During a speech at the Mt. Zion Baptist Church in Miami last week, Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan said black Americans “must rise up and kill those who kill us” if the federal government does not “intercede in our affairs.”
The 82-year-old told a crowd at Mt. Zion church he was looking for “10,000 fearless men who say death is sweeter than continued life under tyranny.”
“Death is sweeter than to continue to live and bury our children while white folks give the killer hamburgers. Death is sweeter than watching us slaughter each other to the joy of a 400-year-old enemy,” the radical speaker told the pumped up audience.
During Farrakhan’s call to violence, he said, “The Koran teaches persecution is worse than slaughter.” Farrakhan added that it allegedly states, “Retaliation is a prescription from God to calm the breaths of those whose children have been slain.”
“So if the federal government will not intercede in our affairs, then we must rise up and kill those who kill us,” Farrakhan shouted. “Stalk them, and kill them and let them feel the pain of death that we are feeling.”
Video of the excerpt was posted on Farrakhan’s Facebook page Monday with the hashtag “#JusticeOrElse.”
On the stage behind Farrakhan was Carlos Muhammad, who is the leader of the Baltimore chapter of the Nation of Islam.
He has attended numerous Farrakhan events and has also been present at other gatherings, including the press conference Baltimore mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake held in April following the first day of rioting in Baltimore after the death of Freddie Gray.
During that speech, with Muhammad standing behind her, Rawlings-Blake infamously said she wanted to give space to those “who wished to destroy” so “the protesters were able to exercise their right to free speech.”
Farrakhan is scheduled to speak October in Washington, D.C., during a rally on the National Mall in commemoration of the 20th anniversary of his 1995 Million Man March.