By G. Brown
Facebook has unfriended Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan. On Thursday, the social media platform took a giant step and silenced several high-profile people including Farrakhan who is considered “notorious for using anti-Semitic language…”(CNN.com) Farrakhan is in bad company with a lot of right-wing haters like Infowars’ right-wing conspiracy theorist Alex Jones.
Facebook defends its move on CNN saying, “We’ve always banned individuals or organizations that promote or engage in violence and hate, regardless of ideology...”
Banning hate speech is good. But what is the definition of hate speech? That’s the question leading people like Snoop Dogg, Tariq Nasheed and others to come to the defense of Farrakhan…
Snoop Dogg has a question…
“So, Facebook and Instagram banned Minister Louis Farrakhan. I want to know for what?”
— Complex (@Complex) May 3, 2019
I tweeted this last year, and today, facebook banned Minister Farrakhan…So we saw this coming..https://t.co/EI2Hu2yCgc
— Tariq Nasheed 🇺🇸 (@tariqnasheed) May 2, 2019
— Nation of Islam-Monroe, Louisiana (@NOIMonroe) May 2, 2019
Facebook says Farrahkhan espouses “anti-semitic” hate speech, but is it fair to lump him in with right-wing nut jobs like Alex Jones? At the height of paranoia propaganda, Jones was reaching 1.9 million subscribers on his YouTube channel, another 6.7 million making weekly visits to his website, and 2 million listening to his weekly syndicated radio show. In case you’ve forgotten who Jones is here’s a memory jog…
Nothing?…still need a refresher Here are some of the best of Jones’ best conspiracy rants…
- President Obama was born in Kenya. Jones didn’t originate this conspiracy but he certainly co-signed and help sell it for admitted fan Donald Trump. Trump even called Jones once to thank him for service in spreading the birther lie saying, “Your reputation is amazing” and “Listen, Alex, I just talked to kings and queens of the world, world leaders, you name it, but he said it doesn’t matter, I wanted to talk to you, to thank your audience. (Rolling Stone)
- The government is controlling the weather and using it as a weapon to murder people
- Microsoft Magnate Bill Gates is trying to wipe out minorities and is a top eugenics mastermind who is a working cog in the wheel of the New World Order.
- Sandy Hook Elementary School that left 20 students dead and six school staffers was a false flag op staged by the U.S. government to push gun control
- Lizard People are real
- The government is putting stuff in our water to make people gay.
Farrakhan, by comparison, has long been on the watchlists of many including the Southern Poverty Law Center which says, “Farrakhan blames Jews for the slave trade, plantation slavery, Jim Crow, sharecropping and general black oppression. Farrakhan’s tone grew more belligerent in June 2010, when he sent letters to several leaders of the Jewish community as well as the Southern Poverty Law Center demanding that they acknowledge the evils they have perpetrated and that they work to further Farrakhan’s goals. The letter ended with a threat to “ruin and destroy your power and influence here and throughout the world” if his terms were not met.”
Some of Farrakhan’s most divisive quotes according to SPLC…
- “Osama Bin Laden didn’t destroy the Twin Towers. That was a false flag operation to take the world’s attention away from the great disunity in America after George W. Bush stole the election.”–Louis Farrakhan in The Final Call, March 15, 2016
- “Pedophilia and sexual perversion institutionalized in Hollywood and the entertainment industries can be traced to Talmudic principles and Jewish influence. Not Jewish influence, Satanic influence under the name of Jew.”–Louis Farrakhan, Saviours’ Day speech, Chicago, Feb. 17, 2019
Farrakhan’s speech is not on the same level as Jones’ outlandish conspiracy theories, but it can be considered hate. While he may not have the same platform as Jones which reached millions daily, his speech is still reaching masses.
What do you think….should Farrakhan be banned from social media platforms? Is he too dangerous? Or do you agree with those that believe this is an effort to silence a man recognized as a Black leader