New York City Councilman Charles Barron just won the endorsement of Rep. Edolphus Towns for the seat Towns is vacating. He's made his name with attacks on capitalism, Israel, Jews, and gay marriage.
“Out there, they don’t know that Qaddafi was our brother.” He dismissed claims of Qaddafi’s brutality. “People say ‘Didn’t he kill all those people?’ I say, ‘I don’t know anything. The man was a freedom fighter.” He gestured to a poster of a young Qaddafi. “Can you imagine what this man had to go through?”... He asked them to chant “Long live Muammar Qaddafi,”
November 2011: at Sistas’ Place on Nostrand Avenue in Bedford-Stuyvesant, remembering Muammar el-Qaddafi.
"We are sick and tired of this country supporting dictators, supporting terrorists and then saying they have a homeland security office to stop terrorism. Well you want to stop terrorism? The biggest terrorist in the world is the government of Israel."
June 1, 2010, New York City: at a rally outside of the Israeli Consulate
On Jewish origins:
"I am tired every time you criticize Israel, you are anti-Semitic. Well technically my pastor taught me about the Semitic people, the Semites are black."
June 17, 2010: an event at House of the Lord Church in Brooklyn
On the gay rights movement:
"I don't consider it a civil-rights issue of our time. Comparing it to our struggle when we were stolen from Africa, enslaved, murdered, raped, hung, lynched. I'm not even going to give it the same breath as our movement in this country."
November 2011: In an interview with Azi Paybarah.