The Rev. Jesse Lee Peterson is the founder and president of two dynamic organizations: BOND (Brotherhood Organization Of A New Destiny), a national 501(c) (3) nonprofit organization dedicated to "Rebuilding the Family by Rebuilding the Man," and BOND Action, a 501(c) (4) organization whose purpose is to educate, motivate and rally Americans – especially black Americans – to greater involvement in the moral, cultural and political issues that threaten ourMore ↓Less ↑
This is the day of your doom! … It will be coming to your door, America!
– Louis Farrakhan, March 2011
Rep. Peter King, R-N.Y., recently held a series of hearings analyzing radicalization among American Muslims. The hearings were met with fierce opposition from many Muslim groups, including CAIR (Council on American Islamic Relations), as well as the left. Rep. King was called a racist and a “modern-day Joe McCarthy.”
As important as Rep. King’s hearings are to our national security, there is another movement that cries out for examination – the radicalization of black males by Louis Farrakhan and his Nation of Islam.
As King’s hearings played out and the situation in Libya was unfolding, I saw Farrakhan climb out of his hole to defend Libyan dictator Moammar Gadhafi. In his recent “Saviour’s Day 2011″ speech to a crowd of 16,000, Farrakhan predicted America’s doom. He warned, “This is the day of your doom! …What you’re looking at happening in Tunisia, in Egypt, in Yemen, in Jordan, in Libya, in Bahrain will soon – very soon – happen in all the nations of the world. And even sooner to take place in America. .… While it’s happening there, you better prepare, because it will be coming to your door, America!”
According to the Chicago Tribune, Farrakhan received a $3 million loan from Gadhafi for his Chicago mosque. In 1984, he traveled to Tripoli to visit Gadhafi with Rev. Jeremiah Wright Jr. (Barack Obama’s longtime pastor). Farrakhan returned the following year and received a $5 million interest-free loan from the Libyan dictator. That same year, Gadhafi spoke by satellite to Farrakhan’s Saviour’s Day convention and reportedly told Farrakhan supporters that he was prepared to provide weapons to a black army in the U.S. to destroy “white America.” The Nation of Islam leader recently called Gadhafi “my brother and my friend.”
Farrakhan has risen to fame under the guise of wanting to help black men take charge of their lives and the lives of their families. He entices his listeners by giving them a little truth about history and about slavery in America. Once they are emotionally involved with Farrakhan’s version of “truth,” he then reveals his true motive, which is to blame the white man (especially Jews) for everything. All the reasons blacks can’t make it, all of their problems, are due to the “blue eyed devil,” the white man in America.
Farrakhan achieved national prominence in October of 1995 on the National Mall in Washington, D.C., when he received national attention for his so-called “Million Man March” and I said then that the American people would live to regret it.
Over the last 20 years, I have been invited to speak and run programs for men and youth incarcerated in correctional facilities in California, Michigan and Texas. My nonprofit BOND (Brotherhood Organization of A New Destiny), has operated programs for inmates inside the Los Angeles Men’s Central Jail and the Twin Towers Correctional Facility.
I have witnessed and heard countless reports of young black men routinely targeted and recruited by various subversive groups. One of the leading recruiters inside U.S. jails and prisons is none other than Louis Farrakhan’s Nation of Islam.
Studies show that most incarcerated young men come from homes headed by single mothers. In most cases, the dads have left or were never in the home to start with. You can imagine the sense of isolation and emptiness these young men must feel growing up.
Since these young men do not have their dads in the home to guide them, sinister outside forces are able to seize their hearts and minds.
Farrakhan’s Nation of Islam radicalizes them in prisons – then they are susceptible to being used by jihadists to carry out attacks against America from within.
These young men are often released with their allegiance firmly in line with the radical U.S. Islamic sect. On the outside, they help recruit other young men and continue the cycle of radicalization.
This month, my organization sent an open letter to Rep. Peter King applauding him for his hearings on the radicalization of Muslim Americans. But we’re also calling on lawmakers to hold hearings on the radicalization of black males.
I realize that pointing out the radicalization of blacks will open lawmakers up to allegations of “racism.” We know this is a favorite tactic used by some Muslims and the left to silence their critics. But we cannot bury our heads and pretend that this threat does not exist. We owe it to the public and to future generations to protect and preserve America.
Exposing Louis Farrakhan and the Nation of Islam’s wicked radicalization of black American males must become a key component of our national education.