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The NOI's official teachings included references to whites as "blue eyed devils." According to W.D. Fard, NOI founder, whites were created by "a big-headed black scientist named Yakub," Yakub was born near Mecca more than six thousand years ago and created a religion-based science known as "tricknology," or the science of deception. He considered himself God [The Messenger by Karl Evanzz, p. 75; Message to the Blackman by Elijah Muhammad pp. 125-126; See also The Autobiography of Malcolm X, pp. 156-166].The genetic theory was Yakub's discovery that white people had a single gene for pigment (skin color), while blacks had two. Therefore, only blacks could produce white men through systematic interracial mixing over many centuries.