When one of our Presidential candidates decides to apologize for being a “white” Jew, not a “black” Jew, America is in trouble

A quote from a current candidate for the United States Presidency:

Marianne Williamson prays on our behalf

As I speak, I am going to ask the white Americans in the room to please repeat after me. On behalf of myself and on behalf of my country, to you and all African Americans, from the beginning of our nation’s history, in honor of your ancestors and on behalf of your children please hear this from my heart. I apologize.

Please forgive us. With this prayer I acknowledge the depth of the evils that have been perpetrated against black people in America. From slavery to lynchings to white supremacist laws to the denial of voting rights to all the ways, both large and small, all of the evil, all of them wrong, for all the oppression, and all of the injustices, I apologize. Please forgive us. – Marianne Williamson

Her grandparents were Russian Jewish immigrants. Her grandfather changed his surname from Vishnevetsky to Williamson after seeing “Alan Williamson Ltd” on a train.

They were lucky. The Nazis did not kill them in gas vans, firing squads or burn them in ovens, like six million other Jews.

Williamson doesn’t talk much about her heritage. She ignores not just World War II genocide, but also overlooks attacks on Jews today. Assaults targeting Jews rose 13% in 2018, according to Tel Aviv University researchers. They recorded nearly 400 cases worldwide, with more than a quarter of the major violent cases taking place in the United States.

Jews represent the largest number of hate crimes against religious beliefs in this nation, according to the FBI’s most recent statistics:

58.1 percent were anti-Jewish.
18.7 percent were anti-Islamic (Muslim).
4.5 percent were anti-Catholic.
3.2 percent were anti-multiple religions, group.
2.4 percent were anti-Protestant.
1.8 percent were anti-Other Christian.
1.4 percent were anti-Sikh.
1.4 percent were anti-Eastern Orthodox (Russian, Greek, Other).

Marianne’s ancestors endured pogroms – mass murders by mob – in Russia and Ukraine that killed millions throughout the Middle Ages and into the 20th century. In 1918–1919 alone, more than 1,200 pogroms took place against Russian Jews.

Her Jewish male ancestors were forced to be drafted for a term of 20 years in the Czar’s army. Many killed themselves under brutal conditions. It was an attempt to reduce Jewish marriage and children – genocide.

While Marianne and others accuse white Americans of a hate crime rampage, percentage-wise whites are less likely to commit such acts. In 2017, race was reported by the FBI for 6,370 known hate crime offenders:

50.7 percent were White (73.1% of Americans).
21.3 percent were Black or African American (12.7% of Americans)
7.5 percent were groups made up of individuals of various races.

She is correct to condemn lynchings in the South, particularly in the 1920s, and we should pledge to never let them occur again. However, this is not happening in America today, and it does not require Marianne to intercede with God on our behalf. Such chutzpah!

The last recorded lynching occurred in 1981 in Mobile, Alabama. Michael Donald, a young black man, was beaten to death by KKK members. One of the perpetrators was sentenced to death and executed in 1997. Justice was delayed 16 years by courts and greedy lawyers.

While slavery was an abomination in the U.S., other nations were far worse, but seldom criticized by today’s activists.

Country / Destination Slaves Delivered %
Brazil 4,000,000 35.3
Spanish Empire (including Cuba) 2,500,000 22.1
British West Indies 2,000,000 17.7
French West Indies (including Cayenne) 1,600,000 14.1
British North America & U.S. 500,000 4.4
Dutch West Indies (including Surinam) 500,000 4.4
Danish West Indies 28,000 0.2
Europe (including Portugal, Canary Islands, Madeira, Azores, 200,000 1.8
Total 11,328,000 100.0

Contrary to popular belief, most slaves worked in sugar and coffee plantations and mines, where some 90% died. Less than 5% were engaged in cotton production.

First Employment Number of Slaves %
Sugar Plantations 6,000,000 54.5
Coffee Plantations 2,000,000 18.2
Mines 1,000,000 9.1
Domestic Labor 1,000,000 9.1
Cotton Fields 500,000 4.5
Cocoa Fields 250,000 2.3
Building 250,000 2.3
Total 11,000,000 100.0

In the Caribbean some 3.5 million slaves were imported, but by 1860 only 300,000 survived. By contrast, the 500,000 slaves imported into the U.S. had grown in population to nearly 4 million by the start of the Civil War.

Marianne may not realize that the British, French and Dutch killed ten times as many slaves as were brought into our country. They died from overwork in miserable heat, starvation, beatings and disease.

This country itself was not capturing Africans and enslaving them. The major traders were:

Country Voyages Slaves Transported
Portugal (including Brazil) 30,000 4,650,000
Spain (including Cuba) 4,000 1,600,000
France (including West Indies) 4,200 1,250,000
Holland 2,000 500,000
Britain 12,000 2,600,000
British North America, U.S. 1,500 300,000
Denmark 250 50,000
Other 250 50,000
Total 54,200 11,000,000

None of this is meant to defend slavery in America, but to put what happened here in historical and statistical perspective.

