On Aug. 29, the Nation of Islam’s Minister Louis Farrakhan posted a June 24, 2015 video from the JusticeOrElse announcement at Metropolitan African Methodist Episcopal Church in Washington, D.C.
While the video was recorded a year ago, it serves as commentary for the current conversation on San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick’s protest against the national anthem.
In the clip, Farrakhan speaks about the injustices Black people have faced under the American flag.
He says the American flag has done more harm to African-Americans than the Confederate.
Then, he urges his followers to look at the history of Black people under the American flag.
“It’s the people that carry the American flag,” he exclaims. “What flag do the police have? [The] flag flies over the Non-Justice Department. [It] flies over the White House, where a Black man lives that’s called ‘n—,’ ‘n—,’ ‘n—‘ every day … So every time we die they give us a symbol, no substance. We died on Edmund Pettus Bridge under that flag. [Black people] fought in wars under that flag. [Soldiers] came back and were hung, murdered and brutalized under that flag.”
He adds, “What the hell is the use of us paying allegiance to a flag under which we get no justice?”