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Anti-Semitism And Wall Street

When callers come on the show we never know exactly where they’re headed. Today, a caller “Scott” made a fairly common complaint about the effect of Wall Street hijinks on Main Street and the national economy, then slipped right into a short rant about “Jewish bankers.” We took his line down, took him off the air. One of our full-hour guests laughed, or gasped, nervously. I said something like come on, there are all kinds of bankers, and the show went on.

For the record, we have no interest in that kind of smearing attack on any quarter. It’s a rarity at On Point precisely because, I like to think, we so steadily encourage respectful, sober consideration of the world. Is it a world that includes anti-Semitism? Sadly, yes. When those attacks come, should we drop everything and convert to a seminar on prejudice versus respectful, humane discourse? Well, maybe a bit more than I did today. But respectful and humane discourse is what we try to encourage, to model, everyday. Not mamby-pamby, but full-throated investigation of our world grounded in honest respect.

Indeed, there are all kinds of bankers, and bakers, and candlestick makers. Every stripe. Our goal is to look at the fact whole and without prejudice. We try by example to encourage our listeners to do the same. Every day.

-Tom Ashbrook

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  • Lindsay Jaroch

    I gasped when I heard that but thought you handled it perfectly. you always know how to get the subject back on track and/or stop these kinds of comments. Thanks for not letting it ruin the show!

  • Anonymous

    As a Jew with no connection to banking or wall street I was appalled but hardly surprised by that mans anti-Semitic remark.
    A lot of Jews do work in banking, so do a lot of African Americans and Irish Americans as well as WASP’s. The issue is that in economic downturns people look for scapegoats. Being the illegal immigrants or Jews. It’s disgusting and it’s no joke. On Here and Now the other day there was a segment on white supremacist which had a boat load of vile comments by the very people in the show. These people are now poised to make some real inroads into the mainstream of society and that caller’s comment was just one more example of how the ugliness of our society and human nature gets turned on when the economy is in a downturn. We as a nation really need to take long hard look at ourselves and what it is we stand for. I for one hope that intolerance, ignorance and bigotry should be shown for what it is.
    A ugly dangerous path that can lead to the election of demagogues and the sanctioning of pogroms against the weaker members of society.    

  • Ravmcl

    Good response posted above. I’m listening and am astonished the host has not repeated the written disclaimer on the show on the air.

    • Jonathan Rosenstein

      Agree….I think it is crucial for Tom to make a statement on the air. I appreciate Tom’s statement here on the wbur website but most people who heard the offensive comments will not have had the opportunity to read Tom’s statement. My wife and I were very disappointed in Tom’s failure to rebuke the hateful comment on the air. It could have been done in a very brief but clear statement and then returned back to the topic of discussion. 

  • Rabbi Perry

    Thank you for taking the time to comment. As a rabbi and as a Jew, I was so upset when I heard this exchange, that I called the station and reported the comment.  From a listener’s point of view, no significant response other than the laugh or gasp seemed to be made at all. I am a regular listener of your show and I have heard you take a more serious stand in the past to other people’s insensitive and prejudiced comments.  That is why I was so surprised by what seemed like the lack any kind of clear  reaction today.  Simply taking his line down is not enough because it leaves the listeners thinking that hateful speech is accepted by the fellow guests and host on the show.   

    I understand clearly the tension of wanting to have a show in which diverse viewpoints can be shared and thoughtfully discussed; that is what I personally like about the show.  I think that the only way for people to learn to work together is to first learn to listen to each other better.  I have spent much of my career doing this type of bridge-building. I do think, however, that there are limits and when those limits of respect are crossed, I think  that it is imperative and not an issue of political correctness, to say one does not accept prejudicial, ignorant slurs of any kind.  This does not end appropriate, genuine discourse, but rather promotes it by helping all parties to feel respected.

