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The DNC chairman’s race reveals much about the party – Washington Post (blog)

Even though it is proceeding mostly out of view, the race for the chairman of the Democratic National Committee is important and it says something about the transformation of the Democratic Party. The phenomenon of Bernie Sanders during the 2016 campaign made it clear that the Democratic Party has fully abandoned the Clinton era. Hillary Clinton was the last gasp of an era and not the beginning of anything.Traditional Democratic policies and the cerebral, leftist character of the Obama administration have left the Democrats unfulfilled. Now, it looks as though there is an appetite for angry, full-bore liberalism that is essentiallyanti-capitalist.

One of the favorite candidates to become the next DNC chairman, Rep.Keith Ellison (D-Minn.), is so far to the left that he is actually having to try to clean up some of his radical past statements and actions. Its a bad sign that he is trying to appear more moderate by relying on feature stories in publications like Mother Jones to tidy up his record. But the highlights of Ellisons career cant be easily disguised. He was associated with radical leader of the Nation of Islam Louis Farrakhan, previously defended the anti-Semitic views of Farrakhan and has fully embraced the Black Lives Matter movement.

Meanwhile, former labor secretary Tom Perez is Ellisons most high-profile challenger. If Ellison is the Bernie Sanders-type figure in the DNC race, then Perez would be the more establishment figure, who wants his campaign to be anchored by support from the government unions. Perez is perfectly suited to nurture the politics of grievance and subgroup identities the Democrats are obsessed with. Government unions believe it is their time to run the Democratic party and actually take over the government. If Perez wins, the government unions will finally have someone in place who believes the government exists to serve the interests of the government unions, not the other way around. Incredibly, despite Perezs hyper-focus on unions, the trade unions that supported the Democratic Party for decades have been abandoned by todays Democratic leaders. And oh, by the way, very shortly after being inaugurated, President Trump held a meeting with union leaders at the White House, and for some of them, it was their first meeting with the president of the United States since before President Obama was sworn into office.

There are other, less well-known candidates in the DNC race who are trying to gain traction by going as far to the left as possible. Some of the more revealing quotes from these candidates include a statement by the executive director of the Idaho Democratic Committee, Sally Boynton Brown, during a DNC candidate forum discussion, when she said she sees her job to shut other white people down when they want to interrupt. I can go school the other white people. We need it. Its ridiculous.

All that said, this could be the low point for the Democratic Party. In politics, what is supposed to happen tends to happen, and the party out of power is supposed to make something of a comeback in the midterm elections. But equally, in politics, bad gets worse. The map for the senate races in 2018 favors the Republicans, with only nine Republican seats in play. Twenty-five Democratic senators face reelection in 2018, many of them from states that Trump easily carried in 2016. There is little chance the Democrats will take the House, and Republican governors and Republican state legislators do not appear to face any outsize risk, either. Plus, if the Democrats continue on their current trajectory and move further to the left, they might find themselves appealing to only a marginal audience of pampered government workers, the Black Lives Matter crowd and their sympathizers and university elites.

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Keith Ellison antisemitism controversy explained – Jerusalem Post Israel News

Rep. Keith Ellison, a leading contender to head the Democratic National Committee, has had a rocky relationship with the Jewish establishment. The Minnesota Democrats Jewish critics cite his involvement in law school with the Nation of Islam, an African-American group that has been described as antisemitic, and his criticism of Israel over the years.

A profile in Mother Jones published Tuesday cited sources claiming that Ellison was once a member of the group the lawmaker has said he worked with them but was never a member and clashed with Jewish students in law school at the University of Minnesota.

A spokesman for Ellison told JTA that he was not a Nation of Islam member and that other aspects of the Mother Jones article were false.

Whats the fuss about?

Before he became the first Muslim elected to Congress in 2006, Ellison apologized for his involvement in the Nation of Islam and denounced the group.

I have long since distanced myself from and rejected the Nation of Islam due to its propagation of bigoted and antisemitic statements and actions of the Nation of Islam, [its leader] Louis Farrakhan, and [Farrakhans late assistant] Khalid Muhammed, he wrote in a two-page letter to the Jewish Community Relations Council of Minnesota and the Dakotas in May 2006 after winning the Democratic primary.

He was warmly accepted by liberal Jewish groups and the Minneapolis Jewish community, with whom he has close ties.

Ellisons actions in Congress, however, have troubled some in the pro-Israel community. Though Ellison has rejected the movement to boycott, sanction and divest from Israel and expressed support for the two-state-solution, he sought to accommodate a more sympathetic reading of the UNs Goldstone report on the 2009 Gaza war that Israel, Jewish groups and most of the Congress rejected as a one-sided attack on Israel. The congressman also voted against funding for Israels Iron Dome missile defense system in 2014.

Then, in December, a short audio recording from a 2010 private fundraiser was released in which Ellison said that American foreign policy is governed by Israeli interests.

Shortly thereafter Israeli-American businessman Haim Saban, a major Democratic Party funder, slammed the lawmaker as an anti-Semite and anti-Israel individual whose election as chairman of the Democratic National Committee would be a disaster for the partys relationship with Jews. In January, however, Ellison said he had talked to Saban and that they were on the road to mending ties.

While the Anti-Defamation League called the 2010 comments deeply disturbing and disqualifying, Ellison retained the support of the left-wing Middle East policy group J Street as well as some 300 Jewish leaders of liberal groups who signed a letter in support of him.

The signers of the letter said they were adding their names to share our deep alarm at the unfounded and dishonest accusations of anti-Semitism directed at Congressman Keith Ellison. As Jewish professionals, lay leaders and activists, we know that Keith forcefully rejects antisemitism and other forms of hate or discrimination. His commitment to inclusion and fairness are values that define the foundation of his public service and his vision for America.

Defenders have also noted Ellisons record backing defense assistance to Israel, his multiple visits to the country and his support for Holocaust education in the Muslim community.

What are the new claims?

According to Mother Jones, tensions were high between black and Jewish students in the late 1980s when the University of Minnesotas Africana Student Cultural Center sponsored speeches by Farrakhan and Kwame Ture, the black-power activist formerly known as Stokely Carmichael. The university organized events meant to improve relations between the groups. Ellison reportedly was respectful to Jewish students at those events, but he also made troubling statements, two Jewish attendees told Mother Jones:

Ellison could be deferential at these meetings. He thanked Jewish students for sticking up for black students rights to host controversial campus speakers even if they had denounced those speakers and suggested working together on common political causes. But he also insisted the charges that Ture was racist were unfounded. Michael Olenick, a Jewish student who clashed with Ellison and who was the opinions editor at the [Minnesota Daily, the student newspaper], recalled Ellison maintaining that an oppressed group could not be racist toward Jews because Jews were themselves oppressors. European white Jews are trying to oppress minorities all over the world, Olenick remembers Ellison arguing. Keith would go on all the time about Jewish slave traders.’ Another Jewish student active in progressive politics recalled Ellisons incredulous response to the controversy over Zionism. What are you afraid of? Ellison asked. Do you think black nationalists are gonna get power and hurt Jews?

Ellisons communication director, Brett Morrow, denied that the two alleged conversations took place.

Keith has always rejected antisemitism and anyone saying otherwise is completely false, Morrow wrote in an email to JTA. The alleged conversations between the law school students nearly 30 years ago never happened.

The Mother Jones article casts doubt on Ellisons claims reiterated Wednesday by Morrow that he was never a member of the Nation of Islam. He has previously claimed that he became disillusioned with Farrahkan and his movement after attending the Million Man March in Washington, D.C., in October 1995. But according to Mother Jones, he defended the Nation of Islam against antisemitism charges in an op-ed in a black newspaper months after that event and endorsed a defense of Farrakhan in 1997. And sources told Mother Jones he may still have been involved with the group in 1998, when he ran for Minnesota state representative:

Two organizers who worked with him at the time told me they believed Ellison had been a member of the Nation. At community meetings, he was even known to show up in [the Nations signature] bow tie, accompanied by dark-suited members of the Fruit of Islam, the Nations security wing.

