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Why Is Big Tech Mainstreaming Louis Farrakhan's Pandemic Conspiracies?

Why Is Big Tech Mainstreaming Louis Farrakhan's Pandemic Conspiracies?
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By Harold Brackman Monday, 15 March 2021 10:41 AM Current | Bio | Archive

Since March 2020—when the COVID-19 became a pandemic and conspiracy theories blaming Israel and Jews went global—the Nation of Islam’s 87-year-old leader, Louis Farrakhan, has been trying to sell misinformation about the new deadly disease. However, Big Tech giants, seemingly cracking down on any kind of conservative speech they deem unseemly, are allowing Farrakahn's hate to proliferate on certain sites. 

Farrakhan has been in the vanguard of conspiratorialists accusing Jews of the invention or spread of diseases since the early 1990s when the Nation of Islam blamed them for using blankets to infect Native Americans with small pox and Farrakhan himself charged that Jewish doctors injected "black babies" with AIDS as a form of population control.

One year ago, Farrakhan’s Research Group tweeted "in response to news that an Israeli research institution will announce a Coronavirus vaccine" that, Israel actually may have developed COVID-19 as a bioweapon. Now, in 2021, "Dr." Farrakhan at the National Afrikan/Black Leadership Summit delivered a major address focusing on the Coronavirus and the development of vaccines to combat it.

Bottom line: Farrakhan has urged his followers not to be vaccinated:

"We are so frightened over this Covid, now they’re getting us ready for this vaccine. Do you believe Satan is concerned about vaccinating you? You trust him? After all he has done to destroy us? How could you allow him to stick a needle into you, saying he’s helping you? Those of you who are health professionals, they want you to take it first. You notice they're offering you money now? This devil . . . offers you $1,000 or $1,500 to take a shot. They give you free shots of toxic waste."

Farrakhan’s conspiratorial diagnosis and crackpot advice in his February 2021 "Saviours’ Day Address" are noteworthy because polls show that only a quarter of the African American population plans to get vaccinated. Decades ago, Farrakhan urged miracle treatments, developed by African tribal doctors, to cure AIDS. Now, he is marketing potentially lethal advice about (not) treating Coronavirus.

NOI Minister Dr. Wesley Muhammad started off 2021 with a two-hour sermon, "Beyond Tuskegee: Why Black People Must Not Take the Experimental COVID-19 Vaccine," broadcast live from the NOI’s national headquarters in Chicago, in which he explicitly and repeatedly blamed Jews and Israel for the Coronavirus pandemic. He preached that Covid was “a pestilence of God” brought on mankind because of the “Jews’ wickedness. At the same time, he condemned Israel for cynical vaccine development for profit.

In his 2020 July 4th Speech, Farrakhan revealed that "Jewish doctors" had injected him with "radiated seed," trying to kill him. But for “attempts to depopulate the earth” by peddling "vials of death" at "Warp Speed," Farrakhan’s latest targets are not Israel and Jews but Dr. Anthony Fauci and Bill and Melinda Gates. Why? One possibility is he fears being censored by a major social media platform.

Unfortunately, the charge that Jews and Israel are superspreaders of both the virus and "toxic" vaccines continues to rage on social media, independent of Farrakhan. Among the vicious recent versions are those linking Israel and China as responsible for the "Kung Fu Virus" or "Jew Flu."

So, for conspiracy buffs, Jew-haters, and Asian-bashers, the year-long lockdown combined with the fact that social media now serves as Americans’ lifeline, provide the perfect storm to mainstream lurid and deadly anti-Semitic narratives 24/7.

Social Media giants have decided to delete any information they deem false related to combating Covid-19. If so, can Big Tech please answer the question posed by journalist Damjan Tutarkov: Why are you still providing a platform for Farrakhan’s conspiracy videos about Israel, Jews, and Covid 19? Innocent lives are at stake.

Dr. Harold Brackman, a historian is a consultant to the Simon Wiesenthal Center

Rabbi Abraham Cooper is Associate Dean and Director of Global Social Action for the Simon Wiesenthal Center. Read Abraham Cooper's Reports — More Here.

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Since March 2020-when the COVID-19 became pandemic and conspiracy theories blaming Israel and Jews went global-the Nation of Islam's 87-year-old leader, Louis Farrakhan, has been trying to sell misinformation about the new deadly disease. However, Big Tech giants, seemingly...
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