Farrakhan: Kerry getting 'free ride'

March 1, 2004 at 9:58 AM

CHICAGO, March 1 (UPI) -- Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan says blacks are giving Sen. John Kerry a free ride because they are so disgusted with President George W. Bush.

Farrakhan told the group's annual Saviours' Day meeting that even if Bush is defeated in November "getting John Kerry ... will mean you'll get more of the same."

"Black people are so angry with President Bush that they're willing to give Sen. Kerry a free ride," said the fiery 70-year-old Farrakhan.

Farrakhan indicated a personal preference for New York activist Al Sharpton, the only African-American seeking the Democratic presidential nomination, the Chicago Tribune reported.

Farrakhan talked at length in his three-hour address about the case for slavery reparations from the United States and England.

"If America is unwilling to look at the horror of the trans-Atlantic slave trade and what happened to us as a people, there will never be a chance for good relations between black and white," Farrakhan said.

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