One former leader of the groups Twin Cities chapter (referred to as a study group) told Mother Jones that Ellison had been a member of the Nation of Islam:

Minister James Muhammad, who in the 1990s led the Nation of Islams Twin Cities study group, confirms that Ellison served for several years as the local groups chief of protocol, acting as a liaison between Muhammad and members of the community. He was a trusted member of our inner circle, says Muhammad, who is no longer active in the Nation of Islam. Ellison regularly attended meetings and sometimes spoke in Muhammads stead, when the leader was absent.

However, Makram El-Amin, the imam of Ellisons Minneapolis mosque and a longtime friend of the lawmaker, told JTA that Ellison had never spoken of being a member of the Nation of Islam, including when he was involved with the Million Man March.

[H]e was organizing and encouraging African-American men and others to support the Million Man March and the like, but all the time, I dont ever recall a time where he stated that he was a member of the Nation of Islam, said El-Amin, who has known Ellison for 25-30 years.

According to Morrow, Keith was never a member of the Nation of Islam. Hes explained his limited involvement surrounding the Million Man March in print and interviews many times. He has also long ago disavowed the organization and condemned Minister Farrakhans views.

So what does this all mean?

Its unclear whether the claims will have an effect on Ellisons chances to head the DNC. One day after the articles publications, Jewish groups had yet to weigh in.

Well before the Mother Jones article, the right-wing Zionist Organization of America and the Republican Jewish Coalition said Ellison was unfit to lead the DNC. The Anti-Defamation League said his assertion that foreign policy is governed by Israeli interests disqualified him. And the National Jewish Democratic Council, while saying Ellison is no anti-Semite, also described his record on Israel as mixed, and said it strongly disagreed with his 2014 vote on Iron Dome.

The latest revelations place Jews, an influential voice among donors and activists, between a progressive wing of the party that sees Ellison as the best hope to attract new and younger Democratic voters, and a more traditional wing that rejects the diagnosis that, as Mother Jones puts it, the party has not been liberal enough.

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We need dual citizenship for Africans in the diaspora – St. Louis American

On January 6, a day before the West African nation of Ghana changed leadership (President John Dramani Mahama lost the election to Nana Akufo-Addo), I was blessed to receive my Ghana citizenship along with Bro. Earl 3X Reddix from Las Vegas. I received a call that if I was going to receive my citizenship I had to do it before January, 7 when the new president would be sworn in.The swearing-in ceremony took place at the Ministry of the Interior. A number of new citizens were sworn in, and I was honored by being chosen to address the new citizens of Ghana.

The first president of Ghana, Kwame Nkrumah, wanted to see this marriage from the time he attended college in America. One of the Africans from the diaspora, Dr. Robert Lee, told me a touching story of how he and his then-girlfriend who later became his wife, Dr. Sarah Lee saw a sign posted at Lincoln University in Pennsylvania announcing a speaker at the chapel with a funny name who would conduct a lecture on Africa. Sarah and Robert Lee decided to attend the lecture, and the speaker was Kwame Nkrumah.

They were moved and touched by his knowledge of Africa and the struggle of the African people. When Robert and Sarah finished graduate school, they reached out for Nkrumah and made a decision to move to Africa. They became citizens of Ghana and, asdentists, used their knowledge to help Ghana. Their experience in working with Nkrumah can be found in the book titled American Africans in Ghana by Kevin K. Gaines. Dr.Sarah Lee also became the first African-American director of the W.E.B. DuBois Center in Accra, Ghana.

Nkrumah always thought that Africans in the diaspora would play a major role in the continents development. These were the people who were shipped out of the continent in the holds of slave ships and brought to the western hemisphere for their free labor to build a world for the Europeans. Michelle Obama at the 2016 Democratic National Convention touched on this in a profound way when she stated, “I wake up every morning in a house built by slaves.” She struck a blow for consciousness on both sides, black and white, a fact overlooked and in many cases never thought about by many.

Nkrumah saw this as his mission. The marriage between Africans in the diaspora and those on the continent is a difficult marriage, but a marriage of necessity. He saw the Africans in the diaspora using the knowledge they had gained as slaves building the white mans world being brought back to the continent of Africa.We should all applaud this gallant effort by former President John D. Mahama.

My rally cry over the 12 years that I lived in Ghana was that it’s better to see Africa once than to hear about it a thousand times. This was my push to engage Africans from the diaspora to travel, live, work and do business on the African continent. Mahama stood on the shoulders of Nkrumah and later the founder of his party, the National Democratic Congress, Jerry John Rawlings, for reaching out to Africans in the diaspora to visit.

It started on a day in early 1986 in Accra when Rawlings, then the chairman of the Provisional National Defense Council, asked Minister Louis Farrakhan. “Brother Farrakhan, do you have an office in Africa? The answer from Minister Farrakhan was no. Then Rawlings went on to say, “Why don’t you open one for Africa, here in Ghana?”

Thirty-one years later, we’re looking at Ghana, which I project will be the first of many countries opening their doors to dual citizenship for Africans in the diaspora. America has elected a new president in Donald J. Trump who has said little or nothing about a continent with now over a billion people and the role that America would play in Africa.Many forward-thinking African churches, mosques, business organizations and educational institutions see that there is hope in the relationship that W.E.B. DuBouis, Martin Delany, Marcus Garvey and many more said we must develop with our home continent. We must take advantage of the tremendous wealth and potential that this great continent has.

For those of us blessed to get dual citizenship with Ghana, we have the responsibility to spread this word and help to open these doors in all 54 African countries. Those of us who have struggled over the years and are in our twilight must pass this baton on. We must encourage the black millennials as they are called to get involved.

Akbar Muhammad is international representative of the Nation of Islam. He may be reached ataakbar314@yahoo.com.

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Keith Ellison Said Jews Want to ‘Oppress Minorities All Over the World’ – Washington Free Beacon

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Rep. Keith Ellison (D., Minn.) said that Jews wanted to “oppress minorities all over the world” and referred to them as “slave traders,” according to a former classmate interviewed by Mother Jones.

Ellison, one of the front-runners to be elected chairman of the Democratic National Committee in an election later this month,is one of the most liberal members of Congress and has been a vocal critic of the Jewish state of Israel throughout his decade in the House of Representatives.

Michael Olenick was the opinions editor at theMinnesota Dailyat the time thatEllison, who thenwent by Keith Hakim as a student at University of Minnesota Law School, was submitting numerous op-eds defendingNation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan.

Olenick, who is Jewish, told Mother Jones that Ellison’s argument at the time was that “an oppressed group 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, recalling Ellison’s argument.”Keith would go on all the time about Jewish slave traders.'”

Ellison began attending a mosque when he was 19and became more politically radical, according to the Mother Jones piece.

“Increasingly, he devoted his energy to anti-apartheid activism, and his columns took on a new urgency,” wrote Tim Murphy. “He read a lot of Frantz Fanon, the Marxist anti-colonialist writer from Martinique, and in 1985 he attended a campus speech by Louis Farrakhan, the controversial Nation of Islam leader who blended calls for black empowerment with lengthy diatribes against Jews, gays, and other groups.”

Ellison has long attempted to downplay his support for Farrakhan and the Nation of Islam, but Murphy wrote that Ellison was far more involved with the group than he currently says he was.

Organizers that worked with Ellison on his unsuccessful run to be a Minnesota state representative in 1998 told Murphy that Ellison would show up to campaign events wearing a Farrakhan-esque bow tie along with members of Fruit of Islam, which is the Nation of Islam’s security force.

A Minnesota Nation of Islam leader said that Ellison spent several years as a “trusted member of our inner circle,” officially serving asthe local group’s chief of protocol.

Members of the Nation of Islam told Mother Jones that Ellison’s current treatment of Farrakhan is the “ultimate betrayal.” In December, the Nation of Islam’s official newspaper called Ellison “cowardly” and a “hypocrite.”

