Louis Farrakhan – Will the polemics ever come to an end?

Minister Louis Farrakhan

Louis Farrakhan is one of those African-American men who became and icon on the struggle of blacks in the U.S. and Africa. He is worldwide known but a plethora of people in much of the world do not really know what his deeds were and how he has carried himself. So, in order to help you find summarized, yet interesting information about his life, I have selected parts of a text to share with you. Based on the online classes I have attended with Professor Clayborne Carson from Stanford University in California and and my early studies on African-American Modern History. Sir Farrakhan is still active and his speeches are very polemic. Watch the videos down below and comment on this post whenever you like.

Quick Bio: Professor Clayborne Carson

Clayborne Carson (born June 15, 1944) is an African-American professor of History at Stanford University, and director of the Martin Luther King, Jr., Research and Education Institute. Since 1985 he has directed the Martin Luther King Papers Project, a long-term project to edit and publish the papers of Martin Luther King, Jr.

Mr. Louis Farrakhan, (born Louis Eugene Wolcott; May 11, 1933, and formerly known as Louis X) is the leader of the religious group Nation of Islam (NOI). He served as the minister of major mosques in Boston and Harlem, and was appointed by the longtime NOI leader, Elijah Muhammad, as the National Representative of the Nation of Islam. After Warith Deen Muhammad disbanded the NOI and started the orthodox Islamic group American Society of Muslims, Farrakhan started rebuilding the NOI. In 1981 he revived the name Nation of Islam for his organization, previously known as Final Call, regaining many of the Nation of Islam’s National properties including the NOI National Headquarters Mosque Maryam, reopening over 130 NOI mosques in America and the world. The Southern Poverty Law Center describes Farrakhan as antisemitic and a proponent of an anti-white theology.Farrakhan himself, however, disputes this view of his ideology.

Farrakhan is a black religious and social leader. Farrakhan has been both praised and widely criticized for his often controversial political views and outspoken rhetorical style. He has been criticized for remarks that have been perceived as antisemitic, anti-white and prejudiced against gays. In October 1995, he organized and led the Million Man March in Washington, D.C., calling on black men to renew their commitments to their families and communities. Farrakhan, due to health issues, reduced his responsibilities with the NOI in 2007.

In recent years, however, Farrakhan has been very active, including delivering weekly online sermons throughout 2013 as well as speaking at both large public NOI events as well as smaller venues. Since 2010, Farrakhan has advocated L Ron Hubbard’s Dianetics and the use of its “auditing” technique despite not being a Scientologist.

As you all know, I have been studying African-American History for quite a while now and throughout this holiday, I have decided to watch these online classes at Stanford University through an iPad app called iTunes U. My interest and studies have always been focused on African-American Vernacular English aka Black English. However, lately, I have been caught up on this research on those who fought and have been fighting for African Americans’ rights.

One of those is Minister Louis Farrakhan, whose opinion and speech do not really match what I believe and/or live. His speech has caught my attention when it comes to black ancestors and history of American society, prejudice, integration etc.

I will recommend you, if I may, to watch these videos so as to foster discussion. Hope you participate in it!

Video 1

Video 2

Video 3

So, what do you think about him and his speech and ideas?

This material has been selected, adapted, and put together by Rodrigo P. Honorato

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