THE JEWS, THE MINORITIES
AND THE MULTICULTURAL IMPERATIVE
THE GROWING PHENOMENON OF
ANTI-SEMITISM: IT'S NOT JUST A U.S.
OR EUROPEAN PROBLEM ANYMORE
DECEMBER 21, 1998
|"Jews ... have taken the lead in persuading a whole
generation that homosexuality is a normal and acceptable way of
life; that there is nothing at all wrong with White women dating
or marrying Black men, or with White men marrying Asiatic women;
that all races are inherently equal in ability and character -
except that the character of the White race is suspect because
of a history of oppressing other races; and that any effort by
Whites at racial self-preservation is reprehensible." [Please
see "Racis & Right-Wing Christianity."]
- An anti-Semitic tome from
National Vanguard Magazine
in three of the earth's eight great civilizations - civilizations
which increasingly are finding themselves at one another's throat, specifically,
(1) Western Christianity, (2) Orthodoxy, and (3) the Islamic World -
anti-Semitism has re-awakened, like some hideous phoenix, and has become
a major "player" among each civilization's radical right-wing champions.
It seems that it has fallen to the Jews once again the bad luck of playing
the villain in the "civilization drama" of all three cultures - and
the incongruity of each feuding civilization choosing as its main villain
the same "player" matters little to the right-wing partisans of each
respective civilization. It is a unique situation where the old saying
"the enemy of my enemy is my friend" does not apply. And the role assigned
to the Jews in the mythology of these right-wingers? - they are the
hated "globalists," the intellectual force behind multiculturalism,
the bankers and financiers driving the economic integration of the world
[Please see "The Elite, Money, and the End of Days"], the media moguls
responsible for the destruction of "traditional values," the destroyers
of the old Orthodox World through communism and socialism, and - finally
- the Islamic World's "Zionist
Specter" - a "nightmare" which has even "seized control of 'Holy Jerusalem'."
[Please see our series of articles entitled "Pat Robertson and Illuminism"]
The Jews, according to these extremists, are the ubiquitous "destroyers
of civilization," the ever present "civilization polluters" who emasculate
all the civilizations with which they come in contact - and, the
protestations of the Jewish community notwithstanding, there is a
kernel of truth to these allegations - though not in the sense
that these zealots mean.
The fact of the matter is, however, the Jews often do dilute the civilizations
which they impact - especially the religious undergirdings of these
civilizations. However, they do so not necessarily out of any sinister
design bent on civilization destruction, but out of motives which aim
at their (i.e., the Jews) own survival and inclusion - specifically,
the effort by Jews to mitigate those aspects of the majority culture's
religious undergirdings which exclude them, thereby creating what they
see as a more "inclusive" and "non-threatening" society in which they
too can participate as full members while not at the same time being
forced to "convert." [Please see our article, "Political Christianity."]
It is in this context that Jews have been at the forefront of removing
those religious obstacles which they perceive have limited their full
participation in society - and this is true not just with regard to
Western Civilization, but also with regard to the Islamic and Orthodox
worlds as well.
But it is in the West, and particularly in the United States, that
Jewish efforts in this regard have proven extraordinarily successful,
so much so that Benjamin Ginsberg, a Jewish political scientist, can
"... (Christian) religious symbols and (Christian) forms of expression
that Jews find threatening have been almost completely eliminated
from schools and other public institutions (in the United States).
Suits brought by the ACLU, an organization whose leadership and membership
are predominantly Jewish, secured federal court decisions banning
officially sanctioned prayers in the public schools and creches and
other (Christian) religious displays in parks and public buildings."
[Please see Benjamin Ginsberg, The Fatal Embrace (New York:
Oxford University Press, 1993)]
However, there has been a price for all this - a rage within the larger
Christian majority which appears to be growing rather than subsiding.
