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Crisis of the universities: why are colleges hotbeds of anti-Semitism, and what can be done?

by 1389AD ( 63 Comments › )
Filed under Anti-semitism, Fatah, Islamic Invasion, Israel, Leftist-Islamic Alliance, Palestinians at March 13th, 2013 - 8:00 am

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Published on Feb 25, 2013 by Pajamasmedia

Allen West interviews investigative journalist and Israeli activist Lee Kaplan about anti-Semitism at American universities. Why is this happening? What can be done about it? And is the political left uniting with the Islamists on campus? Find out in this interesting conversation.

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  1. MikeA
    1 | March 13, 2013 8:43 am

    Can’t see the video from work but… it amazes me that they hate Israel but most of these stupid college kids would be either killed or raped in the muslim countries surrounding her. They would have no freedom at all. The ignorance and stupidity is strong on campus.


  2. 2 | March 13, 2013 8:43 am

    Stop funding Universities with public money.


  3. 3 | March 13, 2013 8:45 am

    @ MikeA:

    Our education system teaches that Islam is good. When I was in HS, they taught us the Ottomans were liberating Europe and that the Spanish/Italian victory at Lepanto was a tragedy.

    It does not help that both parties do the bidding of Islamic interests.


  4. MikeA
    4 | March 13, 2013 8:51 am

    @ Rodan:

    I don’t remember being taught almost anything about islam in school and I went to NYC public schools also. At most they may have talked about the “golden age” of islam but went quickly by it.


  5. eaglesoars
    5 | March 13, 2013 9:03 am

    um the video that loads is about March Madness


  6. 6 | March 13, 2013 9:03 am

    MikeA wrote:

    Can’t see the video from work but… it amazes me that they hate Israel but most of these stupid college kids would be either killed or raped in the muslim countries surrounding her. They would have no freedom at all. The ignorance and stupidity is strong on campus.

    The faculty and administrations are promoting it too.


  7. 7 | March 13, 2013 9:04 am

    eaglesoars wrote:

    um the video that loads is about March Madness

    It’s working fine for me. Maybe you got an embedded ad.


  8. 8 | March 13, 2013 9:05 am

    @ MikeA:

    You were lucky. I spent a whole month learning about how awesome Islam was.


  9. 9 | March 13, 2013 9:12 am

    @ 1389AD:

    Yup, you nailed it!


  10. MikeA
    10 | March 13, 2013 9:16 am

    @ Rodan:

    I am older than you so maybe it wasn’t that bad yet. ;)


  11. eaglesoars
    11 | March 13, 2013 9:27 am

    Hey Rodan did you see this?

    The RNC has announced plans to focus on digital strategy and hire a chief technology officer by May 1, preferably one that “is maybe able to come in and change the way that we think,” according to RNC spokeswoman Kirsten Kukowski.


  12. mawskrat
    12 | March 13, 2013 9:35 am

    Rodan wrote:

    Stop funding Universities with public money.

    trust me I worked at a public universty….it’s nuts


  13. 13 | March 13, 2013 10:05 am

    @ eaglesoars:

    You are getting a Hat Tip!

    I am glad someone is listening!


  14. 14 | March 13, 2013 10:06 am

    @ mawskrat:

    Public money inflates the costs. Some Universities now have Bars, Nightclubs and beauty salons.


  15. mawskrat
    15 | March 13, 2013 10:08 am

    @ Rodan:

    hell the one I worked at had a bowling alley


  16. lobo91
    16 | March 13, 2013 10:18 am

    Maybe if they got rid of some of the unnecessary crap, they could invest money in teaching actual history, instead:

    Hideously Obese Lib Michael Moore: Second Amendment Written By Racist White Men…

    [M]ost of us continue to say we “support the Second Amendment” as if it were written by God (or we’re just afraid of being seen as anti-American). But this amendment was written by the same white men who thought a Negro was only 3/5 human. We’ve done nothing to revise or repeal this – and that makes us responsible, and that is why we must look at the pictures of the 20 dead children laying with what’s left of their bodies on the classroom floor in Newtown, Connecticut.


