The recent USA Today op-ed by Camille Cosby in which she blamed
the death of her son was more than just the cry of a mother in her
It was a symptom of paranoia, a reflection of a system of belief that
a significant role in African-American politics and culture.
- Nearly one-third of African-Americans identify AIDS as part of a
against blacks. This myth stems from a true story (the Tuskegee
experiments in which black men were deliberately left untreated for
syphilis) and a lie (the Soviet propaganda campaign claiming that the
was using chemical and biological weapons on Third World peoples).
Incidentally, the recent CNN story about the use of nerve gas by
in Vietnam sprang from that propaganda campaign.
- In some surveys, a majority of African-Americans identify the
crack cocaine as another white conspiracy against blacks. This myth is a
distortion of a fact, that the differing punishments connected to crack
cocaine versus powder cocaine and to marijuana versus alcohol are based
part on cultural and ethnic factors.
- A Washington Post survey at the Million Man March found that 40
of participants held anti-white views and 60 percent held anti-Semitic
Fear of "The Plan," the conspiracy of whites to take power away from
blacks, kept Marion Barry in office as mayor of Washington, D.C. years
after his exposure as a racist, drug-abusing kleptocrat hellbent on
bankrupting his city (eventually doing just that). The belief against
evidence that O.J. Simpson was innocent, or that the white b**ch
what she got, led a large group of African-American law students -- law
students! -- in Washington to erupt in cheers when Simpson was
Vice President Al Gore recently sought to exploit this belief system,
ranting at an NAACP convention that "they [Republicans] don't even want
count you in the Census!"
All too often, members of the media refuse to do their jobs and
crackpots and charlatans victimizing the black community.
Consider the Million Man March, and the man who tried to use it to
himself the leader of black America, Nation of Islam leader Louis
WHAT FARRAKHAN BELIEVES: Nation of Islam theology was apparently
together from various sources -- the Watchtower Society (Jehovah's
Witnesses), mainstream Islam, so-called scientific racism (reversing the
Darwinists' positioning of the white and black "races," of course),
Garvey's United Negro Improvement Association ("the first fascists,"
bragged), and black Freemasonry and Moorish Science.
According to NOI doctrine, the black race -- the Tribe of Shabazz --
created 66 trillion years ago when a great explosion separated the earth
and the moon. Led by 24 gods, called "scientists," the black race ruled
the world. The gods wrote the Bible and the Koran.
Then, 6800 years ago, a mad scientist known as Yacub (or Yakub,
Yakulj, or Jacob) was exiled along with 59,999 of his followers to
an island in the Aegean. NOI leader Elijah Muhammad wrote that Yacub
selective breeding and infanticide -- "He ordered the nurses to kill all
black babies ... by pricking the brains with a sharp needle as soon as
black child's head is out of the mother" -- to create new races of
>From the black race he created the brown race, from the brown race he
created the red race, then from the red race he created the yellow race.
It took him hundreds of years. Finally, from the yellow race he created
the white race, the distillation of evil characteristics that were
recessive among the members of the black race. The whites, Elijah
taught, were "blue-eyed devils."
Six thousand years ago, the whites were shipped off to "West Asia"
where they were guarded by men carrying rifles. Two thousand years
Moses used dynamite to kill 300 whites. Nevertheless, the white "beasts"
came to dominate the world.
White rule continued until 1914 (the year once predicted by the
Witnesses for Armageddon). After 1914, an indeterminate "grace period"
began; it will end in a final battle of spaceships and bombs, and the
race will return to power.
ROOTED IN MAGIC: The Nation of Islam's roots go back to a fellow
Timothy Drew, born of ex-slaves in North Carolina in 1886 (or, at least,
that's the legend). Drew supposedly was adopted by Cherokees, ran away
with gypsies, became a circus magician, and ended up in Egypt (or
it was Mecca or Morocco). He became the student of the a priest, the
practitioner of a "High Magic that had been practiced for centuries in
pyramid of Cheops" (in the words of a church document). Subsequently,
was commissioned by the king of Morocco to convert African-Americans to
Islam, or, in one version of the story, he was in Newark, New Jersey
he had a dream in which he was told to found a new religion. His beliefs
appeared to have developed in part from black Masonic lore.
In 1913, as Noble Drew Ali, he founded the Moorish Science Temple in
and began to teach that African-Americans were descended from Ham and
they once ruled an empire stretching from Morocco to Atlantis to ancient
America. "Through sin and disobedience," Drew wrote, they were stripped
their nationality by the Europeans with their Christianity. "But one day
soon will come the day of the Asiatics [non-whites and Celts] and the
destruction of the Europeans." Later he moved to Chicago, apparently run
out of Newark because his followers refused to fight in World War I.
