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5/2/2013

Hate Crimes – I Denounce The Culture Of Fake Hate Crimes !!!!!!

Filed under: General — JD @ 12:50 pm

[Guest post by JD]

Yesterday, it was reported that a thinkregress award-winning blogger, campus women’s rights activist, and local radio show host planted a comment under another name on a campus FaceBook page, where she threatened to hatefuck herself. After doing so, she led a campus protest against this type of misogynistic hate speech. After investigating the incident, which seems reasonable given the content and the attention to same, it was determined that she left the comment herself, and was charged by local police with lying in the course of the investigation.

Now, this jarringly stupid incident does not, and should not diminish actual cases of hate speech, threats of rape, hatefucking, etc … But, this done not exist in a vacuum.

Quinn Matney filed a fraudulent hate crimes claim at UNC in 2011 where he claimed to have been assaulted and branded because he is gay. Turns out he assaulted himself.

In 2012, Charlie Rogers staged an assault on herself where she beat herself up and carved a cross into her own chest, then reported an anti-gay hate crime, which included claims she had been tied to her bed, had anti-gay graffiti spray painted on her house, and they had attempted to burn her house down. She was sentenced to 7 days in jail and community service.

Oberlin College has a history of these fake hate crimes dating back into the 1990′s. Michelle Malkin lays out the stories of the anti-Asian hate crime and graffiti done by an Asian, as well as the more recent incidents where there was a KKK-hood sighting, and anti-black and Nazi signage left at the multicultural center. Turns out to have been hoaxes.

In our of the more infamous incidents, Claremont professor Kerri Dunn vandalized her own car by spray painting anti-women, Anti-black, anti-Jew, and other hate speech on her car. She then led a campus protest against same, and kept it up, right until the witnesses to her committing this crime identified her.

Alicia Hardin mailed out fake threats to various minority students on her college campus, Trinity International University. In an abundance of caution, the school moved all minority students to a local hotel, and Jesse Jackson came in to demagogue. It turns out poor Alicia didn’t want to attend this dangerous Christian university, and staging a racial incident was her way of showing her parents how dangerous of a place it was.

In 2002 at Ole Miss, someone(s) committed a series of hate crimes, spray painting anti-black slurs on buildings and dorm doors, displaying nooses, etc … during the observation of the 40th anniversary of desegregation. Marches were organized, protestors protested, apologies were demanded, new programs in sensitivity and race were demanded, you know the process. It turns out that 3 black freshmen committed the hate crimes, and were dismissed as pranks once they were identified.

This is but a fraction of what I found in about 2 minutes of effort ….

I denounce you.

—JD

76 Responses to “Hate Crimes – I Denounce The Culture Of Fake Hate Crimes !!!!!!”

  1. You are all hohophobic sexist racist misogynists and tools of TEH PATRIARCHY.

    Denounced. Denounced and condemned.

    JD (b63a52)

  2. raycccccccisssssss!

    redc1c4 (403dff)

  3. I notice a lack of self-denouncement there, JD. Eveb mentioning this is racist!

    Conservatives don’t need to stage hate crimes; the media does it to them every day.

    Patricia (be0117)

  4. Hi All,

    I have quite a collection of cases where liberals have faked hate crimes in the service of their political agendas. Scroll to the bottom to see them split out on the basis of the aggrieved groups:

    http://www.progressivedisorder.com/FakingtheHate.shtml

    Best,
    Randy Breitbart

    P.S. – if I’ve missed any, please send them my way!

    Randy Breitbart (3eddd7)

  5. And don’t forget the census worker who wrote “fed” on his chest and hung himself. Libs got some brief milege on this one.

    http://www.nytimes.com/2009/11/25/us/25census.html?_r=0

    AZ Bob (7d2a2c)

  6. It’s all the fault of we wicked TEA Partiers. It seems that we have been too clever in our raaaaacist, homophobic, nativist, and homo- and heterosexist assaults on our poor victims of color, &c., that they have to recreate the crimes of which we are so obviously guilty in our minds, if not necessarily actions, or we will just plain get away with it.

