This video’s featured at Drudge; so if you haven’t seen it, I’m sure it’s just a matter of time. The story’s a bit “old” in that the video’s from a speech given back in May. Farrakhan’s sentiments were echoed again last week just down the street from the UN where he called the UN, NATO, and the United States a “united coalition of demons.”
I’m not sure how or why this story fell through the cracks; although, I do have my suspicions. The easy guess is to assume some were just tired from covering Weinergate for two weeks and were looking for a break from the ridiculous. Either way, Drudge has it now; which means your media outlet of choice will have it tomorrow.
“We voted for our brother Barack, a beautiful human being with a sweet heart, and now he’s an assassin. They turned him into them.”
We’ve examined how black leaders romanticize dictators like Qaddafi, and this is a major example of it. Perhaps Farrakhan should consider that he’s offering support to his brothers in the Middle East and North Africa while tearing down his brother in the White House. If there’s a murderer in the White House, then what do you call Qaddafi?
I’m immediately drawn to thoughts of a book I just started reading - Underdogma by Michael Prell.
I’ll save the full review for a post when I’ve found time to finish it, but it explores this kind of thought process. Qaddafi is a “victim” because he’s the leader of a minor and insignificant nation being bullied by the big bad USA. Consequently, President Obama is an evil-doer because he’s lent a hand to military action. Folks like Farrakhan overlook the fact that Qaddafi was killing his own people and had pledged to kill more. It’s the age-old argument that “we’re” the biggest and most powerful, so we must also be the “most” wrong.
Rather than focusing his frustrations with the Obama Administration on legitimate reasons like the actual “legitimacy” or legality of the bombing campaign or our continued involvement there, Farrakhan turns his argument from one based in reason into one derivative of something else entirely.
Let’s just be real about it. The only reason this story is even on Farrakhan’s radar is because of the fact that Libya is a Muslim nation. If the country was predominantly Christian; or Buddhist; or anything else… I’m certain there would be no outrage. Add that to the fact that Farrakhan – like Qaddafi – sees Barack Obama as a “brother” or “son”; and not in the colloquial sense of the words, and I think you can probably figure out what this video is really all about.