Last week BreakingBrown published an excerpt from a Liberian news article that accused the West of creating the Ebola virus. Now Minister Louis Farrakhan of the Nation of Islam is adding his voice to the discussion, accusing the United States of deploying the virus in order to “depopulate” the world of black people.
Here’s what Min. Farrakhan said in The Final Call:
What is the method that they are going to use to depopulate? Through civil wars in which depleted uranium and Agent Orange are used. . . . Another method is disease infection through bio-weapons such as Ebola and AIDS, which are race targeting weapons. There is a weapon that can be put in a room where there are Black and White people, and it will kill only the Black and spare the White, because it is a genotype weapon that is designed for your genes, for your race, for your kind.
I don’t want anyone to think I’m a racist; if any of you that are here that think of yourselves as White, don’t look at me like I’m a hater, because everything I say, I can prove it and will die on it! I’m not against any race; I am against the evil that men of that race are planning against my people.
While many find Min. Farrakhan’s remarks incendiary, it is helpful to recall an article recently published here: “White Torture of Black Bodies, Medical Experiments of Black People You Never Knew About”:
In 1945, a black trucker named Ebb Cade was in an accident where nearly all of his bones were broken. While he was in the hospital, doctors gave him a toxic dose of plutonium. Before the plutonium could totally devastate his body, Cade must’ve gotten wind of what was going on because he escaped from the hospital. Unbeknownst to him, he’d become part of a study for which he never gave his consent. Cade died eight days after leaving the hospital. He was the first, but not last, African-American to be injected with uranium or plutonium as part of a radiation experiment. Former Secretary of Energy Hazel O’Leary declassified information on government experiments on unsuspecting African-Americans.
“I went to the Dr. who did that to me and asked him ‘why’…. I would love to have had children,” said Fannie Lou Hamer. While on the plantation, Hamer had developed a knot on her stomach. When she went to see the physician, he removed her uterus as well as the knot, preventing her from ever having children.
In the ‘big house’, the plantation owner’s wife joked about how Hamer had lost more than a tumor when she was in the hospital, and the news eventually got back to Hamer. Hamer went on to become a voting and civil rights activist. Hamer was only one of many African-American women who were sterilized, a practice which became a favorite of white doctors. Margaret Sanger, the founder of Planned Parenthood, trafficked in stereotypes and used the Negro Project to decrease black fertility.
Does that mean that the U.S. created Ebola? Of course not. Black people are not, however, being conspiratorial by thinking the worst of Western governments and medical researchers. They are remembering. As comedian Dave Chappelle once said, “what’s a black man without his paranoia?”