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"A Dissenting View" / Dr.

Henrik Clarke response to Henry
Louis Gates' "Black Demagogues and
The following is Dr. John H. Clarke's response to a 1992 New York
Times OP-ED by Henry Louis Gates Jr. entitled "Black Demagogues
and Pseudo-Scholars":
I am raising the following questions: At once, I questioned the title of
Professor Gates' article. He should never refer to anyone as a
demagogue unless he's ready to call the names of the demagogues,

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singular or plural, and point out the nature of their demagoguery. He
should never refer to any scholar as being pseudo, unless he is ready to
name the scholar and prove the pseudo nature of his or her work. To
disagree with a scholar does not make the scholar a demagogue. Most
of the old and new Black scholars asking for a total reconsideration of
African history, in particular, and world history, in general, are using
neglected documents by radical White Scholars who are generally
neglected by the White academic community.
In African history I am referring to scholars like Gerald Massey and
his work, Egypt, Light of the World, (two volumes), The Book of the
Beginnings, (two volumes) and Natural Genesis, (two volumes).I am
also referring to Gerald Massey's greatest English disciple, Albert
Churchward, whose book, The Signs and Symbols of Primordial Man,
asks for a reconsideration of the role of people outside of Europe and
their role in human development.Your attention should also be called
to the work, Anacalypsis, two volumes by Godfrey Higgins, published
in 1837.
These books deal with the dispersions of African people throughout
the world.Many of these Black scholars, whose work Professor Gates
questioned, were reading works by Whites in French, German and
other languages that spoke positively about African American
achievement long before Mr. Gates' parents were born.This school of
Black scholars are neither demagogues nor are they pseudos; they are
the forerunners of the present propagators of Afrocentricity. They
know what Professor Gates doesn't seem to know: that African people
are the most written about and the least understood people in the
world.If Professor Gates has not read the works of the White pioneer
scholars about the role of African people in world history, it stands to
reason that he has no understanding of the senior Black scholars such
as Yosef ben-Jochannan, John G. Jackson, Cheikh Anta Diop, Jacob
Carruthers, Chancellor Williams, Lao Hansberry and myself.Professor
Gates' reference to Black anti-Semitism is an exaggeration.
A new Black awareness is causing Blacks, young and old, to question
everything that has any influence on their lives. We are realizing that
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Jewish people have an influence on our lives far out of proportion to
their numbers in the population. I totally disagree with Professor
Gates that anti-Semitism among Whites is on the wane in the country.
Quite the contrary, I think it is increasing in this country and in the
world, and Black people are not the cause of it.What you have in this
new charge of Black and Semitism against Blacks is the most pathetic
of all tragedies, a scapegoat looking for a scapegoat. Because of Black
Americans' reading or misreading of the Bible, we have always had a
sentimental attachment to Jewish people and, to a large extent, most
of us still do. During slavery, we wanted to attach ourselves to a people
who had escaped from bondage.
So, the Exodus story in the Bible became more real to us than to the
Jewish people. Right now, in a large number of Black Baptist churches,
you can get a large number of the congregation to shed real tears of
sympathy over the three Hebrew boys in the fiery furnace. Most of
tganized White hate groups in the United States. I know of no overt
attacks by the Jews being made on any of them. Yet, Jewish people
have attacked Louis Farrakhan more than they have attacked the
leaders of the Aryan Nation or the American Nazi Party. Are the Jews
in America looking for an easy victory or the Truth? Black Americans
have never been their enemy. And they, the Jews, have never been our
friends unless it was to their convenience. Neo-Nazism has fully
re-emerged in Germany and in other states in Europe.
These are people with a nation structure and armies. Why is it that a
group of weak Black Americans are getting more attention from the
Jews than these powerful White forces rising against them?I'm sorry
that Professor Cornell West saw fit to make a statement about this
false charge of Black anti-Semitism. I could agree with his statement if
the statement were true. What Black people are realizing in this
country, in the Caribbean Islands and in Africa is that the Jewish
people, of European descent, are a part of the world apparatus of
European control. And, in the matter of White control over the world,
their position is no different than that of other Europeans. I am not
saying that the Jews of Europe are more bent on world dominance
than other Europeans; I am saying that they are not radically different
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from other Europeans in this regard. Internal disputes between the
Jews and other Europeans is a form of European domestic racism.
European racism has spent itself out outside of Europe. During the
Nazi regime in Germany, that racism turned inward on itself and
created what is referred to as The Holocaust. This was a problem
started in Europe by Europeans that should have been resolved in
Europe by Europeans.Repeatedly I have said that Europeans are
geniuses at draining the diseased pus of their political sores on the
lands of other people. What is now being called anti Semitism among a
newly awakened Black intellectual class is that they are beginning to
look at the people referred to as Jews as part of the totality of
European world dominance. We are not saying that the European who
is a Jew is any more of an imperialist than any other of the Europeans,
but that he is basically the same. We are not saying that the role of the
Jews in the slave trade was any different then any other Europeans,
but that it was basically the same. When they saw the opportunity to
make money in the slave trade, they took advantage of this
opportunity the same as other Europeans in the same business.
I do not choose to deal with Jesse Jackson's opportunistic appearances
at the World Jewish Congress and the statements that he made. Jesse
Jackson has his own agenda that is unrelated to the Liberation
Movement of his own people. He was catering to his Jewish audiences
for reasons unrelated to Black people and their liberation
movements.Black people are becoming increasingly conscious of
people who exploit their community and hold them in contempt. We
make no exceptions when these exploiters are non-European.In
referring to present-day anti-Semitism and the attempt to trace it to
having roots in Christianity, Professor Gates shows his lack of
understanding of the manifestation of Christianity among American
Blacks and how that interpretation of this religion is part of their
Their interpretation, in no way, relates to anti-Semitism.I wonder if
Professor Gates would explain the words in the Negro spiritual:Go
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river,My home is over Jordan.This is African identification with the
Biblical people of the Hebrew faith. It would help if Professor Gates
would read a towering masterpiece in three volumes by James Fraser,
The Folklore in the Old Testament and another contemporary book,
Hebrew Myths, edited by Robert Graves and Raphael Patai.I do not
think that Professor Gates completely read Michael Bradley's The
Iceman Inheritance before referring to it because in it Michael Bradley
has very little to say about the Jews.
The book, in essence, is about the rise of a certain kind of
temperament that changed the world-the European Personality. This
personality has shown little or no respect for civilizations, cultures and
ways of life that it did not create. Cultures and people that the
European did not understand were declared primitive.In the last 500
years especially, European historians have inferred, or said outright,
that the world waited in darkness for the Europeans to bring the light.
In fact, the Europeans destroyed more civilization than they ever
They destroyed civilizations that were already old before Europe was
born.Michael Bradley was characterizing the Europeans as "Icemen" is
not totally incorrect, if it is incorrect at all. I wrote the Introduction to
the new edition of this book, because I considered the book to be of
some significance in explaining the origin of racism. I did not say the
book was a masterpiece of the greatest achievement in writing. It was
good basic research and told honesty about Europeans' beginnings and
the impact of racism on the broader world. I have also written the
Foreword to another book by Michael Bradley that will be even more
controversial, Chosen People From The Caucasus: Jewish Origins,
Delusions Deceptions, and Historical in the Slave Trade, Genocide
Cultural Colonization. (Third World Press, Chicago).My writing on
Black-Jewish relationships is not new. I participated in forums on this
subject in the old Harlem History Club in the 30s.
In my latest book, Notes for an African World Revolution: Africans at
the Crossroads, (Africa World Press, Trenton, 1991), Chapter Four is
called 'Africa, Zionism, and Friends Without Friendship." This is an

