Déjà Vu

The new Farrakhan sounds a lot like the old -- anti-Semitic

"The Minister speaks from experience," says this 25-year-old dressed in a suit. "His words are just."

"Let me ask you this question," says the producer. "Given the history of white people in America, Jews in America...if you had been the object of ridicule, discrimination, then what would your disposition be?

"I'm living from paycheck to paycheck," he adds. "Not because I'm lazy, not because I'm dumb, but because I'm a black man in a white man's world.

"The whole international banking conspiracy -- are you versed on this? Are you aware?" he asks.

I plead ignorance, just to see what he'll say. He snickers.

"That's what we're saying," says the actor. "So many things are happening, and you have no idea."

"I knew that you were Jewish when you came up to me," says the producer.

"I knew by your nose," adds the actor.

"You probably have friends...who take off on Saturdays and Sundays and become part of a militia," says the producer, chiming in. He sounds earnest, as if he believes every word.

"Write this down, sister," he says, and speaks about a book, The Secret Relationship Between Blacks and Jews, which he says was written by a Jew. (It's actually a piece of pseudo-scholarship put out by Farrakhan's "Historical Research Department" that purports to prove how Jews took the lead in capturing Africans and transporting them to America.)

"You know what it is?" he concludes. "You're really not used to talking to educated, well-versed brothers."

And there is not a hint of irony in his voice.

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