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Tuesday, October 31, 2006

CD5 Race in the Pioneer Press

The pioneer press had a great, and actually objective, article about the race in the 5th. You can read it here.

Meanwhile, others focus on episodes from the late 1980s and early 1990s — examples that seem to belie Ellison's "18-month" claim.

"It's kind of a 'I didn't inhale' answer,'' said Minneapolis lawyer Marc Berg, who knew Ellison in law school. "He had something of an alignment with the Nation of Islam for much more than 18 months."

When Ellison's black law students' group intended to bring Kwame Ture, the former Black Panther Stokely Carmichael, to campus, some Jewish students met with Ellison and others to try to persuade them not to invite him.

"Who we invite is none of your business," Berg recalls Ellison saying.

In the speech, Ture accused Jews of collaborating with Nazis as prelude to establishing the state of Israel — an accusation that then-university President Nils Hasselmo called "deeply offensive."

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