from: Matt Comer
date: Tue, Oct 23, 2012 at 12:28 AM
subject: The president is on record against anti-Semitism. Are you?

Chairman Cogdell, Commissioner Leake and Councilmember Mayfield,

On Monday night, President Barack Obama went on the record in front a national audience of tens of millions of voters against anti-Semitism and hate. He said that he had visited Israel and a Holocaust memorial there to “remind myself of the nature of evil.”

Of all local elected officials on the council and commission, the three of you have specifically chosen to refuse to condemn the anti-Semitic and anti-LGBT hate speech of Louis Farrakhan, whose events you recently attended. Other elected officials, including the mayor, have gone on-record against hate in response to our repeated requests for comment, while many elected officials (who are copied) have not responded to our requests; a sincere thanks to those who have.

Unfortunately, our deadline for our Oct. 27 print edition, which will be on newsstands through the duration of the last few days of early voting and the general election, passed earlier today. We regret that you did not opt to respond before the deadline, but if any of you have refused to condemn Farrakhan’s hate speech or those of you who have not yet responded decide to do so now, we will gladly publish your responses online.

It is important to note that Farrakhan holds many of the same views as Adolf Hitler, neo-Nazi groups, neo-Confederate groups, the Ku Klux Klan and a wide variety of other extremist anti-Semitic and anti-LGBT organizations, each documented as hate groups by the Southern Poverty Law Center. All of these groups hold that Jews and LGBT people are deserving of hate and, in some cases, of death. Indeed, Farrakhan himself has said Jews are “Satanic” and has said their places of worship are “Synagogues of Satan.” He has also called the Star of David the “mark of the beast.” He has also called LGBT people “beasts” and said modern U.S. acceptance of LGBT equality will lead to this nation’s destruction, citing the destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah. These remarks are as recent as this year.

Did you know that a neo-Nazi group will hold a rally here in Charlotte on Nov. 10? We are sure our LGBT and straight ally readers, some of whom no doubt are also Jewish, would appreciate a candid and forthright condemnation of anti-Semitic and anti-LGBT hate before this neo-Nazi organization spreads their hate in our community.

We will be publishing this letter on our website at noon on Tuesday, Oct. 23 as an open letter to all elected officials who have refused to condemn Farrakhan’s statements and to those who have not yet responded to our requests for comment in the hopes that you might decide to condemn the hate which you tacitly supported with your appearance at Farrakhan’s events and/or your public statements regarding him and/or by your stated refusal to condemn his history of anti-Semitic and anti-LGBT hate speech and/or your decision so far to remain silent on this important matter. We hope we can publish your on-the-record responses to this letter at some point tomorrow or at any time in the near future.

QNotes is open to your responses and thanks you for your time.


Matt Comer

[Ed. Note — The original email sent to elected officials incorrectly identified Tuesday’s date as Oct. 24. It has been corrected above. As of publication, no elected official had responded.]

Matt Comer previously served as editor from October 2007 through August 2015 and as a staff writer afterward in 2016.