    The self-denouncing Dana (3e4784)

  7. There was a young lady named Meg,
    Who’d take us all down a peg.
    Great plan, she had thought
    Until she got caught,
    And for clemency she now must beg.

    The Limerick Avenger (3e4784)

  8. They’ll keep striking the matches until the Reichstag burns.

    (HAH! Got the right reference this time!)

    Rob Crawford (c55962)

  9. Let’s not forget the saga of former Columbia University professor Madonna Constantine. Even though it was never proven that she herself placed the noose outside her office door, the circumstances of her departure strongly suggest that she was in fact the culprit. Wikipedia has an overview of the case here:
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Madonna_Constantine

    JVW (4826a9)

  10. Workplace violence.

    Elephant Stone (65a34b)

  11. Good post, JD, and a good point, too.

    DRJ (a83b8b)

  12. I wonder if an encyclopedic listing would find that there have been more fake episodes in the last 30 years than real.

    MD in Philly (3d3f72)

  13. Feel free to point out all the other hoaxes. Like I said, I pulled the first few I found, with minimal effort. There were lots more.

    JD (32eeec)

  14. Thanks, DRJ

    JD (32eeec)

  15. I would put the Andre Carson being called the n-bomb repeatedly during ObamaCare in this list too.

    JD (32eeec)

  16. All of these fake hate crimes were a long time ago, according to Jay Carney.

    Elephant Stone (65a34b)

  17. JD – It is a hate crime to report on fake hate crimes!

    It is also a hate crime to report on hate crimes committed against conservatives.

    daleyrocks (bf33e9)

  18. Obviously, many of those people were upset about tax rates. Or something.

    Elephant Stone (65a34b)

  19. You forgot about the spate of anti-Moslem hate crimes that were ubiquitously reported in the month or so after 11-Sep-2001. As far as I know every single one of them turned out to be hoaxes, except, ironically, the Sikh guy who was attacked by some morons who couldn’t tell the difference between him and a Moslem.

    Also the spate of black church burnings in 1994, which turned out to have nothing to do with racism. My first clue about that was when the NY Times reported that “37 black churches have gone up in flames this year, along with more than a score of non-black churches”, and my attention was drawn by the choice of a precise number for the first and such a fuzzy number for the second. I wondered, “how many more than a score? Could it possibly be 17 or even 18 more?”

    In general, nowadays whenever I see a lot of reporting about a “hate crime” my default assumption is that it’s something else — either an outright hoax, or a genuine crime committed for some reason that has nothing to do with hatred, and often by someone of the same race/ethnicity/whatever that is supposed to be the target of the perpetrator’s hatred. Sometimes this assumption turns out to be incorrect, and it really is a hate crime, but most of the time I turn out to have been right.

    I used to except reports of antisemitic attacks, since I know how much genuine antisemitism really exists. But a few well-publicised incidents changed that, and now my default assumption in these cases too is that antisemitism is not the most likely explanation for what has been reported. Maybe the second or third most likely, but not the first. My first clue that an incident really was motivated by hate is if it’s not widely publicised. If I hear about something quietly, it’s more likely to be genuine, because it means they’re not pushing it.

    Milhouse (15b6fd)

  20. Patricia:

    Conservatives don’t need to stage hate crimes;

    Not alwaysMD:

    I wonder if an encyclopedic listing would find that there have been more fake episodes in the last 30 years than real.

    That has been my default assumption for years.

    Milhouse (15b6fd)

  21. Oops. Need another line break in that comment.

    Milhouse (15b6fd)

  22. When Bill Clinton was Prez, he told a personal anecdote about when he was a youngster and how he read in the newspaper about black church burnings in Arkansas.

    Turns out, after a little archival research, nobody could find records of these alleged black church burnings in Arkansas during the 1950s.

    Elephant Stone (65a34b)

  23. I wonder if this might be a variant form of [object TextRange]? In Munchausen syndrome, a person pretends to be very ill in order to get attention and sympathy.

