I’m getting awful tired of those who blame the Jews for any and every evil that afflicts us. Anti-semitism is an age-old shibboleth, something brought out of the closet whenever activists for whatever cause need a scapegoat to explain away their particular obsession. Adolf Hitler is the best-known example, but he was only one in a long, long line of anti-semites who’ve infested history with their poison.
Now comes Randi Weingarten, president of the American Federation of Teachers, blaming Jewish pressure in part for the drive to reopen schools (which she and the AFT oppose). She’s nominally Jewish herself, but like many progressive extremists, she disregards that minor anomaly.
Union leader Randi Weingarten criticized Jews as “part of the ownership class” dedicated to denying opportunities to others in an interview released on Friday.
Weingarten—who is herself Jewish and draws a six-figure salary as head of the American Federation of Teachers (AFT)—took aim at American Jews in an interview with the Jerusalem Post. When asked about parents critical of the AFT’s resistance to school reopening, Weingarten took aim squarely at Jewish critics.
“American Jews are now part of the ownership class,” Weingarten said. “Jews were immigrants from somewhere else. And they needed the right to have public education. And they needed power to have enough income and wealth for their families that they could put their kids through college and their kids could do better than they have done.”
“What I hear when I hear that question is that those who are in the ownership class now want to take that ladder of opportunity away from those who do not have it,” she said.
There’s more at the link.
The AFT is a thoroughly progressive-infiltrated organization. It joins many others in expressing anti-semitic ideas and tendencies. The mainstream news media have ignored Black Lives Matter’s anti-Semitic tendencies, shown in brutal harshness during riots in Los Angeles, threats in New York City and encounters in Philadelphia, among others. One wonders whether the media are refusing to cover such incidents because of political correctness, or because they agree with the sentiments expressed? It’s a good question.
Basically, when I hear or see anyone blaming “the Jews” for anything, simply because they’re Jews and with no other evidence, I instantly write off the speaker(s) and their organization(s) as utterly lacking in credibility and unworthy of respect. They’re merely repeating the tired old prejudices of many generations before them. They have no originality, no foundation for their prejudices – just resentment that’s looking for a target on which to focus.
I guess we can add the AFT and Ms. Weingarten to the list of those lacking credibility and unworthy of respect.