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Sunday, November 13, 2005

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It'll be a long time before the world is ready for a school poetry anthology which contains a poem written by a 14-year-old boy, which contains such gems as:

Jews are here, Jews are there, Jews are almost everywhere, filling up the darkest places, evil looks upon their faces.
Make them take many paces for being one of the worst races, on their way to a gas chamber, where they will sleep in their manger.

The argument for this sort of thing normally that the poet is adopting a persona and undermining the character through satire and irony? The argument is stale. But at least it's an easier thesis to prove than, "saying racist things doesn't make you racist":

If this poem had caused an outrage, I am sure many of the other parents or schools would have complained. The poet writes about Jews: Jews being gassed, Jews being sprayed, Jews being fried, but does that make him a racist?

The answer to that question, in 100% of the cases I can think of, is Yes.

P.S. Interestingly the author is Gideon Taylor.

P.P.S. (Actually, this is old news)