Organizers of the Women’s March are facing controversy after they were linked to anti-Semitic statements from Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan.
As Tablet Magazine’s senior writer Yair Rosenberg demonstrated in a Twitter thread stretching from late last month to earlier this week, Farrakhan is undoubtedly a run-of-the-mill Jew hater. In a speech last month, Farrakhan claimed that “Jews have control over those agencies of government.” He blamed Jews for “degenerate behavior in Hollywood turning men into women and women into men” and referred to Jews as “the mother and father of apartheid.” Farrakhan even claimed that Jews were working with the United States government to manipulate marijuana strains in order to feminize African-American men.
Nor, as Rosenberg noted, were these Farrakhan’s first forays into anti-Semitism. Some of his other choice comments have been to denounce the “synagogue of Satan,” accusing Jews of controlling the media and the banks and citing the story of Jesus Christ as an example of the “real problem with the Jewish community.”
Cornell William Brooks, the president of the NAACP, took to Twitter to denounce Farrakhan’s comments.
Watching this video of Jews being ethno-slimed, I think about walking around cloaked in somebody’s fear of me as a N-word. The pseudo fears of bigots can make you feel the need to bathe your soul—w/ a soap that cleanses the filth of their stereotypes. #Antisemitism is WRONG. https://t.co/y1LCnbb9rf
— Cornell Wm. Brooks (@CornellWBrooks) March 8, 2018