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analysis of 500 years of African-Jewish relationships. I am not writing
about an historical Black-Jewish affiance, because the one often
referred to is a myth. There can be no successful alliance between weak
people and strong people.There have been times when it was to the
best interest of the Jews to support certain Black causes, and they have
supported them. When it was no longer in their interest, they
withdrew from them. The Jewish people have practiced what all
people on this earth have a right to practice the essential selfishness of
survival.Indeed, I have criticized multiculturalism and Jewish control
over the education system in New York City and the education system
in the United States, in general, especially the Teachers Union. Jews
have had no compunction in fighting for a holocaust curriculum.
And in many schools it is mandated and Black students must learn
about the Holocaust before they learn about their own history.Over the
years, I have said repeatedly I am not willing to argue whether Hitler
killed 6,000,000 or six. He was wrong if he only killed six. I think he
committed one of the greatest crimes in history. No human being
would ever approve of this crime. If we are honest about historical
information, we would know that the mass murder and what is
referred to as the Holocaust was a small event in comparison to other
mass murder events in history.
The Belgians killed three times more people than this in the Congo. In
an island near Australia called Tasmania, the British killed every man,
woman and child. In the years of the slave trade, Africa lost, over one
hundred million people. For every African captured, three were killed.
The Arab slave trade in East Africa that started a thousand years
before the European Atlantic slave trade and the Atlantic slave trade
that lasted approximately 300 years was a holocaust against African
people, which started 500 years ago and is not completely over to this
day.If the four policeman in Los Angeles had been beating a dog
instead of Rodney King, they would have been put on trial and
It is time to speak of the Great Holocaust in history. The European
holocaust, I repeat, was small in comparison to some of the


