Richard Cohen is evidently the culture columnist at the Washington Post. A year ago he endorsed Mitt Romney’s view that Jews are culturally superior to Arabs. And two days ago he wrote that NY mayor-elect Bill de Blasio’s marriage to a black woman makes good folks want to vomit:
Today’s GOP is not racist, as Harry Belafonte alleged about the tea party, but it is deeply troubled — about the expansion of government, about immigration, about secularism, about the mainstreaming of what used to be the avant-garde. People with conventional views must repress a gag reflex when considering the mayor-elect of New York — a white man married to a black woman and with two biracial children. (Should I mention that Bill de Blasio’s wife, Chirlane McCray, used to be a lesbian?) This family represents the cultural changes that have enveloped parts — but not all — of America. To cultural conservatives, this doesn’t look like their country at all.
Cohen is now on the defensive for these comments, justly. Alex Pareene at Salon hints that Jeff Bezos should fire Cohen, and says his racism isn’t just offensive, it’s anachronistic; Americans overwhelmingly say they have no issue with interracial romance.
Here’s what Cohen said about “Arab culture” and Jewish culture a year ago:
I do know, though, that if you eliminate what would certainly be condemned as a racist explanation — Jews as inherently smarter than non-Jews — then you are left with culture: There was something in the Jewish experience — 1,000 or so years of persecution and being shunted into dishonorable occupations such as money lending — that prepared Europe’s Jews for the onset of capitalism…
The cultural difference between Israel and its Arab neighbors is so striking that you would think it beyond question. But when Mitt Romney attributed the gap between Israel’s economic performance and the Palestinians’ — “Culture makes all the difference,” he said in Israel — the roof came down on him. PC police the world over raised a red card, giving him demerits for having the temerity to notice the obvious. Predictably, Saeb Erekat, chief Palestinian negotiator and a member of the executive committee of the Palestine Liberation Organization, denounced the statement as “racist.” It was, of course, just the opposite.
This is a complicated matter. It’s true that the West Bank is under Israeli occupation and parts of Gaza have been pounded into rubble. It is also true that for years the Palestinians benefited from jobs in Israel. …
Still, for all the caveats, Arabs themselves recognize that they have a cultural problem.
I don’t question that Jews have had a remarkable culture, historically, in this stage of capitalism. But it’s over. Power destroyed it. The great Jewish IQ advantage is collapsing before our eyes and Cohen’s entitled Zionist stupidity is Exhibit A.