December 03, 2006
We interrupt this pogrom: radio test of anti-Muslim hatred
Playing provocateur, radio talk show host Jerry Klein in the Washington DC area decided the time was right to call for Muslims in America to be required to wear crescent tattoos or armbands, which drew a few outraged phone calls. But then the more interesting ones came in: "What good is identifying them?...You have to set up encampments like during World War Two with the Japanese and Germans." And: "Not only do you tattoo them in the middle of their forehead but you ship them out of this country...they are here to kill us." After an hour of tossing out this littlegreen, I mean red, meat, the host annouced that he wasn't serious and then added some comments of his own.
I can't believe any of you are sick enough to have agreed for one second with anything I said...For me to suggest to tattoo marks on people's bodies, have them wear armbands, put a crescent moon on their driver's license on their passport or birth certificate is disgusting. It's beyond disgusting. Because basically what you just did was show me how the German people allowed what happened to the Jews to happen...We need to separate them, we need to tattoo their arms, we need to make them wear the yellow Star of David, we need to put them in concentration camps, we basically just need to kill them all because they are dangerous.
He pretty much nailed the poison there.
Of course, some people would say "well Jews didnt attack us on 9/11" etc.
Well, it pretty much sucked to have done it to Japanese-Americans even when Japanese did attack us.
What's more one can always list a set of facts that make any alien group more dangerous than they are, simply because one is an ignoramus, a frightened-wuss xenophobe, or bigot, or homogeneity-freak or all of the above.
Who commits most of the street crimes (wink, we know) What was the group identity of the people who gave away American nuclear secrets to Stalin (and the disporportionate demographic of the American and early Russian Communist Parties), so that nuclear Armageddon a million times worse than 9/11 could have happened to America? What group of immigrants are in the mafia, or the drug mafia? Who are the illegal immigrant drunk drivers and criminals? Who must obey a foreign head of state who is considered an infallible deputy of Jesus Christ, and has attacked religious freedom for ceturies? What immigrant street-gang ethnic group dominated the racist violence that accompanied an attempt to violently undermine the draft when our country's survival was at stake in the Civil War? And who were the merciless savages, whose known methods of warfare, according to the United States Declaration of Independence, did not respect age or condition?
This stuff is getting out of hand; I'm glad someone pushed it to the open and held it up to light.
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Brilliant, Klein, and spot on right.
Queer, how easy it is to bring out this.
Posted by: The Lounsbury at December 4, 2006 04:47 AM
He is such a smart guy to state those contreversial remarks to see how much the americans really believed in the constiution...i gotta say it he is a smart guy
Posted by: Had at December 4, 2006 10:04 PM
It's worth mentioning that the programming on WMAL (the radio station Klein's show is on) is right wing-y in nature. Limbaugh has a spot on there for example.
So, in effect, Klein had the perfect type of listener for this experiment. Also, anyone familiar with right-wing-loonies (RWL) will know that it's not a surprising reaction at all. Although such comments have increases since 9/11, I've heard similar comments being made long before then.
Posted by: sayed at December 6, 2006 03:54 PM