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others.When Professor Gates refers to me as the paterfamilias of the
Afrocentric movement," I'm not too clear about whether this is a
compliment or a thinly veiled insult. I did not go to the dictionary to
look up the words because I never use dollar words in 25 cents
situations. But, as a matter of fact, my interest in African history and
world history in general started when I was a Baptist Sunday School
teacher in Columbus, Georgia, where I grew to early manhood. I could
not find the image of my people in the Bible, so I began the search
through the literature of the world until I found them and learned why
some people considered it a necessity to leave African people out of the
respectful commentary of history. I became active in the old Harlem
History Club at the Harlem YMCA soon after arriving in New York City
at the age of 18 in 1933.The study of African history, culture and
politics and world history in general has been the all-prevailing
passion of my existence. It is something I do, like breathing is
something I do.I think too much fuss has been made of the case of
Professor Jeffries who has said nothing that he cannot document.
It is too often forgotten that most of the information Professor Jeffries
gave on the slave trade was taken from Jewish writers.The book, The
Grandees, by Steven Birmingham, set his search in motion. He read
large numbers of documents over and beyond that book, such as more
revealing books by Professor Ben-ram Wallace Korn: Jews and Negro
Slavery in the Old South 1789-1865, (1961), and The Early Jews of New
Orleans, (1969).The story of Aaron Lopez of Newport, Rhode Island, is
too well-known to be retold here. Conrad Muhammad and Kahlid
Kahfah are not intellectual cohorts with Professor Jeffries. I doubt if
he's met either one of them. Neither one of these men belong to the
academic community, nor is either one well read enough to be
classified as a scholar. They are mainly Moslem zealots; not too
different from zealots of other religions.I have no argument for or
against the Learned Protocols of the Elders of Zion. I have not been
able to authenticate it one way or the other.
If someone assures me that it is a piece of fiction, I am not prepared to
argue.Professor Gates' complaint about the book, The Secret
Relationship Between Blacks and Jews seems without justification.