In 1929, the Moorish Science Temple split, Drew's rival was killed,
charged in the murder, and, while out on bond, he died from injuries
inflicted upon him by the police, or he was murdered by his rival's
followers, or he died of natural causes. (The Moorish Orthodox Church of
America, which was associated with left-wing politics in the '60s and
Timothy Leary's psychedelic movement, traces itself back to "some white
poets and jazz musicians" in the Baltimore/Washington area who, in the
1950s, became posthumous followers of Noble Drew Ali.)
Enter a mysterious man who went by many names, most notably Wallace
and Wali Fard Muhammad. Fard, a door-to-door salesman whose background
in dispute (he was said to be of Arab origin), regaled his customers
tales of black history and culture. People would gather in homes to hear
his stories. Over time, his talks became more radical, more racist, and
more cosmic. He even claimed to be the reincarnation of Noble Drew Ali.
His following grew, and the Nation of Islam was founded in Detroit a
after Drew's death.
In 1934, during the investigation of a murder by one of his
disappeared, and the NOI was left in the hands of a former auto worker
named Elijah Muhammad (born Elijah Poole in Georgia in 1898). Muhammad
claimed that Fard was God and that he was Fard's prophet. Muhammad was
jailed for his support of the Japanese in World War II.
One of Elijah Muhammad's followers was the first NOI leader to become
to most Americans. Born Malcolm Little in Nebraska in 1925, he was the
of an organizer for Marcus Garvey's back-to-Africa movement. His father,
it is said, was killed by an offshoot of the Ku Klux Klan. A
criminal, he joined the Nation of Islam while in prison, from which he
released in 1952. Malcolm X (later known also as Al Hajj Malik
rose quickly, becoming the head of the temple in Boston, then of the
in New York. Soon, he was Elijah Muhammad's right-hand man and chief
spokesman for the NOI.
The Nation of Islam wasn't the only group that believed in separation
the black and white "races." In 1961, Malcolm X and NOI's Atlanta leader
Jeremiah X met with leaders of the Ku Klux Klan. At a meeting that was
secretly taped by the FBI, Malcolm attributed the civil rights struggle
the day to "a Jewish conspiracy carried out by unsuspecting blacks." NOI
would oppose race mixing, and the Klan would help NOI obtain 20,000
in Georgia or South Carolina for a homeland. "From that day onward,"
Malcolm noted later, "the Klan never interfered with the Black Muslim
movement in the South." When some NOI members got into trouble with the
police in Monroe, Louisiana, a Klan lawyer represented them. A similar
peace pact was worked out with the American Nazi Party.
Over the years, a split developed between Malcolm X and Elijah
After Malcolm declared, following the assassination of President
that it was a case of "the chickens coming home to roost," Malcolm was
publicly reprimanded and barred for six months from speaking publicly.
turn, Malcolm was galled by Elijah Muhammad's greed (using his
money to become a real estate tycoon) and by his adulterous womanizing,
which violated NOI teachings; Muhammad admitted to getting his
pregnant. In 1964, Malcolm X broke away from NOI and formed the
Organization of Afro-American Unity.
After a visit to nations where mainstream Islam was practiced,
began to reject the theology of Fard and Elijah Muhammad. He wanted to
move closer to the mainstream Islamic religion. "In two weeks in the
Land I saw what I had never seen in 39 years here in America," he said,
"all colors, blue-eyed blondes to black-skinned Africans in true
brotherhood. In unity. In the past, yes, I have made sweeping
of all white people. I never will be guilty of that again as I now know
that some whites are truly sincere and are capable of being brotherly
towards a black man." Nevertheless, Malcolm continued to see America as
oppressor and to back the Soviet side in the Cold War.
A year after the split from Elijah Muhammad -- in the midst of a
denunciation campaign by Louis X, now Louis Farrakhan -- Malcolm X was
gunned down by three black men while speaking at a ballroom in New York
City. "Such a man is worthy of death," Farrakhan had written.
MUSIC AND UFOs: Farrakhan (born Louis Eugene Walcott in the Bronx in
was a successful musician and calypso singer who had been known as "The
Charmer" or "Calypso Gene." His career path followed Malcolm X's, as
of the Boston and then the Harlem temple, as chief spokesman for NOI and
top aide to Elijah Muhammad.
