Minister Louis Farrakhan, leader of the Nation of Islam, questioned President Obama’s contributions to the African-American community in response to a recent speech in which the president called on Black voters to help uphold his legacy.
Minister Louis Farrakhan (Facebook)
President Obama was the keynote speaker during the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation’s Phoenix Awards Dinner, the culminating event of the Annual Legislative Conference in Washington. And, during his last address to the gathering as president, Obama urged Black voters protect his administration’s legacy by casting their ballots for Hillary Clinton in November.
“After we have achieved historic turnout in 2008 and 2012, especially in the African-American community, I will consider it a personal insult, an insult to my legacy, if this community lets down its guard and fails to activate itself in this election…. Go vote,” Obama urged during a stirring speech.
Minister Farrakhan challenged those statements, however, during a message delivered at Union Temple Baptist Church in Washington, D.C., on Sept. 18.
“He’s worried about his legacy…,” Farrakhan jeered, adding, “You didn’t earn your legacy with Black people…. You fought for the rights of gay people…. You fight for Israel. Your people are suffering and dying in the streets. That’s where your legacy is and you failed to do what should have been done.”
The Muslim leader went on to say there was time for Obama to truly create a lasting legacy within the Black community by going back to his roots in grassroots activism.
“It’s not too late,” Farrakhan said. “You like Jimmy Carter can be a better president after you leave the restrictions of your White House and come on back to the hood and start organizing like you did.”
Farrakhan is not the first Black leader to question Obama’s efforts toward improving the lot of African Americans. People like Union Theological Seminary professor Cornel West and media personality Tavis Smiley have long and often called his commitment to the Black community into question