BERKELEY-Jewish students at the University Of California at Berkeley have criticized Minister Louis Farrakhan’s recent speech that opened the Afrikan Black Coalition Conference which brought in students from across the state of California.
In his speech, Farrakhan told Black students to create jobs for themselves and to learn more about Black history. He also brought up a controversial book by the Nation Of Islam, “The Secret Relationship Between Blacks and Jews” which has been accused of being anti-Semitic.
“(He said) that Jews control the government and that you need to be their friends in order to be successful, that Jews control the media. To me, that was just so hateful and horrible,” said Noah Ickowitz, a UC Berkelely ASUC Senator.
UC President Mark Yudof decried Farrakhan as “provocative” and “divisive” following his speech at UC Berkeley.
“Louis Farrakhan is a provocative, divisive figure with a long history of racist, anti-Semitic and homophobic speech,” Yudof said. “It was distressing in the extreme that a student organization invited him to speak on the UC Berkeley campus.”