ADL feeling the heat after changing definition of ‘racism’ to appease left, only to make it more racist

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The Anti-Defamation League, which was established more than one hundred years ago to fight against antisemitism, has apparently succumbed to the blandishments of identity politics.

On its website, the once-respected NGO that critics claim has strayed from its original mission has purportedly changed the definition of racism to: “The marginalization and/or oppression of people of color based on a socially constructed racial hierarchy that privileges white people.”

Although it is just now being noticed, the revision, which singles out white people, was apparently made over the summer of 2020.

The prior definition reportedly contained the following explanation: “Racism is the belief that a particular race is superior or inferior to another, that a person’s social and moral traits are predetermined by his or her inborn biological characteristics.”

The revision represents the kind of very divisive and potentially consequential word gaming that causes donors to withdraw their contributions, which is what happened to the Salvation Army late last year when it seemed to adopt critical race theory-type precepts.

Parenthetically, the American Civil Liberties Union also appears to be yet another institution that has elevated progressive politics over its longstanding mission, which is (or was) defending free speech for all.

Back in September 2021, when Tucker Carlson was feuding with the organization over the illegal immigration issue, the Fox News host told Megyn Kelly on her podcast that “The ADL was such a noble organization that had a very specific goal, which was to fight antisemitism. That’s a virtuous goal. I think they were pretty successful over the years. Now it’s operated by a guy who’s…just an apparatchik of the Democratic Party.”

Former Obama White House official Jonathan Greenblatt has served as the organization’s CEO since 2015.

According to 2020 FBI statistics, nearly 60 percent of all religious bias crimes in the U.S. were reportedly committed against persons of Jewish heritage, which is obviously a very disturbing trend, and something that the ADL presumably should concentrate its resources and attention upon.

The ADL is the same group that warned that in some instances, the okay hand gesture might be used by white supremacists, although it also conceded that in most instances, “it is completely innocuous.”

In October 2021, the ADL prompted widespread derision on social media for trying to make Halloween more inclusive and respectful, as the organization perceived it.

On its website, it posted a series of tips, which it promoted on Twitter, that “can help teachers address potential issues like cultural appropriation, cultural stereotypes, and costumes that marginalize those who don’t conform to traditional gender norms.”

The ADL  describes itself as “a leading anti-hate organization that was founded in 1913 in response to an escalating climate of antisemitism and bigotry. Today, ADL is the first call when acts of antisemitism occur and continues to fight all forms of hate.”

In September 2020, an ADL press release that lamented structural racism “expressed grave concern” over the then-Trump administration announcement that it intended “to end all trainings related to critical race theory or white privilege for federal agency employees.

This latest development has also caused the organization to come under online scrutiny for its apparent “Orwellian” wokeness, as one commenter described it.

Here is just a sampling:


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