The Nizkor Project: Remembering the Holocaust (Shoah)

Uncommon Ground:
The Black African Holocaust Council
and Other Links Between
Black and White Extremists

White and Black Anti-Semites: A Secret Relationship

Just as Brock has been a conduit for white supremacist -- particularly anti-Semitic -- propaganda in the Black community, so too has there been evidence of white supremacists paying lip-service to the aspirations of Black separatists when it has served their interests. The first notable instance of white supremacists teaming with Black separatists occurred on January 30, 1961, when Ku Klux Klan officials met with Nation of Islam leaders, including Malcolm X, in Atlanta, Georgia. According to Clayborne Carson's Malcolm X: The FBI File, NOI had proposed the meeting to solicit the Klan's help in obtaining land for the Black Muslims, to help preserve racial segregation. At the meeting, according to Carson, Malcolm X additionally told the Klan that "the Jew is behind the integration movement, using the Negro as a tool."

On February 25, 1962, NOI continued its flirtation with white supremacy by inviting American Nazi Party (ANP) founder George Lincoln Rockwell to the Annual Muslim Convention -- now Savior's Day -- in Chicago. In 1965, after breaking with the Nation of Islam and denouncing its separatist doctrine, Malcolm X told his followers that NOI under Elijah Muhammad had made agreements with the ANP and the Klan that "were not in the interests of Negros."

In more recent years, Tom Metzger, the founder of White Aryan Resistance (against whom ADL and the Southern Poverty Law Center secured a $12.5 million judgement in a 1990 civil suit which arose in connection with Metzger's role in inciting neo-Nazi skinheads to murder an Ethiopian immigrant two years earlier), has particularly claimed to support the agenda of the Black extremist community. In 1985, Metzger attended a Farrahkan rally in Los Angeles. He later told The Washington Post that "People should not be surprised" by his support of NOI. "They're the black counterpart of us."

According to Metzger, representatives of Farrakhan had invited him to the rally serveral days earlier; the white racist leader reportedly brought ten followers to the NOI event, and later contributed $100 to the Black Muslim organization. The September 30, 1985, issue of The Washington Times reported that Farrakhan and Metzger had formed an alliance to promote their racial-separatist, anti-Jewish ideologies. Metzger told the paper that the two groups had already shared intelligence, "mostly....about extremist Jewish organizations." He added, "Louis Farrakhan is an honest Black man who is not embarrassed or ashamed to stand up and say what he feels. I like what I hear."

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