Sooooooooo ... I read this post, and really, really, REALLY wanted to call bulls**t.<quoted text>
"The following essay was originally published in the Hebrew journal 2005 and provoked an intense public debate. Its author, the renowned Israeli novelist A.B. Yehoshua, undertook a demanding task: to decipher the most disturbing riddle of Jewish history, to analyze and describe the quintessence of antisemitism in its various historical and cultural incarnations.Yehoshua’s thesis disputes the general intellectual consensus on antisemitism, which denies that there is any single or unique root to the phenomenon. He asserts that it is the unique structure of Jewish identity which has given birth to the venomous reaction of antisemitism—and he offers a way out of this impasse. Yehoshua’s position has outraged many but also given them much to think about. AZURE is proud to present an English translation of this essay, which embodies Zionist thought in its most daring form."
Whether or not you choose to read the essay is not important. What's important is a reasonably well educated Israeli was attempting to solve the mystery of anti-Semitsm as I attempted to address the mystery of racism by presenting a new idea (with documentation) that perhaps we have a subliminal inclination to be -------( fill in the blank with the adjectives of your choice) who look different to us.
Evidently that was too much for a few of you to bear and the dropping the "R" bomb or not quite sure if you should drop the "R" bomb proved to be a good way out from examining it with any objectivity and that's fine. I'm better informed for knowing who's open to new ideas without name calling and who isn't. It is particularly curious that "liberals" who claim to open to new ideas, were the first to accuse. I'll file that away for use at a later time.
I can't, not in good conscience.
I went back and read the original post (#175282 Friday Feb 28) you made starting this, and it's entirely consistent with what you say above. I'll freely admit I didn't expect that.
To make sure I express that again to your satisfaction, I WAS WRONG. There may not be enough paragraphs to that admission, but don't be greedy, m'kay?.
If you'd said something even close to the above to my first reply to that post (rather than giving me a "Little Miss Smarty Pants retort"), I'd probably have dropped out of the conversation entirely.
I don't think my mind is closed. I'm certainly open to new ideas, and your link above is open in a new tab. That said, I'm not sure that the notion that racism is natural, or inherent, or genetic, really is a new idea. This is not the first time I've heard people try and justify racism, or argue that we're all a little racist, or invoke science in order to do that.