On today’s “Hard Knock Radio” program on KPFA in Berkeley, a speech by Hunter College Professor Marimba Ani was broadcast in which she claims Obama is controlled by the Jews.

Click on this link to hear the audio clip (mp3):

Two-minute excerpt of Marimba Ani on KPFA’s “Hard Knock Radio, December 23, 2008.

Below is the transcript of the audio clip, which pretty much speaks for itself. The first minute or so is simply context: introducing the show, including a comical promotional announcement for the program by, of all people, Dan Rather.

In the transcript below, ellipses indicate portions of the original hour-long show that were left out — only the crucial section is included. See the end of this post for a link to the full show on the KPFA site, if you’re interested.

Radio announcer: “Welcome to Hard Knock Radio. My name is Mike Biggs here at the controls. Today on the program we bring you highlights of the great Harlem Obama Debate that took place December 14th at the St. Mary’s Church in Harlem, New York, posing the question, ‘Is the Obama Election Good for the Black Community?’”

Dan Rather: “Hello, I’m Dan Rather. When I’m in the Bay, I keep it locked to Hard Knock Radio: news, views and hip-hop. Peace.”
Fenny: “What’s up folks, this is your girl Fenny representing the whole Bay Area. I’m here on Hard Knock Radio: news, views and hip-hop. Stay tuned.”

Radio announcer: “Today on the show we bring you highlights of a debate that went down a couple weeks ago in Harlem, New York, asking the question, ‘Is the Obama Election Good for the Black Community?’ … Up first we bring you Dr. Leonard Jeffries, who feels Obama is good for the black community, followed by Dr. Marimba Ani who feels Obama is not. This is Hard Knock Radio — stay tuned.”

Event MC: “Culture scientist, former head of the black sequence at Hunter College, Dr. Marimba Ani….”

Marimba Ani [speaking about Obama's campaign]: “…Who did the financing? … They had a long history, in Chicago. Which brings me to the next warning, the next what I see as implication of this, and that is the Jewish connection, which must be understood. Because we fought that in the Civil Rights movement. And I was a part of the Southern student movement in Mississippi and all the time we had to fight for control of our own movement. Now what has happened is that he has allowed that control to come into play. Because he was picked and chosen, and I could give you the list of names. I don’t have time to now, but you’re gonna have to find these things out. You’re gonna have to now get on the Net, read things. Think, don’t just listen to rhetoric about how wonderful it is to have these beautiful people there. See where they came from. See what they represent.

If it isn’t already obvious just from hearing it, Ani’s thesis is that the Jews control Obama, just as they wrested control of the Civil Rights movement and so much else — one of the classic anti-Semitic conspiracy theories.

Here is a link to a streaming broadcast of the full hour-long show, on KPFA’s own site:

Hard Knock Radio broadcast, December 23, 2008.

You can also download the mp3 podcast of the full show (10mb) by right-clicking (or control-clicking) here.

If you’re curious about who Marimba Ani is, more info about her can be found here.

And, finally, if you’re not familiar with KPFA: It’s the leading far-left “progressive” radio station in the San Francisco Bay Area, part of the Pacifica network.


44 Responses to “Blatant Anti-Semitism today on KPFA radio in Berkeley”

  1. 1Dave Surls on Dec 23, 2008 at 11:00 pm:

    “If you’re curious about who Marimba Ani is, more info about her can be found here.”

    Well, it’s not hard to see why she’s on KPFA.

    Best comedy radio station in the Bay Area, btw.

  2. 2Macker on Dec 24, 2008 at 12:51 am:

    Why does this not surprise me….

  3. 3nadadhimmi on Dec 24, 2008 at 6:14 am:

    It appears it’s not all that unusual for Jews to be killed for their support of Israel. Are we supposed to be more upset or concerned than we usually are at this anti semitism because Kliman was a HOMOSEXUAL?

  4. 4yochanan on Dec 24, 2008 at 2:09 pm:

    SADLY this isn’t new. radical black anti semitism goes back to the late 60′s MLK gave a speech about it.

    back in the late 70′s the hallel i was a member of had a Israel independence day party and we were violently attacked by a group of leftist, arab and black thugs. after that we had to have the chicago police at our events.

