MILWAUKEE, Wisc. (Christian Examiner) – After two weeks of news reports that Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan had called for an army of 10,000 volunteers to kill white people if the government doesn't give the black community "justice," Farrakhan is reshaping his message – but only slightly.
In a new video of a three-hour address given Aug. 13, Farrakhan said white people (presumably the news media reporting on his previous comments) reported his controversial comments to provoke a race war when he gathered with his followers at the 20th anniversary of the Million Man March on Oct. 10 in Washington, D.C.
God is with you. That's why we say, 'Allah Akbar.' God is great. We have no weapon. We bother nobody. Then if you come to take our life, don't be surprised if you lose your own.
Three hours and 18 minutes into the video, Farrakhan says:
"I wouldn't bring our young women and young men into some place to be slaughtered. But that's what the white man hopes for. That's why he makes mischief with my words. 'Farrakhan wanna get an army to kill people,' because, you see, white people deserve to die. And they know so and they think it's us coming to do it. No, no, no."
Farrakhan later said in the video that a God will send a UFO, "a chariot" or "wheel in the sky," to rescue his followers and carry out justice if a race war began.
He also said black people should "fight like hell to preserve and protect" the life God had given them and if the men among his followers see an injustice taking place at the hands of police, they need to step in and kill the police officer harming others – especially if it is a woman. Farrakhan cited an incident in McKinney, Texas, where a black teenage girl was thrown to the ground by a police officer last summer. That officer also pulled his weapon and pointed it at unarmed black teenagers.
"Either you die or he dies," Farrakhan said. "God is with you. That's why we say, 'Allah Akbar.' God is great. We have no weapon. We bother nobody. Then if you come to take our life, don't be surprised if you lose your own."
"We are not killers. We are not murderers. We are being murdered. And there does come a time when somebody else other than us have to feel the pain they delight in giving us," Farrakhan said. "So we are going to redistribute the pain through economic withdrawal. But there comes a time if it is forced upon us to fight that we must fight with those who fight with us."
At three hours and 11 minutes in the video, Farrakhan, who often mixes Christian themes with his own Muslim theology, attempts to explain what he meant by his call for "10,000 fearless men" by comparing himself to Jesus, who he said will return with "10,000 angels."
"Well, what do you need the 10,000 fearless for? Because it takes fearless men and fearless women to help others work out their salvation," Farrakhan said. "Don't be afraid that the minister is stupid, he just want to go out here and kill white people. That's not my job. I'm here to represent the one who has got the power to do it. I got my job to do. And he's not asking you to do that. You can get started but you won't finish. You so tenderhearted, bless you. All the people you kill is with passion, and then you so sorry afterwards."