Media misses the anti-Semitism in Los Angeles rally

posted at 9:04 am on April 10, 2008 by Ed Morrissey

Roger Simon reports on a public expression of anti-Semitism that the media failed to report. Since it happened at a high-profile celebration of Martin Luther King on the 40th anniversary of his assassination, one has to wonder what motivated the silence. While the Mayor of Los Angeles and several other city officials sat in attendance, the keynote speaker blamed Jews for black misery in the United States after the African-American fraternity Kappa Alpha Psi awarded its Tom Bradley Award to an Israeli-born activist for the poor:

With Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, City Councilman Bernard Parks, State Senator Mark Ridley Thomas and Assemblyman Mike Davis in attendance (and also winning awards in some instances) at the Marriott Hotel conference, the fraternity had just given its Tom Bradley Award—named for the esteemed former Los Angeles mayor—to Israeli-American Daphna Ziman.

Ziman is the founder and volunteer chairwoman of Children Uniting Nations—an organization devoted to the rights of children. CUN has helped children from Kosovo to the American inner cities, focusing especially on mentoring programs for children from Los Angeles broken homes. Ziman has also been a fundraiser and donor to the Hillary Clinton campaign.

After Ziman received her award, Reverend [Eric] Lee, who is the President/CEO of the Los Angeles branch of Dr. King’s Southern Christian Leadership Conference, began his keynote speech. In the midst of this, after praising Malcolm X, he started staring directly at Ziman, according to an email she sent.

Ziman’s email states “[Lee] started talking about the African American children who are suffering because of the Jews that have featured them as rapists and murderers. He spoke of a Jewish Rabbi, and then corrected himself to say ‘What other kind of Rabbis are there, but Jews.’ He told how this Rabbi came to him to say that he would like to bring the AA [African-American] community and the Jewish community together. ‘NO, NO, NO!!!!’ he shouted into the crowd, ‘we are not going to come together. The Jews have made money on us in the music business and we are the entertainers, and they are economically enslaving us.’”

In the interview, Ziman connects Eric Lee with Jeremiah Wright, telling Roger Simon that he said the “same things as Reverend Wright”. Using a Google search, I see no connections between Lee and Barack Obama. One blogger found an appearance by Lee at an International ANSWER event. That event also featured — surprise! — Cynthia McKinney as a guest speaker, as well as support from CAIR, two bastions of anti-Semitism and conspiracy-theory paranoia.

I’m less interested in this in terms of Obama, who has no apparent connection to this preacher, than in wondering where the press was for this event. With the Mayor attending an event honoring King, one has to believe that the LA Times would have had at least a beat reporter there. The Times archive has nothing on Kappa Alpha Psi for that period. Either they missed the presentation of the Tom Bradley Award altogether or didn’t find it newsworthy.

Will they find it newsworthy now? Will the hate speech of Reverend Lee make news, and will the media look into his background a little further? Don’t bet on it. Here’s the interview Roger conducted with Ziman:


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Hey, everybody is blaming the Jews for their own miseries since the beginning of Creation, so why not having the Blacks joining the rest of the world?

It would be discrimination and racism against Black people if they are not included in hating the Jews.

Where is Affirmative Action?

Where is Equal Opportunity?

Lighten up.

Be careful.

You don’t want to be called ‘racist.’

Indy Conservative on April 10, 2008 at 9:15 AM

It appears that at least some African American churches are boiling cauldrons of racism and revolutionary speech. People had better recognize this fact and deal with it before it’s out of control.

rplat on April 10, 2008 at 9:21 AM

The MSM doesn’t have time for trivialities like this. They are more busy covering the really hard-hitting news stories, like Katie Couric leaving CBS and other universe-shattering issues.

pilamaye on April 10, 2008 at 9:22 AM

i thought black people were incapable of being racists or anti-semites?

RMC1618 on April 10, 2008 at 9:24 AM

These guys are trying to incite violence, period. Some of these guys sounds like the Imams with a slightly different twist. That’s the part that should scare you a little bit. This all sounds way to familiar, except now it’s in the US and they’re not muslims.

gator70 on April 10, 2008 at 9:27 AM

Before somebody crucifies me, I’m not speakng of black people in general, but these small fringe groups is all it takes to start total mayhem. Young jobless males with nothing to do, which is what guys like this are aiming at, are impressionble. Just like in the middle east.

gator70 on April 10, 2008 at 9:29 AM

She thinks Barack Obama is going to save her and save America. It’s sad. It’s funny. It’s sad and funny.

snaggletoothie on April 10, 2008 at 9:34 AM

Before somebody crucifies me, I’m not speakng of black people in general, but these small fringe groups is all it takes to start total mayhem. Young jobless males with nothing to do, which is what guys like this are aiming at, are impressionble. Just like in the middle east.

