Jewish Journal


June 30, 2010

Farrakhan blames the Jews—again


I’ve mentioned before that when I learned Rodney King was my neighbor in Rialto and wanted to write a story about him, my editor advised me to just wait until King got into trouble again. It was only a matter of time.

The same could be said about any one wanting to write about that relic Louis Farrakhan, whose only relevance in at least a decade was tainting the 2008 president election. Farrakhan can be counted on for the occassional anti-Semitic outburst. Like this one:

Minister Louis Farrakhan in a letter addressed to U.S. Jewish organizations accused Jews of hurting blacks and called for dialogue to “repair” the damage.

The Nation of Islam leader sent the letter, as well as a two-volume copy of “The Secret Relationship Between Blacks and Jews” by the Nation of Islam Historical Research Team, which he said proves “an undeniable record of Jewish Anti-Black behavior,” the Associated Press reported Tuesday.

“We could charge you with being the most deceitful so-called friend, while your history with us shows you have been our worst enemy,” he reportedly wrote in the letter, dated June 24. In the past, Farrakhan has called Judaism a “gutter religion.”

The letter was sent to several Jewish organizations, including the Anti-Defamation League, American Israel Public Affairs Committee, the American Jewish Committee, and the Orthodox and Reform movements, according to the AP.

Farrakhan called for dialogue with Jewish groups and their supporters.

I love that last line. The irony is subtle, but I hope the reporter intended it. Farrakhan is essentially reminding the Jewish community that he thinks they are a bunch of snakes—but can’t we all just get along.

As a reminder, the Rev. Eric Lee created quite the dust-up for a saying a lot less.

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