News

Film & TV

Netflix to Offer Louis Farrakhan Documentary Next Month

Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakahn speaks at the African Methodist Episcopal Church in Washington, D.C., June 2015. (Carlos Barria/Reuters)

Netflix will begin offering a film chronicling the life of Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan on August 1 despite the activist’s penchant for resorting to anti-semitic and anti-gay slurs.

The documentary, The Honourable Minister Louis Farrakhan: My Life’s Journey Through Music, was produced in 2014 by Farrakhan’s son and chronicles the minister’s life as an activist and fringe political figure.

The documentary will be released on August 1, according to a list of newly licensed films Netflix released this month. Farrakhan teased the Netflix release in a Monday tweet.

Farrakhan began his career as a civil-rights activist in the 1960’s and later gained notoriety for helping organize the first Million Man March in Washington, D.C. in 1995. But he has been criticized for frequent bigoted statements against Jews, gays, and others. He routinely blames the socio-economic plight of African-Americans on a cabal of wealthy Jewish financiers and criticizes homosexual “immorality” in harsh terms. As a result, a number of liberal politicians and activists have been forced to distance themselves from him.

Most recently, Women’s March co-founder Tamika Mallory was roundly criticized by political opponents and allies alike after she attended Farrakhan’s Saviour’s Day address in Chicago. During the speech, which Mallory praised on social media, Farrakhan railed against Jewish people, calling them “satanic,” and suggesting that they are responsible for the socioeconomic disparity between races in America.

Democratic National Committee deputy chair Keith Ellison has also come under fire over his association with Farrakhan. Ellison, who worked for the Nation of Islam, met with Farrakhan privately in a Washington, D.C. hotel room in 2016, the Washington Post reported at the time. When pressed on the meeting by CNN’s Jake Tapper, Ellison, who has denounced Farrakhan and downplayed their relationship, denied that they had ever met, privately or otherwise.

NOW WATCH: ‘The Left’s Farrakhan Problem’

Jack Crowe — Jack Crowe is a news writer at National Review Online.

Most Popular

Politics & Policy

Basta La Vista, Baby

Dear Reader (And especially Martha McSally’s dog), As I often note, I increasingly tend to see the political scene as a scripted reality show in which the writers don’t flesh out the dialogue so much as move characters into weird, wacky, confrontational, or embarrassing positions. It’s a lot like The ... Read More
World

The Brexit Crisis

After what seem like years of a phony war, British and European Union negotiators finally agreed on the terms of Britain’s departure from the EU earlier this week, and Theresa May announced it in the House of Commons. The deal covers more than 500 pages of legal and bureaucratic prose, and few but the ... Read More
U.S.

Friends of Elmer

Do you know what scares an American outdoorsman more than a grizzly bear? Twitter. In the late summer and early autumn, the hunting world had its eyes on the courts: The Trump administration had issued new guidance that would permit the hunting of brown bears (popularly known as grizzly bears), including in ... Read More