"[Rap] put Barack Obama in the presidency,” the hip-hop star and actor said on the “Today” show. “If it wasn't for rap, white people wouldn't have been so open to vote for somebody like Barack Obama.”
Listen to a clip on the "Murder Capital", Chicago violence, and Hip Hop...Chicagoist
It seems that in the mind of Chicago Mayor Rahm Emmanuel, some religions are more equal and deserving of First Amendment protection than others.
After supporting a call to block Chick-fil-A over the religious views of its management, the Chicago mayor welcomed an army of men dispatched to his streets by Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan, the Chicago Sun Times reported Wednesday.
The Times said that while doing so, Emmanuel ignored "Farrakhan’s history of anti-Semitic remarks."
Fran Spielman wrote:
Ald. Debra Silverstein (50th), an Orthodox Jew, has said it’s good that Farrakhan is “helping” in the fight against crime, “but it doesn’t eradicate the comments that he’s made about the Jewish community.”According to the Times, Emmanuel is concerned about the "40 percent surge in Chicago homicides."
Emanuel offered no such caveat. Although Farrakhan has a history of making anti-Semitic statements, Chicago’s first Jewish mayor has no interest in revisiting that controversy.
“People of faith have a role to play and community leaders have a role to play in helping to protect our neighborhoods and our citizens. You cannot get there on just one piece of an anti-crime strategy,” the mayor said.
But as Newsbusters' Matthew Sheffield reported, the Chicago mayor had a different tune when it came to the religious views of Chick-fil-A.
“Chick-fil-A values are not Chicago values,” he said. “They disrespect our fellow neighbors and residents. This would be a bad investment, since it would be empty.”
"Can there be any greater example of liberal hypocrisy than this? It's tough to think of one, particularly considering that Farrakhan also has a history of making statements against homosexuals, the very group to which Emanuel and Moreno are trying to pander," Sheffield added.
"Good thing Calypso Louie isn't trying to open a Chick-Fil-A. He'd really be in a world of hurt," commenter "otto2" wrote at the Sun-Times.
"So, let’s make sure we have this correct. A business owned by a devout Christian family that does not engage in any kind of discrimination has no place in Emanuel’s 'Chicago values,' but Emanuel rolls out the red carpet for perhaps the most well-known anti-Semite in the nation?" asked Hot Air's Ed Morrissey.
"That’s the Chicago way," he added.
The Blaze...Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan took to the streets of Chicago this week to help reach the troubled inner-city youth in an anti-violence march. He and his followers went door-to-door in a Southside neighborhood. But before you think it was just an innocent march, consider what they were handing out: a sermon by the controversial leader titled,
"Justifiable Homicide: Youth in Peril"
CBS2 Chicago reported:
They call themselves the “Fruit of Islam.” Men from the Nation of Islam met at the Mosque on South Stony Island and boarded buses to the South Shore.
They handed out flyers, newspapers and DVDs entitled “Justifiable Homicide: Youth in Peril.”
Farrakhan led more than 500 men door to door. One local, Tone-Tone, as he wanted to be called, talked with Farrakhan face to face.
“It’s an honor to be that close to him,” he said.
Residents said they hope the visit makes a difference. They said it was a nice surprise.
Perhaps it’s not surprising, then, that most reports coming out of Chicago don’t provide any details on the materials being distributed titled: “Justifiable Homicide: Black Youth in Peril.”
A quick Google search reveals a number of clips from the related film, and an article penned by Farrakhan with the same title. In fact, it’s an article we first covered on TheBlaze back in March.
Here is an excerpt from the article on the Nation of Islam website (emphasis added):
The present-day lynch mobs
I want Black youth to hear this message, because police authorities are the same today as they were during slavery. In fact, this is how policing began.
Police were formed to catch runaway slaves, bring them back to their masters and make examples of them to throw fear into other slaves. It’s the same today. Police authorities are trained to kill, as well as to protect. But where Black people are concerned, police legitimize their mob attacks under the name of “back up.”Police back up is often no different than the lynch mobs 100 years ago. The killing of our people, shooting them with many bullets when one would have done the job. And then, that deliberative body which is to discuss the brutal murder of our people by looking into the facts, comes away calling it justifiable homicide.
In Chicago recently, a young, Black Brother was shot down by the police and the parents are aggrieved. The police said the young Brother was running and he had something in his hands, but the witnesses will tell you, “He didn’t have anything in his hands; he was just shot down.” And the body of persons in a deliberative process to determine the facts that is supposed to address this … But when they look into it, the verdict comes back as “Another dead Negro—justifiable homicide.” [Emphasis added]A YouTube clip featuring Farrakhan, with the same title, offers a continuation of that idea. In it, Farrakhan puts forth the assertion that the intention is to “kill…off” all blacks by the end of the century.
“See this is not [an] accident…These young black men are not involved in shooting and drugging and killing as an accident. This has been socially engineered!” he claims. After noting how many black people are in jail in America, Farrakhan declares: “Somebody’s working!”
So the Nation of Islam and the Fruit of Islam may say they are trying to prevent violence in Chicago by going door-to-door and distributing works featuring the minister, but this excerpt from the related article sums it up pretty clearly:
“I do not want you to think that I am trying to teach hatred; that is beneath the dignity of a Muslim, or a Christian or a believer in God. But to teach the truth that might produce hatred, that is not my fault. If the truth of something makes you dislike it, then that is not ‘teaching hate’—that is teaching truth.”I SAY WE LET THIS "MUTHA" CLEAN UP THOSE CHICAGO STREETS!