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I am no fan of Russel but I love the position he has taken in regards to the ADL trying to stop Black Leaders from coming together.



Russell Simmons Responds to Abraham Foxman about the Millions More Movement
By Hip-Hop Summit Action Network
Updated May 10, 2005, 12:30 am Refer this article
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Hip Hop Summit Action Network Chairman, Russell Simmons released the following response to ADL Director, Abraham Foxman's letter urging prominent Black leaders to reconsider their support for the upcoming Millions More Movement:

NEW YORK--May 9, 2005--Hip-Hop Summit Action Network

Mr. Abraham H. Foxman
National Director
Anti-Defamation League
823 United Nations Plaza
New York, NY 10017

Re: Millions More Movement

Dear Mr. Foxman:

I am writing in response to your latest newswire release dated May 2, 2005 entitled, "ADL Urges Prominent African-American Leaders to Reconsider Their Support of the Millions More Movement." The upcoming commemoration of the 10th anniversary of the historic Million Man March in Washington, D.C., October 14-16, 2005 deserves the respect and support of all people of goodwill who cherish the universal love of humanity.

Very disturbingly and disrespectfully, you are quoted as stating, "When will someone in the African-American community stand up and say the Million Man March had a positive message, but the pied piper is a racist and anti-Semite? We cannot understand why good people continue to tolerate this outrage of anti-Semitic views and behavior. It seems there is a line of denial, indeed a blind spot among many, within the African-American community when it comes to anti-Semitism."

As Chairman of The Foundation for Ethnic Understanding and the Hip-Hop Summit Action Network, I know that your above quoted statements and the urging and pressure of the ADL for African American leaders to reconsider their support of the Millions More Movement and the 10th anniversary of the Million Man March will do nothing more than increase the polarization of relations between millions of African Americans and Jewish Americans. It is a sad commentary that your actions will only help to spread anti-Semitism rather than help to end it.

The planned Millions More Movement commemoration this year is about the mutual love and respect of all people and the encouragement of taking personal responsibility to uplift African Americans and others out of the devastation of poverty and ignorance. Over 150 key leaders, including the NAACP, National Urban League and the National Rainbow PUSH Coalition, have signed on to be National Co-Conveners of the Millions More Movement and have all pledged to stay focused on the redemptive message and agenda of the commemoration.

Ten years ago, under the leadership of Minister Farrakhan, the Million Man March not only "had a positive message," it also had a positive and profound impact on millions of African Americans and others across America and throughout the world. After the Million Man March there was a dramatic decrease in self-destructive violence among young African American males in the major urban centers and a tremendous increase in youth mentorship, Big Brother, and child adoption programs and projects in every region of the nation.

Simply put, you are misguided, arrogant, and very disrespectful of African Americans and most importantly your statements will unintentionally or intentionally lead to a negative impression of Jews in the minds of millions of African Americans. Similar to how you single-handedly caused millions of persons to flock to see the "Passion of Christ" in defiance of your call for non-attendance, you are going to precipitate a tremendous negative defiance of your demands that will again severely hurt and harm relations between Jews and African Americans.

You should refrain from pressuring African American leaders to denounce Minister Farrakhan and the Millions More Movement. This commemoration is as a real opportunity for establishing healing, reconciliation and fostering a more effective environment for constructive dialogue between Blacks and Jews. We want a society and world were there is no hatred, anti-Semitism, violence, or poverty. For the record, we do not and would not support or endorse any person's viewpoint that is anti-Semitic, racist or hateful. You should, therefore, be working with us toward building more compassion and love among and between all people.

For over 50 years, Minister Farrakhan has labored to resurrect the downtrodden masses of African Americans up out of poverty and self-destruction. A few days ago I personally witnessed him affirm, "A Muslim can not hate a Jew. We are all members of the family of Abraham and all of us should maintain dialogue and mutual respect." Our work, commitment, and lives are all dedicated to uplifting all people through love, goodwill, equality, peace and justice for all.

Sincerely, Russell Simmons, President, HSAN

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There are Negroes who will never fight for freedom. There are Negroes who will seek profit for themselves from the struggle. There are even some Negroes who will cooperate with the oppressors. The hammer blows of discrimination, poverty, and segregation must warp and corrupt some. No one can pretend that because a people may be oppressed, every individual member is virtuous and worthy. Martin Luther King

More to come later! Your Brother Faheem
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"Ten years ago, under the leadership of Minister Farrakhan, the Million Man March not only "had a positive message," it also had a positive and profound impact on millions of African Americans and others across America and throughout the world. After the Million Man March there was a dramatic decrease in self-destructive violence among young African American males in the major urban centers and a tremendous increase in youth mentorship, Big Brother, and child adoption programs and projects in every region of the nation."

