Thursday, October 20, 2005
Posted by Daniel Greenfield 4 Comments
...gathering a handful of people instead of the millions promised, though the media are of course spinning it as a successful march, not mentioning Farrakhan's violent racist and anti-semitic views or his ties to terrorist regimes such as Libya which gave him 5 million dollars. Or reporting on his claims that 9/11 and the flooding of New Orleans was a government conspiracy. Or advocating against donating money to the Red Cross because it was "too white."
"A crowd of thousands cheered as dozens of prominent speakers academics, activists, artists and media pundits spoke, recited poetry and sang songs in the 12-hour program on the National Mall."
This puts the ratio of crowd to speakers at something like 1 to 60. When you can't do better than 60 people attending for every speaker, that's a rather disastrous march. Of course at a 12 hour program you can assume for some very long and rambling speeches too.
What the media pr spin doesn't mean are such 'prominent speakers' as New Black Party Leader Malik Shabazz who is so extreme that even original Black Panthers have disassociated any connection between their movement and his. "CUNY professor Dr. Leonard Jeffries, who has claimed that Jews financed the Atlantic slave trade. Warrior Woman of the Red Indian Dakota Nation, who spoke at Farrakhan's Million Family March in 2000. At that event, Warrior Woman said that the "imperialists, capitalists and Zionists" control America's resources. Representatives of Dr. Malachi Z. York, the founder of the United Nuwaubian Nation of Moors, a group which has a history of promoting racists and anti-government beliefs. York was sentenced to 135 years in federal prison on child molestation and racketeering charges."
Pointing to the broad spectrum of participants, Farrakhan said the march included an "unprecedented" array of black leaders of organizations "coming together to speak to America and the world with one voice."
Yes that 'unprecedented array' which managed to gather a few thousand people together, a fraction of Farrakhan's previous 'million man march.'
Still, participants said they were inspired by the gathering. Farrakhan "is the only one who can pull this magnitude of people together," said Michael Warren, 41, a Washington resident who attended for about five hours with three youths that he mentors. "No other leader since Martin and Malcolm have done this."
Yes it takes quite a special leader to pull together whole 'thousands' of people. Surely an accomplishment on par with Martin Luther King's march on Washington. And it is particularly ironic to mention a march led by Farrakhan together with Malcolm X, whom he had assassinated.
Kelly Callahan, 65, of Newark said he had attended the 1995 march and Martin Luther King Jr.'s 1963 March on Washington. The movement, he said, is "more universal now."
How is it more 'universal' one wonders? How is a rally that barely gathers a few thousand participants, led by a man with ties to terrorist groups whose racist theology claims that white people were created by a black mad scientist more universal?
Danny Bakewell, publisher of the Los Angeles Sentinel, a black newspaper, said the gathering was "a glaring symbol of the possibilities that are in front of black people. This is not the end, it's a beginning."
Yes how can one look at a failed march by a hate group that calls for reparations, peddles conspiracy theories and see anything but a new future for black people.