Is Anti-White Racism the New Anti-Semitism?

Is Anti-White Racism the New Anti-Semitism? By Marcus Cato.

The basic ideas used to demonize Jews for centuries are now being wielded by cultural Marxists to do the same thing to white people in three ways: historical tropes, selective economic statistics, and sociological exaggerations.

Can you be held responsible for what your ancestors did?

Hatred of Jews has a long history, but the grievance against Jews was based on a commonly held history of victimization by later generations of Gentile Christians. To begin with, Jews were held collectively responsible for the crucifixion of Jesus Christ and the martyrdom of early Christian saints. What made this, like almost every other historical grievance, especially pernicious is that unborn Jews were also made responsible for these events. … This was a charge passed down from generation to generation for which no forgiveness could be attained. To be a Jew was, in short, to be guilty of murdering God Himself.

Similarly, modern leftist thought renders white people guilty of two unforgivable crimes: the enslavement and transport of Africans to the Western Hemisphere and the conquest of the Americas and the displacement of the indigenous people who came before. President Obama may have unwittingly stated this when he said in 2015, “what is also true is that the legacy of slavery, Jim Crow, discrimination in almost every institution of our lives – you know, that casts a long shadow. And that’s still part of our DNA that’s passed on.” Of course, what’s in your DNA cannot be expunged. It gets passed on like a disease. …

Just for the record, whites are uniquely in all of history the civilization that abolished slavery — not just in their own civilization, but worldwide. It might also be worth mentioning that according to the Bible it was part of God’s plan for Jesus that he die on the cross for us, which kind of makes the various players in his death less reprehensible.

The history of distorted Jewish wealth and influence is almost as old as the deicide charge. Using cherry-picked data to accuse Jews of unjustly controlling the wealth of various nations or even the world was a tool used long before the Nazis rose to power. …

Today, hardly a day goes by without some tirade about the racialized distribution of income and wealth in the United States., such as this one from the New York Times.  The chief targets are whites.  It is taken as a matter of course that these gaps are caused by white racism and exist because of the ill gotten wealth that the ancestors of white people stole from black slaves or conquered red bodies. The Washington Post trumpets that “White Families Have Nearly Ten Times The Net Wealth of Black Families“; the Guardian tells us that “The Median Wealth of Black Americans ‘Will Fall to Zero by 2053.”  These claims are always couched so as to lay the majority of blame on white people and “white institutions.”  The implication being that only the income and wealth of white people can “fix” these problems by being expropriated and redistributed, like in one absurd article about a “White Equality Tax” to pay for the historical sins of slavery, Jim Crow, redlining, etc.

And strike three is in-group preferences, which apparently are just fine for other groups but not Jews and now whites more generally:

Jews were accused of being disposed to privileging their own over non-Jews. This sociological lie says that Jews simply cannot help but be parasitic. … [Henry] Ford asserted that the New York Stock Exchange was run by Jews, as if Jews were consciously or even biologically disposed to pushing out non-Jewish stockbrokers. Similar arguments were raised by anti-Semites like Kevin MacDonald as regards the medical profession, law, and other trades.

The same arguments are leveled against whites today by people masquerading as academics.  Take the apoplectic hysteria over the term gentrification.  This is really a leftist dog whistle implying that gentrifiers — usually white — are parasites, and their victims are usually people of color.  From the UMKC editorial “What Appropriation and Gentrification Have In Common: “A parasitic relationship, gentrification utilizes tactics like rent-hiking to drive out original tenants[.] … [V]ictims of gentrification are often black and Hispanic.  Cultural appropriation, black face and gentrification all benefit and profit from exploitation and pain of historically oppressed people.”  Another article describes current musical trends as being of white parasitism and black victimhood.

The left is spreading the anti-white racism:

These concepts are commonly taught to K-12 students, who start learning about racialized wealth gaps as early as second grade and are made to watch videos depicting all social problems as being the result of historical sins. At university level, these concepts take a more elaborate turn as college students imbibe lessons on gentrification and cultural appropriation while learning of an all-encompassing boogeyman called “whiteness,” in “Whiteness Studies” courses. What good can come of these intellectual pursuits but demonization? …

As Andrew Sullivan notes, the most terrifying possibility is that these rhetorical devices will be used against American Jews as the “apex” of the white hierarchy: “once you posit secret forces defined by race, and link these forces to human beings of that race, you are at risk of mimicking the very structure of anti-Semitic thought. …

Perhaps these phenomena explain why, if you listen to almost any liberal on social media or mainstream media these days, the word “white” is, for them, a pejorative slur. It is a word they almost exclusively use to describe something they find abhorrent, distasteful, and negative. To the modern leftist, the word “white” is what the word “Jew” was to my elementary-school classmates [who who were shocked to learn that the word “Jew” was more than just a slur].

So we are all Jews now? Good one lefties.