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February 05, 2019

Louis Farrakhan claims 'God wants' separate state for Black Americans in video

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Minister Louis Farrakhan, also known as Louis X, is a Black nationalist and leader of the religious group Nation of Islam who has created controversy with his comments.

Back in 2015, he was in an interview with Rock Newman on his show wherein he talked about why Black people should “separate” from America. His words were so debatable that the clip resurfaced on Instagram earlier this month.

During the show, Newman asked the minister if his or the Nation of Islam’s goal was to establish a separate state for only Black people, to what Farrakhan responded that it was not just his but God’s purpose.

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A SEPARATE STATE

He set clear, though, that most people don’t want such a thing “yet,” and that they loved their enemy, were in love with their “wealth,” and wanted to stay with them. He even labeled those who oppose his plan as “slaves.”

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“Yes, I'm after a separate state. A separate nation. In the '60s, what was our cry, Rock? We weren't saying we want to integrate; we were saying 'It's nation time!' Black Power to do what? To integrate a lunch counter? Black Power to build a nation for 40 million — now near 50 million — black people," added Minister Farrakhan.

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TAMIKA MALLORY AND FARRAKHAN’S ASSOCIATION

It is not the first time that Farrakhan has made headlines. His anti-Semitic statements have created a lot of controversies in the past, and the Women’s March co-founder, Tamika Mallory, was involved in one of them.

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In January this year, she was in an interview with “The View” talking about her movement when host Sunny Hostin asked about her relationship with Farrakhan.

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“He’s known for being anti-Semitic, for being homophobic, but you do attend his events, and you posted… a photo calling him the G.O.A.T., which means the greatest of all time. You are running an organization that says it fights bigotry. Do you understand why your association with him is quite problematic?”

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MALLORY’S DEFENSE

Mallory tried to justify her actions by saying she needed to go into some spaces as a black leader and that “just because you go into a space with someone that does not mean that you agree with everything that they say.”

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When Hostin insisted, “why call him the greatest of all time?” Mallory replied,

“I didn’t call him the greatest of all time because of his rhetoric. I called him the greatest of all time because of what he’s done in black communities.”

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Meghan McCain, another host of the show, chimed in and said that Mallory was associated with a man who often tells anti-Semitic and homophobic remarks in public, to what Mallory said,

“What I will say to you is that I don’t agree with many of Minister Farrakhan’s statements.”

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