  17. 17 | March 13, 2013 10:21 am

    @ mawskrat:

    I am not shock. Stossel had a special where he exposed the wastes.


  18. yenta-fada
    18 | March 13, 2013 10:26 am

    Just a point from a Canadian blogger. You go from the politically correct University straight to the same stifling workplace.

    “Well in Canada the truth was the first casualty of ‘Human Right’ quasi judicial fiat or political correctness on steroids, and now it is state ‘official’ in the ultimate ruling class, the elected legislature…er make that the bucked tooth politically ‘party’ appointed activists at the highest level of the judiciary.

    For a second I thought the legislature still mattered (or cared) about the morality of the land, the innocence of the child, the protection of the family, those silly yesterday values.

    In the semi- captive arena of the ‘workplace’, political correctness made it’s greatest inroads with beauts like the modern definition of harassment where the victim only has to feel emotionally harmed regardless of the actual intent, or in some cases even the knowledge, of the accused for a charge to be held up, and where employment places, themselves, can be held into account for individual worker ‘transgressions’ and must provide for sensitivity training for every new politically correct work place value…er law.

    {{Don’t know about you, but I think most grown-ups, except lonely union arse-kissers with out a life, go to the workplace for one reason, to earn money to feed their families and the various governments that take their money at politician’s pleasure. We don’t really care about other’s personal issues, (even when we’re pretending) or personal problems they should be seeking religions of hope about, or seeing equally spirited professionals about, who delve on the future not the past.”


  19. buzzsawmonkey
    19 | March 13, 2013 10:26 am

    Colleges are hotbeds of antisemitism because they are hotbeds of Leftism. The Left has always been antisemitic.

    Karl Marx, though born Jewish, was an antisemite. The Jews who followed Marxism were also antisemites; their objective was to eliminate “Jews” by creating a “workers’ world” where there were no ethnic differences. The “good” aspect of this was that they were seeking by this means to eliminate antisemitism, under which they had suffered—but the way they sought to do this was by eliminating ethnic and national differences. Thus, Jews who sought to retain their ethnic identity and/or to remain observant Jews became enemies of the movement—and the ferocity of the Leftist Jews was particularly aroused against them because these “holdouts” were standing in the way of the deracination the Leftists sought for themselves.

    Ironically, the founding of Israel was also done for this purpose. Herzl believed that if the Jews again became a separate nation with their own territory, they would become “a nation like any other,” and antisemitism would disappear. The Jews of the pioneer generations (1880-1940s) that built the foundations for the State of Israel were largely Leftists, and largely secularists who despised the religious “ghetto Jews” of Europe. The more radical kibbutzim raised children communally and were overtly anti-religious. Of course, the “secularism” of 100 years ago was, in many cases, far more religious than the tepid “religious observance” of today—though not always. A hundred years ago, it was not uncommon for radical Jews to hold pork banquets on Yom Kippur, the holiest fast day of the Jewish religious calendar. These kinds of extreme gestures had some meaning when they were rebellions against a much-more-pervasive religious observance in the population at large.

    In the end, the Zionist dream has been a failure—not as far as the realization of a state was concerned, but as far as its dream of being able to eliminate antisemitism. Israel has merely become “the Jew of the nations”; hatred directed against it is merely antisemitism writ large on a national/international rather than a personal scale.

    Getting back to the academy, there are several reasons for the ingrained antisemitism and anti-Zionism there, over and above the antisemitism which is ingrained in the Left from the start. The main reason is the obsession with race that pervades the Left, and the Leftist academy. The separatist/Afrocentrist/Islamist elements of the Civil Rights Movement made common cause with the PLO from the time it was founded in 1964—three years before the Israeli victory of the Six-Day War, before there was any Israeli “occupation” of Gaza, the West Bank, or the Golan Heights. The antisemitism of the Civil Rights Movement became so pronounced that Martin Luther King, even as he was being sidelined by these radical elements, spoke out against it.

