• MJAC Staff

Detroit Rolls Out the Red Carpet for Anti-Semitic Hate Group, by Alex VanNess


Well, another Nation of Islam's Savior's Day has come and gone from the city of Detroit. And the city was thrilled to welcome them.

If you couldn't make this event, here is a lovely Free Press photo gallery showing some of what you missed.

From a Free Press article leading up to the big event:

Rabbi Asher Lopatin, the executive director of the Jewish Community Relations Council of metro Detroit-American Jewish Committee, said in a statement: “Minister Farrakhan’s hateful speech towards Jews and others is not just immoral, it is damaging to our country and our community. Sadly, we are in a time when Jews, African Americans, Muslims and other minorities are threatened by the scourge of hate, and where partisanship and division present a real threat to America.
"We cannot brush aside Minister Farrakhan’s words over the decades denigrating the Jewish people and spewing venom against them. Rather, the Jewish community is committed to working in partnership and alliance with the African American, Muslim, Latinx and other communities to counter with love, respect and honesty. ..."

When it comes to prominent Jew haters like Farrakhan though, a moral equivalence has to be established.

But outside of Detroit and black communities, Farrakhan and the Chicago-based group he has led for more than 40 years have a controversial reputation. The Anti-Defamation League and Southern Poverty Law Center accuse the Nation of Islam of promoting hatred and anti-Semitism. The Jewish Community Council of metro Detroit expressed concern about Farrakhan's latest visit to Michigan.

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Farrakhan and the Nation are seen differently in pockets of Detroit, where the group has been active for decades promoting self-sufficiency within the black community. In a city that is about 80% black, many in Detroit are receptive, or at least curious, about the Nation's message of black nationalism, self-help and pride. The Nation of Islam has renewed their push for blacks to increase the purchase of land, start businesses, and grow without the help of others.

So it's ok to spread antisemitism. All you have to do is promote self-sufficiency within a non-Jewish community - that and teach them about the "synagogue of Satan" and that Jews are termites.

Alex VanNess has a more to say over at Clarion Project:

Farrakhan regularly calls Jews “satanic” and claims they “control everything and mostly everybody.” In a sermon, he compared Jews to termites and called his Jewish critics “stupid.”
Other NOI leaders have praised Farrakhan and expressed multiple conspiracy theories, describing Jews as “wicked,” “lying” and “arrogant” people.
This extensive bigotry permeating NOI did not stop the City of Detroit from rolling out the red carpet for the vial hate group.

VanNess doesn't mince words and thankfully offers no moral equivalence just because others might see the Judeophobic Farrakhan and NOI in a positive light.

There's more, at Clarion Project and at the Free Press.

Did any of our local Jewish organizations condemn Detroit city officials for their warm welcome of a bigot? I hadn't heard anything, but if I missed something, please let everyone know in the comment section.


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