Rudy Giuliani drew blood when he recently offered his opinion that President Obama does not love America. Louis Farrakhan, the leader of the Nation of Islam, addressed Giuliani’s comments in a recent Sunday sermon:

“Giuliani says Obama does not love America,” Farrakhan thundered, “and instead of apologizing, they say he doubled down, tripled down. He said, I’m not taking this back. He didn’t grow up like we grew up.” That is, Giuliani was saying that Obama wasn't raised as most Americans were raised.

That was in fact a major basis for Giuliani’s conclusion. The former New York mayor referred to the fact that Obama’s mother was a radical leftist. He could have gone further and mentioned that when she voluntarily transferred custody of her son, she delivered him into the care of Frank Marshall Davis, the highest-ranking member of the Hawaiian chapter of the Communist party.

Obama’s affiliations as an adult have been no less problematic. As Giuliani also pointed out, and they included anarchist Bill Ayers, who planned a domestic bombing decades ago, and of course Obama’s twenty-year membership in Jeremiah (“God bless America? I say Godd*** America!”) Wright’s church.

Rather than acknowledge this history of Obama’s association with people and movements that manifestly hate America, Farrakhan focused on how Giuliani was raised:

“How did you grow up, Guiliani?” Farrakhan asked his parishioners, “A privileged cracker? Or should I say a privileged devil.”

Giuliani’s ethnic heritage is Italian. The word “Cracker” is a racist term directed toward Southern whites, usually of English or Irish extraction. When the Italians came to America in large numbers, they faced discrimination themselves, including accusations, then considered perjorative, that they themselves were not “white.”

Farrakhan, however addled his history, is extended that history of white racism, taking on its mantle, and continuing it. He said more:

“You grew up on the sweat and the blood of black men and women who made America before your fathers got here? All of you Europeans, you recent immigrants that have found a home in America, and you are so happy. But you are walking on our blood.”

Farrakhan is deriding Giuliani for the recent nature of his family’s entry to America, and trying to extend the umbrella of white guilt to families who arrived after the era of slavery, or who lived in the North and thus were not implicated in Southern segregation.

One wonders, would Farrakhan extend this sense of guilt to recent black African or Caribbean arrivals to America? We know the answer. In Farrakhan’s America, white guilt, and only white guilt, is eternal.



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