Farrakhan says the things that others want to say: For hundreds of years, black people have become well-conditioned to say things in a way as to keep us most comfortable. Louis Farrakhan wasn’t trying to maintain a good relationship with the White House, he doesn’t need approval from the White House in order to speak his mind.
Farrakhan wasn’t speaking to expand his platform instead, Farrakhan laid his own gauntlet of truth in the middle of a very serious conversation, staking an independent claim to another point of view that can be added to the black national dialogue. That is difficult to do when someone is threatening to yank you off the stage for being an impolite negro.
Farrakhan has a point of view that is respected by black Americans: Personally, gay marriage doesn’t bother me all that much, since a gay person has never asked for my hand in marriage. But for millions of African Americans, the issue is problematic, and unfortunately, we live in a nation where religious differences are not always respected. By speaking on the matter in a bold and forthright way, Minister Farrakhan is repeating millions of kitchen table conversations happening all across black America.
Far too often, the interests of black folks are hijacked by a liberal agenda,as a case-in-point, notice how Democratic pressure pushed the NAACP to defy the wishes of a large percentage of its membership in order to openly back the president.
Minister Farrakhan doesn’t get pressure from the White House when he says something that doesn’t please President Obama. He is able to speak to the issues that matter to black folks without making sure that they fit within the acceptable talking points of the liberal agenda. He runs an organization, The Nation of Islam, which has been able to create its own opportunities, and never fell for the disrespectful lie called “integration” as the key to its own liberation.
A lack of self-sufficiency is why, to this day, African Americans have the highest unemployment rates in the nation and we remain perpetually frustrated that we’re not getting promoted on our jobs as quickly as Bob Smith down the hall (Malcolm X warned us about this over 50 years ago). The same liberals who push the black church on gay marriage are the ones who express little concern that black unemployment is nearly double that of whites or that black families have been destroyed due to mass incarceration and blatant sentencing disparities. Farrakhan doesn’t have to decide if he is going to be the house negro or the field negro, who must position himself within someone else’s institutions. By creating institutions of his own, Farrakhan has followed the tradition of the runaway slave.
President Obama is NOT the first gay president: As Newsweek proclaimed President Obama to be the first gay president, every Obama-loving,black woman in the country shuttered at the fact that the most powerful black man in history had been emasculated right before her very eyes. It would have been no more painful to hear that Barack had dumped Michelle for a white woman. There’s nothing wrong with being gay,Farrakhan is one of the few black public figures willing to state the obvious, even in the face of liberal disdain.
Louis Farrakhan is a complex soul, but you can never call him weak or stupid. Even black people who don’t agree with him typically have some kind of respect for him. Whether you agree with Farrakhan’s position on gay marriage or not, the truth is that his opinion is his,and it should be heard