Sunday, September 3, 2006

Are Muslims The New Jews? Or Just Bad News?

In an article today in the San Francisco Chronicle, Paul Silverstein, an anthropology professor at Reed College in Oregon who studies the intersection of race, immigration and Islam, makes the claim that "Muslims are the new Jews. They're the object of a series of stereotypes, caricatures and fears which are not based in a reality and are independent of a person's experience with Muslims." The funny thing is, though, I don't reacall Mein Kampf being a bestseller amongst the Jews in Nazi Germany, so I guess the analogy isn't exactly airtight. In any cae, it does lead me to wonder if they think they'll be the victims of the next Final Solution, and if the Germans will be providing experienced technical advice and assistance.

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