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Subject: [07/17] 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

                Trivialiazing Genocide

On the final page of the _Journal_, the Black African
Holocaust Council expands upon its overall mission. Under the
heading, "What We Struggle Towards," the Council lists ten
goals, each written in militant, urgent tones, that especially
reflect a hostility toward legal and governmental
institutions. Common to all of these stated goals is the
underlying assumption that the Black community cannot attain
equality through the traditional, mainstream channels. For
example, the fourth of these goals declares that:

   There is no justice for the Black African in this
   society... We are political prisoners! The mass 
   destruction and persecution of us as a people (pogrom) 
   at the hands of this government and its people have led 
   us to conclude that obtaining justice under the law will 
   never happen. Therefore we struggle towards the freedom 
   of the Black African men and women in these concentration 

The Council's appropriation of the terms "pogrom" and
"concentration camp" closely resembles a practice that his
become fashionable in Black extremist circles -- that of
trivializing the Nazi genocide in hopes that by comparison the
suffering of African Americans will be magnified. The
individual using this tactic most prominently -- virtually as
a rhetorical staple -- has been BAHC leader Eric Muhammad's
own mentor, Khalid Muhammad. (Anti-Defamation League, 8)

                     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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