Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan addresses the audience at the metropolitan African Methodist Episcopal Church in in Washington June 24, 2015..
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Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan harshly criticized US President Barack Obama this week, accusing him of supporting Israel and the gay community instead of the black community.
“You fought for the rights of gay people; you fought for the rights of this people and that people...[y]ou fight for Israel,” Farrakhan said while giving a sermon on Sunday, according to a report in The Blaze.
Meanwhile, Farrakhan said, "your people are suffering and dying in the streets.” He added that Obama has not fared well in the eyes of the black community.
The comments came after Farrakhan claimed that Obama “didn’t earn” a positive legacy with the black community.
“If you can’t go and see about them, then don’t worry about your legacy,” he said. “Because the white people that you served so well — they’ll preserve your legacy.”
Farrakhan’s religious group Nation of Islam, once led by Malcolm X, is labeled as a hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center.
Farrakhan has a checkered past with antisemitism. In March 2015, he blamed "Israelis and Zionist Jews" for the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001. Some of Farrakhan’s other claims in that speech relating to Sept. 11 include that “an Israeli film crew dressed as Arabs were filming the Twin Towers before the first plane went in” and “many Jews received a text message not to come to work on Sept. 11.”
In 2011, he also said that Jews and Zionists are “trying to push the US into war” and that “Zionists dominate the US government and banks.”
JTA contributed to this report.