Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan continued his college speaking tour on Monday night at the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff in Pine Bluff, Arkansas.
While his address included many of the racially-charged elements we’ve heard in other related lectures, the minister added in some new comments about whites, his personal experience with using marijuana and he even showered some praise upon conservative commentator Pat Buchanan.
In addressing whites, Farrakhan issued his typically-offensive rhetoric.
“They know you, but you don’t know them or yourself, so you’re always at a disadvantage when you sit down with white people to negotiate,” he told his predominately black audience. “We don’t ever come in their presence like we are some little weak things.”
He continued, going on to address Caucasians directly.
“I know myself. I know you. And some of you white people – I know you better than you know yourself because God has revealed you fully,” he explained, going on to seemingly claim that he has a special, God-ordained ability to see what others cannot.
This, of course, was followed up with a cryptic warning to white Americans about their need to “change.”
“It ain’t about hating you. We ain’t got no time for that. But we know who we’re dealing with. We know what we’re dealing with,” he said. “We know your origin in the world and we know how long you were set to live and unless you change, your end has come.”
Farrakhan subsequently delved back into the omniscience that has purportedly been bestowed upon him.
“You can’t talk like this unless you know God. I don’t just talk about God or talk about Jesus … Jesus spoke like this. That’s why he was hated,” the minister said. “Why do you think people don’t like Farrakhan – what have I done?”
But such pious talk about Jesus was short-lived, as the minister began speaking about his use of marijuana at a young age.
“I’ve never been arrested. I did smoke reefers when I was young,” he told his audience. “When I smoked joints they were only 50 cents.”
While Farrakhan’s racial rhetoric and personal stories about marijuana use were certainly colorful, the most curious and awe-inspiring portion of his address came immediately following these sentiments when he praised Buchanan as “a great Republican.”
“But we have to say to Republicans, one great Republican — Patrick Buchanan wrote a book that they [Republicans] spent $40 trillion dollars on black people. I don‘t know whether it’s that much, but that’s what he said,” Farrakhan said. “Every time there’s a problem they throw money at it. And all the money they threw, the problem is yet not solved — cause it’s not money that will solve the problem alone.”
It’s noteworthy that Buchanan has drawn the ire of Abraham H. Foxman of the Anti-Defamation League, among others, for his purported anti-Semitism. In fact, on March 16, the ADL released an article condemning both Farrakhan and Buchanan.