Monday, August 04, 2003

Keeping Things in Perspective

Courtesy of those enlightened folks at the Corner:

An article in The Chronicle of Higher Education this week notes, “On average, 100 African-Americans a year were lynched in the 1890s.” That figure is accurate (it may actually be a little low), and it’s horrifying, but let me add two other facts. First, during this time period, the number of European-Americans lynched was about 40 per year. Second, at this rate, it would have taken 60,000 years to get to the 6 million figure that European Jewry suffered during the Third Reich. Something to keep in mind the next time you hear the American South compared to Nazi Germany.

There you have it - the new Holocaust Standard! If 6 million people aren't slaughtered, it isn't really important!

Something to keep in mind next time you hear Hussein's Iraq compared to Nazi Germany.*

*obligatory disclaimer, Saddam bad blah blah blah.

(How often do people compare the American South to Nazi Germany, anyway? I mean, I'm sure someone has done it, but I hadn't realized this was a standard talking point...)

And, while I'm getting dirty over in the Corner how can I not be utterly repulsed by any organization that has CHARLES FUCKING MURRAY as a contributor?