  5. 5Anonymous on Dec 24, 2008 at 3:56 pm:

    Anti-semtic means against the semetic people which include arabs so what your saying is that someone went on the radio station and was self hating.

  6. 6Anonymous on Dec 24, 2008 at 4:04 pm:

  7. 7zombie on Dec 24, 2008 at 4:18 pm:

    #5 Anonymous:

    Your comment is totally ignorant.

    First of all, “anti-Semitic” does NOT mean “against the Semitic people,” as you posit; but rather specifically refers to hatred of Jews. It was coined in the 1860s in Germany as a more palatable replacement for the term “Judenhass,” which puts the concept more bluntly: Jew-hate. See: http://dictionary.reference.com/search?q=antisemitism . Just because it contains the word “Semitic” does not mean that it refers to the Semitic people; that canard is a lie put forth by modern anti-Semites trying to claim that being specifically anti-Jewish is impossible, because they can toy around with the definition of the word that refers to hatred of Jews.

    Second of all, there is no such thing as a “Semitic people” which includes both Arabs and Jews. “Semitic” is a language group (of which Hebrew and Arabic are both members), not an ethnicity. Another common misconception.

    And thirdly, the speaker was African-American, not Arab or Muslim, so your claim that the speaker must necessarily be “self hating” is also incorrect.


  8. 8SSG David Medzyk on Dec 24, 2008 at 5:08 pm:

    Wooahhh woah woah woah…wait…

    I thought the left had no voice on the radio, which is why they want to re-enact the Fairness Doctrine.


  9. 9Erica on Dec 24, 2008 at 9:15 pm:

    Dan Rather? CBS Dan Rather? What, huh?

    You know it hurts me that I’m more surprised to hear Mr. Rather endorsing a lefty station than I am to hear a lefty station being anti-semitic.

  10. 10Dmills on Dec 24, 2008 at 11:46 pm:

    Dan Rather’s
    Believe It Or Not!
    Since 1968

  11. 11vit on Dec 25, 2008 at 3:28 am:


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    Islamic Rage Boy Sings “Jingle Bells”


  12. 12I.F. Stoner on Dec 25, 2008 at 11:11 am:

    Wait a minute….Leonard Jeffries was the *reasonable* guy? He was the was forced out of CUNY after propounding his “sun people/ice people” racial putiry gibberish. What a loonfest…him, Dan Rather, man, all you need now is a guest appearance by Ward Churchill!
    (or “Chutch” to Iowahawk fans)

  13. 13Moriah on Dec 25, 2008 at 4:34 pm:

    “First of all, “anti-Semitic” does NOT mean “against the Semitic people,” as you posit; but rather specifically refers to hatred of Jews.”


    Why don’t you just quit trying to minimize the hatred for Jews? You think there’s something special about having a special term coined for the hatred of the Jewish people? At least we don’t “affectionately” refer to each other as “kike”


    Wilhelm Marr (1819–1904) was a German agitator and publicist, who coined the term “antisemitism”.

    How is it that you despise Jews and at the same time want to deny that particular hatred even exists? You’re sick.

  14. 14average_guy on Dec 25, 2008 at 10:26 pm:

    Marimba Ani sounds like a caribbean name……

  15. 15DangerousNate on Dec 26, 2008 at 7:06 am:

    They’d tie the Jews for the creation of aids if they could.

  16. 16Anonymous on Dec 26, 2008 at 9:58 am:

    “How is it that you despise Jews and at the same time want to deny that particular hatred even exists? You’re sick.”
    I am Jewish I was just correcting a word that was missused.

  17. 17Anonymous on Dec 26, 2008 at 10:56 am:

    Anonymous, that just makes your ignorance more appalling.

  18. 18Ken on Dec 26, 2008 at 6:36 pm:

    “(such-and-such) is controlled by the Jews” is such a ridiculously stupid and pathetic conspiracy theory. It’s been around for centuries and, to this day, no one has ever proven that any kind of sinister Jewish cabal exists anywhere in the world for the purpose of controlling anything. How stupid do you have to believe in something in something like that? If I may quote Orwell: “Anti-Semitism is not the kind of thing a reasonable adult believes in.”

