Aug 3, 2009

Defend Innocent Prof and You Are an Anti-Semite?

So says one Publius after my comments defending an innocent black Harvard professor and hitting the lack of liberal condemnation, too many abiding by the dictum that we don't want to challenge racism too much, lest we offend racists and their enablers. Bad politics.

"[T]hat anti-Semite MAL ... ," writes Publius.

The charge came out of nowhere, no context in my defending Henry Louis Gates, ignoring a lifetime of work against bigotry. And not surprisingly Publius hiding behind anonymity supplies not one piece of evidence for the foolish charge.

Such is the virtual country we live in where the forces against racism have been lulled into complacency, and an anonymous coward feels free to make up perhaps the most vile charge one can imagine in modern history.

For more information on the use of the fake anti-Semitism charge, see:

- Ira Chernus

- Politics of Anti-Semitism, especially the essays by Uri Avnery and Bill and Kathy Christison

- MuzzleWatch (Jewish Voice for Peace) Sydney Levy

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