In 2014, Sabrina Erdely wrote that now-infamous rape hoax story for Rolling Stone. PTT had previously credited Steve Sailer for his role in exposing it. The piece, which Rolling Stone took down in the wake of the scandal, is relevant to this post (it can be accessed, e.g., here). Here is Sailer’s early take on it:
A close reading of the Rolling Stone article demostrates [sic] Erdely’s pervasive ethnic malice against the university founded by Thomas Jefferson, which she views as a bastion of sinister gentile culture just itching to unleash another Night of Broken Glass against the helpless.
But her anti-Gentilic* malice is unlikely to be mentioned […]
A close reading of Erdely’s article indeed provides ample fodder for armchair psychoanalysis. It’s plainly clear that the author is a tendentious, unscrupulous demagogue with an ax to grind. The topic of this post is the quintessential who-whom question: Who is wielding the ax — and against whom? Sailer &co answered it thus: This is a case of the Jews demonstrating their “anti-Gentilic malice”. The Jefferson-as-a-bastion-of-sinister-gentile-culture bit above was pretty weak (read her whole piece), but Erdely gave them more ammunition in the following passage:
[Jackie had] initially been intimidated by UVA’s aura of preppy success, where throngs of toned, tanned and overwhelmingly blond students
Sailer swooped in to play up his frequent theme of Jews bearing unreasonable, unjustified, unfair, unprovoked grudges against the gentiles:
Erdely‘s explanation for why those who know Jackie best didn’t rush her to the hospital or call 911 or even pay much attention to her claims over the next two years is that the University of Virginia is an alien, hostile, conservative country club
Now PTT has repeatedly called Sailer out on this, and to be fair, he has considerably eased up on the Jew thing in recent years. To be fairer yet, we must readily admit that Erdely’s gratuitous mention of blondness is surely indicative of some kind of malice. We take it to be standard-issue lefty hatred of whites. People like Erdely don’t primarily identify as Jews — and when they do, it’s for political expedience. Erdely doesn’t see the world via the Jew/goy dichotomy; she’ll never use the word “goy”.
Ordinarily, we’d be happy to let Sailer and Erdely have each other. What irked us was that ascribing a specific anti-Gentilic malice to what is obviously a generic hatred of whites actually gives Erdely too much credit: she’s not enough of a Jew to hate goyim qua goyim! But Sailer has nothing on a commenter here going by Crown28, with whom I engaged in a lengthy thread. Things started out civil enough; I agreed with his claim that she hates goyim and he with my counter-claim that she hates all white people (and especially men). Much of the back-and-forth was devoted to trying to divine specific aspects of Erdely’s psychology (which I’d much rather leave to her therapist) and arguing about the semantics of whether a blanket misanthrope can be reasonably called anti-ginger. My interlocutor was articulate and displayed erudition, picking up on my mention of a people-hater named Jean-Paul as a Sartre reference. Things became unpleasant toward the end, when he began quoting excerpts (apparently**, from here), describing a Holocaust survivor’s hatred of his Nazi tormentor and of the blondness that the Nazi ideology so obsessively fetishized. After a passage describing harrowing abuse, his only beef was with the “Hans-hater’s blondophobia”. That was a step too far for me, and the sentiment appears to be mutual, so the thread has come to its merciful end. Definitely “more than absolutely necessary” right there.
By an odd coincidence, I just finished reading Matti Friedman’s Spies of No Country. There, on pages 175-176 he writes
Placing the Jews of the Islamic world at the center of Israel’s story helps illuminate a few misunderstood aspects of the conflict here, like the intense animosity in the region toward Israelis as intruders – “Crusaders” or “Colonialists”. In Cairo, for example, there’s a giant painted panorama celebrating the Egyptian army’s crossing of the Suez Canal in the 1973 war, and Israeli soldiers you see in various abject poses, surrendering to heroic Egyptians, are blond. That’s funny, because if you’ve ever seen real Israeli soldiers, you know many of them look a lot like Egyptians. In fact, some of the Israeli soldiers at the Suez Canal undoubtedly were Egyptians.
This is all complicated and uncomfortable in the Arab world. It leads to questions about where the Egyptian Jews have gone, and the Iraqi Jews, and the Moroccan Jews, and why. It leads to an understanding that if the State of Israel is a problem for the Arab world, then it is to some extent a problem created by the Arab world by victimizing and finally expelling the Jews who were native to that world. It’s better to play on European guilt, and to expunge your own, by calling Israelis “colonialists” and painting them as blond. As it happened, the Jews telling Israel’s story have generally been happy to think of themselves as blond, because they’d just spent a few centuries in Europe being caricatured as swarthy Orientals.
That’s all I wanted to say on the blondness issue; I’m all blonded out. Any further comments on the topic will be referred to this post and the ones it links to. If after wading through all of this muck you still believe that a secular, deracinated Jew like Erdely harbors a specific anti-Gentilic malice, with blondness as its proxy — well, then you’d better smash whatever screen you’re reading this on, because the Mossad is watching you.
* I’ll refrain from going off on the tangent issue of whether to capitalize “gentile”. If Sailer wants big-G, I’ll humor him.
** For some reason, he wouldn’t provide a link — so as to deny the site the traffic, I suppose?