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Ivy League Anti-Semitism By: Lawrence Auster
View from the Right | Thursday, February 27, 2003

For those among us who still imagine that anti-Semitism/anti-Israelism is not a serious problem, or that, even if it is a serious problem, it is not of concern to us as traditionalist conservatives, you should read this story from the Yale Daily News about students at one of our top universities cheering the sub-moronic hate rantings of their guest speaker, the unspeakable Poet Laureate of the State of New Jersey, Amiri Baraka.

There is often a temptation among right-wingers to think, "Why can't this problem of anti-Semitism just go away? It's such a distraction from more vital concerns." But the problem is, as much as you would like it to, the problem of anti-Semitism doesn't go away, and if you ignore it, it just gets worse. Furthermore, as cannot be said often enough, the Jews are the canaries in the coal mine. When a society starts veering into moral nihilism, the first target is almost always the Jews. But they're only the first target.

Indeed, in this article, as in every other mainstream article I've seen about Baraka's infamous poem,  "Somebody Blew Up America," which he read to the Yale students, the author fails to mention the fact that almost all the verses in this loathsome collection of drivel are attacking whites, not Jews.  

There is one possible silver lining in the story. Since the event took place at Yale's Afro-American Cultural Center, it's a fair guess that most of the cheering "students" were black, meaning that, contrary to what the article seems to suggest, support for Baraka is not spreading into what most of us would think of as the mainstream. Also, since the author of the article, Yale freshman James Kirchik, was singled out for a vile insult by Baraka during the talk, that may also be a hint that Kirchik was one of very few white persons in the room. But even if Baraka's virulent anti-Semitism and anti-white racism are popular only among Yale's black students, that's still not good news, is it?

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