The answer is simple, it is clear, and it is never mentioned in the media.
The question is, of course, why is there so little support for Bernie Sanders in the African-American community?
And the answer, the unspoken reason, is that for decades there has been, stoked by powerful religious leaders, pervasive anti-Semitism in the African-American community. It’s a fact, but commentators, pundits, community leaders and others, for whatever reasons, refuse to acknowledge it’s existence. It exists in all segments of the African-American community, but it is most virulent among the Nation of Islam and other
Nation of Islam founder Elijah Muhammad was the source of a thoroughly outrageous and discredited campaign alleging that it was the Jews who were were responsible for the Atlantic slave trade. These allegations were the centerpiece of a book, “The Secret Relationship Between Blacks and Jews” published by the Nation of Islam in 1991. The book, called by many the “Bible of new anti-Semitism” was also discredited as, according to Prof. Henry Gates, chairman of Harvard University’s Department of African-American Studies, “massively misinterpreting” history.
Successors to Muhammad’s position with the Nation of Islam espoused a variety of anti-Semitic positions. Khalid Abdul Muhammad brought widespread condemnation on the group in 1993 when he denounced Jews as “bloodsuckers”. One such instance, a 1994 speech in Baltimore, included these words:
“I called them Jews bloodsuckers. I’m not going to change that. Our lessons talk about the bloodsuckers of the poor in the Supreme Wisdom of the Nation of Islam. It’s that old no-good Jew, that old imposter Jew, that old hooked-nose, bagel-eating, lox-eating, Johnny-come-lately perpetrating a fraud, just crawled out of the caves and hills of Europe, so-called damn Jew”
Farrakhan made a career out of insults and ridicule aimed at the Jewish religion. His insults of calling Judaism a “dirty religion” and a “gutter religion” are well known, as is his high regard for hitler, who he called “a very great man”. In a 1996 speech in Chicago, Farrakhan said of the Jews, the following:
“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.”
Nation of Islam spokesman Malik Zulu Shabazz alleged in 2002 that “Jewish conspirators” had exclusive foreknowledge of the 9/11 attacks and saved their own lives that day by not going to their jobs in the World Trade Center and he called for the killing of “every goddamn Zionist”.
In 2006, Quanell X, national youth minister for the Nation of Islam told the Chicago Tribune the following:
“I say to Jewish America: Get ready … knuckle up, put your boots on, because we’re ready and the war is going down … Black youth do not want a relationship with the Jewish community … All you Jews can go straight to hell.”
Marcus Garvey, an icon in the African-American community and proponent of the Black Nationalism Movement, became a martyr when he was convicted of federal mail fraud charges in 1923. His response was to allege that the prosecution and especially the trial itself were shams, engineered by a biased Jewish prosecutor, a Jewish judge and Jewish jurors. He was a staunch supporter of both hitler and mussolini, not to mention America’s
This stream of though has also been visible in popular culture apart from religion. Iconic African-American author James Baldwin, for one, once wrote that while Christians made up America’s true power structure, the Jew “is doing their dirty work.” He also frequently criticized the vast contribution of Jewish people and organizations to civil rights organizations as no more than “conscience money.”
Beginning in 1964, the Anti-Defamation League has conducted regular surveys on such issues and such a survey conducted in 1998 found that African-Americans were four times as likely to answer a series of questions that identify them as anti-Semitic as Whites, a difference of 34% of Blacks identified as anti-Semitic to 9% of Whites.
In the end, it’s all very simple. Bernie Sanders has little if any support from the African-American community because he is Jewish. Period.