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Hoodrich Pablo Juan and Jose Guapo Are Juggin Dat Pack in New Video – XXLMAG.COM

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Back in November, Hoodrich Pablo Juan and Jose Guapo teamed up for a mixtape titled Million Dollar Plugs 2. The Atlanta rappers linked up once again to create a music video for the mixtape standout Juggin Dat Pack produced by Ryan Hemsworth and Chindamo.

The video sees the duo out in Los Angeles boasting about their respective exploits. Juan and Guapo are shown in front of the famous Hollywood sign and spitting rhymes on a staircase.

The Juggin Dat Pack video could be just the beginning of a breakout video for Juan. The African Diamonds artist has only been rapping since 2015, yet hes quickly gaining momentum. XXL recently had the chance to speak with Juan, who talked about his lofty aspirations as an artist.

Id probablybe the next Louis Farrakhan, Juan said. If you break the game down, Jay Z is doing good for his angle, even people like Ludacris, he doing good, might have T.I. doing movies, but no ones doing what Farrakhan does. If I make enough money, Im gonna buy my own water, Ima have my own cows to get the milk, Ill have my chickens that grow the eggs. Im gonna take it a little deeper than any rapper I can say.

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Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan addresses the audience at the metropolitan African Methodist Episcopal Church in in Washington June 24, 2015.. (photo credit:REUTERS)

Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan harshly criticized US President Barack Obama this week, accusing him of supporting Israel and the gay community instead of the black community.

You fought for the rights of gay people; you fought for the rights of this people and that people…[y]ou fight for Israel, Farrakhan said while giving a sermon on Sunday, according to a report in The Blaze.

Meanwhile, Farrakhan said, “your people are suffering and dying in the streets. He added that Obama has not fared well in the eyes of the black community.

The comments came after Farrakhan claimed that Obama didnt earn a positive legacy with the black community.

If you cant go and see about them, then dont worry about your legacy, he said. Because the white people that you served so well theyll preserve your legacy.

Farrakhans religious group Nation of Islam, once led by Malcolm X, is labeled as a hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center.

Farrakhan has a checkered past with antisemitism. In March 2015, he blamed “Israelis and Zionist Jews” for the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001. Some of Farrakhans other claims in that speech relating to Sept. 11 include that an Israeli film crew dressed as Arabs were filming the Twin Towers before the first plane went in and many Jews received a text message not to come to work on Sept. 11.

In 2011, he also said that Jews and Zionists are trying to push the US into war and that Zionists dominate the US government and banks. JTA contributed to this report.

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Sunday at the Mens Day program hosted at Union Temple Baptist Church in Washington, DC,Nation of IslamleaderMinister Louis Farrakhan said to President Barack Obama, Your people are suffering and dying in the streets, of Chicago, so you failed to do what should have been done.

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Farrakhan continued by saying it is time to let Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump do what he wants to because he is not destroying your legacy.

Farrakhan said, So you Democrats, you been in their party a long time. Answer me, what did you get? You got a president. He is worried about his legacy. You want Hillary to get in to protect your legacy because Trump said the minute he gets in, he is going to reverse the Affordable Care Act. Because that is your signature achievement. To show you how hateful the enemy is, he hates that you achieve what you did achieve. So he said Im going to tear it up when I get in. So he dont want his legacy destroyed. Mr. President, let the man do, if he get in, what he wants to because he is not destroying your legacy. If your legacy is bound up in an Affordable Care Act that only affects a few million people and they are trying to make it really difficult for those of us who signed up, thats not your legacy.

He continued, But I just want to tell you, Mr. President, youre from Chicago, and so am I. I go out in the streets with the people. I visited the worst neighborhoods. I talked to the gangs. And while I was out there talking to them, they said You know, Farrakhan, the president aint never come. Could you get him to come and look after us? Theres your legacy, Mr. President. Its in the streets with your suffering people, Mr. President. And If you cant go and see about them, then dont worry about your legacy cause the white people that you served so well, theyll preserve your legacy. The hell they will. But you didnt earn your legacy with us. We put you there. You fought for the rights of gay people. You fought for the rights of this people and that people. You fight for Israel. Your people are suffering and dying in the streets! Thats where your legacy is. Now you failed to do what should have been done.

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Louis Farrakhan’s First Congressman | The Weekly Standard

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AT THIS PARTICULAR TIME in history, it is a matter of note that Congress is about to re ceive its first Muslim member. Keith Ellison, currently a Minnesota state representative, is poised to succeed 14-term incumbent Democrat Martin Sabo in the Fifth District, which includes the city of Minneapolis. Ellison’s endorsement by the Demo cratic-Farmer-Labor party is tantamount to his election in what is one of the safest Democratic seats in the country. Thus, at age 43, Ellison stands positioned not only to win that office but also to hold it as long as he chooses.

Ellison’s Muslim faith has generated no controversy in the campaign. On the contrary, it has served to insulate aspects of his public record from close scrutiny in a city whose dominant news organ, the Minneapolis Star Tribune, is a paragon of political correctness. With the exception of columnist Katherine Kersten, the Star Tribune has scrupulously avoided examining Ellison’s long train of troubling associations, foremost among them his ties to the Nation of Islam.

Ellison’s record also includes a multitude of embarrassments of the traditional kind. He fell afoul of the IRS after failing to pay $25,000 in income taxes; he ignored fines that he had incurred for parking tickets and moving violations so numerous that his driver’s license was suspended more times than he can remember; he was fined for willful violation of Minnesota’s campaign finance reporting law. It amounts to a striking pattern of lawbreaking since he undertook the practice of law in 1990.

But it was the link to the Nation of Islam that stood as the most serious impediment to Ellison’s primary campaign. He addressed it in a letter to the local chapter of the Jewish Community Relations Council following his endorsement by the DFL in May. In the letter, Ellison asserted that his involvement with the Nation of Islam had been limited to an 18-month period around the time of the Million Man March in 1995, that he had been unfamiliar with the Nation of Islam’s anti-Semitic views during his in volvement with the group, and that he himself had never expressed such views. The Star Tribune has faithfully parroted these assertions as facts.

As a result, the three assertions have become the cornerstone of Ellison’s campaign, securing him the support of prominent Minneapolis Jews and the endorsement of the Minneapolis-based American Jewish World newsweekly. Nevertheless, a little research reveals each one of them to be demonstrably false. Ellison’s activities on behalf of the Nation of Islam continued well beyond any 18-month period, he was familiar with the Nation of Islam’s anti-Semitic views, and he himself mouthed those views.

Ellison was born Catholic in Detroit. He states that he converted to Islam as an undergraduate at Wayne State University. As a third-year student at the University of Minnesota Law School in 1989-90, he wrote two columns for the Minnesota Daily under the name “Keith Hakim.” In the first, Ellison refers to “Minister Louis Farrakhan,” defends Nation of Islam spokesman Khalid Abdul Muhammad, and speaks in the voice of a Nation of Islam advocate. In the second, “Hakim” demands reparations for slavery and throws in a demand for an optional separate homeland for American blacks. In February 1990, Ellison participated in sponsoring Kwame Ture (Stokely Carmichael) to speak at the law school on the subject “Zionism: Imperialism, White Supremacy or Both?” Jewish law students met personally with Ellison and appealed to him not to sponsor the speech at the law school; he rejected their appeal, and, as anticipated, Ture gave a notoriously anti-Semitic speech.

Ellison admits that he worked on behalf of the Nation of Islam in 1995. At a rally for the Million Man March held at the University of Minnesota, 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.”

Even in 1995, Ellison’s work on behalf of the Nation of Islam extended well beyond his promotion of the Million Man March. That year, he dutifully spouted the Farrakhan line when Qubilah Shabazz, the daughter of Malcolm X, was indicted for conspiring to murder Farrakhan. Ellison organized a march on the U.S. attorney’s office in Minneapolis demanding that Shabazz be released and alleging that the FBI itself had conspired to kill Farrakhan. In a November 6, 1995, column for the Minneapolis periodical Insight News, Ellison wrote under the name “Keith X Ellison.” He condemned a Star Tribune editorial cartoon that was critical of Farrakhan as a role model for blacks because of his anti-Semitism. Ellison argued to the contrary.