Jews may say that they are not "anti-Christian" and that their sole
aim has been merely to provide an atmosphere in which they can also
participate, but the clear result of all their activity over the last
sixty years has been to diminish America's majority, Euro-centered,
Jews, of course, would retort by saying that the civilization remains
for all practical purposes a "Christian" civilization if only because
the great majority of those living in the West (and in the United States)
remain Christian; all that they have aimed at is the removal of the
civilization's "rough edges." But to civilization purists, it is precisely
these so-called "rough edges" - the ones which make minorities feel
so uncomfortable - which must be guarded if the distinctive features
of the majority civilization are to be maintained, such as prayer in
the schools, the use of public Christian symbols during Christmas and
THE ORIGINS OF TODAY'S
it had been simply a matter of "toleration" that the Jewish community
had desired, rather than "full participation," there would never have
been any trouble - Jews have been "tolerated" in the West, and especially
the United States - for some time now. But what the Jewish community
has been aiming at is "full participatory rights" - something which
has persistently eluded them. What to do? Obviously, the Jews - acting
alone - did not possess the numbers adequate to cause much of a ripple
in the majority civilization. They needed allies - at least enough to
cause waves. The opportunity to form an alliance large enough to cause
such waves finally occurred in the 1950s with Martin Luther King and
the Civil Rights Movement.
Like the Jews, blacks too had felt excluded from full participation
in the majority civilization - and, like the Jews, blacks too had felt
oppressed by the symbols of that civilization: all-white country clubs,
the use of degrading racial imagery, etc. It was on this common ground
of exclusion that Jewish and black leaders began to forge their alliance
- an alliance which could command numbers sufficient enough to cause
waves. Jews contributed much of the early intellectual and legal expertise
as well as a great deal of the Movement's financial backing, while blacks
contributed the people and much of the grass roots organizational wizardry.
Just how important this alliance was to black and Jewish progress toward
"full participation" is testified to by Jesse Jackson. He writes,
"The benefits of the coalition have been clear ... blacks and Jews
worked together to pass ... (most of the civil rights laws) ... Thurgood
Marshall and Constance Baker Motley ... (worked hand-in-glove with)
Jack Greenberg and Joe Rauh ... Michael Schwerner, Andrew Goodman
and James Cheney - two Jews and a black - found a common grave in
Mississippi ... "[2 ]
And it wasn't just some haphazard process that Jews and blacks used
to achieve their goal of "full participatory rights" in the majority
white civilization - it was one which was carefully crafted and which
contained its own inner dynamic and rationale. It's been described in
detail by liberal guru Joseph Raz. Raz describes it as a three-staged
process. Raz calls the first stage "Toleration." He writes,
"It consists in letting minorities conduct themselves as they wish
without being criminalized, so long as they do not interfere with
the culture of the majority. To a considerable degree this meant restriction
of the use of public spaces and public media by the minority. It also
usually meant that all its activities were to be financed out of the
resources of the minority community - in addition to its contribution
through taxation to the maintenance of the general culture."
The Jewish community had already advanced to this stage of the process
by the end of the Second World War - and during the late 1940s and early
'50s they undertook the arduous task of helping blacks up the ladder
to this level as well. But neither community had any intention of stopping
"Toleration was eventually supplemented ... by a second liberal
policy toward minorities - one based on the assertion of an individual
right against discrimination on national, racial, ethnic, or religious
grounds, or on grounds of gender or sexual orientation ... Nondiscrimination
rights go well beyond toleration. They have far-reaching consequences
that affect the way the majority community leads its own life. Most
obviously, it is no longer free to exclude members of the minority
from its schools, places of employment, residential neighborhoods,
and so on ... Under a regime of scrupulous nondiscrimination a country's
public services, its educational system, and its economic and political
arenas are no longer the preserve of the majority, but common to all
its members as individuals."
