DETROIT (AP) — The black community must unite across Christian-Muslim lines and recognize the common goals among the diverse approaches of its past leaders, fromMalcolm X to W.E.B. DuBois, because they all “wanted our liberation,” Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan told thousands of supporters Sunday in Detroit. [...]
As he has done in the past, he also lashed out at Jews, saying they fostered division among blacks as well as misrepresentations of black leaders through what he said was their control of the publishing industry. Farrakhan also compared himself to Henry Ford, founder of Ford Motor Company who actively promoted the idea of a worldwide Jewish conspiracy through his local newspaper.
Ford was “a great man who was called an ant-Semite,” Farrakhan said, praising the auto pioneer’s measures to improve the living conditions of his employees through higher pay. “I feel like I’m in good company.”
His comments Sunday drew quick criticism from Heidi Budaj, Michigan regional director of the Jewish rights advocacy group the Anti-Defamation League.
“Expressing pride for being called anti-Semitic is shameful,” she said. “A person in this day and age should be ashamed to say that.”