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Local Nation of Islam chapter disputes hate group label

RICHMOND, Va. (WTVR) — A local group is disputing claims made by a well-known civil rights organization that it has a “legacy of hate.”

CBS6 first reported about the Southern Poverty Law Center’s “hate map” on Monday.

The center studies “hate” in American and classifies hundreds of groups across the country as “hate groups.”

Three of those groups are located in Richmond, including the Nation of Islam, and 26 total are located in the state.

Minister Tracy Muhammad serves as the Virginia and Richmond Representative to the Nation of Islam, and he disputed the SPLC’s findings.

“Our history in America is such that we have been a blessing to this country,” Muhammad said.

The Nation of Islam (NOI) is a national group led by Louis Farrakhan, with chapters all over the country.

The SPLC designates the NOI as a “hate group,” but Muhammad said that is absolutely not true.

“We`re not racist, we`re not anti-Semitic,” Muhammad said.

On the SPLC’s website, the center writes “the deeply racist, anti-Semitic, and anti-gay rhetoric of its leaders have earned the NOI a prominent position in the ranks of organized hate.”

But, Muhammad said that is simply false.

“Neither one of those three charges is true…the Nation of Islam is, and will always be, about the uplifting and resurrection of oppressed people here in America, whether they be black, brown, red, yellow, or white,” Muhammad said.

To that point, CBS 6 asked Muhammad about various anti-Semitic statements the SPLC said the organization’s leader, Louis Farrakhan, made about Jewish people.

“Minister Farrakhan has stated he admires Jewish people, but he does not approve of, nor do we, the inexorbitant control that Jewish people have over the lives and destiny of black people here in America,” Muhammad said.

Muhammad said no-one affiliated with the Nation of Islam has ever committed a hate crime, and the SPLC is pegging the wrong group as perpetuating hate.

“We are the victims of racism, it was not the Nation of Islam or black people who set up separate bathrooms, hotels, neighborhoods,” Muhammad said.

The SPLC said the NOI is one of three hate groups operating in the Richmond area.

The other two are the European-American Unity and Rights Organization, and the Confederate Hammerskins.

 

17 comments

  • Larry David Jr.

    A few things

    1. inexorbitant is not a word.

    2. Over 70% of Jewish voters support Democrat candidates. I think it’s safe to assume NOI members support Dems as well.

    3. I assume he meant exorbitant, which means high. You can’t make those kinds of claims without providing examples. The stereotype he’s trying to connect would be banks. Even without interpretation, his comments do a pretty good job of proving the claim.

    • flufferstuff

      Qualify that: What Christians are raping whom? The NOI is a hate group, always has been and cannot be anything other than a hate group. Islam is the hate cult of the world, as it always has been.
      The Crusaders should’ve finished them off. All of the local communities that were cleansed of the barbarians felt secure and did not continue with the Crusaders to finish off the musselmen.

  • Stateville1991

    Hmmmm…..’Muslims’ Leveled our Real Estate in NYC; the Muslim Fort Hood Murderer; the Boston Marathon Terrorists; the Shoe-Bomber Attempt; the Grotesque Mosque at Ground Zero (which to Muslims, ‘Symbolize Conquest’)…which is being torn down for a ‘Muslim Community Center'; and, ‘Etal – Ad Naseum.’ Muslims – ‘You Ain’t Got Nothin’ Comin’ in ‘Our Country.’ Now, go ‘Cry’ some more about that Church Easter Egg Hunt Muslims are protesting in Dearborn, Michigan, (The Muslim Mecca); and, Just Remember: The United States of America was founded on ‘Christian Values’ and, guess what Muslims?? Most families serve ‘Ham’ for Easter Dinner….Like it; or, Shut Up & Preferably Leave. Do you know how many ‘Americans’ would ‘Miss Muslims? (You Don’t Want To Know) …..LOL…..

  • tustin coles

    NOI is no worse then the Irish scum that pollutes our streets on a daily basis. those shillelagh swinging thugs have destroyed this country from the inside spreading alcholoism and low morality to ll they come in contact with. i mite not like muslims, but at least their cleans and don’t reek of booze and sheep excrement

  • athynz

    ““We are the victims of racism, it was not the Nation of Islam or black people who set up separate bathrooms, hotels, neighborhoods,” Muhammad said.”

    Right, right and yet when presented with a van with 1 black man and 3 white men you don’t even have the common courtesy to address everyone in the van but act like the 3 white men do not exist then call the black man “brainwashed” when he refuses to buy your newspaper. This has happened on several occasions with different members of your local chapter. No, that is not a race crime but it is a prejudiced act. An act based on prejudging people due to their skin tone and then dismissing them.

    But no, you guys are not racist or a hate group…/sarcasm

    • Warrior

      Are you serious? Anecdotal evidence from your limited and biased prospective hardly constitutes logical discourse. Please broadly school yourself before you insult other’s intelligence.

      • manalishi

        The encroachment of shariah constitutes logical discourse which raises the question. How loyal are the followers?

      • flufferstuff

        I agree with everything athynz said. Islam is the most hateful, racist, evil thing that has ever existed in this world. I have lived a long life and I have experienced and witnessed many accounts of racism from the Black Panthers and the NOI.
        Muslims calling people that speak the truth about Islam “uneducated.” LOL! Got anything new in your Islamonazi propaganda bag of tricks?

  • Peter

    WTVR ……. Please stop allowing all of the low lifes and uneducated jerks to foul your comment board with written trash. Just look at the comments here. They are not pearls of wisdom or intelligent insight. The comments are mindless garbage. Is that what you want your site to reflect?

    Please cease the comments section. You probably will sooner or later. The high ground would be sooner. Spare most of your readers these infantile minds.

    • athynz

      David says: “Please stop allowing all of the low lifes and uneducated jerks to foul your comment board with written trash. Just look at the comments here. They are not pearls of wisdom or intelligent insight. The comments are mindless garbage. Is that what you want your site to reflect?”

      Oh the irony…

    • athynz

      David, David, David – I’m still in your head. Imagine that – creating yet another account to troll people with. And you say I’m strange? HAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!!!!!! And I see the irony escapes you – as usual.

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