July 17, 2017

CHICAGO DYKE MARCH DROPS PRETENSE, DEPLOYS ANTI-SEMITIC TERM POPULARIZED BY NEO-NAZIS. After expelling Jews carrying Jewish pride flags at their parade, the far-left group claimed they were merely anti-Zionist. Now they’re quoting David Duke:

The term “Zio” has a very ugly history. The Southern Poverty Law Center and Anti-Defamation League have tracked Duke’s deployment of it in his anti-Semitic rants for years. Examples include “Zio control of Hollywood” and other traditional anti-Jewish conspiracies like “CNN Goldman Sachs and the Zio Matrix.” A cursory search of Duke’s web site for the term returns hundreds of unique results. Patrick Slattery, dubbed Duke’s “right hand man” by the Southern Poverty Law Center, runs a site called “Zio-Watch.” Even leftist British Labour party leader Jeremy Corbyn, no one’s idea of a Zionist (and who has had his own controversial associations with anti-Semites), has said, “‘Zio’ is a vile epithet that follows in a long line of earlier such terms that have no place whatsoever in our party.”

Responses to the March’s tweet immediately noted the slur’s provenance, but far from apologizing for their mainstreaming an anti-Semitic expression, the March doubled down.

It’s a textbook example of Tim Blair’s Law in action: “the ongoing process by which the world’s multiple idiocies are becoming one giant, useless force.”