House Minority Leader Hakeem Jeffries Under Fire for Defending Uncle’s Antisemitic Comments

House Minority Leader Hakeem Jeffries (D-NY) is under fire for defending his antisemitic uncle and Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan after an op-ed he wrote in college over 30 years ago resurfaced this week. 

In 2013 after being elected to Congress, Jeffries told the Wall Street Journal that he only had a “vague recollection” of the controversy surrounding his uncle, Leonard Jeffries — a former college professor and department chair of Black Studies at the City University of New York. 

In the early 1990s, Leonard Jeffries faced severe backlash after he denounced “rich Jews” and their involvement in the African slave trade and claimed there was “a conspiracy, planned and plotted and programmed out of Hollywood” of Jewish executives disparaging black Americans in movies. 

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