Head of the local Philadelphia NAACP chapter, Rodney Muhammad, is facing blowback for a Facebook post with a quote, pictures of celebrities recently under fire for anti-Semitic comments, and a widely used meme making fun of Jewish individuals.
The quote on the post read, “To learn who rules over you, simply find out who you are not allowed to criticize,” and a meme — called the Happy Merchant — was placed next to it. The picture exaggerated stereotypes and is widely used by racists across the internet to alienate Jewish people.
The celebrities featured were Ice Cube, DeSean Jackson and Nick Cannon — all recently in headlines for anti-Semitic postings and comments. Cannon was fired from his network for comments on his podcast.
Muhammad is a local Nation of Islam leader and frequent vocal supporter of Louis Farrakhan, who has called Jews “bloodsuckers” and “termites,” according to the Times of Israel.
The blowback has been fierce. The Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia called for Muhammad to be removed “immediately” in a statement and that he “intentionally initiated the spread of anti-Semitism on his Facebook page. This vile behavior from a civic leader is incredibly dangerous for Jewish communities across the world.”
The Anti-Defamation League has characterized the image as a hate symbol. Also noted, the quote is misattributed to Voltaire when it really came from an American neo-Nazi.
Muhammad responded to the criticism saying “to be real honest with you, I didn’t even pay attention to the picture.” He said he was unaware the image was disrespectful towards Jewish people and took it down.
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Nevada Man Indicted in Killing of Rapper Tupac Shakur
In a significant development in the long-standing mystery surrounding the murder of iconic rapper Tupac Shakur, Duane “Keffe D” Davis, a Nevada man, has been indicted on a charge of murder with the use of a deadly weapon. The indictment was officially announced by prosecutors during a court proceeding on Friday.
Chief Deputy District Attorney Marc DiGiacomo disclosed that a grand jury had been convened to investigate the case for several months and that Davis, described as the “on-ground, on-site commander,” had allegedly “ordered the death” of Shakur.
The charges against Davis were unveiled just hours after his arrest while he was on a walk near his residence, according to DiGiacomo. It is worth noting that Davis has been a known figure to investigators.
According to reports, Davis had previously admitted, both in interviews and in his 2019 tell-all memoir titled “Compton Street Legend,” that he was present in the Cadillac during the fatal drive-by shooting of Tupac Shakur in September 1996.
Authorities took action on July 17, raiding the home of the suspect’s wife in Nevada. Video footage from the operation shows law enforcement officers instructing Davis to come out of the residence with his hands raised.
According to reports from Fox News, the search yielded various items, including a Pokeball USB drive, an iPhone, iPads, laptops, a tablet, a desktop computer, external hard drives, copies of Davis’ book “Compton Street Legends,” a Vibe magazine featuring Shakur, and two containers filled with photographs. Additionally, law enforcement sought “notes, writings, ledgers, and other handwritten or typed documents” related to Shakur’s murder.
Tupac Shakur’s murder has remained a high-profile cold case for decades. The prime suspect, Orlando Anderson, who was Davis’ nephew, had previously denied involvement in the shooting before he was murdered in Compton, California, in 1998.
On the fateful evening of September 7, 1996, tragedy struck as Tupac Shakur fell victim to a fatal drive-by shooting. Riding as a passenger in the black BMW owned by Death Row Records co-founder Marion “Suge” Knight, Tupac’s life was abruptly cut short when a white Cadillac pulled up alongside them at a traffic light.
This harrowing event, as detailed by Duane “Keffe D” Davis in a 2018 documentary, revealed that all occupants in the Cadillac that night were affiliated with the South Side Compton Crips gang. Shockingly, it was alleged that the gang sought retribution against Shakur, who had reportedly engaged in a physical altercation with one of its members just prior to the tragic shooting.
Tupac Shakur’s profound influence on the rap community, a legacy that would reverberate for years to come, cannot be overstated. Beyond his lyrical prowess and charismatic stage presence, Tupac’s music and message resonated deeply with a generation. He became a voice for his community, tackling pressing issues in his lyrics and interviews.
Moreover, his authenticity, unflinching honesty, and commitment to addressing the challenges faced by his community cemented his status as an enduring icon in the world of hip-hop. Even in death, Tupac’s impact on the genre and his ability to inspire change in society at large continue to be felt, leaving an indelible mark on the rap community for generations to come.
Tupac Shakur, a prolific rapper and influential figure in the hip-hop industry, was only 25 years old at the time of his death. His fourth solo album, “All Eyez on Me,” continued to dominate the charts with approximately 5 million copies sold, underscoring the enduring impact of his music and the ongoing intrigue surrounding his untimely demise.
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