The minister of hate | Opinion | – Jewish News of Greater Phoenix

Posted: June 24, 2020 at 6:49 am

For more than 30 years, charismatic Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan has spewed hatred and vitriol against Jews, white people and the LGBTQ community. And while he appears to be an equal opportunity hater, there is clearly a special place in his arsenal of blasphemy reserved for the Jewish people. According to Farrakhan, Jews were responsible for promoting the slave trade; conspire to control the government, Hollywood and the media; represent a gutter religion that is Satanic, and falsely claim a connection to the Holy Land.

Yet, even now, with there being little question of how offensive his views, Farrakhan still has people saying, Sure hes an anti-Semite, but Sort of like the tone deaf observation that There are good people on both sides.

Given Farrakhans ignoble history of hate, we find it puzzling that there are still people who turn to him for inspiration either willing to ignore or simply unaware of the truly vicious things hes said and continues to say in public addresses.

A recent case in point involved Jewish comic Chelsea Handler, who in support of the wholly justified outrage about the murder of George Floyd, posted on Instagram a clip of a Farrakhan TV appearance, in which he railed about the effect of white supremacy on African Americans. Handler claimed, I learned a lot from watching this powerful video. And several surprisingly recognizable Hollywood personalities liked her post.

Predictably, a backlash followed. But not just from the Jewish termites vilified by Farrakhan, or from the Jews he accused of inventing anal sex and promoting pedophilia. Handler removed the post, but not before observing that perhaps Farrakhans anti-Semitic views took form during his own oppression. We know now that oppression of one race leads to an oppression of all races. While we doubt that Handler was seeking to excuse Farrakhans intolerance, bigotry and hatred, her response leaves us wondering. And it begs the question of why Handler couldnt have found a better source to support her promotion of racial justice and equality.

Farrakhan has had decades to reconsider his views and to acknowledge that Jews, gays and white people are deserving of respect. But he has never apologized for his intemperate remarks, and doubles down on the effort when given the chance. Thats why the close association between Farrakhan and former Womens March leader Tamika Mallory and Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.) set off alarm bells. If the man himself refuses to change, his allies are likely just as obdurate. Like rapper Ice Cube, who tweeted last week in defense of Farrakhan, Why is the truth so offensive that you cant stand to hear it?

Even as we seek to connect with and support our brothers and sisters in the African American community, Louis Farrakhan is a bridge too far. Anyone who tries to deny that, or who seeks to justify Farrakhans bile, is nothing short of an apologist for hatred, bigotry and indecency. JN

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