A Reckoning for Progressive Anti-Semitism? (2)

screen-shot-2018-03-10-at-5.51.38-pm-e1520722377714The Progressive Quagmire

The anti-Semitism living at the heart of the national Woman’s March organization was simply too extreme and visible for other Progressive groups to ignore.  The reporting after The Tablet’s expose revealed not just the Nation of Islam’s anti-Semitism, but also its appalling racism and overall ding-battery.

Continuing the swirl, amid allegations of anti-Semitism that have convinced a veritable panoply of groups to cut ties with the left-wing rally, March leader Tamika Mallory doubled down on her embrace of the Nation of Islam.

The Nation — as I pointed out previously — believes this:

A sinister being, known as the Big Head Scientist, took the world’s prisoners and employed them in a scheme to create pure evil: white people.

The large-noggin’d, nefarious nuisance restricted mating among the world’s worst, such that breeding produced lighter and lighter skin. And, since purity was inherent to the darkness of skin, the lighter the shade, the crappier the creatures. On the way to total absence of goodness — otherwise known as total absence of blackness, otherwise known as Caucasian — all the world’s races were created, the lighter indicating the more treacherous.

That’s you, if you’re not black. That’s everyone, if they’re not black.

That’s the foundation of the Nation of Islam.

And then there are quotes such as…

“I’m not an anti-Semite. I’m anti-Termite.”

And thus major Progressive organizations pulled out of visible support for the Women’s March.  But they have done so as quietly and unobtrusively as possible.

Like a preacher tiptoeing out of a brothel, the Democrat Party quietly dropped its sponsorship of the Women’s March. Like most of the other lefty establishment groups slowly backing away from its pro-Farrakhan leadership, the DNC offered a non-denial and no condemnation of the group’s anti-Semitism.

Instead of condemning the March’s anti-Semitism, the Southern Poverty Law Center explained that it wasn’t going to sponsor it because “other projects were a priority.” Even though HRC and GLAAD’s names had vanished from the Women’s March partner page, the spokespeople for both gay rights groups claimed that they were waiting for clarification from their respective organizations.

That’s typical.

The reason for this situation isn’t difficult to understand.  The Democrat Party’s coalition consists of many groups with conflicting core ideologies: feminist, black, gay, Latino, transgender, Muslim, and so forth.  In order to hold this coalition together it must accommodate each group’s core beliefs while obfuscating their differences.

The sad fact is that anti-Semitism has been practiced by powerful Progressive political leaders in the black community for decades.  For example, here is a summary of these leaders and their anti-Semitic statements:

James Baldwin (“Negroes are anti-Semitic because they’re anti-white”), Louis Farrakhan (“When they talk about Farrakhan, call me a hater, you know what they do, call me an anti-Semite. Stop it. I am anti-termite. The Jews don’t like Farrakhan, so they call me Hitler. Well, that’s a great name. Hitler was a very great man”), Jesse Jackson (“Hymietown”), Al Sharpton (“If the Jews want to get it on, tell them to pin their yarmulkes back and come over to my house”), and the Reverend Jeremiah Wright (“The Jews ain’t gonna let him [Obama] talk to me”).

Note that Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton both ran as Democratic candidates for president. Sharpton officially visited the Obama White House more than 100 times, and Wright was the Obamas’ longtime personal pastor who officiated at the couple’s wedding and the baptism of their daughters and inspired the title of Obama’s second book.

But anti-Semitism is by no means limited to the black community’s Progressive leadership.  For within the newly elected crop of Progressive Democrat politicians a new anti-Semitic cadre has emerged.  Returning to the above linked article.

In that vein, Michigan’s new congresswoman, Rashida Tlaib, assumed she’d face little pushback from her party when she tweeted out the old slur that Jewish supporters of Israel have dual loyalties: Opponents of the Boycott, Divest, and Sanctions movement, which targets Israel, “forgot what country they represent,” she said. …

Similarly, Ilhan Omar (D., Minn.) — like Tlaib, a new female Muslim representative in the House — used to be candid in her views of Israel as an “apartheid regime”: “Israel has hypnotized the world, may Allah awaken the people and help them see the evil doings of Israel.”

For Rashida Tlaib the evidence of her anti-Semitism is far broader and deeper than that exposed by the above quote.  A recent article exposed her ties of money and friendship to   anti-Semites:

  • One of Rep. Rashida Tlaib’s key fundraisers, Maher Abdel-qader, has repeatedly promoted anti-Semitic conspiracy theories.
  • The Michigan Democrat is a member of a Facebook group where Abdel-qader and other members have shared anti-Semitic content.
  • One video Abdel-qader shared with the group accused Jews of secretly controlling the media and exaggerating the Holocaust.
  • Tlaib has already come under scrutiny for having ties to other anti-Israel figures and for questioning the loyalty of pro-Israel lawmakers.

The Democrat Party’s dilemma is clear.  Their governing plurality includes interest groups for whom anti-Semitism is an historic, deep seated belief.  Its also includes groups who remain opposed to anti-Semitism.  Thus, they must maintain an uneasy balancing act of associating and working with anti-Semites in their coalition while avoiding the taint of anti-Semitism.  They will do everything in their considerable power to maintain this unstable position.

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