Nation of Islam in Milwaukee challenges categorization of ‘hate group’

MILWAUKEE (CBS 58) – Several community leaders in Milwaukee have expressed support for the Nation of Islam after the Southern Poverty Law Center included them on a list of state hate groups.

“There is no fact that could indicate that this organization is a hate group,” said Patricia McManus of the Black Health Coalition of Wisconsin.

The Southern Poverty Law Center maintained its annual report on all hate groups in Wisconsin stating:

“The Nation of Islam is a black nationalist group whose basic foundation is that all whites are blue-eyed devils and that the Jews ruled the slave trade.”

When asked to respond, Student Minister William Muhammad confirmed these are the views of the group, but said that does not make it a hate group.

“No, it only means that those who don’t know their story are doomed to repeat it. When you listen to the Jewish people and their concerns about the Holocaust, it says never again. happened to them is known, ”said student minister William Muhammad: Nation of Islam.

Many historians have denounced historical views as inaccurate and anti-Semitic.

The group’s leader, Louis Farrakhan, lost his Twitter verification last year after posting a video referring to the unmasking of the “Satanic Jew.”

“When you see the Satanic Jew and the Synagogue of Satan, which contains many races,” said Louis Farrakhan: Leader of the Nation of Islam.

Local leaders highlighted the benefits the local has brought to the community, including preventing violence.

“When there is a crisis in the community. These are people we can look to to bring stability, ”Reverend Harold Moore said at Mercy Memorial Baptist Church.

“I worked with the Nation. Sisters and brothers of the Nation in public schools. I have worked and walked with the Nation on issues of police brutality, ”said Brian Verdin of MATC.

Milwaukee Joint Council chairman Ashanti Hamilton said he was not aware of any violence or vandalism by the Milwaukee group.

The Southern Poverty Law Center says their criteria are an organization that has beliefs or practices that attack a whole class of people.

Their recent report also lists 14 other groups in Wisconsin.

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