In January of 2011 Charles Jacobs travelled to South Sudan to document slavery and deliver humanitarian aid
By GARY BAUMGARTEN
Nation of Islam boss Louis Farrakhan told an audience at Berkeley that black students should not befriend Jews before reading his book. A book that makes the case that Jews were behind slavery in the United States.
This from the same man who denies modern day slavery in Sudan where, as in Mauritania, the UN has document its rampant practice.
His allegations infuriates Charles Jacobs, who received the Boston Freedom Award for his efforts in freeing slaves in Sudan. Slaves that, Jacobs notes, are being held in captivity by Muslims.
Farrakhan has been silent on the issue of slavery for sometime. He was muzzled after challenging reporters in Washington D.C. to go to Sudan for themselves and learn the truth about what he argued was the erroneous claim that slavery exists there.
The Baltimore Sun took him up on the challenge. Not only discovering slavery, but emancipating some of the slaves their reporters encountered.
But Farrakhan is being silent no more. His book, Jacobs acknowledges, makes a pervasive – but unfair – argument that Jews were responsible for slavery in the United States.
“There were Jewish slave owners,” Jacobs acknowledges. “But they were a minority of slave owners at a time.
What Farrakhan does in his book is document and magnify the few Jewish slave owners.
“If you read the book,” Jacobs says, “you hate Jews,” because it makes it seem like Jews led the South in enslaving blacks.
Jacobs believes Farrakahan’s job in life is to “break apart the black Jewish civil rights alliance” while recruiting blacks to Islam. But he has a problem, Jacobs says. Because in Sudan, black people are being held as slaves by their Muslim masters.
Jacobs also believes that Farrakhan finds it infuriating that the modern anti-slave movement is led by Jews. So enter the book.
He gets away with it, Jacobs argues, because few are talking about the Muslim slave owners in Sudan because it’s politically incorrect. “The human rights movement,” he argues, “has actually abandoned the slaves of Islam.”