    In my work as a rabbi I have been involved in developing my local town’s school anti-bullying program and in our synagogue’s High School program, our students have developed a program to teach their peers about bullying.  The slogan they developed is “Stand Up, Don’t Stand By”.  Moments when people like “Scott” call in are moments for us to stand up.  I am saddened by the regularity with which my students tell me about serious anti-Semitic comments they hear in schools.  The bad economy has helped to worsen this situation.  How can our students stand up to these comments if the adults in their lives don’t speak out as well?  This type of hate speech can clearly be directed toward any minority and in each case we must have the courage to say no to the ignorance.

    • Anonymous

      Well said Rabbi, and I too was surprised by Tom’s lack of response. Jack Beatty who is on the show on Friday’s once took a caller to task over the same kind of nasty comment.
      I wish Tom had done the same thing, but maybe he was just taken aback by that mans ignorance and intolerance.

      • http://www.richardsnotes.org Richard

        I remember that show and Tom should keep that tape handy and play it when these things happen. The term used then was “Jewish banking cabal” but it’s all the same stuff.

        It’s important to educate people, not just call them out. No doubt for every caller with warped views like this there are 20 listeners who hold similar views who are not calling in. Best to let the entire listening audience know how wrong-minded this thinking is rather than simply cut it off in a “politically correct” sort of way.

      • Anonymous

        I believe it is the same caller.  His voice is distinctive and I think he went by Scott then too.  In the past I had heard him on some other Boston stations with the same crap. 

    • TrailOfTears

      As the daughter of a European Jewish father and an Irish-Cherokee mother, I am often struck at how oblivious most of my fellow Americans are to the absolute genocide perpetrated upon the first Americans to such extent that very few Native Americans walk this earth anymore. 
      Where are the tears for my mother’s people? 
      As many sit and offer advice on what they consider the limitations of free speech to be, they are sitting on land that was forcibly taken from indigenous peoples who had no voice at all…
      In fact, in many states, it was still a common practice to place a monetary “bounty” upon the heads of our nation’s First People, as well as forcibly take their children away to ‘assimilation” boarding schools.
      Additionally, does anyone “stand up” for Muslim Americans, also a Semitic people, when they are maligned and the target of hatred ? How about the racial profiling that is still rampant within our country?  Where is the collective outcry for those unlawfully detained? Or is sympathy to be only directed at one’s own?

      • Hidan

        “Additionally, does anyone “stand up” for Muslim Americans, also a
        Semitic people, when they are maligned and the target of hatred ? How
        about the racial profiling that is still rampant within our country?
         Where is the collective outcry for those unlawfully detained? Or is
        sympathy to be only directed at one’s own? ”

        Selective outrage while the comment was of course bigoted it’s nothing close to what Onpoint allows both by  it’s guest and posters. Tom has had on Mona Charen who referred the health Care bill as Obama’s Tar Baby, Mark Williams who wrote the Slaves like being slaves to Lincoln, Nadia Matar who called for the assassination of abbras in a NY synagogue and believes all Palestinians are terrorist and called them such and has been on tom’s  show. Tom has also allowed and often brings on Jennifer Rubin who retweeted a blog post by Rachel Abrams calling for feeding Palestinians to the sharks.
        Tom’s response (at least to the tar baby comment) was that he wants to allow diverse views on the show even one’s he disagrees with.  The moderator allows for posters to personally call others jihudist,terrorist, label all Muslims as terrorist,violent and whatever name such poster chooses while if one were to respond labeling the poster a Jewish supremacist the comment is deleted,blocked or worst. Tom even qoutes Glenn Beck, Rush L, who have widely been known to make racist comments. Tom also had a whole show on birthers and invited them on. Pull up any show on illegals or immigrants and see the racism come out. Tom even had on guest who blame the financial collapses on minorities buying McMansions. Just a few weeks ago, a commenter on global food supply or something along that lines made a comment about blacks using the N word, this comment stayed even though being reported and emailing the staff till about a hour before the program started. I don’t recall tom in any of the cases above taking the time to create a thread to talk about it. Of course Scott comment was bigoted but it seems a double standard of how Onpoint covers such bigotry in regards to Jews as opposed to blacks,Latinos,gays, Indians, Muslims, etc. Never once heard tom talk about the racism arab’s face within and outside of Israel

  • Ingie

    Hate speech is hate speech. I just listened to your broadcast. Your response was not shock or any reproach other than “Thank you very much and let’s go on to our next caller”.  If you had any guts you would have at least disassociated yourself from the caller.  I am pissed and I support NPR.

