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  •  " Farrakhan territory" (0+ / 0-)

    I sure would like to know what you mean by this...

    Poor government comes about when good citizens sit on their hands instead of standing on their feet.' -- Robert Baker

    by jaysunb on Sun Oct 07, 2012 at 10:45:20 PM PDT

    •  Cornel West has a done a pretty (0+ / 0-)

      good job of outlining what I mean when I refer to the intellectual "territory" of Farrakhan (see West, Race Matters, pp. 71-79). He writes about the (widespread) phenomenon he describes as "black anti-Semitism":

      [I]n the rhetoric of a Lous Farrakhan [...] whose audiences rightly hunger for black self-respect and oppose black degration, these critiques misdirect progressive black energies arrayed against unaccountable corporate power and antiblack racism, steering them instead toward Jewish elites and antiblack conspiracies in Jewish Aerica. This displacement is disturbing not only because it is analytically and morally wrong; it also discourages any effective alliances across races.
      If you're not familiar with what "Farrakhan territory" actually looks like , here's a random sampling, "straight from the horse's mouth" as it were.

      Geographically, both my home and my place of employment are in very close proximity to Farrakhan's Mosque Maryam. Certainly, not all members of the NOI--many of whom are my good friends and neighbors--share Farrakhan's vicious anti-Semitic viewpoints, but there is a sort of "Farrakhan fallout" that pervades my work environment.

      The above-described incident is just one in a litany of examples I could provide--and, as I've made clear, I'm not even Jewish, just "allegedly" so, or "presumably" so.

      So that's what I mean by "Farrakhan territory."

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