(Philly Now) — In a two-hour speech yesterday, Nation of Islam Minister Louis Farrakhan called for blacks to take off their bedroom slippers (echoing President Obama), and called for a central bank to help blacks rebuild their own communities. He called upon black millionaires and billionaires to set up a corporation to loan money to blacks, who would buy land and create their own jobs in agribusiness and animal husbandry.
Addressing the thousands gathered at the Convention Center for the final day of the anniversary of the Million Man March in Washington, D.C., in 1995, he railed against the government’s military actions in Muslim nations Pakistan, Iraq, Libya and Afghanistan. “We must not let our government send our babies to die on the basis of a lie,” he said. He said Philadelphia would be the seat of a new nation, starting with the “young white people now marching” in American cities, what he called “the American autumn that’s just begun.”
His speech focused on the state of blacks in America, and he was as merciless toward them as he was toward Obama and the “white establishment.” “Whether you know it or not, we are at war,” he said. “Our survival as a people is at stake. . . The time for talk is over.”
“Our babies are dying and so are we, and they’re dying because leadership is rotten to the core,” he said. The “corporate media,” corporate mass culture and “cold-hearted” members of Congress (whom he called Zionists) exacerbate problems that must be changed within the individual: “The hurt and the pain of black men and women, boys and girls, [who] wanted to come together to atone for our failures as men. God did not make a man that we should not be responsible for our women and children, and yet we want to be respected as a man and treated as an equal when we have not done anything to deserve it.”