The Left’s Refusal To Condemn The Nation Of Islam As A Hate Group
While President Joe Biden expressed his sorrow over the death of a Capitol Hill police officer after last week’s attack at the Capitol Friday, which killed a Capitol police officer and injured another, he has yet to condemn the man responsible, Noah Green, a self-proclaimed “Follower” of Nation of Islam (NOI) leader Louis Farrakhan — Green rammed a car into a U.S. Capitol barricade, exiting with a knife and killing one Capitol police officer while injuring another.
Relatives of Green, who was shot dead after the attack, described him ‘not a terrorist by any means,’ but rather as a young and who suffered from “depression and potential mental illness.” Yet like the rest of the liberal mainstream media, the Biden Administration has made no mention of the ideology that likely inspired the 25-year-old Islamist to commit an act of terrorism.
Green’s Nation of Islam beliefs emerged through a review of his now-deleted Facebook page by Heavy. On Facebook, as recently as March 17, 2021, the suspect expressed admiration for Elijah Muhammad, the now-deceased NOI leader who was a mentor to Malcolm X. Green referred to himself as “Noah X.”
He posted that there was “much confusion in this day and age in my perspective,” [citing] “the ongoing COVID crisis, unemployment, rising National Debt, division within the political sphere, rumors of war and the like…. However, the path has been thwarted, and Allah (God) has chosen me for other things…my faith is one of the only things that has been able to carry me through these times and my faith is centered on the belief of the Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan as Jesus, the Messiah, the final divine reminder in our midst.”
What is the Nation of Islam?
The NOI is a Black-American Islamic-political group founded in Detroit in 1930 by Wallace Fard Muhammad. Since its founding, NOI has grown into one of the wealthiest and best-known organizations among black Americans, offering numerous programs and events designed to promote positive archetypes of Black identity and self-empowerment, powerful ethical codes and a rich alternative mythology encompassing world history and Islam. At its peak, it claimed to have at least 250,000 members.
The NOI’s Islamic teachings of innate black superiority over whites — something ironic since Arab Muslims justify the ongoing enslavement of Africans — to say nothing of its fundamentally racist and antisemitic rhetoric of its leaders, including top minister Louis Farrakhan, have earned the NOI a prominent position in the ranks of organized hate by the Southern Poverty Law Center.
Farrakhan’s statements in favor of violence are numerous. He once said:
“It is an act of mercy to white people that we end your world… We must end your world and bring in a new world…. We are at war and we never stop fighting for justice. You must have force… don’t drop your gun and don’t forget to squeeze.”
Most left-wing reporters and politicians are reluctant to report such statements because of the fear of violence from Farrakhan’s supporters. In 1984, for example, Farrakhan condemned Milton Coleman, a black reporter for the Washington Post, as a traitor after Coleman revealed that Jesse Jackson had, in a conversation with campaign aides, referred to Jews as “Hymies” and to New York City as “Hymietown.”
Farrakhan has previously described Adolf Hitler as a “very great man” and described Jewish people as “termites.” He also defended Palestinian suicide bombers, saying: “The Palestinians have nothing to defend themselves with, so they’re so exhausted and exasperated, think about that, strapping bombs to themselves, making themselves a weapon.”
And in February of 2018, Farrakhan said: “White folks are going down. And Satan is going down. And Farrakhan, by God’s grace, has pulled the cover off of that Satanic Jew and I’m here to say your time is up, your world is through.”
Why the Left Refuses to Condemn Green and the NOI
A probable reason why President Biden and his liberal-minded colleagues have yet to condemn Noah Green’s terrorist attack, let alone the NOI, is due to several prominent Democrats who maintain ties to its present-day leader Louis Farrakhan:
- House Majority Whip James Clyburn, (S.C.), shared a stage with Farrakhan in 2011. After the event, Clyburn told the Final Call, the NOI’s media arm, that he was “not bothered in the least bit” by people criticizing his appearance with Farrakhan.
- Rep. Maxine Waters, (Cal.), has longstanding ties to Farrakhan and was seen on video hugging the NOI leader.
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- Rep. Danny Davis, (Ill.), praised Farrakhan in 2018 as “an outstanding human being” who “does outstanding things.” Davis also said he wasn’t bothered by Farrakhan’s position on “the Jewish question,” before later mildly distancing himself from the NOI leader.
- Georgia Democratic Sen. Raphael Warnock has also spoken positively about Farrakhan’s group. Warnock, in 2013, said the Nation of Islam’s “voice has been important for the development of Black theology.”
In August 2017, former President Bill Clinton, Rev. Al Sharpton, and Rev. Jesse Jackson sat next to Louis Farrakhan with special seats in the front row at Aretha Franklin’s funeral service.
The double-standard in all this is, notwithstanding a mild reaction in the media to Clinton’s sharing the stage with Farrakhan, the former president was “exonerated” — could you imagine the hornet’s nest catastrophe if the “shoe was on the other foot,” i.e., if Donald Trump were to sit on the same platform with white supremacist leader David Duke?
In August 2017, during the Charlottesville (Virginia) riots when a white supremacist drove his car ran into a group of counter demonstrators in the city’s downtown area, killing one person and injuring 19 others. Then President Donald Trump was condemned by Biden and Democrats after he told reporters that the counter-protesters demonstrating against white nationalism were also to blame for the violence at race-fueled riots:
“There are two sides to a story. I thought what took place was a horrible moment for the country, but there are two sides to a story.” He also said: “[T]hat there were very fine people, on both sides.”
In a 2020 tweet, Biden castigated Trump saying:
“Three years ago today, white supremacists descended on Charlottesville with torches in hand and hate in their hearts. Our president said they were “very fine people.” It was clear then, and it’s clear now: We are in a battle for the soul of our nation, and we must win.”
While it is true that we must win the fight against racism, in order to do so the battle cannot be one-sided. As the saying goes: “A pot can’t call a kettle black without expecting the same response.”
The Nation of Islam is a racist organization that upholds the superiority of one race over another, that of the black race over white race, even to the point of calling for a full separation of Blacks from America. To identify them as a hate group, would only be fitting, as would condemning Noah Green for his terrorist attack that was inspired by the very Islamic bigot most liberals refuse to denounce.
Mario Alexis Portella is a priest of the Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore and Chancellor of the Archdiocese of Florence, Italy. He has a doctorate in canon law and civil law from the Pontifical Lateran University in Rome; he also holds a M. A. in Medieval History from Fordham University, as well as a B.A. in Government & Politics from St. John’s University. He is also author of Islam: Religion of Peace? – The Violation of Natural Rights and Western Cover-Up.