Monday, June 22, 2009
James Carroll on European racism and anti-SemitismInteresting Big Picture thoughts by James Carroll, who wrote a well-regarded book on the history of Christian anti-Semitism, Constantine's Sword: The Church and the Jews: A History (2001). This is from More than mere lunacy Boston Globe 06/22/09:
For all of Hitler’s neo-paganism, the Holocaust did not spontaneously spring up out of the Teutonic forest. The District of Columbia may have been carved out of the heart of tidewater slave-holding, but that crime had roots beyond the American South. Indeed, what [Holocaust Museum killer] von Brunn’s act dramatizes is that race hatred in Western culture is elliptical, and has two foci: anti-Semitism and white supremacy. In ways that are rarely understood, the former generated the latter, which then curled back as anti-Jewish genocide. Aggression of one group toward others is built into the human condition, but we are speaking of something more deadly than that - an effervescent lethality that is peculiar to the culture that comes from Europe.Tags: anti-semitism, james carroll, racism
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