Bob McPhail 6:31 a.m., May 19
Louis Farrakhan's San Diego Visit Goes Largely Unnoticed
The first San Diego visit in nearly 25 years by controversial Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan late last month appears to have gone unnoticed by most of the city’s residents and media, despite his history of attracting controversy and harshly conflicting opinion.
In a speech at the convention center on May 27, Farrakhan repeated many of the controversial positions that have long formed the base of his message, including voicing the hostility toward Israel that has been partially responsible for his classification as an anti-Semite by the Southern Poverty Law Center. He also referred to America’s education system as “a failure by design,” and asserted that birth control, crack cocaine, and guns were all intentionally introduced to black neighborhoods in an effort to reduce the black population.
Farrakhan also used the occasion of his local speech, attended by at least a thousand and viewed by others via webcast, to denounce both Barack Obama, whom he previously supported, and Mitt Romney, declaring both unfit to lead.
“He's the first president that sanctioned what the Scriptures forbid,” said Farrakhan of Obama’s recently voiced support of gay marriage rights.
“Your time to serve America is over,” Farrakhan told his audience members. “And if they call you, you don’t have to obey their call.”