    The Civil Rights Movement radicals regarded Israel as a “colonialist state” of the sort Franz Fanon inveighed against, and regarded themselves as brethren of the PLO as fellow-victims of “colonialism.” This attitude pervades the black community to this day, and is surely held by Barack Obama. The irony here is that Israel is the least “colonial” of the states in the Middle East, as it came into being in direct opposition to the will and efforts of the colonialist, imperialist Great Britain—while Saudi Arabia, Jordan, Syria and Lebanon, among others, were all states established by the Western imperialist powers in the wake of the carving up of the Ottoman Empire following WWI.


  20. yenta-fada
    20 | March 13, 2013 10:28 am

    mawskrat wrote:

    @ Rodan:
    hell the one I worked at had a bowling alley

    My nephew did a year at Lund University in Sweden where they had ONE class per semester.


  21. 21 | March 13, 2013 10:32 am

    @ lobo91:

    They (lefty assholes collectively) really are ignorant of history with that 3/5 of a human thing.


  22. lobo91
    22 | March 13, 2013 10:35 am

    mskelly wrote:

    @ lobo91:
    They (lefty assholes collectively) really are ignorant of history with that 3/5 of a human thing.

    Yup


  23. 23 | March 13, 2013 10:36 am

    @ buzzsawmonkey:

    Hitler was inspired by Marx. In fact Nazism is closer to the original goals of Marxism than Communism was.


  24. 24 | March 13, 2013 10:36 am

    @ lobo91:
    @ mskelly:

    It was to prevent slave states from having a higher portion of the House of Representatives and the Electoral College.


  25. eaglesoars
    25 | March 13, 2013 10:42 am

    Rodan wrote:

    I am glad someone is listening!

    glad you liked it

    ok I got to watch the video (thanks!)

    I’d never heard of Lee Kaplan or Anna Baltzer/Piller

    Well, here is Kaplan’s blog and here is his article on her.


  26. buzzsawmonkey
    26 | March 13, 2013 10:44 am

    mskelly wrote:

    They (lefty assholes collectively) really are ignorant of history with that 3/5 of a human thing.

    With most of the foghorns, it may be ignorance—but the lie that “the constitution/Founders regarded Negroes as 3/5ths human” is an intentional one, calculated to gin up hatred among the ignorant for the Constitution and the Founders.

    The 3/5ths rule had nothing to do with “humanity”; it was a method of counting for purposes of apportionment/representation, to ensure that the slave states would not completely control the legislature through superior population numbers. And it does not mention race; it was a determination based on legal status. There were white slaves/indentured servants (not many by the time the US became independent, but they existed); there were black slaveowners (again, not many—but they existed).

    The misrepresentation of the 3/5ths rule is a foundation stone of the Left’s efforts to keep racial conflict and the concept of “white guilt” alive in this country long after its sell-by date, and to build support for the destruction of the Constitution. It must be fought and countered when and where ever it rears its ugly head.


  27. yenta-fada
    27 | March 13, 2013 10:48 am

    eaglesoars wrote:

    Rodan wrote:
    I am glad someone is listening!
    glad you liked it
    ok I got to watch the video (thanks!)
    I’d never heard of Lee Kaplan or Anna Baltzer/Piller
    Well, here is Kaplan’s blog and here is his article on her.

    http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-G-35LJMtCqE/UTbeJDm8HTI/AAAAAAAAK8Y/jMAXKtt0yiI/s1600/wtf.jpg


  28. lobo91
    28 | March 13, 2013 10:49 am

    @ buzzsawmonkey:

    Right. Slaves were considered property, not citizens, so they shouldn’t have been counted at all.


  29. yenta-fada
    29 | March 13, 2013 10:52 am

    University College London debate segregates audience by gender. Progress!

    http://mickhartley.typepad.com/blog/2013/03/ucl-gender-segregation.html


  30. lobo91
    30 | March 13, 2013 10:56 am

    Chicago Gang Members Shoot 6-Month-Old Baby… City Responds By Considering More Gun Control Laws…

    City Council will consider stricter gun laws in Chicago on Wednesday, one day after a 6-month-old baby girl was shot five times while her father changed her diaper – she did not survive.

    Jonylah Watkins’ father, Jonathan, was changing her in their parked minivan near 65th and Maryland on Monday afternoon. He was also shot multiple times.