  19. 19Fenris on Dec 27, 2008 at 1:00 pm:

    That’s why I long since stopped listening to KPFT, also part of the Pacifica network.

    Oh yea, CLEARLY the Jews control Obama. That’s why we’ve got a Jews Against Obama organization. Wait a sec…

    Oddly enough, no other group was so strongly opposed to Prop 8 as the Jews, 78% against in Los Angeles. And given the lopsided vote Jews gave to Obama, why does California still hate us?

  20. 20TNC on Dec 29, 2008 at 6:25 am:

    Thanks for publicizing this, Zombie. I’m sure you realize KPFA (and the Pacifica Network in general) has a long, sordid history of antisemitism so this is nothing new. I recall reading that Dennis Bernstein of KPFA’s “Flashpoints” program claimed the IDF was developing some sort of chemical weapon that would attack the genes of Arabs but leave Jews unharmed. These people are total crackpots. After I moved from the East Bay to NYC I discovered the local Pacifica station out here, WBAI,is even worse than KPFA. Leonard Jeffries is a hero to them.

    Yochanan, I think antisemitism among black radicals goes back further than the late 1960s. The Nation of Islam comes to mind. Before that, Marcus Garvey:


  21. 21peterkaplan on Dec 29, 2008 at 9:31 pm:

    First of all, “anti-Semitic” does NOT mean “against the Semitic people,”

    And anti-Semitic doesn’t necessarily mean anti-Zionist. Certain people in the British Oligarchy initially supported the idea of establishing the State of Israel in order to have a place to expel Jews. I’ve got to question the motives of anyone who calls himself a Zionist.

  22. 22confused on Dec 30, 2008 at 1:01 pm:

    I can understand and relate to this:
    “Your comment is totally ignorant”

    But then, who is a Jew? Can I become one? Where do I sign up? Or is it something along the lines of being versus becoming a gentleman?

    Every statement on this blog seems to obscure something that alludes me. Is it possible that Dan Rather, CBS Dan Rather knows something I don’t?

  23. 23enlightened on Dec 30, 2008 at 1:21 pm:

    To quote Orwell: “Anti-Semitism is not the kind of thing a reasonable adult believes in”, however, Filo-Semitism is the kind of thing a reasonable adult would believe in.

  24. 24Ed on Dec 30, 2008 at 5:04 pm:

    Guys, Professor Marimba Ani is a trojan horse, created to confuse us and set us to fighting amongst ourselves. In fact, Professor Marimba Ani himself is employed and paid by the Jews.

    I say and I say it again, you’ve been had. You’ve been took. You’ve been HOODWINKED, BAMBOOZLED, led astray…

    Google it!!!

  25. 25Dave Surls on Dec 30, 2008 at 7:23 pm:

    “Professor Marimba Ani himself is employed and paid by the Jews.”

    Actually, he is a she.

    “Google it!!!”

    Good idea. Try it sometime.

  26. 26Jim on Dec 31, 2008 at 7:20 am:

    Dave, I think that you missed Ed’s joke…

    Marimba Ani urged listeners to “get on the internet” and “do some research” to find out “the truth” about her conspiracy theory, and Ed just proposed an even more outrageous conspiracy theory in a rather funny game of one-upmanship.

    Shouldn’t someone be posting a link of the “Stonecutter” song from the Simpson’s right now?

    Who keeps the martians under wraps? We DO!

  27. 27Dave Surls on Dec 31, 2008 at 12:05 pm:

    “Dave, I think that you missed Ed’s joke…”

    Whoops. My bad.

  28. 28Abu Chaim on Jan 1, 2009 at 11:04 am:

    LOL @ the anti-Semites in this thread.

    You kids just don’t have anything better to do with your lives.

  29. 29medstudent on Jan 2, 2009 at 11:41 pm:

    God, that’s so yucky.

