WASHINGTON (Christian Examiner) – Blacks kill other blacks, push drugs, rape and lie because white Americans have made them do it, Louis Farrakhan, leader of the Nation of Islam, told a packed and enthusiastic audience at a church in Washington, D.C., Sept. 18.
During the hour-and-a-half address at Union Temple Baptist Church, Farrakhan said the idea that the white man is responsible for the sins of black people did not originate with him, but with his predecessor, Elijah Muhammad – whom he holds up as the messiah who will one day return to earth on a vehicle like a spaceship.
According to Farrakhan, Muhammad said blacks were not violent and not guilty of the sins associated with whites until they were forced to "sojourn" among them for nearly half a millennium. That is why Jesus didn't come to save blacks from their sins, but from the sins of the white man.
My teacher, the honorable Elijah Muhammad, said, 'Not saving you from your sins, but saving you from the sins of white people that you have learned by your sojourn among them for 460 years. You never were in Africa what you've become today.
"My teacher, the honorable Elijah Muhammad, said, 'Not saving you from your sins, but saving you from the sins of white people that you have learned by your sojourn among them for 460 years. You never were in Africa what you've become today," Farrakhan said.
"You're not yourself. You're a white person in black skin. That's why it's so easy for you to kill your brother, lie on your sister, rape your daughter. It's easy for you to do those foul things to yourself and one another because the enemy has made us into himself."
Ironically, Elijah Muhammad was accused by Malcolm X of fathering multiple children with teenage staff members in the 1960s. Malcolm X was later assassinated for making the claim and supposedly challenging Muhammad's leadership.
Farrakhan also told the congregation that blacks who behave improperly should be labeled like a suit coat, "Made in America."
"So if I'm a homosexual, I was made in America. If I'm a lesbian, I was made in America. If I'm a drug dealer and a drug user, I was made in America. And a wine bibber, and a fornicator, and an adulterer, and a raper of my children ... I was made in America," he said.
Farrakhan said "negroes" had been made sick by following the white man and hoping that God would "lighten" them up a little bit. Blacks do not realize, however, that the light skinned are used as a "buffer" between whites and "darker-skinned negroes."
Farrakhan also used the racial slur, "Ni----," a dozen times in the sermon. He said eate black people as that. He only creates real black men after his image and likeness.
"If God is your creator and he created you in his image and after his likeness, how could you be anything but a little god who will one day grow up to be just like your creator," Farrakhan said, as he warned against allowing "Crackers" (white people) to interpret the Bible any other way.
At times the address diverted to personal critiques of those not black enough, such as Tiger Woods. Farrakhan said Woods "hit a little white ball" in order "to get a white woman," who then went after his money.
He also blamed whites for poisoning the drinking water in Flint, Mich., and said whites had convinced black women not to breastfeed. He talked about the breasts of black women "serving the purpose of God" for millions of years.
"My mother was a big-breasted woman. I don't remember how I was. I was young. But I was bounded to my mother ... she was a midnight black woman," Farrakhan said.
During the address, Farrakhan lit into Democrat presidential candidate Hillary Clinton and Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump. He said Trump would put blacks "on a rocket ship to hell," but he said Hillary was headed there as well.
Judgment, he added, was now on America as evidenced by the recent natural disasters in the South and elsewhere. Such events cannot be escaped, he said, unless whites make amends and offer "justice" in the form of reparations and a land of their own. But blacks shouldn't expect Clinton or Trump to fulfill the empty promises made in the past.
"None of them can deter the wrath of God that has entered into America that you see in the forces of nature he is using against America. The only way they can slow down the wrath of God is to give you the justice you deserve," he said.
Regarded by the Southern Poverty Law Center as an anti-Semite and hate preacher, Farrakhan also said God "didn't come to integrate" blacks and whites.
"Our children are the ones God has marked to enter the Promised Land," the black Muslim leader said.
Union Temple Baptist Church claims it was founded as a Missionary Baptist Church. It also offers an "Afro-Centric" version of religion. On its web page, it describes its sanctuary which features a "30-foot by 19-foot mural depicting the Last Supper. It not only has the image of a black Christ, but also has the twelve disciples depicted as twelve significant Africans and African Americans, among them Martin Luther King, Jr., Rosa Parks, and Malcolm X."