20th Anniversary of the Million Man March. Nowhere near as big a crowd but the Rev spooled up and got it going. And, disappointingly….Takes a shot at Jewish people.
Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan Saturday compared the Republican presidential field to a “whore” who was prostituting herself for money.
At his “Justice or Else” rally, organized in Washington, D.C. to commemorate the 20th Anniversary of the Million Man March, the controversial speaker also called America “hypocritical” for challenging human rights issues abroad, and said Jews “have no forgiveness in them.”
But Farrakhan saved his sharpest barbs for Republicans seeking the White House.
“They are like the pretty girl showing her wares for someone to buy her,” Farrakhan said in a speech on the steps of the U.S. Capitol.
“Who wants to be a whore? You think people who put their money behind you don’t expect something from you?”
Farrakhan, 82, addressed the “Black Lives Matter” movement that grew from the deaths of unarmed men and women at the hands of police, and said communities victimized by police brutality had had enough.
“This thing has reached the point of explosion,” Farrakhan said. “Even people of color at high places can’t take it no more. It’s like a volcanic explosion that’s coming now.”
Farrakhan chided blacks for being too tolerant and too forgiving of their abusers.
“Find me a Jew who forgives Hitler,” Farrakhan said. “And they say they’re the children of God, and they don’t have no forgiveness in them.”
Thousands of sign-waving, banner-carrying, bus-riding demonstrators, many of whom rallied 20 years before, came from every corner of the country to reunite and launch new initiatives.
“We just want to be treated equally,” Edna Nixon, 36, a psychology student from East New York, said as she rode a bus from Brooklyn to Washington, D.C.
Nixon said she participated in recent “Black Lives Matter” protests, and said she came to Washington D.C. to demand justice.
“Being from East New York, all we do is fight for justice,” Nixon said. “It’s not about me, it’s about us. We’re all in this together.”
William Fleming Jr., 61, said he was at the 1964 March on Washington and the 1995 Million Man March.
“We’ve come a long way,” Fleming said. “I’ve seen a lot of change. From Martin Luther King’s dream to now. We have Obama as President. Growth has come a long way from the struggles that our leaders died fighting for.”
June Busacco, 52, a Brooklyn resident, said the activism must continue after the rally.
“I’m going to show my photos to the guys who hang out on the corner,” Busacco said. “If you can reach 10 people and those 10 reach another 10, then we’ve changed something. You have to pass that torch along to the young ones. Take that change and move forward.”