Last Wednesday, CNN analyst and Temple University professor Marc Lamont Hill addressed the opening meeting of the United Nations' annual "International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People." Setting the tone for what would prove to be perhaps the most egregiously anti-Semitic display of his career thus far, Hill solemnly noted that "this year marks the 70th anniversary of the Nakba" – the Arabic word for "catastrophe" – thereby echoing precisely the same terminology by which the genocidal terrorists of Hamas routinely refer to Israel's creation in 1948.
Adding that Israel has transformed Gaza into "the world's largest open-air prison," Hill proceeded to encourage national leaders from around the world to participate in the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) movement, a Hamas-inspired initiative that aims to economically cripple and destroy the Jewish state.
But perhaps most notably, Hill explicitly made the case that violence against Israel is a wholly legitimate and justifiable form of "resistance." "We must recognize the right of an occupied people to defend themselves," he said. "We must prioritize peace, but we must not romanticize or fetishize it. We must promote non violence at every opportunity, but cannot endorse narrow politics that shames Palestinians for resisting, for refusing to do nothing in [the face of] ethnic cleansing." "Justice requires," Hill added, nothing less than "a free Palestine from the River to the Sea." In other words, every square inch of land between the Jordan River and the Mediterranean Sea – the territory that constitutes modern-day Israel – should henceforth be known as "Palestine."
Though CNN subsequently parted ways with Hill on Thursday – largely in response to complaints by its leftist allies at the Anti-Defamation League – Hill's performance at the UN on Wednesday was by no means even a slight departure from what has long been his modus operandi. A self-identified "revolutionary," Hill professes to have once belonged to an organization known as the Ansaaru Allah Community, an Islamic sect whose doctrines resemble those of the racist, black-supremacist Nation of Islam. On his publicly available Curriculum Vitae, Hill proudly includes a lecture on "The Importance of Ideological Training in the New Millennium," which he delivered at the Polymathematic University in Pennsylvania – a self-described "revolutionary center for the training and development of professional revolutionaries." The event was sponsored by the "Poor Righteous Communist Party," a Maoist group that seeks to develop "an ever glorious Righteous Communism."
As a swaggering, combative revolutionary, Hill is ever-prepared to defend those who stand up to what he perceives as oppression – even if those resisters are genocidal jihadists who have openly dedicated their lives to the mass murder of Jews. Thus did he defend the Palestinian terrorists who kidnapped and murdered three Israeli boys in 2012. "This starts with occupation," Hill reasoned. "There's an apartheid state in Gaza. There's an apartheid state in the region. That's what we need to talk about. That's what starts as resistance. It's not terrorism."
In August 2014, Hill denounced Israel's "Iron Dome" anti-missile system, which had been deployed as a means of intercepting the many deadly rockets that Gaza-based Hamas terrorists had long been firing into Israel. Said Hill: "[W]hat the Iron Dome does is it also takes away all of Hamas's military leverage, which is very different than say, 10 years ago or 15 years ago in other wars like Lebanon, et cetera. As a result, it not only serves a defensive purpose but de facto serves an offensive purpose. It allows Israel to essentially assault and siege Gaza without any retribution or response on the other side. So again, to some extent, they are not just funding defense, they are funding an offensive war and ultimately an occupation. That for me, is the problem."
In October 2015, Hill published a defense of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine terrorist Rasmea Odeh, who masterminded a deadly 1969 bombing in Jerusalem and was also convicted of trying to blow up a British consulate. But according to Hill, Odeh is a noble and righteous "Palestinian freedom fighter" whose conviction by Israel was "based on a false confession."
In September 2018, Hill was a guest speaker at a conference sponsored by the U.S. Campaign for Palestinian Rights, a leading advocate of the BDS movement. In the course of his remarks, Hill counseled his audience to avoid adopting "a civil rights tradition which romanticizes nonviolence.... [But] how can you romanticize nonviolence when you have a state [Israel] that is at all moments waging war against you, against your bodies, poisoning your water, limiting your access to water, locking up your children, killing you?" At another point, Hill lamented that "we have allowed this nonviolent thing to become so normative that we're undermining our own ability to resist in real robust ways."
To be fair, we should recognize that Hill does not restrict his hatred solely to Israel and its people. Indeed, he detests America every bit as much as he loathes the Jewish state, mainly because he views the U.S. as little more than a racist snake pit. Hill was incensed, for instance, by the August 2014 incident where Darren Wilson, a white police officer in Ferguson, Missouri, infamously shot and killed an 18-year-old black male named Michael Brown in an altercation that occurred just minutes after Brown had robbed a local convenience store. Brown's death set off a massive wave of protests and riots in Ferguson, and eventually grew into a national movement denouncing an alleged epidemic of police brutality against African Americans. Hill used his Twitter account to state: "A Black man in America is killed every 28 hours by police or vigilantes. THAT, not rioting, is domestic terrorism…" Michael Brown, added Hill, was "yet another teenager executed for being young, black, and outside."
