Everyone makes mistakes

Razib Khan dredged up an article that talked about the role of Japanese intelligence and/or the Black Dragon Society in furthering the developing of  black nationalist groups before WWII – one such group eventually developed into the Nation of Islam. Perhaps this accounts for some of the odd Yacub stuff, which I’m pretty sure isn’t in the Koran.

But there was a very interesting point mentioned in that article that Razib did not notice, or perhaps did not find interesting:

“”After Nation of Islam members participated in what was reported as a human sacrifice, NOI founder W. D. Fard was instructed by Detroit detectives to leave the city in December 1932. ”

Probably everybody knows about this, except me.





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27 Responses to Everyone makes mistakes

  1. Coagulopath says:

    You gotta make sacrifices for the greater good.

  2. Curmudgeon Farmer says:

    Shocking as it is, I am not sure if the human sacrifice is more startling than Wikipedia listing evidence for Fard being a white New Zealander.

    • Henry Scrope says:

      “Wallace Fard Muhammad, co-founder of the Nation of Islam in the U.S., believed to be born in New Zealand; Fard Muhammad’s mother Beatrice was a white Englishwoman living in New Zealand, while his father Zared Fard was a Māori of mixed ancestry from modern Pakistan (erstwhile British India).”

      Complex, Larkin may have been right in this case.

      • j says:

        Fard (Farid, Fareed) is a popular Middle Eastern name, meaning “unique”. For me, living in this area, it was obvious from first sight. He may have been a Maronite.

  3. Conrad says:

    One of their own I hope.

  4. ASR says:

    That’s interesting. Black Muslims were responsible for the Zebra Murders in San Francisco. These involved the brutal torture and murder of as many as 75 or so White victims. Children, women, and those perceived as weak, e.g., homosexuals, were the preferred victims. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zebra_murders. I was informed that these murderers were directed by a major figure in the NOI operating out of Chicago, a man prominent enough that the FBI chose not to go after him. I’ve always assumed this man was either Louis Farakahn or a close associate.

  5. Smithie says:

    Reminds me vaguely of the cannibalism subplot in “Lucifer’s Hammer.” (though I assume no cannibalism)

    I wonder if Henry Ford heard of it.

  6. arvidc2013 says:

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  7. Kilo 4/11 says:

    Maybe he was sacrificed, but he voted last Tuesday.

  8. I don’t recall that story from The Autobiography of Malcolm X, no. Probably just forgot to mention it.

  9. swampr says:

    Wallace Fard is an interesting figure. Sounds like he was a con man with too many aliases and stories to know for sure where he came from.

    The early 20th century version of New Age involved pyramids and fez caps and wildly implausible characters who claimed to have gained secret knowledge in the East. Fard fell in with a black group from this milieu where his white but probably mid eastern background gave him cred. They talked about the Age of Aquarius and wore pharaoh headdresses in photos. He lost a power struggle after the founder died but relocated to Detroit and made a fresh start by collecting a following of often illiterate country bumpkins fresh from the South. Who knows if he even knew anything about the Koran.

    The human sacrifice stuff was just a crazy follower going from contemporary news, but it sounds like it kept Fard from enjoying the fruits of his labor L Ron Hubbard style.

  10. ziel says:

    Does anyone have a link to the article that Razib dredged up?

  11. ziel says:

    The abstract concludes “…the author has reconstructed a history which, up until the present, had been almost completely forgotten.” I’d say that 26 years later it remains almost completely forgotten.

    • NumberOneCustomer says:

      what am i missing? I’m seeing (May, 1938) as the published date. Which is exactly why i want to read it.

      • ziel says:

        The article Greg was referring to about Japanese influence on radicalizing blacks in the upper Midwest was from 1994 – see link in my comment above.

        • j says:

          The Japanese carried out much political organization in Asia, and they had some success in Indian nationalist circles. It is interesting that they extended their proselytism to America, although they failed to kidnap the NOI self-help movement. Fard as New Zealander is ludicrous – he was a penniless immigrant peddler. There is no indication he was familiar with the Quran.

  12. NumberOneCustomer says:

    Can i get around paying for something that was published in 1938?

    • saintonge235 says:

      Check your local public library systemS. They frequently enable you to get on JSTOR and download stuff free. I have lots of JSTOR downloads.

      • Henry Scrope says:

        It would be a good thing if our great national libraries were to make available in digital form in various formats every book published more than 50 years ago. What a worthwhile project.

      • M. M. says:


        p. 31: »One of the “most publicized movements attempted in 1933,” The Development of Our Own was initiated “by George Grimes, a city worker, as a legitimate political organization.” “Through Organization, Education and Co-operation and otherwise,” TDOO’s official aim was “to advance the interest of its members along the lines of Cultural, Intellectual, Social, Industrial and Commercial activities and otherwise as deemed necessary by the organization.”” Takahashi, it was said, “became identified with the group and later succeeded in supplanting Grimes, and used the organization to urge Negroes to join with all other colored people -yellow, brown, and black -against all white people.””‘ He collected followers from existing organizations as well. After Nation of Islam members participated in what was reported as a human sacrifice, NOI founder W. D. Fard was instructed by Detroit detectives to leave the city in December 1932. After clandestinely returning to his former residence at the Hotel Traymore, located at the intersection of Jefferson and Woodward near the waterfront, Fard was arrested once again in late May 1933. Given a final warning, he left the Motor City for good. It was around this time, presumably, that a handful of NOI members followed Takahashi into The Development of Our Own.” Although Elijah Muhammad’s principal loyalties lay with the NOI until his own abrupt departure from Detroit in 1934, he, too, seems to have had nothing but kind words for Takahashi.«

  13. McLovin333 says:

    Didn’t the US confiscate all the documents from Japan’s intelligence services? Maybe they got rid of them before the US could take over the country?

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