Hidden photo of Obama and Farrakhan released in new book

HAZEL TRICE EDNEY TriceEdneyWire.com | 1/25/2018, 9:45 a.m.
It was during a mid-2005 Congressional Black Caucus meeting on Capitol Hill that award-winning journalist Askia Muhammad captured one of ...
Min. Louis Farrakhan with son Mustapha speaking in Harlem last week. Photo by Bill Moore

She questioned what the release of the photo will mean “even now because there’s so many conspiracy theories still floating.”

Obama, who is a Christian, has constantly been the target of bigoted attacks, Nunnally pointed out. When a woman called him an Arab during a public forum, even his opponent, Sen. John McCain, retrieved the microphone and corrected her, saying, “No ma’am. He’s a decent family man.”

Nunnally also recalled how former Secretary of State Colin Powell once weighed in against negative stereotyping of Muslims saying, “He’s a Christian ... But the really right answer is, what if he is a Muslim?”

Nunnally concluded, “There are many, many, many layers of what that picture can represent to people in their various perceptions. So, I say this to mean that I can see that the release of that photo in that given moment, it would have been highly controversial.”

Also, pictured in the photo are Farrakhan’s son-in-law, Leonard Farrakhan Muhammad; his son and security chief, Mustapha Farrakhan; Minister Farrakhan’s son Joshua Farrakhan; and the Rev. Willie Wilson, executive producer of the program for Farrakhan’s Million Man March in 1995 and a chairman of the 20th anniversary march.

In an interview, Wilson says he doesn’t recall the photo and didn’t know he was in it. But hearing the description, he also was certain it could have hurt Obama’s campaign.

“I’m sure it would,” Wilson said. “Given all of the furor related to the sermon that his pastor, Jeremiah Wright did, I’m sure that it would more than likely have had a tremendous effect on his candidacy.”

Wilson says Farrakhan is so controversial because, “he speaks truth and this is a country that has in so many ways attempted to cover up the realities of its wrong doings of which Minister Farrakhan is quite vocal in bringing to light.”

The book tells of other notables who knew about the photograph and never divulged it. In addition to narratives of pivotal moments of his life, the autobiography is also a book of Muhammad’s poetry.

Columnist and political observer A. Peter Bailey, anticipating the book release, said he believes the photo would have created controversy for Obama, but could not have caused him to lose the election or his re-election because of the groundswell of Black voter support for him.

“It could have done some damage,” Bailey said. “But nothing could have stopped the election because Black support would have countered it.”