This second plateau (the assertion of individual rights against discrimination
on national, racial, ethnic, or religious grounds) was essentially reached
in the mid-1950s and codified by the Supreme Court decision of Brown
vs. Board of Education (which ended racial segregation in the South
and in the nation's public institutions) and the 1964 Civil Rights legislation
of Lyndon Johnson's "Great Society." At this point other minorities
[e.g., Latinos, American Indians (i.e., "Native Americans"), gays and
lesbians, militant feminists, etc.] began joining up - expanding the
minority coalition and strengthening the assault against "Traditional
Finally, the third step is reached: the affirmation of "multiculturalism"
and "diversity." Raz writes,
"Multiculturalism emphasizes the importance to political action
of two evaluative judgments. First, the belief that individual freedom
and prosperity depends on full and unimpeded membership in a respected
and flourishing cultural group. Second, a belief in value pluralism,
and in particular in the validity of the diverse values embodied in
the practices of different societies. Given those beliefs, multiculturalism
requires a political society to recognize the equal standing
of all the stable and viable cultural communities existing in that
society. This implies the need for multicultural political societies
to reconceive themselves. There is no room for talk of a minority
problem or of a majority tolerating the minorities. A political society,
a state, consists - if it is multicultural - of diverse communities
and belongs to none of them."[5 ]
"Value pluralism" - i.e., the concept of politically recognizing differing
"systems of evaluative judgments" in the nation's institutions - then,
is the end of the process towards which the minority community is pushing.
In this system of thinking, all systems of "evaluative judgments"
must be accorded equal weight in the nation's public institutions
- including its system of public education. Thus, when liberals undertook
to inject textbooks which taught homosexual life-styles into the New
York public school system several years ago, it occurred not as a happenstance
incident - as some liberal apologists would have people believe - but
as part of a "natural process" which liberals were pushing - a process
which they feel is not only logical, but irresistible.
DISPLACEMENT OF MAJORITY WHITES
The process of cultural and social "diversification" - which has essentially
meant the dispossession and displacement of the majority white civilization"
- has been greatly aided by two separate phenomena which manifested
themselves propitiously (at least insofar as the minority coalition
was concerned) in the early 1950s, just as the process which Raz describes
was beginning to "take off:" the first was the stunned silence the white
community was forced into as the full extent of what the Nazis had wrought
in the name of "white superiority" during World War II became clear
- after all, how could anyone push "white pride" in the face of what
the Nazis had done? The second phenomenon was the unprecedented expansion
of the federal bureaucracy beginning first with Roosevelt's New Deal
and which continued to explode in size during and after the Second World
War - a bureaucracy which, as Professor Daniel Bell of Columbia has
suggested, emanated principally from America's more liberally oriented
college and university system and which was made up of "free thinkers,"
Jewish intellectuals and secularists to a much larger extent than was
true for the general population. For the most part, these were people
who not only did not conceive of themselves as having much of a stake
in the older Euro-based, Christian culture, but for one reason or another
actually felt threatened by it.
It was precisely this class of people who - with the advent of Roosevelt
- began moving into the new bureaucracy created by "big government,"
bringing with them their new "antireligious" attitudes and their desire
for a more multicultural society. It wasn't so much that their numbers
were actually growing as it was that their role and influence in government
was expanding. In this regard, Bell says, there has been plenty
of reason for majority whites to feel threatened - they should feel
threatened, because they are threatened.[7 ]
Why? - because, as Raz explains, what multiculturalism is ultimately
aiming at is their displacement - the reduction of their majority white,
Euro-centric, Christian-based culture to mere "equal status" with all
the other cultural communities in the country, including the gay and
radical feminist communities. It's for this precise reason that
the budget battle between Clinton and the House Republicans has been
so hotly contested: what House Republicans are aiming at isn't so much
a balanced budget as it is the emasculation of the Federal bureaucracy
- and liberal Democrats know this. Should House Republicans succeed,
liberalism in this country will be permanently crippled.
SHOCK OF MULTI-CULTURALISM
The shock of multiculturalism - especially the kind of multiculturalism
which elevates the gay and lesbian communities to equal status with
the older Christian culture - has been mind-numbing to most whites.
William Raspberry, a well known black journalist, has come closest to
understanding the nature of this shock; in commenting on the drive by
gay rights advocates to gain "employment access" to the U.S. military,
"Why does the military establishment feel threatened by President
Clinton's promise to lift the ban against gays? What is it that so
many rank-and-file Americans - including most of the ex-servicemen
I've talked to - fear will happen to military discipline and morale
if the ban is lifted? ...
"I'm guessing that if the lifting of the ban meant only that
homosexual service personnel would no longer have to lie, no one would
care very much. But the fear is that something else would change,
in unhealthy directions ...
