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Jewish Rep. Cohen Battles Antisemitism and Racism In Re-Election

If you thought race was an uncomfortable issue in the Democratic presidential primary, wait 'til you get a load of what's going on in the Democratic primary in the Memphis area's 9th District of Tennessee, where a shockingly worded flier paints Jewish Rep. Steve Cohen (D-Tenn.) as a Jesus hater.

"Memphis Congressman Steve Cohen and the JEWS HATE Jesus," blares the flier, which Cohen himself received in the mail -- inducing gasps -- last week.

Circulated by an African-American minister from Murfreesboro Tenn., which isn't even in Cohen's district, the literature encourages other black leaders in Memphis to "see to it that one and ONLY one black Christian faces this opponent of Christ and Christianity in the 2008 election."


The flier was sent out by an African-American minister to try to defeat Rep. Cohen.

Cohen's main opponent in the August 5 Democratic primary in his predominantly African-American district is Nikki Tinker, who is black. The Commercial Appeal wrote an editorial in Wednesday's paper condemning Tinker for not speaking out against the anti-Semitic literature.

"What does Nikki Tinker think about anti-Semitic literature being circulated that might help her unseat 9th District Congressman Steve Cohen in the Democratic primary next August?" the editorial asked. "The question goes to the character of the woman who wants to represent the 9th District, and 9th District voters deserve an answer. But Tinker declined to return a phone call about the flier."

The editorial also noted that last summer Cohen came under attack from black ministers who challenged the congressman's support for federal hate crimes legislation to protect gay rights. The paper wrote that the "real motive" behind the ministers' attacks was revealed later by Rev. Robert Poindexter who, according to the Commercial Appeal, said of Cohen: "He's not black and he can't represent me, that's just the bottom line."

Cohen tells the Sleuth it was "shocking" to receive the flier, "particularly coming from an African-American the week after Dr. King's birthday. This was just such an ignorant and racist and prejudiced type of flier -- it's hard to fathom we're in the 21st century," Cohen says.

The first-term congressman hopes Barack Obama's success will trickle down. "Obama is showing us that Americans have gotten beyond race. He's gotten a good number of Caucasian votes, so I think we're making advances," says Cohen, who endorsed Obama.

While he says he has plenty of support from the "old guard" African-American leaders in his district, Cohen is having difficultly wooing influential black colleagues from Congress to campaign on his behalf. He'll surely be looking for support from Rep. John Lewis (D-Ga.), who is scheduled to be honored as this year's April 4th Foundation awards banquet in Memphis along with actor/singer Harry Belafonte - whose sister, Shirley Cooks, coincidentally, serves as Cohen's chief of staff.

Cohen battled racial and religious innuendo in his 2006 campaign for Congress, but not anything as blunt as the flier he received last week. After winning, he tried unsuccessfully to become the first white member of the Congressional Black Caucus, leaving him decidedly white.

"It's a chink in my armor," Cohen says. "I'm always going to be white. I don't have to always be Jewish -- but I am, and will be."

By Mary Ann Akers  |  February 13, 2008; 2:07 PM ET
 
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You are shocked that "Christian" extremists can come in skin colors other than white? Shame on you for such sterotyping.

Posted by: Stonecreek | February 13, 2008 5:58 PM | Report abuse

Perhaps Obama and most of the voters have gotten beyond race, but clearly Rev. Robert Poindexter and his ilk have not.

Nor, apparently, have those who run Obama's own congregation, the Trinity United Church of Christ in Chicago, with its 'Black Value System'. To quote the 'about' section of its web page:

'We are a congregation which is Unashamedly Black and Unapologetically Christian... Our roots in the Black religious experience and tradition are deep, lasting and permanent. We are an African people, and remain "true to our native land," the mother continent, the cradle of civilization. God has superintended our pilgrimage through the days of slavery, the days of segregation, and the long night of racism. It is God who gives us the strength and courage to continuously address injustice as a people, and as a congregation. We constantly affirm our trust in God through cultural expression of a Black worship service and ministries which address the Black Community.'

How would that statement sound if 'Black' was replaced by 'White', and 'Africa' by 'Europe'? There needs to be more consciousness of racism by non-whites, as well as by whites.

Posted by: Evil Pundit | February 13, 2008 6:58 PM | Report abuse

Democrats no longer hide their racism, sexism, or anti-semitism. The Clinton's have opened it all up.

Posted by: Gary | February 13, 2008 7:05 PM | Report abuse

"...he tried unsuccessfully to become the first white member of the Congressional Black Caucus..."

Looks like whoever wins, this district is going to be represented by a jerk.

Posted by: Dan Friedman | February 13, 2008 8:20 PM | Report abuse

"Looks like whoever wins, this district is going to be represented by a jerk"

Hey Dan - you support racial segregation in congress, or what?

Posted by: JSinAZ | February 13, 2008 9:44 PM | Report abuse

BLACKS ARE GOING TO THE POLLS IN LARGE NUMBERS TO VOTE FOR OBAMA BECAUSE HE IS BLACK AND FOR NO OTHER REASON. MOST OF THEM DO NOT EVEN KNOW OR CARE WHAT HE STANDS FOR. IN MY EXPERIENCE I HAVE FOUND NO COMPASSION,care, OR UNDERSTANDING FROM BLACKS FOR jEWISH, iSRAEL, OR MID eAST PROBLEMS. tHEY COULD CARE LESS AND DO NOT GIVE A DAMN IN THIS AREA. I ALSO FIND MANY BLACKS FULL OF HATRED AND NEGATIVISM for THE CARDS THIS SOCIETY HAS ALLeGEDLY DEALT THEM. RATHER THAN BLAME THEMSELVES AND THE PATHOLOGIES IN THEIR CULTURE and families THEY PLACE BLAME ELSEWHeRE.

Posted by: ARTHUR KATZ | February 13, 2008 9:52 PM | Report abuse

Racist Blacks..? That can't be..!

I thought all negroes were kind, wise and here to give spirtual guidance to white people. You know like Morgan Freeman and the Dude from the Matrix

Posted by: Noam Sayin | February 13, 2008 10:17 PM | Report abuse

Rev. Brooks sounds like a fan of Mel Gibson's "The Passion" and his anti-gay rights position matches the profile of black church leaders courted by the Bush administration. This is definitely the work of Republicans inserting themselves into a Democratic primary.

Posted by: William | February 14, 2008 12:19 AM | Report abuse

Disgusting if legit. But did anyone investigate whether Rep. Cohen made the flyer and sent it to himself?

We all know about the many staged and phony "hate crimes". Isn't it possible that this is another one?

Posted by: Bruce | February 14, 2008 12:32 AM | Report abuse

>> We all know about the many staged and phony "hate crimes". Isn't it possible that this is another one?

No, Bruce, it's not. Did you even READ the article?

