Thursday, December 18, 2008

Is racism the ultimate evil?

From the way Leftists talk, one would certainly get the impression that racism is the ultimate evil. In the 2008 Presidential campaign, an amazing number of utterances by Obama foes were twisted out of all recognition in an attempt to portray them as racist.

I would argue that things like dishonesty, lack of reality contact and emotionalism are far more detrimental to overall human welfare but, judging by their own most usual method of argument, Leftists are quite comfortable with such phenomena.

Leftists normally justify their paranoia about racism by referring to Hitler. They say that Hitler's treatment of the Jews shows just how evil racism is. But Jews are not a race! It is only your religious heritage that makes you a Jew. Judging by the number of blue-eyed Jews around, Jews are in fact quite mixed racially.

So Hitler's deeds cannot be put down to racism. They could however be seen as an example of religious bigotry and are thus yet another example of how destructive religious bigotry can be. And who are the main religious bigots today? Muslims and Leftists. The furious hatred that Leftists pour out on Christianity is quite virulent religious bigotry. So, as in other ways, it is Leftists, not racists who are Hitler's real heirs.

Even the well-known claim by Hitler that Germans are a Herrenvolk can only be portrayed as racist by mistranslation. It is commonly translated as "master race" but that is not what it means at all. The German word for race is Rasse and if Hitler had meant "Master race", he would have said Herrenrasse. But he didn't. Volk means "people" and is related to the English word "folk". So Hitler was quite clearly referring to a "Master people", not a master race.

And note that in the old Communist East Germany, they used Volk a lot. East German products used all to bear the brand "VEB", which stands for Volkseigenebetrieb, or "people's own enterprise". So were the Communist East Germans racist? Were they portraying their products as coming from the East German race? I think the answer is obvious to anybody but a Leftist intellectual.

Ultimately, the Jews were simply convenient to Hitler -- a group on whom all problems could traditionally be blamed: A scapegoat. His treatment of them was politically useful, not an outcome of racism. He treated many groups harshly, including clearly religious groups. One instance of that was Jehovah's Witnesses, then known in Germany as Ernste Bibelforscher. Because they refused to be conscripted into Germany's armed forces, they too went to the concentration camps.

I have said more about these matters on DISSECTING LEFTISM recently.


Trying to be accurate has its perils. I gather that some have seen what I said above as a defence of Hitler. Nothing I said above does that. I said that Hitler used the Jews as a scapegoat, which is far and away the most common summary of his actions. By noting that his savagery extended to all sorts of groups, I think I have in fact shown that he was worse than a racist. The entire nation of Britain was racist in the 19th century. They thought that to be born British was to be born superior. Yet they did nothing remotely resembling what Hitler did. They in fact made a Jew their Prime Minister.


Anonymous said...

While the term Jew has become used as a term for a religion, it hs also a generic term for the Israeli people. It was originally a slang for the people of the tribe of Judah, which makes up most of the nation of Israel. There is a small portion that is of the tribe of Benjamin, but all the others were scattered.

As for Hitler being a racists, he was a staunch evolutionist and believed that the "Jews" were a less evolved species that needed to be wiped out.

To add my opinion, I really hate it when people throw around racist. They think only white people can be a racist. I'm a white male and when I went to college in Texas, I was prejudiced against because of it. I was in the vast minority, but when I opened my mouth to say something about it, I was ridiculed and told I don't know what I'm talking about.

Anonymous said...

Very well said JJR. Leftists, most of whom are jews, are always quick to call Hitler a racist because he killed so many of their people. And, as you so eloquently point out, Hitler's killing rampage had nothing to do with race.

Isn't it odd though, how those same leftist jews never mention Stalin, who killed "far more" of their people than did Hitler! Hmmm, i wonder why that is.

Anonymous said...

Don't forge the Volkswagon!

Anonymous said...

"Don't forge the Volkswagon!"

By this defintion a volkswagan is a race car.

Anonymous said...

Actually, John, Jew is a race as stated above referring to the tribe of Judah. It is Judaism, that is the religion. There are many secular Jews that do not practice Judaism. As there are also Jews that have converted to Christianity.

Remember, Pontius Pilate had "King Of the Jews" in Greek, Latin, and Aramaic placed above Christ on the cross. He wasn't referring to religion, but to a distinctive people.

Paul in Gal:28 There is neither Jew nor Greek, slave nor free, male nor female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus. 29 If you belong to Christ, then you are Abraham's seed, and heirs according to the promise.

He wasn't referring to religion either, but to races of people.

Remember this, all Jews are Israelis, but not all Israelis are Jews. There are actually twelve other tribes of Israel. Two coming from Joseph's sons Manasseh and Ephraim are actualy referred to as half-tribes. Thus making up the twelve tribes of Israel (Jacob).

While it is true that some refer to Jews as Judaism followers, note the defintion:

Jew: –noun 1. one of a scattered group of people that traces its descent from the Biblical Hebrews or from postexilic adherents of Judaism; Israelite.
2. a person whose religion is Judaism.
3. a subject of the ancient kingdom of Judah.

Anonymous said...

4. supporters and practitioners of communism, socialism, and marxism.

Anonymous said...

Anonymous at 4:13am, no, I'll stick to the three named from The ones you so blythuly entered do not hvae to be Jews to be marxists etc. etal.

Anonymous said...

You are right that Jews are not explicitly a race. They are a group of people with a shared culture, belief system, and genetic heritage. Jews can be of any race. Therefore, "ethnicity" is a better term than "race" to describe the Jewish people.

What is important, however, is that Hitler and many others *believed* that Jews were a distinct and inferior race with unique physical characteristics. As evidence, anti-Jewish propaganda of the time included side-by-side comparisons of the "superior" Aryan facial structure with the "inferior" Jewish facial structure.

Furthermore, Hitler wanted to exterminate the Jews as a people, not a religion. His onslaught did not discriminate between religious and secular Jews. He even attempted to exterminate Jews who had converted to Christianity! A person had to be descended from at least two generations of Christians before the taint of Jewishness would leave their person.

Therefore, although Hitler was academically incorrect to speak of Jews as a race, he nonetheless directed his genocide toward Jews based on their genetic heritage and not solely on religious or cultural affiliation. This makes his genocide racially motivated.

~High School History Teacher