Ray Jay wrote:I think you have to view this as a dark chapter in American politics. I tend to be very optimistic, but one has to see this for what it is, which is a virulent anti-minority jingoistic, racist attack. I thought 90% of us were better than that, but apparently it is only 75% of so. That's a lot of misinformed racism in our midst. This is serious and cannot be dismissed as just another political discussion.
Yep, fear and ignorance are a potent and toxic mixture.
In another thread we were talking about which is more prevalent, anti-Muslim or anti-Jewish activity. Let's not see this as a competition, but as something that is extremely troubling either way. My synagogue continues to get crank calls about Hitler or the holocaust or whatever. I'm sure we are not the only ones. If more than 200 people are at an event we hire a police detail. But it is not unusual to see 75 people on a Friday night or 100 at a Saturday morning service, and I sometimes get nervous. The synagogue and the Hebrew school have security systems and security procedures, but none of this is foolproof. If you draw a Venn diagram of anti-Semites and crazy people, there is quite a bit of overlap. But nowadays there is quite a bit of overlap between anti-Islam and crazy people too. Each is as bad as the other.
Exactly. It's not a case of scoring points about who has it worst.
If a crazy/ideologically motivated anti-semite attacks and kills Jews for being Jews it is a tragedy and we must condemn it. eg: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Overland_ ... r_shooting
And when a a crazy/ideologically motivated anti-Muslim attacks and kills Muslims (or people who "look" Muslim) it is just as tragic and needs to be equally condemned. eg: http://www.theguardian.com/world/2011/j ... nge-killer
Both are on the rise. Some, it has to be said, comes from the very same source - white racists and fascists.
We can reasonably disagree about all sort of things on these boards. We can have endless discussions about Mideast politics, and economic policy, etc. But we all have to denounce racism and anti-anything ism whenever we see it. This is how it festers and it is virulent if left untreated.
Yep. It is wrong to claim that these are just lone incidents that are isolated. We know that anti-semitism has a long and deep history, and the culture it engenders has often led to violence.
But all such bigotries have the same root - fear of the "other".
There's no place for Trump in our political world.
If only that were the case. There is always a market for those who play to the prejudices and fears of the masses.
Very welcome news.