Monday, July 20, 2009

By His Own Standard, Is Kevin Fischer an Antisemite?

Kevin Fischer has, at times, an odd standard for calling someone a "racist." Take, for example, his rationale for calling Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Donovan McNabb a racist:
McNabb, like many professional athletes, has openly expressed his jubilation about Barack Obama’s victory. The Philly QB, it turns out, had never voted in any election until this month when he, being a registered voter for the first time in his life, voted for Obama. McNabb will turn 32 years old later this month, and he has never registered or voted in his life, that is, until a black man had a shot at the White House., a New Jersey news site called McNabb’s announcement, “a stunning admission from a man of influence with a history of civic responsibility.”

This shouldn’t be taken lightly. Many blacks and whites fought long and hard for the black vote, and McNabb never considered this right and privilege important enough, until skin color was a factor.

I call that racist. I also call it far less than intelligent. But that should come as no surprise. McNabb isn’t the sharpest knife in the drawer.
(emphasis in the original)
Do read the rest of the post. Fischer devotes the succeeding paragraphs to calling McNabb stupid for not scoring a high enough score on a test he took when he was 22 years old.

I don't really understand the logic that unites the elements of this formulation, but I think it is odd that Fischer apparently keeps the "racism threshold" extremely low for McNabb, so much so that it raises the question of what Fischer considers to be a "racist."

If, by his own estimation, McNabb is a "racist" because he engaged in the passive practice of not voting, then would Fischer consider himself a racist for actively making questionable comments about Jews?

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