David Schraub, at The Debate Link: The Trouble with Anti-Semitism has a post up recounting a discussion on anti-Semitism:
Stop trying to silence our voices by accusing us of playing the anti-Semitism card. Stop running us together with White, European Christianity. Stop forgetting the unique issues, burdens, history, and violence that Jews have face and continue to face in an anti-Semitic world. Stop ignoring the presence of anti-Semitism as a structural, institutional phenomenon that shapes the very fabric of our society and infects the vision of all people at all levels of society
From a basic (likely faulty) recollection of Kant’s Metaphysic of Morals, we need to attempt to universalize our ethic in order to see if it is valid. That is, to imagine any moral decision as Universally applied … and if that seems ok … then the notion is moral. So, besides Jews, we have Blacks, Turks, Armenians, Ukrainian, Russian, Bulgarian, Japanese, any of a (likely) hundred or so Chinese ethnic groups, Tibetan, Mongolian, Romany, Anglo-Saxon, Catholic, and the list goes on. I’d imagine that a small classroom could generate a list of over 1,000 special interest groups (10,000+?) each staking a claim to existence and each having their own “unique issues, et al”. For each, then, Mr Schraub would have us remember the “unique issues, burdens, history, and violence that “Group X” have face and continue to face in an anti-“Group X” world.” With X a set numbering in the thousands. How exhausting. (How worthless)
What I wonder is how anyone has the energy to be liberal/progressive at that rate. My guess is … they don’t. Do they imagine they do?
Seems to me, if you treat everyone with respect (image of God and all that) you don’t have to know their individual story and past histories based on their covering/badging state. But, that’s just the simple view from the right.