Anti-Semitism and Black Power, No. 1, 1967
Ossie Davis sent this letter to the Readers' Forum of Freedornways. Several years earlier Davis Had delivered the eulogy at Malcolm X's funeral. He authored the Broadway play Purlie Victorious and was a founding member of Freedornways.
In February of 1966, Liberator, a magazine on whose advisory board I sat, published an article, "Semitism in the Black Ghetto" by Eddie Ellis, which I felt went beyond the bounds of Black nationalism. I felt it was racist and said so to the Editor, a man whom I still respect, Dan Watts. But "Semitism in the Black Ghetto" blows it for me, but good, and but definitely. This is where I get of!
If Mr. Ellis has proof of the wild and unsupported contentions that he made (how dare he charge that W.E.B. Du Bois was "used" by Zionists to attack Marcus Garvey?) where is that proop. Jews are active in civil rights; Jews do have policy-making positions in civil rights organizations; Jewish philanthropies were, and still are, influential in Negro affairs. But is this due to their "evil cunning" -- or to our weaknesses! Mr. Ellis says all these activities are part of a Zionist