Keith Ellison spent quite a few years with the Nation of Islam. The NOI is a racist and anti-Semitic hate group led by Louis Farrakhan.
Ellison has spent years claiming that he had no idea what Farrakhan or the NOI stood for despite his track record in print of defending NOI anti-Semitism. Now a former classmate who has been an Ellison critic in the past reminds us of what he was like.
One of the campus critics of Ellison (who then went by ‘Keith Hakim’) was an editor of the Minnesota Daily, Michael Olenick. Olenick told Mother Jones that in their conversations Ellison argued that blacks and other oppressed groups “could not be racist toward Jews” because “Jews were themselves oppressors.”
“‘European white Jews are trying to oppress minorities all over the world,'” Olenick said Ellison would tell him. “Keith would go on all the time about ‘Jewish slave traders.'”
Olenick had denounced Ellison's bigotry before.
The Minnesota Daily opinion editor, Michael Olenick, described Ellison’s writing as "a genuine threat to the long-term safety and well-being of the Jewish people, a threat that history dictates must not be ignored."
"Time and time again my people have been slaughtered after the words of Hakim (Ellison) and those like him influenced the masses," Olenick writes.
Unfortunately too many on the left are busy normalizing anti-Semitism by whitewashing and lying about Ellison's record.
Ellison appeared onstage with Khalid Abdul Muhammad, who ran true to form: According to a contemporaneous Star Tribune article, "If words were swords, the chests of Jews, gays and whites would be pierced."
This is the left's candidate to head the DNC.