CLEVELAND, OH – Two years ago a shit-starting Palestinian student at the John Marshall College of Law decided to launch an online petition to remove the legendary American Supreme Court Chief Justice’s name. Mousa Hanna Kassis. Why? According to the son of recent immigrant arrivals from the Gaza, Chief Justice Marshall owned “200 slaves.” Palestinians enslaved Africans until 1948.
Kassis quoted Gratz College president Paul Finkelman’s 2018 book entitled “Supreme Injustice: Slavery in the Nation’s Highest Court” as his only source. Here’s where the dumb shit gets stupid.
Kassis, now an attorney for the late David Brennan’s law firm, thanked Finkelman and pompously proclaimed that “all the lead historians on Marshall failed to mention it in their books” that Chief Justice Marshall owned 200 slaves. Kassis then made the huge stretch of thought that, “they either hid it or didn’t seek the truth.” Kassis’ statement implied that he had actually read the works of “all the lead historians on Marshall” and confirmed the alleged accuracy of Finkelman’s lies.
Attorney and University of Virginia law school professor Charles Frederic Hobson is a leading John Marshall historian. Following Kassis’ foreign, English as a second language logic, it was Hobson’s duty to reject everything he’d learned after 26 years of reading and editing the Chief Justice’s papers. Hobson is a man that by 2006 had completed the 12th and final volume of the “Papers of John Marshall.”
Kassis ridiculously concluded that Hobson and every other Marshall historian was supposed to accept Finkelman’s 200 slave conclusions when he and the others had found no more than 15 the Chief Justice acquired through “inheritance.” Forget that Hobson had identified two cases which revealed how Marshall freed over 600 slaves. Finkelman spoke. We’re all supposed to believe his words without question or be labeled an “anti-semite” for challenging him. Bullshit. I’m a semitic Christian. Jesus is my Rabbi.
There’s a case captioned Hannah v. Davis” that Marshall decided on April 20, 1787. Both Finkelman and Kassis cited it as way of discrediting Chief Justice Marshall. It works only if a person is stupid enough to buy Finkelman’s description of the defendant Bess Davis as “mixed race.”
The mix of races were important since she was half African and half Powhotan Indian. Indians were treated as citizens of foreign nations with whom the American government had “treaties.” Unlike Finkelman, Chief Justice Marshall could not ignore the “mix” of Davis’ race or the treaties and laws associated with each side of her ethnic family tree. He also described the entire case as “repugnant.”
“These are public Acts, unnecessary to have been specially found by Jury. Could the people of Virginia make Slaves of a nation with whom they were at peace? Yet the act of 1705. Makes such a peace, & authorizes a free trade with them. The holding & claiming Bess as a Slave, can not be construed to destroy her freedom. The bare holding or claiming her, could have no such effect. No marriage Ceremony among Indians, therefore Descendants shall be understood to apply to the maternal Line. In pleading the onus probandi lies on him who affirms a fact. The Deft. in his plea, affirms the plt’s to be Slaves. But it is said plts must shew a title to an Action. All persons primâ facie are entituled to an Action. Their dissability to maintain one must be Specially pleaded. The court seemed unanimously of opinion that the Act of 1682. was absolutely repealed by the Acts of 1705. “Concerning Servants & Slaves”—and “for opening a trade with the Indians”—therefore, that no Indian brought into this Govt. from the back Country since that period could be made a Slave. They were also of opinion, that the word Descendants, in the Case of Slaves, must mean lineal descendents in the maternal Line.”
I’m a “Davis” on my Arkansas-born mother’s side of the family and I had no idea the name was Jewish and a “brand” when I studied our family tree to “before” the 1830’s. So is the surname of “Smith.” Records show the Jewish Davis’ were slave traders. My late Uncle William Davis and his sister, Ophelia, my aunt and late mother’s oldest sister, told me howmy Grandfather’s great-great-grandmother was sold from North Carolina to Arkansas; and that she never saw her siblings again as she was tearfully taken from them.
