4 NISAN 5753/MARCH 26, 1993
Four Jewish groups demand an explanation for the Detroit Public
Schools' implied support of the Rev. Louis Farrakhan.
LESLEY PEARL STAFF WRITER
laiming "de facto" support by the
Detroit Public Schools of the Rev.
Louis Farrakhan's upcoming vis-
it, four Jewish organizations have
linked together in protest.
Nation of Islam leader, the Rev.
Farrakhan is scheduled to speak
at a fund-raiser for the Malcolm
X Academy March 27 at
Mackenzie High School in Detroit.
The event is sponsored by the
Malcolm X Academy Parents
The Jewish Community
Council, American Jewish
League and American Jewish
Committee on Tuesday penned a
joint letter to Detroit Public
Schools Superintendent Deborah
The letter did not question the
Rev. Farrakhan's right to speak,
but rather the implied approval by
the school board.
The four Jewish agencies sug-
JCCouncil, the Anti-Defamation
League, AJCongress and AJCom-
mittee also expressed concern re-
garding the spreading of hatred
and misinformation within the
public education system.
"Louis Farrakhan does have
some positive things to say," said
Jeannie Weiner, president of the
JCCouncil. "But anti-Semitism is
also part of his message. Allowing
him to speak shows approval for
his message. And it's difficult for
young people to weed out the good
gest the school district issue a pub-
lic statement disassociating itself
from the speech. They believe if a
statement is not issued, the school
district and prin-
cipal of the acade-
my are showing
"There are cer-
tain aspects of
this visit that
have caused us to
dent of the
Is the school board buying into the Rev. Farrakhan's message of hatred?
"We were dis-
turbed by the ap-
parent role or link by the Detroit sentiment from the bad.
"It's upsetting there is such in-
The Parents Group is leasing sensitivity in the educational sys-
the Mackenzie High School facili- tem."
Mr. Imerman agreed, recalling
ties for the evening and acted in-
dependently from the school board the Detroit Public Schools' histo-
in selecting a speaker.
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