Monday, March 06, 2006

"Disgracing" a meeting of "white nationalists"

Found this story via The Tyee and thought I'd share it. Apparently, a small group of "right-wing Jews" were attending a biennial gathering of "white nationalist" types in Virginia recently, and every thing was going peachy whitey-keen until former KKK leader David Duke took the stage and brought the anti-Semitism.

"There is a power in the world that dominates our media, influences our government and that has led to the internal destruction of our will and our spirit," Duke said.

"Tell us, tell us," came a call from the back of the room.

"I'm not going to say it," Duke said to rising laughter.

And he didn't really have to. Everyone knew whom he was talking about…

But Michael Hart, a squat, balding Jewish astrophysicist from Maryland, was not amused. He rose from his seat, strode toward Duke (who loomed over him like an Aryan giant), spit out a curse — "You Nazi, you've disgraced this meeting" — and exited.

Isn't that something? I hate to laugh when it comes to issues as serious as racism and anti-Semitism, but I couldn't help myself here. Yes, it was the anti-Semitism that disgraced that meeting. Up until then everything was really respectable, I'm sure.

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s.b. said...

There's a very good book by Noel Ignatieff called "How the Irish Became White". He also edited a book of essays called "Race Traiter".

Funny story: He's also a Harvard Professor and I was really excited when I thought he might be a candidate for the Liberal leadership.

Confusing names aside, Noel Ignatieff puts forward very convincing arguements that race is not a colour it is a measure of political and social status. Both books are worth reading.

Whether or not Jews are white is an interesting question? The Klan doesn't think so, obviously. But the term 'people of colour' deliberately excludes us. I guess we are kind of grey.

From what I have read, statistically Jews are the least likely of immigrant groups to become fiscally and socialy conservative after integrating into North American society. To attend a white supremicist meeting would be rare. I hope.

IslandLiberal said...

Wow, white supremacist KKK members are also Anti-Semites; who'da thunk it?

Well, anyone who knew that the three prongs of the KKK were: anti-Black, anti-Catholic, and anti-Jew.

Anonymous said...

Were these racist Jews hoping that a shared hate of muslims, blacks, gays, latino's etc etc would be enough to overcome white supremacist anti-semitism?

I guess they were just idealists thinking common hate would overcome other hate.

Anonymous said...

Honesty is not hate..
the swine who turned a educated meeting into a shouting match with cuss words and all...Was the true idiot, thinking his storming off like a toddler denied a candy bar.Proving onece again the point mr Duke was trying to say.The moment a jew stops listening then everyone should aswell?? Being a jew does not give people a barrometer to what is acceptable.
Want to talk about some racism and evil supremicism ??then lets open the torah and talk......

David Duke is actually a well educated man , intelligent and well spoken, to say "we all knew what he was thinking" shows your own ignorance and bigotry.
But of course not being jewish or a zionist my opinion must be from a mind addled by racism and stupidity..