In a vitriolic speech at the Metropolitan AME church in Washington D.C., Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan called white people “sinful by nature” and said that the cops who arrested the man who killed nine people at a black church in Charleston, S.C. last week were happy he did so.
“White folks march with you because they don’t want you upsetting the city. They don’t give a damn about them nine,” Farrakhan said of the nine people murdered by white supremacist Dylann Roof at the historic Emanuel AME church last Wednesday. “When they arrested him they took him to the Burger King,” Farrakhan continued, citing news reports. “You know what they were saying? ‘You did a good job. Killed all them niggers.’”
Farrakhan, who is known for fiery sermons, was on hand at Metropolitan AME to announce plans for the Millions for Justice Mobilization event to be held on the National Mall in October. The event will mark the 20th anniversary of Farrakhan’s Million Man March, which was also held in Washington. During his speech, which was posted in full to the website Justice or Else, Farrakhan addressed the controversy surrounding the Confederate flag. Roof, 21, posted numerous pictures online of himself waving and carrying the flag. South Carolina lawmakers have called for it to be removed from the state house, and numerous retailers such as Wal-Mart and Amazon have decided to no longer sell the flag or apparel bearing it. But Farrakhan said he saw little difference between that flag and the Stars and Stripes.
“I don’t know what the hell the fight is about over the Confederate flag,” the 82-year-old minister said. “We need to put the American flag down because we’ve got as much hell under that as the Confederate flag.”
Farrakhan also devoted much of his speech to attacking whites. “White folks, you’ve got to get out of your sinful nature,” he said, while asserting that black are “not sinful by nature.” “You are righteous by nature,” Farrakhan told the cheering audience, “but made sinful by your intercourse with a sinful people who rebel against God.” Everywhere the white man has gone his nature drove him to kill. Kill the brown. Kill the red. Kill the yellow. Kill my own white brother, and kill the black and make sure that the black never rises again.”
Farrakhan’s two-hour sermon took a strange, sexualized turn when he began discussing white peoples’ birth rates and stereotypes about white women’s anatomy. He said that “the white man” is “coming after the black woman because that’s the way he’s going to have a future.” “Because your womb is what’s going to give him a future. Because right now whites are dying a natural death. Their birth rate is down under zero meaning that more of them are dying and less of them are coming to birth.”
Of white women, Farrakhan said: “There was a time when they had a behind like an iron board. I don’t know what happened to that iron board, because at the end of that board there’s a lump, you know what I mean? They call it a Brazilian butt, and they’re out working out.”