Then, in February 1997, Ellison appeared as a local spokesman for the Nation of Islam with the last name “Muhammad.” He spoke at a public hearing in connection with a controversy involving Joanne Jackson of the Minnesota Initiative Against Racism (MIAR). Jackson was alleged to have said, “Jews are among the most racist white people I know.” Jackson denied making the statement or insisted that it had been taken out of context. Ellison appeared before the MIAR on behalf of the Nation of Islam in defense of Jackson’s alleged statement. According to the Star Tribune and the full text of the statement published in the Minneapolis Spokesman-Recorder, Elli son said:

The last sentence alluded to another of Jackson’s alleged statements, providing a personal basis for characterizing Jews as “the most racist white people” she knew. Ellison’s May 28 letter acknowledges only that others supported Jackson’s alleged statement in that controversy while falsely denying that he himself did so.

Ellison first emerged as a candidate for public office in 1998, when he ran for the DFL nomination for state representative as “Keith Ellison-Muhammad.” In a contemporaneous article on his candidacy in the Insight News, Ellison is reported still defending Louis Farrakhan:

Ellison says now that he broke with the Nation of Islam when “it became clear to me that their message of empowerment intertwined with more negative messages.” However, Ellison himself was the purveyor of the Nation of Islam’s noxious party line in his every public utterance touching on related issues over the course of a decade. Moreover, Ellison’s unsavory associations were not limited to the Nation of Islam.

Perhaps the lowest moment in Minneapolis’s history was the September 1992 execution-style murder of police officer Jerry Haaf. Haaf was shot in the back as he took a coffee break at a restaurant in south Minneapolis. The murder was a gang hit performed by four members of the city’s Vice Lords gang. The leader of the Vice Lords was Sharif Willis, a convicted murderer who had been released from prison and who sought respectability as a responsible gang leader from gullible municipal authorities while operating a gang front called United for Peace.

The four Vice Lords members who murdered Haaf met and planned the murder at Willis’s house. Two witnesses at the trial of one of the men convicted of Haaf’s murder implicated Willis in the planning. Willis was never charged; law enforcement authorities said they lacked sufficient evidence to convict him.

Within a month of Haaf’s murder, Ellison appeared with Willis supporting the United for Peace gang front. In October 1992, Ellison helped organize a demonstration against Minneapolis police that included United for Peace. “The main point of our rally is to support United for Peace [in its fight against] the campaign of slander the police federation has been waging,” said Ellison.

Willis was the last speaker at the demonstration. According to a contemporaneous report in the St. Paul Pioneer Press, Willis told the crowd that Minneapolis police were experiencing the same fear from young black men that blacks had felt from police for many years. “If the police have some fear, I understand that fear,” Willis said. “We seem to have an overabundance of bad police. . . . [W]e’re going to get rid of them,” Willis said. “They’ve got to go.” The Pioneer Press account concludes with Ellison’s contribution to the demonstration: “Ellison told the crowd that the police union is systematically frightening whites in order to get more police officers hired. That way, Ellison said, the union can increase its power base.”

Ellison publicly supported the Haaf murder defendants. In February 1993, he spoke at a demonstration for one of them during his trial. Ellison led the crowd assembled at the courthouse in a chant that was ominous in the context of Haaf’s cold-blooded murder: “We don’t get no justice, you don’t get no peace.” Ellison’s working relationship with Sharif Willis came to an end in February 1995, when Willis was convicted in federal court on several counts of drug and gun-related crimes and sent back to prison for 20 years.

The various themes of Ellison’s public commitments and associations all came together in a February 2000 speech he gave at a fundraising event sponsored by the Minnesota chapter of the far-left National Lawyers Guild, on whose steering committee he had served. The event was a fundraiser for former Symbionese Liberation Army member Kathleen Soliah after her apprehension in St. Paul (under the name “Sara Jane Olson”) for the attempted murder of Los Angeles police officers in 1975.

Ellison weirdly referred to Soliah/ Olson as a “black gang member” (she is white) and thus a victim of government persecution. He described her as one of those who had been “fighting for freedom in the ’60s and ’70s” and called for her release. (She subsequently pleaded guilty to charges in Los Angeles and to an additional murder charge in Sacramento; she is serving time in California.) Still toeing the Nation of Islam line, he recalled “Qubilah Shabazz, the daughter of Malcolm X, [who] was prosecuted in retribution against Minister Farrakhan.” He also spoke favorably of cop killers Mumia Abu-Jamal and Assata Shakur. (Shakur has been on the lam in Cuba since 1984; last year she was placed on the FBI’s domestic terrorists list with a one million dollar reward for her capture.)

Having spoken out over many years as an advocate of the Nation of Islam under guises including Keith Hakim, Keith X Ellison, and Keith Ellison-Muhammad, Ellison might reasonably prompt Fifth District voters to wonder where he really stands. His recent account of the nature and extent of his relationship with the Nation of Islam cannot be squared with the public record. During his congressional campaign, Ellison has nevertheless held himself out as a friend of the Jewish people and of Israel. As if to shore up his identity as a Muslim activist, the executive director of the Council on American-Islamic Relations, Nihad Awad, flew to Minneapolis to appear as a featured guest (along with Ellison himself and Guantnamo chaplain James Yee) at an Ellison fundraiser in suburban Minneapolis on August 25. Awad is notable, among other things, for his past expressions of support for Hamas.

The Star Tribune didn’t get around to reporting on the fundraiser until several days after Ellison won the September 12 primary. Ellison commented to the Star Tribune regarding issues raised by Awad’s attendance at the fundraiser: “The Republicans are in a tough position. Iraq is a failed policy. They haven’t done much for homeland security. We still have a health care crisis. The Earth is warming up, and they’re not doing anything about it. What else are they going to do? They have to try to engage in smear politics.”

Unfortunately, it won’t be necessary for Ellison to come up with a more compelling response than that before he makes news in November as America’s first Muslim congressman.

Scott W. Johnson is a Minneapolis attorney and a contributor to the Power Line blog.

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Louis Farrakhan Compares Hillary To Black Community’s Hitler …

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Louis Farrakhan railed against Hillary Clinton during a sermon this past Sunday.

The Nation of Islam leader firstcommended Donald Trump for taking away power from the media.

Farrakhan noted that the Republican nominee had beenplastered acrossthe television networks election coverage as a means to embarrass him, but that only resulted in free campaign advertising for the Trump campaign.

You dont even realize that you [the media] are no longer in power, he stated. Cant you see youve failed?

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Farrakhan then turned his focus towards the Democratic nominee.

My dear brothersand sisters, this is serious, Farrakhan told his congregation. Her husband and Joe Biden were the authors of the crime bill that put tens of thousands of black brothers and sisters in prison.

Mrs. Clinton backed the crime bill and then called our young people super predators. Of course she apologized, but just a minute. See Hitler couldve said to the Jews after Auschwitz, Im so sorry. Would that be enough to satisfy you?

In a 1939 letter, Sanger wrote about getting the black preachers to help with her efforts. She said, we dont want the word to go out that we want to exterminate the Negro population. And when Mrs. Clinton received the award, [she said] I admire Margaret Sanger enormously. Her courage. Her tenacity. Her vision. Now they have to admit that the war on drugs was a war on black people.

