I'm not too excited about the reports of Bin Laden's demise, nor would I be about Farrakhan's. I just don't think it's that big a deal. Contrary to what the MSM and John Kerry seem to think, our current problems are not about one person: Bin Laden is not the head vampire, and driving a stake through his heart would not cause all the jihadis around the world to turn back into human beings again, like at the end of The Lost Boys. The jihad will continue; and, some racist hate-spewing demagogue will pop up in place of Farrakhan, to carry on his important work of attempting to divide and ultimately destroy America.
But since his name is in the news, I thought it would be a good opportunity to mock him. Here's what wikipedia says on the funniest Farrakhan episode:
On October 24, 1989, at the J.W. Marriott Hotel in Washington, DC., Louis Farrakhan claimed he had a vision of being abducted in 1985 by an invisible pilot in a UFO and carried up on a beam of light to a "human built planet" known as the "Mother Wheel." There the voice of Elijah Muhammad informed him that the President and the Joint Chiefs of Staff, under the direction of Gen. Colin Powell, were planning a war, which Farrakhan said he later came to realize was "a war against the black people of America, the Nation of Islam and Louis Farrakhan." "I saw a city in the sky," Farrakhan said, after which the UFO "brought me back to Earth and dropped me off near Washington; over to Tyson's Corner and Fifth Street I think...to make The Announcement." His entire inspiration for the "Million Man March", he says, is based on this "vision of being swept into a UFO that took him to a larger mothership." (The Washington Post, Sept. 18, 1995, p. D3).
That's good stuff. Also, look at this:
The Blackman is the original man. From him came all brown, yellow, red, and white people. By using a special method of birth control law, the Blackman was able to produce the white race. This method of birth control was developed by a Black scientist known as Yakub, who envisioned making and teaching a nation of people who would be diametrically opposed to the Original People. A Race of people who would one day rule the original people and the earth for a period of 6,000 years. Yakub promised his followers that he would graft a nation from his own people, and he would teach them how to rule his people, through a system of tricks and lies whereby they use deceit to divide and conquer, and break the unity of the darker people, put one brother against another, and then act as mediators and rule both sides. (Elijah Muhammad, Message to the Blackman in America, Muhammad's Temple No. 2, 1965 & Dorothy Blake Fardan, Yakub and the Origins of White Supremacy, Lushena Books, 2001)That's funny, isn't it? Wikipedia also says:
Farrakhan has made several arguably racist statements, including "White people are potential humans — they haven't evolved yet" in March 2000,  and "Murder and lying comes easy for white people" in 1994.
Yes, I suppose if you squint your eyes really tight that might look vaguley racist, from a certain point of view.
Check out some of Farrakhan's quotes at the ADL's website, they're good.
Back here I discussed with Pastorius (pleasant blogging upon him) some reasons why young lefties are susceptible to Islam:
Along similar lines, it's not hard to see why Islam appeals to angry young black people. It's a supremist system, and allows members the certainty that they are the superior people, and non-members are subhuman pieces of shit who are expected to grovel at the feet of Muslims. For those individuals who have been raised from birth with an inherited sense of historical resentment and victimhood, you can see how it would be appealing to have the shoe on the other foot. It's instructive to see how Islam is celebrated in rap music, side by side with themes of violence, rebellion and misogyny. There is a slow transition into Islam everywhere in our society, from the media to the high Protestant churches where Jesus is barely mentioned anymore, in favor of a new-agey, feel-good, Dr. Phil theraputic approach. This is also seen in a pervasive program of cultural appropriation, which touches on everything from false claims that a medieval British king converted to Islam, to saying that various elements of our culture "came from theirs," to saying that Jesus would be a Muslim if he were alive today. The goal is a merging, as in Eurabia, but it's quite clear what the long term result would be. Hint: it would be similar to what would happen if the Palis' "right of return" allowed Jews to become a minority in Israel. This merging and blending is happening in hip hop culture, in ways that are so subtle the individual is probably not aware of it, such as the way the clothing resembes Islamic garb more and more.
college students and others who reach the age where they start to ask questions will inevitably have doubts about Christ coming to earth, the communion (if they're Catholic), the Bible's chronology (Earth is 6000 years old), etc. College kids begin to see Christianity as a fairy tale, and this is helped along by their first exposure to Nietzche and Marx, and suddenly it all makes sense.
But they still have some vague feeling of spirituality, and something has to fill this void. What choices are out there? Worship of Gaia, Wicca, etc., but they seem sort of made-up. If only there were some well-established, bare-bones, monotheistic religion. Aha! Maybe I'll give Islam a shot! Islam doesn't have a dubious creation myth, everyone keeps talking about how it's a Religion of Peace, and best of all, it seems like there is some kind of growing alignment between Islam and the correct political position -- socialism. We share common enemies, after all: Bush, the West, eurocentrism, the US, capitalism, etc. What about all this terrorism stuff I keep hearing about on the news? No problem, my queer theory professor says it's all propaganda by the evil Nazi US, and assures me that Islam is a peaceful religion.
Read my earlier mockery of a NOI person, in response to an article at Final Call magazine where he made statements that were arguably racist.
Now, visit the Louis Farrakhan African Name generator.
Here are my results:
Throw away the white man's name of:
From this day forward, you shall be known by all your brothers and sisters as:
Which one will survive the war of armageddon?