Wherever police officers are being smeared as trigger-happy, racist killers, Marc Lamont Hill is never far away. On April 27, 2015—while the city of Baltimore was being overrun by riots in the aftermath of unsubstantiated allegations that white police had brutalized and killed a local black criminal named Freddie Gray—Hill defended the rioters, claiming that their "rebellion" was an understandable reaction to many years of abuse and oppression. Note, moreover, how his words foreshadow his later remarks regarding the inadequacies of nonviolence:
Hill strongly supports the "Ferguson to Palestine" movement which tries to draw parallels between: (a) purported Israeli transgressions, and (b) the alleged police racism that resulted in the fatal shooting of people like the aforementioned Michael Brown. In short, the movement depicts both black Americans and Palestinian Arabs as victims of racist oppression.
No, there shouldn't be calm tonight. Black people are dying in the streets. They've been dying in the streets for months, years, decades, centuries.… [W]e have to … be careful not to get more upset about the destruction of property than the destruction of black bodies … We also have to be very careful about the language we use to talk about this. I'm not calling these people rioters. I'm calling these 'uprisings' and I think it's an important distinction to make. This is not a riot.... We can't ignore the fact that the city is burning, but we need to be talking about why it's burning and not romanticize peace and not romanticize marching as the only way to function.... [W]e do have to understand that resistance looks different ways to different people and part of what it means to say black lives matter, is to assert our right to have rage—righteous rage, righteous indignation in the face of state violence and extrajudicial killing.... The city is burning because the police killed Freddie Gray and that's a distinction we have to make.... [W]e can't pathologize people who, after decades and centuries of police terrorism, have decided to respond in this way ...
In January 2015, Hill traveled to Israel and the West Bank as part of a delegation whose objective was to publicly draw a parallel between alleged Israeli oppression of Palestinians in the Middle East, and police violence against blacks in the United States. A fellow member of the delegation was Patrisse Cullors, a young Marxist who co-founded the Black Lives Matter movement, which not only depicts the United States as a nation thoroughly awash in racism, but also passionately supports BDS. Further, the delegation included five members of Dream Defenders, a pro-BDS entity that likewise views the United States as a racist hellhole. From the West Bank, Hill issued the following video statement about his trip: "We came here to Palestine to stand in love and revolutionary struggle with our brothers and sisters. We come to a land that has been stolen by greed and destroyed by hate. We come here and we learn laws that have been co-signed in ink but written in the blood of the innocent and we stand next to people who continue to courageously struggle and resist the occupation. People continue to dream and fight for freedom. From Ferguson to Palestine the struggle for freedom continues."
It's actually rather amazing to note how many America-haters, Jew haters, black racists, and even totalitarian dictators Marc Lamont Hill openly loves and reveres. In 2006, for example, when Cuban dictator Fidel Castro failed to attend a national celebration of his 80th birthday (and news reports rumored that he was ill), a concerned Dr. Hill wrote in his blog: "El Comandante was not in attendance. While a no-show at this type of event is curious for any leader, it is unthinkable for Fidel, who thrives on such moments. In fact, the only thing that could keep him away is the very thing that scares me the most: Fidel was too sick to attend."
In March 2008, Hill introduced the convicted cop-killer Mumia Abu Jamal – a devoted Marxist revolutionary who had previously been an occasional guest blogger on Hill's website – as a new regular contributor to the site: "I am thrilled to announce that Mumia Abu-Jamal has joined the Barbershop as a weekly contributor!! His column, 'Live From Death Row,' will appear every Wednesday starting next week." Hill described Mumia as "one of the world's most celebrated journalists, freedom fighters, and political prisoners" who, though "wrongfully incarcerated since 1981," had nonetheless "devoted his life to Black liberation" and had "generated international support for his own case, which has been one of the most glaring and repugnant reflections of the criminal (in)justice system." "Welcome Brother Mumia!!!!" Hill said.
In March 2009, Hill defended a group of black militants from the Uhuru Movement, an African socialist organization that seeks to restore "Black Power in the 21st Century." At the time, those militants were holding a vigil in honor of the late Lovelle Mixon, a career criminal who had murdered four Oakland, California police officers before being killed himself in a shootout with the cops. According to Hill, this case of "white officers" and "black bodies" had stoked the protesters' long-festering resentments toward what they perceived to be "a repressive and oppressive police state" where "police terrorism" was commonplace. The demonstrators, said Hill, keenly understood that Mixon's "fundamental humanity" was no less authentic than that of the officers whom he had killed.
Until late September 2009, Hill's "Twitter" webpage was wallpapered with the image of another one of his heroes, Assata Shakur – a fugitive convicted of the 1973 execution-style murder of New Jersey state trooper Werner Foerster. In 1979 Shakur, with help from members of the Weather Underground and the Black Liberation Army (BLA), escaped from prison and fled to Cuba, where she has been given political asylum ever since by the Castro regime. Though the FBI is currently offering a reward of up to $1 million for information leading to Shakur's apprehension, Hill has referred to the fugitive as "an American hero and freedom fighter" while vowing to "always stand next to her."
