Why Hasn’t Rep. Hakeem Jeffries Repudiated the Jew Hating Rhetoric Espoused by Uncle Leonard Jeffries? - The Jewish Voice
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Why Hasn’t Rep. Hakeem Jeffries Repudiated the Jew Hating Rhetoric Espoused by Uncle Leonard Jeffries?

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Leonard Jeffries was a CCNY professor who promulgated classical anti-Semitism

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House Minority Leader Hakeem Jeffries (D-NY) predicted Sunday on NBC’s “Meet the Press” that the Republican-controlled House will implement an “extreme MAGA agenda,” which he believes will undermine the well-being of the American people, according to a report on the Breitbart.com web site.

Jeffries told the television audience that, “Our general concern is the dysfunction that was historic that we saw this week is not at an end, just the beginning. And while the Congress was held captive this particular time, what is going to be a problem is if the American people will be held captive for the next two years to the extreme MAGA Republican agenda that apparently has been negotiated into the House rules and the functioning of the Congress. That going to undermine the health, safety, and well-being of the American people. It may undermine national security and a robust defense and undermine our ability to advance an agenda anchored in kitchen table issues, not extremism.’

Breitbart also reported that he added, “Our concern right now is on getting things done for everyday Americans and tackling the being that is in front of us, making sure we have a farm big that makes sense for the American people. Making sure we can fund a government that invests in economic opportunity, invests in the health and the public safety of the American people, making sure that we don’t default on our debt for the first time in American history, making sure that we reauthorize important agencies like the FAA so we can strengthen air travel in this country. This is the agenda we’re going to focus on as Democrats.”

According to a December 1st report on the JustTheNews.com web site, House Democrats elected Jeffries as the leader of their conference, making Jeffries the first black American to head a major political party in Congress.

JustTheNews.com also reported that what was absent from the press coverage is the fact that Jeffries’ uncle, Leonard Jeffries, is an academic notorious for his anti-Semitic and black supremacist teachings.

According to a 1991 report by the American Jewish Committee, Leonard Jefferies, a former CUNY professor, “preaches Jew-hatred like a religion.”

JustTheNews.com also reported that In 2017, the Anti-Defamation League wrote of Jeffries: He “asserted that ‘rich Jews’ controlled the black slave trade, and that Hollywood was the site of a Jewish-dominated conspiracy to systematically denigrate Blacks. He called the then-Assistant U.S. Secretary of Education Diane Ravitch the ‘ultimate, supreme, sophisticated, debonair racist’ and a ‘Texas Jew.'”

There’s no indication that Hakeem Jeffries, who’s denounced the rise in anti-Semitic attacks in the U.S., shares his uncle’s views. The congressman told the Wall Street Journal in 2013 that he’s close with his uncle but doesn’t support his ideas.

Jeffries “has consistently and forcefully spoken out against anti-Semitism throughout his career,” the congressman’s office told Just the News. “His on the record comments made to the Wall Street Journal speak for themselves.”

However, there’s little indication of Jeffries being questioned about how his uncle may have influenced him, according to the Just The News report.

According to an extensive report entitled “Dr. Jeffries & the Anti-Semitic Branch of the Afrocentrism Movement” by Kenneth S. Stern, during a July 20, 1991 speech at the Empire State Black Arts and Cultural Festival in Albany, New York,  Dr. Leonard Jeffries, the chairman of the African-American Studies department at City College, claimed, among other things, that there is an anti-black “conspiracy, planned and plotted and programmed out of Hollywood,” by “people called Greenberg and Weisberg and Trigliani and what not. It’s not being anti-Semitic to mention who developed Hollywood. Their names are there. MGM , Metro Goldwyn Mayer. Adolph Zukor. Fox. Russian Jewry had a particular control over the movies, and their financial partners, the Mafia, put together a system of destruction of black people.”

The report written by Stern also indicated that prior to his July 20, 1991 speech, CCNY professor Leonard Jeffries was already known for his teaching that blacks are racially superior to whites because blacks, whom he calls “sun people,” because they have more melanin in their skin than whites, whom he calls “ice people.” (Even though Jeffries is generally believed to be the inventor of this theory, it was actually founded by Dr. Frances Cress Welsing who, according to the Amsterdam News, contended that “white racism and aggression are the result of the lack of melanin. This genetic deficiency, the lack of color, compels while people to be hostile to people of color.”)

Yet and still, Hakeem Jeffries has refused to condemn these hate filled statements made by his uncle, yet he rails against former President Donald Trump and his “MAGA” associates for their alleged foray into anti-Semitism.

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