"Lifting the ban might be easy and relatively non controversial
if it were just a matter of fairness ... But when the goal moves
beyond popularly perceived fairness and comes to condoning sexual
behavior, a lot of people - not all of them bigots - start bailing
out. There's a difference between a homosexual saying, on the one
hand, 'My sexual orientation and behavior are none of your business',
and, on the other hand, 'I demand that you acknowledge my sexual
choices as the exact equivalent of yours'."
The rage that all this is leading to is manifesting itself in white
churches throughout the country, and is made all the more dangerous
when one begins to assess the real, relative strengths of the majority
and minority communities in the country. For example, if one were to
add up all the minorities together, throw in the white feminists and
the gay and lesbian communities, it is doubtful that the minority community
could account for even 25 percent of the electorate.[8 ]
LITTLE CHANCE FOR COMPROMISE
The problem is made all the more difficult and explosive when one
begins to realize that in the end there is probably little chance for
compromise between the minority cultures which have arisen in recent
years and the older, white culture. Indeed, even a liberal like Ronald
D'Workin believes that - with regard to issues like abortion and homosexuality,
issues which are extremely consequential to important components of
the minority (multicultural) alliance - there may be no middle ground,
and Americans are only kidding themselves in thinking that there is
one. This portends very grave and ominous consequences for the future.
Alan Wolfe, professor of sociology and political science at Boston University
explains; using the issues of abortion and homosexuality as examples,
the same ones which D'Workin used, he writes,
"... abortion (and homosexuality) are matters of 'high' politics
(for the feminist and gay and lesbian communities), involving fundamental
questions about the definition of public and private, liberty and
authority, and the meaning and purpose of life ... At this principled
elevation, abortion (and homosexuality) present a tragic conflict,
like the Civil War (and the question of slavery). Each side in
the debate understands itself, and is understood by its antagonists,
as standing for a world-view that cannot be compromised."
Under these circumstances, our national discussions on questions of
morality, religion and culture have become "a language game that has
the form of meaningful communication, but is in fact merely another
form of aggression against those with whom we disagree."[11 ]
"The problem begins with intellectuals, who routinely violate fundamental
democratic principles in the way they balance the competing interests
at stake. Both a liberal such as Laurence Tribe of the Harvard Law
School and a conservative such as R.C. Sproul, an evangelical theologian,
are incapable of recognizing the legitimacy of their opponent's position
... Tribe is explicitly antidemocratic. To him, the whole purpose
of a constitution and a supreme court is to act as a check on popular
positions. Sproul, by contrast, sees government as having no other
purpose than to embody God's will - not exactly a formula for pluralism
or religious liberty."
James Davison Hunter, one of the few American writers who is trying
to understand the culture wars rather than fight them, agrees with both
Dworkin and Wolfe; he believes that new fault lines are emerging in
U.S. society which inevitably will set citizen against citizen over
questions of identity, sexuality, and private behavior - questions which
do not lend themselves easily to discussion and compromise.
In this regard, Hunter believes that a fundamental change has occurred
within the larger conservative religious community in America; they
are no longer the fractured community they once were - a fact which
had enabled liberals to run roughshod over them for so many years; they
have united. Protestants have joined forces with other Protestants,
and Protestants with Catholics in an effort to confront the forces of
"secularism," "globalism," and "modernism" which they believe threaten
to inundate and render irrelevant their larger Christian community.
Under such circumstances, their own "interfamily differences" have been
set aside in order to confront what is perceived to be a larger threat:
the destruction of their community by forces which they see as inimical
to their continued existence as a meaningful and viable community.
Hunter apparently agrees with Dr. Samuel P. Huntington, Eaton Professor
of the Science of Government and Director of the John M. Olin Institute
for Strategic Studies at Harvard University. Huntington says that -
"... world politics are entering a new phase ... (in which) the
great divisions among humankind and the dominating source of conflict
will be cultural ... The clash of civilizations will dominate global
politics ..." [13 ]
Increasing numbers of scholars are beginning to see the development
of a new phenomenon in all of the world's great civilizations - a movement
away from the globalism and secularism of the last forty years; they
believe that this is what the new "fundamentalism" is all about. It
is in this ominous context that these scholars believe the questions
of abortion, homosexuality, family, single motherhood, feminism, etc.
must be viewed. Seen from this perspective, there can be no middle ground.
