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David Sirota and the Definition of Hate Speech

In spite of all the scrutiny of his controversial Salon article, something fundamental has been overlooked, hiding in plain sight.

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Sheryl Longin

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April 22, 2013 - 12:27 am

So much has been written (and is worth reading) about David Sirota’s Salon article, “Let’s hope the Boston Marathon bomber is a white American,” in particular, posts by Richard Fernandez, Roger Kimball, and my husband, Roger Simon, that Sirota felt compelled to write a second piece, doubling down and attempting to justify his initial thoughts. In spite of all the scrutiny, something fundamental has been overlooked, hiding in plain sight.

It is a sometimes less than admirable but nonetheless completely understandable and basic human reaction to be protective of groups with which one has a connection. When a crime is committed, people often hope that the perpetrator is not a member of said group. I am certain that many parents and relatives of individuals diagnosed with schizophrenia hoped that the perpetrator of the Sandy Hook massacre would not turn out to have a mental illness. When Dr. George Tiller, an OB/Gyn and abortion provider, was assassinated in 2009, I am certain that pro-life advocates across the country were hoping his killer would not be an anti-abortion activist. When two bombs were detonated at the finish line of the Boston Marathon, I am certain that millions of Muslims were hoping the terrorists would not be adherents of Islam.

That is not what David Sirota was doing. What if the parent of a mentally ill young person expressed publicly after the rampage at Sandy Hook that he/she hoped the killer was an Islamic terrorist? What if a pro-life advocate publicly hoped that Dr. Tiller’s murderer would turn out to be an African American gang member? That is precisely what David Sirota was doing. And that is hate speech plain and simple.

When it becomes acceptable to wish in public for people you disagree with to be heinous murderers (and without even the slightest bit of evidence), we have crossed a line that doesn’t allow for a functioning democratic society. I’d like to say that I hope David Sirota isn’t an American citizen, because his words of hate shame me, but sadly, the truth is that he is one of us and if we don’t call out his crime, we are condoning it.

Sheryl Longin is the author of Dorian Greyhound: A Novel and co-screenwriter of the movie Dick

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Mr. Sirota already has his white bomber. His name in Bill Ayers. He has dined often with the Obama's. He is unrepentant.
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And so we have come to the crux of an issue we have been ignoring for too long, possibly because it has snuck up on us. The kind of unbridled racial hate speech by 4 career racialists at MSNBC, Salon, HuffPo The Atlantic and other places would've been impossible just a few years ago.

I blame an addiction to identity, an addiction where principle is simply ignored by deciding right and wrong and who has a right to speak about racial justice simply by using a "one-drop" rule. That's insanity.

The Dem Party has been slipping towards this precipice for a long time, and they have now crossed the line from dialogues about race to accusations by race.

It is not only hate speech, but hate speech that is being mainstreamed by people who write the science fiction books and Dr. Who TV shows our children watch, into rap music, and into the news itself.

Accusations of "Islamophobia" are one thing; to do so without a hint of facts to back up the assertion is to claim hate where there is none, while indulging in hate yourself by painting an entire country as bigots merely by virtue of their identity. You can always tell someone is laying down suppressing fire when they take literally thousands of terrorist attacks, separate out the obvious common denominator of religion and reduce it to a humanist "loser" category. In short, they are lying. They are lying purposefully to protect an identity they consider incapable of racism.

As Adria Richards Tweeted right after the infamous PyCon affair, "Black people CANNOT be racist against white people."

That says it all and it is a common belief in the liberal community. In this fashion, hate speech can only be uttered by an identity, no matter how virulently hateful that speech is. In that same fashion, the wrong identity can be accused of hate speech merely by opposing a sitting black President or uttering the word "Chicago." I know that cuz Chris Matthews, the Aristotle of back alleys, told me so.

Let's start calling this what it is, and state exactly why it is what it is.
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Sheryl, you are correct, of course. But, what Sirota did...was to use his "out loud voice", for something that leftists have been doing for over forty years now.

In the phony Duke lacrosse rape case, ...the entire left...and 88 "educators" wished, hoped and prayed that the "perpetrators" would be white racist rapists. When it turned out to be wholly untrue...they stuck by the LIE...and then...doubled down on it.

Same with the Brawley case.

The Martin/Zimmerman incident...they had to invent a new phrase..."white Hispanic".

For years, the left portrayed our men in service as being "over-represented" by blacks....that whites were "cowards" who didn't serve.

All these slanders and lies serve the same purpose. To keep dividing this nation via class warfare, racial animus, gender issues, sexual orientation issues, ...whatever the left can find as a "wedge" to drive us apart.

And, whether it is true or made up out of whole cloth...is simply irrelevant to the strategy. Divide and conquer. Slander, slur and separate.


The "Big Lie" strategy is so effective, it is now taken as "truism" that "liberals" fought back all the horrific prejudice of this society.

Except...it has NEVER been true. America has ALWAYS been a country in which the vast majority of its people were willing to stand up and even give their own lives...in order to defend the rights of the oppressed.