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The DNC chairman’s race reveals much about the party – Washington Post (blog)

Even though it is proceeding mostly out of view, the race for the chairman of the Democratic National Committee is important and it says something about the transformation of the Democratic Party. The phenomenon of Bernie Sanders during the 2016 campaign made it clear that the Democratic Party has fully abandoned the Clinton era. Hillary Clinton was the last gasp of an era and not the beginning of anything.Traditional Democratic policies and the cerebral, leftist character of the Obama administration have left the Democrats unfulfilled. Now, it looks as though there is an appetite for angry, full-bore liberalism that is essentiallyanti-capitalist. One of the favorite candidates to become the next DNC chairman, Rep.Keith Ellison (D-Minn.), is so far to the left that he is actually having to try to clean up some of his radical past statements and actions. Its a bad sign that he is trying to appear more moderate by relying on feature stories in publications like Mother Jones to tidy up his record. But the highlights of Ellisons career cant be easily disguised. He was associated with radical leader of the Nation of Islam Louis Farrakhan, previously defended the anti-Semitic views of Farrakhan and has fully embraced the Black Lives Matter movement. Meanwhile, former labor secretary Tom Perez is Ellisons most high-profile challenger. If Ellison is the Bernie Sanders-type figure in the DNC race, then Perez would be the more establishment figure, who wants his campaign to be anchored by support from the government unions. Perez is perfectly suited to nurture the politics of grievance and subgroup identities the Democrats are obsessed with. Government unions believe it is their time to run the Democratic party and actually take over the government. If Perez wins, the government unions will finally have someone in place who believes the government exists to serve the interests of the government unions, not the other way around. Incredibly, despite Perezs hyper-focus on unions, the trade unions that supported the Democratic Party for decades have been abandoned by todays Democratic leaders. And oh, by the way, very shortly after being inaugurated, President Trump held a meeting with union leaders at the White House, and for some of them, it was their first meeting with the president of the United States since before President Obama was sworn into office. There are other, less well-known candidates in the DNC race who are trying to gain traction by going as far to the left as possible. Some of the more revealing quotes from these candidates include a statement by the executive director of the Idaho Democratic Committee, Sally Boynton Brown, during a DNC candidate forum discussion, when she said she sees her job to shut other white people down when they want to interrupt. I can go school the other white people. We need it. Its ridiculous. All that said, this could be the low point for the Democratic Party. In politics, what is supposed to happen tends to happen, and the party out of power is supposed to make something of a comeback in the midterm elections. But equally, in politics, bad gets worse. The map for the senate races in 2018 favors the Republicans, with only nine Republican seats in play. Twenty-five Democratic senators face reelection in 2018, many of them from states that Trump easily carried in 2016. There is little chance the Democrats will take the House, and Republican governors and Republican state legislators do not appear to face any outsize risk, either. Plus, if the Democrats continue on their current trajectory and move further to the left, they might find themselves appealing to only a marginal audience of pampered government workers, the Black Lives Matter crowd and their sympathizers and university elites.

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Keith Ellison antisemitism controversy explained – Jerusalem Post Israel News

Rep. Keith Ellison, a leading contender to head the Democratic National Committee, has had a rocky relationship with the Jewish establishment. The Minnesota Democrats Jewish critics cite his involvement in law school with the Nation of Islam, an African-American group that has been described as antisemitic, and his criticism of Israel over the years. A profile in Mother Jones published Tuesday cited sources claiming that Ellison was once a member of the group the lawmaker has said he worked with them but was never a member and clashed with Jewish students in law school at the University of Minnesota. A spokesman for Ellison told JTA that he was not a Nation of Islam member and that other aspects of the Mother Jones article were false. Whats the fuss about? Before he became the first Muslim elected to Congress in 2006, Ellison apologized for his involvement in the Nation of Islam and denounced the group. I have long since distanced myself from and rejected the Nation of Islam due to its propagation of bigoted and antisemitic statements and actions of the Nation of Islam, [its leader] Louis Farrakhan, and [Farrakhans late assistant] Khalid Muhammed, he wrote in a two-page letter to the Jewish Community Relations Council of Minnesota and the Dakotas in May 2006 after winning the Democratic primary. He was warmly accepted by liberal Jewish groups and the Minneapolis Jewish community, with whom he has close ties. Ellisons actions in Congress, however, have troubled some in the pro-Israel community. Though Ellison has rejected the movement to boycott, sanction and divest from Israel and expressed support for the two-state-solution, he sought to accommodate a more sympathetic reading of the UNs Goldstone report on the 2009 Gaza war that Israel, Jewish groups and most of the Congress rejected as a one-sided attack on Israel. The congressman also voted against funding for Israels Iron Dome missile defense system in 2014. Then, in December, a short audio recording from a 2010 private fundraiser was released in which Ellison said that American foreign policy is governed by Israeli interests. Shortly thereafter Israeli-American businessman Haim Saban, a major Democratic Party funder, slammed the lawmaker as an anti-Semite and anti-Israel individual whose election as chairman of the Democratic National Committee would be a disaster for the partys relationship with Jews. In January, however, Ellison said he had talked to Saban and that they were on the road to mending ties. While the Anti-Defamation League called the 2010 comments deeply disturbing and disqualifying, Ellison retained the support of the left-wing Middle East policy group J Street as well as some 300 Jewish leaders of liberal groups who signed a letter in support of him. The signers of the letter said they were adding their names to share our deep alarm at the unfounded and dishonest accusations of anti-Semitism directed at Congressman Keith Ellison. As Jewish professionals, lay leaders and activists, we know that Keith forcefully rejects antisemitism and other forms of hate or discrimination. His commitment to inclusion and fairness are values that define the foundation of his public service and his vision for America. Defenders have also noted Ellisons record backing defense assistance to Israel, his multiple visits to the country and his support for Holocaust education in the Muslim community. What are the new claims? According to Mother Jones, tensions were high between black and Jewish students in the late 1980s when the University of Minnesotas Africana Student Cultural Center sponsored speeches by Farrakhan and Kwame Ture, the black-power activist formerly known as Stokely Carmichael. The university organized events meant to improve relations between the groups. Ellison reportedly was respectful to Jewish students at those events, but he also made troubling statements, two Jewish attendees told Mother Jones: Ellison could be deferential at these meetings. He thanked Jewish students for sticking up for black students rights to host controversial campus speakers even if they had denounced those speakers and suggested working together on common political causes. But he also insisted the charges that Ture was racist were unfounded. Michael Olenick, a Jewish student who clashed with Ellison and who was the opinions editor at the [Minnesota Daily, the student newspaper], recalled Ellison maintaining that an oppressed group could not be racist toward Jews because Jews were themselves oppressors. European white Jews are trying to oppress minorities all over the world, Olenick remembers Ellison arguing. Keith would go on all the time about Jewish slave traders.’ Another Jewish student active in progressive politics recalled Ellisons incredulous response to the controversy over Zionism. What are you afraid of? Ellison asked. Do you think black nationalists are gonna get power and hurt Jews? Ellisons communication director, Brett Morrow, denied that the two alleged conversations took place. Keith has always rejected antisemitism and anyone saying otherwise is completely false, Morrow wrote in an email to JTA. The alleged conversations between the law school students nearly 30 years ago never happened. The Mother Jones article casts doubt on Ellisons claims reiterated Wednesday by Morrow that he was never a member of the Nation of Islam. He has previously claimed that he became disillusioned with Farrahkan and his movement after attending the Million Man March in Washington, D.C., in October 1995. But according to Mother Jones, he defended the Nation of Islam against antisemitism charges in an op-ed in a black newspaper months after that event and endorsed a defense of Farrakhan in 1997. And sources told Mother Jones he may still have been involved with the group in 1998, when he ran for Minnesota state representative: Two organizers who worked with him at the time told me they believed Ellison had been a member of the Nation. At community meetings, he was even known to show up in [the Nations signature] bow tie, accompanied by dark-suited members of the Fruit of Islam, the Nations security wing. One former leader of the groups Twin Cities chapter (referred to as a study group) told Mother Jones that Ellison had been a member of the Nation of Islam: Minister James Muhammad, who in the 1990s led the Nation of Islams Twin Cities study group, confirms that Ellison served for several years as the local groups chief of protocol, acting as a liaison between Muhammad and members of the community. He was a trusted member of our inner circle, says Muhammad, who is no longer active in the Nation of Islam. Ellison regularly attended meetings and sometimes spoke in Muhammads stead, when the leader was absent. However, Makram El-Amin, the imam of Ellisons Minneapolis mosque and a longtime friend of the lawmaker, told JTA that Ellison had never spoken of being a member of the Nation of Islam, including when he was involved with the Million Man March. [H]e was organizing and encouraging African-American men and others to support the Million Man March and the like, but all the time, I dont ever recall a time where he stated that he was a member of the Nation of Islam, said El-Amin, who has known Ellison for 25-30 years. According to Morrow, Keith was never a member of the Nation of Islam. Hes explained his limited involvement surrounding the Million Man March in print and interviews many times. He has also long ago disavowed the organization and condemned Minister Farrakhans views. So what does this all mean? Its unclear whether the claims will have an effect on Ellisons chances to head the DNC. One day after the articles publications, Jewish groups had yet to weigh in. Well before the Mother Jones article, the right-wing Zionist Organization of America and the Republican Jewish Coalition said Ellison was unfit to lead the DNC. The Anti-Defamation League said his assertion that foreign policy is governed by Israeli interests disqualified him. And the National Jewish Democratic Council, while saying Ellison is no anti-Semite, also described his record on Israel as mixed, and said it strongly disagreed with his 2014 vote on Iron Dome. The latest revelations place Jews, an influential voice among donors and activists, between a progressive wing of the party that sees Ellison as the best hope to attract new and younger Democratic voters, and a more traditional wing that rejects the diagnosis that, as Mother Jones puts it, the party has not been liberal enough. Relevant to your professional network? Please share on Linkedin

