During the 2008 campaign, questions arose over Barack Obama relationship to his long-time race-baiting Pastor, Jeremiah Wright Pastor.
Obama had praised Wright, whom he called at various times as his "moral compass", "sounding board", and "confidant." Wright also had seen fit to travel to Libya with another race-baiting religious figure from Chicago, Louis Farrakhan. But the friendship between Wright and Farrakhan was more than just travel buddies.Wright and Obama's church bestowed an award on Louis Farrakhan.
Obama earlier had not only walked in Farrakhan's Million Man March but also may have helped to organize the march. Farrakhan dislikes white people but truly seems to savor and promote anti-Semitism.
A Farrakhan lexicon:
* "You [Jews] are wicked deceivers of the American people. You have sucked their blood. You are not real Jews (who everyone knows were black) You are the synagogue of Satan, and you have wrapped your tentacles around the US government, and you are deceiving and sending this nation to hell... . But if you choose to crucify me (subtle reference to the Deicide charge), know that Allah will crucify you."
* "Listen, Jewish people don't have no hands that are free of the blood of us [blacks]. They owned slave ships. They bought and sold us. They raped and robbed us."
Farrakhan also has a long, well-documented history of venom-laced references to the "white devils" and Jewish "bloodsuckers" who purportedly decimate America's black community from coast to coast. He has referred to Judaism as a "gutter religion," and to Adolf Hitler as "a great man" -- though he later claimed that he had meant only that Hitler was "wickedly great." He has made innumerable statements depicting whites and Jews as loathsome, racist oppressors of blacks.
This background caused some problems on the campaign trail for Barack Obama, especially among Jews. Obama grandiosely declared that "nobody has spoken out more fiercely on the issue of anti-Semitism than I have" - a statement ridiculed by ABC News journalist Jake Tapper (" Really? No one? Elie Wiesel? Simon Wiesenthal? Alan Dershowitz?" ) .
He also sought to dispel concerns when he pledged to use his presidency to revive the black-Jewish alliance starting on Day (minus) one (the day before he becomes President)
Well, of course, we have not see much of that - or many of his other promises.
Aside from his evident unbalanced treatment of Israel, how about the latest headline from the Wall Street Journal : Obama's New Partner: Al Sharpton .
Al Sharpton also has quite a history with the Jewish community.
He turned a landlord-tenant dispute between the Jewish owner of Freddy's and a black subtenant into a theater of hatred. Picketers from Mr. Sharpton's National Action Network, sometimes joined by "the Rev." himself, marched daily outside the store, screaming about "bloodsucking Jews" and "Jew bastards" and threatening to burn the building down.
After weeks of increasingly violent rhetoric, one of the protesters, Roland Smith, took Mr. Sharpton's words about ousting the "white interloper" to heart. He ran into the store shouting, "It's on!" He shot and wounded three whites and a Pakistani, whom he apparently mistook for a Jew. Then he set the fire, which killed five Hispanics, one Guyanese and one African-American--a security guard whom protesters had taunted as a "cracker lover."
Another bit of biography:
[A]nti-Semitic riots in Brooklyn's Crown Heights section erupted after 7-year old Gavin Cato, a black child, was accidentally killed by an out-of-control car driven by a Hasidic Jew. Within three hours, a black mob had hunted down and killed an innocent rabbinical student, Yankel Rosenbaum. Sharpton fanned the flames of racial hatred by publicly announcing that it was not merely a car accident that had killed Gavin Cato, but rather "the social accident of apartheid." He organized angry demonstrations and challenged local Jews -- who he derisively called "diamond merchants" -- to "pin their yarmulkes back and come over to my house" to settle the score. Finally he claimed, without proof, that the Jewish driver had run over the Cato children while in a drunken stupor. Stirred in part by such rhetoric, hundreds of Crown Heights blacks took violently to the streets for three days and nights of rioting.
He led a boycott against a Jewish-owned business in Harlem who was trying to oust a black subtnenant, led a march characterized by anti-Semitism through Crown Heights.
How is that reviving of the black-Jewish alliance going? Will Al Shaprton help that happen? What kind of message is that partnership sending?