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SETTING THE RECORD STRAIGHT –COMMENTS FROM BEV SMITH REGARDING THE MARCH 11TH TOWN HALL MEETING FEATURING THE HONORABLE MINISTER LOUIS FARRAKHAN -AN OPEN LETTER TO THE JEWISH CHRONICLE.
(This is in response to the Jewish Chronicles recent article entitled, “Purpose of town hall defeated with Farrakhan appearance”)
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For years I’ve talked openly about having a series of town hall meetings aimed at the African American community across the country. The goal is to reunite the African American community, create an interest in volunteering inside the African American community and strengthen the African American family both biological and communal.

Last November 12h at the beautiful August Wilson Center, that dream was realized with the first in a four part series of conversation’s entitled “The Disappearing Black Community, and How Can We Get it Back.”
At that meeting, an illustrious panel headlined by outspoken civil rights activist, and comedian Dick Gregory, looked at the problems in the African American community and outlined how we got to where we are today.
On March 11th, in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, we will go inside the black community, to look at our responsibilities for some of those social problems, like an increasingly escalating high school dropout rate coupled with a high teenage pregnancy rate.

To undertake this challenging responsibility I’ve invited leaders and experts in the fields of community development, and political achievement. I asked the founder of the Million Man March, The Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan, along with Assistant Minority Leader in the U.S. House of Representatives Congressman James Clyburn (D-SC), and Melanie Campbell, President and CEO of the National Coalition on Black Civic Participation to participate in this event.
All agree that this conversation about our community is long overdue and they are excited to be a part of the discussion and would like to help find solutions to the problems plaguing our community. Simply, the discussion is aimed at Black People only.

This is why I was somewhat perplexed and later outraged at the suggestion from the Jewish Chronicle that our efforts to talk to people we feel are relevant to our community, is an offense against the Jewish community.
For years I have enjoyed a relationship with the Jewish community and cannot understand why a community who has suffered discrimination as my community has would suggest that we should not have the ability to meet and discuss with anyone we want to regarding the black community.

This town hall meeting, is not about the Jewish community, Egypt, the current problems in Afghanistan or anything else, except, its sole purpose is to discuss the state of the black community in 2011.
I resent those outside forces that are trying to highjack this town hall meeting by making their concerns the center of our discussion. This is not a meeting to discuss anti-Semitism. Their suggestion for us to not have Minister Farrakhan at the table for this important discussion, reminds me of what white slave owners use to do to their black slaves, and that is to tell the slaves how to meet, what to talk about and who to talk to.

I am offended by those outside forces contacting me to suggest I cancel my guest, notably, the Honorable Minister Farrakhan because of issues they may have with him.

At no time during the planning of the first town hall meeting did the Jewish Chronicle or any other Christian organization contact me to talk about the importance of these meetings within our community.
I am willing to sit down with members of the Jewish Chronicle, the Christian Association of Southwestern Pennsylvania or any other group interested in making our community better and I welcome the opportunity to do so after the town hall meeting on March 11th.

Again I am setting the record straight, Minister Farrakhan is coming to town along with some of our other distinguished guests to focus solely on how we can rebuild and unite the African American community.
I feel strongly that no one can dictate to the African American community who they can have as a guest around my black family table. -The Bev Smith Show.

Sincerely,
Bev Smith -Syndicated Talk Show Host, The Queen of Late Night Talk,
American Urban Radio Networks

***I hereby bestow upon Bev Smit the Hicktown Hero award for standing up for herself and being her own woman!

7 Comments

  1. Since when do we need to get “approval” from others who we invite someone who can address and help with the needs of our community. The Jews, Asians, Indians, Iranian’s and so on didn’t ask us if they could come in and become merchants that make money off of the poor minority community and go back at the end of the day to there nice neighborhoods did they?

    You go Bev. I love her show.

  2. Thank God for Bev. Smith standing up. I am tired of folks bowing down to the judaic leadership and their demands. They are always wanting to be the center of attention and they are the ones always oppressed and this and that while they are oppressing others and stopping others from progress. Its time more men in leadership stand up and speak the truth and not be afraid of being label anti-semitic. Their tactics are getting old and more people are realizing this. Thank God.