In 1975, Elijah Muhammad died, and his son Warith Dean Muhammad
leader of the NOI, to the great disappointment of Farrakhan's followers.
W.D. Muhammed took his group in the direction suggested by Malcolm X --
even allowing whites to join -- and today it is known as the American
In 1978, Farrakhan resurrected the old, racist Nation of Islam.
Muhammad, Farrakhan declared, was the messiah.
Farrakhan first gained notoriety in the major media when his militia,
Fruit of Islam, provided security for Jesse Jackson's 1984 presidential
campaign. Jackson was forced to distance himself from Farrakhan after
NOI leader called Hitler "a great man" and Judaism a "gutter religion."
(Farrakhan's militia later contracted with several public housing
to serve as security, and was said to have been effective in reducing
violence and the drug trade.)
In 1985, he accepted a grant (styled as a "loan") of $5 million from
Libya's terrorist dictator, Muammar Kaddafi.
During a 1985 trip on a UFO -- Farrakhan told the Washington Post
years later -- he talked with the late Elijah Muhammad by speaker box.
the story was later explained in the NOI newspaper, the UFO is the Great
Wheel, a Mother Plane (or Mother of Planes), a "human-built planet" that
orbits 40 miles above earth and carries 1500 smaller planes loaded with
bombs for the destruction of the world. It was from the Mother Plane
the original "scientists" dropped the bombs that raised the mountain
ranges. Farrakhan was beamed there from a Mexican pyramid. During his
trip, Elijah Muhammad's voice warned him of President Reagan's plan to
Libya. (The NOI later claimed that the earth-versus-UFO movie
"Independence Day" was a ripoff of Farrakhan's experience.)
It was from the Mother Plane that the original "scientists" dropped
bombs that raised the mountain ranges, and it is from the Mother Plane
the cities of the world will be bombed, the white race purged.
During the Bush Administration, Farrakhan traveled to Libya to meet
Libya's terrorist dictator, Muammar Kaddafi, and warn him: "The vision
the Honorable Elijah Muhammad gave me from the Wheel in 1985, is now
manifested fully in that President Bush has met with his Joint Chiefs of
Staff, the chairman of which is a Black man, General Colin Powell, and
again, they too have planned a war ... most importantly, against the
of Black youth and Black people in America."
The Final Call, NOI's newspaper, reported in 1992 that the U.S.
in cooperation with international bankers, was testing UFOs (made by
humans, possibly under alien instruction) in order to stage an incident
(perhaps around 1995) that would suggest an extraterrestrial threat and
thus serve as a pretext for the imposition of a New World Order.
In 1993, Representative Kweisi Mfume (D-MD), head of the
Black Caucus, forged a "Sacred Covenant" between the caucus and the
of Islam. Later, Mfume became president of the NAACP, with President
Clinton and Vice President Gore attending his swearing-in.
WHITES EVIL, JEWS ESPECIALLY EVIL: Jews, Farrakhan said on "This Week
David Brinkley" in 1995, paid Hitler to "turn poor Jews into soap." Not
every Jew is a "bloodsucker," Farrakhan proclaimed later, but the bad
meet alternately in Hollywood and New York City to plot against
African-Americans. One NOI-produced work, The Secret Relationship
Blacks and Jews, downplays the Holocaust as it blames Jews for a "Black
Of course, many blacks were killed in the slave trade, perhaps 5
20 million. But NOI puts the number at 100 million or more, with some
NOI-backed writings put it at 200 million or 600 million or six billion.
So many slaves were thrown overboard, according to NOI lore, that
feeding territory was changed. (Whatever the number of slaves killed in
that manner, historians say that few Jews were involved in the slave
Jews, according to the NOI Web site, control the news by their
advertising and of the supply of paper and ink, and "all presidents
1932 are controlled by Jews." Jews, The Final Call declares, are "our
enemies," and America is the "number one enemy of freedom-loving peoples
the earth." Whites are "crackers" who smell funny and have a "flat
glutemus [sic] maximus."
Speaking of whites, Farrakhan said, "Muhammad and any Muslim will
In 1996, Farrakhan announced that Kaddafi had pledged $1 billion to
Farrakhan's cause to "mobilize 'oppressed' minorities to influence this
year's U.S. elections," as the Washington Post reported.
THE IMPORTANCE OF NUMBERS: The previous year, 1995, a group of
African-Americans including Farrakhan organized a march -- a rally,
-- that was held in Washington, D.C. The stated purpose: to bring a
million black men together, to have them take responsibility for their
families and their communities.
