Rep. Keith Ellison (D-MN) today issued a strong statement reaffirming his commitment to the fight against anti-Semitism and other forms of hatreds. We welcome this statement, following several weeks in which he has come under attack by some on the right.
As we have said before, Farrakhan is a vile anti-Semite who has slandered our community and launched hideous attacks on women, gay people and other groups. We expect our politicians to disavow him, as part of their commitment to equality and the fight against anti-Semitism. Ellison’s statement leaves no ambiguity that he does not accept Farrakhan’s hateful and divisive preaching and we appreciate him reiterating this conviction. We also have been pleased to read similarly unsolicited statements from Reps. Barbara Lee (D-CA) and Gregory Meeks (D-NY) in recent weeks.
As an organization and wider community, we strive to reach across religious and racial divisions to work for mutual understanding and social justice. American Jews and African Americans are long-standing partners in the fight to create a more equitable and inclusive country. JDCA will continue to build on this legacy, and is pleased that Rep. Ellison and other members of Congress are equally committed.