Farrakhan was at Fountain Street Church in Grand Rapids on Thursday night for a speech called “Duty, Responsibility and the Necessity of Self-Sufficiency.” He spoke for two hours and included themes of self-reliance and the need to live a more righteous lifestyle.
“The Kingdom of God will be one world government — they’re trying to get it now, but not for righteous purposes,” he said. “Our government sends economic hit men into other nations offering them money.”
Farrkhan said the U.S. can’t solve the world’s great societal problems — describing the nation’s debt and agriculture and food industry as forms of oppression.
“The light in Western civilization is going out because time and the wickedness of the leaders has created a situation that they do not have the wisdom to solve,” he said.
The Chicago-based Nation of Islam has espoused black nationalism and self-reliance since it was founded in Detroit the 1930s, though in recent years it has made efforts to recruit other ethnic groups.
The event was sponsored by the Nation of Islam’s Grand Rapids Study Group.