Tuesday, June 13, 2006

Why "we" hate blacks

"Many years ago, I heard a sermon from an Orthodox rabbi, who was explaining why the Poles hate Jews so much. His thesis was basically that Poles were trying to compete with Jews in the 'victim sweepstakes,' an they were pissed because there was no way they could win, even if Poland was a national basket case, dismembered by the great powers, helpless in the family of nations, etc.

I suggest that many Jews in the US have a problem with the fact that other minority groups in this country (like blacks) are actually persecuted more harshly here than are the Jews. In fact, the Jews have it pretty good, at least for now, certainly goyim talk to and about us us pretty respectfuly, and I think that most of them even believe what they say.

So it comes out a little dissonant when Jews whine and try to play the 'vicitim card,' when there are better candidates for the role. I suggest that this results in dysfunctional neurotic thinking that causes more fear and loathing of blacks than can be justified by the actual risks. Of course, it's not unique to the Jews, but the Jews have their special dynamics of victimhood that other groups don't have."
Makes sense to me. To go along with CA's theory, let me suggest two other contributing factors:

(1) Most Jews have no idea what Jim Crow was like. They think that Black suffering, for the most part, ended with slavery and that the Civil Rights Movement was a lot of noise about nothing. Jews, generally, have good hearts, hearts of gold, even; so I think that the Torah-True types would develop some sympathy if they only had a better understanding of what it was like to live in the world Dr. King described in his famous Letter from the Birminghan Jail:
...when you have seen vicious mobs lynch your mothers and fathers at will and drown your sisters and brothers at whim; when you have seen hate-filled policemen curse, kick and even kill your black brothers and sisters; when you see the vast majority of your twenty million Negro brothers smothering in an airtight cage of poverty in the midst of an affluent society; when you suddenly find your tongue twisted and your speech stammering as you seek to explain to your six-year-old daughter why she can't go to the public amusement park that has just been advertised on television, and see tears welling up in her eyes when she is told that Funtown is closed to colored children, and see ominous clouds of inferiority beginning to form in her little mental sky, and see her beginning to distort her personality by developing an unconscious bitterness toward white people; when you have to concoct an answer for a five-year-old son who is asking: "Daddy, why do white people treat colored people so mean?"; when you take a cross-county drive and find it necessary to sleep night after night in the uncomfortable corners of your automobile because no motel will accept you; when you are humiliated day in and day out by nagging signs reading "white" and "colored"; when your first name becomes "nigger," your middle name becomes "boy" (however old you are) and your last name becomes "John," and your wife and mother are never given the respected title "Mrs."; when you are harried by day and haunted by night by the fact that you are a Negro, living constantly at tiptoe stance, never quite knowing what to expect next, and are plagued with inner fears and outer resentments; when you no forever fighting a degenerating sense of "nobodiness"; then you will understand...
(2) Jews were city-dwellers, when those same cities were being burned by blacks whose cups of endurance had run over. I don't make apologies for rioters and looters, but because I've read about the Jim Crow experience, I can stand in their shoes for a minute and understand what brought them to the point of dispair and violence. Howeve, because I am a white, Jewish suburbanite, I can also understand what it must have been like to grow up seeing the burning cities and violent images on television, and I can imagine what it must have been like to be a victim of that violence. My grandfather was mugged at least six times; my brother-in-law "lost" three bycycles. So, yes, I can understand how the black daughter King describes developed an "unconscious bitterness toward white people" but I can also understand how a reciprocal bitterness developed on our side.

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