  3. To really understand why the Judaic leadership would get offended over the event and to get the inside reason one would have to understand their ideology and what is written in their most holy book the Talmud and Kabballah. Most Christians think that modern Judaics or Judaism today and what they follow is Old Testament-Moses revelation which is Christian revelation as the New Testament reveals. Of course they mix some of the old testament with their religion but majority of their text and the primary source of their religion is the Talmud and Kabballah aka the religion of the Pharisees or tradition of the elders. Matt 15:2-6; Mark 7:3-13 (Mark 12:9 parable) Gal. 1:14. Jesus rebuked the elders in His time because of their crazy religion but after the AD 70 destruction of the Jewish temple, economy and them as a revelation -chosen nation by the Roman army their religion got more insane and extreme and opposite(contradictory) of Christianity. Jesus did prophesied the destruction of their temple. Matt 24:1-2…Mrk 13:1-4-…Luke 21. Judaism has been summarized as ” Anti-Biblical Religion of Racism, Self-Worship, Superstition and Deceit.” (http://talmudical.blogspot.com/2010/09/truth-about-talmud.html)

    I hope this info. is not too extreme for this site. I will understand if you think it is. I am just trying to shed some light on topics that are not supposed to be touched or talked about in America or some European and other countries where you can be jailed and put in prison for. Like; Canada, England, Sweden, Australia, New Zealand, Germany, etc. If you touch topics like: Judaics, Zionist, Israel, Judaism and others in a questionable or critical tone you can be in trouble. These laws are push by certain group of people when you start researching the laws and who is behind it. It is amazing!
    http://truthtellers.org/hatecrimes.html
    http://truthtellers.org/hatelawsflyer2009.pdf

    Other thoughts on the event:
    http://www.finalcall.com/artman/publish/Perspectives_1/article_7643.shtml

  4. Claddius, I actually am not in agreement with you on this. But you are entitled to your opinion. I don’t think it’s that deep.

    There is a history of Jewish people telling blacks who we are allowed to talk to and Farrakhan is on the list of those not to talk to. Arsenio Hall lost his show after he interviewed Farrakhan years ago.

    This has nothing to do with the laws of Judaism.

  5. I agree with Bev and too am tired of outsiders who continuously want to tell us who we can and cannot have dialogues with. I don’t agree with everything Min. Louis Farrakhan says, but on some topics, he does make valid points. He is also a well respected leader of the black community as evidenced by him gathering over one million men in the Nation’s Capital to hold a march that was designed to promote self love among black men and encourage them to take back their communities. No other black leader has been able to accomplish or duplicate that.

    I also think that he makes some valid points regarding all of the crises going on in the middle east. A lot of us forget that he has traveled extensively to many of these Arab countries and has known many leaders like Quadafi for years and knows how they operate. So he should be included in discussions pertaining to today’s events and he is someone who has some credibility on some of those issues and how the U.S. involvement in middle eastern affairs affects people of color. I too am a little tired of the attitude that a lot of Jewish leaders seem to have in that if you aren’t 100% for their agenda, then you are an enemy. Not everyone is going to agree with everyone 100% of the time and the only way we can truly gain cultural understanding is to listen to different perspectives and be more diverse and inclusive on a whole.

  6. Wow, I didnt know Arsenio Hall lost show. I wasnt trying to be deep. I was trying to say it might be extreme because the topics I brought up is not spoken about in our American media and news channels and that most people wont be able to make the connection unless you do a little reading and reesearch. A lot of what I have said about Judaism is true and are fact. Its more than an opinion. Israel Shahak, a scholar and a Jewish professor who taught at Hebrew University of Jerusalem in his time has even said the same thing about Judaism. He taught Chemistry. Check out his book, ” Jewish History, Jewish Religion: The Weight of Three Thousand Years.” Also we have Benjamin Freedman a convert from Judaism to Roman Catholicism and Elizabeth Dilling who wrote about the anti-Christ doctrine found in that religion and Michael Hoffman II. Anyways, I encourage you to do a little more research and reading on Judaism and you will see that its more than my own opinion that I am speaking from. Our ideology governs our behavior. Just like my faith in Christ and the bible governs my life in word and in deed so does the faith, religion and ideology of others. If you can understand one’s ideology you can get a better understanding of why they do certain things. Like you said there is a “history.” The reason for the history lies in their religion and those who strictly or are orthodox or raised in it are the ones that will come out like the Jewish Chronicles did. Ofcourse not all Judaics follow the religion. Some have rejected and exposed it and some have no clue what the religion really teaches and some are in the middle. Just like some Christians when it comes to the Word of God. Grace and peace of our Lord Jesus Christ continue be yours.

  7. Claddius, I honestly don’t need to do any further research on Judaism. Bev Smith has the right to meet with whomever she pleases and I don’t need to study the Jewish law to agree with Bev.