Imagine that the New Orleans Police Department hired David Duke to provide sensitivity training to its force. Well, of course they wouldn't do that, because they would never hire a racist to provide sensitivity training. Right?
The security chief for Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan has been hired to provide sensitivity training for the NOPD.
Naturally, not everyone thinks this is a good idea:
At the press conference announcing the training, a rabbi and priest expressed concern about Muhammad’s selection. Such concern is more than justified considering the history of Muhammad’s boss, Louis Farrakhan. Here are just a few of the Nation of Islam’s beliefs, as well as some of Farrakhan’s disturbing statements:
Whites are “blue eyed devils.” Jews are “bloodsuckers.” “Hitler was a very great man.” Jews controlled the slave trade and currently control the government. Nation of Islam founder Elijah Muhammad believed that whites were created by an evil Black scientist and that there will be “The Great Decisive Battle in the Sky” when a space ship will kill all white people by bombing the earth. Muhammad believed that white people should relocate to Europe and that racial integration was wrong.
In addition, Farrakhan has met with dictators in Sudan, Libya and Iraq, before the war, and praised their governments while denouncing the United States. Leaders in the Nation of Islam have also made very inflammatory anti-Catholic statements. In a November 1993 speech at Kean College in New Jersey, Farrakhan’s chief spokesman Khallid Muhammad said, “T]he old no-good Pope-you know that cracker, somebody need to raise that dress up and see what´s really under there. Jesus was right; you´re nothing but liars. The book of Revelations is right; you´re from the Synagogue of Satan.”
And when I say everyone, I mean everyone:
Farrakhan’s views have even been condemned by African American leaders such as Rev. Jesse Jackson and former Congressman Cynthia McKinney (D-Georgia). Even pop star Michael Jackson fired the members of the Nation of Islam who were part of his security detail.
Which would look worse on a resume, being hired by Michael Jackson or being fired by him?