What Was Louis Farrakhan's Speech in Chicago About?


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Louis Farrakhan's speech in Chicago, Illinois in February 2012 covered a range of aspects centered around race and the U.S. government, with special attention paid to President Barack Obama. This speech was held at the United Center for the Nation of Islam and was three hours long. It was held on the yearly observance of Saviours' Day, celebrating Nation of Islam founder, W. Fard Muhammad.

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In his 2012 speech, Louis Farrakhan outlined his belief that the World Trade Center attacks on Sept.11, 2001 were a pre-arranged coup designed by the U.S. government as a pretext for going to war with the Middle East. He also asserted his views on Jewish influence on American politicians and government. He touched on multiple other topics including the weather, children consuming food from the fast-food chain McDonald's, and the national debt, and condemned the killing of the Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi. Farrakhan also criticized conservative Americans for debating the citizenship of President Barack Obama.

The speech also contained warnings to the U.S. president and made multiple allusions to a presidential assassination. He likened the state of affairs in 2012 to those of Abraham Lincoln's time and highlighted the comparison of Lincoln's assassination within the second term of his presidency to the timing of Barack Obama's, recent re-election.

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