Let’s examine Kassis’ source. Finkelman. Had he bothered to research the name of the Jewish university Finkelman leads as president, Kassis would have found the name “Hyman Gratz” of the human slave trafficking Gratz family of Philadelphia, Pennsylania and Kentucky.
He would have learned if he’d looked that Finkelman leads a segregated religious school where Jews can earn a master’s degree in “the holocaust” that makes no reference to their outsized role in the African holocaust that came with the Trans-Atlantic slave trade. From Cleveland, Jews like Luther Moses built ships that carried Africans stolen from their homes to north and south America and the islands in our hemisphere.
Read “United States Jewry: 1776-1985” by Lithuanian Jew Jacob Rader Marcus. Read, also, Rabbi Bertram W. Korn’s “Jews and Negro Slavery in the Old South: 1789-1865.” Both affirmed that Jews had the highest percentage of slave owning households in the United States of America. 40 to 80 percent.
The Gratz family in our nation prior to the Civil War were human trafficking slave holders operating out of Philadelphia and Kentucky like the bosses in drug cartels. There’s a town named for the Gratz College founder’s family in Kentucky. When I managed the Miles Drive-in Theater for Russian Jews Jay and Sam Schultz in 1979-1980, the man who repaired the screen was from Gratz, “Kain-tucky.”
The Gratz’s became decadently wealthy off their African Holocaust human trafficking enterprises. They profited off the factories they owned in the south that supplied the merchandise to their family stores in northern cities like Philadelphia.
There’s correspondence between Miriam Gratz and her husband Michael, Hyman’s brother, where this mentally sick woman asks him to bring her a “little Negro boy” from Africa. Fuck the child’s parents. She needed a little servant to train.
The Philadelphia Jews of Mikvah Israel – where Hyman and Michael served as treasurer – described the Gratz family as nothing more than “import and export merchants” instead of vicious kidnappers of African men, women and children. These are the despicable subhumans who conspired with subhuman African sellouts from Nigeria, Ghana and Togo to steal my ancestors. The majority of American Negroes have no love for either the slave kidnapper (African, Dutch or Jewish) or that person’s buyer.
Gratz purchased the land the private Jewish college that bears his family name is built on in 1856. It came two years after human traffickers of stolen Africans convinced Democrats in 1854 to introduce the Kansas Nebraska Act to expand slavery west of the Mississippi River and repealed the Missouri Compromise. 1856 was also the year the Republican Party was founded to stop the Eastern European, European and Spanish Jews involved in international human trafficking and slave ownership from using the Democratic Party to expand slavery across the nation.
The Gratz or “Graetz” surname is associated with Poland in Eastern European when the majority of the Soviet Union territories of Poland, Ukraine, Belarus, Lithuania and Romania were under Russian tsarist control. Hyman Gratz was, assumably, an Ashkenazi Jew. NAZI pilot Karl Gratz flew in Adolf Hitler’s luftwaffe until the Gratz’s who fled Eastern Europe had to pretend to be “Jewish holocaust” refugees to escape war crime accountability after World War II. There’s nothing about the Gratz name that suggests any love or loyalty to America or Americans.
Finkelman’s written over 50 books but none expose brothers Hyman and Michael Gratz’s family as human traffickers of the Africans they bought and sold with help from African kidnappers. So much for full disclosure; and that lack of disclosure around his name should be viewed as alarming. To use Kassis’ logic Finkelman “hid the truth.”
By blindly repeating Finkelman’s reckless distortions of facts associated with local, state and federal laws enacted during Chief Justice Marshall’s life, Kassis makes himself look like the so-called “scholar’s” minion-like fool. He’s smearing an Ango-Saxon American Christian for the soul-staining crimes of the human trafficking Gratz’s.
Even now a Jewish attorney operating out of Woodmere, Ronald Frieberg, was one of 161 people arrested, charged and prosecuted last September 2021 for their role in an Elyria and Lorain county human trafficking operation dubbed “Operation Ohio Knows.” It was Jewish Bedford Heights Judge and pimp Harry Jacobs, III who operated a human trafficking enterprise that resulted in defendants being turned into whores in exchange for leniency. Why wasn’t he federally charged with “misprision of felony” and his law license permanently stripped? Frieberg’s returned to his law firm.
