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Farrakhan voted BET 2005 Person of the Year. This is why it is necessary to have a conference on homophobia in the black community.

If this anti-Semitic homophobe can be held up as a model of what the best the black community has to offer in terms of leadership, it’s a sad state of affairs indeed.

“An overwhelming percentage of our users agreed that Minister Farrakhan made the most positive impact on the Black community over the past year and chose him as the person most worthy to receive the honor of BET.com’s 2005 Person of the Year,” said Retha Hill, BET.com’s vice president for Content.

They agreed that he has done what no other Black leader has: “mobilize hundreds of thousands of Blacks around the issues of atonement and empowerment, and to convince the masses of our people that we must be the primary catalysts and engines for positive change in our communities,” she said.

Yes, the positive change and empowerment just doesn’t apply to the black LGBT community.

Naming Farrakhan is particularly offensive when some of the other nominees were Oprah Winfrey, Senator Barack Obama, Robert L. Johnson (the father of BET) and the victims of Hurricane Katrina.

Farrakhan, you may recall, chose as his head co-organizer of the Millions More March, the esteemed Rev. Willie Wilson, who was responsible for banning National Black Justice Coalition’s Keith Boykin from the stage at the event. That says it all, doesn’t it?

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