This is one of the more painful examples of hatred I’ve seen, mainly because it represents a paradigm shift regarding race/religious hatred and its acceptability in modern culture.
Patricia McAllister was interviewed during an Occupy LA protest and stated that “Jews have been run out of 109 countries throughout history, and we need to run them out of this one.”
One of the aspects of the statements she made which are most worrying to me is her repeated addition of “Zionist” as a forethought.
The same thing happened across the USA and in the UK when referring to Islam, “fundamentalist” Islam, post 9/11.
It’s a modern qualifier, a way of justifying racism and bigotry, it’s a screen to try and add some form of legitimacy to a person’s hatred.
I find it abhorrent that this woman, this African American woman, this educated woman, this educator, could spout this kind of hatred.
It’s not legitimate, making broad generalisations based on someone’s ancestry is erroneous, it’s horrific and perpetuates some of the worst human rights tragedies in our world.