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How race determines the news we get — and don’t get, Part Two

How ‘race’ determines the news we get — and don’t get, Part 2 by Peter Burrows, 2/4/20.  elburropete@gmail.com – silvercityburro.com 

In Part 1, I wrote that the media has been widely criticized BY LIBERALS for not reporting that the big spike in attacks on Jews in New Yok City has been caused by black assailants. As Abe Greenwald, senior editor of Commentary, wrote, “Throughout 2019, African-Americans attacked Orthodox Jews in Brooklyn on a more-or-less weekly basis, and it barely ever made the mainstream news.” 

Actually, Abe, it was on a more-or-less DAILY basis, and it’s no surprise that such attacks didn’t make the mainstream news. As columnist Ben Shapiro explained, “White supremacists attacking left-leaning Jews fits a desired narrative. Black teenagers beating up Hasidic Jews in Williamsburg doesn’t. And so the left ignores the WRONG TYPE of anti-Semitism.”   

What is surprising is that so many Jews are surprised by this “wrong type of anti-Semitism.”  A 12/29/19 headline in The Jewish Week, a New York City publication, reads: “Anti-Semitic Crime Wave Mystifies Chasidim.” (Chasidim are orthodox Jews also known as Hasidim or Hasidic.)   Mystifies? Really? 

Orthodox Jews test about one standard deviation above the rest of us on IQ tests, but I guess political correctness trumps brains. Maybe this dumb, old gentile can explain the recent wave of anti-Semitic attacks to the mystified Chasidim: 

(1) Anti-Semitism has a long history among black Americans. Larry Elder, in his book, “The Ten Things You Can’t Say In America,” published in 2000, wrote: “According to an Anti-Defamation League study, anti-Semitism is at an all-time low, except in the black community, where anti-Semitism is three times the national average.”   More recent ADL surveys are not as alarming, but levels of anti-Semitism in blacks still poll at least 50 percent higher than the national average. This fact is rarely mentioned in the media, but surely Jews must be aware of it.  

(2)  New York State recently passed a law, effective January 1 of 2020, that allows people arrested for a variety of crimes to be released without bail.  The “no jail-no bail” law reflects the liberal belief that blacks are disproportionately policed and are ‘victims’ of the criminal justice system. Anyone who notes that blacks disproportionally commit criminal acts is a racist. 

The law requires judges to free people arrested for, amongst other crimes, non-sexual assaults where no physical injury occurred.  In the week BEFORE the law went into effect, seven of eight people arrested for anti-Semitic attacks were released because, according to a “law enforcement source” quoted by the New York Post, “The de Blasio administration has made it clear that we all need to get into compliance with bail reform now.”   

The eighth case involved a 65-year-old Jewish man who was punched and kicked while his assailant screamed, “Fuck you, Jew bastard.” Since the attack involved an injury, the assailant, race unidentified, was denied bail PENDING A PSYCHOLOGICAL EXAMINATION.  I imagine if he is found to have suffered from temporary derangement, he will be set free and will apologize to his victim. (Sarcasm libs, sarcasm.)  

The politically correct New York Post article also failed to mention the race of any of the other assailants, but it did have photos of two, both women. One admitted to yelling, “Fuck Jews” while assaulting three Jewish women, and the other allegedly said, “You fucking Jew. The end is coming for you,” while she assaulted a Jewish woman.  Both were white women wearing MAGA hats. (More sarcasm, libs.)    

Dov Hikind, founder of Americans Against Anti-Semitism, was quoted as saying, “You have to beat the hell out of somebody — or murder them — for there to be any consequences.  Otherwise, you are set free.  It’s open season in New York — (and) it’s the Jewish people in particular who have been targeted.” 

Targeted by whom, Mr. Hikind, and why are they being set free? Political correctness got your tongue? 

Let me summarize for the mystified Chasidim:  A lot of blacks hate your guts; liberal Democrats have virtually decriminalized most hate crimes as part of a program to appease black voters; anti-Semitic blacks can now get in your face with little or no penalty, maybe even get rewarded for it with their picture in the paper.   

Since blacks are much more important to the Democratic Party than are Jews, don’t expect Democrat leaders to ever demand that blacks take responsibility.  Oh, no, that would be ‘racist.’ What is really appalling, is that many liberal Jews agree! 

A 12/31/19 headline in The Guardian read, “Liberal groups say the new policing measures put forward by Mayor de Blasio will divide communities.” And these communities aren’t divided now? 

This was after de Blasio ordered increased police patrols, mostly in Jewish neighborhoods. He also announced plans to add security cameras in Jewish neighborhoods and beefed-up security around synagogues and at Jewish events.  

The article had this mind-boggling quote from David Klion of the progressive Jewish Currents magazine (POC means ‘people of color’): “Flooding ‘POC’ neighborhoods with cops is going to carry real costs, potentially even fatal ones, for tens of thousands of people who have no complicity in these attacks. I’m also deeply uncomfortable with the optics of cops functioning as security for Jews against POC.”  

He’s “uncomfortable with the optics.”  Typical liberal. He’s more concerned with virtue signaling than doing anything practical that would protect Jews from blacks.  Don’t want to offend POC. That would be ‘racist,’ don’t ‘cha know.   

Racist. That’s what those horrid Republicans are, and that’s why Jews will continue to vote for Democrats, even though the party overlooks anti-Semitism within its own ranks. More on that in Part Three. 

How ‘race’ determines the news we get — and don’t get

How ‘race’ determines the news we get — and don’t get, by Peter Burrows, 2/3/20.  elburropete@gmail.com – silvercityburro.com 

Over the past two years, there has been an appalling increase in anti-Semitic hate crimes in New York City.  By one estimate, such crimes increased by more than twenty percent last year to over 1850 incidents, and that’s just the reported ones.  This means that on average, at least five times a day a Jew in New York was verbally or physically abused.   

