The Anti-Semitism in Critical Race Theory

This is an excellent read.  The following is from the article.

“In the critical social justice paradigm, Jews, who have never been seen as white by those for whom being white is a moral good, are now seen as white by those for whom whiteness is an unmitigated evil.”

 

Critical Race Theory and the ‘Hyper-White’ Jew

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Lee
Lee
1 month ago

Another language difference between conservatives and progressives is the distinction between “discrimination” and “racism.” The way many progressives use the words, people of all walks of life can be discriminated against. It may happen more or less to different groups of people but it can happen to anyone and it is a bad thing whenever it happens. On the other hand, racism is when society discriminates; think Apartheid. The statement “Only whites can be racist” is pointing out that in the USA (and in much of, though not all of the rest of the world), people of color don’t have… Read more »

Rev. Jack Reich
Rev. Jack Reich
25 days ago
Reply to  Lee

Basically you’re arguing for a REDEFINITION of the word “racism”. It might be handy to have a term which means hatred backed by society – but we don’t yet have one, and for me, I don’t accept your redefinition of “racism”, period. For me, racism means any persistent hatred of others based on perceived or attributed characteristics (such as skin color) by individuals in one subgroup of society against another, or others. A good example of this would be the Rwandan genocide. Two different black ethnic groups shared power in that unfortunate land, and then one group decided to slaughter… Read more »

Lee
Lee
24 days ago

There’s no law that says that you must (or even should) use the word “racism” the way I do. I point out the difference only in the hopes that by translating between our languages, a better understanding can be achieved.

I believe that we are in complete agreement: what you call “racism” and what I call “discrimination” are bad regardless of what we call it.

Tom Clowes
Tom Clowes
19 days ago

It’s not really a “redefinition” except for White folks – Lee’s definition of “racism” has been used by Black folks and, I assume, other folks of color, for decades, if not centuries. Presumably if more Black folks were dictionary writers, this would be a common dictionary definition of “racism.”

Merianne
Merianne
14 days ago

I wholeheartedly agree.

Lee
Lee
1 month ago

Another language difference between conservatives and progressives is “Critical Race Theory.” Conservatives have heard all about it from conservative sources and there is an immediate dog-whistle effect. Very few progressives know what it is. I am sure you can find some progressive who supports Critical Race Theory and has said something stupid too. However, you should know that this is the exception not the rule. If the goal is to rouse the conservative base then beating on Critical Race Theory is the way to go. If the goal is to change minds, then you will get mostly blank stares in… Read more »

Lee
Lee
1 month ago

Yes, a lot of bad stuff has happened to a lot of people. Sometimes it is individual tragedies and sometimes it has to do with the demographics of the victims. I empathize with those who are suffering regardless of this distinction. Sometimes it helps to note the distinction between the past and the present. One measure that is used in the present is whether a particular demographic group is doing as well economically as the average. Unless you think it is nature (e.g., genetics cause certain groups to underperform economically), the conclusion is that it must be nurture. Something about… Read more »

Dr Teresa Goodell
Dr Teresa Goodell
1 month ago

There are many oppressed people who are not under the umbrella of the current push to end hatred. Women, children and Indigenous people come immediately to mind.

The fact that the current anti-racism efforts don’t address all oppressed people doesn’t bother me. We have to chip away at the white male Christian Anglo-Saxon edifice somehow. I hope that awareness of the humanity in all people, an appreciation of our shared struggle and love for the world will one day prevail.

Tom Clowes
Tom Clowes
28 days ago

Sure, I absolutely agree. However, what concerns me is: to what extent are examples of bad anti-racism education being used to discredit anti-racism education in general? In the initial article, the author’s focus was not simply on fighting anti-Semitism but to discredit anti-racism education more broadly. For example, the author takes issue with anti-racist education’s criticism of the statement “We’re all one race – the human race.” Of course context matters, but typically I hear that statement used by White people to minimize the reality of racism that negatively affects people of color. Explaining how its use could be kinda… Read more »

Tom Clowes
Tom Clowes
27 days ago
Reply to  Tom Clowes

David, I must spend more time around White racists than you!
Sure. Context is important. If a Black woman was telling me about discrimination she faced as a Black woman and I responded by saying, “I don’t see race. We’re all one race – the human race,” the context and meaning would be very different than a Black woman in the 1950s saying the exact same thing while advocating for integrated schooling.

Tom Clowes
Tom Clowes
27 days ago
Reply to  Tom Clowes

Good! 🙂

Tom Clowes
Tom Clowes
29 days ago
Reply to  Frank Casper

I see criticism of anti-racism work. I’d like to ask you, Frank: how do you work against racism and anti-Blackness in your day-to-day life?

Tom Clowes
Tom Clowes
28 days ago
Reply to  Tom Clowes

For sure, anti-Semitism is real and is a serious problem and we under-estimate it at our peril. To be completely honest, what I sense here is not a concern about anti-Semitism, but a concern about anti-racism work. Because, on this website, I see lots of criticisms of anti-racism work, but only one article about anti-Semitism, and that article is within the context of criticizing anti-racism work. I would like to ask Frank again how he works against racism and anti-Blackness in his day-to-day life?

Chuck
Chuck
20 days ago
Reply to  Tom Clowes

In everyday life? By voting, supporting education, homelessness, poverty, and constantly working towards better laws. However, one encounters bias and discrimination in many areas. Above article is about Jews. What about Appalachians, rural populations in general. Except for the Jews the intersection is poverty (basic income to sustain a level of dignity). In the last 200 years (Enlightenment again) worldwide poverty reduced from 90+ down to about 15-20%. This lower threshold appears to be difficult to budge down. The primary reason seems to be simple demographics. Meritocracy is actually not new to humanity. If one has bad eyesight or a… Read more »

Dennis McCarty
Dennis McCarty
1 day ago

I believe Tom Clowes is making an important point. Is the piece’s author (and also 5PP) truly concerned about anti-Semitism. Or simply “concern trolling” as a way to attack social justice activism? This is a fair and important question. One can find numerous articles by conservative pundits attacking Black Lives Matter, Palestinian rights activists, and Democrats in general as being “anti-Semitic,” while giving a total pass to the Charlottesville demonstrators chanting “Jews will not replace us.” So it’s totally fair to call for clarification. This piece is far more slickly written than most. But its editor, Bret Stevens–while not a… Read more »

Tom C
Tom C
1 day ago
Reply to  Dennis McCarty

My problem here is that you criticize people and not their ideas. While I don’t often agree with Bret Stephens, I always consider what he writes/says and evaluate those ideas on the merit of his arguments.

Dennis McCarty
Dennis McCarty
1 day ago

I don’t see that my previous question got answered or addressed. I understand. There’s a lot going on. While we wait, though, I have another article that’s an easy read–not too time consuming. https://www.salon.com/2021/06/15/why-the-panic-over-critical-race-theory-is-the-perfect-right-wing-troll/?fbclid=IwAR1P8CXUpf0zcKw8k9TeFxip5318cUqP2uwd-CUf1sSSfdbqIuJtSnOawfo And another question, which comes from the article: “What can liberals do to fight back against the spread of conspiracy theories about ‘critical race theory’ that misrepresent both what critical race theory is and what is actually being taught in public schools?” Mister Kiskel, would it be possible for you to address that–either answer it or explain how the “conspiracy theories” are not conspiracy theories. Which… Read more »