Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Farrakhan: "an undeniable record of Jewish anti-black behavior"

Russ Stewart tackles a number of issues from his July 7th column which talks about the Cook County assessor race, Scott Cohen's independent run for Governor, the issue of gun control in Chicago, and Blago's corruption trial. Here's what he said about that apparent quote from Louis Farrakhan the leader of the Nation of Islam:
There is "an undeniable record of Jewish anti-black behavior," said Nation of Islam Minister Louis Farrakhan, who has long supported a Palestinian state. Farrakhan demands "repair of my people from the damage," which presumably means monetary reparations.

America has the world's largest Jewish population, approximately 5.7 million, which exceeds Israel's population of 4.7 million. According to the 2000 census, there were about 1,970,000 Jews in the New York area, 265,000 around Chicago, 630,000 around Los Angeles and 355,000 in the Miami-Fort Lauderdale area. Jews are about 2 percent of the total U.S. voter pool, or roughly 3 million.

The Jewish vote has been rock-ribbed Democratic for almost a century. Republican Dwight Eisenhower got 40 percent of the Jewish vote in 1956, and Ronald Reagan got 36 percent in 1984, but Bill Clinton won 80 percent, Al Gore got 79 percent and John Kerry got 76 percent, and in the 2008 election, 75 percent of Jewish voters supported Barack Obama over John McCain.

Despite the fact that the median income of a Jewish household is $53,300, much higher than the $39,500 average of the U.S. population, Jews tend to vote their culture over their economic status. They are suspicious of concentrated power, sympathetic toward disadvantaged minorities -- which they perceive they once were -- and supportive of government attempts to redistribute wealth.

Alcee Hastings, a black Democratic congressman from Florida, observed that there is a "nexus between Jews and blacks by virtue of the Holocaust and by virtue of slavery which, independent of each other, were horrible events" and which created a bond.

So where is Farrakhan's "anti-black behavior?" African Americans should vocally repudiate this pernicious lie.
There is a segment who would probably listen to this and believe the statement than to repudiate it as a lie. I almost wonder where these ideas come from.

Perhaps if you believe the very first paragraph, this could be based on Farrakhan's support for a Palestinian state. It seems at times that support for a Palestinian state also means the destruction of Israel.

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