    Do a lot of people listen to KPFA? I don’t know anybody who does, but I’m probably the wrong generation and the wrong side of the bay. Maybe boomer ex-hippies in Berkeley/Oakland?

    This really troubles me. I feel like what Israel is doing right now is not entirely right, but I just can’t get on board with the Palestinian rights people because of the creepy anti-semitism that a significant number of their folks let show through sometimes.

    The only hopeful thing I can say is that I suspect KPFA is kind of an aging boomer relic and not super relevant anymore. But I’m definitely not an expert.

  30. 30Anonymous on Jan 3, 2009 at 7:11 pm:

    “She is Professor of Afrikan Studies in the Department of Black and Puerto Rican Studies at Hunter College in New York City.”

    That’s a great credential. They can’t even spell.

  31. 31Anonymous on Jan 3, 2009 at 7:12 pm:

    KPFA is suffering financially, as is the whole Pacifica network.

  32. 32increase my crazy check on Jan 4, 2009 at 8:02 am:

    kpfa is a disgrace. but two of the worst are amy goodman and bernstein. are they really palistinians who changed their name?

  33. 33Anonymous on Jan 4, 2009 at 11:42 am:

    The funny thing is that Arabs think black are evn worse then Jews. If the Muslims have thier way, its back to slavery for blacks.

  34. 34Anonymous on Jan 5, 2009 at 12:59 pm:

    The Pacifica affiliates are just as bad. WPKN in Connecticut has some real loonies along with hard leftists and a couple of anti-Semites from Long Island calling themselves “East End News.”

  35. 35Anonymous on Jan 8, 2009 at 5:03 am:

    KPFA’s commentary gives liberalism a truly bad name. Lack of integrity, off-the-cuff conclusions, intentionally unbalanced…they are the Rush Limbaughs of the looney left. It seems half of every broadcast day is dedicated to attacking Israel and blindly supporting even the craziest of Palestinians. Every missle lobbed by Hamas at civilians is described as a just response. Collectively, they are the Wilhelm Marrs of the modern broadcast world. Conspiracy theory after conspiracy theory about the U.S. government’s intentions are usually totally lacking in original research and would be laughable if they weren’t so damn serious in their spontaneous pronouncements. Every policy is seen as an extension of shawdowy corporate greed, every bureaucrat in the pocket of some mystical all-powerful CEO. As if. It seems only delusionals need apply to the broadcast booth. Have these people ever traveled beyond the streets of Berkeley?

  36. 36Anonymous on Jan 25, 2009 at 8:33 pm:

    QUOTE- ’33Anonymous on Jan 4, 2009 at 11:42 am:
    The funny thing is that Arabs think black are evn worse then Jews. If the Muslims have thier way, its back to slavery for blacks.’ FOR SHAME- How ironic you bemoan ‘antisemetism’ and predjudice, and rightly so, but then proceed to utter similar sentiments. I guess you hold that its not ok to be predjudiced against jews, but that its ok against other peoples.

    Im sure you would find if you did the slightest research that many mulsims come from and live in africa. How can you expect anyone to take your concerns and feelings seriously when you show little concern for the feelings of others.

    How can you overcome ignorance with ignorance.

  37. 37Konata Kemet on Jan 26, 2009 at 2:03 pm:

    I’d just caution against assuming KPFA supports anti-semitism because they broadcast these comments in the context of a debate. I used to live in New York and often listened to WBAI (another Pacifica station). Pacifica stations broadcast a variety of views that you may or may not agree with. Pacifica is definitely progressive (leftist or whatever you want to call it). You can disagree with their politics, but I don’t think you should blame them for Dr. Ani’s views.

  38. 38Anonymous on Feb 4, 2009 at 9:28 am:

    i have yet to hear a word about the hamas. its always about the fringe far right settlers and israel commiting war crimes. kpfa is a joke if you want to get all sides of the issue.

  39. 39paybacktime on Feb 16, 2009 at 9:21 pm:

    I urge everyone who disagrees with irrationally racist and Socialist KPFA, to NOT donate to the station during their fund raising drives.

    P.S. Here is a link to an MP3 of an Auditor speaking of the financial state, the financial incompetence at Pacifica.


