In a speech Saturday at Morgan State University, Louis Farrakhan predicted violence in Ferguson this week and castigated black leaders — from fellow preachers to President Barack Obama — for trying to pacify protesters who have a right to express outrage over police brutality.
"They know an explosion is going to come," the Nation of Islam leader said to cheers from the more than 2,000 people crowding the university's Murphy Fine Arts Center. "You leaders are the worst."
"Tonight in Ferguson everyone is on edge. White folks ain't never been on edge after they've killed a black man. Tonight they're on edge. So on edge that our president has come out from behind the curtain to ask black young people, 'cool it,'" Farrakhan said.
He then turned to the two dozen guests sitting on stage with him — including Christian and Muslim preachers — and said the young generation was no longer listening to them.
"You leaders are the worst. When you talk to young people, you can't feel that you're missing them? Parents, you can't feel when you're talking to your children that this is a new generation and they don't want to hear your compromising?" he said.
"But time has moved on. Your day of leading our people is over," he said. Then he turned to his fellow preachers and repeated the admonition. "You preachers — your day of being the pacifier for the white man's tyranny on black people is over. You've got to know they're not going to hear you anymore."
Farrakhan spared no one in a wide-ranging speech that lasted more than two hours and generated several standing ovations.
The 81-year-old minister even criticized historically black colleges, including his host university, for saddling young people with debts for degrees that were not properly preparing them with practical skills such as engineering, agriculture, science and math.
"Debt is a new form of slavery," he said. "You come out with a B.S. degree and that's about what it is."
He said NFL players should go on strike to protest the league's suspension of Minnesota Vikings player Adrian Peterson for disciplining his son with a stick, saying that such corporeal punishment from mothers and grandmothers make men out of boys.
The night's host, Farajii Muhammad, a radio host of a Nation of Islam show based in Baltimore, introduced many of the local celebrities in attendance: Del. Jill Carter, a Baltimore Democrat; pastor Jamal Bryant; and radio host Larry Young.
Muhammad called out Jay Bernstein, host of Baltimore's weekly Jewish radio program, Shalom USA, for writing an opinion piece in The Baltimore Sun, calling on Morgan State University to denounce Farrakhan.
"In addition to promoting an anti-white philosophy, Louis Farrakhan has a long record of demonizing Jews and the State of Israel," Bernstein wrote. "Mr. Farrakhan's speeches are rife with anti-Semitism and conspiracy theories."
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Farrakhan praised Palestinians for rising up against Israeli forces and said blacks should do the same, but he made no mention of Jews or Judaism. He did however speak of conspiracies by "the white man" to oppress blacks with fast food, debt, vaccines and government policies aimed at reducing the worldwide population targeting blacks. He implied that homosexuality is caused by estrogen and other chemicals being added to food today.
But he was just as harsh on African-Americans as he was on anyone else, especially black men for choosing mates by judging them by their looks rather than their brains.
"A woman's a serious creature," he said. "She ain't no play thing."
He added that men should not let women take care of them. Doing so can lead to the type of strife that leads a man to hit a woman — like "Ray Rice," he said. "No man should beat a woman under any circumstance."