ADL Slams MSNBC Pundit Michael Eric Dyson for Comparing Justice Clarence Thomas to ‘Jew Who Sided With Hitler’ (VIDEO)

June 30, 2013 10:45 am 24 comments

Michael Eric Dyson on MSNBC. Photo: Screenshot.

The 100 year old Anti Defamation League, a major Jewish human rights group, has lashed out at MSNBC political analyst Michael Eric Dyson after he compared United States Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas to a Jew who sided with Hitler.

In a TV appearance on Wednesday Dyson characterized Thomas’s vote with the majority in the supreme court decision to overturn a key provision of the Voting Rights Act of 1965 as, “A symbolic Jew has invited a metaphoric Hitler to commit holocaust and genocide upon his own people.”

Abraham H. Foxman, National Director of the ADL and a Holocaust survivor expressed shock and outrage.

“We are shocked that anyone would draw such an outrageous comparison between a ruling rendered by justices working within the bounds of our constitutional democracy, and the murderous deeds of the Nazis during the Holocaust,” he said.

Foxman reiterated the ADL’s oft stated position that it finds comparisons between the murderous actions of the Nazis to various contemporary political positions to be offensive.

“As we have said repeatedly, there is no place for comparisons between social or political issues in the 21st century and the genocidal actions of Hitler and the Nazis, whose crimes against humanity and role in the deaths of six million Jews and millions of others were unique in history and should be respected as such. It is particularly painful when Mr. Dyson references the pernicious notion of a Jew who turns on his own people,” Foxman said.

“Inappropriate comparisons and references to Jews or Hitler in the context of a debate over American political issues only serve to trivialize history and are an insult to the memory of those who fought and died during World War II.  We hope that Mr. Dyson will reconsider his words,” he concluded.

A video of Michael Eric Dyson’s offensive remarks on MSNBC can be viewed below.

24 Comments

  • Brian Goldfarb

    Actually, Joan Rosenfelt reminds me of the UK academic Jacqueline Rose (actually a lecturer in English, not psychology) who wrote at least one book and several articles on the premise that Zionism was, somehow, comparable to a psychiatric illness.

    That is, of all the nationalisms in the world, only the Jewish one was evidence of a mental abnormality of Jews, whereas all the others were perfectly understandable and evidence of a healthy (collective) mind.

    The examples Ms Rosenfelt chooses are indicative of the “rancid” left (term copyright Noga of The Contentious Centrist blog) who choose to use terms perilously close to antisemitism when discussing the Middle East and Israel in particular.

  • I think he misspoke. He meant to say some one else. ////////That someone sides with Muslims over America. Do you recognize who I mean?

  • Lee Cubbage

    In response to Ms. Rosenfelt: You are the pitiful example of one of Lenin’s “useful idiots. That you continue this perverse, ignorant understanding of history & politics is the true waste of human energy.

  • jacob corman

    joan rosenfelt please contact me for the name of a good psychiatrist.

  • Michael Dyson shows how stupid brainless mouthing works. One day he may be in excruciating pain he should remember the Jews who suffered and how gutless he insulted their memory. You stink…

  • I’m shocked, shocked at Dyson and MSNBC and, of course, some
    of the Jews who have reacted so negatively to Foxman’s
    statement. Let’s round up the usual suspects. Alas,
    too many of them are what mislabeled as “Liberal” Jews.
    “We have met the enemy and he is us” (Pogo).

  • Sundays ‘Meet the Press’had Dyson on their panel.What a disgrace.Dyson is mentally and emotionally disturbed but M.S.N.B.C.keeps this hater.

  • Use your remote! Turn to anything else, rather than the left wing MSNBC.

  • Let’s face it, any network that would hire the likes of Al Sharpton isn’t worth watching. Do not be surprised with the garbage that comes from MSNBC.

  • Oh, you guys are always ready to jump up and down with great indignation whenever you can glean the slightest bit of “outrage” over a perfectly reasonable – though admittedly dramatic – statement. Your quote from Foxman does not sound as though he were hitting the roof exactly over Dyson’s comment – He is simply reiterating a postion – a good and reasonable position – that he’s had to reiterate many times. Michael Eric Dyson it so happens is absolutely BRILLIANT! – and almost always right on the money with the finest of human values!!! I LOVE and honor his value system and I DESPISE your Wing-Nut perversion of basic Jewish values – which Dyson respects only too well!!! I don’t know what kind of Jews support people (i.e., the Republicans) who can’t BEAR to increase taxes on the FILTHY RICH – while also CUTTING SERVICES to the POOREST AMERICANS!!! You are a very poor excuse for Jews. You really make me SICK – you are so RIGHT-WINGO-WRONG.
    What a pity – what a waste of Jewish energy…

    • Your ignorance is demonstrated by your statement ” the Republicans) who can’t BEAR to increase taxes on the FILTHY RICH – while also CUTTING SERVICES to the POOREST AMERICANS.” The filthy rich as you define them pay 90% of the federal income taxes. So-called cuts to the poorest Americans? There are almost twice as many people on food stamps and SS Disability than there were four years ago. The Federal budget is up 40%. Unemployment benefits have been extended to two years. Pray tell, what cuts are you talking about?

