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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  1. Henry Castaigne Member

    Which mainstream American on either the left or right has said that black lives don’t matter? Seriously, who has professes this nonsense? The grievance of Dr. Jason Nichols is sadly emblematic of his degree.

    Moreover, capitalism is not related to slavery. You can have slaves in a quasi-capitalist system but Adam Smith himself would argue that slavery is not conducive to capitalism.

    Furthermore, when he mentioned that America failed various black gangsters and drug dealers, is it also true that when black-Americans succeed America proved itself to them? When exactly is America to blame and when should you credit it with promoting success?

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  2. Eugene Kriegsmann Member

    I have tried to listen to Siraj’s podcast, but repeatedly have been disappointed with the content. This one was no different. Anti-semitism is nothing new in the Black community. When I started teaching in Bedford-Stuyvesant in 1967 I got a pretty clear view of exactly what it was like in the benighted community. The anti-semitic comments I heard from elementary school kids in my class did not come from any experience that they had personally lived through at the hands of Jews. Most couldn’t tell a Jew from a hole in the ground. They were merely repeating things that they had heard in their home and neighborhood.

    One of the less discussed causes of the Ocean-Hill Brownsville uprising that led to the 10 week teachers’ strike that paralyzed New York City Schools was the firing of nearly the entire staff of Intermediate School 271 and the associated elementary schools, most of whom were Jews. The simple fact was that very few Black teachers wanted to teach in that awful environment. However, the decentralized district wanted the Jews out and Black teachers in. Where they would find sufficient numbers to fill those positions was never ascertained, and, eventually, those of the original staff who wanted back got their positions back.

    Through the years I taught in Seattle my experience with Black anti-semitism was pretty much the same. Again, kids who couldn’t tell you what a Jew was were all too willing to spout an endless barrage of epithets about Jews.

    Before I left New York the Harlem on My Mind exhibit was shown at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in 1968. The book that was written to accompany the exhibit contained blatantly anti-semitic memes, listing the alleged crimes of Jews against the Black community of Harlem and its long history. To pretend that this is something new is totally disingenuous. This is an old story. It may have been less visible in days when Black voices weren’t heard as often as they are today, but it is nothing new.

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    • August 1, 2020, at 9:01 AM PDT
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