Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan was in Charlotte on Sunday to help commemorate the 17th anniversary of the Million Man March. He was scheduled to address poverty. He ended up delivering a speech filled with race-based rhetoric.
Louis Farrakhan let people know up front he was going to veer off topic. He had other things to say because of the election and the recent Democratic National Convention in Charlotte.
For example, here’s his theory on why the Republican Party opposes President Obama:
“What is it that has blinded you, Republicans?” Farrakhan asked. “It is race and your hatred of a black man rising after you thought you had destroyed us totally.”
He didn’t stop there. Farrakhan also said America is dying in its whiteness, repeatedly referred to white people as “slave masters and their children,” said he fears for gay people because of what he called their deviance - you get the picture.
And the crowd at Bojangles’ Coliseum ate it up. (The arena seats about 11,000, and it was almost full.)
Corey Mohammad, who drove from Alabama, said he didn’t find Farrakhan’s messages offensive.
“I don’t think that it’s divisive at all,” Mohammad said. “I think that it was unifying if you look at it right.”
Muhammad pointed out Farrakhan also said all Americans need to make sacrifices, and he agreed.
Sharon Dye from Charlotte also heard a unifying message.
“It certainly was a direct message that we needed to wake up and understand what we’re dealing with, and as a black community, how we can impact changes that will help not only help the black community but all communities,” Dye said.
That was what many in attendance said they took away, even though the message that all people need to sacrifice was a small part of Farrakhan's more than 2-hour speech.