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Tuesday, December 16, 2008

What Is Your Point, Dennis?

It's a familiar tactic that has come to the forefront since Barack Obama started running for President - random, white, conservative pundits, bloggers, radio and TV personalities sprint right up to the very edge of "racist thought and word" and stop just short enough before they let slip something that would surely brand them.

When, and if, they are called on their actions, the shout heard from the Right is "race-baiter". After all, what better way to divert from their own idiocy than to point the finger at someone else.

Dennis Prager's latest piece at is based around this theme:

For a generation, America has been awash in the celebration of minorities and minorities celebration of themselves. Just recall Black is Beautiful or I am a woman, I am invincible.

At the same time, the majority group in America -- white Christians -- has been allowed to celebrate very little. Rather, they have constantly been reminded of what they should be ashamed of -- their racism, sexism, homophobia, patriarchy, and xenophobia -- real and alleged.

But what about minority shame?

So, let's get this straight - according to Prager, minorities ( and he means ALL of them ) haven't shown ample "shame" for the actions of others.

So what does he consider "ample"?

Considering that Prager is Jewish ( another convenient "out" when someone attempts to slap the "racist" label on him ) he sites the "massive display of shame" of Jews after the Palestinian massacre:

It was a surge of Jewish shame that years ago led to one of the largest demonstrations of Israeli Jews in Israels history. They were demonstrating against the massacre of Palestinians in the Sabra and Chatilla refugee camps in Lebanon. The killings were committed by Lebanese Christian militias, but they took place while Israel occupied that area of Lebanon.

It would seem, then, that group shame is a good thing.

So, what does Dennis Prager think "minorities" should be ashamed of?

The relative absence of expressions of shame in the Muslim world over the atrocities committed in Islams name is an example of the above. The labeling of blacks who express shame over disproportionate rates of violent crime and out-of-wedlock births in the black community as Uncle Toms is another. The absence of any expression of shame in the gay community over the current blacklisting -- and attempts to economically destroy -- anyone who donated to the California proposition defining marriage as between a man and a woman is another example. When Sen. Joseph McCarthy blacklisted people in Hollywood for real or alleged support for the Communist Party, he was finally shut up with the words, Have you no shame, sir?

Muslims, regardless of where they may live, haven't taken to the streets in protest because of people like Dennis Prager who are members of a political ideology that cast them in the role of "evil-doers" without the slightest consideration of their innocence.

Blacks have much more to worry about than "out-of-wedlock births". What of discrimination when applying for jobs - and I'm not talking affirmative action - or the state of inner-city schools, and a whole host of issues. Prager is simply making reference to "marriage" because it is one of the conservative-right's go-to weapons.

And why should anyone within the gay community be ashamed of those that are rightfully outraged over the removal of a basic right that is afforded to everyone but them?

I'm not saying Dennis Prager is a racist, a bigot, or a homophobe. But, his unblushing ignorance is, without question, frightening.

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