You haven’t heard much about these hate-crimes because almost all of the attacks against Jews have been committed by black people, and the liberal media follows an unwritten rule to avoid mention of the criminal’s race if the criminal is black.  That unwritten rule is finally being challenged.  

The Daily Caller had a story headlined, “The Media Can’t Keep Ignoring The Racial Element of the New York Pogrom,” by David Benkof, 12/31/19, in which the author wrote, “Right now, the problem is overwhelmingly black New Yorkers attacking Jews.”  (A pogrom is an organized attack against Jews.)  

He added, “For months now, African-Americans have been assaulting visibly Jewish residents (and) the only way to tell that the perpetrators are overwhelmingly black has been to look at mug shots and video footage of the attacks.” 

Michael Benjamin, a black Jew, wrote in the New York Post, “New York’s epidemic of anti-Semitic attacks is horrifying. It’s also maddening that city leaders won’t address the elephant in the room — that the suspects in these heinous acts are black.” 

If New York’s Jews had been attacked by whites, you can be sure the coverage would have been 24-7 with the blame put squarely on Donald Trump. No matter, New York Mayor Bill de Blasio tried to do that anyway, claiming at a press conference last June that antisemitism is a “right-wing movement.” He backed off on that a little, saying, “The violent threat, the threat that is ideological, is very much from the right.”  

For once, some of New York’s liberals didn’t buy into such a moronic cliche. Councilman Chaim Deutsch, a Democrat from Brooklyn with constituents who have recently been attacked, said, “I don’t agree with the mayor — I have not seen any white supremacists coming in here committing these hate crimes.”  

No problem, because it’s still Trump’s fault. On a Sunday Fox News show last December 29, de Blasio said “an atmosphere of hate” has been “emanating from Washington” the past few years.  By implication, Trump has somehow encouraged black people to attack Jews.   

This was too much for Dov Hikind, a Democrat and founder of Americans Against Antisemitism: “When you have the Farrakhans of the world (and) members of the United States Congress – Tlaib, Omar, AOC – indulging in hate speech and getting away with it — within the Democratic Party there’s a double standard.  (T)he mayor of New York City has continued to call the hate ‘coming from the right.’ All the hate in New York is coming from the left.”  

Repeat: “All the hate in New York is coming from the left.” We know that’s true because that’s what NBC, ABC, CBS, CNN and MSNBC have been saying for months, right? (Sarcasm libs, sarcasm.)   

What we are seeing is the politics of hate coming home to roost for the Democrats. For decades, the Democrats and the media have demonized anybody who doesn’t agree with them as hate-filled bigots.  As Hillary Clinton said, half of Trump supporters are a “basket of deplorables, racist, sexist, homophobic, xenophobic, Islamophobic—you name it.”   

Unfortunately, many Democrats actually believe that. There is no evidence supporting that contention, but when have liberals ever needed evidence to support what they “know?” Democrats are like Alfonso Bedoya in ‘The Treasure of the Sierra Madre,’ slightly altered:   

“Evidence? We ain’t got no evidence! We don’t need no evidence! We don’t have to show you any stinking evidence!”   

If Trump voters were half as bad as the Democrats and the media would like them to be, the evidence would be on display every day.  The news would be filled with stories of hate crimes committed by all those evil-white deplorables who “cling to guns or religion or antipathy to people who aren’t like them,” to quote a former president.  

Instead, the news is about Jews being attacked and the media are reluctant to tell us who is doing the attacking. Why, some might even say that the media is guilty of (GASP!) racism.  As columnist Ben Shapiro explained, “White supremacists attacking left-leaning Jews fits a desired narrative. Black teenagers beating up Hasidic Jews in Williamsburg doesn’t. And so the left ignores the WRONG TYPE of anti-Semitism.”  That is, blacks get a pass because they are blacks. 

Gosh, Hillary, you said Trump supporters were “racist, sexist, homophobic, xenophobic, Islamophobic, you name it,” but you didn’t specify that they are anti-Semites.  Well, of course they are, but maybe you didn’t want to mention anti-Semitism because so many black Democrats are anti-Semites and you didn’t want to risk offending that very important Democrat constituency?   

More sarcasm libs, but there is some truth there. Keep reading.     

The Democrat Party is all about identity politics, with key constituencies identified by race, gender, lack of gender, sexual orientation, ethnic identity, religion, “you name it.” All are “victims” of something that electing Democrats will put an end to.  This is primitive, tribal politics.  It’s inherently divisive because to be a victim, there must be a victimizer.   

Some Democrat tribes are large, such as black Americans, some are small, such as Jews or gays. Blacks have greater victim status because, after all, most Jews are white people.  And here is where it gets tricky for the Democrats. Black anti-Semitism has been around for a LONG time.  This is what black activist James Baldwin wrote in Commentary magazine back in 1948, over 70 years ago:  

“The Negro’s outlets are desperately constricted. In his dilemma he turns first upon himself and then upon whatever most represents to him his own emasculation. Here the Jew is caught in the American crossfire. The Negro, facing a Jew, hates, at bottom, not his Jewishness but the color of his skin. It is not the Jewish tradition by which he has been betrayed but the tradition of his native land. But just as a society must have a scapegoat, so hatred must have a symbol. Georgia has the Negro and Harlem has the Jew.” 

This is despicable, then and now, from “the Negro” or from anybody.  No political party should tolerate such an attitude, but the Democrat Party does. Proof: Google ‘Obama Farrakhan photo.’      

This raises the question: Why do most Jews continue to support the Democrat Party? More on that in Part Two.