Holocaust revision is antisemitism.
Dave Flomberg is a 6-Time Society of Professional Journalists Award Winner for his editorial and feature writing over the 20+ years he’s been covering Colorado and beyond. His credits include Yellow Scene Magazine, Westword, Boulder Weekly, Downbeat Jazz Magazine, and the Rocky Mountain News, where he was a columnist for the final 7 years of its run. He also worked as the Music and Sports Editor for Citysearch.com, ran Editorial Operations for Examiner.com, and is the author of Management for Zombies (available at fine local book purveyors and online at Amazon.com). If you have experienced or witnessed anti-Semitism, let him know at [email protected] and let's work together to stamp it out.
This is a follow-up to the column published yesterday, The Shomer: Ye, Though I Walk Through the Valley of Death-Con 3. For clarity’s sake, it’s a good idea to start there and then read this.
(UPDATE: Since this column was first published, Vice.com released a trove of clips from Tucker Carlson’s interview which never made it to air, and it’s added a significant wrinkle to developments. For more on that, read the subsequent column to this one, The Shomer: Kanye’s Antisemitic Rants Are Unhinged, But Tucker Carlson’s Editing is Unconscionable)
Over the last several years a cultural shift has the United States citizenry reevaluating our relationships with those we’ve canonized as heroes due to their contributions to the institutions we so deeply revere. Some have taken to referring to it as “woke” or “cancel” or “consequence” culture, and depending on your stance, it’s either something to be demonized or lauded. But for Jews, this is nothing new.
60 Days In is an A&E docuseries covering prison and jail life from the perspective of inmates. The series’ first season in 2016 followed seven volunteers who went undercover for 60 days as inmates in the Clark County Jail in Jeffersonville, Indiana. The focus was exposing ongoing illegal activities within the jail confines that correctional officials missed. I recently watched a few episodes, and one thing struck me as I watched a supercut of clips from this series — I didn’t see any Jews.
In his play The Tempest, William Shakespeare wrote, “Misery acquaints a man with strange bedfellows.” Sometime in the 19th Century, the quote morphed into the proverb, “Politics makes strange bedfellows.”It strikes me a deeply apropos in some cases when it comes to today’s GOP and how politically conservative Jews seem okay with their proximity to the far-right. This isn’t to say the left is free from antisemitism — far from it. It’s the paradox of being a Jew in the United States today; we see antisemitism across the political spectrum.
The Shomer: Ever wondered what you might have done in Germany in the early 1930s? You’re doing it now.
Jew-hate is run amok.
The Jewish Community Center in Denver added its name last night to an ever-growing list of JCCs across the country that have received bomb threats in just the last few years.
“No, dude, are you kidding me? It’s a Jew. I have got no mercy for Jews.”