Left-wing activist who employed one in every of Farrakhan’s ‘high troopers’ has visited Biden White Home 7 occasions

Left-wing activist who employed one in every of Farrakhan’s ‘high troopers’ has visited Biden White Home 7 occasions

A outstanding social justice and environmental activist group with high-level entry within the Biden administration employs one of many so-called “high troopers” of the Nation of Islam, a Black nationalist non secular group with a protracted monitor file of antisemitism and racism.

Terence Muhammad, the lead occasions and discipline coordinator for the Washington, D.C.-based nonprofit Hip Hop Caucus, has repeatedly praised the Nation of Islam and its present chief, Louis Farrakhan, based on a Fox Information Digital evaluate of social media posts. The Hip Hop Caucus, whose acknowledged mission is to battle injustice and enact change, has been concerned in key Biden administration coverage selections.

And based on the White Home customer logs, Hip Hop Caucus President and CEO Lennox Yearwood has visited at the very least seven occasions since Biden took workplace, with six of these visits occurring in 2023. In the newest instance, Yearwood and two different Hip Hop Caucus officers, Tanya Home and Cynthia Swann, have been hosted within the West Wing for a non-public assembly with White Home Home Coverage Council adviser Sofia Carratala.

“Bless Minister [Louis Farrakhan] permitting one in every of his high troopers [Terence Muhammad] 2 be w/ me for #MOW50. A lot LOVE to the [Nation of Islam],” Yearwood wrote in a 2013 put up throughout an occasion commemorating the fiftieth Anniversary of the March on Washington.

The Hip Hop Caucus acquired $3.6 million in contributions and spent $4.3 million on social justice, local weather and voter turnout tasks in 2022, based on the group’s most up-to-date tax filings Getty Pictures for NAACP

In April 2015, throughout an occasion protesting police brutality, Muhammad posted an image of Yearwood “with Malik Farrakhan and the brothers of the F.O.I.” The acronym “F.O.I.” seems to be a reference to the Fruits of Islam, the paramilitary wing of the Nation of Islam. 

Muhammad — who Yearwood described as a “pricey brother and buddy” in 2020 — has a protracted historical past of himself praising and, on a number of events, elevating cash for Farrakhan and the Nation of Islam.

“Only for the file AGAIN. I like [Louis Farrakhan]. He’s my coronary heart,” Muhammad mentioned in a March 2018 put up that included an image of him with Farrakhan.

The Hip Hop Caucus official went so far as to characterize himself as a “soldier” of the Nation of Islam in 2019.

“I’m an EXTREMELY Proud, Lively, and Identified citizen/soldier of the Nation of Islam,” he wrote in March 2019, in a put up tagging Farrakhan.

Two months later, Muhammad vociferously defended Farrakhan in a put up during which he mentioned Farrakhan is a “servant of God.”

Nation of Islam chief Louis Farrakhan. AFP through Getty Pictures

Farrakhan and the Nation of Islam have been closely criticized by the Anti-Defamation League (ADL), which was based to cease the defamation of Jewish individuals and by the Southern Poverty Legislation Middle (SPLC). The ADL has known as Farrakhan “one of the vital outstanding antisemites” and SPLC has categorised Nation of Islam as a hate group.

In a press release to Fox Information Digital, the White Home mentioned Biden totally denounces Farrakhan and the Nation of Islam. It additionally pointed to Farrakhan’s current criticism of Biden over his help for Israel.

“For many years, President Biden has unequivocally condemned Louis Farrakhan and the repugnant Antisemitic hate he represents – together with by co-sponsoring bipartisan laws,” White Home spokesperson Andrew Bates instructed Fox Information Digital. “He totally denounces any reward of Louis Farrakhan, the Nation of Islam, or their values, as he does on this case. And as current feedback from Louis Farrakhan reveal, the sensation is mutual.”

The Anti-Defamation League labeled Farrakhan the “hottest antisemite in America” in 2020. AP

Nonetheless, the newest instance of Biden himself condemning Farrakhan seems to be a Senate flooring speech from 1984, 4 a long time in the past.

In the meantime, along with Yearwood’s visits to the Biden White Home, the Hip Hop Caucus has been prominently concerned in a number of Environmental Safety Company (EPA) actions. Most not too long ago, Yearwood was quoted by the EPA praising an announcement final month cracking down on fossil fuel-fired energy plant emissions.

“EPA appreciates the vital on-going work of the Hip Hop Caucus and Reverend Yearwood to advocate for environmental justice throughout the nation,” EPA spokesperson Timothy Carroll instructed Fox Information Digital. “EPA condemns statements of hate or prejudice in opposition to any group or particular person based mostly on faith, race, or background.”

The Nation of Islam and Hip Hop Caucus didn’t reply to requests for remark.

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