The recently released book by Abraham H. Foxman, National Director of the Anti-Defamation League of the B'nai B'rith (ADL) has an intriguing title: "Jews and Money: The Story of a Stereotype." It purports to dispel “stereotypes” that suggest that Jews have a unique financial expertise, and further that they use this perceived economic expertise to their own benefit and to the detriment of the gentile.
The Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan released a book in June that illuminated this very same issue titled The Secret Relationship Between Blacks and Jews, Volume Two: How Jews Gained Control of the Black American Economy.
With 512-pages of unimpeachable scholarship from the Jewish historical record, it all but guarantees that any subsequent book on the subject has to be titled Jews and Money AND Blacks, and here is why:
In February of 1877, the U.S. government made a momentous decision to forever end the forward progress of the Black man and woman in the United States of America. For 14 years since the end of slavery Whites had watched their former slaves make incredible gains in American society. Emerging from triple darkness, Black people had embraced their newfound freedom and started to aspire to become businesspeople, teachers, doctors and lawyers.
As slaves they had always performed a stunning array of skilled trades as fine craftspeople, artisans, homebuilders, and mechanics. Indeed, Jewish slave dealers Jacob Cohen & Son were publicly advertising Black human beings for sale that were skilled carpenters, pastry cooks, and even engineers. Their ads can be seen along with hundreds of others in the newly released "Jews Selling Blacks: Slave Sale Advertising by American Jews."
And with these skills and their freedom they moved into critical positions in the U.S. economy. They thirsted for knowledge and development and were educating themselves at a remarkable rate. Black pioneers set up dozens of all-Black towns to concentrate on their own progress away from their angry and vengeful former slavemaster.
Blacks had even gained a measure of political power in Southern society and used that power to enact some progressive legislation that included attempts to end the rampant government corruption, the enactment of better methods of accounting for public funds, the establishment of public schools, and even the repealing of discriminatory legislation against Jews.
Whites were mortified to see their former slave moving so fast and independently and they feared they would soon no longer be able to depend on them for their own survival. They had always believed that Blacks were naturally inferior, and even liberal Whites had predicted that “emancipation” would do little to change the “natural” racial order—that is, Blacks working for Whites. By 1877, the false idea that Blacks could do nothing other than pick cotton was now proved to be dangerously untrue. Blacks were actually in a real position to become the leaders of a new and vastly improved society.
All that positive progress abruptly ended when the White Jewish senator from Louisiana, William M. Levy, walked into the U.S. Senate and warned his fellow lawmakers that all of this unchecked Black progress placed America's “innocent maidens” in imminent peril.
“I hold it my sacred duty,” he said, to save Whites “from the ruin and degradation which threatens them,” and he implored his fellow legislators to act to restore White racial supremacy. It wasn't just Jewish race hatred that motivated this profound and despicable act. Behind Levy's fear-mongering was the realization that the entire economy of the world was based on the uninterrupted flow of cotton from the plantations of the American South. Indeed, cotton was to the world economy what oil is today.
Everyone in the world wanted to be clothed in cotton, and its production was the very basis of the western world's astonishing growth. Black freedom threatened to kill this golden goose, so, in 1877, American Whites decided that they must forcibly return Blacks to the cotton fields.
All around America, a harsh system of repressive racial laws were reestablished from the slavery era and euphemistically called “Jim Crow.” All sectors of White society—North and South—collaborated in this effort, including business, labor unions, religious leaders, the judicial system, the news media, and the political leadership, and together they fashioned an impenetrable web of oppression, wherein, once again, Blacks found themselves with no other option than plantation labor.
The most powerful union leader in America was a Jewish immigrant named Samuel Gompers, and he publicly warned Blacks that “Caucasian civilization will serve notice that its uplifting process is not to be interfered with in any way.” Any Blacks that might escape this incredibly oppressive system encountered the wrath of hooded terrorists ready to lynch and terrorize them.
This is the hidden history of the post-slavery era, yet it is almost entirely wiped from the history books—and all of it emanated from this extraordinary decision made in 1877. So powerful in the history of Black people was the day of that decision—February 26, 1877—that Master Fard Muhammad, the founder of the Nation of Islam, was born into the world ON THAT VERY DAY. It is as if Allah Himself saw that racist decision as the last straw in the White man's wicked rule of the world for the last 6,000 years.
