The libelous claim that Jews controlled the slave trade in the Americas began circulating in 1991, when an extremist organization known as the Nation of Islam claimed to have gathered ‘irrefutable evidence’ to prove it.
More recently, the claim reared its ugly head when NBA star Kyrie Irving promoted the film “Hebrews to Negroes”, which makes some pretty outlandish allegations about the Jewish role in the slave trade.
Although Jewish involvement in the slave trade was minimal, with only a few individuals participating, the overall perpetuation of this claim serves to fuel hatred and division among marginalized communities.

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Amistad (1997)
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