You will never hear any Black leader of prominence take on and repudiate Minister Louis Farrakhan in a direct, clear and unmistakable way. Jesse Jackson won’t do it. Al Sharpton won’t do it. The NAACP won’t do it. Even President Obama won’t do it. That is a fight they do not want and know they can not win.
Farrakhan warned the president not to allow the United States to be drawn into a war with Libya and attempt to depose (or kill) the dictator Muammar Gaddafi. The leader of the Black Muslims said Obama should reach out to Gaddafi.
Nothing has happened to change my mind that the U.S. and its allies should stay out of the civil war in Libya. If Obama wants to take a giant step to reassure his reelection he should take full advantage not to drag the United States into yet another Middle East minefield. There’s no upside to it.
The President IS wrong on Libya. I agree with Farrakhan that it is a Libyan civil war to be fought for and won (or lost) BY Libyans. Obama is now saying he will arm the rebels. The same rebels whom are being assisted by Al Qaeda. Sure, we want to get rid of Gaddafi, but by indirectly giving a helping hand to America’s sworn enemy? That seems incredibly wrong-headed.
However, being criticized by the buddy of a dictator can’t hurt Obama. If anything it makes the president look more mainstream when he’s blasted by someone so firmly out of it.
The question is, does Farrakhan know he can’t win a popularity contest against Obama? A choice between backing the president and the minister is no choice at all for me. I have heard Farrakhan speak live three or four times. He is a charismatic and electrifying speaker. Nobody sleeps when Farrakhan rocks the mic. I’ve attended as part of the press pool and watched the White reporters shaking their heads grimly while the Black reporters would exchange knowing glances between them.
Farrakhan is an anti-White, anti-Semitic, homophobic demagogue who preaches Black separatism. His appeal is he knows how to tap into Black resentment and he never puts any distance between himself and his audience by talking down to them. Only Farrakhan could have pulled off the Million Man March. Only Farrakhan and the Nation of Islam have demonstrated the ability to take the most wretched and hopeless and teach them how to clean up their lives and carry themselves with pride and dignity.
But Obama being wrong does not make Farrakhan right. I don’t care about his “disenchantment” with Obama and the Nation of Islam vote isn’t large enough to make a dime’s worth of difference in a national election. Besides, do Black Muslims even vote? Anybody who wants to take their political cues from a guy who says the president is caring out the agenda of “the Jews” probably isn’t anybody whom I want to be associated with.
Farrakhan has set himself an impossible goal if he hopes to sway the opinion of over 30 million Black people to side with a racist dictator who approved a terrorist attack that took American lives over that of the president.
What I WON’T do is bang on Obama because I think “the Jews” have him by the short and curlies. What I WON’T do is follow the lead of a man who possibly played a key role in the death of one of the strongest Black men to walk the earth. What I WON’T do is think Louis Farrakhan is Blacker and more down for the cause than Barack Obama because he speaks pretty and knows how to raise an audience to their feet.
Obama can do that to. And he doesn’t have to use hatred of other people to do it either.
If Farrakhan wants to make the case Blacks should be supporting Gaddafi and not Obama he only has to answer two questions before I switch my allegiance.
1. Will Minister Farrakhan repudiate Gen. Gaddafi for ordering the 1988 bombing of Pan-Am 103 where 243 passengers, 16 crew members and 11 people on the ground in Lockerbie, Scotland died? 189 of the 270 who perished were Americans, so in some way isn’t the hell Obama unleashing upon Gaddafi long overdue?
2. Speaking in Rome in August 2010, Gaddafi said on the subject of illegal immigration from Africa, “Europe runs the risk of turning Black” and “We don’t know what will happen, what will be the reaction of the white and Christian Europeans faced with this influx of starving and ignorant Africans.” Does the minister agree with the dictator’s remarks?
3. Where does the minster stand on the arrest of Iman al-Obeidi, a Libyan woman who was dragged away after screaming to foreign journalists she had been gang-raped by Gaddafi loyalists?
A distraught Libyan woman stormed into a Tripoli hotel Saturday to tell foreign reporters that government troops raped her, setting off a brawl when hotel staff and government minders tried to detain her.
Iman al-Obeidi was tackled by waitresses and government minders as she sat telling her story to journalists after she rushed into the restaurant at the Rixos hotel where a number of foreign journalists were eating breakfast. She claimed loudly that troops had detained her at a checkpoint, tied her up, abused her, then led her away to be gang-raped.
Her story could not be independently verified, but the dramatic scene provided a rare firsthand glimpse of the brutal crackdown on public dissent by Moammar Gadhafi’s regime as the Libyan leader fights a rebellion against his rule that began last month.
Before she was dragged out of the hotel, al-Obeidi managed to tell journalists that she was detained by a number of troops at a Tripoli checkpoint on Wednesday. She said they were drinking whiskey and handcuffed her. She said 15 men later raped her.
“They tied me up … they even defecated and urinated on me,” she said, her face streaming with tears. “The Gadhafi militiamen violated my honor.”
As al-Obeidi spoke, a hotel waitress brandished a butter knife, a government minder reached for his handgun, and another waitress pulled a jacket tightly over her head.
Al-Obeidi said she was targeted by the troops because she’s from the eastern city of Benghazi, a rebel stronghold.
The waiters called her a traitor and told her to shut up. She retorted: “Easterners, we’re all Libyan brothers, we are supposed to be treated the same, but this is what the Gadhafi militiamen did to me, they violated my honor.”
This is the fiend we’re supposed to feel sorry for? A murderous, mad dog dictator with American blood on his hands whose supporters rape their opponents? Or does Farrakhan think this is a made-up story by a CIA financed insurgent?
As he ages Farrakhan’s star is settling not rising. He has lost his relevance to Black America. His cozy relationship with maniacs like Gaddafi only erodes what little credence he has left.