Also in September of 2009, Hill's website featured an article, under Hill's own byline, which said: "Fortunately, with the help of her comrades and the ancestors [fellow BLA members], Assata was able to escape the belly of the beast in 1979 and emerge safely in Cuba, where she's been granted protection as a political prisoner." Professing his belief in Shakur's innocence, Hill called the cop-killer "one of the great heroes in the Black Freedom Struggle" and proclaimed: "Mother Assata, I am eternally grateful for your life and example. I give thanks to the ancestors for you. I pray for your continued protection and pledge to support you and our people until I die." Hill signed his tribute: "In Beautiful Struggle, Marc."
Yet another of Hill's remarkable endorsements involved the late black separatist Khalid Abdul Muhammad, whom Hill has characterized as a "mentor, teacher, and revolutionary hero." "I believe that my work also follows in the tradition of Dr. Khalid's revolutionary struggle for Black liberation," he boasts.
To briefly refresh your memory: Khalid Abdul Muhammad was most famous for depicting Jews as people whose ancestors "slept in urination and defecation … for 2,000 years"; asserting that contemporary Jews were busy "sucking our [blacks'] blood on a daily and consistent basis"; accusing Jews of having provoked Adolf Hitler when they "went in there, in Germany, the way they do everywhere they go, and they supplanted, they usurped"; declaring that blacks, in retribution against South African whites of the apartheid era, should "kill the women,…kill the children,…kill the babies,…kill the blind,…kill the crippled,…kill the faggot,…kill the lesbian,…kill them all"; praising Colin Ferguson, a black gunman who had shot some twenty white and Asian commuters in a racially motivated 1993 shooting spree aboard a New York commuter train, as a hero who possessed the courage to "just kill every goddamn cracker that he saw"; advising blacks that "[t]here are no good crackers, and if you find one, kill him before he changes"; telling a Donahue television audience in May 1994 that "[t]here is a little bit of Hitler in all white people"; and characterizing black conservatives as "boot-licking, butt-licking, bamboozled, half-baked, half-fried, sissified, punkified, pasteurized, homogenized Ni**er[s]."
Those, you see, are some of the clever witticisms of Marc Lamont Hill's acclaimed "mentor, teacher, and revolutionary hero."
While Hill has no problem reserving a soft spot in his heart for convicted terrorists, totalitarian dictators, black racists, and Jew-haters, he is apparently incapable of expressing anything other than sneering contempt for African Americans who do not share his race-obsessed, tribalistic mindset. During a January 16, 2017 appearance on a CNN panel hosted by Don Lemon, Hill condemned black sports stars and celebrities like Ray Lewis, Jim Brown, and Steve Harvey for having accepted President-elect Donald Trump's invitation to meet with him to discuss inner-city issues. By Hills' telling, the event was "demeaning," "disrespectful," and "condescending." After Bruce LeVell – a black member of Trump's diversity coalition – objected to Hill's remarks, Hill characterized him and all other nonwhites who were working on behalf of Trump's agenda as "a bunch of mediocre Negroes being dragged in front of TV as a photo-op for Donald Trump's exploitative campaign against black people."
All in all, it's hard to ignore the fact that Marc Lamont Hill is a very sick man. And yet, it would be quite easy to find a substantial number of Democrats in Congress who agree wholeheartedly with most or all of his political positions and attitudes as cited in this article. For example:
- In 2014, U.S. Representatives Beto O'Rourke and Keith Ellison – the latter of whom is among the most influential Democrats in contemporary America – each voted against a funding bill for Israel's "Iron Dome" missile-defense system.
- In an October 2015 tweet, Michigan state congresswoman Rashida Tlaib, who would eventually be elected to the U.S House of Representatives in 2018, linked to an article lauding Black Lives Matter activists for supporting the Palestinian terrorist Rasmea Odeh.
- The recently elected U.S. congresswoman Ilhan Omar supports the BDS movement against Israel, and the California Democratic Party adopted a 2018 resolution to oppose federal bills that aimed to thwart BDS.
- The national Democratic Party invited the mother of Michael Brown to its National Convention in 2016.
- When the city of Baltimore was under curfew following nights of riots and destruction in response to the recent death of Freddie Gray, Rep. Elijah Cummings declared that the protesters' battle against police racism and brutality made them "without a doubt the civil-rights voice of this generation."
- In April 2009, a delegation of seven Congressional Black Caucus members traveled to Havana to meet with, and heap praise upon, Cuban president Fidel Castro.
- Congresswoman Maxine Waters has been a vocal supporter of both Mumia Abu Jamal and Assata Shakur.
- At the 1995 Million Man March, Keith Ellison appeared onstage alongside Khalid Abdul Muhammad, who delivered a thundering, racist diatribe.