"Circulated by an African-American minister from Murfreesboro Tenn., which isn't even in Cohen's district, the literature encourages other black leaders in Memphis..."

You think Rep. Cohen is in cahoots with this guy? Can I have some of what you're smoking?

Posted by: Lucy | February 14, 2008 12:51 AM | Report abuse

Me thinks the Sleuth be showing true colors here. Mary Ann expressed no concern for the bigotry of slick Huck, when aimed at those nasty non-christian Mormons. Why the concern now Mary Ann? Wrong is wrong.

Posted by: Shakespere | February 14, 2008 7:15 AM | Report abuse

"Lucy", yes I read the article, and everything else I could get on this. Perhaps you should also. And perhaps wonder why, if the (disgusting) flyer was to be sent to Blacks in Memphis, it somehow was sent to Cong. Cohen's home. Doesn't that oddity, and the fact that politicians are involved, justify a bit of skepticism?

Posted by: Bruce | February 14, 2008 9:48 AM | Report abuse

Arthur Katz...you sound just like the people you are critizing!!!
Personally, I don't think anyone who is willing to create and circulate such hatred and drivel can call themselves Christians. No spiritual person be they catholics, evangelicals/fundamentals, jewish, mormons, muslims etc should refer to themselves as being adherent to God and His/Her teachings. These people do not represent The Word of God and we should keep that in mind. I don't know of any holy book that preaches such things.
Happy Valentines Day

Posted by: sandpiper1 | February 14, 2008 10:16 AM | Report abuse

well at the least if this idiot of a preacher has tax exempt status he can possibly lose it for that stupidity.

Posted by: zendrell | February 14, 2008 10:22 AM | Report abuse

"...he tried unsuccessfully to become the first white member of the Congressional Black Caucus..."

HE TRIED TO DO WHAT????????

Posted by: Andy | February 14, 2008 11:35 AM | Report abuse

ISN'T IT GRAND THAT THE BLACK NEIGHBORS TO MY IMMEDIATE WEST ARE SUCH LOVING FOLK? ISN'T IT EVEN GRANDER THAT SOME MEMBERS OF THE AMERICAN JEWISH COMMUNITY GAVE THEIR OWN LIVES IN THE BLACK STRUGGLE FOR EQUALITY? ISN'T IT EVEN THE GRANDEST TO NOT HEAR A WORD FROM A SINGLE BLACK LEADER ABOUT THIS KIND OF DEEP-IN-THE-SOUL ANTI-SEMITIC RACISM? BUT THEN AGAIN, WE HAVE MR. OBAMA AND HIS OWN REV. WRIGHT TIED UP IN MORE IMPORTANT THINGS. LIKE CREATING STRONGER TIES TO LOUIS FARRAKAHN AND SHOWING THEIR TRUE IGNORANCE AND HATE.

Posted by: Ron from NC | February 14, 2008 11:59 AM | Report abuse

Me think, Mr. Cohen is a tad pushy, cleverly exploiting the "race/religion" card. His efforts to represent blacks at any cost is the same as if a black person would insist on a Ku-Klux-Klan's membership, or me (a roman catholic)- fighting for my democratic rights - wanted to be a board member in a Rabbinical College.

Posted by: Andy | February 14, 2008 12:39 PM | Report abuse

The hateful moronic "minister" (I wonder where he got his ordination) who represents the "loving Jesus" isn't the problem here, vile as he is. The issue is Nikki Tinker, the black candidate, who refuses to condemn him. She is beneath contempt quite simply as a human being. The notion of such a loathsome person being a member of Congress is an insult to every citizen of Memphis. It's also clear that the "minister" is motivated by Jew-hatred and homophobia equally. I suggest he convert to the Nation of Islam where his views are mainstream and not present himself as a Christian. He's about as "Christian" as Osama bin Laden.

Posted by: Steve Steinlight | February 14, 2008 12:48 PM | Report abuse

A lot of white people are supporting Obama in the belief that he, an African-American, represents THEIR beliefs.

Just what sort of representative democracy is possible if people believe that you have to belong to their ethnic/religious group to represent them?

Posted by: Gary | February 14, 2008 12:58 PM | Report abuse

I fail to see how religion plays a role in how a government official gets voted in. Our country was founded on the idea 'to each their own' in regards to religion. This is just a plague. Leave your religion at home and in the church on Sundays or whenever you attend don't bring it into the lime light. Wars have been caused for thousands of years by people running their mouth about who or what is right as far as religion is concerned.

Posted by: Deez | February 14, 2008 1:05 PM | Report abuse

No matter your definition of God, I don't believe he/she/it would approve that message.

Join other reasonable people in discussion at http://www.atheistrevolution.com/orca

Posted by: Atheist | February 14, 2008 1:07 PM | Report abuse

http://www.dnahelices.com/noreligion/noreligion.jpg

I'm sick of *ALL* of these religions that promote conflict and hatred.

Posted by: DNA | February 14, 2008 1:12 PM | Report abuse

As an African-American woman, I am appalled by anti-Semitism, particularly black anti-Semitism, because somehow I think that our experience as black people in a racist environment should make us more aware of and sensitive to unwarranted prejudice against other people, regardless of the origin of that prejudice.

I can understand the black ministers wanting their guy to win. But I cannot understand or endorse their hate-filled attacks on Rep. Cohen. Why don't they spend their time and resources on educating the electorate about their preferred candidate and go after Cohen on the issues? But an attack on religious and ethnic grounds is abominable. I hope that blacks in Democratic Party leadership will speak out against this viciousness.

Posted by: Beni Dakar, Duluth, GA | February 14, 2008 1:13 PM | Report abuse

I always loose a little faith in humanity every time I see something like this.

Posted by: Jonathan | February 14, 2008 1:13 PM | Report abuse

Geh. When will we realize that we are all humans, regardless of race or creed?

What's gonna happen if aliens invaded us? Are we going to continue dividing ourselves up based on superficial things that we have absolutely NO control over (i.e. you don't control who your parents are or what your skin colour is) The very idea of racism is the stupidest thing I have ever heard of.

It's ok to not like someone because they are a b*stard. It's plain ignorant and frankly insulting to the human race to not like someone because of the PIGMENTATION of their skin or what name they refer to god with. I am ashamed of my species when I read things like this. We can travel to the moon, peer into the deepest regions of space, create amazing art...and yet we can't get past the fact that we get a sunburn at different rates.

http://www.livingwithanerd.com

Posted by: Pojut | February 14, 2008 1:14 PM | Report abuse

Alright, well, since Jewish history and doctrines have influenced other religions such as Christianity, Islam and the Bahá'í Faith... it seems very ignorant to me that Christians can criticize it.

Get over it. There are many religions in the world, and it SHOULD HAVE NOTHING TO DO WITH POLITICS!!!!!!!

