10. Public Enemy Apologizes For Professor Griff's Anti-Semitic Comments
Date: June 1989
What Happened: In an interview with The Washington Times, Public Enemy member Professor Griff said that Jews are responsible for “the majority of wickedness that goes on across the globe.'' He continued, “The Jews are wicked. And we can prove this.”
Griff was subsequently fired from Public Enemy. In the wake of his dismissal Chuck D. issued a statement on behalf of the group saying, “Offensive remarks by Professor Griff are not in line with Public Enemy's program. We are not anti-Jewish. We are not anti-anyone. We are pro-black, pro-black culture, and pro-human race.''
Complex Says: Public Enemy? It takes a nation of millions to hold them back...or just a small number of offended Jewish Americans.