Frankly, there has not been a period in our history where the facts are anything less than stunningly brave and heroic. But, we aren't portrayed that way INTERNALLY...and, for that very reason, by the rest of the world's leftist press.

It was white Americans who died in large numbers opposing slavery. It was Americans who died in large numbers opposing Hitler, the vast majority of them white.

Sirota and the lying left don't simply wish for white America to be evil, they NEED it to be. The Tea Party is today's perfect example. The claims of racism are complete and total fabrications. The phony "war on women" is a total fabrication.

The REAL racism in America today...is intentionally imposed upon it...by the leftist traitors who want to tear her apart.

We deserve better. But...we won't get it. Our media will never allow the truth to see the light of day.
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Prepare yourself for the violence that is coming for you and yours as White Europeans.

Organize yourselves for group defense, lawfare, political influence. There is strength in numbers....where individuals will be picked off one by one, easy prey.

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I would be happy to put my name to a high profile civil rights lawsuit against Sirota and Salon. May it be the first of many.
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It is absolutely racist hate speech. This is what you get after 50 years of liberal indoctrination: a profound sense of white guilt permeating the popular culture and whites doing backflips to disassociate with their own race and culture, going against their own instincts of pride and self preservation. It's disgusting, cowardly, and tragic. And yet in many (most?) people's minds it's cool and acceptable and actually an indicator of virtue ("I'm not like all those old racist white men"). With this in mind they believe they are immune from criticisms of racism- which has become the greatest moral terror of all white liberals (and many conservatives too). Since their hate is for their own race, they actually believe they're not racists. (It's the white power structure, you see.) What an ignorant and self serving belief. I will say it again: Just because the race you hate is your own, doesn't mean you're not a racist. It just means you're a self-hating racist.

A simple two-pronged approach to fighting back:

- Buy/create a major media network and promote conservative messages (see recent news about the Koch brothers buying the Tribune: http://www.nytimes.com/2013/04/21/business/media/koch-brothers-making-play-for-tribunes-newspapers.html?_r=0

- Develop a habit of legally challenging all incidents of racial discrimination aimed at whites (something like a conservative ACLU)

This is exactly the approach taken by liberals, and it is how after 50 years we are all brainwashed with ideas about the evil deeds of whites and traditional America, and how we are all terrified of civil rights law suits brought up by minorities.
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David Sirota is another noxious Lefty who hates himself for things neither he nor any other living white American has ever done - own slaves. Were his breed not so hateful, one could feel sorry for them.
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"Frighteningly white" - NOT RACIAL HATE SPEECH
"Frighteningly black" - RACIAL HATE SPEECH

"Negrospotting" at the RNC - NOT RACISM
"Honkyspotting" at an NBA game - RACISM

RNC - "better known as the Gathering of Pasty White People." - NOT RACIST
NAACP - "better known as the Gathering of Ashy Black People" - RACIST

"Welfare - RACIST CODE
"White Privilege" - NOT RACIST CODE
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David Sirota is not a 'jounalist' of any repute or value.
He is however an extreme, liberal sycophant for the liberal Democrats
and progressives in this country who subscribe to overt political correctness
and a horribly lax immigration system.
David Sirota is a nobody.
1 year ago
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Evan Sayet has them pegged. Here is his interview with MRC's Dan Joseph. http://www.canadafreepress.com/index.php/article/50321
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What Sirota wrote boils down to a rhetorical style question in the form of an essay and one that needed to be addressed regardless. Overall he is largely correct regarding the reaction in society to the perps. I think what you don't like is the confrontational manner he uses. Get over it. Address the substance.
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Ye', and I'm sure Sirota also hopes that the next Islamist act of terrorism be committed using those ugly-looking, black, military-style "assault rifles" instead of IEDs. How dare these stupid Tsarnaevs use bombs and illegally-owned handguns to commit their mayhem? Don't they know that there's a "war" on lawful gun owners in progress and Obama needs all the help he can get?
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IN DEFENSE OF DAVID SIROTA

In his much maligned piece for Solon about the Marathon bombers David Sirota expressed the fear that if the villaIns weren't white Americans it could spread the disease of Islamophobia and worsen the negative view most Americans have of Islam with possible reprecusions on innocent believers. But Sirota needn't feel ashamed of what he wrote or fear a coming anti-Moslem backlash. Indeed, don't anyone be misled by the religion or ethnicity of these two killers; let the truth be known that they are anti-tax tea party white supremo skin heads with hair.


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"Islamophobia" is not a "disease". It's a political tool to force people concerned about a hostile, violent doctrine to shut up.
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"and worsen the negative view most Americans have of Islam :
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too late
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"If you tell a lie big enough and keep repeating it, people will come to believe it. The lie can be maintained only for such a time as the state can shield the people from the political, economic and/or military consequences of the lie. It thus becomes vitally important for the state to use all of its powers to repress dissent, for the truth is the mortal enemy of the lie, and thus by extension, the truth is the greatest enemy of the State."  Joseph Goebbels
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