Louis Farrakhan Is Annoying
I’m not a religious woman. And for that I receive my share of criticism. I consider myself spiritual as I have a private relationship with my deity of choice. Because of this, I’m very tolerant of other beliefs. I try my very hardest to respect other people’s customs and choices when it comes to their faiths.
In my studies on transnational feminism, I’ve learned quite a bit about Muslim women and many of the misconceptions people have about them. This brings me to some confusion people have regarding Minister Louis Farrakhan and the Nation of Islam.
The Nation of Islam is NOT the Islamic religion.
Muslims are a peaceful people who preach love. There isn’t a racial qualification for being Muslim. The Nation of Islam openly preaches anti-semitism, Black separatism and that white people aren’t human and are the devil incarnate. They also teach of the Prophet Elijah. Muslims learn the teachings of Muhammad PBUH. The Nation of Islam, like a few other Black Separatist groups, are listed by the Southern Poverty Law Center as a hate group.
The comments Minister Louis Farrakhan has made concerning women are important as they aren’t new and he’s spread hateful rhetoric for decades. His charisma and organizational skills used in running the Nation of Islam have duped (yeah, I said duped) men and women into thinking he’s concerned about their well-being and spiritual health. He uses the guise of God to convince people that following him is best. Most recently there was a reboot of the Million Man March in Washington DC where Farrakhan spoke for a couple of hours. Towards the end he addressed women.
Now when women are clothed, they earn respect. The beauty of your form is for your husband and if you don’t have a husband — keep it covered. Because the one that you get as a husband will be the dog that saw what he wanted and it wasn’t you, it was the beauty of your form — those beautiful hips, those succulent lips. — Minister Farrakhan
Let’s dive into this a little bit.
First of all, the idea that a woman has to earn your respect by wearing a lot of clothes is the most ridiculous thing I have ever heard. Every culture is not the same and some cultures don’t have a clothing requirement for respect. Some cultures originated in places near the equator so it’s hot as hell all the time so they aren’t interested in clothes. Some cultures celebrate the nude human form and don’t hyper sexualize it. It’s just skin. Stop letting it rile you up. Humans didn’t always wear clothes. Were we trash back then too? This statement also implies that it’s okay to be disrespectful to a woman if you feel she isn’t dressed properly. You do not have to dress a certain way to be treated well.
Second, I don’t have to have a husband. That’s really the end of that statement. I don’t have to get married to be worthy. A husband is not a life qualifier for women. My body is for me. It’s mine. I was born with it and I will die with it and anything I do with it during that time is my choice for me and me alone. And if I choose to spend any of that time having pleasurable moments with a man, a woman, multiple people or nobody at all that is MY business. Mine.
Third, part of human sexuality is seeing something we like and being aroused by it. It doesn’t really matter how many clothes I have on, you can see my “beautiful hips” and “succulent lips” regardless. And arousal isn’t just about sex. We see people we find attractive and are aroused by their scent, their sounds, their hearts. People enter our lives and we can feel drawn in by their energy and bound to it by a connection that transcends carnal knowledge. If you sexualize women without their permission it is not our responsibility to satisfy your wishes or desires.
If following Farrakhan’s word helps you sleep at night, that’s fine. But chastising people into adopting your beliefs is both ineffective and oppressive. The Nation of Islam often talks about the oppression of Black people. If that’s one of your primary concerns and you know how it feels, then why are you trying so hard to oppress? Be mindful and quiet.