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Isn't it funny (sad) that some many [non-Black] folks feel so comfortable with selecting OUR leadership and setting OUR agenda.

If you didn't realize this arrogant trend, Foxman's letter clearly expresses the ADL's sentiment toward Black folk - "We love you negroes...as long as we need to bootstrap on your civil rights struggle and as long as you do what we tell you to."
Isn't it funny (sad) that some many [non-Black] folks feel so comfortable with selecting OUR leadership and setting OUR agenda.---K4R

Correct.

It still sadder that in too many instances it works.

THAT is why they continue to do this arrogant crap.

I has always pissed me off that they have the arrogance to TELL me who I should disown, AND the audacity to say if I don't I'm against them and they won't like it.

NOBODY Jewish, that I know, will look in my face and tell me that crap.

Not any more.


PEACE

Jim Chester
I think that they are so use to making people feel guilty about all the horrible things that have happened to Jews in the last 60 years that they just assume that we will listen and fall in line.

I guess they forgot that when it comes to holocausts and horribles they can never match the horribles of what happened to us, so leave the guilt at home, it don't work on us.
It's funny (again, sad) that when Black folk talk about the horrors committed against us and/or the continuing effect of the horrors, our Jewish brethen (their leadership) either tell us "Just get over it, already", or merely remain silent.

Never, have I heard them say the treatment of Black people in the US was horrible and has continuing and current effects that require reparation, without saying "But don't forget about the Holocaust."
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Originally posted by jazzdog:
I think that they are so use to making people feel guilty about all the horrible things that have happened to Jews in the last 60 years that they just assume that we will listen and fall in line.

I guess they forgot that when it comes to holocausts and horribles they can never match the horribles of what happened to us, so leave the guilt at home, it don't work on us.



I don't know, jazzdog. If you're talking the stuff we black folks have went through here in America, compared to what Jewish immigrants went through in America, I agree with you 100%.

There was this thing called the Exodus. Nonetheless, I see your point.
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Originally posted by Kweli4Real:
It's funny (again, sad) that when Black folk talk about the horrors committed against us and/or the continuing effect of the horrors, our Jewish brethen (their leadership) either tell us "Just get over it, already", or merely remain silent.

Never, have I heard them say the treatment of Black people in the US was horrible and has continuing and current effects that require reparation, without saying "But don't forget about the Holocaust."


Well, IMO, someone should tell them "Look, we will never forget the Holocaust...just as long as You all don't forget about the Middle Passage, and also stop trivializing our pain of slavery and oppression like it's some 'blooper/gag reel' episode of Survivor or The Love Boat.
I think that they are so use to making people feel guilty about all the horrible things that have happened to Jews in the last 60 years that they just assume that we will listen and fall in line.---jazzdog

You're right.

The ADL feels that it/they hold priority in monitoring the behavior of anyone/everyone who has ever uttered words critical of the behavior of Jews. And denounce none of such persons.

None.

They have even claim the rights to the term anti-Semitism. They do not acknowledge anti-Jewish. All expressions against Jews, or the position of Jews is deemed 'anti-Semitism'.

This pre-empts others who are also Semitic, e.g. Palestinians, Egyptians, Saudi's, Jordanians, Syrians, Lebanese, etc.

I have no guilt, AND feel no guilt for the holocaust, which by the way involved 12 million people, of which half (6 million) were Jewish.

I don't take ownership for the treatment, or fate, of a single soul.

There is nothing of their experience, or that of the parents, or grandparents that empowers them to challenge me to disavow any African American-American at their bidding.

Or even request.

AND some of my best friends are Jewish.


PEACE

Jim Chester
Faheem, I'm sure that you are aware that this is not the first time that the ADL has put down Louis Farrakhan and the NOI. From what I've read on the ADL website I truly believe that the ADL is anti-muslim, anti-black and anti-arab. I know a few black people who are honorary members, mostly from the Civil Rights generation, of the ADL or either have supported some of their causes financially and offered moral support. I think that the leadership of this organization has gotten so comfortable with the black community that they feel that they can comment on anything in our community that they don't feel is appropriate for their cause as a people. What they are not recognizing is that this is not the same generation as our parents.
i think the adl's allegiance to israel is why they are starting to take this hard-line stance against what they perceive as noi's "alliances" with arab-americans, calling out injustices against black and brown people everywhere and mentioning the plight of palestinian people, esp. when minister farrakhan starts talking about palestinian statehood.

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