The leader of the Nation of Islam has long pushed for reparations. In a recent piece in The Final Call he declared, “America, you owe us something. We don’t want you to dole it out in welfare checks. If you give us what you owe us, we’ll take it from there.”
Farrakhan quoted the East German government apologizing to the Jews for the holocaust.
“’We ask the Jews of the world to forgive us,’ the East German parliament said in a formal statement. ‘We ask the people of Israel to forgive us for the hypocrisy and hostility of official East German policy toward Israel, and for the persecution and the degradation of Jewish citizens, also after 1945, in our country.'”
Farrakhan returned to the U.S. government. “Now, let’s add up what they owe us. Do you have your computers? Let’s start in Africa. According to the late, great scholar W.E.B. DuBois, a conservative estimate of Black lives lost in the Middle Passage was from 50 to 100 million Black lives. We don’t need to minimize the Jewish Holocaust. Six million lives is a lot of lives, but are you telling me that six million white lives are more valuable than 100 million Black lives? You can’t be saying that. For the Bible says ‘a life for a life.’”
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