    “The Pacifica National Board (PNB) met last weekend. There were some dire financial reports, but there was some hope. There is a new Chair of the PNB, she has issued a statement to everyone in Pacifica. She is also the interim Executive Director. Pacifica also has a new interim CFO. Things may start to improve now.

    We spoke about this PNB meeting a bit on the air. There was an Auditor’s Report at that PNB meeting. It was delivered by a Mr. Tony Paul who is the Auditor of the Pacifica Foundation, which owns WBAI. I played a very short excerpt of his remarks to the PNB. It’s 91 seconds long and it consists of four of Mr. Paul’s statements. Each statement is separated from the others by a short “beep” sound. The four statements themselves are presented unedited. Pacifica Auditor’s comments 1:31 — download the mp3 file “

  40. 40Weathervane on Aug 22, 2009 at 6:08 pm:

    I gather the majority (if not all) of the commentators (above) are jewish — with an agenda. Because you don’t like something does not mean it’s wrong or racist. It’s just something you don’t like. There’s the hitch to free speech. Ani is not the first African-American who has made the accusation she has made. And the american allies of zionism, the lunatic core of conservatism and christianity, snidely refers to “Hollywood” as the anti-christ in america (“hollywood”, as you know, meaning jews). But you’re not going to publically attack the hand that feeds you billions of dollars in bribery — and nuclear weapons. I think you’re all dangerous delusionals: jews, christians muslims, hindus, etc. (And, yes, the lower-case is deliberate.)

  41. 41Anonymous on Sep 12, 2009 at 9:22 pm:

    It’s interesting because Marimba Ani has what I think is a pretty nuanced discussion of European Jews/Jewishness in her book Yurugu. I’m Ashkenazi Jew who really likes the book overall because I think it’s extremely accurate in its description of European culture and behavior.

    In particular on the topic of Jews and Judaism: in Yurugu, Ani carefully details and analyzes aspects of European Christianity and European Judaism that many people who would say the things she seems to be saying would just gloss right over or miss entirely.

    She is critical of Judaism in the book just as she is of other elements that built and fed European culture. But she is also clear that European Christianity — built in some ways out of Judaism but differing from it in ways that fed expansionism — was and is the main vehicle for expansion of the European system.

    Here is the best excerpt-example that I think shows that her perspective may be more complex than this blog and some of the responses are suggesting:

    “Why did the Jews refuse to accept Jesus as the Messiah they had long awaited? Possibly because they refused to enlarge the cultural-national group with which they identified, and in part because they refused to become absorbed in (though always entho-historically related to) the larger ideological entity that was forming and that was to culminate in Western European culture. One refusal was disctated by the other, and the separation and antagonism between the two groups (Christians and Jews) can be seen as one of political identification and strategy worked out in religious terminology. the question, now as then, is one of alliegance. In so far as the Jewish people refuse to identify with the nationalistic expression and destiny of the larger and dominant group whose territory they share, they constitute a “thorn in the side” of that group and have been, therefore, mistrusted and what is worse, terrorized. In spite of this victimization, and because of the similarity of value orientation and compatibility of utamaroho and utmawazo between Jewish people and the larger Western European group, Jews are not referred to as “pagan” or “primitive” and are not considered to be “evolutionarily inferior” as other victims of Western European oppression have been.” (pg 127 in Yurugu)

    I don’t know if she has changed her perspective since she wrote the book, or if she was speaking in a tip-of-the-iceberg kind of way about an analysis that was more complex than what it appeared to be. I do observe that in general there is a fair amount of intertwined racism and anti-Semitism out there pushing the cultural theme that the Black man in leadership is not really in leadership and he is controlled by the Jews. So clearly this is out there, and it is as strong in the white left as anywhere else.

    My take on Dr. Ani is that she is likely more complex in her thinking than the KPFA interview revealed. Either that or she has changed her perspective from the nuanced detail she got into in Yurugu to a much more simplistic non-rich anti-Semitism. Though, even writing that out I find it hard to believe that someone with the depth of perception she has would fall into a simple “the Jews are in control” thing.

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