Jews should blame themselves for bias? None believes it but the anti-Semite
Anti-Semitism has been ascribed to many factors over the millennia, but the one with most purchase in our sophisticated age is simply that many people need an “other” to explain their failures and disappointments, for it stills the restive unconscious mind to project one’s deficiencies on others (“‘Hitler was right’: lurid bigotry of Steve West, Republican primary winner in Missouri, is revealed”, August 10).
Jews, from their earliest coherence as a distinct people, were decidedly an other. From the historical perspective, it is apparent that Jews delighted in their distinctiveness, never intuiting that the degree of difference would lead directly to a genocidal coefficient of hatred, one with which we deal to this day.
Should Jews blame themselves for donning a bullseye of bias by being different? The anti-Semite will find cover in that canard, but he will be alone.
Paul Bloustein, Ohio