  • miro

    Whenever I hear  comments like those of the caller, I immediately wonder whether the speaker is connected with a Lyndon La Rouche (cryptofascist) political cult. They are usually the most visible and outspoken proponents of those views, and  my impression is that they are the ones responsible for the Obama-as-Hitler posters that were seen at Tea Party rallies (and on the fringes of some Occupy events as well).

  • Eva Kaplan

    In the Middle Ages Jews were not allowed to practice most trades but only Jews were allowed to be “Money Lenders”.  Thus, the profusion of “Jewish Bankers” and animosity at the Jews who were demanding their loans back, With Interest,  i.e. see Merchant of Venice.  This form of Antisemitism is centuries old but never seems to die, regardless of circumstances.  Your completely inadequate response seemed more of an agreement that rebuke let alone denunciation of the vile remarks that had just been made.  Would you have been that mild in response to a caller using the N word?  I doubt it.  Anti-Antisemitism used to found mainly in the extreme Right of the political spectrum.  Since the adoption of the Palestinian cause by the Liberal Left, Anti-Semitism seems to have found a new home there as well. 
    As the daughter of Holocaust Survivors, former NPR supporter, and rabid Democrat, I am heartbroken.

    • Ellen Dibble

      If only Jews were still, today, allowed to be the bankers, lending and investing and guaranteeing the kind of liquidity that has enabled so much of capitalism, then I think a remark about what “the Jewish bankers” got us into would have some validity.  “Banker” would imply Jewish, and if people weren’t aware of this, now and then someone would point it out.  Beware of money changers in the temple, and let everybody proceed on immediate earnings or direct benevolence/charity, or Caesar’s planning — the Christian approach.  However, as Tom pointed out, it is no longer the total purview of Jews.   One thing I am thinking, how many bankers are atheists?  Maybe not that many, because …. I won’t get into it.  
          By the way, I noted the caller who made that “Jewish bankers” remark was indeed re-addressed by Tom, not exactly “called on the carpet,” and perhaps it takes a Rush Limbaugh type to deliver a scalding, scathing attack about how-could-you-possibly-think-that.  But the caller had rung off, and was not available for further discussion.  
      Had the show launched into an opportunity for the caller to enhance his single-word comment into a whole-sentence diatribe, or more, we’d have had a show deteriorating, and no longer “on point.”  Yes, stereotyping and bullying and scapegoating, as our institutions prove inadequate to our problems, need to be “addressed,” pretty relentlessly — humans being what we are.

  • miro

    If the caller does have a provocateur agenda to engage the host to whip up controversy and therefore attention and interest, then probably Tom did the right thing in simply ignoring it and moving on.

    (But I find myself cringing daily when conservatives casually sneak in ideological catch-phrases like millionaire “job creators” or “entitlements” and these entire false constructions go unchallenged. Too much goes by on the program that reflects underlying political beliefs that need more critical discussion and debate. It is very difficult to include a full spectrum of political opinion and be thoroughly critical — the discussion can easily bog down over arguments about assumptions. One needs to pick one’s fights judiciously, and Tom as a host does a pretty good job doing this).

    I think, however, if these kinds of comments persist, here and elsewhere, then perhaps they need to be addressed head on in a discussion that is devoted to anti-semitism and other forms of political scapegoating that we typically see on the far right (e.g. against immigrants, gays, muslims, unionists). If the economy gets worse, we are likely to see more, not less, of this ugliness.

  • Teachers in 02138

    The lack of on an the air rebuke, or even disassociation on today’s program is frankly one of the most confusing and odd moments in recent NPR programing. Imagine if the caller had made similarly hateful comment about Blacks, or Women or Arabs — there’s no way the response would have been so hum — indeed, even when a caller made a disparaging remark about another political party on a recent show, they were taken to task on the air. Please do speak to this on the air. Thanks.