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We need dual citizenship for Africans in the diaspora – St. Louis American

On January 6, a day before the West African nation of Ghana changed leadership (President John Dramani Mahama lost the election to Nana Akufo-Addo), I was blessed to receive my Ghana citizenship along with Bro. Earl 3X Reddix from Las Vegas. I received a call that if I was going to receive my citizenship I had to do it before January, 7 when the new president would be sworn in.The swearing-in ceremony took place at the Ministry of the Interior. A number of new citizens were sworn in, and I was honored by being chosen to address the new citizens of Ghana. The first president of Ghana, Kwame Nkrumah, wanted to see this marriage from the time he attended college in America. One of the Africans from the diaspora, Dr. Robert Lee, told me a touching story of how he and his then-girlfriend who later became his wife, Dr. Sarah Lee saw a sign posted at Lincoln University in Pennsylvania announcing a speaker at the chapel with a funny name who would conduct a lecture on Africa. Sarah and Robert Lee decided to attend the lecture, and the speaker was Kwame Nkrumah. They were moved and touched by his knowledge of Africa and the struggle of the African people. When Robert and Sarah finished graduate school, they reached out for Nkrumah and made a decision to move to Africa. They became citizens of Ghana and, asdentists, used their knowledge to help Ghana. Their experience in working with Nkrumah can be found in the book titled American Africans in Ghana by Kevin K. Gaines. Dr.Sarah Lee also became the first African-American director of the W.E.B. DuBois Center in Accra, Ghana. Nkrumah always thought that Africans in the diaspora would play a major role in the continents development. These were the people who were shipped out of the continent in the holds of slave ships and brought to the western hemisphere for their free labor to build a world for the Europeans. Michelle Obama at the 2016 Democratic National Convention touched on this in a profound way when she stated, “I wake up every morning in a house built by slaves.” She struck a blow for consciousness on both sides, black and white, a fact overlooked and in many cases never thought about by many. Nkrumah saw this as his mission. The marriage between Africans in the diaspora and those on the continent is a difficult marriage, but a marriage of necessity. He saw the Africans in the diaspora using the knowledge they had gained as slaves building the white mans world being brought back to the continent of Africa.We should all applaud this gallant effort by former President John D. Mahama. My rally cry over the 12 years that I lived in Ghana was that it’s better to see Africa once than to hear about it a thousand times. This was my push to engage Africans from the diaspora to travel, live, work and do business on the African continent. Mahama stood on the shoulders of Nkrumah and later the founder of his party, the National Democratic Congress, Jerry John Rawlings, for reaching out to Africans in the diaspora to visit. It started on a day in early 1986 in Accra when Rawlings, then the chairman of the Provisional National Defense Council, asked Minister Louis Farrakhan. “Brother Farrakhan, do you have an office in Africa? The answer from Minister Farrakhan was no. Then Rawlings went on to say, “Why don’t you open one for Africa, here in Ghana?” Thirty-one years later, we’re looking at Ghana, which I project will be the first of many countries opening their doors to dual citizenship for Africans in the diaspora. America has elected a new president in Donald J. Trump who has said little or nothing about a continent with now over a billion people and the role that America would play in Africa.Many forward-thinking African churches, mosques, business organizations and educational institutions see that there is hope in the relationship that W.E.B. DuBouis, Martin Delany, Marcus Garvey and many more said we must develop with our home continent. We must take advantage of the tremendous wealth and potential that this great continent has. For those of us blessed to get dual citizenship with Ghana, we have the responsibility to spread this word and help to open these doors in all 54 African countries. Those of us who have struggled over the years and are in our twilight must pass this baton on. We must encourage the black millennials as they are called to get involved. Akbar Muhammad is international representative of the Nation of Islam. He may be reached ataakbar314@yahoo.com.

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Keith Ellison Said Jews Want to ‘Oppress Minorities All Over the World’ – Washington Free Beacon

Rep. Keith Ellison (D., Minn.) / AP BY: Brent Scher February 7, 2017 2:56 pm Rep. Keith Ellison (D., Minn.) said that Jews wanted to “oppress minorities all over the world” and referred to them as “slave traders,” according to a former classmate interviewed by Mother Jones. Ellison, one of the front-runners to be elected chairman of the Democratic National Committee in an election later this month,is one of the most liberal members of Congress and has been a vocal critic of the Jewish state of Israel throughout his decade in the House of Representatives. Michael Olenick was the opinions editor at theMinnesota Dailyat the time thatEllison, who thenwent by Keith Hakim as a student at University of Minnesota Law School, was submitting numerous op-eds defendingNation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan. Olenick, who is Jewish, told Mother Jones that Ellison’s argument at the time was that “an oppressed group 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, recalling Ellison’s argument.”Keith would go on all the time about Jewish slave traders.'” Ellison began attending a mosque when he was 19and became more politically radical, according to the Mother Jones piece. “Increasingly, he devoted his energy to anti-apartheid activism, and his columns took on a new urgency,” wrote Tim Murphy. “He read a lot of Frantz Fanon, the Marxist anti-colonialist writer from Martinique, and in 1985 he attended a campus speech by Louis Farrakhan, the controversial Nation of Islam leader who blended calls for black empowerment with lengthy diatribes against Jews, gays, and other groups.” Ellison has long attempted to downplay his support for Farrakhan and the Nation of Islam, but Murphy wrote that Ellison was far more involved with the group than he currently says he was. Organizers that worked with Ellison on his unsuccessful run to be a Minnesota state representative in 1998 told Murphy that Ellison would show up to campaign events wearing a Farrakhan-esque bow tie along with members of Fruit of Islam, which is the Nation of Islam’s security force. A Minnesota Nation of Islam leader said that Ellison spent several years as a “trusted member of our inner circle,” officially serving asthe local group’s chief of protocol. Members of the Nation of Islam told Mother Jones that Ellison’s current treatment of Farrakhan is the “ultimate betrayal.” In December, the Nation of Islam’s official newspaper called Ellison “cowardly” and a “hypocrite.”

