It’s not often that Louis Farrakhan is caught on film inciting a mob to violence but in the opening clip in this video, Farrakhan singles out a black news reporter and goads the NOI throng in a manner that could very well have placed that reporter’s life in jeopardy. The reporter in question, Benjamin Holman of CBS News, had previously written a 1961 expose of the NOI for the Chicago Daily News. Farrakhan, flanked by thugs like national secretary John Ali (the man most responsible for assembling the team of NOI assassins from the Harlem and New Jersey mosques who murdered Malcolm X), whips the crowd into a frenzy with calls to “put the light on him (Holman)”. This disgraceful spectacle unfolded during the NOI’s ‘Saviours Day’ convention on 26th February 1965 – just five short days after the NOI had brutally murdered Malcolm X.
The clip is followed by a recording of a vitriolic 22nd January 1972 speech by Farrakhan in which he celebrates Malcolm’s killing, lauds his assassins as ‘fearless men’ and ridicules what he calls the ‘cowardice’ of the defenceless men, women and children in the Audubon Ballroom who attempted to flee as the assassins bullets ricocheted around the auditorium. We’re then subjected to Farrakhan’s revolting 1993 ‘Saviours Day’ tirade in which he put on another sickening display of the homicidal animus which still courses through his being where Malcolm X is concerned.
On its heels comes a death threat which Farrakhan levelled at yet another black reporter, Milton Coleman, who had disclosed the use of the epithet ‘hymie’ by Democratic Party candidate Jesse Jackson during the 1984 US presidential campaign. In the light of Farrakhan’s deplorable failure to leverage his considerable international clout to deliver Black America’s reparations, statehood and human rights demands before the United Nations, many would regard Louis Farrakhan as ten thousand times the ‘traitor’ Milton Coleman could ever be.
Following this comes a 1995 appearance which Farrakhan made on the ‘Donahue Show’ in the heated aftermath of the OJ Simpson trial. As Farrakhan responds to a question about Simpson’s culpability for the murders of which he had just been acquitted, Farrakhan appears to suffer something of a Freudian slip as he uses himself to illustrate our collective accountability for our past sins – an unconscious allusion to the shameful role he played in a sin by which he clearly remains deeply haunted: the assassination of Malcolm X.
The video concludes with a powerful dramatization from the Omar Shabazz documentary ‘Conspiracy – Why Not’ in which Farrakhan’s role in the events of the 21st of February 1965 is set forth. Beginning with his arrival that morning at the NOI’s Newark Mosque #25, Farrakhan (accompanied by Boston #11 captain Clarence 2X Gill and three Boston FOI lieutenants – Joseph Smott and the brothers Ronald and Roy Thompson) reportedly met with Newark #25 lieutenants Edward Oliver and Agurs Linward X Cathcart (aka Abdul Karriem Muhammad). Arriving shortly thereafter was Springfield #13 captain John X Peters. A separate vehicle later arrived carrying Talmadge Hayer, Benjamin Thomas, Leon Davis, Wilbur McKinley and William Bradley – the NOI hit squad that had been assembled by national secretary John Ali to assassinate Malcolm X. Two vehicles – one carrying Agurs Linward X Cathcart and the other carrying the five assassins – then departed over the George Washington Bridge (connecting Fort Lee in Bergen County, New Jersey with Washington Heights, Manhattan in New York City) and headed straight for the Audubon Ballroom…
2015 will mark the 50th anniversary of the brutal assassination of Malcolm X and we are calling on President Barack Obama and Attorney General Eric Holder to publish all federal government files and records, without alteration or redaction, relating to the 1965 crime.