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Subject: [03/17] Uncommon Ground: Black-African Holocaust Council
Summary: The ADL's 1994 report, "Uncommon Ground: The Black
         African Holocaust Council and Other Links Between Black and
         White Extremists

Archive/File: pub/orgs/american/adl/uncommon-ground/bahc-background
Last-Modified: 1995/11/29

                The Group's Background

The Black African Holocaust Council (BAHC), established in
1991, and based in Brooklyn, New York, is a militant Black
separatist organization that, in its own words, aims to
"elevate the consciousness of Black people." Each year, on the
first weekend in November, the Council holds what it calls the
"Black African Holocaust Conference" in honor of ancestors who
were victims of the slave trade. The group also holds monthly
membership meetings and features a weekly Friday Night Lecture
Series by which it intends "to alert and subsequently prepare
a community under siege." Attendance at these gatherings, as
well as membership in general, is restricted to African
Americans and Native Americans.

The group is led by Eric Muhammad, a Nation of Islam (NOI)
member and a personal aide to former NOI National Assistant
Khalid Abdul Muhammad. (In fact, a recent profile of Khalid
Muhammad in the _Village Voice_ said Eric Muhammad is "as
close to Khalid as Al Cowlings is to O.J. Simpson.") Eric
Muhammad has denied that his group is officially connected
with NOI, but evidence suggests a close association between
the two groups.

For instance, the Brooklyn, New York, post office box number
BAHC provides as its address is identical to the official
address furnished by _Blacks and Jews News_, a quarterly put
out by NOI's "Historical Research Department," in its Winter
1991 issue. Furthermore, in November of 1991, this Brooklyn
address also appeared in a New York City Black weekly, _The
City Sun_, in an advertisement for NOI's book, _The Secret
Relationship Between Blacks and Jews_. The address was
provided to readers interested in purchasing the volume, along
with advice to contact Eric Muhammad "for interviews and
public forum information."

In an April 1994 interview with the weekly Anglo-Jewish
_Forward_, Muhammad bluntly described the public role he
envisions for BAHC. The Black community, he claimed, is "in
the midst of a holocaust," and BAHC has "problems with the
fact that the Jewish holocaust is shoved down our throats." To
address this "problem," the group organizes regular meetings
and study groups for members of the black community that
strive to "accentuate our suffering" and instill within
attendees a strong sense of victimization. It is difficult,
however, to estimate the extent to which the Council has
actually made its presence felt in the black community. While
some of its lectures, featuring well-known figures like Khalid
Muhammad, have attracted hundreds of people, a recent weekly
membership meeting led by Eric Muhammad had an attendance of
no more than 12. (Anti-Defamation League, 3-4)

                     Work Cited

Anti-Defamation League. Uncommon Ground: The Black African
Holocaust Council and Other Links Between Black and White
Extremists. New York: Anti-Defamation League, 1994


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