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Subject: [04/17] 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: 1995/09/26

                  Recent Hatefests

The Council's incessant reliance on verbal indictments of
whites and Jews was evident most recently at two
BAHC-sponsored forums, held on June 30, and July 28, 1994. The
first event, titled, "The Conspiracy to Commit Murder: the
Attempted Assassination of Brother Dr. Khalid Abdul Muhammad,"
was an unabashed effort by BAHC to transform the May 29
shooting of Khalid Muhammad in Riverside, California, into a
grand conspiracy masterminded by Jewish groups and the
government in an effort to destroy the Black community. A
report in the New York City weekly _The Village Voice_ noted
that in his introductory remarks Eric Muhammad told the crowd,
"White folks can't do anything different than what they've
always done. All their plans are readable."

The discussion was then taken over by Steve Cokely, a
Chicago-based conspiracy theorist who has blamed Jewish
doctors for the spread of AIDS among African-American youth.
According to _The Village Voice_, Cokely launched into a
variety of conspiracy theories, beginning with the claim that
a few months before the shooting, gunman James Edward Bess
received the sum of $25,000 "out of the sky." "The brother was
set up for murder," Cokely continued. "The ADL set him up for
murder. _The New York Times_ promoted and established a time
frame under which the murder would go on, but the National
Security Council approved the murder." Referring to these
three groups, as well as to media reports that had described
Bess as a disgruntled former NOI minister, Cokely then argued
that "they came up with a motive when the man was still
unconscious," apparently so that they could cover up their own
guilt. Then, attempting to lend Muhammad's shooting even
greater importance, Cokely drew parallels between its
aftermath and events that followed John F. Kennedy's
assassination. "Now the boy [James Bess] slept for two days
from the ass-whippin' he took," Cokely said. "And what you
need to know is the police left him [lying on the ground] for
10, 12, 15 minutes waiting for him to be killed to death, no
more than Ruby had to shoot Oswald."

On July 28, two months after Khalid Muhammad was shot in the
foot, BAHC marked Murhammad's return to the speaking circuit
with a rally at the Friendship Baptist Church in Brooklyn.
Khalid Muhammad's speech at the event would be his first stop
on a 47-city tour to be sponsored by BAHC. But hours before
Muhammad took the stage, speaker after speaker rose to the
podium to decry the apparent assassination attempt, and to
blame whites for the fact that it occurred. According to the
_Forward_, Alton Maddox, introduced to the crowd of over 400
as "Brother Attorney," tried to channel the anger of the
audience into financial gain. "No one here professes to be a
lover of white folks," he announce. "So if you got anything
with a picture of a white man on it, leave it here." All
contributions solicited, Maddox explained, would be used to
pay Muhammad's medical bills. Maddox appealed to the audience
for close to two hours, urging listeners to dump cash, checks,
and even food stamps into wicker baskets being circulated
around the room.

In his own presentation at the rally, Khalid Muhammad employed
his fiery, take-no-prisoners oratorical style to similarly
paint himself as a victim of a white supremacist conspiracy.
An account of the speech in the Brooklyn-based daily, the
_Daily Challenge_, explained that Muhammad, speaking as though
these conspirators were in front of him, shouted, "You made a
big mistake keeping me alive today, I'm bolder than before
because I've tasted the bullet." Continuing his racist
harangue, Muhammad raved, "I don't want your stringy-haired,
blond-head, pale-skinned, straight-up-but-straight-down,
no-frills-no-thrills, Miss-six-o'clock, subject-to-the-itch,
white-cave bitch!"

The relentless scapegoating and hatemongering carried out at
these meetings have proven to be the norm at BAHC events.
Indeed, a cursory glance at the individuals and rhetorical
themes promoted by the organization suggests that while BAHC
lacks the recognition, influence, and sheer numbers enjoyed by
Louis Farrakhan's Nation of Islam, there is nevertheless a
striking similarity between the agendas of these two groups.

A closer inspection, however, of the messages of these two
organizations, as well as of the style in which these messages
are imparted, also provides some contrasts. Much of the racist
and anti-Semitic rhetoric promoted by NOI draws heavily on the
60-year-old quasi-theological teachings of its former leader,
Elijah Muhammad, which describe Blacks as the original man,
fashioned in God's image, and whites as "blue-eyed devils"
created in the laboratory of an evil scientist. And while
racism and anti-Semitism have remained central to NOI
teachings, the group's teachings also contain heavy doses of
Islamic doctrine. In the case of BAHC, however, the militant,
hateful rhetoric spouted at gatherings represents the bulk of
its dogma. And, in contrast to Farrakhan adherents, who are
compelled to follow a strict code of social and dietary law,
little is demanded of BAHC members. The group appears to be
vociferous in its expression of unvarnished racism and
anti-Semitism. This is made especially apparent by the revered
status the Council has accorded hatemonger Khalid Muhammad.
(Anti-Defamation League, 4-5)

                     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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