Reparations Committee research paper highlights role of Jews in African slavery
Jews played a significant role in the African holocaust. Much is recorded in history about the Jewish Holocaust by German Nazis, but very little is said about the major part Jews played in the African Holocaust.
The first major role and one of the most significant, was played by Rabbi Moshe ben Maimon, Talmudist, Halachist, physician, philosopher and communal leader, known in the Jewish world by the acronym “Rambam” and to the world at large as “Maimonides,”. He is one of the most important figures in the history of Torah scholarship and has a direct descendant of Moses through his father Maimon, that on his gravestone are inscribed the words, “From Moses to Moses, none arose as Moses.”
Trinidad-born Professor Tony Martin
Coming out of the Nation of Islam, from the book; ‘Secret Relationship between Blacks and Jews’ and other research material, Mr. Eric Phillips Chairman of the local Reparations Committee says certain information about the part the Jews played was being discovered.
The most notorious anti-black racist in Judaism happens to be Judaism’s most influential and revered sage, Moses Maimonides, who taught in his book “Guide of the Perplexed,” that blacks are subhuman.
The research information said that Maimonides, in the twelfth-century, a Rabbi who is considered one of the greatest thinkers in medieval European thought, was one of the main architects of racism, when through his mythological “curse of Ham” stated that Black people were “biologically inferior” and that Black Africans were “lower than the ranks of man but higher than the ranks of apes.”
Maimonides’ Jewish tale signaled and marshaled the very beginnings of racism and white supremacy, creating much mischief and causing the shedding of much blood. It is shown to be the root justification of the slave trade and the displacement and murder of the American Indians; used also to attack the Civil Rights Movement, undermining abolitionism, to buttress the pro-slavery Confederacy, and an instrument of Jim Crow control.
It is inconceivable that Rabbi Maimonides would make these observations when Black Africans, known as the Muslim Moors, exercised economic, political, intellectual and cultural hegemony over most of Western Europe.
Rabbi Maimonides was considered “the symbol of the pure and orthodox faith,” and his writings are considered “the greatest work of Jewish religious philosophy.” His works later wielded great influence on the scholastic philosophers of the Middle Ages, and was extensively quoted by many of them, notably Albertus Magnus, Thomas Aquinas, Duns Scotus and Roger Bacon.
Maimonides, who occupied a most prominent place in the annals of general theological philosophy created racism although he is considered a holy man. The Hamitic Myth is derived from the Biblical story of Noah, taken alone as presented in Genesis 9:21-27, the characters are without a racial or geographical identity. It is the later interpretation of this race/religion/nation-neutral parable which assigned the curse specifically to the Black race such that by 1460 the institution of slavery would be universally believed to be the lot of the Africans.
Former Trinidad-born professor of Africana Studies at Wellesley College, USA Dr. Tony Martin highlighted, “The curse of Ham, as taught by the Rabbis, is what Avraham Melamed rightly terms, “the locus classicus” of Judaism’s historic antipathy toward black people and the exegetical source of its racist teaching from the Amorism of Babylonia to Moses Maimonides.
The dogma that the black is a slave by nature is rabbinic in origin. Canaan is identified as a black man and blacks as inferior people, only in the Gemara, which is to say the latter part of the Talmud, the Midrash and later writings of the rabbis. This invective, and racism, is not anywhere in the bible concerning the black race. The rabbinic account of the malediction against Ham stipulates that his son Canaan, and all Canaan’s offspring, are fated to suffer perpetual slavery and black skin without the chance of their condition being ameliorated.
It is an irony of history that as a result of this supposedly progressive development, the abominable view of blacks as a perpetual race of slaves became entrenched among the western liberal intelligentsia for at least the next three hundred years”.
Many people have adopted the mantle of “Chosen People” via the Hamitic Myth including the Puritans, the Jews, the Boers, the Afrikaners, and the Nazis, among many others. Even the Cherokees used it to justify their enslavement of the African (interestingly, it was “mixed-blood” Cherokees who engaged in this practice, just as it were mulatto “Blacks” who held African slaves). Southern Christians then used the same Hamitic Myth to justify the extermination of the Cherokees. Christians further employed the “Chosen People” myth of the slaveholding ancient Hebrews to justify their own slaveholding. Whites have even gone so far as to say that the snake in the Garden of Eden was the Black Man.