Instead of drawing attention to Chief Justice Marshall, a patriotic American rooted in our nation’s history and culture would have been all over Finkelman about Gratz when he participated in a “zoom” webinar last April 2021. Instead of seeking the removal of Marshall’s name from the law school, an American with documented ancestry to the early 1800’s like me would have sought the removal of Maxine Goodman Levin’s name from the urban college like I’m doing now. It’s offensive.
The Levin surname is as tied to human trafficking of enslaved Africans as the “anglicized” surnames of Fisher, Myers, Cohen, Davis, Smith. Sodowsky is another Jewish name associated with kidnapping and selling Africans. It’s the Levin surname and not the Marshall surname that should be removed from Cleveland State University property. It’s the Gratz name that should be stricken from a private university receiving federal funds and the one high school that bears it in Philadelphia.
The southern factories the Gratz’s supplied enslaved Africans to work for free provided the merchandise for the stores they owned in towns like Philadelphia. Our nation was drawn into a civil war so “the Gratz’s” could live rich northern and southern lives. It’s no wonder Democrats sought to expand slavery beyond the parallel’s of the Missouri Compromise. In the south the Gratz’s were Confederates and these despicable scumbags profited off both sides of the Civil War.
Going after Marshall instead of Gratz – when he’s in charge of a religiously-segregated university named after a family of human traffickers – is a sick con game Finkelman’s playing on Americans too stupid to read or even think beyond his words. The Quakers were the only religious denomination whose followers completely rejected all aspects of slavery.
There’s a 46-page document a CSU “naming committee” created that features anti-Chief Justice Marshall comments from retired Cleveland Municipal Court Judge Ronald Adrine, retired Court of Appeals Judge Patricia Ann Blackmon and Attorney Terry Billups. Collectively they agreed to attach their names to the following malicious and “single-sourced” lies coming from Finkelman none can prove are true.
“John Marshall was a prolific slaveholder who enslaved hundreds of human beings during his lifetime and actively participated in the buying and selling of Black men, women, and children. He did so despite acknowledging that slavery was immoral and wrong, and he did so the entire 34 years he served as chief justice of the Supreme Court. Marshall became extremely wealthy accumulating slaves and bartering in free Black labor, and he consistently upheld the institution of slavery from the bench to protect his vast wealth.”
Ward 9 Councilman Kevin Conwell followed up with a resolution captioned, “Urging the Law School Name Committee at Cleveland-Marshall College of Law to change the name of the law school to eliminate any reference to John Marshall.” It’s sent to former one-term Ohio Attorney General and “drug house board up czar” Lee Fisher. The former Lieutenant Governor is the current John Marshall College of Law dean.
The first mass attack on American Negro home ownership in Ohio came from Fisher’s “genius idea” that landlords in our neighborhoods should be punished for the persons selling drugs from their “rented” homes after his 1994 election. Democrats, Liberals and Progressives. You gotta despise ’em. Ex-Cleveland Mayor Michael Reed White jumped all over Fisher’s evil with a quickness. Free press.
Over 1000 homes were boarded up in neighborhood killing acts of political depravity to feed their desire for public attention at any cost. Every “public policy” attack on American Negro homeownership, a path to generational wealth, has come from Democrats. 3rd party tax lien sales? Landbanks? Criminalized instead of civil housing ordinances? Thank the Democrats.
Conwell’s resolution acknowledges that Marshall opposed slavery which should have ended the discussion he was having with himself or “someone” about introducing it. All sources of the defamatory information about Marshall being a hypocrite on slavery is “circular” and from my research returns back to Finkelman. In a conversation with me on January 17, 2022, Conwell said he “thought” he was helping the students while admitting that he and council had done absolutely no research on the topic.