Perhaps, but at least one preacher has also targeted an affluent, employed male with plenty to do . . . Obama.

rplat on April 10, 2008 at 9:35 AM

Poor impoverished Oprah and penniless 50 cent and penurious Spike Lee should band together and stop the Jews from destroying their community and keeping them down and broke and unknown.

profitsbeard on April 10, 2008 at 9:36 AM

Before somebody crucifies me, I’m not speakng of black people in general, but these small fringe groups is all it takes to start total mayhem. Young jobless males with nothing to do, which is what guys like this are aiming at, are impressionble. Just like in the middle east.

gator70 on April 10, 2008 at 9:29 AM

you mean we might have groups of young black men commiting crimes and terrorizing the public?

RMC1618 on April 10, 2008 at 9:36 AM

It’s a shame, especially on a day of remembrance for Dr. King, that so many people have forgotten that it was largely white Jews who were working hand in hand with Blacks during the civil rights era — organizing voter registration, in the courtrooms, in marches. Sigh.

ncc770 on April 10, 2008 at 9:37 AM

I’m not speakng of black people in general, but these small fringe groups is all it takes to start total mayhem. Young jobless males with nothing to do, which is what guys like this are aiming at, are impressionble. Just like in the middle east.

gator70 on April 10, 2008 at 9:29 AM

Hate to break it to you (and I will be crucified for saying the truth) but blacks, in general, have a real problem with getting their young males to be anything but street thugs. Those that attempt to be successful are attacked as selling out. To be cool as a black man of 2008 you must be uneducated with no pretense of changing that, have multiple children out of wedlock with multiple partners, and of course you need to have done time in jail for a drug-related charge.

Jeremiah Wright’s whole “black values system” seeks to keep blacks poor, ignorant, and estranged from American society. Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton have built a career on keeping blacks oppressed. Here in New Orleans, with a huge black population, there is no emphasis on education and achievement in the schools- instead you can find the future of the black race on every street corner hanging out drinking booze from a brown paper bag at 10am.

highhopes on April 10, 2008 at 9:42 AM

The Jews have fought for decades against any kind of bias. And this is what they get.
Well JOOOOOOS, this is what your Democrat party has turned to, this is who they are pandering to.
As great, and intellectual as the Jewish community is. With all that they have done in the name of science, medicine, the arts (per capita much greater then any other group or race), I still can’t shake the fact, the Jews want to commit suicide. They give themselves to a political party that wants to destroy them.
I boggles the mind…Jews support people who want to destroy them.
*
Those “reverends” are the backbone of Obama’s campaign…they will fill the voting booths.

right2bright on April 10, 2008 at 9:46 AM

ncc770 on April 10, 2008 at 9:37 AM

To a certain degree, this racism of black leaders needs to be brought into focus. There will be no real racial equality so long as racists like Jeremiah Wright, Jesse Jackson, and Reverand Lee are allowed to spew their hatred under the protection of “white guilt.” It is long past time to call them out and attack them the same way one would attack every member of the KKK except Robert Byrd.

highhopes on April 10, 2008 at 9:46 AM

Perhaps, but at least one preacher has also targeted an affluent, employed male with plenty to do . . . Obama.

So what make you think Obama has so much to do? He’s spent his entire first term in the Senate running for president. That tells me there is no need for Illinios (or New York for that matter) to be represented in the Senate. If Obama were busy, he’d be tending to business. Of course, the same thing could be said of McCain too. I’m of the mind if a Senator wants to run for president, he (or she) should resign the Senate seat and run.

abcurtis on April 10, 2008 at 9:47 AM

Liberal nitwits are so pathetically naive about black racists.

Jaibones on April 10, 2008 at 9:47 AM

Is there anything Jews can’t accomplish? Next I’ll be reading they beat the crap out of Superman!

What a shame that this woman’s recognition for her hard work and dedication is ruined by this kind of BS. Can’t people learn to limit themselves to the moment?

Whatever happened to the Reverend’s preaching peace and love? When did this become about hate & loathing?

VikingGoneWild on April 10, 2008 at 9:48 AM

Hate to break it to you (and I will be crucified for saying the truth) but blacks, in general, have a real problem with getting their young males to be anything but street thugs.

Come down off your cross, highhopes, but hey, thanks for the offensive and ludicrous generalization anyway. I take it your white?

Grow Fins on April 10, 2008 at 9:58 AM

So according to these preachers, blacks are incapable of doing or being anything except what their masters tell them. Frederick Douglas, W.E.B. DeBois, George Washington Carver must be spinning in their graves.

rbj on April 10, 2008 at 10:01 AM

When did this become about hate & loathing?

