Louis Farrakhan, Nation of Islam leader, doesn't understand why the Confederate flag is getting so much attention when it's the American flag that everyone should be trashing.
In comments at the Metropolitan AME Church in Washington, D.C., Wednesday, the controversial speaker had this to say.
"What flag do the police have? What flag flies over the 'non-Justice' Department? What flag flies over the White House where a black man lives that's called n***** every day?... We need to put the American flag down."He also didn't believe that the American government cared at all about the nine black people killed in Charleston at the hands of confessed killer Dylann Roof.
"We fought in wars under that flag. And came back and were hung and were murdered and brutalized under that flag. Well now, we're gonna pull the flag down," he said, adding it's "as easy as pulling your pants down."
"We want justice under that flag. What the h*** is the use of us paying allegiance to a flag under which we get no justice?"The comments of Louis Farrakhan are shocking to many, but not altogether unexpected. As the Examiner points out, he's been known to say inflammatory things before.
Just over a month ago, he issued death threats to any protesters who would confront his group, and in late 2014, he encouraged a violent response to the shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri.
Of course, the comments were stemmed from much of the external pressure placed on South Carolina to take down the Confederate flag from the state Capitol.
There have also been boycotts of Confederate flag-bearing merchandise by many retailers, who've gotten in on the act themselves by refusing to carry such products.
Surprisingly, some supporters of the right to display the Confederate flag have found common ground with Louis Farrakhan, though not for the same reasons.
Farrakhan has no allegiance to the American flag because of post-slavery, post-Civil War injustices suffered by African-Americans.
Southerners have been pointing out that many of the people calling for the removal of the Confederate flag ignore the fact that the American flag could just as easily be tied to the genocide and civil rights violations of Native Americans, which are inarguably equal to the injustices suffered at the hands of African-Americans.
Why celebrate one when you're calling for the removal of another? Who gets to say which side did worse? Where do you draw the line?
What do you think, readers? Is Louis Farrakhan right to target the American flag? Is their hypocrisy in the demand to remove the Confederate flag while ignoring equally deplorable U.S. injustices? Or is society getting way too sensitive? Sound off in the comments section below.
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