Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan expressed contempt for the American flag Wednesday, saying that it is a symbol of racism and needs to be brought down.
The controversial figure addressed hundreds at the Metropolitan AME Church in Washington D.C., just one week after a 21-year-old male shot and killed 9 individuals at a historic black church in Charleston, South Carolina.
In Farrakhan’s angry speech, a portion which was published online by WMAL, he denounced the demonstrations of racial unity following the South Carolina church shooting, saying that white people don’t care about the people who died.
“White folks march with you because they don’t want you upsetting the city, they don’t give a damn about them nine,” he said.
He added his disdain for the North Carolina police who fed Dylann Roof, the Charleston church shooting suspect, Burger King after he was arrested.
He took it a step further by claiming, without evidence, that that police officers praised Roof, telling him when they took him to Burger King after his arrest, “You did a good job. Kill all them n******!”
Later in the speech, Farrakhan also attacked the American flag.
“I don’t know what the hell the fight is about over the Confederate flag. We need to put the American flag down,” he said. “Because we’ve caught as much hell under that as the Confederate flag.”
He added, “Who are we fighting today? It’s the people that carry the American flag.”
“We fought in wars under that flag. And came back and were hung and were murdered and brutalized under that flag. Well now, we’re gonna pull the flag down,” he said, adding it’s “as easy as pulling your pants down.”
His comments were met by cheers and applause.
The day before Farrakhan made his Washington, D.C. address, conservative talk radio host Rush Limbaugh predicted that the American flag would soon come under assault.