Archive for October 2nd, 2007

Young, Gifted and Racist

Norman Podhoretz, as I must have mentioned once before, is a crazy, crazy, crazy, crazy bastard. He is also, as the Times describes him here, the ‘intellectual guru of the neoconservative movement who has joined Rudolph Giuliani’s 2008 presidential campaign as a senior foreign policy adviser’. He spent time recently bending George Bush’s ear about the urgent need to bomb Iran.

Via Glenn Greenwald, I learn that he was once more preoccupied by threats closer to home, namely black people. In a 1963 article from his Commentary magazine, titled My Negro Problem – And Ours, he set forth his concerns:

The hatred I still feel for Negroes is the hardest of all the old feelings to face or admit, and it is the most hidden and the most overlarded by the conscious attitudes into which I have succeeded in willing myself. It no longer has, as for me it once did, any cause or justification (except, perhaps, that I am constantly being denied my right to an honest expression of the things I earned the right as a child to feel). How, then, do I know that this hatred has never entirely disappeared? I know it from the insane rage that can stir in me at the thought of Negro anti-Semitism; I know it from the disgusting prurience that can stir in me at the sight of a mixed couple; and I know it from the violence that can stir in me whenever I encouter that special brand of paranoid touchiness to which many Negroes are prone.

Delightful chap altogether.

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October 2007