    And in these cases, people pretend to be victims of racism/etc, and in return they get attention and sympathy. For someone who’s lonely and feels neglected, especially in the age of entitlement, and invested in the grievance culture, the attraction of becoming a victim could become difficult to resist, since victims are so exalted in some quarters.

    Steven Den Beste (99cfa1)

  24. You forgot the woman who hired a guy on craigslist to rape her on the UCSC campus.

    http://sfist.com/2013/04/02/uc_santa_rape_hoax_co-ed_had_sex_in.php

    Tom Hynes (a2e520)

  25. I went to a meeting where it was explained to me that even though I only eat corn I was a victim and all I got was this lousy t-shirt and 50K check from the USDA

    EPWJ (c3dbb4)

  26. Please don’t leave out the Republican nutcase who in 2008 tried to smear Obama supporters in Pennsylvania; She pretended she was at an ATM in a bad neighborhood, a black man attacked her for having a McCain bumper sticker, robbed her, beat her, and carved the letter “B” (for “Barack”) into her cheek.

    Having previously identified liberal fake hate crimes in the past, I sniffed that one out right away.

    L.N. Smithee (88e9ea)

  27. Hillary wants to know what difference it makes, at this point.

    Elephant Stone (65a34b)

  28. Faking a rape threat & blaming right-wingers? Now that’s progressive (meme gif here: http://t.co/bvD6qLvcIm)

    L.N. Smithee (88e9ea)

  29. Thanks for the gif, L.N.. That dodo’s looks should have been a dead giveaway, right away, that the “hatef***k” was phony. That phrase implies that the object is sexually attractive but abhorrent in other respects. Now, moose might find her sexually attractive, even some lonely grizzly bears, but how could they manage to post an electronic message?

    nk (875f57)

  30. these ones are a lot like those Oprah’s book club people except more stupider

    happyfeet (c60db2)

  31. Thank you Mr. Smithee for including from all sides. (Though currently the examples are kinda lopsided in number).

    Also the spate of black church burnings in 1994, which turned out to have nothing to do with racism.
    Comment by Milhouse (15b6fd) — 5/2/2013 @ 2:52 pm

    One was the church that Reggie White helped to start and lead; it was started by a longtime friend and church administrator for insurance fraud. I think it broke his heart.

    MD in Philly (3d3f72)

  32. Save teh liberal Hippos!

    Colonel Haiku (0b4b4b)

  33. woe man, woe man, w-w-w-w-woe man
    teh girl was so fat
    i like ‘em like dat
    but then I am blind as a bat

    Colonel Haiku (0b4b4b)

  34. so i married a fat woman…

    Colonel Haiku (0b4b4b)

  35. her tricks with fruit
    was kinda cute

    Colonel Haiku (0b4b4b)

  36. would I be so bold
    as to poke another fold
    good God… looks like mold!

    Colonel Haiku (0b4b4b)

  37. This post immediately reminded me of the song “Class” from the musical Chicago. Two murderesses and the corrupt jail matron are discussing how the world’s going to heck in a handbasket.

    MATRON MAMA MORTON (spoken)
    The whole world’s gone low-brow. Thing’s ain’t what they used to be.

    VELMA(Spoken)
    They sure ain’t, Mama. They sure ain’t. It’s all gone.

    (Singing)
    Whatever happened to fair dealing?
    And pure ethics
    And nice manners?
    Why is it everyone now is a pain in the ass?
    Whatever happened to class?

    MATRON
    Class.
    Whatever happened to, “Please, may I?”
    And, “Yes, thank you?”
    And, “How charming?”
    Now, every son of a bitch is a snake in the grass
    Whatever happened to class?

    VELMA AND MATRON
    Class!
    Ah, there ain’t no gentlemen
    To open up the doors
    There ain’t no ladies now,
    There’s only pigs and whores
    And even kids’ll knock ya down
    So’s they can pass
    Nobody’s got no class!

    VELMA
    Whatever happened to old values?

    MATRON
    And fine morals?

    VELMA
    And good breeding?

    MATRON
    Now, no one even says “oops” when they’re
    Passing their gas
    Whatever happened to class?