    • Alec Volkman

      Incendiary remarks against Arabs and Blacks have become the part of American ethos. I would argue that Jews are a stronger protected class than any of the groups mentioned in your comment. Heck, even a modest criticism of Israel is hastily characterized as ‘anti-semitic’. With that said, what the caller said is offensive and in poor taste.  

      • Anonymous

        If you noticed that every Jewish person who commented on this subject did so in with the idea of hate speech is the problem. Not who it is aimed at, as you seem to want to do.  This kind of speech hurts all of us including the ones who are perpetrating this kind of speech.

  • Dinespit

    I don’t fault your response, given you were taken by surprise by an unrelated topic. All I’d say is this would obviously be an interesting topic itself for a segment. Political correctness would normally exclude the positive idea that secular Jewish culture is a strong influence on Left. Who’s Jewish among the progressive reformers never seems to be discussed publically as much as which neo-cons are Jewish.

  • Anonymous

    I heard that segment – it really wasn’t clear the caller was going in this direction until he dived into it.

    And I think it was handled appropriately – rather than let it derail the conversation, you moved on. If every inflammatory comment drew it’s own conversation, you’d eventually have nothing but these folks each trying to grab the floor for a minute.

    • Patrick

      In other words, the show would come to resemble the comments section

  • Keen Observer

    “During times of universal deceit, telling the truth becomes a revolutionary act”.

    George Orwell

    • Anonymous

      What are you meaning by this comment?
      I hope it’s not what I think it is.

  • MichaelP

    Thank you for addressing this.  It should lead to a program on prejudice rather than let go that incredible rant.  I know that Tom was taken by surprise, but it’s now appropriate to take on that issue. And would you please go to Google and look up Ad Busters and take a look at the anti-Semitism voiced by the man who inspired the “occupy” movement.

  • Nic

    So apparently the comment was cut out of the podcast?  Cause I stream the show and I have no idea what any of you are talking about.

  • Nel

    I heard that and was shocked but (unfortunately) not surprised that a caller let drop that kind of anti-semitic remark.  It was one that you really couldn’t see coming at all in the rest of what he said until he let it drop. I think it would have been helpful to calmly but clearly label that and anti-semitic remark before moving onwards and also mention that that prejudice might deserve it’s own separate coverage. But I do understand the gasp and then not wanting to let that kind of hate sidetrack the discussion. I agree with the other people who posted that they have also been disturbed by other slurs and hate-filled speech used by other guests at times.  At the same time I often admire Tom for his equanimity in the face of strong and strongly negative views, which helps real dialogue occur in some cases.

  • http://c-realm.com KMO

    “Our goal is to look at the fact whole and without prejudice. We try by example to encourage our listeners to do the same.”

    Tom, I love the show, and I think you do an admirable job moderating conversations on complex subjects, but I don’t see how you can “look at the fact whole and without prejudice” if anyone who puts the words “Jewish” and “banker” together is exiled to oblivion before they reach the end of their sentence. 

  • Imran Nasrullah

    I have been watching the controversy regarding Lowes withdrawing sponsorship of All-American Muslims at the behest of a right-wing christian fundamentalist group in Florida.

    And as discouraging as the call made into On Point regarding Jews and Wall Street, the same bigotry at a far more organized level exists against Muslims.  For Lowes to comply with the paranoia of right wing bigotry, to the detriment of a minority religion and population, dishonors their brand.  Muslim families are hardworking, home building, and family building people, consistent with their brand as All-American Muslims shows.  Lowes needs to examine why decided to sponsor the show in the first place, and why it made sense then, and why it makes sense now.

    The Florida group’s claim that show features only moderate Muslims and not extremists crosses over into ridiculousness! Should shows featuring Jews in America only show Jewish bankers? Should television shows featuring catholics, feature only pedophile priests? Or Black Entertainment Channel only show gang-bangers?

