A year ago last fall, Louis Farrakhan called out President Obama for his request that Black Lives Matter activists in Ferguson, Mo., remain peaceful. “What brought you out to tell Black youth to be peaceful? Why the hell don’t you go to the wicked police department?” asked Farrakhan on Twitter.
A year later, the president’s old spiritual leader, Jeremiah Wright, took the microphone at Farrakhan’s #JusticeOrElse rally in D.C. and confounded quite a few with his declaration that “Jesus was a Palestinian.” Hewas speaking metaphorically, insisting that “the youth in Ferguson and the youth in Palestine have united together to remind us that the dots need to be connected.”
That union isn’t a metaphor: a group calledBlack-Palestinian Solidarity has launched a website that explains its mission:
We choose to join one another in resistance not because our struggles are the same but because we each struggle against the formidable forces of structural racism and the carceral and lethal technologies deployed to maintain them. This video intends to interrupt that process to assert our humanity and to stand together in an affirmation of life and a commitment to resistance.
The group alsoreleased a video featuring activists, artists and some familiar faces, includingLauryn Hill, Danny Glover, Alice Walker, Angela Davis, Cornel West, Boots Riley and many others. (Riley is leader of rap group The Coup, whichachieved brief notoriety for itsalbum cover featuring Riley holding a prop “detonator” in front of an exploding World Trade Center tower.)
The video also featuresRasmea Odeh, who was convicted of two terrorist bombings in Jerusalem, including a fatal one, andimmigration fraud. Odeh is the subject of the Huffington Post piece“Why Black Activists Should Stand With Rasmea Odeh,” written by Marc Lamont Hill, who responded to Christopher Hayes’ request.
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