    VELMA
    Class

    VELMA AND MATRON
    Ah, there ain’t no gentlemen
    That’s fit for any use
    And any girl’d touch your privates
    For a deuce

    MATRON
    And even kids’ll kick your shins and give you sass

    VELMA
    And even kids’ll kick your shins and give you sass

    VELMA AND MATRON
    Nobody’s got no class!

    VELMA
    All you read about today is rape and theft

    MATRON
    Jesus Christ, ain’t there no decency left?

    VELMA AND MATRON
    Nobody’s got no class!

    MATRON
    Every guy is a snot!

    VELMA
    Every girl is a tw*t!

    MATRON
    Holy sh*t

    VELMA
    Holy sh*t

    MATRON
    What a shame

    VELMA
    What a shame

    VELMA AND MATRON
    What became of class?

    elissa (ae237f)

  38. Now, this jarringly stupid incident does not, and should not diminish actual cases of hate speech…

    Au contraire mon frere. It should invalidate the whole invented category. We are rapidly descending toward the level of Canada or Scandinavia were a preacher reading from the Bible can be arrested for “hate speech.”

    Steve57 (da9e0e)

  39. And who can forget Morton Downey Jr and his backward self-imposed swastika?

    Gazzer (6e06f1)

  40. A long and ongoing series of isolated incidents.

    JD (b63a52)

  41. Some day in the distance future, they may do more than just think about progress.

    Naaaa

    Neo (d1c681)

  42. “the “hatef***k” was phony.” The obvious giveaway is that the term “hatef***k” is used only by lefties. I’ve never seen it used by anyone else.

    gp (0c542c)

  43. I’m *this* close to putting hatef**king someone on the bucket list

    but not unlike a method actor my first thinking is what’s my motivation

    happyfeet (8ce051)

  44. When Bill Clinton was Prez, he told a personal anecdote about when he was a youngster and how he read in the newspaper about black church burnings in Arkansas. Turns out, after a little archival research, nobody could find records of these alleged black church burnings in Arkansas during the 1950s.

    Yet it’s almost a 100% certainty that he’s spewed the “N” word on more than a few occasions. Sort of the way one of his Democrat/liberal predecessors, Harry Truman, was known to behave and write.

    For the left to be at the center of so many fake or contrived incidents is the reason why it’s not sarcastic to theorize that if liberals could somehow soothe their biases by ramping up the Klu Klux Klan, or something similar to that, they’d seriously consider putting on a hood and robes, and running throughout America with huge burning crosses.

    Mark (695b11)

  45. Leftism 101, the ends always justify the means.

    No doubt, we will soon hear report of an incident in which the gun that a college student bought for protection is used against her as an instrument of rape.

    Icy (fe58af)

  46. For what it’s worth, I still have a copy of “Crying Wolf: Hate Crime Hoaxes in America” written by Laird Wilcox in 1994.

    Some things never change. It’s still worth a look if you can find a copy.

    RWS (9d1bb3)

  47. “the “hatef***k” was phony.” The obvious giveaway is that the term “hatef***k” is used only by lefties. I’ve never seen it used by anyone else.

    Comment by gp (0c542c) — 5/2/2013 @ 8:24 pm

    Exactly. That’s what screamed out at me too. I have never known a conservative to express a desire to sexually dominate and/or humiliate a woman due to political disagreement.

    The first time I even heard of the concept was during the GWB administration. In downtown San Francisco, some graffiti vandal put a sticker in the window of a newspaper rack that said “I WANT TO HATE RAPE CONDI RICE”. Since then, I’ve seen and heard many leftists make varying degrees of similar expressions about the Bush daughters, Ann Coulter, Jeri Thompson (Fred’s wife), Michele Bachmann, Megyn Kelly, and of course, Sarah Palin and her daughters Bristol and Willow.

