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nashville_brook Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Mar-14-07 01:21 PM
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41. the "controlling" language
is the hysterical language of old school racists -- as in "controlling Hollywood, financial structures" etc -- and seems to be tied to the fundamentalist fear that a non-Christian group has power and clout. They have largely abandoned that language and now aim that xenophobia at secularists.

liberals concerned with the influence of Israel on our foreign policy aren't concerned because of a clash of relgious or racial values. my perception is that they are concerned with uneven distribution of power and clout in the lobbying of our lawmakers. there's nothing inherently racist about that concern. they'd be just as freaked if it were France or Germany bending the ears of our lawmakers.

NOTICE how this legitimate concern is vulnerable to appropriation. AIPAC is a lobby with enormous power. That is a fact. Does this mean that AIPAC "controls" the US... well... they have more power than anti-war lobbyists, for instance. AIPAC has more power than any grassroots citizen's group -- but so does Wal-Mart. The difference is Wal-Mart isn't involved in shooting conflicts.

(this is tangential to your post)

when average, everyday Joe DU Poster attempts to voice his concern about this, often he uses shorthand that amounts to "AIPAC controls America." it's hyperbole, as is most poltical discourse/polemic. it's the squeal of a church mouse against what seems to be a giant tiger. the further away from mid-20th century we get, to less people even KNOW about the old school anti-semitic language and thought. FEW people younger than 30 are aware there's a subtext to the language -- it's just not a part of their experience. so, you do get a lot of "thoughtless" remarks, but it's dishonest to say that every poster who ever stepped out of the politically correct nomenclature is racist. it just isn't so. they're ignorant of the meaning of language, yes.

i would love to see a mellowing in the discouse -- i would love to see pro-Israel folks HELP DU'ers and others who aren't using the correct nomenclature before accusing them of racism. likewise i think we need to raise the bar on language sensitivity for lefties trying to discuss these issues.

instead of trying to CATCH and ACCUSE, lets use that energy to TEACH and REACH out.
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