Def Sham: “Pro-Jewish” Russell Simmons and the NOI

Simmons is the most influential figure in the rise of hip-hop and rap and one of the most influential figures in American pop culture.

But in that role Simmons has surrounded himself with Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan and his acolytes. At Farrakhan’s request, the Simmonses co-chaired the Million Family March Entertainment Initiative in 2000 and enlisted many celebrities. Simmons calls Farrakhan “a saint,” featuring him at HSAN events.

Simmons’s receptivity to Farrakhan’s anti-Semitic, supremacist views culminated in a dangerous voter registration and political drive launched in honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

Simmons announced his “One Mind. One Vote” campaign on ABC Radio. His aim to register millions of young urban voters might seem laudable. But Simmons’s HSAN is headed by Farrakhan’s righthand man and has supported some frightening, anti-Semitic candidates.

More evidence that Russell Simmons is the last guy we need on our side.

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