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The Detroit Jewish News, 1990-03-02

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Rap Bias

Continued from Page 2

leads to Henry Ford and his
anti-Semitism. Tracing of the
facts is due to an important
article, "When Ford Apologiz-
ed to the Jews" in the current
issue of Moment magazine.
Leonard Dinnerstein,
historian and lecturer, in a
commendably thorough
review of the Ford guilt, in-
cludes the text of the Detroit
auto magnate's apology and
his pledge to abandon the
hate campaign against Jews.
Dinnerstein shows that the
legacies left by Ford kept gain-
ing adherents that the faked
documents which gained cir-
culation
through
his
maneuvers are still receiving
wide circulation. In his article,
Dinnerstein indicates one of
the continuing hate-spreading
means that was attained in
the anti-Semitic inheritance
from Ford:
The International Jew is
also offered today through
the mail by companies in
California, West Virginia,
Arkansas and Georgia that
are thinly veiled cover
groups for the Ku Klux
Klan and neo-Nazis, accor-
ding to researchers at the
ADL and the American
Jewish Committee. These
mail-order companies,
which do not publish their
telephone numbers, also of-
fer an assortment of anti-
black, anti-Zionist isola-
tionist and anti-
immigration publications,
as well as revisionist
histories that say the
Holocaust never happened.
Dinnerstein's expose of the
manner in which rap and
Public Enemy movement has
learned from Ford is factually
presented in his Moment arti-
cle. Based on actual admis-
sions of the facts and crediting
them to the rap leaders, Din-
nerstein made these revela-
tions under the heading "A
Bum Rap: Ford's 'Interna-
tional Jew' Gets New Life":
"Farrakhan's a prophet
and
I think you ought to
listen to
What he can say to you
What you ought to do."
—Lyrics from the song
"Bring the Noise" by
Public Enemy
Henry Ford's anti-Semitic
theme song plays on. "Pro-
fessor Griff" (Richard Grif-
fin), the spokesman for a
popular rap music group
called Public Enemy, rap-
ped on Jews as responsible
for "the majority of
wickedness that goes on
across the globe." He said
Henry Ford's anti-Semitic
treatise The International
Jew was a source of his
view .. .

The group's members
belong to the Nation of
Islam, which is headed by
noted anti-Semite Louis
Farrakhan. The Interna-
tional Jew, written by Ford
in the 1920s, is still sold to-
day through some black
bookstores and some book-
stores associated with the
Nation of Islam, among
other places. When asked
why a copy of Ford's book
was among those stacked
on a table at Public
Enemy's headquarters,
group member James Nor-
man responded, "Don't get
hung up on this one book.
We're studious people. We
study. And this just hap-
pens to be a book that
we've read:'
Norman told the
Washington Times, "We're
not hung up on Jews. We've
got no time to get hung up
on Jewish people. That's
not our purpose. We're bat-
tling to try to regain a black
consciousness for our peo-
ple."
Unlike Norman, "Pro-
fessor Griff" did not play in
the Public Enemy ensem-
ble; his title was "Minister
of Information" and he
warmed up audiences with
black nationalist state-
ments. In the May interview
with the Washington Times,
he made such comments as
"The Jews have a grip on
America," and "The Jews
have a tight grip on our
brothers in South Africa."
When asked "Where does
the concept come from?"
that the Jews are responsi-
ble for most of the
wickedness in the world,
Griffin began by saying,
"There's a book called .. .
The International Jew by
Henry Ford."
Now Norman has become
Public Enemy's "Minister
of Information" and Griffin
has been named "Supreme
Allied Chief of Community
Relations," with duties in-
cluding "service to the
black community with
special attention paid to
local youth programs:' ac-
cording to a press release,
which added that Griffin
will no longer give
interviews.
Henry Ford Senior, who was
among the most intimately
honored by Adolf Hitler,
became a patron saint for anti-
Semites. His apology was a
classic for published records
but not an order for anti-
Semites to abandon their
hatreds. That an American
group should now be using his
financed bigotries as guides
for their hatreds is another of
the deplorable lessons of our
time. It encourages renewed

reminiscences of the bigotries.
The exposing of them by
scholars like Dinnerstein is a
real contribution to retention
of details about hatreds in the
campaign to ban their
repetition.
In the Public Enemy case,
the sources of hatreds will at
least encourage the fact-
seekers to continue the battle
against spreading prejudices.
Such a battle doesn't always
bring desired results but it
satisfies the conscience of true
libertarians. ❑

Senator Dole

Continued from Page 2

Treaty Organization and
American interests against
the military forces of the
very countries that are now
Rudy Boschwitz
democratizing and, pre-
sumably, pose less of a
rates lowered, more funds
threat.
would be available for
Furthermore, we are pro-
research and development,
tecting developed West
and we could better corn-
European economies far , pete and rebuild our in-
stronger and more able to
frastructure .. .
afford such expenditures
These are facts which are
than the foreign aid reci-
vital.
pients Sentaor Dole seeks
The urgency now is for the
to penalize. These Euro-
President to recognize the fol-
pean nations spend barely
ly of the Dole proposal.
3 percent of their gross na-
Therefore, the importance of
tional product on defense,
overwhelming senatorial op-
position to their colleague's
ideas in an appeal addressed
Cutting the U.S.
by 70 senators to President
Bush urging him to reject the
military budget in
Dole proposals. With reference
Europe and the Far
to Israel, the statement by the
East makes sense
70 senators from both parties,
that was initiated by Senator
for defense and
Carl Levin, asserted:
economic reasons.
"It is vital that the United
States act, and act
vigorously, to reinforce the
while we spend twice that.
democratic trends in the
Why should they spend
nations of Eastern Europe.
more when a generous and
"However, we should not
rich uncle is willing to pick
and need not provide this
up the tab? The main
support in ways which
source of economic aid to
damage other foreign
Eastern Europe should
policy or security interests
come from its neighbors to
of the United States.
the west.
"In the Middle East, we
The second large area of
should reaffirm the sup-
our defense expenditures
port of the United States for
overseas is in the Far East.
upholding our foreign
Including naval expen-
assistance and com-
ditures in the region, our
mitments to Israel and
costs there surely are five
Egypt.
or six times greater than
"Diminution of that sup-
the entire aid package
port will send the wrong
under attack by Senator
signals to the most extreme
Dole. Yet the Japanese
and violent factions in the
spend barely 1 percent of
area:'
gross national product on
defense. We provide huge
The Dole idea sensationally
subsidies to our principal
led to suspicions marked by
trade competitors — Japan,
bias. It is fortunate that the
Korea, Taiwan and Europe
overwhelming senatorial
— by underwriting their
treatment of the foreign aid
defense.
program invited more prac-
If our defense expenditures
tical concerns.
were largely taken over by
Hopefully the Dole fears
our allies, our deficit would
originally injected into the
be wiped out and interest
discussion will vanish.



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