Each side (i.e., the forces of globalism on the one side, and religious
or "civilization" fundamentalism on the other) is pushing for total
THE THREAT TO THE JEWISH COMMUNITY
And where do the Jews fit in all this? - although most whites would
not say so, there is a great deal of anti-Jewish hostility in their
anger; and this hostility is clearly reflected in their hate-filled
rhetoric against the A.C.L.U. Why? - because in the artful phraseology
which has over the years come to surround anti-Semitism in the United
States, the A.C.L.U. has become nothing more than a code word for
the Jews. White males perceive the A.C.L.U. to be nothing more than
the tool of the Jewish community - a Jewish community that is out to
"get them" by emasculating their Euro-centered, Christian-based civilization.
Moreover, the rhetoric directed against the A.C.L.U. is not confined
merely to the crazed fringes of the Religious and Secular Right. Well-known
and well-thought-of members of the conservative movement habitually
use this rhetoric - people like William Bennett, Jack Kemp, Bob Dole,
George Bush, etc. - and it's pretty much of a stretch to believe that
in using this rhetoric they are not well aware of its anti-Jewish overtones
- its use as a code word by the radical right against the Jews - and
that in doing so some of them - not necessarily those listed above -
are purposefully sending signals to those elements.
In the perception of many majority whites, the heart and soul -
and the financial power and brains - of their minority combatants are
the Jews [by which they mean LIBERAL Jews (most white Christians - at
least those who live outside New York - don't even realize that there
is such a thing as a "conservative Jewish community")].
Of course, what mainstream whites say in the privacy of their homes,
far-right politicos say openly and in public. Take one example, Vanguard
Magazine, of Hillsboro, West Virginia:
"Jews ... have taken the lead in persuading a whole generation that
homosexuality is a normal and acceptable way of life; that there is
nothing at all wrong with White women dating or marrying Black men,
or with White men marrying Asiatic women; that all races are inherently
equal in ability and character - except that the character of the
White race is suspect because of a history of oppressing other races;
and that any effort by Whites at racial self-preservation is reprehensible.[14
While such rhetoric used to be confined to small, radical-right fringe
groups, it can now be found in many "respectable" quarters throughout
the right-wing matrix (thanks largely to the increasing links between
"moderate" groups and far-right groups which have been nourished as
a result of the Culture Wars of the last few years) - and liberals are
making a big mistake in believing otherwise.
BEGINNING TO FRACTURE
To make matters worse for the minorities, their alliance is becoming
too unwieldy and is showing evidence of internal disintegration. To
a large extent this is the result of liberal overreach - women in combat,
gays in the military, homosexual marriage, etc. [Indeed, it's no accident
that today the largest women's organization in the country is no longer
the National Organization of Women (NOW), but Concerned Women of America
(CWA), a Christian-based organization which virulently opposes the feminist
agenda of NOW.] The fact of the matter is, the Jewish / black alliance
is all but dead - thanks largely to Louis Farakhan and the Nation of
Islam; moreover, the feminist / black alliance has splintered, a fracturing
which became especially evident during the O.J. Simpson trial. And it's
not just in the United States. Take Europe, for example: in Vienna,
Austria, newly arrived Muslim immigrants want to ban the wearing of
crucifixes by Catholic children in the public schools; the same demands
are being made by North African immigrants in France.
To Muslims, the crucifix is a symbol of grief and oppression; but
to Catholics, the crucifix is a symbol of their faith. Catholics, who
have worn their crucifixes to school for centuries in nations which
for more than a millennium have prided themselves on their Catholicism,
see Muslim demands to ban their crucifixes as an abatement of their
civilization; they are frightened by what they see as a process which
is diluting their historic culture. Multiply these problems many times
over throughout Europe as Muslim immigrants stream into Europe from
North Africa and Turkey as a result of economic dislocation, and one
can begin to appreciate the depth to which the civilization identity
of Europe is being tested - and its growing! The anxiety Europeans feel
is somewhat similar to the apprehension many white Americans are experiencing
as a result of Mexican and Latin American immigration, but insofar as
the immigration Europeans are experiencing is a non-Christian immigration,
their civilization problems are that much more severe.
