Don’t Vote for Sen. Jill Carter for Anything Until She Credibly Explains or Retracts Her Support of Minister Louis Farrakhan: From Maryland Matters
Why I Oppose Jill Carter for Congress
Richard E. Vatz
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I understand why no serious national politician ever associates himself or herself with vile racists of the past like Mississippi’s Sen. James Eastland, Arkansas Sen. John L. McClellan, Alabama Gov. George Wallace and many others whose horrific and undiluted racism was manifest for decades.
Let me say that their constituent service was exemplary.
So what? They were despicable racists, some say. And I agree, 100%.
In his paean to Sen. Jill Carter, writer Richard Elliott never even mentions Sen. Carter’s connection with the vile anti-Semite Minister Louis Farrakhan. Mr. Farrakhan, dear reader, in case you are unaware of this, has been a virtuoso anti-Semite throughout his career through the current day.
Witness just a description of Farrakhan’s anti-Semitism as well as a tiny, infinitesimal portion of his statements in service of his hatred of Jewish people, courtesy of the great civil rights organization, the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC), to whom this writer has donated thousands of dollars since 1989.
“Farrakhan blames Jews for the slave trade, plantation slavery, Jim Crow, sharecropping and general black oppression,” the SPLC writes, offering these examples of Farrakhan’s words:
** “The Jews, a small handful, control the movement of this great nation, like a radar controls the movement of a great ship in the waters. … The Jews got a stranglehold on the Congress.” – Louis Farrakhan, Saviours’ Day speech, Chicago, Feb. 25, 1990
** “And you do with me as is written, but remember that I have warned you that Allah will punish you. You are wicked deceivers of the American people. You have sucked their blood. You are not real Jews, those of you that are not real Jews. You are the synagogue of Satan, and you have wrapped your tentacles around the U.S. government, and you are deceiving and sending this nation to hell. But I warn you in the name of Allah, you would be wise to leave me alone. But if you choose to crucify me, know that Allah will crucify you.” – Louis Farrakhan, Saviours’ Day speech, Chicago, Feb. 25, 1996
** “I’m not an anti-Semite. I’m anti-Termite.” – Oct. 16, 2018, tweet from Louis Farrakhan (@LouisFarrakhan).
** “Pedophilia and sexual perversion institutionalized in Hollywood and the entertainment industries can be traced to Talmudic principles and Jewish influence. Not Jewish influence, Satanic influence under the name of Jew. – Louis Farrakhan, Saviours’ Day speech, Chicago, Feb. 17, 2019
As with several other irresponsible Baltimore leaders, Carter appears to be a supporter of this contemptible anti-Semite, Louis Farrakhan. She attended at least one speech (whose facilities were shamefully allowed usage by Morgan State University), and her attendance was announced from the dais.
So far as I can determine, she has never publicly regretted or retracted her symbolic support for Mr. Farrakhan, and one cannot find any criticism of her suborning of Mr. Farrakhan among Baltimore or Maryland political principals or Baltimore print or electronic media.
Granted, she is not alone…according to The Jewish Journal (Nov. 15, 2018), the Congressional Black Caucus met secretly in 2005 with Mr. Farrakhan and, as Democratic Rep. Danny Davis of Illinois summed it up, “I regard him as an outstanding human being.”
Persuasion, which I have taught for almost five decades, is about strategically selecting facts and interpretations to persuade audiences. The ignoring of Carter’s connections is like ignoring Donald Trump’s attacks of personal destruction and speaking only of his economic successes.
In satirist Tom Lehrer’s brilliant epic on all kinds of prejudice and the disingenuousness of those who claim to oppose it through vehicles like National Brotherhood Week, after cataloguing all of the various group hatreds, he summarizes by sardonically observing, “And everyone hates the Jews.’
Maybe there is some limited truth to that, but let’s not perpetuate it by supporting those who openly associate with despicable anti-Semites like Louis Farrakhan.
— RICHARD E. VATZ
The writer is professor at Towson University and is author of The Only Authentic of Persuasion: the Agenda-Spin Model (LAD Custom Publishing, 2019) and the co-editor of Thomas S. Szasz: the Man and His Ideas (Transaction Publishers, 2017).