One of Julius Malema's latest posts on Twitter is causing quite a stir on the social media platform. The leader of the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) on Sunday posted a video of controversial U.S. activist Louis Farrakhan in which he calls on black people to use violence against white people to rectify injustices.
"There is no freedom without the shedding of blood; I'm sorry to say this, nonviolence is not going to bring the land back to us, our unity will keep us from having to fire a shot..." Farrakhan says in the video.
Amen 👇🏿 pic.twitter.com/BatyrCwyQ7— Julius Sello Malema (@Julius_S_Malema) July 8, 2018
He goes on to say that white people are always preaching nonviolence, but they themselves have used it to get ahead.
"Don't let that white man tell you that violence is wrong; every damn thing he got, he got it by being violent," he said.
"He [the white man] is worthy to be hated, worthy because of the evil that he does," Farrakhan added.
Twitter users had mixed emotions about the video, with some saying that Malema was inciting violence while others were in support of the leader of the red berets.
We are ready! We were born ready pic.twitter.com/9KHiNTZfT1— Joe Phaahla (@Kgoshi_Moloto) July 8, 2018
What a bloody joke, @EFFSouthAfrica was created by a white man Mazzoti,your tax bill was paid by a white man,yet you busy encourage violence & hatred against them,you are a hypocrite of note, you are what we I term a Gucci revolutionary,you talk socialism but live capitalism— IssI (@issi__7) July 8, 2018
We're ready!! pic.twitter.com/G90VBljp8G— Lord Feleti III (@FeletiSibusiso) July 8, 2018
Political leader inciting violence?— Alexander (@xander_224) July 8, 2018
Question is are you ready to make that call Juju? Mandela couldn't make it because of fear of loss of life of Africans. Are you brave enough to lead us to war and fight for land? Because that's what it will take, bloodshed. Or are you just capitalizing on plight of the poor?— lesiba moshoeu (@les_moshoeu) July 8, 2018
Farrakhan, born Louis Eugene Walcott, also known as Louis X, is an American religious leader who became a social activist after joining the Nation of Islam in 1955. He replaced his surname with an "X," a custom among Nation of Islam followers who considered their family names to have originated with white slaveholders.
He emerged as the protégé of Malcolm X and one of the most prominent members of the Nation of Islam.
However, Betty Shabazz, the wife of Malcolm X, has harboured resentment toward the Nation of Islam and Farrakhan in particular for what she felt was their role in the assassination of her husband.
Farrakhan has also been the centre of much controversy with critics saying that his political views and comments are antisemitic or racist. He has however denied this, saying much of America's perception of him has been shaped by media.