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Subject: [05/17] 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

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Last-Modified: 1995/09/28

                    A Look Back

A sign of BAHC's unequivocal endorsement of demagoguery can
also be found in its list of speakers for the annual Black
African Holocaust Conference. The group has billed its
conference "the most historic session of its kind," and has
described the lineup of lecturers as "greats." Among the
groups officially sponsoring the conference each year has been
the Nation of Islam.

At the group';s inaugural conference in Novermber of 1991,
then NOI National Assistant Khalid Muhammad served as keynote
speaker, according to an article in the _Amsterdam News_.
"This African Holocaust is a helluva cost we have had to
pay... and the Jews have played a prominent role in our
demise," Muhammad shouted, uttering statements that have since
become his standard routine. "The Jews lost six million
people; we lost more than 200 million people in the middle
passage alone."

Other presentations at the conference carried similar
indictments of whites and Jews. Black activist attorney Alton
Masddox told his audience that the United States government is
privately owned.

NOI East Coast Representative Don Muhammad introduced BAHC
members to the newly released book, _The Secret Relationship
Between Blacks and Jews_. Written by NOI's Historical Research
Department, it falsely argues that Jews owned Black African
slaves "disproportionately more than any other ethnic or
religious group."[1]

A lecture titled, "AIDS: U.S. Government's Germ Warfare At Its
Best," was later delivered by Jack Felder. Felder has accused
an American scientist of creating the AIDS virus, and has
claimed that the U.S. government is involved in an experiment
to kill tens of millions of Africans around the world by
inoculating them with AIDS. "This government has no qualms
about killing people....Their policies deal with destruction,"
Felder told a Philadelphia audience of over 500, according to
an April 8, 1992, report in the _Philadelphia New Observer_.

Additional speakers at the inaugural conference included City
College of New York (CCNY) professor Leonard Jeffries.
Jeffires, chairperson of CCNY's Black Studies Department,
argued in a July 1991 lecture that "rich Jews" controlled the
colonial slave trade, and that "Russian Jewry had a
particularl control over the movies, and their financial
partners, the Mafia, put together a financial system of
destruction of Black people." Jeffries later referred to this
lecture as "the greatest speech since the Gettysburg address."
In the spring of 1991, Jeffries told a group of New Jersey
students that he was "sick and tired of having the damn Jews
showing the Holocaust down our throats." Jeffries has also
been featured by BAHC as a speaker for the group's Friday
Night Lecture Series, held at the When Worlds Collide Center
of the Arts in Brooklyn, New York.

An additional BAHC Friday Night Lecture Series guest, speaking
on February 4, 1994, was Wellesley College Professor Tony
Martin. Martin took the opportunity to introduce his
newly-published book, _The Jewish Onslaught_, and to autograph
copies for BAHC members. The book, intended by Martin to be a
personal account of the reaction at Wellesley to his assigning
of NOI's _The Secret Relationship_, and his defense of it in
the classroom as "historically accurate," is a rehashing of
anti-Semitic canards and antiquated conspiracy theories.
"Anti-Semitism," Martin wrote in one section, "once presumably
the anguished cry of an oppressed people, has become, for the
privileged and powerful U.S. Jewish leadership... a bludgeon
to subdue dissent, stifle discussion, deprive African
Americans of a living and perpetuate historical lies."
(Anti-Defamation League, 5-6)

1. See also the 1993 ADL publication, "Jew Hatred as History:
An Analysis of the Nation of Islam's 'The Secret Relationship
Between Blacks and Jews.'"

                     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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