SOME THINGS NEVER CHANGE: Radio Islam: Jews and the Slave Trade http://radioislam.org/crime/slaves/secretrelation.htm The Secret Relationship should not have pointed out Jewish marijuana growers: Mr. Brenner seemed to get quite a bit of enjoyment out of our mention that some Jews were growers of hemp or marijuana. He states emphatically that hemp was used for making rope and he discounts the possibility that it might have been used as a drug. He surmises that The Secret Relationship has succumbed to the "puritanical" propensities of the Nation of Islam in pointing out this fact. As the organizer of the Coalition for Narcotic Law Reform Brenner may be more sensitive to these issues of drug use and abuse than most. By pointing out that the growing of marijuana was widespread in early America, Brenner raises another issue that is of critical import to the Black/Jewish relationship. The use of cocaine by plantation owners to stimulate and compel unpaid labor among Black slaves has been widely reported. By the turn of the 19th century the New York Times, then [and now] owned by Jews, credited "Jew peddlers" with being marketers of the drug. It has been long known that liquor has been pushed on enslaved Africans to keep them in a state of mental debilitation during periods of work furlough, most commonly after the autumn harvest. Its role in the demise of the Red nation is well-documented, as is the role of opium in the far east. The mind-altering and calming properties of marijuana could not have escaped the notice of white slave holders, who were forever seeking ways to control their "ferocious" Africans. We could more accurately say that Americans, including Jews, were growing marijuana to make the rope to lynch the Africans and for the dope to keep them high. After the first World War, Jews again took an active role in the drug trade in the inner cities of America. Perhaps Brenner is not aware of the work of Robert A. Rockaway, who is a senior lecturer in the Department of Jewish History at Tel Aviv University. He is a critic of the Nation of Islam and The Secret Relationship, and yet he makes a remarkable claim about Jewish drug dealers in America's inner cities: After the first World War, Jewish gangsters became major figures in the American underworld and played prominent roles in the creation and extension of organized crime in the United States. During Prohibition fifty percent of the leading bootleggers were Jews, and Jewish criminals financed and directed much of the nation's narcotics traffic. Jews also dominated illicit activities in a number of America's largest cities, including Boston, Cleveland, Detroit, Minneapolis, New York, and Philadelphia.  The article, published by the American Jewish Historical Society, goes on to explain the role of these gangsters in the financing of the Jewish war against the Palestinians. Rockaway dismisses the Black victims of this assault by these Jewish gangsters with the perverse quip, "But he was good to his mother." We would encourage further research into the role of ingestible substances like cocaine, liquor, tobacco, marijuana in the demise of the Red Indian and the Black African and the extent of its connection to Jewish peddlers, merchants and gangsters.