Some of the people who voted for the Democratic House leader have harshly criticized him because of the war Israel unleashed on Hamas following the terrorist organization’s unexpected strike against the Jewish state earlier this month.
House Minority Leader Hakeem Jeffries authored an opinion piece titled “The Black Conservative Phenomenon” for the campus newspaper in 1992 while attending Binghamton University in upstate New York. Critics claim that Jeffries’ piece is full of racist connotations and defends anti-Semites.
The “previously unreported college editorial” was discovered by CNN in April. According to the story, the piece refutes Jeffries’ assertions that he only had “a vague recollection” of a controversy involving an uncle.
Western Journal pointed out:
Jeffries was an executive board member of Binghamton’s Black Student Union, which had invited his uncle, City College of New York black studies professor Leonard Jeffries, to speak on campus. The elder Jeffires eventually got canned from his job for anti-Semitic remarks, according to CNN.
In the editorial, Jeffries defended both his uncle and Louis Farrakhan, the Nation of Islam leader who made a career out of bashing Jews.
“Do you think that a ruling elite would promote individuals who would seek to dismantle their vice-like grip on power?” the youthful Jeffries wrote, lamenting attacks on them by the “white media” and “white power structure.”
“Dr. Leonard Jeffries and Minister Louis Farrakhan have come under intense fire,” he added. “Where do you think their interests lie? Dr. Jeffries has challenged the existing white supremacist educational system and long standing distortion of history. His reward has been a media lynching complete with character assassinations and inflammatory erroneous accusations.”
Additionally, he called conservative black people “House Negroes.”
“During the period of African enslavement, our ancestors were given the duality of the Field Negro and the House Negro,” he wrote. “The Field Negro labored from dawn ‘till dusk, had nothing but contempt for his white master, and most importantly, the majority of Black slaves, who were Field Negroes. In contemporary terms, what we would refer to as ‘the masses.’
“The House Negroes didn’t labor in the field, they were domestic servants. The House Negro was dressed up and was led to believe that he or she was better than those in the field. Most importantly, the House Negro sought to emulate the white master. This emulation was not designed with the interests of the masses at heart. Rather, the motivating force was personal gain,” he wrote.
Since going into politics, Jeffries has made an effort to disassociate himself from his previous public opinions, particularly as a lawmaker from New York City, where there is a sizable Jewish community that, for whatever reason, still votes Democratic.
“Jeffries has said he had only a ‘vague recollection’ of the controversy, saying he couldn’t even recall coverage of it in the local press,” CNN reported.
Meanwhile, Jeffries’ spokesperson Christiana Stephenson told CNN that he has a history of “bringing communities together.” “Has consistently been clear that he does not share the controversial views espoused by his uncle over thirty years ago,” the congressman continued.
Farrakhan, the head of the Nation of Islam, has previously referred to Judaism as a “gutter religion” and labeled Adolph Hitler “a great man.”
Following a Hamas attack earlier this month, over 1,400 Israelis lost their lives and hundreds more were abducted. Many of the most prominent American college and university campuses have seen anti-Israel demonstrations and sentiment in response to Israel’s subsequent declaration of war and military response, with many people blaming the Israelis for the unrest.
Numerous Jewish students on such schools have expressed worry for their safety as a result of being harassed and attacked.
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