“My great-grandfather was a Spanish rabbi, a Sephardic Jewish man. As much heat as I’ve been catching from the public, this hit home in a real way.
Along with his hateful rhetoric, the Nation of Islam leader is known as well for empowering Black activism and running a network of social service.
Several other celebrities have defended or praised Farrakhan over the past several weeks and faced a backlash.
The death of Rep. John Lewis comes at a particularly fraught time for blacks and Jews in America.
Nick Cannon, Stephen Jackson, TI, 2Chainz and Rick Ross all attended Farrakhan’s July 4 public address, which featured anti-Semitic statements.
“They tell lies to make you think I am a bigot or anti-Semite, so that you won’t listen to what I’m saying.”
“Watch your mouth Jake.”
Farrakhan has called Jews “satanic” and said they’re responsible for “degenerate behavior in Hollywood turning men into women and women into men.”
The Jewish comedian said she did not consider the context of his anti-Semitic and homophobic rhetoric, which are contrary to her beliefs and values.
The Jewish comedian was criticized on social media after writing that “perhaps Farrakhan’s anti-Semitic views took form during his own oppression.”…