There's racism and then there's racism.
In the previous post, I linked to a rather vile website called The Mad Jewess
, run by someone so hate-filled as to make Pam Geller seem like Mary Poppins. Here, once again, is an excerpt from a recent post covering the shootings ascribed to Aaron Alexis:
Black Thug Aaron Alexis Identified as Gunman in Washington Navy Yard Shooting
Is he also a Muslim?
We are brainwashed to believe that only white, right-wing extremists are the perps of these type mass murders. Even though most all domestic terror is carried out by leftists: Facts About #Communist Leftists
There are also many mass killings perp’d by blacks: Black Serial/Mass/Spree Killer List.
There is much to dislike here. For the moment, let's focus on the headline: "Black Thug Aaron Alexis."
An obvious question presents itself: Is it ever permissible to speak of a "Jewish Thug" -- as in (say) "Jewish Thug Meyer Lansky"? (I use the term "permissible" in the social sense, not the legal sense.)
Nearly everyone reading these words will answer: "No." Most of you will go on to say: "One shouldn't use the term 'black thug' either."
I agree with both answers (with just one exception, as specified below). But let's face facts -- in our culture, usage of the term "black thug" causes less shock and instant revulsion than does usage of the term "Jewish thug."
If you Google the term "black thug" in quotation marks (thereby searching for that exact phrase), you'll be presented with over 1.6 million results. The opening page of results will give you links not to openly racist sites, but to conservative sites which hope to be taken seriously by a mainstream audience. The proprietors of those sites would deny any charge of racism. World Net Daily is a prime example. (There are also results from liberal sites which use the term "black thug" to characterize, perhaps unfairly, the views espoused on conservative sites. Of course, hip-hop sites figure heavily here; they use the term in a specialized, and usually ironic, fashion.)
As you scan the Google returns, an attitude becomes clear: Although the term "Black thug" is considered vulgar, it remains "kind of, sort of" acceptable.
If you type in the phase "Jewish thug" (in quotes), Google gives you all of 3,720 results. Many of the sites in that list use the term in a satiric mode; there are people who consider it humorous to identify themselves as "Jewish thugs." The websites using the term in a serious sense all tend to be cesspools like Stormfront. These sites are openly racist and make no pretense of appealing to a mainstream audience.
My question is simple. Why is "black thug" considered a mere social no-no while "Jewish thug" is considered unspeakable and horrifying?
For what it's worth: If forced to describe David Ben Moshe -- the self-described specialist on "black on white racial/hate crimes" who wrote the piece excerpted above -- I would have no problem using the term "Jewish thug." I don't mean to imply that he is a thug because he is Jewish, and I don't want to give the impression that I would feel comfortable using that phrase to describe anyone else
. But it seems indisputable that the man happens to be both Jewish and a thug. It is also indisputable that if you want to dish it out, you had better be willing to take it.