    Chicago Police Supt. Garry McCarthy said in a press conference Tuesday that Jonathan Watkins is most likely the intended target. McCarthy acknowledged the father has an extensive criminal history, and a police source said Watkins has more than 30 prior arrests.

    Police sources told FOX 32 News that he also has gang ties.

    So…gang members try to kill another gang member, using illegal guns, and the answer is to further restrict gun ownership by law-abiding citizens?

    Makes perfect sense.


  31. buzzsawmonkey
    31 | March 13, 2013 10:58 am

    lobo91 wrote:

    Jonylah Watkins’ father, Jonathan, was changing her in their parked minivan near 65th and Maryland on Monday afternoon. He was also shot multiple times.

    Six blocks from the University of Chicago—and from the hospital where Michelle Obama had her sinecure.


  32. lobo91
    32 | March 13, 2013 10:59 am

    North Korean Propaganda Video Depicts How Americans Live Today: “There Are No Birds Left Because They’ve Been Eaten”…

    Sounds like they’ve been listening to Obama’s sequester propaganda…


  33. 33 | March 13, 2013 10:59 am

    @ lobo91:

    It dioes make sense if your goal is more government power.


  34. 34 | March 13, 2013 10:59 am

    @ lobo91:

    Maybe that’s what Dennis Rodman told them!

    :lol:


  35. yenta-fada
    35 | March 13, 2013 11:06 am

    You will have to learn how to read to get Obamacare:

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Applying for benefits under President Barack Obama’s health care overhaul could be as daunting as doing your taxes.
    The government’s draft application runs 15 pages for a three-person family. An outline of the online version has 21 steps, some with additional questions.
    Seven months before the Oct. 1 start of enrollment season for millions of uninsured Americans, the idea that getting health insurance could be as easy as shopping online at Amazon or Travelocity is starting to look like wishful thinking.
    At least three major federal agencies, including the IRS, will scrutinize your application. Checking your identity, income and citizenship is supposed to happen in real time, if you apply online.
    That’s just the first part of the process, which lets you know if you qualify for financial help. The government asks to see what you’re making because Obama’s Affordable Care Act is means-tested, with lower-income people getting the most generous help to pay premiums.
    Once you’re finished with the money part, actually picking a health plan will require additional steps, plus a basic understanding of insurance jargon.
    And it’s a mandate, not a suggestion. The law says virtually all Americans must carry health insurance starting next year, although most will just keep the coverage they now have through their jobs, Medicare or Medicaid.

    Some are concerned that a lot of uninsured people will be overwhelmed and simply give up.

    “This lengthy draft application will take a considerable amount of time to fill out and will be difficult for many people to be able to complete,” said Ron Pollack, executive director of Families USA, an advocacy group supporting the health care law. “It does not get you to the selection of a plan.”

    “When you combine those two processes, it is enormously time consuming and complex,” added Pollack. He’s calling for the government to simplify the form and, more important, for an army of counselors to help uninsured people navigate the new system. It’s unclear who would pay for these navigators.

    Drafts of the paper application and a 60-page description of the online version were quietly posted online by the Health and Human Services Department, seeking feedback from industry and consumer groups. Those materials, along with a recent HHS presentation to insurers, run counter to the vision of simplicity promoted by administration officials.


  36. eaglesoars
    36 | March 13, 2013 11:11 am

    yenta-fada wrote:

    You will have to learn how to read to get Obamacare:
    WASHINGTON (AP) — Applying for benefits under President Barack Obama’s health care overhaul could be as daunting as doing your taxes.
    The government’s draft application runs 15 pages for a three-person family. An outline of the online version has 21 steps, some with additional questions.

    Well as about 65% of our kids leave school functionally illiterate….

    A few days ago I read that the reason a lot of minority kids drop out of college is that they’ve never encountered the bureaucratic niceties required to apply for loans so……….