    Most egregious to me of the obscene Palin insults came from Michael Seitzman. Seitzman, a scriptwriter whose greatest claim to fame is a 2005 movie called North Country, wrote this for the Huffington Post on September 11, 2008 shortly after Palin’s interview by Charles Gibson:

    I realized three things tonight. For one, if you are a McCain/Palin/Bush voter, you and I do not have a difference of opinion. We have a difference in brain power. Two, she really is as ignorant as I feared. And, three, she really is kinda hot. Basically, I want to have sex with her on my Barack Obama sheets while my wife reads aloud from the Constitution.

    Oh, by the way: North Country, with its all-star cast of female Oscar winners (Charlize Theron, Sissy Spacek, Frances McDormand) was a fact-based movie about a landmark sexual harassment suit. Watch the trailer, and marvel at the fact the man who wrote that movie is the same pig who wrote the above.

    The movie was a financial flop, but Seitzman landed on his feet: He got a six-figure deal to develop dramas for ABC. So far, he’s made two pilots that have NOT been picked up.

    L.N. Smithee (88e9ea)

  48. An interesting footnote, LN, ‘North Country’ was one of those films financed by Dubai’s production company, that gave us most of the anti war stinkers, and “Promised Land’ last year.

    narciso (3fec35)

  49. Days that LN comments here are good days.

    JD (b63a52)

  50. Relationships are ruled by one of three phenomena: Love, hate or indifference
    Love and hate take a personal effort, but indifference requires no effort whatsoever and is the umbrella for for “blissful ignorance” and many other states of mind.

    The Left seems to think that the Right really aren’t indifferent to most of what they so, but frankly my dear, I don’t give a damn.

    Neo (d1c681)

  51. We would be punished more for assaulting someone because of race than for assaulting someone to get the $20 in their pocket?

    Our culture has completely lost its sense of justice.

    Amphipolis (d3e04f)

  52. Was it Morton Downey who assaulted himself and drew the swastika backwards because he was looking in the mirror? Or was that Geraldo? Or am I imagining the whole thing?

    carlitos (49ef9f)

  53. Let’s not forget Nebraska’s former basketball allstar…

    http://www.lifesitenews.com/news/lesbian-who-carved-cross-into-own-chest-in-fake-hate-crime-gets-seven-days/

    This had fake written all over it from day one but that didn’t stop the libs from protesting at the capital. I almost lost a good friend over an argument about this case.

    SB (8a4846)

  54. Carlitos – Morton Downey Jr is correct

    SB – That is the 3rd link in the post.

    JD (b63a52)

  55. Speaking of hate crimes:

    http://dailycurrant.com/2013/05/02/bloomberg-refused-second-slice-of-pizza-at-local-restaurant/

    Bloomberg Refused Second Slice of Pizza at Local Restaurant
    May. 02, 2013

    …The owners of Collegno’s Pizzeria say they refused to serve him more than one piece to protest Bloomberg’s proposed soda ban,which would limit the portions of soda sold in the city.

    …”OK, that’s funny,” he remarked, “because of the soda thing … No come on. I’m not kidding. I haven’t eaten all morning, just send over another pepperoni.”

    “I’m sorry sir. We’re serious,” Benito insisted. “We’ve decided that eating more than one piece isn’t healthy for you, and so we’re forbidding you from doing it.”

    “Look jackass,” Bloomberg retorted, his anger boiling, “I fucking skipped breakfast this morning just so I could eat four slices of your pizza. Don’t be a schmuck, just get back to the kitchen and bring out some fucking pizza, okay.”

    “I’m sorry sir, there’s nothing I can do,” the owner repeated. “Maybe you could go to several restaurants and get one slice at each. At least that way you’re walking. You know, burning calories.”

    Witnesses say a fuming Bloomberg and a bemused Liu did indeed walk down the street to a rival pizzeria , ordered another slice and finished their meeting.

    Why, there ought to be a law that the mayor of New York can order what he wants!

    Oh, wait. There ought not be a law that the rest of us can’t. Never mind.

    Steve57 (da9e0e)

  56. It’s a fake article, Steve.

    nk (875f57)

  57. 54. It’s a fake article, Steve.