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The book is no masterpiece. It is a competent piece of research. The
documentation is good. Instead of complaining about the footnotes,
Professor Gates should read some of the footnotes and the books they
refer to; especially he should read the works of Professor Bertram W.
Korn, an able Jewish scholar whose writings about the role of
American Jews in the slave trade is most revealing. Professor Gates
should also learn that neither Blacks nor Jews can go on forever
denouncing every thing that is not in their favor.
Honest sentiment and some very able research in favor of the Jewish
people was started in the old Harlem History Club by Willis N.
Huggins in the 30s. Some of the best known of these findings were
published in the Chicago Defender and in the magazine, The African.
The following quote is from Willis N. Huggins' article, "How Wrong is
Hitler?...On the History of Jews, Black Folk and 'Aryanism?'" (Chicago
Defender, Chicago, January 28, 1939).When the news broke in the
American Press on July 15th that the Italians were ready to go tread
"The Aryan Path," it evoked as much laughter as the world may get
when news comes from Germany that Max Schmeling has been cast
out of the "Aryan Fold" because "anonymous scientists" have
discovered that he has a grandfather named Goldberg.
"Political Aryanism," according to a prominent Nazi leader, "aims to
turn its ire against Jews, Gypsies and the Negro races."Since Jews are
able to take care of their part of this "sentence" and, doubtless, the
Gypsy does not give a hoot I should like to summarize the reactions of
black folk to the new "Aryan Wave." If we should look at the records
we would see that the early Aryan language-groups stemmed from the
black Dravidians who occupied southern India in remote times. 'Me
two peoples mingled freely. Thus, the so-called Indo-European
movements around 2,500 B.C., were basically migrations of a Negroid
folk which pooled itself in southern southeastern and southwestern
Europe, around 2,000 B.C. Indeed black African races, The Grimaldi"
had already covered most of Europe as early as 20,000 B.C.
They left a secondary African base for art in ancient Hellas (Greece)
and a primary African base for color in Austria, Italy, France, Spain


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and Portugal.Willis N. Huggins also wrote a series of articles on the
African origin of Adolf Hitler's racist symbols. In my opinion, I think
both Blacks and Jews are often arguing about the right thing the
wrong way. Jews who lived in slave trading countries participated in
the slave trade as citizens of the respective country. Slavery was a
business, a dirty business, but still a business. Business people engage
in any business where profit can be made. The same thing is true
about business people living in colonial countries in relationship to
African people. I place no special blame on Jewish people who are
white Europeans. I offer no special vindication, either. Their behavior
in relationship to non-Europeans is basically the same as other
Europeans. The internal difference and difficulties that Jews have had
within the White family does not alter or change what I have just said.
What Professor Gates, the Jews and some people referred to as "Black
Conservatives" fail to understand is that the African people throughout
the world have suffered a special catastrophe over and above that of
other people of the world. When Europeans rose in the 15th and 16th
century, started the slave trade, colonized history and information
about history, they also colonized the image Of God. They took away
from millions of people the image of their original God-concept and
replaced him or her by a god conceived in Europe. Again, I ask
Professor Gates and other Black conservatives to try to understand
that for 500 years we have lived in a European-conceived intellectual
universe. I am willing to acknowledge that I am influenced by this
conception, but I am, at least, at war against it because I realize that it
is not only detrimental to my people, it is detrimental to the whole
Professor Gates and other Black conservatives are the crawling dogs to
this new design to continue European world dominance.Professor
Gates is snide in his assumption that "We can rarely bring ourselves to
forgive those who have helped us." The truth is the contrary. African
people have always over-rewarded those who have helped them, often
to their detriment. I wish he would explain the nature of the help and
the time it was given. All people that have come among us have taken
more than they have given and have eventually done us more harm

