I just read both News and Freep stories about Farrakhan's speech this weekend. Somehow, both papers managed to omit his incredibly racist opening remarks, in which he rails against white people, who he says were "unfortunately" created 6000 years ago.
The media is giving ammunition to their critics by downplaying this kind of thing. They're not always bad, but in cases like this, they do seem to skew things. And now is the time when the media needs to call out bigotry wherever they see it. No matter who is doing it.
Here's Farrakhan's shocking opening remarks, which somehow was deemed not newsworthy:
“Unfortunately, 6000 years ago, a new people came onto our planet by Allah’s permission, and they were given power and dominion over … every creeping thing that crawls upon the earth. But because they would be mischief makers, and cause the shedding of blood, the angels themselves were a little disturbed with Allah, and questioned him according to the Holy Koran, and asked him: “You’re going to place a ruler in the earth? What kind of ruler will he be, except that which creates mischief and causes the shedding of blood?” But Allah said to the angels, “I know what you know not,” and so the world of the Caucasian came into being. For 6000 years the people of the earth have suffered under a mischief-making rule. Bloodshed and war, hatred and strife, all because a man with a new color, or the lack thereof, thought that he was better than all of those who inhabited the earth before he was even a thought. But I’m here to announce today the end of his world, and the beginning of a brand new reality.”