It really is time for the current purveyors of American “white guilt” to begin blaming the Nazis for mass genocide, the Russians for mob mass murders, and the European nations that murdered Africans by the millions to make a buck for their overseas corporations.

And it’s long past time to stop blaming a fair and compassionate nation of today for past horrors.

As far as the holier-than-us Marianne is concerned, here is an entertaining item from the LA Times some years ago:

Wearing feathers in her hair, spike heels and a strapless evening gown, Marianne Williamson, New Age guru of the hour, is seated on a hotel ballroom stage in Marina del Rey, shoulder to shoulder with unmarried soap opera actors and other eligible and glamorous singles. Amid much banter and giggling, they will be “auctioned off” by talk-show host Cyndy Garvey and producer-director Garry Marshall.

Laura Dern and Linda Blair are no-shows, but Williamson, on the verge of becoming almost as famous as they are, will wait patiently for two hours until it is her turn to go on the block. She will answer politely when Garvey asks her how to pronounce Muse, the name of the restaurant where she plans to take her date. She will urge Marshall to tell the well-toned crowd that she is “very interesting.” In exchange for an evening in her company, a man from the Midwest will contribute $1,200 to the Family Assistance Program, a charity for the homeless.

Although on other nights she exhorts her followers to give themselves up to God, there is nothing incongruous in her now offering herself up at a bachelor-bachelorette auction. This, after all, is Hollywood, and Williamson, who has been mentioned in the same breath as Mother Teresa for her work on behalf of people with AIDS, is no stranger to the combined worlds of glitz and good causes.

In a field crowded with purveyors of spiritual wisdom, the 39-year-old tough-talking, quick-witted former nightclub singer from Texas has blazed her way to the top. She has been captivating standing-room-only audiences in West Hollywood, Santa Monica and New York with her blend of religion and self-help drawn from a three-volume work known as “A Course in Miracles.”

Here is her pitch for black slavery reparations, billions to be paid for by both white and black American taxpayers:

Walt Disney once brought magic to millions of our children; current Disney president rehires child rape tweeter

Rehiring of one-time Slither director James Gunn by Disney Studio’s chairman Alan Horn is a decision that has placed dollars above decency.

Welcome to Hollywood, Inc., and perhaps goodbye to Disney family values.

Let’s examine a tale of two twitters.

It was the best of times for Roseanne Barr last year until she plunged into very hot water for this tweet:

Muslim brotherhood & planet of the apes had a baby=vj

James Gunn

After Barr admitted that “vj” referred to Valarie Jarrett, a senior advisor to President Barack Obama, a series of her apologies followed, including one comment that she thought Jarrett was White. On the television series Finding Your Roots, DNA testing indicated that Jarrett is 49% European, 46% African, and 5% Native American descent.

Putting aside arguments about percentages of White, Black, and American Indian DNA, Barr knew she had crossed the line of good taste and had offended not just Jarrett (who is renowned as a tough political operative), but tens of millions of other Americans by calling them children of “apes.”

Barr lost her tv show and deserved her punishment for that offensive tweet, and the pro-trump actress will probably never be rehired or hired by Hollywood again.

On the other hand…

It was the worst of times last year for James Gunn, a Toma veteran writer, who was fired for tweets like this:

Here’s another one, on another subject:

What does one make of this tweet?

The above are tame, compared to other posts he wrote about committing child rape and jokes about the Holocaust, Mexicans, and AIDS, such as the following:

The best thing about being raped is when you’re done being raped and it’s like ‘whew this feels great, not being raped!”

I like it when little boys touch me in my silly place.

Roseanne Barr criticizing Senior Presidential Advisor Jarrett led to Barr’s downfall, but here’s what Gunn said about Donald Trump last year:

…Trump wakes up every morning hoping more kids are murdered by immigrants so it will help him in the polls

After the firing, Horn said he met with Gunn many times to discuss the offensive tweets.

Horn said he was persuaded by Gunn’s attitude and public apology, and reinstated him to direct the third installment of the Marvel superhero franchise film Guardians of the Galaxy vol. 3. The resulting cheer by the film’s crew and investors could be heard as far away as Wall Street.

This was the apology Gunn delivered last July:

My words of nearly a decade ago were, at the time, totally failed and unfortunate efforts to be provocative. I have regretted them for many years since — not just because they were stupid, not at all funny, wildly insensitive, and certainly not provocative like I had hoped, but also because they don’t reflect the person I am today or have been for some time.

Regardless of how much time has passed, I understand and accept the business decisions taken today. Even these many years later, I take full responsibility for the way I conducted myself then.

All I can do now, beyond offering my sincere and heartfelt regret, is to be the best human being I can be: accepting, understanding, committed to equality, and far more thoughtful about my public statements and my obligations to our public discourse. To everyone inside my industry and beyond, I again offer my deepest apologies. Love to all.

Gunn’s use of the term “Love to all” did make me shudder, as I also recalled those other “renowned” directors – Roman Polanski and Woody Allen.