The story dominated the news. For example, according to Brent Baker
Media Research Center (www.mediaresearch.org), almost the entire October
16, 1995 edition of ABC's "World News Tonight" was devoted to the march.
Anchorman Peter Jennings downplayed Farrakhan: "We begin here in
today with a massive demonstration of black togetherness that was much
more, and perhaps much different, than its original speakers had
intended ... the hugely popular entertainer Stevie Wonder may have got
crowd's mood right when he said that this was bigger than any one
"For most of the hundreds of thousands who came here today, the event
overshadowed the man who organized it," Jennings noted, adding that
Farrakhan "made an enormous impression."
ABC's Ron Claiborne reported: "The entire day was spiced with lavish
for the Black Muslim leader, from the podium ... praise from many in the
crowd. ... But others insisted the occasion was more important than
or any individual." Claiborne said that in a "sometimes rambling speech,
Farrakhan urged black men to change their destructive behavior, behavior
responsible for crime, drug abuse and broken families." Then he showed a
clip of Farrakhan calling for atonement and urging the audience to "join
some church, synagogue, temple, or mosque that is teaching spiritual and
Jennings concluded: "It would be astonishing if this public
Farrakhan were to end or even minimize the controversy which he inspires
the country as a whole, but it would be a terrible mistake not to
that here today he inspired many people, and in a broader sense, as one
participant here after another has reaffirmed, this day, at this time
at this place, really did mean unity over division."
"World News Tonight" ran nine stories that night on the march. But
only criticism that ABC aired consisted of some mild comments by
ABC had to bend over backwards to make Farrakhan look good. Many of
more interesting comments somehow never made it onto ABC's newscast.
In his sermon, Farrakhan noted that "In the middle of the mall is the
Washington Monument, 555 feet high. But if we put a one in front of that
555 feet we get 1555, the year that our first fathers landed on the
of Jamestown, Virginia as slaves." Captain John Hawkins brought the
on his flagship Jesus, Farrakhan said.
As noted by Harold Brackman in Skeptic magazine, Hawkins's first
was actually in 1562, the ship Jesus did not become his flagship until
years later, Hawkins landed in Florida without slaves around that time,
the first slaves came to Jamestown in 1619. But the 1555 date has
significance. To the Farrakhanites, it means that the period of black
enslavement in the U.S. has already exceeded the supposed length of the
Jews' bondage in Egypt (430 years). And it lines up with the prophecy of
Nostradamus that puts 1555 at the beginning of a "final cycle" ending in
cataclysm around the year 2000.
"In the background is the Jefferson and Lincoln Memorials," Farrakhan
at the Million Man March. "Each of these monuments is 19 feet high.
Abraham Lincoln is the 16th President. Thomas Jefferson is the 3rd
President. And 16 and 3 makes 19 again." Actually, the Jefferson and
Lincoln Memorials are much higher than 19 feet. Farrakhan also noted
19 was the number of rays emanating from Pharaoh Akhenaton's sun disk,
which is true in one depiction of the ancient Egyptian ruler, according
The NOI newspaper, Final Call, has carried a column, "Unveiling the
19," by Elijah Muhammad's widow. Numerology, the belief in the mystical
significance of numbers, is a key element ("Supreme Mathematics") of
At the Million Man March, the Nation of Islam leader went on to
Napoleon of "blow[ing] off the nose of the Sphinx because it reminded
much of the black man's nose." Actually, Napoleon was an Egyptophile who
was personally responsible for preserving much of the record we have
of ancient Egypt. His men found the key that made possible the
of ancient Egyptian writings, and they dug the Sphinx out of the sand.
nose had been destroyed centuries earlier by Muslims.
Farrakhan went on to connect former Los Angeles police detective Mark
Fuhrman, Senator Jesse Helms of North Carolina, and the racist Senator
Theodore Bilbo of Mississippi to the three assassins of Hiram, the great
pyramid builder of Masonic lore.
Farrakhan said that God told him to organize the march: "There is no
prophet of God written of in the Bible that did not have a defect in its
character. But I have never heard any member of the faith of Judaism
separate David from the Psalms because of what happened in David's life,
and you never separated Solomon from the building of the temple because
they say he had a thousand concubines, and you never separated any of
great servants of God, so today, whether you like it or not, God brought
the idea through me."
When a Louis Farrakhan can dominate the national stage, even for a
without facing the kind of blistering criticism he deserves, the
leaders in politics and the media have failed us. And they have failed
African-Americans most of all.