Wednesday, April 26, 2006

Mark Twain on the Jews

Mark Twain pulled his punches at times about the Jews - since he knew of their awesome power - but there is no denying the tone of Twain quotes such as these:

"In the cotton States, after the war, the simple and ignorant negroes made the crops for the white planter on shares. The Jew came down in force, set up shop on the plantation, supplied all the negro's wants on credit, and at the end of the season was proprietor of the negro's share of the present crop and of part of his share of the next one. Before long, the whites detested the Jew, and it is doubtful if the negro loved him."

http://classiclit.about.com/library/bl-etexts/mtwain/bl-mtwain concerningjews.htm

3 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have seen the words of Mark Twain manipulated and taken out of context before. After the French did not bow down to Bush and join his failed crusade I saw a book quote something that made it look like he hated the French. The quote was real but the impression it gave as to the thoughts of Twain was not.

Twain wrote that he hated NO ONE.. Not any group. I would find the quote but I encourage you to look into the words of the man himself IN CONTEXT so that you can understand as close as possible what the man stood for.

I write a lot and doubt that anyone could know me just by my written words but they would get a good idea of who I am. I also realize that a lot of what I write or POST can be taken out of context to advocate something I do not believe in. Such is life.

I do not believe Twain hated the Jewish people... I do think that he was not blind to the effects color, culture, and history can have on a people.. GOOD and BAD.

He say negatives in certain groups that may have been more pronounced in others but he never ignored the faults of his own culture.

4:10 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Did you know that many of Mark Twain's books are available online like
Perconal Recollections of Joan of Arc

4:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Twain wrote that he hated no one? Ridiculous! No man or woman has ever walked the face of this earth who hasn't hated. It's called being human, but self-righteous types might not possess sufficient powers of self-reflection to notice this. Twain's "Concerning the Jews" is condemnatory, to say the least, of Jewish tribalism, echoing common complaints against the Jews down the ages. But of course anyone who points out the racism and chauvinism of the Jews is libeled an anti-Semite! One is accused of racism for pointing out racism! What logic . . . .

Twain was anti-Jewish. Nothing surprising here.

He was also an anti-Semite. He didn't care much for Arabs. He should be condemned for this.

12:38 PM  

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