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MEDIA CONTINUE TO MISINTERPRET MY MESSAGE, FARRAKHAN SAYS IN EXCLUSIVE SUN-TIMES INTERVIEW

 -- Sun-Times editorial concludes:
 "Farrakhan Message Is Still Anti-Semitic" --
 CHICAGO, July 17 /PRNewswire/ -- Weeks after playing Mendelssohn to applause and headlines, Nation of Islam Minister Louis Farrakhan tells the Chicago Sun-Times that once again, the media have misinterpreted his message.
 In an exclusive interview with staff writer Mary Johnson in the Sunday Sun-Times, Farrakhan says the private talks he has held with Jewish clergy and the violin recital on his 60th birthday were not meant as peace offerings to Jewish critics, as they have been portrayed in the press. Those interpretations are "unfortunate," he says.
 "It is my people that I want and I am going to them (Jews) to dialogue; to free my people so they can help me save a nation that is dying in the street. That is what I am all about. I will never bow down. Never. You won't live long enough if you live a thousand years to see me wearing out my knees begging no white man to accept me," Farrakhan says in the copyrighted article.
 His talks with Jewish leaders are intended, he says, not to soothe bitter feelings but to begin a dialogue with Jewish leaders that could begin the process of freeing black people from what he labels as Jewish domination. "When I talk to the Jews, I am talking to a segment of that quorum that holds my people in their grip."
 "Some of the most brilliant people among us are Jews," Farrakhan tells the Sun-Times. "In the field of music, they are the giants. In the field of art and culture, they are giants. I cannot deny their greatness or would I. They are a powerful group of people, and the dialogue that I wish with them is a dialogue to put truth on the table," Farrakhan says.
 In a companion article, Farrakhan speculates on Jet magazine's recent coverage of him. "I couldn't have been in Jet if I didn't play the violin and have some white folk behind me." And he responds to critics within the black community who think his recent actions indicate a sell-out:
 "...The reason that they think that way is some of them are hurt because they have such love for me and confidence in the fact that I was the lone voice for black people."
 To support some of his contentions, Farrakhan cites difficulty the Nation of Islam encountered in 1985 when it tried to launch a toiletry product line in a production deal with Chicago-based Johnson Products. The deal fell through because of pressure from Jewish leaders, Farrakhan maintains.
 The Sun-Times articles cite reaction to Farrakhan from both African- American and Jewish community leaders. Michael Kotsin, director of the Jewish Community Relations Council, says Farrakhan's latest pronouncements show that he has not really changed.
 In its Commentary section, the Sun-Times' lead editorial notes that the Farrakhan interview "provides overwhelming evidence of Farrakhan's
anti-Semitism." The editorial concludes, "It's a shame Farrakhan uses his talents to be so divisive. Until he really changes, there's nothing more to talk about."
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 /CONTACT: Judith Horak, 312-321-2005 or 312-640-9413, or Joanne Kitsos, 312-321-2645, both of the Chicago Sun-Times/


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