For a couple of weeks leading up to Monday’s MLK Day “Freedom Train” event, there was a story going around that San Jose/ Silicon Valley NAACP president Reverend Jethroe Moore II made some rather offensive remarks during a radio interview. The rumor was sparked by two anonymous comments on San Jose Inside and Protect San Jose, claiming that during a segment on radio station KLIV, Moore said “the MLK taking money from the POA is like the Jews taking money from the Nazis.”
Asked about the anonymous post, KLIV’s news and program director George Sampson said he’d never let anything that odious on their air. But it turns out that Moore did make the POA / Nazi comparison—not on KLIV, but on KCBS.
In a report by Matt Bigler that aired on Monday, Jan. 11, Moore is heard saying: “‘Hypothetically speaking, if this was a Nazi group giving money to the Jewish party, a Jewish group, would they accept the money? No, just on moral principle.” (The clip has been uploaded here.)
Bigler says the statement was consistent with other incendiary comments Moore had been making regarding the event.
“It definitely caught my ear,” Bigler says. “I didn’t think it was so inflammatory we couldn’t use it.”
Bigler says he’d heard from a credible source that Moore had made some similarly reckless statements to the San Jose Mercury-News last week, including a quote to the effect that “cops beat and kill African Americans.”
A source at the Merc confirmed that Moore had used the Nazi analogy in an interview with the newspaper, but that the comment was left out of the story. Asked whether that decision helped Moore’s argument sound more reasonable than it actually is, the Merc source said: “It that situation, we’re damned if we do and we’re damned if we don’t. Use the quote, and the POA has us calling them Nazis. Don’t use it and we’re holding back information.
“Ultimately we decided it was just too inflamatory.”
Moore did not returned numerous calls for comment.