Uncommon Ground: A Common Agenda

A Common Agenda

Though little seems to have come out of the relationship reported by the Washington paper, Metzger has continued to promote the idea of Black and white racists joining forces. The July 1993 issue of Metzger’s WAR tabloid published a photo of Metzger meeting with Black Panther Militia director and former Milwaukee Alderman Michael McGee; the two had reportedly addressed a rally of 200 members of the New Black Panther Party. The September 1993 issue of WAR similarly reprinted an article from the Tampa, Florida, Tribune discussing the proposed alliance of a local Klan faction with a Black separatist group, the Pan-African Inter-National Movement (on the page opposite the WAR newspaper item, Metzger printed a typically appalling anti-Black cartoon). The two groups had met under the auspices of the now-defunct Church of the Avenger, whose director, Charles Eidson, told the Tribune, “We are anti-Jew…. The Jew is forcing the white and Black to mix; they are our enemies.”

Anti-Semitism remains the common link between Black and white extremists, arguably more than even their professed interest in racial separatism. Though the origins of virtually all anti-Jewish stereotypes in popular currency are European and Christian, white supremacists today are perhaps as likely to borrow from NOI rhetoric as Black extremists such as BAHC are to copy from white bigots. For example, the November 1993 issue of Instauration, a racist, anti-Semitic magazine produced in Florida, published an article titled “Jews and the American Revolution,” which reproduced without attribution, almost word-for-word, pp. 109-110 and 115-18 of NOI’s The Secret Relationship Between Blacks and Jews.

In January 1994, the Long Island chapter of the neo-Nazi SS Action Group recorded a telephone propaganda message which stated,

“This week, we would like to salute Khalid Abdul Muhammad… for speaking out about the scummy business practices of the Jews. If more niggers would listen to him and more whites listen to us, we might be able to restore this decrepit country. We must work together to eliminate the Jew, the white race traitors, the Black race traitors, all other spineless scum…. The only problem is that there’s not enough anti-Semitism. Wake up, white man!”

Similarly, in June 1994, Pennsylvania’s Keystone Knights of the Ku Klux Klan recorded a telephone message that was in fact a melange of closely paraphrased quotes from Khalid Muhammad and Louis Farrakhan:

“Jews are the bloodsuckers of the Black nation as well as the white nation. Jews own the Federal Reserve Bank and control the White House from behind the scene. They have names like Rubenstein, Goldstein, and Silverstein because they have been stealing rubies, gold, and silver all over the earty. The Jews brought the Holocaust upon themselves because they have [sic] undermined the very fabric of German society….”

The message continued,

“If telling the truth is an act against Jews, then I’m guilty of being an anti-Semite, and I’m guilty of telling the truth. What have I done? Who have I killed? I warn you: be careful. You’re putting yourself in dangerous shoes. You Jews had your day with God and you didn’t do what you were supposed to. You have been the killer of all the prophets. Now if you think I lie, you are only showing that you are no better than your fathers. And that will be the message this week for the Keystone Knights of the Ku Klux Klan.”

(The former remarks, of course, were lifted from Khalid Muhammad’s Kean College speech in November 1993; the latter were taken from a March 11, 1984, radio broadcast by Minister Farrakahn.)