Posted by: WisconsinLunatic | February 14, 2008 1:15 PM | Report abuse

He doesnt hate you because your jewish, its cause youre white.

Posted by: blah | February 14, 2008 1:22 PM | Report abuse

To Arthur Katz:

I think that a sound Middle East policy certainly does not have to include a blind allegiance to Israel. We cannot be an honest broker in the region until we have a neutral stance. In fact, I wonder why this small mindedness in one congressional district brings to mind Middle East policy.

Posted by: Bryan in Illinois | February 14, 2008 1:30 PM | Report abuse

This is par for the course in Memphis. This happens everyday here...by the same characters. The black Reverends run this town. They are the most corrupt bunch of folks you'll ever want to meet. Our city gov't looks the other way. I wish the Feds would come down and save us. PLEASE!

Posted by: WW | February 14, 2008 1:30 PM | Report abuse

I totally agree with Deezs' statement. Religion is something that shouldn't be introduced into the political arena. We've seen time and time again the problems that crop up when the issues take a backseat to faith. We need to remember that one of our governments founding tenants was the separation of church and state.

I also agree that what has become known as " reverse rascism" should be treated with the same seriousness as "regular rascism." The term "reverse rascism" is rascist. To think that only whites can rascist is just wrong.

I don't care if my representative is black, yellow, white, Christian, Jewish, Muslim, or Buddhist. As long as the person is the best qualified and represents my political beliefs it doesn't matter who they are or what they believe.

Posted by: Trevor | February 14, 2008 1:31 PM | Report abuse

A black minister stealing his lines from traditional white supremecist literature. I am rolling on the floor laughing so hard I might hurt myself. Congratulations, you have achieved equality with your enemy.

Posted by: DiskJunkie | February 14, 2008 1:34 PM | Report abuse

Maybe Cohen should try harder to become a member of the Black Congressional Caucus after all, its membership is so generous and inclusive. The Democratic Party is where Black Racists and anti-semites congregate and any Jew who doesn't understand this deserves what he gets there.

Posted by: Portle | February 14, 2008 1:34 PM | Report abuse

This minister in question is just wrong, Jews love Jesus.

Posted by: Man | February 14, 2008 1:37 PM | Report abuse

Regarding Rep. Cohen's attempt to join the Congressional Black Caucus: I think he should be allowed to join since he represents a majority black district. It shouldn't matter what race the representative is, it's the constituents that should matter.

Regarding the terrible way he has been treated by some people. They should be ashamed and Nikki Tinker needs to show courage and confront these racist demagogues. If she doesn't show this courage now, she doesn't deserve to be elected. Hopefully the people of Memphis will look at the strong record of Rep. Cohen and re-elect him based on that record and not the color of his skin or his religion and by doing that say no to Anti-semitism and racism.

Posted by: kind671 | February 14, 2008 1:38 PM | Report abuse

I will never understand Christians who are anti-semitic. Do they not realize that if it were not for the Jews their lord would not have died on the cross, rose from the dead, and ascended into heaven, thus giving them something to base their religion on? The whole of Christian belief would not exist otherwise.

Posted by: M.G.H. | February 14, 2008 1:40 PM | Report abuse

Wow. The real issue here isn't that some crackpot racist minister is circulating anti-semitic literature. There will always be crackpots. Just look at the wonderful white folks from the Westboro Baptist Church.

The important and concerning issue is that morons like this are still able to cause division among otherwise right-thinking people. Recognize this trash for what it is and denounce it, but don't project its perpetration onto the entire race or religion said moron claims to represent.

Regarding Senator Obama's church, it should be noted that this is a pro-black church. That is, its eeks to address remaining inequities in the country for African-Americans. The reason it wouldn't make sense to swap white for black, or Africa for Europe, is that in this country, there has never been an issue of inequality for white people. Slavery, Jim Crow, the KKK, these things were created by white people and imposed on black people, and this campaign alone has proven that there are lingering issues of race in this country. You are not responsible for the sins of your fathers. But you are responsible for your actions in the present. Be thoughtful and empathetic, and unity will come easily.

- A white, Christian guy living in Texas

Posted by: Frank | February 14, 2008 1:42 PM | Report abuse

did they seriously say "there can be only one"?
please, don't defame highlander whilst being a racist, antisemite pig.

Posted by: heather | February 14, 2008 1:54 PM | Report abuse

Isn't the basic point here this:

Some people are ignorant and closed-minded.

notice the stunning lack of references to color or religion in that sentence.

Posted by: drr | February 14, 2008 1:55 PM | Report abuse

One of his black constituents says:

"He's not black and he can't represent me, that's just the bottom line."

but later it is revealed that:

"...he tried unsuccessfully to become the first white member of the Congressional Black Caucus..."

an act which several posted comments consider either insulting or idiotic.


It seems to me that, knowing he had large black constituency, his attempt to join the Congressional Black Caucus was an explicit move to better represent that constituency. The gesture should be lauded, not laughed at.

Posted by: Brett Johnson | February 14, 2008 2:02 PM | Report abuse

To Arthur Katz and Ron from NC,

While i understand your thoughts, i think your both missing a huge piece of the issue. what the Minister says on the sign is undoubtedly false, and any level-headed, semi-intelligent person can understand that. It is also equally false, or rather ignorant, to believe that black's anxiety (that comes through to many of those who posted as "racism" or "hate") is illegitimate. Have you forgotton the history of African Americans? It is defined by hundreds of years of enslavement and oppression, followed by "freedom", which hardly altered our racist attitudes and assumptions. It is all still very prevelant today. Surely, Jews were discriminated against but even when this was occuring, they were still a step above the social status of african americans. I am Jewish myself, but I think it's important to remember that the African class has been under "oppression" for a far longer time than the Jews.

Posted by: Gnappster | February 14, 2008 2:10 PM | Report abuse

I intend to vote for Obama's white half contrary to what the negroes are voting for.

Posted by: David Irving | February 14, 2008 2:10 PM | Report abuse

i sometimes ask christians if they know that "the last supper" is Passover. Most don't. When Jesus said "eat of this bread, it is my body" the bread in his hand was matzah. In my view, Christianity is substantially a transformation of Jewish symbol and ritual. I'm not saying Christianity is derivative but rather that it is profoundly integrated with it's source religion, Judaism. The other thing I'm saying is that this kind of knowledge of the interrelationship of traditions should gird tolerance and understanding. Conversely, what underlies hatred is ignorance.

Posted by: josh | February 14, 2008 2:11 PM | Report abuse

To Gnappster who wrote:

"I am Jewish myself, but I think it's important to remember that the African class has been under "oppression" for a far longer time than the Jews."