What I want to know is if Kassis claimed some educational benefit to enter our “state-funded” university and enroll at CSU’s John Marshall College of Law as a “minority?” Palestinians were not included in any of the set-aside wars we fought throughout the 60’s and into the 1990’s in this state. They were not included in the 1994 “predicate study” Ohio did to determine just who should receive “minority” benefits.
Neither the Palestinians nor the Asian Indians had suffered any “historic” effects of discrimination in Ohio since they weren’t here or eligible for admittance as citizens when my ancestors were dealing with slavery. The Asian Indians contributed $240,000 to George Voinovich’s 1994 campaign for governor; and the son of Serbian immigrants ignored us and asked the legislators to let them bid on minority set-aside contracts though they could prove no “historic” discrimination. There’s a 1994-95 case Columbus contractor William Cargile filed against Voinovich and the Ohio Department of Administrative Services in Franklin County’s court of common pleas for this shit.
Instead of being heard Kassis should be investigated. His father is the director of Youngstown State University’s small business development center. Five businesses are registered to his address in Youngstown suburb … Girard. That university’s board must investigate whether he’s hooking up his family or the Ohioans for whom the money was intended.
Here’s a story about world first billionaire John David Rockefeller, Sr’s purchase of an American Negro woman’s freedom when he was 15. It’s included in the biography written by Ron Chernow entitled, “Titan.” Rockefeller, an abolitionist, did so because her husband was free and it was his desire to help them be together. For the last 28 years of his life Rockefeller was the single Anglo-Saxon Protestant member of all American Negro Union Baptist Church in Ormond Beach, Florida.
Every purchase of an enslaved African had nothing to do with keeping them in bondage. Some purchases were made to protect enslaved Africans who Americans like Marshall saw as “faithful friends.” Obviously the signers of the petition backing the removal of Chief Justice Marshall’s name as a slaveowner never heard of Mosby Shepherd. He was a Freedman who bought his son out of slavery. How many different ways do I have to demonstrate the ignorance of the people backing Kassis’ foolishnes. I thought law school taught students to “think.”
It’s no wonder judges think there’s “no reasonable expectation of privacy behind a publicly-displayed license plate.” They didn’t read Section 1.1 of the FBI’s NCIC 2000 Manual that describes how the criminal records history databases were authorized by Congress to be used. Try this. “An NCIC hit alone is not probable cause to arrest.” Congress told cops across the nation in 1966 that a search warrant was required to search criminal records history databases. Probable cause. 4th Amendment.
The holocaust relevant to Americans is all the lives lost in the Trans-Atlantic slave trade the “Gratz’s” were involved in on both sides of the ocean. The kidnapping of men, women and children in Africa; and the transportation and sale of their souls into bondage throughout the Americas. It’s not included with Finkelman’s “holocaust” curriculum. It’s an omission that in my opinion makes his holocaust curriculum and conclusions fraudulent.
Leave Chief Justice Marshall’s name on the law school. Remove Maxine Goodman Levin’s name from the urban college. Investigate every official record the Kassis’ have submitted to federal, state and local authorities in exchange for benefits and wages.
If Chief Justice John Marshall was a bad man American Negroes would have already known it. We, not a Palestinian immigrant, would have already called for his name to be removed from the university like I’m doing with Levin.
We know the names of “the white people” who enslaved our ancestors better than anyone else. We don’t need recent immigrant arrivals shitting all over Americans we’ve respected.
As a footnote, the late Councilwoman Fannie Lewis introduced me to the founder of the law firm that employs Kassis. David Brennan and I worked with his Hope Academy and Lifeskills charter schools through former board chairman Robert C. Townsend, II. He was a client of my Cleveland Challenger newspaper and I visited him at two of the three mansions he owned, side by side, off Copley Road in Akron.
David was a Republican and a conservative. I know from our “conservative” conversations he’d find Kassis cancel-culture attack on the anti-slavery Chief Justice, and his faulty conclusions, to be in opposition to his Republican views or intellectual standards.
This ain’t Kassis’ fight. It’s mine and he should get the fuck out of “our” business. “We” neither need nor want “your” help.