I do not want today to happen. But since I obviously have no choice, I’d sort of like it to just… start. So I can get it over with.
There have been two “walkouts” from the World Conference Against Racism, Racial Discrimination, Xenophobia and Related Intolerance in Geneva….The first walkout, led by the United States, was of those countries boycotting the entire conference. These included the U.S., Canada, Israel, New Zealand and Australia—the major settler states that through genocide displaced Indigenous populations from their territory. The Netherlands, the plunderer of Indonesia, and Germany and Italy, which waged murderous wars against barely armed African populations, joined them, as did Poland, now itself a semi-colony.
A few of the largest historical despoilers and plunderers of the colonized world held back from this first walkout. France and Britain, for example, which had divided up most of Africa, the Middle East and large parts of South and East Asia, opted to participate in the conference. This gave them the opportunity to disrupt from inside—which they did a few days into the meetings.
On April 21, when President Ahmadinejad of Iran spoke denouncing the racist actions of the Israeli state against Palestinians, most of the U.N. delegates applauded the speech….However, Britain, France and the rest of the European Union countries present walked out, accusing Ahmadinejad of “racism”.
Their actions spoke louder than any words of phony concern…There has to be a vigorous struggle against racism precisely because the imperialist powers and their settler states—which for historical reasons are mostly white—have promoted racism against peoples of color and all Indigenous peoples throughout the world in order to better exploit them. The ones who wound up walking out of the conference on racism are exactly those most guilty of racism. And everyone who remained knows it."
No amount of opposition to Israel[’s military policies] can make Mahmoud Ahmadinejad a good guy. this is a world leader who insisted during his Presidency that the Holocaust is “a myth” made up by Jews to gain political power, which I guess is what the author quoted here is referring to when they say that EU reps in the UN “accus[ed] Ahmadinejad of ‘racism,’” with racism in scare quotes. The author then refers to the delegates’ objections to Ahmadinejad as “phony concern”.
(btw this is the same guy who was all “there are no homosexuals in Iran” while gay teens were being hanged in the streets so idk why queer people on my dash are reblogging this like Ahmadinejad is a right-on dude?)
you can oppose Zionist ideology, you can oppose the circumstances of Israel’s founding, you can oppose Israel’s policies towards the Palestinian people without giving a free pass to anti-Semitism. I believe in you! you can do it. you must do it. If you refuse to do it, get away from me.
Holocaust denial isn’t racism-in-scare-quotes aka Overhyped Thing, Not That Bad, Actually Fine. It’s racism full stop and it is worth turning your back on, and I have to tell my fellow progressives this why exactly?
I haven’t read in a while and I want to get back into it. If anyone has any book recommendations send them my way!
I’m going to reblog this again in hopes of someone answering.
Some of mine, in no particular order:
House of Leaves, by Mark Z. Danielewski
Tripmaster Monkey: His Fake Book, by Maxine Hong Kingston
Einstein’s Dreams, by Alan Lightman
If you liked Harry Potter, and you haven’t read the Dark is Rising series (by Susan Cooper), that’s worth picking up. It’s a shame they never made a movie out of it. (THERE WAS NO MOVIE. NO MOVIE.)
I’m kind of a big non-fiction reader most of the time: Jon Krakauer’s always fun, and I felt Into Thin Air was especially good — he made a real effort to be honest about his own biases and mistakes, and I appreciated that. Erik Larson’s Devil in the White City is amazing — I wish there was a Jack the Ripper book like that (instead of everyone always having to push their pet suspect). A Beautiful Mind (by Sylvia Nasar) is terrific. (Again, there was no movie. Never made a movie. Nope.)
So there’s a few. Hopefully someone else will add some more.
DO YOU KNOW THAT KIND OF WRITER’S BLOCK WHERE YOU ALREADY HAVE A PLOT, YOU KNOW WHAT TO WRITE BUT YOU DON’T KNOW HOW TO WRITE IT AND YOU JUST STARE AT THE COMPUTER SCREEN FOR HOURS UNTIL YOU FINALLY CLOSE THE DOCUMENT AND CURSE YOUR ENTIRE EXISTENCE
CAUSE I DO