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Hoodrich Pablo Juan and Jose Guapo Are Juggin Dat Pack in New Video – XXLMAG.COM

Subscribe to XXL on Back in November, Hoodrich Pablo Juan and Jose Guapo teamed up for a mixtape titled Million Dollar Plugs 2. The Atlanta rappers linked up once again to create a music video for the mixtape standout Juggin Dat Pack produced by Ryan Hemsworth and Chindamo. The video sees the duo out in Los Angeles boasting about their respective exploits. Juan and Guapo are shown in front of the famous Hollywood sign and spitting rhymes on a staircase. The Juggin Dat Pack video could be just the beginning of a breakout video for Juan. The African Diamonds artist has only been rapping since 2015, yet hes quickly gaining momentum. XXL recently had the chance to speak with Juan, who talked about his lofty aspirations as an artist. Id probablybe the next Louis Farrakhan, Juan said. If you break the game down, Jay Z is doing good for his angle, even people like Ludacris, he doing good, might have T.I. doing movies, but no ones doing what Farrakhan does. If I make enough money, Im gonna buy my own water, Ima have my own cows to get the milk, Ill have my chickens that grow the eggs. Im gonna take it a little deeper than any rapper I can say. Make sure to check out XXLs entire interview with Juan for more insight on the rising star. The ATLien touched on topics like the influence of Pimp C on his music and the misconceptions about his background. 20 of YourFavoriteRappersNaming TheirFavoriteRappers Subscribe to XXL on

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Louis Farrakhan: Obama chose Israel, homosexuals over …

Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan addresses the audience at the metropolitan African Methodist Episcopal Church in in Washington June 24, 2015.. (photo credit:REUTERS) Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan harshly criticized US President Barack Obama this week, accusing him of supporting Israel and the gay community instead of the black community. You fought for the rights of gay people; you fought for the rights of this people and that people…[y]ou fight for Israel, Farrakhan said while giving a sermon on Sunday, according to a report in The Blaze. Meanwhile, Farrakhan said, “your people are suffering and dying in the streets. He added that Obama has not fared well in the eyes of the black community. The comments came after Farrakhan claimed that Obama didnt earn a positive legacy with the black community. If you cant go and see about them, then dont worry about your legacy, he said. Because the white people that you served so well theyll preserve your legacy. Farrakhans religious group Nation of Islam, once led by Malcolm X, is labeled as a hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center. Farrakhan has a checkered past with antisemitism. In March 2015, he blamed “Israelis and Zionist Jews” for the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001. Some of Farrakhans other claims in that speech relating to Sept. 11 include that an Israeli film crew dressed as Arabs were filming the Twin Towers before the first plane went in and many Jews received a text message not to come to work on Sept. 11. In 2011, he also said that Jews and Zionists are trying to push the US into war and that Zionists dominate the US government and banks. JTA contributed to this report. Relevant to your professional network? Please share on Linkedin Prev Article Archeologists find war-era artifacts in Nazi time capsule in Poland Holocaust Museum to world leaders at UN: ‘Confront Iran on Holocaust denial’ Next Article

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Farrakhan to Obama: Let Trump Do Want He Wants, You Failed …

SIGN UP FOR OUR NEWSLETTER Sunday at the Mens Day program hosted at Union Temple Baptist Church in Washington, DC,Nation of IslamleaderMinister Louis Farrakhan said to President Barack Obama, Your people are suffering and dying in the streets, of Chicago, so you failed to do what should have been done. SIGN UP FOR OUR NEWSLETTER Farrakhan continued by saying it is time to let Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump do what he wants to because he is not destroying your legacy. Farrakhan said, So you Democrats, you been in their party a long time. Answer me, what did you get? You got a president. He is worried about his legacy. You want Hillary to get in to protect your legacy because Trump said the minute he gets in, he is going to reverse the Affordable Care Act. Because that is your signature achievement. To show you how hateful the enemy is, he hates that you achieve what you did achieve. So he said Im going to tear it up when I get in. So he dont want his legacy destroyed. Mr. President, let the man do, if he get in, what he wants to because he is not destroying your legacy. If your legacy is bound up in an Affordable Care Act that only affects a few million people and they are trying to make it really difficult for those of us who signed up, thats not your legacy. He continued, But I just want to tell you, Mr. President, youre from Chicago, and so am I. I go out in the streets with the people. I visited the worst neighborhoods. I talked to the gangs. And while I was out there talking to them, they said You know, Farrakhan, the president aint never come. Could you get him to come and look after us? Theres your legacy, Mr. President. Its in the streets with your suffering people, Mr. President. And If you cant go and see about them, then dont worry about your legacy cause the white people that you served so well, theyll preserve your legacy. The hell they will. But you didnt earn your legacy with us. We put you there. You fought for the rights of gay people. You fought for the rights of this people and that people. You fight for Israel. Your people are suffering and dying in the streets! Thats where your legacy is. Now you failed to do what should have been done. Follow Pam Key on Twitter @pamkeyNEN

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Louis Farrakhan’s First Congressman | The Weekly Standard

