As C.I. notes in the snapshot, "Muslim" is not a race.
But Anthony wants you to know that there is racism in the peace movement, racism, he saw it! Asked to back that up by the hosts, he immediately provides evidence . . . not of the peace movement.
He has no evidence. But wants to insist that Arabs were discriminated against.
In 2008, an Arab was discriminated against who believed in peace, he was repeatedly discriminated against and continues to be. He had the nerve to call out Barack as the fake Barack was and suddenly this Arab-American was called a racist.
Who was that?
I stuck up for him. As the Cult of St. Barack attacked Ralph, I stuck up for him. Where was Anthony?
Silent as usual.
There were racial barriers in the peace movement. For example, I'm a Black woman. Like many, but not all, of my race, I was raised in the church. Attending peace events under Bush meant a lot of attacks on Christianity and on Jews.
And you can pretend otherwise, Anthony does, but that's what happened.
And I talked about it and wrote about it and other Blacks I spoke with saw the same thing.
"Oh, we're just attacking the 'End of Timers'," someone at a rally would insist after. Or just the "Neocons" (not sure if that was supposed to justify the anti-Christian or anti-Jewish remarks). And the attacks on the Jewish people was blistering. Using some Jews as window dressing does not disguise your attack on Jewish people.
Did you ever think how it looked to people raised in churches? If you really wanted to increase turnout of Black Americans at the rallies, your answer was never "Hip Hop Nation." Would you go to a disco to recruit White people for a rally?
How insulting. I'm so sick of the racists like, yes, Anthony Arnove in the peace movement.
If you want to connect with the Black community you will have to do what activists have always done, bring in the Black church.
But you're going to have to stop the attacks on Christians (which, yes, does include ridiculing George W. Bush for supposedly talking to God) and you're going to have to lose the hatred towards Jews. It's not going to fly with those of us raised in the Black churches.
You want to call out THE GOVERNMENT of Israel? Feel free. But you better make it clear that's what you're doing. You better not pretend that slams on Jewish people are calling out a government.
Anthony Arnove somehow managed to miss that racism, didn't he? Managed to miss how the Black community was infantalized as, apparently, a bunch of fried chicken eating, rap loving idiots who could only be reached through the "Hip Hop Nation" because we have no sense of higher purpose or search for meaning, we're just 'savages,' right?
Repeating, if you want to reach the Black community, the road in was and remains the Black churches.
Interestingly, Michael Smith (I think it was Smith, it might have been Michael Ratner, if I had time I'd call C.I. and ask her, she can tell the difference, I can't) asked about how much having a Black, Democratic president in the White House was suppressing the peace movement, Anthony wanted to ignore the race aspect.
The Little White Boy Who Cried Racism then wants to avoid the issue of whether or not Barack's perceived race is silencing opposition to the wars.
Considering how often his Socialist Worker and International Socialist Worker have called everyone "racist" in the last three years, I find his reluctance amusing.
(Perceived race? You have a White mother and a Black father, you are not Black in the Black community. You are "mixed," you are bi-racial, you are many things. I am Black. Both of my parents are. My children are Black. Both of their parents were. I've made this point repeatedly since 2007.)
If Arnove wants to talk race and the peace movement, he might start by taking his White ass to some Black people to get their take.
"Iraq snapshot" (The Common Ills):