In a CNN story centered on him using racial politics during his college days in upstate New York, race-mongering House Minority Leader Hakeem Jeffries (D-NY) defended his antisemitic uncle and called black conservatives “token” and “opportunists” in the Binghamton University newspaper.
For years Jeffries said he had a “vague recollection” of the controversies surrounding his uncle, Leonard Jeffries, a Black studies professor who lost his job after making antisemitic remarks. However, an unearthed school paper and materials from a 30-year-old college campus reviewed by CNN reportedly undermine the House Democrat leader’s past statements on his uncle.
CNN reported Jeffries, during his time at Binghamton University and as a member of the executive board for the Black Student Union, had invited his uncle to speak on campus after he made inflammatory comments in the early 1990s, such as “rich Jews” being in the African slave trade and about Jewish executives in the film industry.
Additionally, CNN found a previously unreported college editorial where he defended his uncle and Nation of Islam Leader Louis Farrakhan, explaining that the two were unfairly targeted by “white media” for challenging “the longstanding distortion of history.”
Jeffries’ editorial went on to refer to “black conservatives” as “token Blacks” and “right-wing opportunists” that have bought into “the idea of the American dream,” in addition to comparing them to “house negroes” during American slavery.
“The House Negro of the slavery era and the Black conservative of today are both opportunists interested in securing some measure of happiness for themselves within the existing social order,” Jeffries wrote. “In both cases, the social order has Blacks occupying the lowest societal echelon.”
National Republican Congressional Committee press secretary Will Reinert told Axios that the minority leader “not only provided a platform for his uncle’s antisemitic remarks, he published racist remarks of his own.”
“Jeffries still refuses to apologize for or recognize the gravity of his indefensible words, and that makes this matter even more concerning,” Reinert added.