Louis Farrakhan Speech At UC Berkeley Sparks Protests

BERKELEY (CBS SF) — University of California President Mark Yudof decried Nation of Islam Minister Louis Farrakhan as “provocative” and “divisive” Saturday following a speech at UC Berkeley.

Farrakhan spoke Saturday during an Afrikan Black Coalition Conference organized by the Black Student Union. The appearance drew protests from those opposed to Farrakhan’s views, but Yudof still defended his right to speak.

“Louis Farrakhan is a provocative, divisive figure with a long history of racist, anti-Semitic and homophobic speech,” Yudof said. “It was distressing in the extreme that a student organization invited him to speak on the UC Berkeley campus.”

“But, as I have said before, we cannot, as a society or as a university community, be provoked by hurtful speech to retreat from the cherished value of free speech,” Yudof said.

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  • Get Real

    Barrack Obama’s Buddy!

    • sfmom

      get real Get Real!

    • john

      nice cheap shot… way to show your ignorance…

      • bob

        Ummm… He IS Obama’s buddy. And so is Bill Ayers. If younever open your eyes, you will always be blind.

      • Bill terror

        Anyone displaying racial hatred is B. Hussein Obama’s buddy!

      • Bell407

        john, I suppose you don’t mind that the Obama family’s 20 year minister Rev Wright was a racist POS who teaches hate against America either? Great morals for the Obama family.

      • namvet527

        Thanks for the compliment. I wear you insult as a badge of honor coming from a RACIST BIGOTED TRAITOR like you.

  • Fred Glynn

    What did Mr. Farrakhan say? Saying thats he’s provocative, anti-semitic, etc. means nothing without quoting what he actually said in sufficient depth so that the context is apparent.

    • tn

      All I really want to know is, who does his hair?

  • Debra

    Fred… it Loouis Farrakhan! Use your imagination. C’mon now.

    • Fred Glynn

      But what did he actually say on Saturday?

  • meathead

    I bet the words “white devil” may have been used?

    • Bill terror

      That’s probably the #1 reason the Black Student Union invited him!

  • Milt

    Judge me by the company I keep: Barack Obama-Farrakhan, Prof. Bell, Dorn, Ayers, Rev. Wright, Father Pfleger, All anti-Semites, racist American haters, enough said, vote this American apologist community organizer out of office.

  • Milt

    Bell was a fervent admirer of Louis Farrakhan and Khalid Muhammad of the Nation of Islam. Podhoretz quotes a 1994 interview in which Bell said, “We should really appreciate the Louis Farrakhans and the Khalid Muhammads while we’ve got them.” Our readers are well aware of the repellent Farrakhan, but who was Khalid Muhammad? Patterico gives us Muhammad’s “Kill the Cracker” speech, in which Muhammad, whom Derrick Bell so admired, advocated genocide:
    Muhammad gave his “kill them all” speech in 1993, and was famous for it in the circles in which Derrick Bell moved when Bell said, in 1994, that “we should really appreciate” Khalid Muhammad. [UPDATE: This YouTube video is from a reprise, circa 1996, of Muhammad’s 1993 speech; you can see the 1993 speech, where Muhammad first said, “We kill the women. We kill the children. We kill the babies. We kill the blind. We kill the crippled. We kill the [imitates a crazy person]. We kill ‘em all. We kill the fa**ots. We kill the le**ians. We kill them all.” at the Patterico link.]
    So you say: Barack Obama was a very public admirer of Derrick Bell, and Bell was a very public admirer of the genocidal Khalid Muhammad. Just connect the dots and you can see the bigger picture.

  • ROB

    The black KKK.

  • oldfart

    Plain and simply Farrakhan is a racist , there would be no difference in a speech from the KKK in context to that of Farrakhan, just insert black instead of white.

    If Berkeley was truly for equality and freedom of speech then not only the KKK would be invited, Israel, pro life, and even the tea party should be invited, and have equal access to the campus, yet Berkeley is one sided in determining who is and is not racist and or morally acceptable in being given permits to the campus.

    Yet one group, the Black Student Union, which many would consider racist and militant is allowed to spread their ideology would Berkeley allow a White student union to speak, not in a million years.

    • geek

      “even the tea party” ??? Sir, you confuse racism with patriotism.

      There’s nothing racist about being patriotic, and if there ARE any racists in the tea party – they are liberal democrats, I assure you.

  • Gladius

    This bigot has abused his right to speak for his whole life spreading hatred. He got a free pass to speak but when a democrat such as Netanyahu came to the same campus years ago, 500 angry protesters prevented the public from entering the hall where the lecture was to take place. Freedom of speech is guarantied to those who would deny the freedom of others, of democrats. That’s the way it works at UC Berkeley.

    • Fred Glynn

      Mr. Netanyahu is no more of a democrat than Mr. Farrahkan. Mr. Netanyahu supports a policy of apartheid in Israel and on the West Bank. So far, AIPAC and its allies have managed to tamp down opposition to Israeli ppolicies but that can’t last forever.

  • Just sayin'

    Ship him to Somalia. They would love him there…

  • clearvision

    With Ole Louis, You ALWAYS know what you are going to get:

    Once a Provacative RACIST IMBECILE, ALWAYS a Provacative RACIST IMBECILE. When you let a BULL run loose in the pasture, you know what you are going to get:

    BULL*HIT and lots of it. Next time:


  • Clyde

    When race is divided into categories for whatever reason.


    Uncle Clyde.

  • Mike

    We have Black Student Union. Try to organize White Student Union and you would see what would happen. You’d have every black racist descend on Berkeley screaming about racism. Double standard is an interesting animal.

    • geek

      Hate speech is not 1st amendment protected free speech. So why is this thug not in jail?
      Oh, right. Because hate speech is only white on black. There is no reciprocity.

  • Chris L.

    Yudof calling anyone provocative and divisive is kinda like the pot calling the kettle black.

    • JaneQPublic

      No, I think it’s more like calling this particular black (Farrakhnan) a POL POT.

      Look him up…..

  • Tours Martel

    I do wonder what kind of protection that a white conservative Christian speaker would receive from the University of California at Berkeley.

  • konstantine

    So can I give a speech at UC Berkeley as a member of the US Nazi party?

  • Susan

    where can i find out what he actually said

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