The Nizkor Project: Remembering the Holocaust (Shoah)

Shofar FTP Archive File: orgs/american/adl/uncommon-ground/robert-brock

Newsgroups: alt.conspiracy,alt.politics.white-power,soc.culture.african.american,alt.revisionism
Subject: [11/17] 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/robert-brock
Last-Modified: 1995/10/09

                    Robert Brock

Khalid Muhammad at Howard also credited, among others, "our
great elder," one Robert Brock. Brock, 68, an African-American
activist, has in fact been known exclusively as an associate
of right-wing extremist and white supremacist groups, His
stature as Khalid Muhammad's "elder" further confirms the
symbiotic relationship between white and Black anti-Semites;
examining Brock's career, therefore, provides insight into the
ideological and, at times, organizational links between those
ostensibly opposed worldviews.

Brock came to prominence in the white supremacist movement
during the 1980s as an advocate of the "Pace Amendment," a
racist document that called for the repatriation of all
"non-Whites" (including Hispanics, Arabs, and Jews) from the
United States. A member of the far-right Populist Party and a
Liberty Lobby Board of Policy Member -- both groups were
founded by longtime anti-Semite Willis Carto, who also
established the IHR -- Brock has appeared on Liberty Lobby
radio programs, and has written in the Liberty Lobby tabloid
_The Spotlight_ calling for the repeal of the Fourteenth
Amendment to the Constitution.[6]

Brock has also become active in the Holocaust denial movement,
founding a group called "United for Holocaust Fairness."
Brock's group, like NOI, has referred to slavery as "the
African Slave Trade Holocaust," and attracted attention in
September 1993 when its propaganda was distributed at New York
State Mental Health Department officers during a conference
sponsored by "Afrikans [sic] United for Sanity Now!" Brock has
since taken to picketing the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum
regularly with a handful of followers he has named "America's
Rainbow Truth Squad." This effort has received coverage and
encouragement from _The Spotlight_.

Indeed, in June 1994, Brock mailed an appeal from "the
Cosmopolitan Brotherhood Association, one of Black America's
longest continuously functioning educational, self-help and
self-determination forums" (the format and rhetoric of the
mailing, however, were virtually identical to previous
mailings prepared by Liberty Lobby) to readers of _The
Spotlight_. The mailing solicited funds to subsidize Brock's
Holocaust-denial campaign in the African-American community,
and stated "Your support .... is an ideal way to tell the
professional Holocaust propagandists just what you think of
their nonsense. (The can't stand White Nationalists and Black
Nationalists working together! It's the one thing they fear

The mailing echoed and expanded on Khalid Murhammad's
belittling comparisons of the Holocaust with the African slave
trade, stating, "If there's anything I am certain of, it's
this: the Black slave trade lasted for several hundred years
-- far longer than the 'Holocaust' in Europe -- and _far more
than six million Blacks died on the Atlantic crossing and
under slavery_ (emphasis in original).

"Also: what about the myriad other groups that have
experienced a Holocaust?... Why no Holocaust museum for these
victims?..." Brock proceeded to compare the Nazi genocide to,
among others, the Branch Davidian shoot-out in Waco, Texas,
the German civilians killed by Allied bombing during WWII, and
the Palestinians "butchered by the Israeli government -- _a
regime that can only survive by harping about 'The Holocaust'
to milk the American working people of their hard-earned
dollars_" (emphasis in original).

Meanwhile, Brock has contined to affiliate himself with the
fringes of the radical right and white supremacist underworld.
For example, he attended the August 1994 "Jubilation
Celebration and Conference" sponsored by the California
"Christian Identity" publication, _The Jubilee_.[7] The
pseudo-religious "Identity" doctrine -- which proclaims that
Jews are "the synagogue of Satan," that Blacks and other
people of color are sub-human, and that Northern European and
American whites are the "chosen people" of scriptural prophecy
-- has provided biblical justifications for many of the
leading racist hatemongers and terrorists of the past several
decades, including The Order, the Aryan Nations, the Posse
Comitatus, and numbeous KKK factions. Among the people sharing
the poduim with Brock at this event was California State
Senator Don Rogers, radical tax-protestor "Red" Beckman, and
former Klan leader and Aryan Nations recruiter Louis Beam.[8]

Brock additionally wrote an article in the June 20, 1994,
issue of _The Spotlight_, praising the book, _A Populist
Bibliography_, written by former National States Rights Party
and Ku Klux Klan spokesman Robert Weems. (Weems, also, is an
"Identity" adherent.) Among his most illuminating comments,
Brock writes, "there may be more in common between David Duke
and Louis Farrakhan, for example, than there might be between
Duke and a self-styled conservative such as William F.
Buckley, Jr." Brock also praises Weems by noting, "Those who
want information on the facts about the international
conspiracy will find Bob Weems' book a thoughtful and
analytical guide, a key to the 'best' and most informative
works on the subject."

