How would you react if someone said that "Arabic is really just Hebrew dumbed-down so that the Arabs could write complete sentences?". If you were like me, you would reject the above statement as an offensive ethnic slur. I've never actually seen anybody express that sentiment in earnest, but I did find a similar ethnic slur online recently:
Afrikaans ... as a wise man once said, is really just Dutch dumbed-down so the Boers would be able to write complete sentences.As it turns out, this specimen of bigotry and prejudice is from a fellow who also calls for boycotting websites that publicize and denounce Arab and Islamic hate speech. Ah, the self-appointed progressives, the politically correct, the multi-cultis who sometimes condemn racism and prejudice, but equate pigment with virtue and tolerate intolerance precisely when the untolerated are European and Judeo-Christian or when the intolerant are not.
And if it makes him feel like a hero, this fine fellow of the progressive bigoted left can "de-link" everybody in the transitive closure of everybody who links to anybody who links to me. I will neither notice nor care, one way or the other.Posted by Stefan Sharkansky at November 26, 2002 04:37 PM