    Comment by nk (875f57) — 5/3/2013 @ 8:27 am

    I knew that. It mentioned nothing about Bloomberg’s personal goon squad from the NYPD.

    Like it’s safe for Nanny Bloomberg to wander around Brooklyn without them.

    Still, why, there oughter be a law…

    Steve57 (da9e0e)

  58. Since this is a hate speech thread. The story is credible because an Italian would be enough of a jerk/doofus to refuse food to a paying customer. It is incredible because Bloomberg, a Jew, would not have pepperoni, because of both the pork and meat with dairy dietary prohibitions. And, you don’t have to, I denounce myself.

    nk (875f57)

  59. JD, thanks again for your kind words.

    I was remiss in not noting Michelle Malkin among the targets of “hatef**k” fantasies. She gets that stuff more than most conservative females being Filipino and Asian, and having all sorts of South Pacific prostitution stereotypes cast on her. She’s grown immune to insults about ping-pong balls, but what alleged journalist Matt Taibbi wrote about her years ago is one of the most reprehensible things I’ve ever had the misfortune of reading.

    No, I’m not going to link it.

    L.N. Smithee (88e9ea)

  60. 52.SB – That is the 3rd link in the post.

    SB (8a4846)

  61. My mistake, I got excited when it was something close to home.

    SB (8a4846)

  62. No pepperoni, hah. You think Bloomberg keeps kosher?

    luagha (5cbe06)

  63. That Bloomberg Pizza story is a parody, but apparently believable enough that some news outlets picked it up. LOL.

    carlitos (49ef9f)

  64. The key to good parody is to take an accurate snapshot of reality so you can make fun of it.

    Steve57 (da9e0e)

  65. should not diminish actual cases of hate speech, threats of rape, hatefucking, etc

    Kinda hard to diminish a concept that has no business existing in the first place.

    Someone wants to hate me because I’m Irish?
    FUCK THEM.

    Someone wants to hate me because I’m male?
    FUCK THEM.

    Someone wants to hate me because I’m {“insert quality here”}?
    …. …., yeah… with a large spiky thing.

    That someone shouts it at the top of their lungs changes nothing. That they add various adjectives and epithets while expressing their BS changes nothing.

    There’s NO SUCH THING as “hate” speech.

    It’s a BULLSHIT way for certain groups of society to abrogate basic civil rights — free speech — for people they don’t like… which is certainly no better than the actions of those they are whining about.

    It’s the same with “hate crime” — either they committed a crime or they didn’t. Why the %$#@%%$# they committed the crime is irrelevant and societally insignificant.

    My general principle is, if I’m on a jury, I’ll probably refuse to convict if they attempt to raise the hate crime BS. It’d have to be a pretty excessively heinous crime for me to convict at that point.

    FUCK THEM.

    Igotbupkis, Official Executor of Le Dernier Coup-de-Grâce (98ae1f)

  66. Fake hate crimes aren’t fake at all – they really are hate crimes, just not the crimes that they appear to be.

    So your title should be that you denounce misleading hate crimes, not fake ones.

    Kristo Miettinen (5dc3a0)

  67. 62.No pepperoni, hah. You think Bloomberg keeps kosher?

    Comment by luagha (5cbe06) — 5/3/2013 @ 12:31 pm

    It’s a gradient, I guess. No food in a non-kosher restaurant would be kosher to a strictly observant Jew, but pork, shellfish, cheese with meat, are pretty easy to avoid and a reasonable compromise. (Where’s Milhouse?)

    nk (875f57)

  68. http://www.news9.com/story/22112044/police-seek-two-men-who-vandalized-okc-mosque

    OKLAHOMA CITY – Vandals strike an Oklahoma City mosque twice, this time with spray paint. The FBI say two men sprayed racial slurs and derogatory symbols on the mosque over the weekend.

    I have a hunch you will be able to add this to your list, JD.

    Steve57 (da9e0e)

  69. Those Okies are so like culturally backward. That was not “vandalism”, that was “street art”.

    Progressive nk (875f57)

  70. Whoever it was got their anarchist symbols wrong in their street art.

    Know your anarchist and satanic symbols, people, if you’re going to try to divert attention from the real culprits.

