Nation of Islam Leader Louis Farrakhan Gives Fiery Speech at Million Man March Anniversary
His speech focused on the state of blacks in America, and he was as merciless toward them as he was toward Obama and the “white establishment.” “Whether you know it or not, we are at war,” he said. “Our survival as a people is at stake … The time for talk is over.”
Unlike the diplomacy of the speakers who introduced him, Farrakhan yelled phrases of his speech frequently, holding nothing back, to a crowd that often gave him standing ovations. “If you like the dollar bill with the enemy’s face on it, if that means more to you than to carve out a future for your children, then you can die when the dollar dies,” he said.
“Our babies are dying and so are we, and they’re dying because leadership is rotten to the core,” he said. The “corporate media,” corporate mass culture and “cold-hearted” members of Congress (whom he called Zionists) exacerbate problems that must be changed within the individual: “The hurt and the pain of black men and women, boys and girls, [who] wanted to come together to atone for our failures as men. God did not make a man that we should not be responsible for our women and children, and yet we want to be respected as a man and treated as an equal when we have not done anything to deserve it.”
“Women having baby after baby, looking for the government to support your sex drive? Is this what we have become? Your woman got a job and you’re staying at home?” he said, turning to unleash his righteous fury on the fairer sex. “The women don’t want to cook, they want to show their behinds and show their bodies.”
“Our young people don’t even want to go to school,” he said.
He advised blacks to do what the Chinese did in cities across America with Chinatowns. After all, he pointed out, blacks live in separate neighborhoods from whites, “but don’t own nothing in that part of town. You’re already separated but you’re not profiting.”
Corporations and government aren’t going to save blacks in America—especially considering young whites are jobless, too, he said. Blacks need to pool their resources to buy land. Land can be used for agriculture, so blacks can feed themselves with nutritious, whole foods, instead of what he called “denatured” food. “Do you know how valuable a cow is?” he asked toward the end of the speech, while a picture of a cow with a list of its uses came up on a huge screen.
He also addressed his own unpopularity with the federal government, pointing out that unpopular leaders such as Malcolm X, Martin Luther King Jr. and John F. Kennedy were assassinated. “Even to come after me, God will set your house on fire. I am your trigger and will explode your wrath on this wicked nation.”