    • Lee Cubbage

      You are a pitiful example of one of Lenin’s “useful idiots”. That you continue this perverse, ignorant understanding of history and politics into the 21st century is the true waste of human energy.

    • BethesdaDog

      Unfortunately, you buy into this notion that conservatism is heartless and only cares about the rich. I am a lifelong Democrat who is rethinking his positions on taxes, and based on my reading, believe that imposing more taxes on those who innovate, invest and take entrepreneurial risks stifles the economy, and results in less opportunity throughout all levels of society. Curbing taxes can stimulate the economy and increase employment. A stronger economy can also fund the safety net for those less fortunate. I strongly believe in social welfare programs for those who need them but I also would like to see more jobs so that there is less need for a very high proportion of our society on food stamps. I think there are many on food stamps, and otherwise relying on government assistance, who would much prefer to have decent jobs. I don’t think higher taxes and out-of-control government spending provide that opportunity. As far as Dyson’s comments, many take offense at the comparison of some alleged wrong to the Holocaust–I know of people who take great offense at PETA’s comparison of killing animals for food to the Holocaust. I understand the outrage at such comparisons. I might not react as strongly as some do to PETA, or to Dyson, but I understand those who do and respect their objections.

  • I’m curious. Which do you find more offensive: Prof. Dyson’s remarks – which upon further consideration and given the context are not offensive at all- or the collaboration of the Jewish Motion Picture Moguls and the funding of Nazi armaments as put forward in a new book by Harvard Univ. Press?

  • Did he mention George Soros by name as the most notorious Juden-rat still alive, who sided with Hitler?

    • Anonymous says that George Soros sided with Hitler. At most, Soros was a young teenager during the war years.
      I suggest Anonymous blame Soros for a more realistic
      issue.

  • David S. Most

    Professor Dyson never lacks for opinions or analogies in any of his TV appearances. We always know where he is coming from. This choice of “symbols” to make his point about Justice Thomas was obscene. It reflects his own anti-Semitism bubbling out of his glib
    speech.
    We can always count on him to stir up conflict and hostility regardless of whom he is attacking at any given time.

  • Michael eric dyson.
    You are one of the lowest piece of garbage that ever existed on this earth.Alot of time I don’t agre with the
    with the suprem cour tmatter of fact most of time.But I would not pick out and insult him even when you are you are anultra left wing moron

    • I am a jew.Who survived nazism and communism.Nazism was about the same when you comper the crime on both side and add the victims to gether.Michael Eris Dyson which side are you represening?

  • We Jews are far too sensitive. Dyson could have chosen another analogy to describe Justice Thomas vote to gut the Voting Rights Act that in Dyson’s and other’s opinion would deny the vote to poor and old African Americans. One such analogy could be Jews who oppose Israel. Comparing Thomas to Hitler, simply reflects Dyson’s passion for justice for his people, and disdain for Justice Thomas who he sees as a turncoat. Dyson is in no way demeaning Jews or depreciating the Holocaust.

  • Fredric M. London

    Typical Jew hating bigotry. Prior to this outrage, he was making good sense. However, as is the case with too many Black firebrands (can you say Farakhan?), his thrust for civil rights includes extreme violations of others’ civil rights, not to mention humanity and common decency.

  • “I will bless those who bless you, and curse those who curse you”

    Genesis 12:3

  • Jill Schaeffer

    Some folks have a problem with Hannah Arendt. But I urge you to read the first chapter of the first book of her trilogy on “The Rise of Totalitarianism,” namely,Antisemitism, particularly the short but telling four pages on inhuman innocence. (Wish I could format this). A hallmark, highlight, footprint, benchmark of antisemitism, harbinger of a totalitarian frame of mind and perhaps consequent state, is the world view of inhuman innocence, in which the value of truth, the value of history and the value of action each and together are extinguished. Comparing apartheid with Israeli-Palestinian conflicts is just such an example of inhuman innocence in which all three: truth (let us say evidence: facts on the ground) is annulled; history – totally demolished, biography flattened into the dirt; action – whatever you do is wrong or right – doesn’t matter. The conclusion remains inviolate regardless. So is the comparison of Judge Thomas’ decision with a self-hating Jew who supported Hitler. Good for Foxman. Someone has to restore the human capacity to compare and contrast events rather than conflate them into an irrational statement incapable of verification on its own terms. Good for ADL. It can spot the snake in the woodpile and call it.

  • Steve Wenick

    Michael Eric Dyson is obviously in lock-step with MSNBC’s
    uber-liberal misguided views and lack of propriety. So predictable, so typical, so indefensible.

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