Nation of Islam Minister Louis Farrakhan is only the most recent Black leader to be slandered by the Jewish charge of “anti-Semitism.”
In fact, from early in the last century until the present day, every major Black leader at some point in his or her public life has been tagged with the Jewish scarlet letter “A” for “anti-Semite.”
The list of respected Blacks who have been victimized by the “black anti-Semite” label spans the religious and political spectra, from organizations to individuals, from politicians to entertainers. The roster of “black anti-Semites” includes such eminent figures as Booker T. Washington, W.E.B. Du Bois, Marcus M. Garvey, the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Malcolm X, and The Most Honorable Elijah Muhammad, as well as President Nelson Mandela and Bishop Desmond Tutu of South Africa. Other Black figures targeted by Jewish slanderers include Julian Bond, Kwame Ture (Stokely Carmichael), Andrew Young, Kweisi Mfume, and the Reverends Al Sharpton, Jesse Jackson, and Joseph Lowery.
Whole organizations have been so branded, including the Student Non-violent Coordinating Committee (SNCC), the Black Panthers, the Universal Negro Improvement Association (Garvey’s movement), and the Nation of Islam. The spiritual leader of the independence movement in India, and the model for the American civil rights movement, Mohandas K. Gandhi, was labeled an “anti-Semite” for his advocacy of Palestinian rights. Learned Black scholars like John Hope Franklin, J.A. Rogers, James Baldwin, Richard Wright, and even Julius Lester and Alice Walker have all been castigated as “black anti-Semites.” Black entertainers like the late Michael Jackson, film director Spike Lee, rapper Ice Cube, Arsenio Hall, Muhammad Ali, Public Enemy, and even Oprah Winfrey, if we are to believe some Jewish spokespeople, are all “black anti-Semites.” As was every one of the 2.2 million Black men attending the 1995 Million Man March, as well as those attending the 2000 Million Family March—babies and all!
Even white presidents Harry S. Truman, John F. Kennedy, Richard M. Nixon, Jimmy Carter, Gerald Ford, and George H.W. Bush have faced the charge of “anti-Semitism” for their statements or policies some Jews found objectionable. Within days of his 2009 inauguration, the first Black president of the United States of America, Barack Obama, was declared an “Anti-Semitic Jew-Hater” and caricatured on Israeli posters wearing the traditional Arab keffiyeh (headdress). A campaign in 2010 to impeach President Obama collects petition signatures at suburban Jewish supermarkets, using the same defamatory images.
—Excerpted from The Secret Relationship Between Blacks and Jews, Vol. 2