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than good. If you forgive the modesty, I refer you to my pamphlet,
Black, White Alliances: A Historical Perspective (Third World Press,
Chicago, 1971).Professor Gates keeps referring to an historical alliance
between Blacks and Jews. I wish he would be more precise and say
when this historical alliance occurred. I have been a teacher of African
World History most of my life and a student of history in general.
I know of no evidence indicating such an alliance. The earliest
opportunity for a coalition between Blacks and Jews came in 1675
B.C., when an African people called the Egyptians took in the sons and
daughters of Abraham, who were fleeing from hunger and starvation
in Western Asia. After receiving food, clothing and shelter as well as
the foundation for Judaic culture, language and religion, the majority
of these a guests" joined the invaders, the Hyksos (or Shepherd Kings)
rather than form an alliance to defend the country of their African
benefactors. They had found a greater acceptance in Africans than
Africans have ever found in a European-dominated country. With this
visit to Africa, the people who would later be known as Jews
conspicuously entered world history.
Professor Gates, Cornel West and other Black conservatives use
beautiful words, sometimes to say nothing, sometimes to say what has
already been said and sometimes to say what is not in debate. They
display their ignorance of European history and history in general.
They decry any form of Black nationalism and often call it racism
without knowing that for the last 500 years the world has been
controlled by European or White nationalism. African self-assertion,
the demand for a proper curriculum in the schools demand that we
stop praising a liar and a faker like Christopher Columbus who
discovered absolutely nothing-threatens an apparatus of European
control set in motion by the Atlantic slave trade and continued with
colonialism that ultimately laid the basis for present-day monopoly
No matter what Europeans say they believe religiously, politically or
culturally, their main objective in the world is control. Everything that
has ever been developed in the European mind was meant to facilitate
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mind control of the world. There are no exceptions, Left or Right
politically.Black conservatives are really frustrated slaves crawling
back to the plantation, figuratively, letting their master know that they
are willing to go back into bondage. One needs to question their words
because, as slaves and enemies of their people, they will say what they
are told to say and do what they are told to do. The Black conservatives
have nothing to conserve except their miserable obscurity and their
tragic cowardice.
These pathetically lost creatures and avid White behind kissers don't
have the nerve to be African or Black.To be African or Black with the
understanding of all of its ramifications is, in itself, a commitment to
the unification and uplift of all African people on the face of this earth.
It is a commitment, also, to take Pan-Africanism beyond its narrow
base of Black nationalism to a concept of an African world
union.When the real tragedy of Black-Jewish relations is finally
identified, I think it will be the dictionary and how we have misused its
Here is a case where semantics change depending on who is listening
and what they are listening for. Your listener will often hear what you
did not say and stubbornly ignore what you said. The present
controversy around Black and Jewish relations is a good example of a
poor and unimaginative use of words.What exactly do we mean by
Black-Jewish relations? From these words we have no way of knowing
that there are Blacks who are also Jews, members of the Hebrew
faith.There is a genuine conflict between Black and Jewish people, and
this conflict has international implications.
We can not deal with this conflict honestly until we call it by its correct
name and examine its origin and development. African people the
world over have no culture or religious fight with Jewish people. We
come out of pluralistic societies, of our own making, where we lived
side by side with a multiplicity of cultures and religions, most of the
time in peace. Cultural and religious tolerance is part of our heritage as
a people. If we were disposed to be against any culture or religion, it
would probably not be Jewish culture and religion that had part of its
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early development in Africa.
Now that I have eliminated culture and religion as the basis of the
Black-Jewish conflict, precisely what is the conflict about? It is about
power and the emerging expectations of most of the world's people
who until recently were mainly ruled by Europeans or people of
European extraction.The one thing the conflict is not about is
anti-Semitism. There is a world-wide Black-White conflict which is
part of the broader conflict between European and non-European
people. African people are on one side of that conflict, and the people
we refer to as Jews are on the other side.
When I use the words Jews or Jewish people, I am referring to White
people of European descent, whose culture, development and political
loyalty is European. This political loyalty to Europe and the part that
Jewish people still play in maintaining European world-wide power,
and not anti-Semitism, is the basis of the conflict between us. This
conflict will become more fierce and tragic as non-European people
challenge the power of European people all over the world.
With urgency I invite you to read Yosef A.A. ben-Jochannan's book,
We the Black Jews and the book by John G. Jackson, Christianity
Before Christ. I believe that Blacks and Jews need a genuine
partnership. Before one can be built both of them have to be honest in
admitting that they have no partnership now. Figuratively speaking,
the partnership between a horse and a rider is neither a partnership or
an agreement.
Today the Jews are aligning themselves with the forces of White
supremacy that is diametrically opposed to the interest of most of
mankind. I think they have made a political mistake of disastrous
proportions, and I compare their present political position with the
period of Joseph and his brothers in Egypt and the period and time
that followed the loss of political connections with the Egyptian Court
that Joseph made for them.And I wonder will their present position
lead to another time when a king will arise, figuratively speaking, who
politically knew not Joseph.
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Brother OMi •
i remember this as well. a friend made copies and handed it out to our study group.
Clarke, a giant amongst men.

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Abibi Fawohodie •
Dr. Clarke was a truly intelligent African man who could do something most of these
handpicked Eurocetric "intellectuals" either cant do, wont do or dont care to do and
that is think and rationalize for themselves. Most are guilty of what Malcolm X,
accused them of being guilty of, and that is only having thinking which is first
approved by the white man.


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