Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan made a fiery speech Sunday in which he warned whites that a “day of judgment” is coming to avenge their “evil” and that African Americans serving in the armed forces should immediately withdraw and fight for their communities instead.
In an address given at the Nation of Islam’s headquarters in Chicago, Farrakhan claimed whites have oppressed blacks for hundreds of years and a reckoning is due for the “iniquities of their fathers,” the NOI publication Final Call reports.
“When a man has done that kind of evil, they are long gone and dead, but they’ve produced offspring, and it doesn’t seem like the offspring are better than those that did the evil because the children are doing the same things as their fathers,” the firebrand minister said.
Quoting scripture, Farrakhan said, “Prepare slaughter for the children for the iniquities of their fathers.”
He particularly singled out the recent, high-profile police shootings of Michael Brown and Tamir Rice as a sign of continuing white oppression of blacks. These shootings served as the justification for Farrakhan’s demand that black soldiers desert the military.
“If the government cannot protect our lives… Why are you in the armed forces fighting for a democracy that you don’t have at home?” he exhorted. “Why are you in the armed forces of America going overseas to fight someone that never did a thing to you then act pitifully when your own people are shot down in front of you?”
“I’m calling on all of the soldiers that fight for America, come home and let’s unite and fight for our lives since the federal government refuses to fight for us. We must fight for ourselves!” Farrakhan exclaimed.
The NOI leader believes that whites are frightened by “terrorists” because they know God uses terror to punish the wicked.
“We live in a time of terror. Everybody white people don’t like is a terrorist. Is everyone a terrorist? Why are you so terrified?” Farrakhan declared. “What terrorizes [whites] is the presence of God and a messenger from God that signals the end of their civilization.”