Posts Tagged ‘Judaism/Jews’

Of Broken Clocks, Presidential Candidates, and the Confusion of Certain White Liberals

This commentary is rated MA for mature audiences. It contains some foul language, although honestly, only so much as is needed to get the damned point across. Parental discretion is advised… Attention to all self-proclaimed liberals and progressives. I would like to properly introduce you to a man about whom you’ve heard much — especially [...]

Telling White Lies: Patriotic Correctness and the War on Ethnic Studies

You’re tellin’ white lies You’re tellin’ white lies Well I can see right through that thin disguise Can’t you tell I can tell when you’re telling’ white lies? —Jason and the Scorchers, “White Lies” Forget so-called “political correctness.” In Arizona, there is a far greater threat to free speech and educational integrity — a new [...]

Racism, Violence and the Irony of Stereotypes

Sometimes you just know it’s going to be a long day. Especially when the subject line of the first e-mail of the morning reads like this: “HEY NIGGER LOVING KIKE…” There are lots of things one can think upon reading such a well-crafted piece of prose. Among them: 1) Ya’ know, there really should be [...]

Silly Nazis: Encounters With Idiots, from Childhood to the Present

Had they not long ago demonstrated their capacity for sociopathy, Nazis would prove amusing. Amusing and not at all threatening or worrisome, sort of like those people who dress up their dogs in fancy sweaters when the weather turns cold, or those who enjoy pilates. But as it is, Nazis (and note, I am using [...]

What to Do When Fred Phelps and His Cult Are Picketing…

OK, so again, this was a had-to post. The evil little trolls at the Westboro Baptist Church (Topeka, KS) were recently protesting a Jewish Federation (not sure where), because they’ve apparently decided it’s not enough to just bash LGBT folks, they also gotta get back at the “Christ Killers” too. Naturally. Anyway, the folks from [...]

Reading Racism Right to Left: Reflections on a Powerful Word and Its Applications

This is part one of a two-part series on racism on the right and left of the United States’ political/ideological spectrum. Part One provides the reader with a working definition of racism, and then explores how racism at both the ideological and institutional levels is connected to and enhanced by American conservatism. Part Two will [...]

“Colorblind” on CSPAN’s BookTV, San Francisco, 6/23/10

Author Tim Wise debates the racial meaning, if any, of the election of Barack Obama. He suggests that American society may be farther away from racial equity than many would think. The book launch event in San Francisco was held at the publisher’s book store, City Lights. Watch full video

Racism and the Myth of a "Victim Mentality"

Recently, I received an e-mail from a college professor who shows a video of one of my speeches in her classroom. She explained that she was in need of a citation for a claim I had made in the video, to the effect that although blacks and Latinos are far more likely than whites to [...]

Of Fireworks and False Memories: Reflections on History, Race and Nation

“…the past is all that makes the present coherent, and further…the past will remain horrible for exactly as long as we refuse to assess it honestly.” (James Baldwin, 1952) I have this fantasy, the indulgence of which I resist, due in part to the impracticality of it, but also (and mostly) out of a general [...]

Holocaust Denial, American Style

Recently, after a presentation to teachers about racial bias in high school curricula, I got into a tiny spat with an instructor who objected to my using the word “holocaust” to describe the process by which nearly 99% of indigenous Americans perished from the 1400s to the present day. He also objected to the use [...]