    Despite the Florida group’s attempt to impugn moderate muslims by associating them with some imagined Jihadist agenda, what better way to demonstrate Muslims are not extremists and not aligned with Jihadis in any way, than to show you what the average Muslim worries about?

    Maybe All-American Muslim should highlight the bigotry they are experiencing at the hands of the Florida group, and the pernicious effect hate groups have on commerce.  I am sure the shareholders and management of Lowes may appreciate that.

    I would like On Point to cover this topic and take these same people to task, as has been done by this lone-caller.

    • JohnDoeChicago

      I support this comment.  It is astounding what bigotry exists and how it feeds on fear and hatred.

  • agar

    The man’s opinion is not illegal, and the comments concerning the best way for Tom to go about suppressing it betray a real lack of interest in the way discourse is supposed to happen in America. The idea of “Jewish bankers” and the implication of a cabal is not a hate crime or an incitement to violence. Just a very, very old and still widely held prejudice. Let the Anti-Defamation League fire up their righteous-indignation machine. But they have to play by the rules, like everyone else. And the rules say that people, informed or not, get to say mean things about you once in a while. If they think that the utterance of mean things puts them in harm’s way, then they probably do not want to be anywhere near America’s brand of public discourse. We have no shortage of crises, present and impending, and not one second to spare for this sort of nonsense.

    • Anonymous

      No sorry you are wrong. Free speech does come with responsibility. On Point does have a responsibility to at least try to manage the callers who come on and incite hatred. The Supreme court has said that when one cries fire in a crowded theater that it’s not free speech.
      The same is true in this instance or any other where by speech is used in the public domain to foster hatred of a minority or anyone else for that matter.

      • KnowYourEnemy

        Great post/reply, jeffe68. Should we criticize bankers whose greed ruined the world economy? You bet. Should we point out that there are more Jews among top bankers, relative to their percentage of the population? Absolutely not. I don’t even know if that’s true, but it’s the kind of thinking that we must preface by asking the question, “why is this relevant?” Unless we want to replay the same old racism that has never done anyone any good, we had best stick to criticizing what people *do* rather than who they *are*.

        • Anonymous

          For the record, it’s not true.
          Bank of America, the nations largest bank does not have one Jewish person in the top positions. In fact of all the top 5 banks in this country none of them are headed by Jews. Not that would matter.
          It’s like saying all Asians are good at math.
          I was married to one and she was not good at math. I’m Jewish and I’m not rich, nor am I working for a bank. Not one person in my family works for a bank. I have some wealthy relatives one of whom is a lawyer and the other made out well in the computer technology field. These people who are posting this disgusting crap about percentages of Jews in banking are nothing more than small minded people airing their prejudices in public. It’s pretty simple, you can dress put lipstick on a pig, but it’s still a pig.

    • Anonymous

      Tell David letterman that as he preaches from his pulpit every night,or wallstreet,or the rest of the Jewish controlled box we have in our front rooms,that we all seem to pay so much attention too…not to mention how long has this middle east bull been going on and why do our leaders go kiss the ring after elected and who was bill clinton and who was Obama stop acting as though the Jewish people are above reproach and beyond imposing their power on our country,that is simply childish and manipulative!!

  • Bill

    The speech in question is prejudiced and even today somewhat dangerous, though, I’d say, not to the degree of much more prevalent “Muslim terrorist” speech.  But, since banking (unlike terrorism) is an overall beneficial activity (albeit one, like all activities, plagued by ignorance and discrimination), there is a significant political-historical-economic discussion to be had about Jewish bankers, even if that discussion will inevitably be more troubling than hypothetical conversations about (for examples) Muslim, rich, gay, or Republican, (etc.) bankers.

  • William Powe

    Who defines what antisemitism is or racism in general? Do unpopular groups use charges of racism to defeat their enemies?
    Are the ever prevalent charges of Racism and political correctness setting up a victim Olympics where the group that can claim the most abuse wins the prize? Is the Holocaust now
    the top prize in victimization of all time and thereby have Jews
    won the victim Olympics forever over other groups such as blacks, women, gays etc. Once a group wins special status
    as a victim group does it ever give it up or do they keep that
    status eternally?
    Is is racist to notice one ethic group controls the levers of power more than another in certain industries like banking, media or finance. Are charges of antisemitism a way to immunize criminals from justice? Is it antisemitic to ask questions?

