Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan suggested this weekend that the imprisonment former Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick and other black politicians is part of a national plot to kick African Americans out of office.
“They say we have the right to vote, and after we vote our own into office, the FBI schemes to trick and trap our elected officials to turn them out of office,” Farrakhan said during his weekly address, while showing photos of Kilpatrick and other jailed black officials.
Kilpatrick, who was convicted on 24 counts in a corruption case in which he enriched himself by rigging contracts, is awaiting sentencing.
Also during the broadcast, Farrakhan reiterated his belief that Jews operate the entertainment industry and churn out negative portrayals of black people in an evil plot to control the world.
“These satanic minds encourage the savagery,” he said.
While in Detroit on May 17, Farrakhan made similar statements and also sought to downplay Kilpatrick’s crimes, saying the former mayor was primarily trying to hide a private affair.
“How many of you in this audience got a little something on the side?”
Steve Neavling lives and works in Detroit as an investigative journalist. His stories have uncovered corruption, led to arrests and reforms and prompted FBI investigations.