    Steve57 (da9e0e)

  71. Comment by Kristo Miettinen (5dc3a0) — 5/3/2013 @ 10:40 pm

    That was an insightful point.
    Please add more from where that came from.

    MD in Philly (3d3f72)

  72. The borrowed Lanker motto, and apparent quiding light, was the Burroughs quote “Nothing is true, everything is permitted.”

    SarahW (b0e533)

  73. i’m such a hater
    i hate the hateful hatef*cks
    and chubby hippos

    Colonel Haiku (53d83f)

  74. I was remiss in not noting Michelle Malkin among the targets of “hatef**k” fantasies. She gets that stuff more than most conservative females being Filipino and Asian

    I’ve often thought there is nothing lower and more contemptible than a bigoted liberal, including the ones who Malkin has had to put up with. That’s because the only positive stereotype I associate with liberals is their supposedly — supposedly — being more open-minded and sophisticated about racial/ethnic differences in their fellow humans. So bigotry or racism in a liberal is analogous to a lack of common sense in a conservative.

    I’ve previously noted that two major presidents aligned with liberalism and the Democrat Party, Woodrow Wilson and Harry Truman, were surprisingly bigoted behind closed doors. The former even instituted Jim Crow laws, while the latter expressed comments in private that would have made a hardened Klu Klux Klanner blush.

    Well, here is Truman’s predecessor:

    latimes.com, April 7, 2013: …FDR’s support for “spreading the Jews thin” [limiting their numbers in a community] may hold the key to understanding a subject that has been at the center of controversy for decades: the American government’s tepid response to the Holocaust. Every president’s policy decisions are shaped by a variety of factors, some political, some personal. In Roosevelt’s case, a pattern of private remarks about Jews…may be significant.

    In 1923, as a member of the Harvard board of directors, Roosevelt decided there were too many Jewish students at the college and helped institute a quota to limit the number admitted. In 1938, he privately suggested that Jews in Poland were dominating the economy and were therefore to blame for provoking anti-Semitism there. In 1941, he remarked at a Cabinet meeting that there were too many Jews among federal employees in Oregon. In 1943, he told government officials in Allied-liberated North Africa that the number of local Jews in various professions “should be definitely limited” so as to “eliminate the specific and understandable complaints which the Germans bore towards the Jews in Germany.”

    There is evidence of other troubling private remarks by FDR too, including dismissing pleas for Jewish refugees as “Jewish wailing” and “sob stuff”; expressing (to a senator) his pride that “there is no Jewish blood in our veins”; and characterizing a tax maneuver by a Jewish newspaper publisher as “a dirty Jewish trick.” But the most common theme in Roosevelt’s private statements about Jews has to do with his perception that they were “overcrowding” many professions and exercising undue influence.

    This attitude dovetails with what is known about FDR’s views regarding immigrants in general and Asian immigrants in particular. In a series of articles for the Macon (Ga.) Daily Telegraph and for Asia magazine in the 1920s, he warned against granting citizenship to “non-assimilable immigrants” and opposed Japanese immigration on the grounds that “mingling Asiatic blood with European or American blood produces, in nine cases out of ten, the most unfortunate results.” He recommended that future immigration should be limited to those who had “blood of the right sort.”

    ^ So I’ll add another major icon of the American left to those who, in reality (along with FDR chastising wealthy people for not paying more in taxes, yet telling the IRS the higher tax rates initiated by him didn’t apply to his own sizable income), were surprisingly and disgustingly two-faced.

    Mark (2e68b2)

  75. It’s a gradient, I guess. No food in a non-kosher restaurant would be kosher to a strictly observant Jew, but pork, shellfish, cheese with meat, are pretty easy to avoid and a reasonable compromise. (Where’s Milhouse?)

    There are Jews who soothe their consciences by keeping kind-of sort-of kosher like that, but Bloomberg ain’t one of them. He’s a JINO (yeah, I just made that up).

    Milhouse (3d0df0)


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