In case you’re not familiar with the current status of the Nation of Islam, the black nationalism advocacy group has been labeled a hate group by The Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC). Hate groups are recognized as any social group that advocates or practices violence or hostility on the basis of religion, race, ethnicity, gender, nation, or sexual identity.
The SPLC, along with the Anti-Defamation League (ADL), are the two non-profits in the United States that are organized for the purpose of monitoring public intolerance and maintains a list of known US hate groups.
The Nation of Islam is basically a combined religion and political activist group. The group takes some of Islam’s traditional teachings, and pairs them with a black nationalist agenda. So, rather than presenting as a strictly Muslim religion, the nationalist rhetoric is mixed with the dialogue of African American suffering and the diminished social and economic condition of all black people.
The truth is that many in the Muslim world, especially Sunni Muslims, reject the offshoot for two reasons. First of all, the Nation believes that God will return to Earth in person as a male human. Secondly, it is their response to white racism, such referring to them as ‘devils’ and viewing white racist in a mythical realm of evil, rather than the social and mental aberration that it is.
So, when Democratic politicians are aligned with The Nation of Islam, it is wise to take notice. California Rep. Maxine Waters is just the latest Democrat that has been found to have links with the hate group. A video from 2002 has surfaced, shot at a Nation of Islam convention which found Rep. Maxine Water in attendance.
Louis Farrakhan spoke at the convention in defense of suicide bombers that were active at the time in Palestine. While Rep. Waters did not speak, she was seated on the stage, and received acknowledgement from Farrakhan when he gestured towards her seat and said, “We have Maxine Waters here.”
Other notable Democrats have also been tied to or seen publicly associating with the Nation. The Anti-Defamation League asked repeatedly for then US Senator Barack Obama to denounce The Nation of Islam after a photo surfaced of a 2005 meeting with the anti-Semitic leader. Obviously, the story was buried in the press, allegedly suppressed by an unidentified CBC staffer.
Other Congressional Black Caucus members who were reported to also be in attendance according to the journalist who snapped the photograph included Charles Rangel, D-N.Y., and Cynthia McKinney, D-Ga, none of whom are presently in Congress.
In 2016, CNN reported on Democratic Rep. Keith Ellison’s past Islamic ties, especially since he was running for election to lead the Democratic National Committee. Rep. Ellison is the very first Muslim person elected to Congress. In 2006, he did renounce his association with, and any future ties to the Nation of Islam stating at the time, “I have long since distanced myself from and rejected the Nation of Islam due to its propagation of bigoted and anti-Semitic ideas and statements, as well as other issues.”
While the Nation of Islam seems to be past its glory days, the SPLC has noticed that as white extremists groups are growing in the US, so are black separatism ideologies. And both of these trends are creating a favorable teaching environment for the Nation of Islam.
This is the current status of the Democratic Party: a bitter faction willing to align with anti-semites to promote its agenda.
~ Liberty Planet