Minister Louis Farrakhan, the leader of the Nation of Islam, is calling for African-Americans to establish their own court system, saying that the American justice system is filled with racial bias.
“We want equal justice under the law,” Farrakhan said at the Nation of Islam’s annual convention before approximately 18,000 people in Detroit on Sunday. “Our people can’t take much more. We have to have our own courts.”
Farrakhan’s comments came after a judge in Florida called a mistrial in the first-degree murder charges against Michael Dunn in the death of Jordan Davis over a dispute over loud music in the parking lot of a convenience store. The speech also came after last summer’s verdict that found George Zimmerman not guilty in the death of Trayvon Martin.
“Has America been just to us?” Farrakhan asked the audience in the Joe Louis Arena. “If we retaliate, you can bring out your soldiers. We got some, too.”
At one point in his address, Farrakhan addressed the issue of accusations that he is anti-Semitic.
“Did Jesus have a problem with the Jews of his day? He’s not a hater. Neither am I,” the Nation of Islam leader said. “I don’t hate Jewish people….what I hate is evil.”
Farrakhan also harshly criticized American Muslims who serve in the American military in the Middle East, saying they were “slaughtering [their] own people for America” and “the European infidel.”
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