Louis Farrakhan, the famed leader of the Nation of Islam, recently claimed he’s not actually anti-Semitic — despite the buffet of evidence suggesting otherwise — but instead is just “anti-termite.”
“When they talk about Farrakhan, call me a hater, you know what they do, call me an anti-Semite. Stop it,” he said. “I’m anti-termite. I don’t know nothing about hating somebody because of their religious preference.”
I'm not an anti-Semite. I’m anti-Termite. pic.twitter.com/L5dPQcnVg4
— MINISTER FARRAKHAN (@LouisFarrakhan) October 16, 2018
Farrakhan made the comments in Detroit on Tuesday, during an event celebrating the 23rd anniversary of the Million Man March.
The Million Man March was a gathering en masse of black American men in Washington, D.C., on Oct. 16, 1995. The event, organized by Farrakhan and other activists with the Nation of Islam, was intended to raise awareness about the perceived socio-economic plight of black men in the United States.
Since then, Farrakhan has made a name for himself by traveling around the U.S. and the world, preaching anti-Semitic, misogynistic and racist messages. The left-leaning Southern Poverty Law Center classifies Farakkhan as an “extremist” who “routinely accuses Jews of manipulating the U.S. government and controlling the levers of world power.”
His comments this week were certainly no departure from his hateful repertoire.
“To the members of the Jewish community that don’t like me, thank you for putting my name all over the planet,” Farrakhan charged. “Because of your fear of what we [the Nation of Islam] represent, I can go anywhere in the world and they’ve heard of Farrakhan. Thank you very much. I’m not mad at you, ’cuz you’re so stupid.”
But to Farrakhan, all criticism is invalid and helpful in his quest to become more famous.
Farrakhan referenced advice he received from Elijah Muhammad, who helmed the Nation of Islam from 1934 until his death in 1975, and in addition to Farrakhan, mentored people like Malcolm X and Muhammad Ali.
“Don’t you know, my teacher, Elijah Muhammad, taught me one day, ‘There once was a donkey that fell in the ditch. And everybody came along, they picked up a stone and threw it at the donkey. They threw so many stones, ’til the ditch got filled up and the donkey walked out.’ So my teacher said, ‘Brother, remember, every knock is a boost.’”
Farrakhan’s audience cheered.
It should be noted Twitter revoked Farrakhan’s blue verification check mark in June, after the controversial Islamic leader described Jewish people as “Satanic.” The social media platform, however, has no plans on suspending Farrakhan over the latest video.
Just in from a @Twitter spokesperson: Louis Farrakhan's tweet comparing Jews to termites is not in violation of the company's policies. The policy on dehumanizing language has not yet been implemented.
So if you want to compare Jews to rats/insects – get it in while you can!
— Joe Bernstein (@Bernstein) October 17, 2018