White Europeans see themselves besieged by a militant Muslim fundamentalism
on the outside and a growing Islamic Fifth Column on the inside. And
they perceive themselves paralyzed from taking effective action against
this threat by multicultural elites which have captured the governing
institutions of their civilization. And again, the comparison between
what's happening in Europe with regard to Islamic fundamentalism is
mirrored in the United States by what a growing number of whites see
as a Hispanic invasion of their civilization; American whites also see
themselves as impotent to take action to protect their civilization
by a multicultural elite which - like the elites in Europe - have seized
the instruments of government.
JEWS AS THE VILLAINS -
GOD HELP US ALL
In all of this, whites are increasingly fixating on the Jews as the
"masterminds" behind their miseries and perceived "displacement." As
we said at the beginning, it seems that it has fallen to the Jews once
again the bad luck of playing the villain in the "civilization drama"
that is currently raging in Europe and the United States as "white Christians"
increasingly bestir themselves to take back their culture "for Christ
and the church." And the role assigned to the Jews in the mythology
of these "Civilization purists?" - it's the same one which Hitler assigned
them sixty years ago. To be sure, the rhetoric has been toned down,
and the use of code words tends to mask what is being said and who the
main targets are - but to those who really stir themselves to look into
these matters, there can be little doubt as to what is occurring.
Evangelicals, if they are honest, know full well what we are talking
about here. Most have heard it by now in their churches; it does
little good for them to pretend otherwise. Evangelicals need to begin
to stand against the pull of this mythology - and they need to do it
now before it really begins to take hold. The magnetism of this kind
of thinking - once it gets started - is too much to be successfully
resisted once it gets a full head of steam behind it.
God bless all of you,
- Professor Samuel P. Huntington of Yale defines eight major civilizations:
(1) Western - which includes Western Europe and North America; (2)
Slavic-Orthodox; (3) Islamic - which includes three subdivisions:
Arab, Turkic and Malay; (4) Latin American; (5) Hindu; (6) Confucian;
(7) Japanese; and (8) African. [Samuel P. Huntington, "The Clash of
Civilizations," Foreign Affairs, Summer, 1993, pg. 22-25.]
- Jesse Jackson, "No Group Has Won Its Rights Without Help," in the
Los Angeles Times, March 6, 1994, pg. M-5.
- Joseph Raz, "Multiculturalism: A Liberal Perspective in Dissent,
Winter, 1994, pg. 67.
- Ibid, pg. 67.
- Ibid, pg. 67.
- Daniel Bell, "The Dispossessed - 1962," Columbia University Forum
(Fall, 1962), pp. 4-12.
- Daniel Bell, "The Dispossessed - 1962," Columbia University Forum
(Fall, 1962), pp. 4-12.
- From "Being an American," an essay by Louis Menand, in the October
30, 1992, issue of the Times Literary Supplement. Menand is
a contributing editor of Harper's Magazine. This particular
piece was taken from Harper's Magazine, March, 1993, pg. 26.
- Please see "The Coming Face of the Culture War" in The Wilson
Quarterly, Spring 1994, pg. 74.
- Ibid., pg. 74; also see Before the Shooting Begins: Searching
for Democracy in America's Culture War by James Davison Hunter,
Free Press, 320 pgs.
- Wolfe on Hunter in "The Coming Face of the Culture War," The
Wilson Quarterly, Spring 1994, pg. 74.
- Wolfe on Hunter in "The Coming Face of the Culture War," The
Wilson Quarterly, Spring 1994, pg. 74.
- Samuel P. Huntington, "The Clash of Civilizations," Foreign Affairs,
Summer, 1993, pg. 22-25.
- By the Research Staff of National Vanguard Magazine, Hillsboro,
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