A socially acceptable bigotry?

Glenn Greenwald has a new post out in which he charges that bigotry against Arabs is held to a double standard in our political discourse.  He quotes as an example this outrageous statement from the editor of the New Republic:  “I couldn’t quite imagine any venture requiring trust with Arabs turning out especially well.

Wait…what?!  Did we somehow flash back to Spain in the dark ages?  Greenwald continues:

The point here is so obvious that it makes itself.  In the bolded sentence, replace the word “Arabs” with “Jews” and ask yourself:  how much time would elapse before the author of such a sentence would be vehemently scorned and shunned by all decent people, formally condemned by a litany of organizations, and have his livelihood placed in jeopardy?  Or replace the word “Arabs” in that sentence with “Jews” or “blacks” or “Latinos” or even “whites” or virtually any other identifiable demographic group and ask yourself this:  how many people would treat a magazine edited and owned by such a person as a remotely respectable or mainstream publication (notwithstanding the several decent journalists employed there)?

It wouldn’t be much time at all — and rightfully so — which is what makes the lack of apparent outcry over this rather more frightening: Even without bringing Godwin’s law into play, continued rhetorical dehumanization of a people group never seems to turn out well…

Hat tip to David Kramer at the LewRockwell.com blog.

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