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Thursday, May 15, 2014

Ed Schultz Proves Tal Fortgang’s Point

Jack Kemp

As has been widely reported, MSNBC’s Ed Schultz has Tweeted – and then deleted – a statement that “Gay people were really the ones being persecuted in Hitler’s Germany.”

A few days ago, Debbie Hallber at American Thinker noted various people who attacked the Princeton student grandson of a Holocaust survivor, Tal Fortgang. She documented some of those refuting Mr. Fortgang’s argument that coming to America with essentially the clothes on their back did not give his grandparents – and Tal himself – and significant white privilege (the new buzzword of the left).


Responses to Fortgang’s essay have been swift and ferocious.  Many of his critics adopt the smug, superior tone that Fortgang complains about in his piece.  In Time Magazine, Princeton freshman Briana Payton writes:

    You.  Are.  Privileged.  It is OK to admit that.  You will not be struck down by lightning, I promise.  You will not be forced to repent for your “patron saint of white maleness” or for accepting your state of whiteness and maleness.

Clutch writer Jovanna Blaize calls Fortgang a “poster child for white male privilege” and says, “Must be nice to be white and delusional and privileged.”  Salon's Kate McDonough labels Fortgang a “jerk” and a racist, and describes his argument as "ridiculous baby tantrum thoughts."  In another viral piece, the writer calls Fortgang a “complete f**king a**hole” who “misses the point of everything.”


There were other similar remarks quoted in a New York Times article about Mr. Fortgang as well, ; but Ed Schultz has really torn the mask off of what these denials of the Fortgang family’s experience is: a trial balloon to make hard core antisemitisim  and Holocaust Denial respectable speech, no longer “a sin that dares not speak its name,” now almost 70 years after the Holocaust.Ed Schultz made his best first effort to break the “Colored by Historic Understanding” Line and advance a leftist agenda of making Holocaust denial accepted conversation in polite society. This also is true of his attempting to advance a corollary desire of the left, namely that anyone who speaks about the Holocaust should be shamed into silence for making a mountain out of a molehill. Schultz, by stating what he did about what he felt is the main issue of that time, all but implied that more gays were killed by the Nazis than the six millions Jews.

Glenn Beck noted that the Anti-Defamation League (a left leaning organization) has not, to date, said a word about Ed Schultz’s Tweet. ; One has to presume that the being considered a member in good standing with the left-leaning agenda is more important to the Anti-Defamation League than standing up for Jews. Beck also mentioned the S.A. and its head, Ernst Rohm, who helped build the Nazi Party – until Hitler found them inconvenient and eliminated them in “The Night of the Long Knives.”

Yes, there were homosexuals persecuted by the Nazis in concentration camps, but there were also a homosexuals among the ranks of Nazis running concentration camps. These homosexuals  were largely able to avoid persecution because of their high position in government’s apparatus – kind of like George Soros, the Jewish property liquidator in Hungary. The Nazis, in fact, preferred to prosecute mostly effeminate homosexuals, not gays with more masculine mannerisms. The book “The Pink Swastika,” by Scott Lively and Kevin Abrams, documents this ; despite the reviews by detractors on

Ed Schultz is not interested in facts, just in trying to shout out or codify his emotions over those that disagree with him. In fact, openly gay tv host Anderson Cooper has criticized Schultz for being “Pretty thin skinned for someone who goes around calling people (most notably, Laura Ingraham) sluts.” Cooper, the Blaze website stated, was also replying to an attack by Shultz made on Cooper just because GQ Magazine called Cooper a member of “The 25 Least Influential People Alive.”  ; One could imagine what would happen if a conservative talk show host or commentator chose to single out Cooper from that GQ list (which proves nothing). The left in general would call it a “dog whistle” attack on gays – and various gay group spokespersons would make it an issue for weeks - if not years - as an example of anti-gay hate speech.

 But to return to Schultz’s Tweet From Hell, he has just helped prove the case that Tal Fortgang made in the Princeton University paper. Not all white people have an inherent privilege in this country. And if you don’t believe Tal Fortgang, you can also ask Paula Dean, the Duck Dynasty family and the owner of the Los Angeles Clippers, Donald Sterling. Orwell said it best years ago in describing a totalitarian style government and society: “Some Animals Are More Equal Than Others.” But do we need a society whose political and emotional tone is animalistic?

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