A proposal to rename a block in Harlem after National of Islam pioneer Elijah Muhammad was accepted by the New York City Council on Thursday.
The Southern Poverty Law Center notes that Elijah Muhammad “preached about wealthy Jews and propagated the long-standing antisemitic narrative that Jews turned Jesus…into the authorities.”
Muhammad welcomed George Lincoln Rockwell, the leader of the American Nazi Party, to the NOI’s 1962 Saviours’ Day Convention, when Rockwell referred to Muhammad as “the Adolf Hitler of the black man.”
Yet, the council approved renaming the Manhattan intersection of West 127th Street and Malcolm X Boulevard “The Most Honorable Elijah Muhammad Way.”
At a committee hearing, Republican council member David Carr declared, “He fails every standard we could bring forward: the test based on the values and views of today, as well as the values and views of the times in which he lived and operated.”
The accolade was “far overdue,” according to Kristin Richardson Jordan, a far-left councilwoman from Harlem who also sponsored the street naming.
Before the voting, she declared, “It is actually not Right to eliminate black leaders who are not pleasing to white people. I wholeheartedly support Elijah Muhammad Way.
According to the editorial board of the New York Post, “the corner is where the NOI-owned Mosque Temple No. 7, where Malcolm X long preached, and where an NYPD officer was killed in 1972 (three years before Mohammad’s death) by unidentified NOI radicals while responding to a false emergency call at the mosque.
In other words, this renaming would be demeaning in many respects.
The Post board said, “This rebranding would be completely vulgar.”
According to recent reports, Illinois taxpayers contribute at least $500,000 to a group that claims to be “the archives for the Nation of Islam,” inspired by the Nation of Islam, and whose leadership has held official positions in the Nation of Islam.