Joshua Harris, a 22-year-old senior elementary education major and premier consul of the X Assembly at Morgan State University, apologized to the Minister for negative opinions adopted after his young Jewish friend spoke negatively of Minister Farrakhan when the boys were 12 or 13 years old in his hometown of Cincinnati. Mr. Harris said he learned to “never judge a book by its cover, and to do your own research.” After hearing from the Minister, the man was nothing like his young Jewish friend had led him to believe, said Mr. Harris. His Jewish friend called the Minister a “Jew basher” and said the Nation of Islam was to blame for the death of Malcolm X.
“The skewed opinion that I came in with before meeting with him and listening to him has very much changed and I would say flipped in reverse,” said Mr. Harris. “He is not anti-Semitic, he is interested in uplifting Black people and is completely against those who are opposed to that and from what I heard last night, that is not all Jews, but the leaders of the Jewish community who are taking advantage of the God-given talents that Black people have in this country.”
Chinedu Nwokeafor, a 20-year-old speech communication major and auxiliary consul for the X-Assembly at Morgan State University, was visibly moved throughout the entire conference. He said the Minister’s words resonated with him tremendously. Everything he had heard previously about the Minister was negative, but his one-on-one interaction, which included the Minister bringing him out on stage to make a point regarding the origin of man, changed his life.
Mr. Nwokeafor said as a Catholic, he heard many of the things the Minister referenced from scripture before, however, the way the Minister talked about it “opened his eyes.” Things he heard for years now made sense.
“His words are just centrifugal and life-changing. It was amazing,” said Mr. Nwokeafor. “He eloquently referenced Jesus Christ numerous times, he referenced Jesus Christ more than he referenced Muhammad and that was very interesting. It actually made me really think about how Christianity—we are not as open-minded as we would like to think.”
Following the message, Renada Lee, a student at Middle Tennessee State University originally from St. Louis, smiled as she tightly gripped her copy of The Secret Relationship Between Blacks and Jews, Volume 2.
“I’m still mentally digesting everything he said,” Ms. Lee told The Final Call. “Every sister and brother should be open and awakened to what he is talking about. They need to put aside their conditioning in terms of the religious aspects because they always assume he is talking about religion—no—he’s talking truth, about uplifting Black people and lifting us out of a state that we know that we shouldn’t be in.”
Kendal Patton, a 22-year-old philosophy major also from MTSU, enjoyed Minister Farrakhan’s message. It seems like the administration tried to keep the Minister’s appearance on campus “low key,” he said.
“I thought it was deep and he touched on a lot of relevant issues. I feel like there’s a lot to gain from hearing him and I can see why White supremacist structures would want to try to keep something like this kind of low key, because there were very few flyers around advertising this.”