The Nation of Islam (NOI) and its leader, Minister Louis Farrakhan, have not issued a statement following reports that the suspect in a deadly incident in Washington, D.C. on Friday identified himself as a follower of the controversial group.
Noah Green allegedly rammed his car into two police officers near the North Barricade at the Capitol. One officer died as a result of the attack and Green was shot and killed. A second officer was also injured.
On his Facebook page, Green publicly identified himself with NOI and said he was a “Follower of Farrakhan.” Though the social media site has since deleted his page, Newsweek and other news sites captured images of it.
The Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) has designated Nation of Islam as a hate group, highlighting in particular Farrakhan’s frequent use of Anti-Semitic rhetoric.
SPLC describes NOI as having a “bizarre theology of innate black superiority over whites” and “a prominent position in the ranks of organized hate.”
NOI had not issued a statement about Green or the incident at the Capitol on its website at the time of writing.
In fact, the most recent document under the site’s “News & Statements” tab was from December 13, 2020 and dealt with some remarks delivered by Farrakhan.
There are several Twitter accounts associated with NOI, though none have been verified by the social media site. One, @OfficialNOI, which describes itself as the “[o]fficial twitter account of The Nation of Islam” has 60,000 followers.
That account had not posted anything about the Capitol attack at the time of writing. Two related accounts — @LouisFarrakhan and @MosqueMaryam — had also offered no comment on the deadly incident. The former describes itself as Farrakhan’s official Twitter page.
Newsweek has reached out to Mosque Maryam, which is the headquarters for NOI, and the organization itself seeking comment for this article.
There are also several personal Twitter accounts of individuals identifying as part of NOI and followers of Farrakhan. One of these, Fontaine Muhammad, describes himself as a “Student Minister of The Nation Of Islam” and “Proud member of Min Farrakhan’s Twitter, Facebook, & Instagram Army.”
Muhammad’s recent posts point to an upcoming speech by Farrakhan due to be delivered Saturday at 10am E.T. Farrakhan will address the Nubian Leadership Circle, a self-described “alliance of Afrikan/Black national organizations and leaders.” The event is confirmed by the group’s Facebook page. Whether Farrakhan will use the opportunity to address the Capitol attack remains to be seen.
Green explained his support for Farrakhan on Facebook, writing: “My faith is one of the only things that has been able to carry me through these times and my faith is centered on the belief on the Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan as Jesus, the Messiah, the final divine reminder in our midst.”
Farrakhan has long been a prominent and controversial figure in the U.S. He has played a major role in the Black nationalism movement and also organized the famous 1995 Million Man March on Washington, D.C.