Um...ever read "Exodus"? Look, the oldest work in Western Civilization, the Old Testament, is, you could argue, mainly about the oppression (and liberation) of Jews. Jews have been the victim of the vilest kinds of oppressions for longer than maybe any other group in the world. Only recently has antisemitism abated in America but it's still alive and well in some pockets while it's virulent the Middle East. Go read "Hitler's Willing Executioners: Ordinary Germans and the Holocaust" by Daniel Jonah Goldhagen. A good book to understand the history of anti-semitism that lead to the Holocaust.

Nevertheless, what this shared history of oppression should ideally lead to is solidarity between blacks and jews. And it has in many ways in the civil rights movement and in culture.

Maybe this story is really about ignorance. That ignorance which underlies all this racism and hate.

Posted by: josh | February 14, 2008 2:22 PM | Report abuse

Re: Beni Dakar, Duluth, GA

Thank you for your message. I agree with you 100%. Btw, I am white and Jewish, and live in Tennessee, but not Memphis. Steve Cohen is a good guy and is a good representative for his district, but if that community wishes to replace him, it is for them to decide, hopefully without being pelted wtih bigotry from another city.

Posted by: david in nashville | February 14, 2008 2:28 PM | Report abuse

I don't think it is either racism or anti semitism, but more an argument about ideology..

Posted by: John | February 14, 2008 2:34 PM | Report abuse

ARTHUR KATZ, you're projecting..

Posted by: John | February 14, 2008 2:37 PM | Report abuse

Steve Cohen has done a great job representing his district and deserves to be re-elected. He has spent most of his adult life in public service in Tennessee, unlike his expected future opponent who just moved to the state about 5 years ago and is a corporate lawyer. She sat by quietly and let others trash Steve's character in the last election, to no avail. He won with a substantial percentage of the black vote in the 9th District, which is 59.7 percent African American.

The black ministers also attacked Cohen for supporting the hate crimes bill, claiming it would keep them from being able to rant against homosexuality from the pulpit. African American ministers attacking someone for supporting a bill that makes it a crime to attack African Americans because of their race? What's wrong with that picture?

Posted by: One of Cohen's constituents | February 14, 2008 2:44 PM | Report abuse

Perhaps Rush Lumbar is behind this, as well. He loves to stir up trouble for any Democrats. Saying that a Jewish person hates Jesus is a misrepresentation of the Jewish Faith and is not a very Christian attitude either. Racism and anti Jewish sentiments coming from black evangelicals! But hey, political mudslinging at it's lowest. That's American politics, and acts of desperation always seem to bring out the worst in people, but from Democrats? Seems more like a Republican trait.
Racism has always been wrong, no matter who is doing it. Religious intolerance is one of the reasons the Radicals in the Middle East want to kill us. I guess these folks want to be compared to terrorists. So be it.

Posted by: C.J. Nordhoff | February 14, 2008 2:56 PM | Report abuse

I thought Jesus was Jewish. Wikipedia says so any way: "Most scholars in the fields of history and biblical studies agree that Jesus was a Galilean Jew, "

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jesus

Ironic, all this hate in the name of religion.

Posted by: mb | February 14, 2008 3:14 PM | Report abuse

This is the darnest column

You have a pathetic person alleging he represents chrisitans showing the worse moral practices in existence- saying vote against a jew

You have people alleging the jew did this deliberately. You have Jews saying it is part of the black culture

I say this proves that minorities can be superb bigots and ignorance is bliss well across the boards

It would be nice for Black professionals to get that minister professional help(education/therapy whatver)

It behooves us all to say flat out that crap is sad and should not stand

By saying it it makes the speaker a prejudiced piece of scum who could contaminate people who are not yet sentient and aware.

Posted by: jeffrey saul | February 14, 2008 3:24 PM | Report abuse

Nikki Tinker did respond to this flyer when asked by a Memphis TV station and she denounced it. You need to do more research.

Posted by: OneTwo | February 14, 2008 3:31 PM | Report abuse

People bringing Obama's beliefs into this discussion should read his keynote speech given at the Call To Renewal Conference.

Posted by: Al | February 14, 2008 3:34 PM | Report abuse

Skin color is not the issue.
The issue is that humans will find ways to distinguish themselves anyway they can as a ploy to achieve power. I saw a lapel pin on the ground near a junior high school in my neighborhood. it was primitively created, but the message is the same one we see as adults. "Vote 4 Anna 8th grade VP," I thought wow they sure start them early...

Posted by: john | February 14, 2008 3:34 PM | Report abuse

Screw Tennessee,
That state is full of racists on both sides. Black and White. If Tennessee disappeared from the union, no one would give a flying F***. The KKK and the Black Panthers deserve each other. Ignorant people are the mainstay in that state, what good are they too us? Still fighting each other 100 years after the war is over. Screw them (both sides) and their pitiful lives.

Posted by: ben | February 14, 2008 3:43 PM | Report abuse

As a journalist, I wonder why the author of the offensive flyer wasn't named or contacted.

His name appears to be Rev. George Brooks.

Posted by: John B. | February 14, 2008 3:45 PM | Report abuse

WHY IS EVERYONE SO GETTING WORKED UP, FREE WORLD AND FREE SPEECH AND ALL THE REST!

IF THIS IS WHAT HE THINKS GOOD, LET HIM BE!


Posted by: James MacDougal | February 14, 2008 4:28 PM | Report abuse

To Josh

Your right that i overlooked that element in Jewish history, and that fact makes the two histories (of jews and africans) very similar. I was really trying to respond to previous posts that claimed that black support were nowhere to be found when Jews were being massacred during the holocaust and being discriminated against in America. My response was, how the F*** could that be expected from a group of people who had/have not received a shred of support for their own plight for "freedom" or "equality"? While Jews were and are discriminated against, it is nothing compared to the hardship that race places on the black population, through all of history. I mean, look at the social situation today; which group of people (this is generalizing groups, but just to make a point), Jews or Blacks, tend to live better, wealthier lives? I think the answer is easy. So Josh, your right that i missed those important aspects of Jewish history, but in the present day i think the history that African's have endured has taken a much larger toll on their quality of life.

Posted by: Gnappster | February 14, 2008 4:39 PM | Report abuse

No taxes without representation!

If the constituents of this predominantly black district want to be represented by one of their own (black and christian) - why does this jew have a problem? If he feels so offended at the free speech of this constituents, he should resign.

Congressman, dont let the door hit you on the way outttttttt!

Posted by: a brother | February 14, 2008 4:45 PM | Report abuse

The issue of Black anti-semitism isn't anything new.

In fact several book have been published on it, one that I read awhile ago was titled "Black Anti-Semitism and Jewish Racism," it provides mostly anecdotal examples; but the riots in Crown Heights in 1993, while 15 years ago, still remind us that the issue of race is far from dead in the US.

Not only that, but it's apparent that race issues do no only concern "Black and White" or "Latin an White" etc, but encompass each race, or ethnic/cultural background in relation to each other.

And I feel that this second form of racism I've mentioned has been largely marginalized by the mainstream media....