    • Anonymous

      Your comments are absurd and speak more to the issue of using victims of horrible events to further ones own political and world views. It is racist to say Jews run the banks. Period. If you don’t understand that then you have a problem. By the way Bank of America’s CEO is not Jewish. Nor is the CEO of Citigroup or JP Morgan Chase.
      John Thain, who ran Merrill Lynch is also not Jewish.
      Nor was the CEO of Morgan Stanley. This list comprises the largest financial institutions in our nation, all of them are or where run by by people who were not Jewish. Go figure.

      It is antisemitic to use the guise of asking questions when one is trying to excuse ones thinly disguised prejudices.
      Which is what I see in your

      • Anonymous

        Sorry meant to hit reply,ok look at the list of not only what the jews own and are founders and co-founders of what they are ceos,cfos of and the like,  look at board members and the rest,go look at ALL of what the jews own ,run and have an interest in.Your power is disproportional,inordinate and leveraged and what you people do with it is,self referential to the extreme and it feels like a takeover of our country!Iam sorry a few of your people do great good,just now its a greater evil and you know it, if you dont put your head in the sand or perhaps,I could bring you and your family to the working class poor side of Chicago here and remove you from your matrix or maybe you know but wont say…whatever

        • Anonymous

          I’m not rich or powerful, none of the members of my family were or ever where.
          My fathers father worked in the Brooklyn Navy Yards. My mothers father owned a small deli. My parents were middle class.
          I’m middle class and do not have any power.

          I’m doing a lot here to control my rage in terms of dealing with such a specimen of human being as you sir.

          You’re not fooling me. Even though the producers seem to think that by posting some BS about hate speech lets them off the hook. Then they let the real jerks on who post nothing but garbage.

  • Michaelp

    Some people do seek easy answers, in targeting specific scapegoats. I have indigenous new friends in Hawaii, whose nation was invaded long ago. So many lives were lost. Now these friends are seeking a return of some of their lands, and complained to me that the Jews are against them. I asked for clarification and found that two nearby synagogue congregations, not all Jews, had their own ideas about this dispute. I let these friends know that, in the Holocaust, six million lives were eliminated from my tribe alone. As our discussion deepened these new said that I was also part of their own tribe. I was adopted by them. They just had to get to know me and how my beliefs coincided with their own.
    (It takes constant awareness and speaking up to combat prejudice. Please go to Google, look up Ad Busters and take a look at the anti-Semitism voiced by the man who inspired the “occupy” movement. I was curious about the origin of the movement and astonished with what I found).Here’s a link:http://www.google.com/search?client=safari&rls=en&q=ad+busters+anti+semitic&ie=UTF-8&oe=UTF-8

    • Anonymous

      Yes who did you help,the indigenous or the Jews?Do I have to ask.

      • Anonymous

        You think you are being clever. But you’re not.

  • Anonymous

    CRITICISM
     For truth is among other things our servant.
     It lies upon uncensored criticism to act as a tool or venue for discussion and discernment that we may become anti or for this or that, as a result of this uncensored discussion.
     We must fear any few who would censure or constrain criticism,
     for to make the criticism of anything synonymous with being anti ,and then to make being against(anti)a wrong in itself,
    is against our true principles and can make slaves of us all, economic and otherwise any entity or people or ideology, who have the power for instance to make this criticism an evil, and we allow this to stand(political correctness)then we are in deep waters.
     
