The Farrakhan Way

I was thinking about Louis Farrakhan yesterday. I have not read his name in the news lately. But he must be very pleased now.

In late November of last year, he spoke at Morgan State University, in Baltimore. The occasion was a “Black United Summit International.” The summit had a theme, namely “Re-Claim, Re-Pair, Re-Form, Re-Produce — REPARATIONS NOW!”

Farrakhan, of course, was the keynote speaker. He spoke for more than two hours. He was especially interested in talking about the recent police cases that had inflamed the nation. He was not looking for fewer flames, but more.

He told the students that both the Koran and the Bible contained a “law of retaliation,” “a life for a life.” And “as long as they kill us and go to Wendy’s and have a burger and go to sleep, they’ll keep killing us. But when we die and they die, then soon we’re going to sit at a table and talk about it! We’re tired! We want some of this earth or we’ll tear this goddamn country up!”

Farrakhan scolded parents for telling their children about “compromising.” He scolded preachers for “being the pacifier for the white man’s tyranny.”

In attendance were not only college students but students from a Baltimore middle school — 40 of them, ranging in age from 11 to 15. Editorializing about the summit and Farrakhan in National Review, we recalled an old song, beloved on the left: “Teach your children well.”

As I said, I’ve not heard from Farrakhan — have not read about him — but the explosion in Baltimore must give him great satisfaction.

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