Jews and Blacks in Hollywood

Jews and Blacks in Hollywood

More than a year ago Legrand Clegg—president of a media watchdog organization, the Coalition Against Black Exploitation—was applauded at the NAACP convention in Los Angeles when he charged that “the century-old problem of Jewish racism in Hollywood” denies blacks access to positions of power in the industry. The charge of “Jewish racism” in both executive hiring and Hollywood movie images of blacks was more recently echoed in the race-baiting, reminiscent of anti-Semitic tracts like the Protocols of the Elders of Zion, of City College professor Leonard Jeffries, Jr.
In a speech at the Empire State Black Arts and Cultural Festival in Albany he stated that “Russian Jewry had a particular control over the movies,” and with “their financial partners—the Mafia—put together a financial system for the destruction of black people.” The attacks were not only racist in nature but distorted the role played by Jews in Hollywood.

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