Friday, April 01, 2016

Quote of the Day: Why Does Everyone Bring Up the Holocaust?

[H]e immediately said, "I'm so sick of hearing about the fucking Holocaust" (which I hadn't mentioned).
Melanie Kaye/Kantrowitz manages to distill everything I've wanted to say about anti-Semitism discourse in (less than) a single sentence.

The citation is Melanie Kaye/Kantrowitz, "To Be a Radical Jew in the Late 20th Century," in The Issue is Power: Essays on Women, Jews, Violence and Resistance (San Francisco: Aunt Lute Books, 1992), p. 99. The context was a complaint regarding a progressive radio station which used an Orthodox Jew as the sole representative of a conservative viewpoint, justified on the grounds that "I've always wanted to pick on an Orthodox Jew." The above quote came when Kaye/Kantrowitz tried to explain her shock at the "pick on" justification.

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