Tuesday, October 19, 2004

The Borat School of Cultural Studies

From Little Green Footballs, a post about more racist shenanigans at Duke University, where they seem to have a problem with Israel.

I've linked Duke senior Philip Kurian's editorial in the title, and here are some of his sickening thoughts on "The Jews" (the title of the piece, which I hear in my head as Sascha Baron Cohen's Borat from the Ali G show says it here. Hit skip intro, then find "Defend from a Jew?" under Episode 04 on the right side).

"It is well known that Jews constitute the most privileged 'minority' group in this country. Among the top 10 universities, Jews enjoy shocking overrepresentation: Only the California Institute of Technology has an undergraduate Jewish population below 10 percent, and four schools have particularly stark Jewish advantages—Harvard (30 percent), Yale (23 percent), UPenn (31 percent) and Columbia (25 percent). Keep in mind that, at best estimate, no more than 3 percent of all Americans are Jewish.

"In his slim volume The Holocaust Industry: Reflections on the Exploitation of Jewish Suffering (2000), Jewish-American historian Norman Finkelstein argues that American interest in Judaism is 'a tribute not to Jewish suffering but to Jewish aggrandizement.' The holocaust label, he says, arose from the real suffering of European Jews during the 1930s and 1940s, in turn giving rise to the Holocaust ideology, distinguished in its capitalization. He documents economic exploitation by this 'Holocaust Industry,' which he calls an 'outright extortion racket.'”

Yes, cultural success is "shocking," because it obliterates the fantasy of all things, people and ideas being equal.

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