Prior to Khalid Muhammad's passing tribute, Brock achieved his
greatest notoriety by sponsoring a February 1, 1992,
conference in Los Angeles billed as discussing "Holocaust
Studies and the First Amendment." The purpose of the
conference was to bring Holocaust deniers such as IHR editor
Mark Weber and German American National Political Action
Committee Chairman Hans Schmidt together with African-American
activists. Though Brock announced over a dozen speakers and
predicted to the _Los Angeles Times_ an audience of more than
500, the _Jerusalem Post_ reported that only three speakers,
Brock included, appeared before an audience of 13.
Interestingly, the most famous announced participant, who
pulled out of the conference prior to February 1, was Black
African Holocaust Council lecturer Leonard Jeffries.[9]
(Anti-Defamation League, 11-13)


6. Though in recent years Willis Carto has lost control over
both the Populist Party -- which in 1988, still directed by
Carto, had run David Duke as its presidential candidate -- and
IHR, Liberty Lobby remains his primary propaganda vehicle, and
one of the most active anti-Jewish organizations in the
country. Its tabloid, _The Spotlight_, has an estimated
circulation of 100,000, and its radio programs, "Radio Free
America" and "Editor's Roundtable," are broadcast in several
markets across the country. With respect to the organization's
bigotry, a 1988 U.S. Court of Appelas decision, written in
response to a libel suit brought against _The Wall Street
Journal" after the paper had described Liberty Lobby as
"anti-Semitic," states: "if the term 'anti-Semitic' has a
core, factual meaning, then the truth of the description was
proved here."

7. Additionally, a September 1994 mailing from the
Cosmopolitan Brotherhood Association -- stylistically
different from the June appeal -- announced that Brock was
invited to attend the annual congress of the extreme-right
Deutsche Volksunion (German People's Union). In the mailing,
Brock reported that he was to share the platform in Germany
with Vladimir Zhironivsky, Russia's leading right-wing
demagogue. Apparently to justify his alliance with some of
Europe's most notorious anti-Semitic agitators, Brock stated,
"The Black people here in America has [sic] had to fight
against the integrationist and race mongrelizers, along with
the one world and internationalists to maintain our racial
identity, mostly caused by the Jews."

8. Louis Beam, 47, is in fact one of the most prominent and
volatile racist agitators in America today. While active with
David Duke's Knights of the Ku Klux Klan in the 1970s, Beam
spearheaded Klan efforts to recruit and indoctrinate army
personnel at the Texas military base Fort Hood -- a campaign
which prompted the Defense Department to issue a directive
granting field commanders the authority to forbid military
personnel from engaging in activities sponsored by racist
groups. In 1981, the Vietnamese Fisherman's Association
secured a U.S. District Court injunction against Beam in
response to his repeated harassment and intimidation of
Vietnamese fishermen in Galveston Bay, Texas. In  April 1987,
Beam and twelve other white supremacists were indicted on
charges of participating in "a seditious
overthrow the government." Beam in turn fled the country and
was on the FBI's Ten Most Wanted list for five months before
his arrest in Mexico -- following a shootout that critically
wounded a Mexican police officer -- in November 1988. (The
thirteen defendants were eventually acquitted.)

9. Similarly, IHR's May/June 1994 issue of _The Journal of
Historical Review_ announced that Wellesley Professor and BAHC
lecturer Tony Martin would attend IHR's "Twelth Annual
Revisionist Conference" in September 1994. Like Jeffries,
Martin cancelled his engagement shortly before the event took

                     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

Home ·  Site Map ·  What's New? ·  Search Nizkor

© The Nizkor Project, 1991-2012

This site is intended for educational purposes to teach about the Holocaust and to combat hatred. Any statements or excerpts found on this site are for educational purposes only.

As part of these educational purposes, Nizkor may include on this website materials, such as excerpts from the writings of racists and antisemites. Far from approving these writings, Nizkor condemns them and provides them so that its readers can learn the nature and extent of hate and antisemitic discourse. Nizkor urges the readers of these pages to condemn racist and hate speech in all of its forms and manifestations.