White privilege masquerades as anti-racism
Publisher: Yves Engler's Blog
Date Written: 29/08/2014
Year Published: 2014
Resource Type: Article
Cx Number: CX21189
Why does a demonstration of hundreds of people against "anti-Semitism" in Toronto seem more like a march for white supremacy than a rally against racism?
On August 20, reported the Canadian Jewish News, several thousand took to Bathurst Street under the slogan "We Will Not be Silent: A March Against Global Anti-Semitism." The demonstration was organized by United Jewish Appeal Federation of Greater Toronto, the Centre for Israel and Jewish Affairs, Bnai Brith Canada, Canada Israel Experience, March of the Living Canada and the Jewish National Fund (JNF) Canada.
If one were to take the organizers' slogan seriously this demonstration was among the largest anti-racist mobilizations in recent Canadian history. But, unfortunately it was little more than a group of "white" people calling for the further subjugation of "brown" folk.
Photos and articles suggest that many among the racially homogenous crowd carried Israeli flags and celebrated that country's recent military onslaught on Gaza. The Times of Israel reported: "The purpose of the march was passionately summed up in Bill Glied's closing remarks: 'Thank God for the IDF. Thank God for Israel. And remember together we must stand. Never again!' "
Despite shrill voices claiming otherwise, most objective evidence reveals anti-Semitism to be a mere shadow of its former oppressive character.