the suspect, Dylann Storm Roof.
"White folks march with you cause they don't want you upsetting the city," Farrakhan said. "They don't give a [expletive] about them nine. When they arrested that skunk – you know a skunk is a heck of an animal, you know; even after its dead its funk keeps on going – when they arrested him they took him to Burger King. I'll be [expletive]. Just killed nine human beings and you know what they was saying? You did a good job killing all them [racial slur]."
"You think they were sympathetic. If they were sympathetic with us, they would have snatched him, put him in chains, had the gun on him. I don't know what the [expletive] the fight is about over the Confederate flag. We need to put the American flag down because we caught as much [expletive] under that as the Confederate flag."