The uncommon racism of Farrakhan

While the New York Times – in a March 5 article by Adam Nagourney – is reporting on “what appears to be a surge of hostile sentiment directed against Jews at many campuses in the country,” the Anti-Defamation League is noting that this is “a time when anti-Semitic attitudes are at historic lows.” Now the ADL is not exactly known for downplaying antisemitism. However, the relative absence of anti-Jewish bigotry in the nation is admitted by the ADL in the course of justly condemning Louis Farrakhan of the Nation of Islam as the “leading anti-Semite in America” and “a throwback to the intolerance of another era.”

The point of course is that exaggerating the prevalence of racism against Jews has long been a ploy of sectors of the establishment in the service of foreign policy (i.e. through some illogical alchemy, to justify the alliance with Israel). In the face of genuine racism, the ADL, one of the most prominent of these shameful practitioners of scaremongering, casually gives away the game by conceding how anachronistic Farrakhan’s odious views are.


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