Then again Anti-Semitism and Jew-baiting is nothing new....Hopefully perhaps with a black president maybe something more can be done for race relations in this country...for all races and ethnicities.

Posted by: Mike | February 14, 2008 5:14 PM | Report abuse

Cohen is a great guy, with a long history of public service in TN. Memphis is lucky to have him.

It would be an awful shame to see that this kind of racism and antisemitism succeed. Tinker should withdraw from the race.

Posted by: Chris W. | February 14, 2008 5:21 PM | Report abuse

In response to what Gnappster said.

Perhaps you're right about Jewish oppression...in the United States. Talk to Jews from other parts of the Diaspora and the picture changes. Jews are historically speaking, have suffered injustices at every turn, as well as Africans, and African-Americans. The irony of it all is that both communities have a lot to teach and learn from each other, I think. Their historical narratives are not too dissimilar; and I find it a damned shame that we (Jews and Blacks, as I am Jewish) cannot seem to stop stereo-typing and battling each other. While some of our interests might not be the same, I'm sure there are plenty of places where the interests of both communities over-lap.

I think this issue needs to be brought to the fore-front of both communities.

Posted by: Mike | February 14, 2008 5:28 PM | Report abuse

To Ron from NC:
The mere idea of Senator Obama sharing ANY opinions of the fanatic Black Muslims is total, undiluted hogwash.
You've been fed a bunch of racist bigot-babble spouted by some radical White Supremacists ranting on the Internet. Just goes to show YOUR mindset is somewhere in the mid-19th Century.
-A Caucasian California female

Posted by: Luise Perenne | February 14, 2008 5:41 PM | Report abuse

Bottom line: People are shameless no matter what color, religion, or party

Posted by: Harry | February 14, 2008 6:03 PM | Report abuse

No one should be surprised that black Christians are against a congressman who endorses gay rights. The proscription against homosexual behavior is plain as day in Leviticus 18. They're not against Cohen because he's Jewish; they're against him because he holds liberal views that go against their religious beliefs. This fact does not change even if some nutjob is spreading so-called hate literature. And to the poster who said "Jews have given their lives..." I would say that statistically American Jews almost never give their lives for anything. The troops dying in Iraq are predominantly lower- and lower-middle-class Christian whites, blacks and Hispanics. So that dog won't hunt.

Posted by: truthy | February 14, 2008 6:05 PM | Report abuse

Forget jew baiting or anti-semitism, this should be resolved using pure and simple statistics.

Ask yourself how many jews, percent-wise, make the population of the USA - 5 percent?

So what explains the high number of jews in our government when compared to the rest of the population???

Now compare that with the number of Blacks in our government - why??? and blacks out number jews 5 to 1, population wise.

Posted by: tayshaun | February 14, 2008 6:06 PM | Report abuse

Look at all the racist statements in response to a story about an idiot being racist in Tennessee. Just because that Reverend was intolerant of another's faith or religion, and no matter how embarrassing it is to read about it. You guys cling to race and and start attacking everyone that's black by making stupid statements about how everyone only votes for Obama because he's black.. There were a few people going for Alan Keyes but he's a nut case religious ding bat, a typical right winger and that's why nobody supported him during the primaries.. I'm not black but Obama is the best candidate I've seen so far. So don't attack his faith or his church because of some idiot from the South, that has nothing to do with Obama.

Whenever some random white person says something racist, I don't start using that as an excuse to say how every white person is a racist.. Yet one black man is being a racist, and now you all want to make these stupid statements about race and Obama, who has nothing to do with this. You guys are the real racists. Calling people who aren't even affiliated with this story racist because they share the same skin color or religion.. Obama's church "About me" section isn't even offensive, and if you replaced those words with "white" and "European", I wouldn't even be offended. I'm neither white nor black and that was just an ignorant thing to compare to.

Posted by: baffled by ignorance | February 14, 2008 6:30 PM | Report abuse

You're just disgusting to even paste that non-offensive, widely available, message that's on a website, as a form of attack against Obama who has nothing to do with this story, that's so ignorant from the point of view of someone who is neither black nor white, and I find your tactic to be a racist one to try and get people upset with someone who has nothing to do with this.

Posted by: msg to evil pundit | February 14, 2008 6:32 PM | Report abuse

Just like white people shouldn't have to apologize for every racist white person, don't expect every black person to apologize for this idiot preacher.

Posted by: hypocrites | February 14, 2008 6:38 PM | Report abuse

MGH: The whole "thank the jews for killing jesus otherwise you wouldn't have a religion" thing is true but a little bit disingenuous. It's kind of like telling MLK Jr. to thank racists or something, otherwise he wouldn't have a cause. Not a perfect analogy but it gets the point across.

Posted by: Anonymous | February 14, 2008 6:46 PM | Report abuse

That stupid flier is on par with the Sudanese convicting and deporting a British Christian teacher for naming a teddy bear Muhammed, which the court said showed hatred of the prophet. We don't hate what isn't real to us. The logic alone discredits the flyer.

Posted by: jhbyer | February 14, 2008 7:25 PM | Report abuse

HAHAHA!!!! You Ki kes have used Blacks as your chief weapon against Christendom - the WHITE CHRISTIAN WEST - and now your Darling Pet Darkies are biting you in your He be azzes - every chance they get. You flatter yourselves on your non-existent "superior" intelligence - but ALL you H ebes ever do is destroy. You've killed the White Christian Geese, that laid all those lovely Golden Eggs. You'llm iss that lovely Gold, won't cha?

Your sh!t skin slave Races aren't gonna be that easy to control after all - are they, boychicks?

Posted by: Pearlgirl | February 14, 2008 7:29 PM | Report abuse

Jews are NOT white. We are SEMITES!!! We are not a European people. I cant believe antisemites blacks are getting away with this!

Posted by: Alan Segal | February 14, 2008 7:51 PM | Report abuse

Errr...excuse me - but many of you seem to be either willfully or innocently ignorant of the true nature of Judaism, as wel as Christianity.

judaism is BASED on the concept of Racial Supremacy. The Chosen have told themselves that they are Super Special - they, and they alone possess the "God Gene" - and the wealth of all Nations os supposed ot come to them, and all the Cattle Beasts - the Goyim, are to be ruled and enslaved by Jews. Their Satanic Bible is called "The Talmud" - and it's the most deranged, evil drivel ever committed to paper. There's NOTHING spiritual at ALL about Judaism. It's not so much a religion, as an international, millenial crime syndicate. Jews have been attacking the Christian West for over 200 years. Ever

And before ANY of you start yelling about "Nazis" - the aforementioned Rothschilds funded and collaborated with the Reich. They wanted ot drive the Jews inot Israel, ya see. Hilter wanted them out. He SAW what Jews had done to the White Christian Armenians (the engineers of the Armenian Slaughter were Tukish JEWS. Why else wouldn't Abbie Foxman want the genocide RECOGNIZED as a GENOCIDE?) Hitler saw waht the JEWS did to Russia.....the murder of the Christian Royal Family by JEWS is one of the GREATEST crimes in human history. Lazar Kaganovich was the REAL monster of the 20th Century. Stalin was yet another puppet. Ol' Uncle Lazar engineered the forced removal of the Kulaks - White Christian Rus - from their lands. He engineered the famine in the Ukraine, as well. This was the REAL Holocaust, of the 20th Century - not that pretend one, in Germany. Hilter SAW how the Jews collapsed the German economy (just like they are doing here, and now, on the USA), and he tried to SAVE his Volk. And that magical Hebrew number of "6 million" was another incantation by the evil monster Kaganovich. Hitler fought a DEFENSIVE war.