    First this is against our principles, we are meant to be judged on our actions, also it is human to be against or for, anti or pro anything, and all things should be judged by degree as life truly is ,
    a man may be anti baseball lets say and criticizes the greed of the players maybe ,and maybe rightfully or the ownership’s greed and excesses, what about them), though he cannot go throw rocks at them on the field.
    So his criticism may reveal the truth, this is profitable for man,baseball fans maybe
    to throw rocks would be going beyond the degree allowed by this protected criticism,
    it is an action that by degree is an excess, a rightful action based on this belief would be say boycotting the game,(such as those who would criticize say the actions or principles of a Jewish man are automatically anti semitic, this is dangerous ground and very unhealthy)
    this calling a thing anti and then calling any anti that is by degree acceptable, unacceptable, is a form of disempowerment, censorship, therefore a tool of the powerful, and tyrants of many stripes. Political correctness and respect are not one and the same.
     
    For me ,let me say, it is  about taking each man based on the content of his character (King),his action, and not characterizing falsely any criticism of this man, and judging the criticism based on its degree of legitimacy, not even on the man, because the truth of a thing is based in itself, not its source, or manmade genesis. It is not based in who supposedly is authorized to say it, or considered legitimate in their person or duty, such as a judge maybe or one of the so called experts, who this source is ,is secondary to the merit of a thing, its internal merit.And judging the legality only of the attendant actions. When and if the criticism becomes action in itself would be the only question,now that being said,look at the response of the Jewish people,you truly represent a united people,it is a thing to be proud of,this great unity is recognized by those around you.You yourselves recognize this!Because of this whether it be in business or any other capacity between choosing lets say a Jew to socialize with or too promote,you ineveitably would choose the Jew,would you not?When it comes to the issue of money,well it confers the ability to make choices,to grow,to be healthy and happy,to protect and guide ones family to survive and thrive does it not?When confronted with a situation where money will change hands and it is between a Jew and a gentile,that money,this survival tool will go to the jew will it not?(If all else is equal,lets say)Magnify that many times over and you have quite a powerful matrix do you not?So you too practice a prejudice,this is human stuff,you too are racist and liars because of it are you not?Do a self survey at this point!As far as power goes,I checked, the Jewish people are about 2 percent of the population,with about 700,000 living at or near poverty level,but let me list some Jewish strongholds where like it said aloud or not ,they are Jewish strongholds (and quite frankly,to imply that the Jews are not also a faction,say like a Buschs faction is just Childish and intentionally misleading….though I understand why….,that would make people nervous,besides say a david letterman taking full advantage of his pulpit and the obvious powerful support of The jewish for Barrack Obama a man few knew before his election,and Bill Clinton,who was your boy…True or not true?the power of the media is exponentially more significant then any other political mechanism around and if I were to list the founders,co-founders,ceos and board member of Jewish persuasion,on the airwaves it would be basically every provider you ever heard of,the same works for Google,Facebook,Disney,New york times,levi strauss,calvinklein,oracle,packard bell,compaq,Dell,the ceo of microsoft,home depot,starbucks,time warner,warner brothers,21 century fox,this list is just part of what I could remember,its filled with an extremely disproportionate amount of power and wealth.The list with wallstreet,banking,real estate etc is tweenty times loger then what I could remember here….not to mention your great en masse representation on lower levels of wealth and power…..on wallstreet,in the banking industry,finance,(the new priest) the lawyering profession including the wealth defense industry the list goes on ad infinitum!!! now what were you saying about power?Look it disproportionate and one of the many things that angers people is the Jews named just now and those who control financial instrumentalities throughout government are using your power to enhance your stature and each others stature at the expense of our nation and our middle class.You are indeed not beyond reproach and very much subject to criticism and a full articulation of such and a total eveluation of your behaviuor and instrumentalities.To say that the Jewish people do not act as a faction is childish.   
    And judging the legality only of the attendant actions. When and if the criticism becomes action in itself would be the only question,now that being said,look at the response of the Jewish people,you truly represent a united people,it is a thing to be proud of,this great unity is recognized by those around you.You yourselves recognize this!
    Because of this whether it be in business or any other capacity between choosing lets say a Jew to socialize with or too promote,you ineveitably would choose the Jew,would you not?When it comes to the issue of money,well it confers the ability to make choices,to grow,to be healthy and happy,to protect and guide ones family to survive and thrive does it not?When confronted with a situation where money will change hands and it is between a Jew and a gentile,that money,this survival tool will go to the jew will it not?(If all else is equal,lets say)Magnify that many times over and you have quite a powerful matrix do you not?
    So you too practice a prejudice,this is human stuff,you too are racist and liars because of it are you not?Do a self survey at this point!
    As far as power goes,I checked, the Jewish people are about 2 percent of the population,with about 700,000 living at or near poverty level,but let me list some Jewish strongholds where like it said aloud or not ,they are Jewish strongholds (and quite frankly,to imply that the Jews are not also a faction,say like a Buschs faction is just Childish and intentionally misleading….though I understand why….,that would make people nervous,besides say a david letterman taking full advantage of his pulpit and the obvious powerful support of The jewish for Barrack Obama a man few knew before his election,and Bill Clinton,who was your boy…True or not true?the power of the media is exponentially more significant then any other political mechanism around and if I were to list the founders,co-founders,ceos and board member of Jewish persuasion,on the airwaves it would be basically every provider you ever heard of,the same works for Google,Facebook,Disney,New york times,levi strauss,calvinklein,oracle,packard bell,compaq,Dell,the ceo of microsoft,home depot,starbucks,time warner,warner brothers,21 century fox,this list is just part of what I could remember,its filled with an extremely disproportionate amount of power and wealth.The list with wallstreet,banking,real estate etc is tweenty times loger then what I could remember here….not to mention your great en masse representation on lower levels of wealth and power…..on wallstreet,in the banking industry,finance,(the new priest) the lawyering profession including the wealth defense industry the list goes on ad infinitum!!! now what were you saying about power?
    Look it disproportionate and one of the many things that angers people is the Jews named just now and those who control financial instrumentalities throughout government are using your power to enhance your stature and each others stature at the expense of our nation and our middle class.
    You are indeed not beyond reproach and very much subject to criticism and a full articulation of such and a total eveluation of your behaviuor and instrumentalities.To say that the Jewish people do not act as a faction is childish.  
     

