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Both men and women took to Twitter on Tuesday night to respond to accusations against Nation of Islam leader Minister Louis Farrakhan and women who back him.
The Twitter chat was designed and moderated by Ebony Muhammad, a member of the Nation of Islam and publisher of Hurt 2 Healing Magazine. She has done similar chats in the past when Minister Farrakhan was faced with accusations.
Muhammad felt it was necessary to organize a chat because the positive impact Minister Farrakhan had on her life and the lives of others needed defending.
“What we are setting out to accomplish, what we are participating in tonight isn’t even a drop in the ocean compared to the decades of defence the Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan has done on our behalf,” Ebony Muhammad said. “Before many of us were even in our mother’s womb, the Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan was preserving a space for us to learn the Truth of who we are, Who God is and who our open enemy is. Tonight, like any moment we step into social media to tweet his words, videos and defend him, is an act of ongoing gratitude. We must get on the witness stand and give our testimonies!”
The Twitter chat came on the heels of a slew of accusations from media professionals and Jewish leaders following Minister Farrakhan’s Feb. 25 Saviours’ Day address. Most prominently, Jake Tapper, an anchor for CNN’s The lead, took to Twitter to point out what he considered to be anti-Semitic quotes by Minister Farrakhan.
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Nation of Islam leader Farrakhan delivers anti-Semitic speech
Minister Louis Farrakhan engaged in a series of anti-Semitic remarks on Sunday.
He also called out Tamika Mallory and Linda Sarsour, activists and organizers for the Women’s March, for standing with Minister Farrakhan.
How is that true to the cause of the @WomensMarch? https://twitter.com/AsraNomani/status/970174440385531905 …
Publications including CNN, the Chicago Tribune, Haaretz and The Jerusalem Post published articles on Minister Farrakhan’s Saviours’ Day address. Similar to Jake Tapper’s tweets, the articles mention parts of Minister Farrakhan’s speech that refer to the Jewish people.
In response, the Final Call Newspaper, which is owned and ran by the Nation of Islam, published an article in its latest issue titled “Farrakhan’s defenders challenge Jewish lies.”
The article offers an argument about why Jews continue to attack Minister Farrakhan, the success Minister Farrakhan has had despite the attacks from his critics and remarks he made during his Saviours’ Day address that many publications are not paying attention to.
On top of that, mostly women of the Nation of Islam further defended Minister Farrakhan through Twitter.
The first question posed during the Twitter chat was:
Starla Muhammad, the assistant editor of the Final Call Newspaper, replied:
The next question regarded the nature of Minister Farrakhan being called a hater and a racist.
18-year-old Nzinga Muhammad from Rochester, New York said:
Participants of the Twitter chat showered love on Tamika Mallory, Erykah Badu and strong Black women in general who are unafraid to stand with Minister Farrakhan.
Renata Muhammad from Miami, Florida said:
Aqueelah Arbyummi from Washington, D.C. told the sisters she stands with them in truth.
Other issues the Twitter chat tackled include homophobia, the LGBTQ community, and the controversy over Malcolm X.
Khadijah Muhammad from Memphis, Tennessee tweeted out:
The final question of the night asked participants if they experienced misogyny by the Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan.
Georgina Muhammad from Pasco, Washington said she doesn’t feel oppressed.
Fudia Muhammad from Austin, Texas also expressed her joy in being a #CoveredGirl.
A6: The Honorable Minister @LouisFarrakhan has freed me to be the woman of God that I always believed I was. He has given my life purpose. Nothing compares to walking this earth with the true knowledge of God; free from fear. I owe that to our Minister! #Farrakhan #CoveredGirl https://twitter.com/EbonySafiyyah/status/971211171008319488 …
She tweeted about her family life as a woman in the Nation of Islam.