Christianity is a refutation and a rebuke to Judaism. The Talmud says VILE things about Mary, the Christ, and Christians. the TRUE Isrealites ARE Christians - not the Children of the Devil that have stolen the name of "Israel".

That minister is RIGHT.

Posted by: PearlGirl | February 14, 2008 8:16 PM | Report abuse

When I saw the title of this article I was sure that it was referring to the following:

Christians in Jerusalem want Jews to stop spitting on them

http://www.haaretz.com/hasen/pages/ShArt.jhtml?itemNo=487412&contrassID=2&subContrassID=5&sbSubContrassID=0&listSrc=Y&itemNo=487412

Point is... the world is a messed up place. Live your own life and treat people the way you want to be treated.

Posted by: Joe-D | February 14, 2008 8:22 PM | Report abuse

Alan - the Khazars are Slavs. The Sephardim are Semites. and no - oyu are NOT White. So get out.

Posted by: PearlGirl | February 14, 2008 8:25 PM | Report abuse

Joe D - every-one wants Jews to stop spittig on them.

I was interrupted on my long post - but Jews have been systematically attacking the West ever since Mayer Anschel hung his Red Sign.

The "Federal Reserve"? The "Bank of England"? The "World Bank"?

Oh no.

Look at the NAMES. Of the Execs, Directors, Board Members, etc. Look at the NAMES.

The only major nation that doesn't have a "Central" (Rothschild/Warburg) bank is Iran......hhhhmmmmm...............

You boychicks have gobbled up way more than even you can chew. The facade is cracked, and the cracks are spreading. Wait 'til the US econmy finally crashes - the way ya planned. People, everywhere, are gonna be looking for reasons. People, everywhere are gonna be looking for answers. People, everywhere, are gonna be looking for NAMES. All you've created is Chaos. That's all you've ever done. That's all you ever do. You are the authors of your own misery - as well as the authors of the mayhem you've done to all HUMANS.

Posted by: PearlGirl | February 14, 2008 8:37 PM | Report abuse

To Any And All - never EVER listen to a Jew howl about "racism". One of their literally invnented that word - in roder ot undermine the identity of thei targeted host.

Study the immigration and marriage laws of Israel, sometime.

Posted by: PearlGirl | February 14, 2008 9:10 PM | Report abuse

authurkatz------who cares about Israel or the Middle East in this discussion.
The name KATZ isn't Irish or a one referring to a group of felines.
It's Jewish and you seem to be a bigger bigot than the minister who mailed the pamphlet.
How do you know whether afro-american voters understand the issues Obama is raising are about? That's racist when you said that.
Actually, I hope that the US pulls out of all the support being given to the usurping,racist country of Israel.
Go live in Israel and make America a better place!

Posted by: itstherecit | February 14, 2008 10:07 PM | Report abuse

I am SHOCKED to see Steve Stein light posted here.

YOU G0DD@MNED B@STARD!!!!

YOU were instrumental in setting immigraton policy in the USA. YOU are one of the KEY figures in flooding the USA with hostile, alien non-whites - and you are all outraged that the Darkies don't kowtow to your RACIST H ebe AZZ.

F U and your filthy Race. GET OUT of MY Nation. The USA was founded by WHITE Christians. GET OUT you swindling, vile, slime-dripping alien toad. David Icke is RIGHT.

Posted by: PearlGirl | February 14, 2008 10:09 PM | Report abuse

For over a decade, TN-9th was represented loyally, and with strength, by Congressman Harold Ford, Jr. His open seat, vacated in attempt to become U S Senator, provided long time TN State Senator Cohen an opportunity for the district against a large and divided field of candidates for the Democratic primary. The demographics of the district are noteworthy, heavily democratic/with a large majority being African American. Representation is very much an issue in the election.

That being said, the letter's impact (not the motivation for its distribution) should not be taken as purely "politically" driven. Much of the district lives below the poverty line, cannot access quality health care, faces extremely dangerous circumstances, AND is composed LARGELY of decent people who care.

Posted by: Mark | February 14, 2008 10:13 PM | Report abuse

authurkatz------who cares about Israel or the Middle East in this discussion.
The name KATZ isn't Irish or a one referring to a group of felines.
It's Jewish and you seem to be a bigger bigot than the minister who mailed the pamphlet.
How do you know whether afro-american voters understand the issues Obama is raising are about? That's racist when you said that.
Actually, I hope that the US pulls out of all the support being given to the usurping,racist country of Israel.
Go live in Israel and make America a better place!

Posted by: itstherecit | February 14, 2008 10:14 PM | Report abuse

The interesting thing here is that so many people read this article -- that says that ONE black minister, not in Cohen's district, wrote an anti-Semitic screed --
and use this to justify their belief that
ALL blacks are this and that.

Holding all black people -- or all white
people -- or all Poles -- responsible for the misdeeds of a single member of that group -- is the worst kind of racism.

It seems that this minister is guilty of it. And it seems that about half of the people who posted to this thread are as well.

Posted by: Angelo Turner | February 14, 2008 10:33 PM | Report abuse

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Posted by: PearlGirl | February 14, 2008 11:16 PM | Report abuse

The fact that you are writing about this ridiculous! Its like putting Fred Phelps on TV to hear what he has to say! So some nut job is passing out fliers !?! Let them shout in the streets like the loons they are and not give them the satisfaction of acknoleging their existence.

Posted by: Anthony | February 14, 2008 11:23 PM | Report abuse


___________________________________________
No taxes without representation!

If the constituents of this predominantly black district want to be represented by one of their own (black and christian) - why does this jew have a problem? If he feels so offended at the free speech of this constituents, he should resign.

Congressman, dont let the door hit you on the way outttttttt!
____________________________________________

Oh c'mon you know the Jew knows what is good for your community better than you do. They make up like 2% of our population, but somehow they've wormed their way into every high public office around. Not to mention they own all the major media/movie studios. Go back to sleep.

