Opinion | Louis Farrakhan’s Long Record of Bigotry

To the Editor:

Re “The Women Behind the Million Man March,” by Natalie Hopkinson (Op-Ed, nytimes.com, Oct. 17):

It was deeply disturbing to read this account of Louis Farrakhan’s role in the 1995 Million Man March without any mention of his record of anti-Semitic, racist and homophobic remarks, which have long tainted his leadership of the Nation of Islam and continue to do so to this day.

In February 1995, just months before convening the march in Washington, Mr. Farrakhan suggested that it was Jews who got America into World War II and that “international bankers” (code words for Jews) financed both sides of the war effort.

Fast forward to the 23rd anniversary of the march in 2018 and Mr. Farrakhan was still at it, comparing Jews to vermin: “Call me a hater, you know how they do — call me an anti-Semite. Stop it, I’m anti-termite.”

And this July he referred to Jews as “the enemy of God” and slandered prominent members of the community as “Satan.”

While Mr. Farrakhan may have created opportunities for women of color, his long and unapologetic record of hateful slurs and conspiratorial statements about Jews long ago cemented his status as a serial bigot.

When this type of hatred is ignored, it normalizes such intolerance and makes it more acceptable for others to hold such dangerous views. This cannot be omitted from any honest appraisal of him.

Jonathan A. Greenblatt
New York
The writer is chief executive and national director of the Anti-Defamation League.

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