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Subject: [08/17] 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: 1995/10/02

              Khalid Muhammad's Message

Holocaust-disparaging statements were already a familiar
segment of Khalid Muhammad's routine well before BAHC was
established. In 1981, serving as NOI's Los Angeles Minister,
and using the name Maleek Rashadden, he told an audience at
Los Angeles Valley College:

   The Jew was controlling. The Jew was influencing. The
   Jew was manipulating, while the Germans had their chest
   stuck out. So Hitler, another devil, rose up and started
   trying to crush the Jewish influence and power that had
   grown up right in the midst of his people in Germany.
   ...eventually...killing millions of his white brothers,
   who are called Jews today.

As noted earlier, Muhammad brought similarly offensive
rhetoric to BAHC's inaugural Black African Holocaust
Conference. Taking the podium as the even't keynote speaker,
Muhammad captured key elements of the Council's ideology, and
set the tone for future BAHC gatherings. "The Jews lost six
million people, we lost more than 200 million during the
Middle Passage alone," he declared, according to the
_Amsterdam News_. "This was the worst crime committed in the
annals of history." He then complained, "Nobody wants to talk
about what the Jews did, they are always talking about what
Hitler did to the Jews, but what did the Jews do to Hitler?"

A virtually identical message was aired by Muhammad at a
speech at New Jersey's Kean College on November 29, 1993.
Wishing to expose his rhetoric to the public, ADL published
excerpts of Muhammad's talk at Kean in an advertisement in
_The New York Times_. Among a plethora of anti-Jewish,
anti-Catholic, anti-Arab, racist, homophobic and misogynist
comments, Muhammad argued at Kean:

   Everybody always talks about Hitler exterminating
   six million Jews... But don't nobody ever ask what did
   they do to Hitler?...They went in there, in Germany, the
   way they do everywhere they go, and they supplanted, they
   usurped, they turned around and a German, in his own
   country, would almost have to go to a Jew to get money.
   They had undermined the very fabric of the society. Now
   he was an arrogant, no-good, devil, bastard, Hitler, no
   doubt about it. He was wickedly great.... But they are
   wickedly great, too, brother.

At Howard University on April 19. 1994, Muhammad further
belittled the devastation of the Holocaust and ridiculed its
survivors. "You make me sick -- always got some old crinkly
wrinkled cracker that you bring up, talking about, 'this is
one of the Holocaust victims.' Goddamn it! I'm looking at a
whole audience full of Holocaust victims," Muhammad told his
audience of 2,000. Continuing, he said that the "Holocaust
lasted 10 years; ours lasted 500. How can you compare, buddy?
You are so arrogant."

The line-up of speakers at Howard also included other
individuals whose rhetoric has been embraced by BAHC, most
notably, Professor Leonard Jeffries and Professor Tony Martin.
In Jeffries' speech, after describing the enslavement of
Africans as "the most devasting holocaust ever conceived in
the mind," he dismissed the extermination of six million Jews
as irrelevant. "That which occurred in Europe, the European
Nazi Holocaust of the European Jew has to do with white on
white crime," Jeffries said. "It has nothing to do with
African people, Asian people, Native American people." In his
own speech about the "Black Holocaust," Professor Martin
minimized the misdeeds of Africans who sold fellow blacks into
slavery. Then, echoing an erroneous charge that has been
leveled by Louis Farrakhan, among others, Martin argued that
the behavior of these Africans was no worse than that of
Zionist Jews who, he alleged, collaborated with the Nazis
during World War II. (Anti-Defamation League, 8-9)

                     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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