This is Ellison’s big lie. Ellison agitated on behalf of the Nation of Islam for at least 10 years. He peddled the requisite hate and conspiracy theories that are essential elements of its attraction. As Ellison himself wrote in his 2014 memoir: “In the NOI, if you’re not angry in opposition to some group of people (whites, Jews, so-called ‘sellout’ blacks), you don’t have religion.”
Ellison was in the NOI. He had the religion, big time. Ellison’s involvement with the NOI extended from his days as a student at the University of Minnesota Law School until some time before his first successful run for public office in 2002. Ellison’s involvement with the Nation of Islam was long and intense.Louis Farrakhan, Malcom X, Elijah Muhammad ... and at least in spirit and sometimes, as in the Million Man March, body as well -- BO.
What Makes Obama Run? | Feature | Chicago Reader: "Obama took time off from attending campaign coffees to attend October's Million Man March in Washington, D.C. His experiences there only reinforced his reasons for jumping into politics."What we have seen during the election and will no doubt see during the Trump administration is a constant effort to link "Trumpism" with white supremacist movements.
On the flip side, even direct association with much larger extremist movements like NOI by blacks is soft pedaled and excused.
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