A story appeared in Friday’s Las Vegas Review-Journal about a local high school teacher who has stirred controversy when she questioned the historicity of the Holocaust to her class. I’m not interested in commenting on that so much as I am on the reader comments that appear after the article (here). I certainly haven’t read all 300, but I read through enough of them to see a disturbing trend–a lot of them were viciously, violently anti-Semitic.
Now, I’ve seen plenty of trolls online before, but they’re usually just tossing out quick insults to anger people for fun; the bigots writing on this forum were often writing long, detailed, even eloquent speeches against Jewish people. In short, these are real racists. I can’t put into words how shocked I am.
I also don’t care to dignify their assertions about the Holocaust or Jews in general by analyzing them here, but I have to wonder where all of this comes from. What in the world could any Jewish people have possibly done to create this degree of rancor from so many strangers? Nothing, of course. It doesn’t make any kind of sense. Such is the inherently ignorant nature of prejudice, I suppose.
Having read the posts that I did on that article, I can only think of two explanations: that many in our postmodern world are upset by a people whose very existence testifies of a solid, traditional religious heritage, and that a lot of people have been successfully convinced by multicultural media propaganda that Israel is evil (by overwhelming us with the message that “Palestinians” are underdog victims, mainly). If I’m right about the racists’ motives, the commonality between them is likewise shocking: these are the motives of progressive leftists.