    • Anonymous

      I’m not sure how to put this other than to say what is obvious. You’re not fooling me with the wordy tome.
      You are making excuses for hate speech and trying to put the blame back on those to whom the speech is directed.

      (such as those who would criticize say the actions or principles of a
      Jewish man are automatically anti semitic, this is dangerous ground and
      very unhealthy)
      What a load of crap, pure and simple.

      Then you go on to say:this calling a thing anti and then calling any anti that is by degree
      acceptable, unacceptable, is a form of disempowerment, censorship,
      therefore a tool of the powerful, and tyrants of many stripes. Political
      correctness and respect are not one and the same.
      This is where you show your true colors.
      Then you pull out the numbers to prove that Jews are different. This in itself is the act of someone, and history is on my side here, who is really bent on proving that we as a people are somehow to be defined as other.

      It wont work. By the way you should try editing.

  • Anonymous

    A truth does not stop being a truth becaue its politically incorrect,unpopular,or ugly.

    • Anonymous

      And your line of tact is not only incorrect but ugly.
      All lies and falsehoods can be trussed up in self righteousness to make them seem as if they are the truth.
      Your posts are very good examples of this.

  • xsxs

    yea, got to keep the lines open for anti-muslim anti palistenean callers and guests

  • Mia

    That Scott guy was a crank.  His comments said more about him than they did about anyone else.  In this day and age racism, prejudice of this type has been so discredited, you really have to look at the person espousing it.  This does not hurt my feelings or make me feel any way in particular.  The guy was simply a crank.  Plenty of Jewish people were harmed by the financial shenigans that went on. Scott is just deluded.  What does someone’s religion have to do with how greedy they are?  I mean really.  I’m glad that On Point said something.  Yes, there’s free speech but this doesn’t mean that crazy talk has to go unanswered or be tolerated.   

  • Lilianna

    Someone should make a show about the Jewish All-American family, maybe that will teach America that most Jews are not extremists.

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