But why did a Jewish senator take it upon himself to push this violently racist and destructive agenda, on the floor of the U.S. Senate? What was in it for the so-called Chosen People of God? (And how, by the way, did a Jew become a senator in one of the most racist places on the planet earth?!) Certainly, their “long history of oppression” would have caused Jews to fight against this demonic 1877 legislation, right? Wrong. And this brings us right back to Abraham Foxman's intriguing title Jews & Money.
At the very same moment in American history that rights were being snatched away from Black citizens, a Mason and devout Jew named Charles Wessolowsky was traveling about the American South, setting up chapters of the Jewish fraternal order called B'nai B'rith. The B'nai B'rith is the parent group of the Anti-Defamation League (ADL), now run by none other than Abraham H. Foxman.
Traveling from town to town in the Mississippi Delta in 1878, Foxman's B'nai B'rith founder and predecessor revealed something completely unknown to today's Blacks and Jews. He found that Jews were not only present in the so-called Cotton Kingdom, but in every place they settled they actually controlled the trade and commerce! Wessolowsky's observations were published in 1982 and are presented in The Secret Relationship Between Blacks and Jews, Volume Two.
In Arkansas he found Jews owning plantations “to a large extent” and realizing “handsome profits.” In Louisiana he found Jews holding many political offices and “carrying on an extensive business.” He repeatedly found that Jewish merchants in this deeply racist territory had “the sway of business.” In Mississippi he found that many had plantations and that businesses serving the planters were in many cases controlled exclusively by Jews. In Missouri and Texas Jews everywhere were “quite prosperous.”
The dirty little secret about Jews and Money in America is just how much Jewish wealth was totally dependent on the King Cotton. The Jewish Encyclopedia admitted in 1901 that “[T]he cotton-plantations in many parts of the South were wholly in the hands of the Jews, and as a consequence slavery found its advocates among them.”
And this is exactly why the infamous 1877 legislation that put Blacks BACK into a new quasi-slavery picking cotton as sharecroppers was fully supported by Jews in America. Indeed, they call this hateful era of Black re-enslavement their Jewish “Golden Age.”
The infamous investment bankers Lehman Brothers got their start in the cotton trade. Even before the Civil War, founding brother Mayer Lehman was put in charge of all the cotton—and thus ALL of the Black African slaves—in the whole state of Alabama! German Jewish immigrant Morris Ranger, of Galveston, Texas, was said to hold “the key to the cotton trade of the world,” and Jacob Elsas of Georgia manufactured the bags that held the cotton bales—and he died with a net worth of $10 million. Jews parlayed this cotton wealth into an extensive web of interconnected banking institutions that played a huge part in the growth and development of many notorious Jim Crow cities like Montgomery, Selma, Birmingham, Fayetteville, and Memphis.
The list of these Southern Jewish bankers in The Secret Relationship Between Blacks and Jews, Volume Two is nine pages long! In the meantime the Blacks whose labor was generating ALL of this money were forced deeper and deeper into poverty and political, social, and economic oppression. The stolen wealth of Black labor built extravagant Jewish homes and Jewish synagogues, Jewish businesses and Jewish communities. The great Black scholar W.E.B. Du Bois concluded around the turn of the century that fully three-quarters of the wages due Black farmers since the Civil War were simply stolen from them.
None of these facts will be anywhere to be found in Abraham Foxman's Jews and Money. He says he will be dispelling “stereotypes” about Jews and money, but he won't be dispelling the Secret Relationship between Jewish money and Black degradation. Next time a Jewish person wags his finger at the Black man and woman and demands that we “work hard” like “they did,” remind them of this history. Better yet, buy him or her The Secret Relationship Between Blacks and Jews, Volume Two, and they will never make that deceitful claim again.
Farrakhan returns to Rockford, IL on November 20th!
By Ashahed M. Muhammad
Updated September 21, 2010
In call for justice, Nation of Islam minister offers guidance to polarized city of Rockford, Ill.
ROCKFORD, Ill. (FinalCall.com) - A little more than one year ago, Mark Anthony Barmore was shot and killed in the basement of Kingdom Authority International Ministries by Rockford police while horrified children watched.
On Sept. 18, the Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan spoke from the pulpit of the very same church with a message of guidance, warning and a demand for increased community responsibility to end Black on Black crime and brutality and the disunity that plagues religious communities.
In his first ever visit to Rockford, Min. Farrakhan's addressed not only the Black clergy, civic and political leaders who were there, he also addressed Rockford Mayor Larry Morrissey, Police Chief Chet Epperson and its White residents living in a city gripped by racial tension.
