Farrakhan tells his followers in Britain to rise against ‘Satanic’ colonial powers

Independent (England), Dec. 23, 2002
By Matthew Beard

The radical black leader Louis Farrakhan circumvented a ban on entering Britain yesterday by sending a sermon via a satellite link from the United States in which he urged the audience to rise up against “Satanic” colonial powers.

The Nation of Islam leader, arguably America’s most powerful black political figure, spoke to about 2,000 supporters gathered at the Hammersmith Apollo in West London and preached the virtues of self- respect and discipline.

Speaking in front of a congregation at a small Nation of Islam mosque in Phoenix, Arizona, Mr Farrakhan began his 90-minute address at 4pm by thanking the Nation of Islam in the UK, a team of lawyers and the late Tottenham MP Bernie Grant for attempting to overturn the ban on him entering Britain. It has been imposed by successive governments since 1986 over concerns that the figurehead of the “million-man march” in Washington could use his oratory skills to stoke racial unrest.

In July, the Court of Appeal upheld the ban, in place for what the Home Office called anti-Semitic and racially divisive views. His supporters continue to argue that, because he has never prompted violence and has toned down his rhetoric in recent years, he should be allowed to visit his few thousand committed British supporters, who are based mainly in London.

In an address entitled “What Do They Think?” Mr Farrakhan, 69, said: “People in the UK in that beautiful hall will have the chance to see me, to hear me and to judge me for themselves. I have been banned from ever setting foot in England except from visiting you by satellite.”

The 17-year legal battle has left his supporters in debt and he urged them to buy a book chronicling that struggle, entitled When Justice Calls.

He said: “What is it about Louis Farrakhan that the Government fears? Great Britain has ruled and dominated the world. It has imposed government, jurisprudence, education and social norms in every country it has conquered … and been colonial master.

“Why should you fear anything coming from the mouth of a black man from America if you’ve told your people the truth?”

To whoops of delight and cries of “make it plain, black man”, he then told the audience the mentality of the British slave traders Sir John Hawkins and Willie Lynch was still affecting Britain. He said: “As long as we have to look to Europe as our masters we are still under the tutelage of former colonial masters.” Mr Farrakhan then compared the enduring influence of colonial powers to a skunk urinating on its victim.

To cries of “Farrakhan! Farrakhan!” He continued: “That is why you have to wash from the stench of having intercourse with Satan.”

He said the fight for black people had changed and the battle was among themselves after five decades fighting the British Establishment. He said: “Your enemy is right next door to you. Selling crack cocaine to your babies, committing drive-by shootings, turning communities into war zones and turning girls into prostitutes. This is not an accident but absolutely by design.”

Anthony Macdonald, a member of the audience from south London, said Mr Farrakhan had sent a unifying message to black people in America, where the Nation of Islam has more than 130 mosques, and on visits to South Africa, Australia, Canada and the Caribbean.

He said: “We are in a crisis as a black nation, look at Brazil, Africa and the Aborigines.

“All Louis Farrakhan is doing is sending us a message as black people. He is saying that Jews have a nation, so why can’t we have one? He just wants us as a nation to rise up and uplift ourselves.”


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