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'I am the same as everyone else and I committed that abomination,-says my memory to me.
I am a good person and I could not possibly commit that abomination,.- says my conscience.
The voice of my conscience becomes louder and louder until a day comes when the memory is heard no more'

From the old psychology textbook on the mechanism of denial.

This is not about the Jews. On the other hand, one Russian- Jewish poet said, 'All people are Jews..,' so as I am going to talk about people, Jews are involved. Yes they are.
One of the regular authors on our site rebuffs the comment on his article in the following way (I am deliberately changing the order of words but the essence is retained), 'How can you accuse me of racism when I am married to a non- white person....' I heard that before. Growing up Jewish in the Soviet Russia, that's what you would frequently hear, 'After I married my Sara (Rivka, Dinah) I feel much better about you, people.' Yes, I have heard that a lot. I heard from the opposite side too, 'Those Russians are all rednecks but my Dasha (Masha,Vera, Nadia) is really like a genuine Jewish woman. No difference. What a surprise.'
Here is something else from the same opednews author, 'You are so naïve. I lived among those people (in this case he means Moslems- MS) and they are not tolerant. They can kill for the innocent cartoons...'
Ignorance is a bliss sometimes. Otherwise the author of that citation would know that he was not at all original at this. 'Jews are the vermin of the Empire. They live in all big cities but the they never mix with the indigenous population. They isolate themselves. Jews are irrational beings who cannot appreciate the concept of our civilization. They do not allow anyone to enter their Temple and a persistent rumor is that they actually worship the head of the donkey. They are dirty, disorderly and they hate the Greek and Roman achievements so deeply that they can promote even suicide. There were several cases recorded when Jews sentenced to death by the local Rabbinic courts could ignore those sentences and appeal to the Roman authorities. Instead they preferred to die. Such people can only be characterized as barbarians....' That was a citation from one of the oldest Anti-Semitic documents, dated Roman period and written by Apionus, one of the Greco- Egyptian priests. It looks as Apionus is resurrected. He lives among us right now, only now he is OK with the Jews; he was always OK with those whom he considered powerful. Now Apionus targets someone else.
Here is something from the recent times. In his book 'Kingsblood, the Descendant of the Kings' Sinclair Lewis rightfully stated that the Northerners considered the white people born in the South as the natural 'experts' on the black people. That's where we get from all those perverted statements and stereotypes about 'blacks being different, prone to violence, not like us, disorderly, etc.' The white men who had black concubines were especially valuable as the sources of intimate details and I am sure lots of washrooms in the plush golf clubs were filled with 'expert opinions' on the sexuality of black women as a whole. How do I know that? Here is something I have heard in the washroom of the pool in the Jewish Community Center where Russian immigrants mingle, 'Those American women are frigid. Sex with an American woman is like having sex with a log, unless she is black or Hispanic. Those are terrific. ' Hey, how about them apples? Hearie, hearie, will someone now extend the stereotype on me and my fellow-immigrants and brand my Jewish friends as sexual racists? Truth is though that they are racists. Just not the sexual ones.
Racism is a disease of the heart. It does not manifest itself by the way you treat other people. It manifests itself by the way you treat yourself. Who are you? Captain Concassier from Haiti in the novel by Graham Green 'The Comedians' was a black racist and was content with himself. He said that he did not like the color of the white skin and that for him the white people had a 'disgusting smell' Imagine that! Bush, the most powerful man in the world would be just a 'disgusting smelly whitie' to Concassier. Maybe Bush should reread that novel from time to time.
The disease of the heart starts with the inner perception that you belong to a certain group of people which are 'better'. Mind you, you have to surrender yourself as an individual first. Racism cannot be individual; to hate other people alone would be suicidal. You have to pick your gang. In sorts, racism is an ideology of the gang: We, ( Sharks, Bottlenecks, Christians, Jews, Moslems, Russians, Black people, Germans) are better than others; we are tolerant, patient, smart, educated, rational, sexually restrained, while they are NOT. And then what is left is to pick THEM. That is the power of racism: once acquired it is always with you and if one target disappears from the radar you can use it against any target you wish as soon as you are loyal to the gang. Not that the gang rewards you for that. You do it naturally.

Funny, isn't it? The majority of racists we encounter are sincere in their racism; they do not see anything wrong in what they do. Hemingway said about those people that they 'have a dignity of the hard chancre.' That is the vice is so entrenched, so enrooted that the person afflicted does not feel sick anymore. It is like a possession. Racism then transfers to the 'molecular level'- a person speaks, thinks, writes, does racism without knowing and in vehement denial. There is no escape.

And then there is no more YOU but only US and THEM. You do not just marry a woman- you marry a NON-WHITE PERSON. You do not just live with the people. You live AMONG THOSE PEOPLE. You do not think about other people as individuals. You think about HOW WE CAN DO SOMETHING TO THEM OR THEY CAN DO SOMETHING TO US. You are lost forever in that little private Hell you have created for yourself.

That is the way we get Bush, Cheney, Kissinger, Wolfowitz, Rumsfeld, Chertoff, Condi Rice and Concassier. They are soul mates in the sense that they have no soul. That's the first thing what happens to you when you acquire racism- your soul leaves you. It goes away and when you die you are deemed to wonder among the tombstones like that Baron Samedi- Saturday from the Voodoo religion, the mystical personification of the dark forces those people of Haiti fear so much. Wise people they are. Not like us.
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