neljapäev, mai 13, 2004

A Vague and Imperfect Analogy

A black gang member murders a white cop in Harlem. Many black residents of the neighborhood are happy, having perceived mistreatment by white policemen throughout their lives. Similar incidents occur. A number of white cops have been murdered violently now.

If someone were to respond to such a situation by calling for the eradication of all of Harlem or, more analogously, all of Manhattan because blacks are subhuman scum, would that be considered an acceptable reaction? Would the LA Times print such an opinion on its op-ed page? Would the National Review?

(Updated to provide a clearer parallel to the Middle East. My bad.)

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