San Diego Jewish World: Editor’s E-Mail Box

October 19, 2018

Jewish Democratic Council of America wants Twitter to suspend NOI Minister Louis Farrakhan

Louis Farrakhan, leader of the fringe group Nation of Islam, posted a clip on Tuesday in which he compared Jews to termites.

The Jewish Democratic Council of America made this comment:

Dehumanization is a classic trope in many forms of hate speech, including in anti-Semitism. While we strongly support the First Amendment, Farrakhan’s post violates Twitter’s proposed new policies around “dehumanizing” tweets. Since those policies haven’t yet taken effect, Twitter is refusing to suspend this blatantly anti-Semitic content and are therefore playing a role in normalizing these hateful messages. Farrakhan has a long history of posting anti-Semitic, anti-LGBTQ, and misogynistic hate speech, and is noted as an anti-Semitic extremist by the Southern Poverty Law Center. Join JDCA in calling on Twitter to suspend Farrakhan’s account.  — From the Jewish Democratic Council of America