In a recent article entitled “If Satan Cast Out Satan, How Can His Kingdom Stand? Part II 2020” in the Final Call newspaper Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan laid out his opinion on Joe Biden, President Trump, and the November election.
Here are five takeaways.
1. The lesser evil
According to Farrakhan, election 2020 doesn’t give voters much of a choice.
“We are choosing sides based on the evil we see that President Trump has done, the racial animus he has stoked, and the insulting things he has said. Our anger toward him is legitimate and there is a great cry for Black people to come together and defeat him at all costs. Many see a serious threat in his policies, such as the appointment of conservative judges at the federal level and his effort to push the Senate confirmation of conservative Amy Coney Barrett as a Supreme Court Justice and replacement for the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg,” wrote Farrakhan.
But Farrakhan isn’t choosing sides. He also pointed out past actions by Biden that have devastated the Black community.
“Others, however, are pointing to the role that Democratic presidential candidate Joseph Biden played in devastating our communities through the 1994 Omnibus Crime Bill, which contributed mightily to the mass incarceration of Black men, widespread prison construction and tougher federal sentences followed by tougher state sentences. While Mr. Biden has since admitted the Crime Bill was a mistake, there are questions about what he can do and will do to repair that serious damage,” he wrote.
2. Some mistakes can’t be apologized away
According to Farrakhan, even though Biden has said he regretted the Crime Bill, the damage was already done.
“Biden has cited some reforms in sentencing, commutations of some sentences and other steps taken under President Obama to undo the harm. But the damage done will require more than small changes and Biden seems reluctant to push for major change…Some question whether his plan for Black America goes far enough and whether legislative elements of the plan can actually pass both Houses of Congress, if the Democrats don’t win back the Senate,” Farrakhan wrote.
3. Are both candidates anti-protesters?
Farrakhan wrote that it seems like both Biden and Trump are against people protesting.
“The former vice president has also made it clear that he will not stand for disorder amid social protests. Speaking in August in Pittsburgh, Biden condemned President Trump for fanning the flames of racism and violence in the United States and for pitching a vision of future American anarchy, while violence played out with the Trump administration in charge. Biden asked: ‘Do I look like a national socialist with a soft spot for rioters?’” wrote Farrakhan.
4. The Kamala Factor
Biden’s choice of Kamala Harris as his vice presidential pick, wrote Farrakhan, has caused divisions within the Black community.
“Biden selected an intelligent and capable Black woman, Sen. Kamala Harris, as his vice president and that is historic. But questions and high levels of emotion have sparked division among us as a people and, in some cases, pitted Black men and Black women against one another,” Farrakhan noted. “It appears as if anyone who has questioned Biden or called for holding the Democratic Party accountable is quickly labeled an agent or apologist for Trump, who purposely sowed division by falsely stating our brother Ice Cube was working with his administration as opposed to advocating for Black interests with the man in the White House and the Democratic Party through the Contract With Black America.”
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5. Think about the bigger picture
Farrakhan urged his followers to look at the bigger picture.
“So the ‘bigger picture’ is not Biden; the ‘bigger picture’ is not Trump. The ‘bigger picture’ is the Black masses of America and the American people whose lives are at stake,” he wrote. “So what I know, I have to tell; and it is a Warning to Biden, to Trump, to the Democrat and Republican leaders: I want to share with you something from my Teacher.”
He continued: “Study the platforms of each Party to see if either truly benefits Black Lives.”