  37. yenta-fada
    37 | March 13, 2013 11:16 am

    Liberal Bnai Brith of Canada issues Passover alert:

    Security Alert: Jewish Community urged to stay vigilant as Passover approaches

    B’nai Brith Canada is urging the Jewish community to be vigilant as the holiday of Passover (Pesach) approaches. The Jewish human rights organization has cited a report by the Counter Terrorism Bureau in Israel that raises alert levels for many “hotspots” around the globe. Discussions with police and security officials here in Canada indicate there has been no specific threat against Canadian interests; nonetheless, given that the threat appears to be directed not only towards Israelis but all Jews, a state of high alert is in order. In addition, security experts have warned that as tensions and divisions intensify in countries that are vehemently anti-Israel, any threats of this nature should be considered credible.

    To ensure effective security measures are followed, the following precautions are recommended:
    •Review emergency protocols with all security personnel that your synagogue or community centre engages.
    ◦How would the hired security officer respond to a threat?
    ◦What equipment is there for notifying synagogue leaders or authorities in case of an emergency?
    ◦What evacuation procedures are in place and what role do the security officers play?
    ◦Which volunteers have been tasked with working alongside security?
    •Keep an eye out for anything unusual and report any suspicious activity to the local police and to B’nai Brith’s Anti-Hate Hotline, available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week at 1-800-892-2264.
    •Provided your emergency numbers to B’nai Brith Canada so that you are part of the Alert system
    •If planning a community Seder, screen attendees and ask for pre-registration.
    •Be aware of any bags or items left unattended at your school, synagogue or any other public place.
    •Watch for unusual patterns of activity around your facility, including photo or video surveillance.
    •Ensure that all workers seeking access to your premises have been appropriately verified.

    B’nai Brith’s Anti-Hate Hotline, available 24 hours a day,

    7 days a week at 1-800-892-2264.


  38. yenta-fada
    38 | March 13, 2013 11:18 am

    eaglesoars wrote:

    yenta-fada wrote:
    You will have to learn how to read to get Obamacare:
    WASHINGTON (AP) — Applying for benefits under President Barack Obama’s health care overhaul could be as daunting as doing your taxes.
    The government’s draft application runs 15 pages for a three-person family. An outline of the online version has 21 steps, some with additional questions.
    Well as about 65% of our kids leave school functionally illiterate….
    A few days ago I read that the reason a lot of minority kids drop out of college is that they’ve never encountered the bureaucratic niceties required to apply for loans so……….

    Muslims in Denmark and Sweden (and probably other countries including Pakistan et al) are functionally illiterate as well.


  39. 39 | March 13, 2013 11:21 am

    @ eaglesoars:

    We really need to move away from a college centric system.


  40. yenta-fada
    40 | March 13, 2013 11:22 am

    Stupidity is the reason women convert to Islam.

    http://plancksconstant.org/blog1/2013/03/stupidity_explains_why_women_convert_to_islam.html


  41. 41 | March 13, 2013 11:22 am

    @ yenta-fada:

    Hizb’Allah is getting its ass kicked by al-Qaeda. They want to target Jewish institutions to feel raise their self esteem. The Hezzies are punks.


  42. 42 | March 13, 2013 11:23 am

    @ yenta-fada:

    I think it applies to men as well!


  43. yenta-fada
    43 | March 13, 2013 11:25 am

    Rodan wrote:

    @ eaglesoars:
    We really need to move away from a college centric system.

    The problem is that children are being inculcated with perverted values earlier in their education. Also, as noted above, workplaces have become politically correct in the extreme. Remember how Urban Infidel got sick and tired of dealing with the affirmative action Muslim male at work and set up her own business?


  44. yenta-fada
    44 | March 13, 2013 11:27 am

    Rodan wrote:

    @ yenta-fada:
    I think it applies to men as well!

    Especially prison converts. Losers get to feel superior to infidels while normalizing crime in the service of Islam.


  45. yenta-fada
    45 | March 13, 2013 11:27 am

    Rodan wrote:

    @ yenta-fada:
    Hizb’Allah is getting its ass kicked by al-Qaeda. They want to target Jewish institutions to feel raise their self esteem. The Hezzies are punks.

    This parasites always kill their hosts.


  46. eaglesoars
    46 | March 13, 2013 11:28 am

    Rodan wrote:

    @ eaglesoars:

    We really need to move away from a college centric system.

