Stephanie Miner, the Democratic Mayor of Syracuse, N.Y., appointed Mark D. Muhammad to the Syracuse city school board last week.
Muhammad is a minister in the Nation of Islam — a very wealthy, U.S.-based religious organization that mixes the tenets of Islam with notorious notions of black supremacy. The current leader of the Nation of Islam is Louis Farrakhan.
Muhammad, 54, will serve the remainder of the term to which commissioner Bill Bullen was elected until the next election in November, reports The Post-Standard. (Bullen is leaving town.)
In addition to his role as a Nation of Islam minister, Muhammad is an adjunct professor at Syracuse University and an assistant communications professor at Onondaga Community College (also in Syracuse).
“Mark is a positive influence on our community and has been for many years,” Miner said in a statement obtained by the Post-Standard. “I am confident he will go on to do good work for the children and families of the school district.”
Muhammad, who has a Master’s degree in speech communication from Syracuse and an undergraduate degree from Cornell University, said he is eager to begin his school board duties.
“I am honored to serve the citizens of the city of Syracuse in this role and look forward to working with others who are dedicated to improving achievement for all students,” he said.
In late November 2014, Nation of Islam leader Farrakhan was the keynote speaker at a conference on slavery reparations for black Americans. The Nov. 22 conference, called the 2nd Annual Black United Summit International, occurred on the campus of taxpayer-funded Morgan State University.
Farrakhan’s keynote rant lasted over two hours. He urged retaliation for the Aug. 9 death of Michael Brown, a black man, at the hands of a white police officer. (RELATED: Louis Farrakhan Urged ‘Retaliation’ For Michael Brown A Month Before Ismaaiyl Abdullah Brinsley Executed NYPD Cops)
“As long as they kill us and go to Wendy’s and have a burger and go to sleep, they’ll keep killing us,” the Nation of Islam leader fumed. “But when we die and they die, then soon we’re going to sit at a table and talk about it! We’re tired! We want some of this earth or we’ll tear this goddamn country up!”
The conference theme was “Re-Claim, Re-Pair, Re-Form, Re-Produce — REPARATIONS Now!”
Farrakhan, born Louis Eugene Wolcott and the son of two Caribbean immigrants, began his career not as a religious leader but as a calypso singer who used the name “The Charmer” (among others).
Though Farrakhan wasn’t a very successful musician, he has found a very lucrative career in radical, repugnant anti-Semitic politics.
“Some of you think that I’m just somebody who’s got something out for the Jewish people,” he said in a 2011 gem. “You’re stupid. Do you think I would waste my time if I did not think it was important for you to know Satan? My job is to pull the cover off of Satan so that he will never deceive you and the people of the world again.”
Back in 1984, Farrakhan described Adolf Hitler as “a very great man.”
The Jewish population in Syracuse is about 0.9 percent, according to Sperling’s Best Places.
The population of Muslims is about 1.4 percent.