Posted by: John, Jackson, TN | February 14, 2008 11:51 PM | Report abuse

Jew is not a race, it is a religious and ethnic identity. Get it right.

jews are not the only semites either

Posted by: Greg | February 15, 2008 12:42 AM | Report abuse

Wow where does one begin. Let's get a few things straight. Talmud does not mention Jesus, Mary or Joesph. There is no mention of Jesus in any book that is studied in the Jewish religion. I find it interesting that we have been attacking the west for over 200 years and longer, since they have been thrown out of every country in Europe. Spain, England, Germany and Russia to name a few. I 'd love to know the countries jews have attacked over the last 200 or more years. As far as the congressman wanting to Join the CBC, it would not be unprecadented since, the NAACP was founded by a group of people, with at least 2 being Jewish. all of that said, I'm shocked by the hate spewed in the comments in this article. Not that I'm surprised by the hate, I just didn't think bigots knew how to read and write!

Posted by: Saul | February 15, 2008 12:56 AM | Report abuse

mmm... pancakes.

Posted by: yummy | February 15, 2008 1:06 AM | Report abuse

Wait a second! Did he say "chink"? Steve Cohen and the JEWS _HATE_ the Chinese.

Posted by: whoops | February 15, 2008 6:15 AM | Report abuse

I wonder why this story isn't on page 1, given that bigotry is the central theme. Hmmmm.....

Posted by: Gungoy3 | February 15, 2008 6:41 AM | Report abuse

I am once again deeply saddened for the judgment all the way around. It is a difficult subject matter, but it honestly doesn't have to be. If those, whether black, white, Jewish, Christian, etc., truly followed their scriptures and lived to serve as the positions they hold dictate, we would not see these kinds of intolerance.

We need to be a tolerant, forgiving, understanding, loving society. How many times do we need to state this until the true meaning sinks in. What happened to Mr. Cohen or any other type of hate should be punishable by law.

I don't blame Mr. Cohen for trying to get involved in the black community if it is sincere. Why do we have a segregated caucus anyway? If it was simply an attempt for votes, people feel this and would reject the person.

If we, as a people, are still living in a state of FEAR under any terms or toward any subject, we are never going to grow as a country, and we will continue to have security, poverty and crime problems.

People need to face what they fear. Is it another race taking away their rights to the American Dream perhaps? Can we operate from a point of love, compassion and honesty, no matter how difficult, no matter the cost? Are we up to the challenge?

Are some of you by your judgmental statements making a change or perpetuating the problem stated in the article? Ask yourselves.

Posted by: C Jordan | February 15, 2008 10:34 AM | Report abuse

There's a lot'a 'Crow Jim' goin'on. Clinton says "Hello" and it's a vile racist remark. Obama says, "I'm sure Hillary's people will vote for me; but I'm not so sure my people will vote for Hillary", and wheres's the sexist racist outrage?...Sure is quiet don't you think?

Posted by: the other Stephen Cohen | February 15, 2008 11:22 AM | Report abuse

Hmmm..Shades of Jim Webb's Big Nose Jew fliers used in southern Virginia in the Democratic primary campaign against Harris Miller.

Posted by: Grill | February 15, 2008 11:29 AM | Report abuse

Interesting there is no text of the flier.
Ask not if it is anti semitic ask only if it is true.
I find this type of diversion wherever the truth about jews is aired. Never research the claims but denounce truth by calling it anti semitic.
Like in Canada truth relative to jews is no defense and talking about jewish crimes is a crime in itself. Until enough people realize what some (not all) of these people are up to. Check out jews against zionism and always remember if someone attacks the person instead of the message the message is true.
THERE IS NO REASON TO SUPPRESS A VIEWPOINT UNLESS IT IS TRUE!

Posted by: joe | February 15, 2008 12:23 PM | Report abuse

If one reads over the article twice, one notices that Rep. Cohen does not respond to the flyer. Does he hate Jesus? I don't think the accusers of the flyer writers have much to say until the Congressman answers the question. Oddly, nobody (including Rep. Cohen) has brought out the fact that the anti-homosexual parts of the Bible were in the Old Testament, written by Jews before Christ. appeared, and were adopted by Christians later. Somehow Akkers, who wrote this article, construes the flyer as being anti-Semitic and racist. Where is the anti-Semitic part? Where is the racist part? Is wishing the district to be represented by someone who belongs to the majority a racist and anti-semitic statement? I would join those who think Rep. Cohen, Akkers, and the Post are being a bit too clever. I mean how many blacks are in the Congressional Jewish Caucus? If Rep. Cohen wants someone from the district to be a member of the Black Caucus, he SHOULD step aside in favor of someone who is qualified. It seems that Cohen has taken some really unpopular positions within his district, and now needs whatever help he can get to be re-elected. Could it be called 'racist' to believe one can better represent the majority when one is not a member of the majority and then attack those in the majority who wish for representation by one of their own? I think so. Cohen's logic leads us to an entirely Jewish Congress, which would be unrepresentative, no matter what they would call their critics. All of this might be related to Cohen's immigration policy, which seriously hurst his own constituents. Not a surprise, that he has competition in the primaries, or the general.

Posted by: bong_jamesbong2001@yahoo.com | February 15, 2008 1:05 PM | Report abuse

Anti-Semitism, Islamophobia and racism are just dead wrong, period. Every candidate wants to win, and we all know politics is a rough-and-tumble game, but when you spread hate against an entire group of people because of their religion or their race you're attacking America.

If Cohen's opponent doesn't disavow the use of religious bigotry, she deserves to lose.

Posted by: SoulPilgrim | February 15, 2008 2:42 PM | Report abuse

Rep. Cohen has been an excellen representaive for his district and that should be the only important thing to consider.Whether he is black or Jewish should not be considered. If Ms. Tinker is better qualified then she should present these facts to the voters. The remarks of "Perlgirl" show the pure ignorance of a lot of our voters (including those who never vote) Her comments are vile and stupid and she really should go back to working the bars in her neighborhood. Unfortnately there are a lot of ignorant people, like her, out there.

Posted by: Peter | February 15, 2008 2:51 PM | Report abuse

how dare you HOW DARE YOU report on democrat racists?

Posted by: Anonymous | February 15, 2008 3:14 PM | Report abuse

I am white and am represented by Steve Cohen in the 9th district. Harold Ford, Jr. (not white) represented me for a number of years as did his father before him. I had no problem with that. Memphis has become so much more polarized than it was when I moved here over 20 years ago. I am seriously considering moving because of the racial polarization that is perpetuated by the mayor (who is black and boy - you should hear his victory speech from last year - he further separated the black voters and the white voters). Why is it okay for black voters to vote for a candidate because he/she is black and it's not as okay for me to vote for Hillary because she is a she? Will Obama represent ALL the people? I believe Hillary will. She certainly won't just represent the women. Y'all come spend some time in Memphis - you'll see exactly how the black "leaders" purposely leave the white constituents out. I know that black folks will argue they were left out for years - but, we've always heard 2 wrongs don't make a right! It has to end somewhere.

