More about that racist card
I am hereby amending this post to refer not just to charges of racism, but to include charges of being against a certain culture, ethnicity, group, or people. I wouldn't want my remarks to be limited only to those who use the word "racist"--after all, there are other cards in the deck.
Here's a portion of a clarifying and expanding comment I made recently on that thread (and by the words "behind suicide bombing" I don't mean they are actually plotting with the bombers or giving them money, I mean they support them ideologically):
The majority of Palestinians, as many commenters here have pointed out, are behind suicide bombing and would fervently like Israel to disappear and all the evil Jews to die. The best evidence is that this is not a minority opinion, it's a majority opinion. I do not think there is a culture on the face of the earth today more devoted to rage, death, destruction, and yes--racism and prejudice, including despising blacks, and promoting the most virulent form of anti-Semitism on the face of the earth today--than the Palestinians at this point. They are not even ashamed or covert about the anti-Semitism part of it; they glorify in it and celebrate it.
So, every time I or someone else mentions this, do I need to put in a sort of legal disclaimer that says, "Of course there is some minority percentage of Palestinians who don't feel this way? Who are mostly silent and powerless, and afraid to speak? Who in fact would be killed if they voiced this opinion?"
No doubt the same was true of the Germans, too, in WWII. But when a certain ethos and belief system is the dominant one in a culture, I don't feel we need to make that disclaimer every time. Those who keep requiring that we do so, in my opinion, are deflecting the issue and closing their eyes to the sad and painful truth about this particular group of people at this point in time.