Minneapolis AT THIS PARTICULAR TIME in history, it is a matter of note that Congress is about to re ceive its first Muslim member. Keith Ellison, currently a Minnesota state representative, is poised to succeed 14-term incumbent Democrat Martin Sabo in the Fifth District, which includes the city of Minneapolis. Ellison’s endorsement by the Demo cratic-Farmer-Labor party is tantamount to his election in what is one of the safest Democratic seats in the country. Thus, at age 43, Ellison stands positioned not only to win that office but also to hold it as long as he chooses. Ellison’s Muslim faith has generated no controversy in the campaign. On the contrary, it has served to insulate aspects of his public record from close scrutiny in a city whose dominant news organ, the Minneapolis Star Tribune, is a paragon of political correctness. With the exception of columnist Katherine Kersten, the Star Tribune has scrupulously avoided examining Ellison’s long train of troubling associations, foremost among them his ties to the Nation of Islam. Ellison’s record also includes a multitude of embarrassments of the traditional kind. He fell afoul of the IRS after failing to pay $25,000 in income taxes; he ignored fines that he had incurred for parking tickets and moving violations so numerous that his driver’s license was suspended more times than he can remember; he was fined for willful violation of Minnesota’s campaign finance reporting law. It amounts to a striking pattern of lawbreaking since he undertook the practice of law in 1990. But it was the link to the Nation of Islam that stood as the most serious impediment to Ellison’s primary campaign. He addressed it in a letter to the local chapter of the Jewish Community Relations Council following his endorsement by the DFL in May. In the letter, Ellison asserted that his involvement with the Nation of Islam had been limited to an 18-month period around the time of the Million Man March in 1995, that he had been unfamiliar with the Nation of Islam’s anti-Semitic views during his in volvement with the group, and that he himself had never expressed such views. The Star Tribune has faithfully parroted these assertions as facts. As a result, the three assertions have become the cornerstone of Ellison’s campaign, securing him the support of prominent Minneapolis Jews and the endorsement of the Minneapolis-based American Jewish World newsweekly. Nevertheless, a little research reveals each one of them to be demonstrably false. Ellison’s activities on behalf of the Nation of Islam continued well beyond any 18-month period, he was familiar with the Nation of Islam’s anti-Semitic views, and he himself mouthed those views. Ellison was born Catholic in Detroit. He states that he converted to Islam as an undergraduate at Wayne State University. As a third-year student at the University of Minnesota Law School in 1989-90, he wrote two columns for the Minnesota Daily under the name “Keith Hakim.” In the first, Ellison refers to “Minister Louis Farrakhan,” defends Nation of Islam spokesman Khalid Abdul Muhammad, and speaks in the voice of a Nation of Islam advocate. In the second, “Hakim” demands reparations for slavery and throws in a demand for an optional separate homeland for American blacks. In February 1990, Ellison participated in sponsoring Kwame Ture (Stokely Carmichael) to speak at the law school on the subject “Zionism: Imperialism, White Supremacy or Both?” Jewish law students met personally with Ellison and appealed to him not to sponsor the speech at the law school; he rejected their appeal, and, as anticipated, Ture gave a notoriously anti-Semitic speech. Ellison admits that he worked on behalf of the Nation of Islam in 1995. At a rally for the Million Man March held at the University of Minnesota, 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.” Even in 1995, Ellison’s work on behalf of the Nation of Islam extended well beyond his promotion of the Million Man March. That year, he dutifully spouted the Farrakhan line when Qubilah Shabazz, the daughter of Malcolm X, was indicted for conspiring to murder Farrakhan. Ellison organized a march on the U.S. attorney’s office in Minneapolis demanding that Shabazz be released and alleging that the FBI itself had conspired to kill Farrakhan. In a November 6, 1995, column for the Minneapolis periodical Insight News, Ellison wrote under the name “Keith X Ellison.” He condemned a Star Tribune editorial cartoon that was critical of Farrakhan as a role model for blacks because of his anti-Semitism. Ellison argued to the contrary. Then, in February 1997, Ellison appeared as a local spokesman for the Nation of Islam with the last name “Muhammad.” He spoke at a public hearing in connection with a controversy involving Joanne Jackson of the Minnesota Initiative Against Racism (MIAR). Jackson was alleged to have said, “Jews are among the most racist white people I know.” Jackson denied making the statement or insisted that it had been taken out of context. Ellison appeared before the MIAR on behalf of the Nation of Islam in defense of Jackson’s alleged statement. According to the Star Tribune and the full text of the statement published in the Minneapolis Spokesman-Recorder, Elli son said: The last sentence alluded to another of Jackson’s alleged statements, providing a personal basis for characterizing Jews as “the most racist white people” she knew. Ellison’s May 28 letter acknowledges only that others supported Jackson’s alleged statement in that controversy while falsely denying that he himself did so. Ellison first emerged as a candidate for public office in 1998, when he ran for the DFL nomination for state representative as “Keith Ellison-Muhammad.” In a contemporaneous article on his candidacy in the Insight News, Ellison is reported still defending Louis Farrakhan: Ellison says now that he broke with the Nation of Islam when “it became clear to me that their message of empowerment intertwined with more negative messages.” However, Ellison himself was the purveyor of the Nation of Islam’s noxious party line in his every public utterance touching on related issues over the course of a decade. Moreover, Ellison’s unsavory associations were not limited to the Nation of Islam. Perhaps the lowest moment in Minneapolis’s history was the September 1992 execution-style murder of police officer Jerry Haaf. Haaf was shot in the back as he took a coffee break at a restaurant in south Minneapolis. The murder was a gang hit performed by four members of the city’s Vice Lords gang. The leader of the Vice Lords was Sharif Willis, a convicted murderer who had been released from prison and who sought respectability as a responsible gang leader from gullible municipal authorities while operating a gang front called United for Peace. The four Vice Lords members who murdered Haaf met and planned the murder at Willis’s house. Two witnesses at the trial of one of the men convicted of Haaf’s murder implicated Willis in the planning. Willis was never charged; law enforcement authorities said they lacked sufficient evidence to convict him. Within a month of Haaf’s murder, Ellison appeared with Willis supporting the United for Peace gang front. In October 1992, Ellison helped organize a demonstration against Minneapolis police that included United for Peace. “The main point of our rally is to support United for Peace [in its fight against] the campaign of slander the police federation has been waging,” said Ellison. Willis was the last speaker at the demonstration. According to a contemporaneous report in the St. Paul Pioneer Press, Willis told the crowd that Minneapolis police were experiencing the same fear from young black men that blacks had felt from police for many years. “If the police have some fear, I understand that fear,” Willis said. “We seem to have an overabundance of bad police. . . . [W]e’re going to get rid of them,” Willis said. “They’ve got to go.” The Pioneer Press account concludes with Ellison’s contribution to the demonstration: “Ellison told the crowd that the police union is systematically frightening whites in order to get more police officers hired. That way, Ellison said, the union can increase its power base.” Ellison publicly supported the Haaf murder defendants. In February 1993, he spoke at a demonstration for one of them during his trial. Ellison led the crowd assembled at the courthouse in a chant that was ominous in the context of Haaf’s cold-blooded murder: “We don’t get no justice, you don’t get no peace.” Ellison’s working relationship with Sharif Willis came to an end in February 1995, when Willis was convicted in federal court on several counts of drug and gun-related crimes and sent back to prison for 20 years. The various themes of Ellison’s public commitments and associations all came together in a February 2000 speech he gave at a fundraising event sponsored by the Minnesota chapter of the far-left National Lawyers Guild, on whose steering committee he had served. The event was a fundraiser for former Symbionese Liberation Army member Kathleen Soliah after her apprehension in St. Paul (under the name “Sara Jane Olson”) for the attempted murder of Los Angeles police officers in 1975. Ellison weirdly referred to Soliah/ Olson as a “black gang member” (she is white) and thus a victim of government persecution. He described her as one of those who had been “fighting for freedom in the ’60s and ’70s” and called for her release. (She subsequently pleaded guilty to charges in Los Angeles and to an additional murder charge in Sacramento; she is serving time in California.) Still toeing the Nation of Islam line, he recalled “Qubilah Shabazz, the daughter of Malcolm X, [who] was prosecuted in retribution against Minister Farrakhan.” He also spoke favorably of cop killers Mumia Abu-Jamal and Assata Shakur. (Shakur has been on the lam in Cuba since 1984; last year she was placed on the FBI’s domestic terrorists list with a one million dollar reward for her capture.) Having spoken out over many years as an advocate of the Nation of Islam under guises including Keith Hakim, Keith X Ellison, and Keith Ellison-Muhammad, Ellison might reasonably prompt Fifth District voters to wonder where he really stands. His recent account of the nature and extent of his relationship with the Nation of Islam cannot be squared with the public record. During his congressional campaign, Ellison has nevertheless held himself out as a friend of the Jewish people and of Israel. As if to shore up his identity as a Muslim activist, the executive director of the Council on American-Islamic Relations, Nihad Awad, flew to Minneapolis to appear as a featured guest (along with Ellison himself and Guantnamo chaplain James Yee) at an Ellison fundraiser in suburban Minneapolis on August 25. Awad is notable, among other things, for his past expressions of support for Hamas. The Star Tribune didn’t get around to reporting on the fundraiser until several days after Ellison won the September 12 primary. Ellison commented to the Star Tribune regarding issues raised by Awad’s attendance at the fundraiser: “The Republicans are in a tough position. Iraq is a failed policy. They haven’t done much for homeland security. We still have a health care crisis. The Earth is warming up, and they’re not doing anything about it. What else are they going to do? They have to try to engage in smear politics.” Unfortunately, it won’t be necessary for Ellison to come up with a more compelling response than that before he makes news in November as America’s first Muslim congressman. Scott W. Johnson is a Minneapolis attorney and a contributor to the Power Line blog.

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Louis Farrakhan Compares Hillary To Black Community’s Hitler …

5305381 Louis Farrakhan railed against Hillary Clinton during a sermon this past Sunday. The Nation of Islam leader firstcommended Donald Trump for taking away power from the media. Farrakhan noted that the Republican nominee had beenplastered acrossthe television networks election coverage as a means to embarrass him, but that only resulted in free campaign advertising for the Trump campaign. You dont even realize that you [the media] are no longer in power, he stated. Cant you see youve failed? WATCH (Election comments begin at 2 hr, 19 min): Farrakhan then turned his focus towards the Democratic nominee. My dear brothersand sisters, this is serious, Farrakhan told his congregation. Her husband and Joe Biden were the authors of the crime bill that put tens of thousands of black brothers and sisters in prison. Mrs. Clinton backed the crime bill and then called our young people super predators. Of course she apologized, but just a minute. See Hitler couldve said to the Jews after Auschwitz, Im so sorry. Would that be enough to satisfy you? In a 1939 letter, Sanger wrote about getting the black preachers to help with her efforts. She said, we dont want the word to go out that we want to exterminate the Negro population. And when Mrs. Clinton received the award, [she said] I admire Margaret Sanger enormously. Her courage. Her tenacity. Her vision. Now they have to admit that the war on drugs was a war on black people. Follow Datoc onTwitter and Facebook

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