VikingGoneWild on April 10, 2008 at 9:48 AM

When it turned a profit.

Connie on April 10, 2008 at 10:04 AM

If she thinks Obama is going to stand up and repudiate the black “Christian” theology and his reverend and those like rev. Wright, she’s going to be waiting a very long time. Very sad, I also can’t understand why the Jewish people support the party that throws them under the bus.

OT, hey, Highhopes, I saw on another thread you’re from PG County… just wondering when you were there? I grew up there from about 1968 to 1977.
Cheers!

4shoes on April 10, 2008 at 10:09 AM

Uh, Tom Bradley was “esteemed” only in the eyes of the loons who propagate this kind of garbage.

corona on April 10, 2008 at 10:11 AM

and … given the hoax recently reported as fact, shouldn’t “we” be demanding a video or audio tape?

corona on April 10, 2008 at 10:15 AM

They give themselves to a political party that wants to destroy them.
I boggles the mind…Jews support people who want to destroy them.
*
Those “reverends” are the backbone of Obama’s campaign…they will fill the voting booths.

right2bright on April 10, 2008 at 9:46 AM

I’ve posted before about the historical reasons Jews vote Democratic so won’t repeat. But remember, this is the country where Jews assimilated and largely gave up their religious observance and former culture. To a large extent, they took that leap of faith and said America is different than Europe and Americans can be trusted. They wanted to fit in and no longer stand out. They wanted to be perceived as being good citizens by others. They wanted to be part of the larger community. Well, the Democrats still offer a communal identity, and the liberalism they espouse makes the person feel morally superior, because they care, and feel, and you can show everyone what a wonderfully tolerant and good person you are. You can even tolerate your sworn enemies. How much more wonderful can you be?

There’s something eerie about the similarities between today’s secular American jews who retain their loyalties to liberalism and the Democrats, and the German jews of the ’30′s who extolled their “Germanness.” Both were/are delusional. The majority of Am. jews will not wake up in time, but it’s not quite 100% anymore :)

JiangxiDad on April 10, 2008 at 10:29 AM

“Of course, the same thing could be said of McCain too.”

Sure, let him resign and let a Democrat Governor nominate his successor.

Then we can have “conservatives” screech that McCain sold us out again, he wants more Democrats in the Senate.

Personally, I’d be happier if my two worthless Senators, Jim Webb and John Warner, did less in the Senate. Anything they’re for, I’m generally against anyway.

NoDonkey on April 10, 2008 at 10:30 AM

She thinks Barack Obama is going to save her and save America. It’s sad. It’s funny. It’s sad and funny.

snaggletoothie on April 10, 2008 at 9:34 AM

I don’t think that’s what she said. She said Barak Obama could change this, but first he would have to take responsibility for sitting in that church for 20 years and never saying anything about it. – More like calling him on the carpet than pointing to him as savior.

samuelrylander on April 10, 2008 at 11:06 AM

She thinks Barack Obama is going to save her and save America. It’s sad. It’s funny. It’s sad and funny.

snaggletoothie on April 10, 2008 at 9:34 AM

Oops! What he [samuelrylander on April 10, 2008 at 11:06 AM] said. Like, exactly.

smellthecoffee on April 10, 2008 at 11:10 AM

Lee is indeed a big supporter of Obama:

http://www.lasentinel.net/Obama-Support-Rally.html

rick moran on April 10, 2008 at 11:12 AM

Sadly the spirit of Amalek is alive and well in the 21st century.

srhoades on April 10, 2008 at 11:13 AM

I’m listening to a biography of Einstein. It notes how the Nazis helped ensure that we developed the bomb before they did by running a boatload of Jewish scientists out of Germany circa 1930. Karma.

mikeyboss on April 10, 2008 at 11:20 AM

Frankly, I think MLK would have gone pale white had this happened in his lifetime.

Shy Guy on April 10, 2008 at 11:23 AM

Come down off your cross, highhopes, but hey, thanks for the offensive and ludicrous generalization anyway. I take it your white?

Grow Fins on April 10, 2008 at 9:58 AM

The contraction for you are is “you’re” not “your” and I made it perfectly clear that I was generalizing BUT and here is the important part, the generalization is 100% accurate. You can’t drive around New Orleans without seeing the validity of my point of view.

I assume you relish playing the role of angry black person?

highhopes on April 10, 2008 at 11:33 AM

Is there anything Jews can’t accomplish? Next I’ll be reading they beat the crap out of Superman!