Posted by: Lisa | February 15, 2008 7:01 PM | Report abuse

Lisa, vote your skin, not your vagina

Posted by: Anonymous | February 15, 2008 8:51 PM | Report abuse

This can go on for ever if you let it grow..
Peace..

Posted by: hh - peace | February 16, 2008 10:09 AM | Report abuse

A.K's complaint about the Black Church in Chicago lacks all understanding. A persecuted minority will often strike back with exaggerated fervor to promote its positive self-image to overcome both overt and subtle attacks on its community. Jewish communities in Eastern Europe used such protection of their own identity in the face of viscious anti-Semitic attacks by the majority. This did not make them racist -- it made them diligent in their own defense.

Posted by: manny | February 16, 2008 4:31 PM | Report abuse

How in the HELL are you allowing this ignorant, puss-filled PearlGirl's rants to stay on this board? Where in the hell are the moderators???

Posted by: Erin | February 16, 2008 5:56 PM | Report abuse

why doesn't mr. cohen denounce the genocide and collective punishment being perpetrated against the palistinians by israel, world jewry and their zionist friends? if not, he deserves to lose. live by the sword, die by the sword.

Posted by: walth | February 18, 2008 3:34 PM | Report abuse

PearlGirl - I'm not sure what you're smoking, and I certainly don't want any.

The world would be a more beautiful place without people like you.

Posted by: Michael | February 19, 2008 12:27 PM | Report abuse

what antisemiste when usa is 60% jew and there gov is all jew, united state is the second israel... you are all damn stupid the white usa people... look at your stupid defense dept logo the damn jew star

Posted by: joe | February 20, 2008 2:23 PM | Report abuse

I live in the 9th district. This city is a racially charged city. It is sad. This is the city of Civil Rights. The location of the "I AM A MAN" march, the last days of the great late Martin Luther King,Jr. and the place of the Civil Rights Musuem that testifies to the struggle of minorities throughout American history, but this is also the place that hates through prejudice openly and verbally. A person's ability to represent you does not rely on their color or creed. It relies on their strength and character, the direction they want to take your community under their leadership and their ability to deliver on their promises. Any color person can represent a society. Color does not equal character or strength. The only thing the color of your skin equals is your chance of getting melanoma. At this point, many native born Americans can not attest to being any one particular ethnicity. If my skin is dark, it does not mean somewhere I am not related to a slave owner and if my skin is tan it does not mean I am not related to someone with African decent. How do we know what our full histories are? Let's look at what we do know. We know we want good education, we know we want affordable healthcare, we know we want streets free of crime and liter,and a happy, productive society that will grow instead of continuing to be seeped in hate. So how about we look at the candidates at hand and choose the one who will deliver those things to us, instead of allowing ourselves to acknowledge or get wrapped up in the mudslinging and racial bull****? We start with our own persceptions on what is really important and then educate ourselves on the candidates running and which will meet that importance.

Posted by: polscigal | February 20, 2008 2:30 PM | Report abuse

Erin, you are a Nazi you dirty jew

Posted by: Anonymous | February 20, 2008 6:51 PM | Report abuse

The under-the-rock-crawling racist tract against Steve Cohen highlights a problem with Democratic wooing of religious voters.

The irrational, even anti-rational, thinking of many religious groups is problematic in building winning coalitions that advance everyone's best interests. Not all religious citizens are so dunderheaded. Many emotionally and religiously mature Americans are able to reconcile, as a matter of real and effective tolerance, their faith with their obligations as fellow citizens to each other.

Those who can't can, well, "go to hell," if they aren't already living one of their own creation. This kind of religious nonsense has little difficulty cutting across racial lines.

Posted by: Superskepticalman | February 21, 2008 8:28 AM | Report abuse

religious citizens are nazis

Posted by: Superskepticalman | February 21, 2008 2:29 PM | Report abuse

my! what a earfull i got there! or was it an eyefull? brainfull?... truth of the matter is:racism has always existed,and will go on existing as long as the present human condition goes on existing.racism is about the need to hate;which,looked at objectively,is also human(though not all human beings need to hate).hatred is a very powefull emotion,therefore it is a powefull toolsought by and used by many a demagogue in religion,in politics,in ideologies,in businesses etc!hate can be created by truth and personal experiance,it can also be created by lies and no personal experience,in other words: hate can be created and maintained by ignorance.ignorance is also avery interesting human condition:ignorance as a true lack of knowlede,but also as an incredible capacity for denial of truth! also very human! we all know about the hidious relationship that has exissted between black man a d white man-approximately 500 hundred years. how many know the hidious relationship that exists between between black man and muslims--1500 years!!! and which whitehating pearlgirl is willing to find out what black muslims have been doing to nonmuslim blacks, and what blacks today are still doing to other blacks?!pearlgirl:perfect example of ignorance,hatred and racism,perfect follower of a black hitler,perfect follower of the black antichrist!!which pearlgirl is willing to google islam and slavery,islam and hitler...

Posted by: hamsheutan | February 23, 2008 9:10 AM | Report abuse

For the longest time, American Jews have been deluding themselves into thinking that American Blacks are practically kin. They are not. They may be wonderful people, they may know what it's like to be oppressed, they may respect where Jews have come from, they may understand how Judaism forms the basis of Christianity and so on, but they are distinct from Jews and have their own issues and problems.

Memphis is about 70% Black. Since Blacks were excluded from politics for so long, it's only natural that they would want to participate full throttle. That said, if Cohen can not represent Memphis because he is a non-Black Jew, Blacks can't do things like represent Tennessee in the Senate. This mentality will ultimately restrict them to Black-majority districts.

Posted by: zev | February 25, 2008 11:56 AM | Report abuse

Does anyone feel comfortable with anyone running for President of the United States portraying themselves to be unassuming...then at their(potential), inauguration, not having to disclose their entire legal name?

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Posted by: Maryovia | March 15, 2008 6:25 AM | Report abuse

Some of you people are unbelievable,especially the one who signs her name pearl/girl. Hey Pearl, do you stick your hand high in the air every morning when you get up and at night before you go to bed and yell,"Heil Hitler"! What the hell have you been smoking?

I haven't heard such anti-semitic garbage like yours in a long time. I'll bet your head is fully shaven too.

I have known many Jewish people in my long life and I've yet to hear one claim that Jews are God's chosen people. Maybe someone should have told God that before he let you Nazis gas six million during World War Two. From the looks of your writings I'll bet you jumped for joy when you read about it or did one of your Nazi relatives brag to you that he lit the furnaces.

God played a dirty trick on most of the goodness of humanity when he made people like you.

Posted by: Tony W | April 13, 2008 5:53 AM | Report abuse

and blacks have the gall to complain about racism against them??

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