By Ashahed M. Muhammad
Updated September 23, 2010
ROCKFORD, Ill. (FinalCall.com) - In an exclusive interview with The Final Call, Apostle Melvin Brown described the trauma he, his family and the church family, have suffered since the fatal shooting of a young Black man in the church basement August 24, 2009.
Since the shooting incident, Kingdom Authority International Ministries has struggled to remain afloat, and the pastor said the church lost 50 percent of its day care business within a week of the incident.
Brown was critical of the Rockford police and government officials handling of the incident, which was witnessed by his wife and daughter. His wife and daughter are fighting felony contempt charges and accused of lying to authorities and Pastor Brown faces a civil lawsuit that has been filed against him by an officer involved in the shooting.
CHICAGO (FinalCall.com) - The Anti-Defamation League is coming under sharp criticism from college activists and human rights organizations for their recently released report identifying those whom they believe are the top-ten anti-Israel groups in America.
“What was once a very respected civil rights organization sort of devolved into a one issue organization that is even misusing the one issue that it's speaking out on,” said Rebecca Vilkomerson, national director of Jewish Voices for Peace, one of the groups designated by the ADL as being “anti-Israel.”
Other groups included with Jewish Voices for Peace are: Act Now to Stop War and End Racism (ANSWER), Al-Awda, Council on American-Islamic Relations, Friends of Sabeel-North America, If Americans Knew led by Alison Weir, International Solidarity Movement, the Muslim American Society, Students for Justice in Palestine, and the U.S. Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation.
According to the ADL the groups were listed because “they stand out in that they are able to organize a significant number of events, have a national reach, use particularly vitriolic language against Israel and its supporters, attract people to their cause and affect the mainstream discussion about Israel.”
Ms. Vilkomerson believes the ADL's list actually backfired on them. Instead of people looking at the organizations as being anti-Semitic, many viewed it as just another smear campaign by the ADL with the goal of muting critics of Israeli policy, she said.
Student for Justice in Palestine released a statement signed by over 60 organizations nationwide calling the ADL's report “a disingenuous and misguided attempt to vilify students that criticize Israel's occupation, which denies Palestinian human rights and self-determination.”
Inspired by the international movement against South African apartheid—which ended only 16 years ago—the Students for Justice in Palestine said many organizations are united in their desire to end the Israeli government's apartheid system being imposed on the Palestinian people.
This is not the first time the ADL has condemned peace activists critical of America's biased foreign policy towards Israel and those who have spoken out against Israel's atrocities.
Nobel Peace laureate Archbishop Desmond Tutu has been an outspoken critic of Israel's government and the separation barrier wall they built there. Archbishop Tutu, who experienced apartheid first hand in South Africa, has said some aspects of Israel's treatment of Palestinians rivals and even surpasses the old South African system of racial segregation and oppression. In his 2006 book “Palestine: Peace Not Apartheid” former U.S. President Jimmy Carter drew the same striking parallels and has repeatedly called for peace and justice as a solution to the conflict grounded in international law.
Political analyst Ali Abunimah, author of “One Country, A Bold Proposal to End the Israeli-Palestinian Impasse,” said despite the ADL's criticisms, the global Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions Movement is still picking up steam. A recent conference hosted in Israel was not attended by the UK, Sweden, Turkey, South Africa, and Ireland and many other countries who did attend agreed to only send low-level delegations. Advocates point to those developments as proof the boycott is gaining momentum.
“The ADL's ‘top ten' list is certainly an acknowledgment that the anti-Palestinian, anti-justice, anti-peace messages of many pro-Israel groups, especially the ADL, are no longer working the way they did,” said Mr. Abunimah, also co-founder of The Electronic Intifada, a not-for-profit, independent online publication which covers the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. “It is true that few members of Congress or senior politicians in this country dare to criticize Israel openly, but among young people, especially on college campuses there is increasing awareness that Israel is an apartheid state and the U.S. by supporting Israel unconditionally is prolonging apartheid and delaying justice and peace.”
Mr. Abunimah, who is named in the ADL's report, said he condemns all forms of racism, including anti-Semitism, and noted that the groups designated as anti-Israel by the ADL fight not only for the rights of Palestinians, but for universal human rights as well.
“If the ADL thinks that applying universal human rights is a ‘threat' to Israel, that pretty much tells you what you need to know about Israel,” said Mr. Abunimah. “It is also worth recalling that the ADL has history from way back of spying on Palestine justice activists and activists who were working in solidarity with the struggle against apartheid in South Africa.”
--Ashahed M. Muhammad