LOL that’s awesome.

tlynch001 on April 10, 2008 at 11:42 AM

JiangxiDad on April 10, 2008 at 10:29 AM

Jews on the left are like the frog in boiling water. What I wrote three years ago remains true:

http://pillageidiot.blogspot.com/2005/02/boiling-frog.html

Attila (Pillage Idiot) on April 10, 2008 at 11:48 AM

These had to be consevatives. We are the evil, hate-filled racist in this Country. Remember, conservatives bad, liberals good. I guess the civil war going on within the Democrat party should not be a suprise. When you seperate voters by what is your group, and what is your gripe, eventually they will turn on one another.

chief on April 10, 2008 at 11:51 AM

Here’s a little rhetorical tip for everybody. When commenting on a post about anti-semiticsm, best not to use phrases like “before somebody crucifies me” and “come down off your cross”. Unless you were deliberately sneaking that in there to be funny, in which case it’s hilarious.

boko fittleworth on April 10, 2008 at 12:12 PM

We covered this today, with a fundamental question at the heart of our article: Does Daphna Ziman recognize the Source of the Problem? Does she know that, while all blacks who are on the political left are not anti-Semitic, all blacks who are anti-Semitic ARE ON THE POLITICAL LEFT?

ModernConservative on April 10, 2008 at 12:13 PM

“Is there anything Jews can’t accomplish? Next I’ll be reading they beat the crap out of Superman!”

They not only beat the crap out of him from 1938-1948, but they created him to begin with…

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jerry_Siegel

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joe_Shuster

ebrown2 on April 10, 2008 at 12:36 PM

Sickening! Where’s the outrage?

newton on April 10, 2008 at 12:49 PM

I wonder whose casket gets more RPMs, MLK’s or Cliff Burton’s?

Cylor on April 10, 2008 at 1:31 PM

He should come here, to the South Side of Chicago. There are one or two blocks that don’t have a storefront church/liquor store. He could open his and fit right in with his new neighbors, especially in the former Jewish area (South Shore) that is now a black ghetto. The “AA” community have improved the area SO MUCH with their economic development policies.

dm60462 on April 10, 2008 at 1:36 PM

You know we were talking about this very topic at my last Klan meeting and… what? Oh yeah, I know they say a lot of controversial things and I wasn’t at many of the meetings where they said those things but the organization does a lot of good things for white children. Besides it’s a little unfair to cherry-pick just a few quotes and run them over and over again. Well we were talking about this very subject just before they passed the hood for contributions and…

;-)

rhombus on April 10, 2008 at 1:40 PM

Who is that other guy who rose through the ranks on a tide of anti-Semitism? Adolf something? Help a brother out here…

TheCulturalist on April 10, 2008 at 3:07 PM

I made the mistake of taking my son to hear this man speak. We walked out.

Unbeknownst to me, he was the keynote speaker at a MLK celebration sponsored by the city. The event was supposed to be for kids. This idiot was politicizing everything. The kids were totally confused and perplexed at what he was saying. I was so pissed.

I did not hear anything that was remotely anti-semitic. But I wonder if it was only because he ran out of time.

***
I have some video footage of him speaking. If I find anything juicy, I will post it.

The Race Card on April 10, 2008 at 4:02 PM

Adolf X

Johan Klaus on April 10, 2008 at 5:24 PM

In 1993 I lived in Jackson, MS. Saturday evenings at 6 pm, PBS featured a black “preacher” (not sure if Christian or Muslim). The sermons I watched focused mainly on “killing whitie”. It really blew me away.

Claimsratt on April 10, 2008 at 6:11 PM

Rev. Lee denies anti-semitic remarks;

Jewish philanthropist accuses black pastor of anti-Semitism

In an interview, Lee emphatically denied Ziman’s account.

“None of those words are what I said. Not a single word. My goodness,” Lee said. “I look at the Jewish community as allies in our quest for advancement. For me, it doesn’t do any good to indict anybody. I just need help in changing the characterization of African Americans through the entertainment industry, and whoever can help me is fine. And without question there are a lot of influential members of the Jewish community that may be able to help us with that.”

Then issues a “best intentions” non-apology;

SCLC of Greater Los Angeles Statement
April 9, 2008

…Let me first state that at no time did I intend to offend, insult, indict or condemn any person or group of persons during any portion of my presentation. Furthermore, I did not make any statement that was offensive regarding the Jewish community and I completely deny and refute any accusation that I have done so. The accusations do not truly characterize the statements made during the presentation, nor do they accurately characterize my life or my position as President of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference of Greater Los Angeles…

What are the odds he’s an Obama supporter?

Terp Mole on April 11, 2008 at 1:06 PM

What are the odds he’s an Obama supporter?

Well, that was a silly question.

Terp Mole on April 11, 2008 at 1:10 PM