Re: Anti-Semitism (was New X-humanist forums (was/is: Not all >H's areExtropians(was RE: >H S...)

From: Eliezer S. Yudkowsky (
Date: Fri Jun 23 2000 - 17:38:38 MDT

Brian Manning Delaney wrote:
> "Eliezer S. Yudkowsky" wrote:
> >
> > Brian Manning Delaney wrote:
> > >
> > > Not in the slightest. You're assuming one can't be anti-self --
> > > clearly an invalid assumption (cf. "suicide," and, more
> > > relevantly, "conversion") -- thus, the notion of the
> > > "self-hating Jew." Small point.
> >
> > This is the first genuine piece of racial stereotyping
> > I've witnessed within this discussion.
> Wha?

The use of the term "self-hating Jew". That was totally extraneous.
You could have just said: "Hey, just because your family's half-Jewish
doesn't mean that you can't be anti-Semitic," and left it at that.
Instead you managed to use a term that, semantically, binds together a
particular kind of self-hatred with a particular social group; and,
moreover, attributed the remark you disagreed with to the disagreer's
membership in that group, rather than the rational thought of the
disagreer. Anyone who disagrees with you is an anti-Semite; anyone
Jewish who disagrees with you is a "self-hating Jew". That's every bit
as racially charged as calling a black Extropian who happens to despise
political correctness an "Uncle Tom".

--    Eliezer S. Yudkowsky

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