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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 Anti-Defamation League changed its definition of racism sometime in July or August 2020. Here is the old definition versus the new one. pic.twitter.com/dvCdBEb1pT
— Jerry Dunleavy (@JerryDunleavy) January 28, 2022
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.
Former ACLU leader slams organization for pursuing ‘progressive’ agenda over defending free speech https://t.co/h7DZEGeIem
— Jack Furnari (@JackBPR) January 31, 2022
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.”
Fearful of white supremacy link, Nebraska’s ‘Herbie Husker’ mascot gets subtle woke-compliant update https://t.co/j8lrJrLpvJ
— Jack Furnari (@JackBPR) January 30, 2022
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.”
Anti-Defamation League policing Halloween costumes is not going over well https://t.co/Jg2aoikvX2 pic.twitter.com/yVTG8cipCh
— Conservative News (@BIZPACReview) October 25, 2021
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:
@ADL how can your core mission be to “stop the defamation of the Jewish people, and to secure justice and fair treatment to all” when your definition of racism excludes antisemitism
— Ms. Plant (@Ms_Plant_) January 29, 2022
ADL – Anti-Definition League… https://t.co/wiord5xmhh
— Amazon Post-Democracy Dies on Joe Rogan Experience (@dying_democracy) January 28, 2022
The redefinition of words to fit the decided upon narrative. https://t.co/2YKpC54N4K
— RoyNaboh (@RoyNaboh) January 28, 2022
So @ADL changed the definition of racism so nobody besides “white people” can be racist.
Sounds pretty racist to me, Dawg. https://t.co/iDvd5top6l
— 🌺 𝕋𝕙𝕖 𝕊ℕ𝔼𝔸𝕂𝕐 𝔻𝕠𝕔 🌺 (@DocFEMAsGhost) January 28, 2022
The ADL is for woke progressives that believe in CRT and anti-racism, which hurts all Jews.
The ADL is no longer for the Jew. https://t.co/2NCXMOS6qt
— Angela Van Der Pluym (@AngelaVdp90) January 28, 2022
So grateful these days to own a paper dictionary. Merriam Webster, 1981: pic.twitter.com/y6KrmhbqUp
— stochasticdirigible (@stochasticdiri1) January 28, 2022
Fixed it pic.twitter.com/HFqoPH74Vs
— Dayton C. #4doorsmorewhores (@Dayton_Coates) January 28, 2022
The ADL defines ‘racism’ as something that explicitly benefits white ppl, koshering any kind of race-based hatred–*very much including antisemitism*, it must be said–that doesn’t.
Things are going great in the American Jewix community.
— Seth Mandel (@SethAMandel) January 28, 2022
So an organization originally founded to flight antisemitism is now saying antisemitism is fine as long as the Jews are white.
— rachellauren1 (@rachellauren1) January 28, 2022
Anti-racism is the new racism.
— Outofnone (@Outofnone1) January 28, 2022
That’s what the left does. When the lose and argument they change the narrative to make themselves right.
— Tech4hire (@Tech4hireonline) January 28, 2022
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