    I think we are -- slowly but surely. Instpundit has covered this a bit -- getting college credit for online courses.


  47. yenta-fada
    47 | March 13, 2013 11:29 am

    @ Rodan:

    Does gmail still work for you? I want to send you an article for a possible post.


  48. eaglesoars
    48 | March 13, 2013 11:29 am

    yenta-fada wrote:

    Remember how Urban Infidel got sick and tired of dealing with the affirmative action Muslim male at work and set up her own business?

    Wow

    I did not know that


  49. yenta-fada
    49 | March 13, 2013 11:30 am

    yenta-fada wrote:

    Rodan wrote:
    @ yenta-fada:
    Hizb’Allah is getting its ass kicked by al-Qaeda. They want to target Jewish institutions to feel raise their self esteem. The Hezzies are punks.
    This parasites always kill their hosts.

    PIMF. ‘These’ No sleep. I blame my long posts on the same factor. Sort of like Lily killing threads……


  50. yenta-fada
    50 | March 13, 2013 11:31 am

    eaglesoars wrote:

    yenta-fada wrote:
    Remember how Urban Infidel got sick and tired of dealing with the affirmative action Muslim male at work and set up her own business?
    Wow
    I did not know that

    He was sabotaging her and not good at his work. She’s very happy she made the move and is doing well. She’s not been around much.


  51. yenta-fada
    51 | March 13, 2013 11:33 am

    eaglesoars wrote:

    Rodan wrote:
    @ eaglesoars:
    We really need to move away from a college centric system.
    I think we are — slowly but surely. Instpundit has covered this a bit — getting college credit for online courses.

    The internet has made Continuing Education much easier. Good point.


  52. 52 | March 13, 2013 11:36 am

    @ eaglesoars:

    This is the direction the Right should go in. Push alternatives to Colleges. This will help destroy the Education-Industrial Complex.


  53. 53 | March 13, 2013 11:37 am

    @ yenta-fada:

    Yes, please send it.


  54. yenta-fada
    54 | March 13, 2013 11:38 am

    Rodan wrote:

    @ eaglesoars:
    This is the direction the Right should go in. Push alternatives to Colleges. This will help destroy the Education-Industrial Complex.

    Look at an example of Foundation money promoting leftist principles:

    Sustainability Coverage
    •The Kendeda Fund

    Education Coverage
    •The Kresge Foundation

    Asia Coverage
    •The Starr Foundation
    •The Henry Luce Foundation

    Wealth & Poverty Coverage
    •The Ford Foundation

    General Support
    •The John D. and Catherine T MacArthur Foundation


  55. yenta-fada
    55 | March 13, 2013 11:38 am

    Rodan wrote:

    @ yenta-fada:
    Yes, please send it.

    OK. I’ll have to hunt it down.


  56. eaglesoars
    56 | March 13, 2013 11:46 am

    Rodan wrote:

    @ eaglesoars:

    This is the direction the Right should go in. Push alternatives to Colleges. This will help destroy the Education-Industrial Complex.

    It also destroys the jihad-on-campus problem


  57. Speranza
    57 | March 13, 2013 11:49 am

    The universities are rife with anti-Semitism and Jewish students who do not follow the anti-Semitic tendencies are bullied and ostracized.


  58. Speranza
    58 | March 13, 2013 12:16 pm

    How soon before Hollywood joins in on the fun?


  59. buzzsawmonkey
    59 | March 13, 2013 12:21 pm

    Speranza wrote:

    How soon before Hollywood joins in on the fun?

    Given that the first X-Men film had a Jewish Holocaust survivor as the villain, that he was fighting the God-figure “Dr. Xavier” and the Jesus-figure of Wolverine, and that the denouement of the film took place when the “good guys” were trying to force what was, in effect, a re-enactment of the Binding of Isaac at the Statue of Liberty that if successful would have “converted” people into mutants, I’d say that they’ve joined in the fun some time ago.


  60. 60 | March 13, 2013 1:02 pm

    @ buzzsawmonkey:

    The X-Men comic books always had the Holocaust survivor as the villian. His experience made him hate humanity. It has NOTHINg to do with anti-semitism.

