MERYL ON A RANT
Meryl Yourish is on a rampage! First, she’s annoyed at Dave Winer for charging a lot of money for the Blogathan, part of it used to bring in “the talent,” which didn’t include her. And, to top it off, it overlaps with Yom Kippur. I also received the invite yesterday, likewise thought $500 plus expenses to listen to bloggers yap about blogging a mite steep, and politely declined.
She also says that Charles Lindbergh was not only no hero but a Jew-hating scumbag. I suspect the same could be said for most of the Founding Fathers, frankly. Anti-Semitism, to the extent people thought about Jews at all, was likely the modal point of view in most of the West until very recently, I’m afraid. As was anti-black racism.
A Berkeley professor who had his students read The Protocols of the Elders of Zion to help them understand the mindset of Iraqis also comes in for a firestorm of criticism. This is one of those “he said, she said” deals, as the prof denies saying that he believed the Protocols were “authentic” whereas the student said they were presented as “fact.” Absent other evidence, I tend to side with professors–even Berkeley professors–in such disputes. Having taught college students a number of years, I never ceased to be amazed at what some students gleaned from class discussions. A combination of their pre-conceived notions, trying to write everything down rather than simply listening, and comprehension problems can create all manner of misunderstanding.
Update (1433): A knowledgeable commentator reports that anti-Semitism was less prevalent in colonial days than my post would indicate.