Thursday on TV One’s “News One Now,” the leader of the Nation of Islam, Louis Farrakhan called on African-Americans to boycott Christmas because it’s a “bonanza for white business.”
Discussing the “Justice Or Else” rally on October 10 to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the Million Man March, Farrakhan said the meaning of “Justice Or Else,” was a reference to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s 1968 Memphis sanitation worker strike.
Quoting from King, Farrakhan said, “He said ‘we have to find a way to redistribute the pain,’ He talked about going to businesses that benefited from black dollars and he said, ‘We have to now withdraw our economic support, so that those who give us pain can receive some pain in return.’”
He made it clear that African-Americans “have between $1.1 and $1.5 trillion in consumer power, which makes black people a carcass where all the vultures gather to suck the life out of us.”
Farrakhan said,”We intend to boycott Christmas, but not Jesus. We think that they have taken advantage of us and our consumer dollars by materializing the respect and honor of Jesus and making it a bonanza for white business.”
“So on Black Friday, we won’t be there,” he added “We choose not to spend dollars on Black Friday, Black Saturday, Black Sunday, Black Monday. We are not going to spend our money for the rest of that year with those that we have traditionally spent our money on.”