ADL Speaks Out Against Khallid Muhammadís Hateful Rhetoric Predicts NYPD Will Not Grant "Million Youth March" Permit Due To Safety Concerns
New York, NY, August 5, 1998
.The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) today predicted
that public safety considerations will prompt the New York City Police Department not to
grant former Nation of Islam spokesman Khallid Muhammad a permit for a "Million Youth
March" in Harlem next month.
ADL National Director, Abraham H. Foxman, and New York Regional Office
Director, Adam Segall stated, "We have a deep and abiding respect for the freedom of
speech guaranteed by the First Amendment. However, that does not mean that a hatemonger
with a history of intimidating and threatening Jews and other non-Blacks should be given
carte blanche to march through any neighborhood he chooses, any time he chooses. The New
York City Police Department has an obligation to respect any citizens constitutional
rights, but they also have an obligation to ensure public safety and security. The
decision regarding whether or not to allow the Million Youth March, and under
what circumstances, is properly theirs."
Messrs. Foxman and Segall continued, "We recognize that there are
serious problems in our society and that many who would participate in a Million
Youth March would do so with the best of intentions. Nevertheless, when New Yorkers
hear what Khallid Muhammad has to say and we do not question his right to spew his
racist and anti-Semitic rhetoric, so long as there are no public safety concerns we
are confident that they will be disgusted and repulsed."
Khallid Muhammads record of bigotry is revealed by his own words, on numerous
occasions. For example, he has referred to New York as "Jew York City," has
denied the existence of the Holocaust, has referred repeatedly to the "so-called
Jew" and the "imposter Jew," and has rehashed the old canard about the Jews
controlling the Federal Reserve. He has also referred to the "white man" as
"the devil," and the "old, no-good Pope" as a "cracker." His
most recent appearance in the public spotlight came in Jasper, Texas, where he traveled to
stoke the fires of hate in the wake of the heinous racial murder of James Byrd, Jr.
The Anti-Defamation League, founded in 1913, is the world's leading organization fighting anti-Semitism through programs and services that counteract hatred, prejudice and bigotry.