    You are reading too much into X-Men seriously.

    I do not complain when a Hispanic or Italian is the villian in a movie.


  61. buzzsawmonkey
    61 | March 13, 2013 1:26 pm

    Rodan wrote:

    The X-Men comic books always had the Holocaust survivor as the villian. His experience made him hate humanity. It has NOTHINg to do with anti-semitism.

    You are reading too much into X-Men seriously.

    I do not complain when a Hispanic or Italian is the villian in a movie.

    My concern is not for the villain being a Jewish Holocaust surviver as such. There are real-life Jewish survivors of the Holocaust who are villains; George Soros springs to mind.

    My concern is with that villain re-enacting a human-sacrifice version of the Binding of Isaac in the film (a blood libel), at the Statue of Liberty, and the film setting himself up in opposition to the God-figure Dr. Xaviar (“Xavier” = “Savior”), who runs a school for children (“Suffer little children to come unto Me”) and the Jesus-figure Wolverine, with his Jesus-like hair, Jesus-like revival/restorative powers, trinitarian stigmata, etc.

    The roots of this kind of fiction go deep into the antisemitic and racist stereotypes of the early 20th century; they are largely derived from blatantly racist writings of people like Sax Rohmer, the creator of super-villain Fu Manchu. Rohmer was a blatant racist—Fu Manchu was the embodiment of “the Yellow Peril” and was specifically at war with whites/the West—who also wrote stories slamming blacks and Jews. Edgar Wallace was another of these racist/antisemitic writers, as was E. Phillips Oppenheim, and, for that matter, Robert E. Howard, creator of Conan (read his short story “In the Valley of the Worm”).

    The works of these writers created the templates for fantasy/supervillain fiction, and their racism lingers on even today. Some years ago, I was gathering material to show how this influence lingered in the He-Man cartoon series, where the languid prince transforms into blonde superman He-Man bearing an Iron Cross on his chest, and one of He-Man’s enemies is the hunchbacked, bearded, hook-nosed Beast Man, who was a Jew-caricature taken right out of the Middle Ages.

    No, I don’t think I’m reading too much into this material; the best I can say is that since many publishers and producers are semi-literate at best, they may well be unaware of the roots of what they are purveying and how these toxic memes continue to linger on.


  62. 62 | March 13, 2013 2:22 pm

    @ buzzsawmonkey:

    We are just going to have to diosagree on this. I have read X-Men since I was a kid and watched the movies. There is nothing related to Judaism or Christinaity in it. If that is how you interpet things, I do not know what to tell you.

    As for the your other observations, that’s really a strecth.


  63. buzzsawmonkey
    63 | March 13, 2013 2:45 pm

    Rodan wrote:

    We are just going to have to diosagree on this. I have read X-Men since I was a kid and watched the movies. There is nothing related to Judaism or Christinaity in it. If that is how you interpet things, I do not know what to tell you.

    As for the your other observations, that’s really a strecth.

    Well, I guess disagree it will have to be.

    I’ve read a great deal of early-20th-century pulp fiction: not only Rohmer (several Fu Manchu books, Tales of Limehouse, and Grey Face), who is anti-black, anti-Asian, and antisemitic, but Oppenheim (The Treasure House of Martin Hews is the most blatantly antisemitic of his I have found), HP Lovecraft (whose stories have plenty of casual references to people of “debased race” and “mongrel blood”), as well as the Howard story I mentioned above (Lovecraft was a by-mail mentor to Howard), and stuff by Edgar Wallace (whom Orwell, in one of his essays, condemns for his blatant power-worship).

    These people (and some others) created the genres of pulp fiction and master-villians, with or without the addition of magic, the supernatural, etc.—and the templates they created were transferred over to comic books and cartoons when those genres took off in the 1930s and after. The templates were full of blatant bigotry as a matter of course—though they have since become somewhat watered down.

    If these cues are not obvious nowadays—just as many people today miss the Prohibition jokes that were rife in early-Thirties films, because they are no longer immediate (not to mention some of the more subtle sexual innuendoes)—that’s probably a good thing. But it doesn’t mean the roots aren’t there, and that they cannot be seen.


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