Beyond the Orthodox Judiasm of Maimonides there was also the similar racist approach taken by reform Judiasm.
Reform Judaism was founded in America by Isaac Mayer Wise. Wise was a rabid, recalcitrant, racist rabbi who referred to Jesus as a “near lunatic,” and, like his predecessor Maimonides, considered Black people as subhuman. Rabbi Wise openly boasted that White Jews gave Christians a God and a religion.
According to the landmark publication ‘The Secret Relationship Between Blacks and Jews, Vol. 2’, Rabbi Wise’s students were some of the “most notable Jewish clerics in American history.” Among them were Max Heller, Morris Newfield, Isidore Lewinski, Max Raisin, David Marx and Moses Jacobson, all of whom served in the south.
A troubling alliance developed between racist rabbis and members of the Confederacy. This alliance led to a symbiotic relationship between and among members of the southern slavocracy and the Jewish religious leadership. Rabbi James Gutheim, the New Orleans Rabbi and ideological student of Rabbi Wise, in 1862 encouraged Southern Jews to support the Confederacy, and prayed to God to bless the Confederate slaveholders. When desegregation of the New Orleans school system was proposed, Rabbi Gutheim came up with an alternative: he founded a Hebrew school in protest.
Among the Jews and southern slave owners, it was an open secret that rabbis owned and rented slaves. Rabbi Morris Raphall of New York, the nation’s highest paid clergyman, defended slavery and like others of his coreligionists claimed that God had sanctioned it.
Rabbi and historian Dr. Bertram W. Korn, an acknowledged expert on nineteenth-century American Jewry, was not shy in stating that “Jews participated in every aspect and process of the exploitation of the defenseless blacks.”
Wise, Maimonides, Raphall and other Jewish rabbis used the Talmud to justify their concept of racial superiority over Black people. In the southern Jewish ethos Blacks were scapegoated and demonized so that Jews could develop without the impediment of racism. The rabbis played a crucial and strategic role of supplying “spiritual air cover” for racist Jewish and Gentile slave owners to justify their dehumanization of Black people in the institution of American slavery.
History shows that Rabbis have benefited financially from the enormous profits gained from African enslavement. It was the Rabbis who invented the Curse of Ham Myth, which enabled and facilitated the enslavement of the Black man. Therefore, this conspiratorial relationship between the rabbis and their slave-dealing co-religionists benefited the entire Jewish nation in America and throughout the world. A part of this conspiratorial relationship included the deafening silence of those Jews who knew what was happening to the Black man was wrong but remained silent, especially since the question of what accounts for the entire absence of Jews from the abolition movement is yet to be answered.
They were said to have participated in the Civil Rights Movement whenever their self-interests coincided with Black interests. More important, however, is Jewish control of the Civil Rights Movement through their control of the civil rights organizations.
Jews used their wealth, power, and influence as board members, board directors and presidents of Black organizations to steer these organizations in the direction they desired, not in the direction Black people wanted.
With the documented historical past of hundreds of years of discrimination against Black Americans and African people documented in ‘The Secret Relationship Between Blacks and Jews’ Vol. 1 and 2 and in Jews Selling Blacks, there is great reluctance to openly discuss these issues.
The book “Jews selling Blacks” gives ample proof of the historical facts of the significant role Jews played in Slavery. The title says it all. There are 140 pages of ads reproduced from American newspapers of the slavery era, Jews selling Blacks as individuals, in gangs, and as families, taking loans for slave purchases among others.
Historically, the role of Jews was hidden for quite a while until the book ‘The Secret Relationship Between Blacks and Jews’ was written. Professor Tony Martin retired in June 2007 after 34 years teaching at the Africana Studies Department. He encouraged the study of ‘The Secret Relationship Between Blacks and Jews’ and the contributions of the Jews to slavery and was heavily criticized for it. He died at age 70 in January last year. (Zena Henry)