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Anti-Semitism, the prejudice against Jews, has largely been tied to sources on the Right, particularly white supremacists. However, it’s often ignored on the Left, yet time and again, we see anti-Semitic rhetoric rear its ugly head. In recent years, founders of the Women’s March or members of the so-called Squad have been dogged by accusations of anti-Semitism over their views on Israel. However, in 2020, on the issue of racial inequality, we’ve seen anti-Semitic rhetoric come from prominent Black public figures like Ice Cube, Nick Cannon, and DeSean Jackson. The common theme? Virtually all of them either praise or cite the talking points of Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan. My guest today is Dr. Jason Nichols, he’s a professor and senior lecturer at the University of Maryland. On today’s show, we’re going to discuss the relationship between the Black and Jewish communities, how Louis Farrakhan and the Nation of Islam fit into it, and why there’s been a rise in hostility between the two sides.
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