1. There’s a good deal of overlap between the Nation of Islam and leaders of BLM, the NAACP, and other groups like it. That’s not the problem though, as some insist, it’s a symptom of the problem. Much like the Congressional Black Caucus meeting with Farrakhan, or Obama being secretly photographed with Farrakhan. And there are some interesting essays by black people these days once again unpacking the NOI and Farrakhan’s standing in the black community. But, as I said, it’s a symptom.
2. Those on the Left insist that black nationalism antisemitism is substantively different than white nationalist antisemitism. The firewall between the two is a myth. The KKK and the Nation of Islam worked together and there’s a long history of racial nationalists working across what they used to call the color barrier. It’s not inspiring, so much as it is both inevitable and revolting.
And, in this case, we have the head of the Philly NAACP employing a classic white supremacist/Neo-Nazi merchant meme as a helpful reminder that they’re all the same thing.
Philadelphia NAACP president Rodney Muhammad shared a meme that depicted an anti-Semitic cartoon next to photos of Black celebrities who recently came under fire for their own allegedly anti-Semitic comments.
That’s a long-winded way of saying that Muhammad posted a merchant meme, a Nazi era antisemitic depiction of a Jewish stereotype gleefully rubbing his hands, accompanied by the same old fake Voltaire quote.
It’s okay though, he had no idea what he was doing.
The image shared by Muhammad, a prominent civil rights figure and local Nation of Islam leader, suggested that the blowback and apologies were also part of a grand scheme orchestrated by Jews.
After being contacted by a reporter, Muhammad removed the post, initially saying he didn’t remember sharing it. He later acknowledged the meme — but said he didn’t realize the image included was offensive to Jewish people.
“To be real honest with you, I didn’t even pay attention to the picture,” he said.
This has been the usual defense. And i’m sure that after a meeting with local lefty clergy, it’ll be announced that everything is okay.
That’s the usual approach to these cases. And Muhammad and the NAACP will go back to calling Trump a racist.
Muhammad, 68, has been outspoken on social media about the backlash Jackson, Cannon and Ice Cube faced for their comments or posts, which sparked a national conversation about the intertwined evils of anti-Black racism and anti-Semitism in Western culture… Muhammad also often praises the work of Farrakhan
Muhammad first heard Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan speak in a high school gymnasium during college, he said. Inspired by what he heard, he joined the Nation of Islam in 1982. He relocated to Philadelphia, where he became minister of Muslim Mosque No. 12 in North Philly, and helped organize the Delaware Valley contingent of the Million Man March.
I cut out the multiple justifications of Farrakhan, Muhammad, and antisemitism from the local news site.
Bottom line is a member of a racist hate group is heading the Philly NAACP. The results are hardly surprising and unlikely to result in any meaningful sanctions.